Independent Study Courses

The Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference, 11th Edition - Three Independent Courses in One!

The Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference, 11th 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. 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, Disorders 

    Newly released in March 2018, this module outlines the pharmacological effects of each substance of abuse, drug interactions and treatment considerations. It includes a 246-page manual, plus a 110 question online CE exam for 11 nationally-approved CEs.  

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  • Module II: Addiction Counseling Theories, Practices and Skills

    This newly updated module addresses issues critical to clinicians and includes descriptions of individual counseling theories, family therapy, group therapy and multicultural considerations. It includes a 168-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 7.75 nationally-approved CEs.

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  • Module III: Ethical and Professional Issues in Addiction Counseling

    Newly released in May 2018, this module provides a detailed explanation of the 2016 NAADAC Code of Ethics, with examples, application questions and case studies to augment understanding. It includes a 130-page manual, plus a 110-question online CE exam for 11 nationally-approved CEs.

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Clinical Supervision: An Overview of Functions, Processes, and Methodology

Clinical Supervision: An Overview of Functions, Processes and Methodology is a comprehensive manual developed as a resource for addiction-focused professionals who work as clinical supervisors or aspire to become clinical supervisors. Consistent clinical supervision has long been understood as a primary indicator of quality care. This manual is intended to be a resource for professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of the functions, processes, methodology, and best practices in clinical supervision. Historical perspectives, evidence-based practices, and contemporary approaches are all addressed. Also addressed are clinical supervision strategy in diverse settings, structure of clinical supervision, and legal or ethical issues, including an ethical decision-making model. This manual also covers the use of technology in clinical supervision, and how to successfully protect patient privacy while using technology. Included in this manual are interactive exercises and case studies, designed to build applicable knowledge in preparation of common complicated scenarios.

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

Newly released in July 2018, 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 160-page manual, plus an online CE exam for 8 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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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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U.S. DOT Substance Abuse Professional Re-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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