ADC Certificate

Web-based Alcohol & Drug Counseling certificate course.

ADCS100 – Introduction and Overview of Addiction/Treatment – 45 Hours

This introductory course examines the history of alcohol and other mood altering drugs in the U.S.; the myths and stereotypes associated with alcohol/drug use; sociocultural factors that contribute to the use of alcohol and drugs; and the patterns and progression of chemical dependency. Specifically, the course explores:

  • Cultural and lifestyle considerations: norms and differences; issues specific to special populations (e.g., ethnic minorities, women, youth, elderly, homosexuality, physically disabled or impaired); the nature and extent of alcoholism/drug dependency problems among target populations.
  • Human behavior: theories of personality and human development; emotional states (e.g., dependency, resentment, guilt); theories of human needs and motivation; denial process.
  • Family dynamics: recognition of family roles; modalities of treatment; communication issues; role – play.
  • Treatment and recovery approaches: treatment and recovery modalities; (e.g., psychiatric, psychosocial, clinical); Alcoholics Anonymous (and other support groups); Aversion Therapy; medical modalities; behavioral modification, social models, drinking driver programs, etc.
  • Program planning and client education: goals and objectives; program policies and procedures; program strengths and limitations; service delivery planning, client education and lectures.

ADCS101 – Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs – 45 Hours

In this course, students examine the effects of alcohol and similar legal psychoactive drugs on the body and behavior, damage to the body and behaviors, damage to the brain, liver and other organs. In addition, it covers the following areas:

  • Tolerance, cross tolerance, and synergistic effects.
  • Physiological differences between males and females.
  • Disease model, including signs and symptoms, research, neurobiological, AMA definition and Jellinek’s work in this area.
  • Communicable diseases, including tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis and others.
  • Drug Classifications/Schedules/Generic and Trade Names/Behavioral Effects.

ADCS102 – Law and Ethics – 45 Hours

This course explores legal and ethical considerations for alcohol and drug abuse counselors as well as counselors’ interactions with the community. The course addresses the following specific issues:

  • Current legal sanctions: liabilities, auto accidents, bars, restaurants, liquor stores, traffic laws and sexual harassment prevention.
  • Employment problems: specific issues regarding employment problems.
  • Patient rights and professional liability.
  • Code of conduct or ethical codes.
  • Legal and regulatory restrictions: federal confidentiality regulations; state regulations; potential hazards resulting from noncompliance with regulations; and state and federal agencies.
  • Community prevention and education: the concepts of prevention, community education and outreach; education and prevention models; effectiveness of prevention strategies and training methods; and adult education techniques.
  • Community outreach: businesses and clubs that can be used as identification and referral sources.
  • Assessing needs for training and technical assistance.
  • Screening techniques: communication theories and techniques; interviewing techniques; considerations in assessing; client needs; resources; strengths and limitations in identification of appropriateness and eligibility.
  • Intervention and referral: emphasis on the chronic disease model and recovery process. Continuum of care issues, including employee assistance programs; information and referral; detoxification; various treatment modalities; etc.
  • Crisis counseling techniques and theories: the signs and symptoms of potential suicide, aggression and other self – destructive behaviors.

ADCS103 – Case Management – 45 Hours

This course focuses on the entire scope of case management, from intake through the aftercare and follow – up phases, including best management practices. Specifically, it covers the following topics in detail:

  • Initial intake and case management: administrative requirements for admission; interpersonal dynamic and potential influence of client behaviors; signs and symptoms of physical disabilities; assessment of potential violence and self – harm; activities that bring agencies, resources and people together within a planned framework of action toward achievement of established goals, including alcohol and drug history, vocational, cultural, educational background, lifestyle, living situation, medical, and strengths and weaknesses for the development of a treatment plan.
  • Orientation: general nature and goals of the program; rules governing conduct, including infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge; details such as hours of services, costs, clients rights, etc.
  • Treatment/recovery planning: the components of a treatment plan; problem solving models and processes; theories and behavioral components of change; techniques used in behavioral contracts; the stages of recovery; identification of problems, ranking problems, realistic and unrealistic treatment goals at various stages of recovery; the value of participant concurrence or expressed disagreement in the process; how to organize client information for presentation to other professionals; case presentation procedures.
  • Reports and record keeping: charting the results of the assessments; treatment plans; writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client related data. (Practical application is required.)
  • Aftercare and follow up: the role of aftercare in the treatment process; the role and importance of client follow up; relapse dynamics; self – help groups and/or support groups. (AA, NA etc.)
  • Consultation and referral: alternative resources available to provide treatment and supportive services; roles and functions of individuals in resources agencies and their position in the decision making process; advocacy techniques; assessing the need for consultation and referral; identifying counselor limits and scope of practice.

ADCS104 – Counseling Theories and Techniques – 45 Hours

This course explores the counselor – client relationship as well as the theories behind and techniques employed in individual, family and group counseling. It also includes role playing segments.

  • Counseling is a relationship in which the counselor helps the client mobilize resources to resolve his or her problems and/or to modify attitudes and values.
  • Exploration of problems, its ramification and examination of attitudes and feeling; consideration of alternative solutions; decision making; and therapeutic approaches (e.g., Reality Therapy, RET; Brief Therapy; Motivational Interviewing, etc.)
  • Provisions of services to special populations, co – occurring disorders, people with disabilities, cultural differences, criminal justice, etc.
  • Family counseling: (All family counseling must be relative to substance – abuse issues.) Theories of family codependency; techniques for motivating family involvement in the treatment process; techniques of multi – family group counseling; working with family therapists, selecting therapists for family work; counselor identification of limitations relating to family issues.
  • Group counseling: purpose and function of different types of counseling groups; models of group; group techniques; stages of group; group intervention, group patterns; therapeutic factors in groups; expression, commitment, process groups, didactic training; role of the counselor; group orientation.
  • This course includes practical applications in role – play settings.

ADCS105 – Personal and Professional Growth – 45 Hours

The alcohol and drug abuse counselor’s education continues for the entirety of his or her career. This course explores signs and prevention of burnout as well as avenues of ongoing personal and professional development.

  • Counselor burnout; signs and symptoms; early warning signs; unique needs of the recovering counselor; prevention techniques.
  • Personal and professional growth: recognizing personal strengths, limitations and knowledge to promote professional growth; importance of stress management; relaxation techniques; leisure skills, exercise; proper nutrition; time management, etc.
  • The recovering counselor: “two hats” and the limitations and liability. (Includes ethical situations.)
  • Professional growth: ethics and professional conduct/standards; consultations, counselor support and performance; the skills of a successful helper; on – going education and training; translation of the code of ethics into professional behavior.
  • Certification requirements: outline and review of the California Certification Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselors (CCBADC) career path. Review the State of California Counselor Regulations and code of conduct.
  • Professional contacts and organizations.

ADCS106 – TAP 21 Addiction Counseling Competencies – 45 Hours

In this course, students will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes of professional practice:

  • Transdisciplinary foundations: understanding addiction, treatment knowledge, application to practice and professional readiness
  • Practice dimensions: clinical evaluation treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling; client, family and community education; documentation; professional and ethical responsibilities.

ADCS200 – Supervised Practicum – 45 Hours

This course consists of a comprehensive review, online group and individual session role – playing, resume and job preparation and peer evaluation.

ADCS300 – Clinical Externship

252 Hours Supervised Field Work
3 Hours Agency Orientation