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The Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference and Study Guide, Tenth Edition - 3 Independent Courses in 1

The Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference and Study Guide, Tenth Edition is a three-volume set that has aided many addiction professionals in attaining their state and national credentials with its thorough and easy to understand descriptions of counseling concepts. The Basics can also be used as a quick reference tool for clinicians to use throughout their careers and students preparing for an addiction counseling career.

  • Module I: Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substance Use, Abuse and Dependence

    This module outlines the pharmacological effects of each substance of abuse, drug interactions and treatment considerations. It includes a 155-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 15 nationally-approved CEs.

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  • Module II: Addiction Counseling Theories, Practices and Skills - **UPDATED version being finalized. Course will be available for purchase once revision is complete.**

    This module addresses issues critical to clinicians and includes descriptions of individual counseling theories, family therapy, group therapy and multicultural considerations. It includes a 166-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 17 nationally-approved CEs.

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  • Module III: Ethical and Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling

    This module provides a detailed explanation of the NAADAC Code of Ethics, with examples, application questions and case studies to augment understanding. It includes a 130-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 13 nationally-approved CEs.

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Integrating Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders: An Introduction to What Every Addiction Counselor Needs to Know

This skill-based training program will help addiction counselors improve their ability to assist clients who have co-occurring disorders, within their scope of practice. It includes a 178-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 18 nationally-approved CEs.  This course is designed for those who do not have a significant background with co-occurring disorders and discusses the many myths related to mental illness treatment, barriers to assessing and treating co-occurring disorders, relevant research and prevalence data, commonly encountered mental disorders, applicable screening and assessment instruments and issues surrounding medication management and coordinating with other mental health professionals. Through the use of case studies, video clips and interactive exercises, participants will feel more comfortable and competent in addressing mental health issues with clients who have co-occurring disorders.

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New Horizons: Integrating Motivational Styles, Strategies and Skills with Pharmacotherapy

This course discusses how addiction professionals can utilize a motivational style in addiction treatment, as well as how to integrate appropriate motivational strategies and skills to help the alcohol dependent move through the Stages of Change and consider pharmacotherapy as a treatment option. It includes a 149-page manual, CD-Rom, and a online CE exam for 15 nationally-approved CEs.

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New Innovations with Opioid Treatment: Buprenorphine

This course discusses the four facets of opioid dependence and addiction (biological, psychological, social and spiritual), three FDA-approved medications for opioid dependence, applying strategies to match patients to the most appropriate therapy, methods of motivating patients in opioid dependence treatment and building cooperative relationships between addiction professionals and prescribers. It includes a 125-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 12 nationally-approved CEs.

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Pharmacotherapy: Integrating New Tools into Practice

Disulfiram (Antabuse), oral naltrexone (ReVia/Depade), acamprosate (Campral) and injectable naltrexone (Vivitrol) are diverse medications that have different purposes and ways of working in the brain. This course provides a comparison of the four FDA-approved pharmacotherapies to help treat alcohol dependence and presents strategies for overcoming treatment obstacles, matching patients to the most appropriate therapy and motivating patients in treatment. It includes a 154-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 15 nationally-approved CEs.

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Addiction Professionals Guide to SBIRT

The Addiction Professional’s Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Independent Study Course includes a 175-page skill-based training manual on SBIRT designed specifically for addiction-focused professionals, plus an online CE quiz for 18 nationally-approved CEs.  This guide brings together the tools that addiction professionals need to screen clients for unhealthy drinking, deliver effective brief counseling, refer to other specialists and provide successful case management & follow-up.  This guide also provides numerous appendices, resources, worksheets and specialty topics on the following: Understanding the dynamics of the alcoholic family in order to support both the family members, as well as the client, with alcohol-related issues; Assessing and treating older adults whose use of alcohol or prescription pain medications may create additional complications; Assessing and treating young adult and adolescents whose drinking patterns are unhealthy; and Connecting clients to mutual support groups.

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Substance Abuse Professional Qualification

A U.S. Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) operates as a “gatekeeper” of the return-to-duty process and provides an important service to the employee, the employer and the traveling public. SAPs represent the major decision point (and in some cases the only decision point) an employer may have in choosing whether or not to place an employee behind the steering wheel of a school bus, in the cockpit of a plane, at the helm of an oil tanker, at the throttle of a train, in the engineer compartment of a subway car or at the emergency control valves of a natural gas pipeline.  A SAP’s responsibility to the public is enormous. For more information on renewing or initially qualifying for a SAP Qualification, please click here.

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