Drug & Alcohol Counselor

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, you should be able to: • Define methods for detecting and determining addiction type • Identify methods for understanding addiction and avoiding triggers • Define the different treatment approaches • Identify techniques for overcoming addiction and solving the problems it has caused • Identify methods for counseling and treatment • Identify steps for initial assessment and treatment planning • Comprehend various therapies and treatment groups available to the individual • Identify the steps involved in the AA 12 step program • Identify dual diagnoses and family treatment programs • Define clinical staff and characteristics of a good counselor • Explain the anatomical structures and physiological functions related to psychology • Examine sensation, perception, heredity, and genetics • Analyze consciousness, sleep, sleep disorders, and hypnosis as they relate to psychology • Analyze the underlying principles and basis of the psychology behind learning, memory, and experience • Explain cognitive abilities and intelligence from a psychological perspective • Examine the different phases and stages in human development • Examine the different motivation theories and the psychological basis of emotions • Explain sexuality and gender in relation to psychology • Examine psychoanalytic approaches and humanistic theories to explain behaviors and traits in personalities • Evaluate health psychology and approaches to health management • Investigate the different mental disorders as they relate to psychology • Analyze psychotherapy, the different methods, and their effectiveness • Investigate the importance of thoughts, trends in social behavior, and impact of social influences DESCRIPTION: This interactive drug and alcohol counselor training program is made for anyone who wants to become a professional drug and alcohol counselor. However, you can also opt for this course if you only want to enhance your skills as a counselor. Thus, you can make a career for yourself in this field and bring positive change in people’s lives. Because this program includes a lot of technical material, there are various assessment materials you can use to help review your knowledge during the training program. The program will begin with an introduction to psychology. Thus, you’ll learn about: • basic theories • basic concepts • research methods • human development • motivations for human thoughts • feelings • human behavior • the role of gender, sexuality, genetics, and heredity on human behavior Level 1 Drug and Alcohol Counseling is one course in this program. In this course, you’ll learn: • how addictive disorders are understood, identified, and treated • what strategies you must use to work with clients • the difference between an abuser and addict Level 2 Drug and Alcohol Counseling is another course in this program. In this course, you’ll learn: • how to use available treatments such as motivational enhancement, skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12-step facilitation, and medication This program aims to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a valuable professional in the industry. CERTIFICATION: Upon successful completion of our Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1 and Level 2 courses, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for licensing and credentialing exams. Each state has its own regulations, and each state may have additional licensing requirements, so be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.
Assist People Through Their Addictions
DURATION (time given)
12 months
6 Months
Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 1 Basics of Abuse and Addiction • About Substance Abuse • The Cost of Chemical Abuse/Addiction • Definitions of Terms Used • The Growth of New "Addictions" • A Basic Misconception • Effects & Side Effects of Chemicals • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome • Barbiturates & Barbiturate-Like Compounds • Pharmacology of Barbiturates • Neuroadaptation, Tolerance & Physical Dependence Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 2 Commonly Abused Chemicals 1 • Medical Uses of the Benzodiazepines • Central Nervous System Stimulants • CNS Stimulant Abuse • Cocaine Abuse & Dependence • History of Cocaine • Complications of Cocaine Abuse/Addiction • Marijuana Abuse & Addiction • A Medico-Legal Conundrum • Methods of Marijuana Abuse • Opiates as Drugs of Abuse Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 3 Commonly Abused Chemicals 2 • Abuse of & Addiction to Hallucinogens • Methods of Hallucinogen Abuse • The Pharmacology of LSD • ECSTASY (MDMA) • Salvia Divinorum • Abuse of & Addiction to Inhalants • Scope of the Problem of Inhalant and Steroid Abuse • Sources & Methods of Steroid Abuse • Chemicals & the Neonate • Scope of the Problem for Pregnant Women Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 4 The Many Faces of Substance Abuse • Gender & Addiction • Differing Effects of Common Drugs on Women • The Faces of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) • Rehabilitation for Children or Adolescents • SUD & College Students • Consequences of SUD in the College Population • Codependency & Enabling • Addiction and the Family • Interventions • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 5 Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders • The Dual-Diagnosis Client • A Diagnostic Challenge • Psychopathology & Drug of Choice • Applications of the Medical Model of Addictions • The Psychosocial Models of SUD • A Disease of the Human Spirit • The Mind-Body Question • The Games of Addiction • A Definition of Intervention • Common Forms of Intervention Drug and Alcohol Counseling- Level 1 Module 6 The Treatment of Addiction • Treatment Settings • Outpatient Treatment • Residential Treatment Programs • The Process and Methods of Treatment • Pharmacological Interventions • Pharmacotherapy of SUDs • Lapse & Relapse • Cravings & Urges • Toxicology Tests • Psycho-Educational Interventions Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 7 Other Issues in Chemical Dependence • Elements of AA • AA & Outside Organizations • Other Types of Support Groups • Challenges with 12-Step Programs • SUD & Infectious Disease • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) • Pneumonias & Tuberculosis • Viral Hepatitis • Drug Use & Violence • The "War" on Drugs Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 1 Counseling: The Initial Hours • How Treatment Works • The Motivational Interview • Natural History of Addiction • How to Assess Motivation • First Hours of Treatment • How to Greet Clients • Beginning the Therapeutic Alliance • Dealing with Early Denial • How Clients React to Detoxification • Diagnosis: Substance Use Disorder Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 2 Biopsychosocial Interview and Treatment Plan • How to Conduct the Interview • Summary and Impression • Disposition and Treatment Plan • How to Build a Treatment Plan • How to Develop Objectives • How to Develop Interventions • How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Treatment • How to Select Goals, Objectives, and Interventions • Treatment Plan Review • How to Write Progress Notes Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 3 Individual Treatment and Group Therapy • The Therapeutic Alliance • How to Be Reinforcing • Behavior Therapy • Cognitive Therapy • Interpersonal Therapy • Benefits of a Group Process • The Agenda Group • The Relapse Prevention Group • The Spirituality Group • The Childhood Group Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 4 Drugs of Abuse and Recovery Skills • Central Nervous System Depressants • Alcohol • Opioids • Hallucinogens • Synthetic Designer Drugs • Cannabis • Nicotine • The Chemical Use History • Love, Trust, and Commitment • Addictive Relationships • Self-Discipline • Stress Management Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 5 12 Step Program and Lectures • The Committee • How to Help Clients Accept a Higher Power • The Disease Concept • Defense Mechanisms • The Great Lie • Normal Development • Physical Addiction and Recovery • Alcoholics Anonymous • Meetings Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 6 Special Problems and Adolescent Treatment • The Psychiatric/Psychological Assessment • The Depressed Client • The Angry Client • Personalities • The Borderline Client • The Narcissistic Client • The Anxious Client • Puberty • Group Therapy • Peer Pressure Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 7 The Family Program and The Clinical Staff • The First Family Contact • Common Family Problems • How to Treat Family Members • Psychologist/Psychiatrist • Social Workers • Nurses • Staff-Client Problems • Clinical Staffing Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 8 Continuing Care and Good Counselors • Outpatient Discharge Criteria • Inpatient Discharge Criteria • How to Develop a Discharge Summary • The Discharge Summary • Aspects of Good Counseling Psychology • The Field of Psychology • Biological Basis of Behavior, Sensation, and Perception • Consciousness • Learning with Change, Experience, and Memory • Cognition and Intelligence • Human Development • Motivation and Emotion • Sexuality and Gender • Personality and Behavioral Patterns • Health, Stress, and Its Management • Mental Disorders: Causes, Nature, and Treatment • Social Thought and Behavior
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