ADDICTION CERTIFICATION & CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM

GACA Approved Provider

The Addiction Certification and Continuing Education Program is designed to provide the coursework necessary for those seeking the education requirements as an Addiction Counselor through GACA, NAADAC, or ADACBGA; or for those that want to specialize or gain more knowledge in counseling individuals with addiction histories.
In order to obtain a credential in addictions in the state of Georgia, counselors are required to complete a minimum of 180 continuing education hours, including the  core skills. CASE Collaborators is a GACA approved provider of 24 addiction-focused courses.
Each course is 8 hours and can be purchased separately at a cost of $120, in groups of 3 with a 10% discount, or the entire program for a 20% discount.
Brief descriptions of courses are below.

 

DRUGS OF ABUSE III: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR STIMULANTS

Core: Clinical Assessment

Gain and apply knowledge of the history and medical perspectives of the various stimulants and diagnosing related substance use disorders.

CONDUCTING BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENTS IN ADDICTION COUNSELING

Core: Clinical Assessment

This course introduces counselors to the theoretical framework of biopsychosocial assessments and preparing a clinical narrative.

DRUGS OF ABUSE I: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND HALLUCINOGENS

Core: Clinical Assessment

Gain and apply knowledge of the history and medical perspectives of prescription medications and hallucinogens and diagnosing related substance use disorders .

MODULE 4: SCREENING, INTAKE, ORIENTATION AND ASSESSMENT

Treatment Admission

Provide participants with the skills needed to conduct accurate evaluation of clients seeking services. This class will provide interactive-experiential learning as participants conduct mock screening, assessments, complete admission forms and conduct simulations of effective orientation to the program service.

MODULE 5: TREATMENT APPROACHES

Clinical Assessment

This class will provide participants with information about various treatment approaches and modalities. Participants will learn skills needed to appropriately match individuals with suitable programs. Course will address the use of the DSM 5, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and how to make recommendations for services.

MODULE 6: COUNSELING FUNCTIONS AND SKILLS

Ongoing Treatment Planning & Case Management

Covers skills needed to help counselors design treatment plans, provide appropriate case management and conduct effective crisis intervention when crisis events arise. This course will provide experiential learning as participants create treatment plans and ongoing plan reviews, coordinate a multi-service case management plan and take part in a mock crisis event. Class includes making effective referrals and discharge plans.

MODULE 7: COUNSELING PRACTICE

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course addresses the design and delivery of appropriate client education sessions and includes the use of stage models to help throughout the course of treatment. Course will offer participants experiential learning as they role-play mock individual and group counseling sessions. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 8: THEORETICAL BASIS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course examines major counseling theories and techniques and reasons counselors select certain interventions for particular clients. Session is interactive with participants practicing theories to include Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt, Solution-Focused and Narrative therapies, and Motivational Interviewing. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 9: COUNSELING SKILLS

Counseling Skills & Discharge and Continuing Care

This course covers the development of counselor skills. Course will cover the counselor/client, engaging and rapport building, listening and attending skills, observation of action and non-verbal responses. Course includes counseling families, adolescents, and the elderly. Information about relapse prevention, discharge planning, and helping clients establish a continuum of care will be discussed.

MODULE 10: COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual & Group Counseling

This course addresses the purpose of individual and group counseling skills and what the counselor’s role is in both. The course will address benefits and barriers to both and the qualities needed to be effective in either method. The course will also examine the history of self-help groups.

MODULE 11: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Legal, Ethical & Professional Growth Issues

State and/or federal regulations governing the substance abuse treatment and counseling industry will be addressed in this course. It encompasses Ethics and Confidentiality including the AIDS Confidentiality Laws. This course will also address counselor wellness and professional boundaries, and continuous self-evaluation. Participants will engage in interactive exercises that will assist in understanding the professional issues required of substance abuse counselors. Includes required 6 hours in Ethics.

MODULE 12: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services, Case Management, Discharge and Continuing Care

This course addresses working with culturally diverse populations to include specific issues related to age, gender, ethnicity, co-occurring disorders, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Through interactive and experiential exercises participants will be challenged to think differently. Course includes 12 hours for cultural diversity and 3 hours for HIV & AIDS education.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTION COUNSELING

Recommended as a Foundation Course

The course reviews the dynamics and functions of addiction counseling and critical components of treatment. The course provides a foundation for the Addiction Counseling Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (SAMHSA TAP 21). Interactive group exercises will be used to enhance the learning experience.

