CDCA Preliminary Training Program – 40 Hours


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This 40 Hour CDCA Training Program will introduce the participant to:

  1. Substance Use Disorder & Recovery Knowledge – by understanding substances and their effects
  2. Counseling Procedures & Strategies as applied to those with SUD – by reviewing the stages of change, engagement strategies, and three primary models of treatment, and by describing issues such as the role of the addiction counselor, and dealing with problems that arise
  3. Legal & Ethical Issues Pertaining to SUD Professionals – by exploring ethical parameters of addiction counseling and reviewing legal issues related to confidentiality laws
  4. Assessment & Diagnosis of SUD – by understanding screening and assessment necessary for gathering information for a diagnosis of a substance use disorder
  5. Treatment Planning – by identifying the components of case management and how it is key to substance abuse treatment, and by reviewing legal issues regulating client treatment, and fundamental components of treatment records
  6. Group Process & Techniques – by understanding the general principles of groups in substance abuse treatment, and by identifying the types of groups commonly used in substance abuse treatment.

Hours: 40 hours

Please note: If you choose the electronic version, this course is designed to be completed on a laptop or desktop computer, not on a smartphone.

  1. Theories of Addiction
    1. Foundations: Anabolic Steriods, Cigarettes and Other Tobacco, Cocaine, Comorbidity, Drug Use and Viral Infections (HIV, Hepatitis), Drugged Driving, Electronic Cigarettes, Fentanyl, Hallucinogens, Heroin, Inhalants, Marijuana as Medicine, MDMA, Methamphetamine, Over the Counter Medicine, Prescription CNS Depressants, Prescription Opioids, Prescription Stimulants, Synthetic Cannabinoids, and Synthetic Cathinones “Bath Salts”;
    2. Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
    3. Understanding Drug Use and Addiction.
  2. Counseling Procedures & Strategies with Addicted Populations
    1. Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment
      1. Executive Summary and Recommendations
      2. Conceptualizing Motivation and Change
    2. Approaches to Drug Abuse Counseling (a) Dual Disorders Recovery Counseling (b) Motivational Enhancement Therapy: Description of Counseling Approach (c) Twelve-Step
    3.  Individual Drug Counseling
      1. Introduction & Overview
      2. Logistics of the Individual Counseling
      3. Assessment
      4.  The Role of the Addiction Counselor
      5.  The Individual Drug Counseling Model
      6. Dealing With Problems That Arise
      7. Counselor Characteristics and Training
  3. Legal & Ethical Issues Pertaining to Chemical Dependency
    1. Ethics
      1. Ohio Chemical Dependency Board – Code of Ethics for Chemical Dependency Counselors
      2. Exploring Ethics Scenarios
      3. Basic Ethical Issues
      4. Ethics and the Group Leader
      5. Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision
      6. Ethical Considerations in Medication Assisted Treatment
    2. Federal and State Confidentiality Laws
  4. Assessment & Diagnosis of Addiction
    1. Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System * Screening and Assessment
    2. Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders * Assessment
  5. Treatment Planning
    1. Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment
      1. Substance Abuse and Case Management: An Introduction
      2. Applying Case Management to Substance Abuse Treatment
    2.  Legal Issues
    3.  Fundamental Components of Treatment Records
    4. Client Rights and Grievances
  6. Group Process & Techniques Working with Addicted Populations
    1. Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy
    2. Summary
    3. Groups and Substance Abuse Treatment
    4. Types of Groups Commonly Used in Substance Abuse Treatment

Course Ordering Instructions

Regular/free shipping is sent at book rate and takes approximately 5 to 7 days for delivery.
Orders placed after 3:00 p.m. will be shipped the following business day.

E-mail worksheets option

For your convenience, worksheets for this course are available electronically in Microsoft Word.*

*Please Note: When choosing the e-mail option, it will be sent to your e-mail address within the business day it is ordered because worksheets are personalized for security reasons, it is not an immediate download.

We DO NOT offer technical support.