Breining Certificate

Web-Based Professional Addictions Counseling Certificate – for professionals in the field currently certified by: Breining

PAC100 – Introduction and Overview – 15 Hours

  • 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.

PACB101 – Law and Ethics – 36 Hours

  • 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.

PACB102 – Personal and Professional Growth – 45 Hours

  • 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.

PACB103 – Physiology and Pharmacology – 36 Hours

  • 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.
  • Drug Classifications/Schedules/Generic and Trade Names/Behavioral Effects.

PACB104 – Counseling Theories and Techniques – 16 Hours

  • Micro Skills
  • 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.)

PACB105 – Supervised Practicum – 20 Hours

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

PACB106 – Clinically Supervised Externship – 145 Hours

  • Clinical sites must be screened and pre-approved by ADCSI administrative staff prior to beginning externship module.