NEUROBIOLOGY OF ADDICTION AND PHARMACOTHERAPY

Core: Clinical Assessment

This course ntroduces counselors to the field of pharmacology and familiarizes them with signs and symptoms of psychoactive chemical problems, causes of addiction, the neurobiology of substance abuse, and its impact on the brain.

DRUGS OF ABUSE I: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR OPIOIDS AND HALLUCINOGENS

Core: Clinical Assessment

Gain and apply knowledge of the history, medical perspectives, and treatment of opioids and hallucinogens and diagnosing related substance use disorders .

DRUGS OF ABUSE II: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR ALCOHOL AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Core: Clinical Assessment

Gain and apply knowledge of the history, medical perspectives, and treatment of alcohol and prescription medications and diagnosing related substance use disorders.

SCREENING, INTAKE, ORIENTATION AND ASSESSMENT

Core: Treatment Admission

Provide participants with the skills needed to conduct accurate evaluation of clients seeking services. This class will provide interactive-experiential learning as participants conduct mock screening, assessments, complete admission forms and conduct simulations of effective orientation to the program service.

MODULE 5: TREATMENT APPROACHES

Clinical Assessment

This class will provide participants with information about various treatment approaches and modalities. Participants will learn skills needed to appropriately match individuals with suitable programs. Course will address the use of the DSM 5, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and how to make recommendations for services.

MODULE 6: COUNSELING FUNCTIONS AND SKILLS

Ongoing Treatment Planning & Case Management

Covers skills needed to help counselors design treatment plans, provide appropriate case management and conduct effective crisis intervention when crisis events arise. This course will provide experiential learning as participants create treatment plans and ongoing plan reviews, coordinate a multi-service case management plan and take part in a mock crisis event. Class includes making effective referrals and discharge plans.

MODULE 7: COUNSELING PRACTICE

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course addresses the design and delivery of appropriate client education sessions and includes the use of stage models to help throughout the course of treatment. Course will offer participants experiential learning as they role-play mock individual and group counseling sessions. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 8: THEORETICAL BASIS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course examines major counseling theories and techniques and reasons counselors select certain interventions for particular clients. Session is interactive with participants practicing theories to include Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt, Solution-Focused and Narrative therapies, and Motivational Interviewing. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 9: COUNSELING SKILLS

Counseling Skills & Discharge and Continuing Care

This course covers the development of counselor skills. Course will cover the counselor/client, engaging and rapport building, listening and attending skills, observation of action and non-verbal responses. Course includes counseling families, adolescents, and the elderly. Information about relapse prevention, discharge planning, and helping clients establish a continuum of care will be discussed.

MODULE 10: COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual & Group Counseling

This course addresses the purpose of individual and group counseling skills and what the counselor’s role is in both. The course will address benefits and barriers to both and the qualities needed to be effective in either method. The course will also examine the history of self-help groups.

MODULE 11: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Legal, Ethical & Professional Growth Issues

State and/or federal regulations governing the substance abuse treatment and counseling industry will be addressed in this course. It encompasses Ethics and Confidentiality including the AIDS Confidentiality Laws. This course will also address counselor wellness and professional boundaries, and continuous self-evaluation. Participants will engage in interactive exercises that will assist in understanding the professional issues required of substance abuse counselors. Includes required 6 hours in Ethics.

MODULE 12: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services, Case Management, Discharge and Continuing Care

This course addresses working with culturally diverse populations to include specific issues related to age, gender, ethnicity, co-occurring disorders, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Through interactive and experiential exercises participants will be challenged to think differently. Course includes 12 hours for cultural diversity and 3 hours for HIV & AIDS education.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ADDICTION COUNSELING

Recommended as a Foundation Course

The course reviews the dynamics and functions of addiction counseling and critical components of treatment. The course provides a foundation for the Addiction Counseling Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (SAMHSA TAP 21). Interactive group exercises will be used to enhance the learning experience.

NEUROBIOLOGY OF ADDICTION AND PHARMACOTHERAPY

Core: Clinical Assessment

This course ntroduces counselors to the field of pharmacology and familiarizes them with signs and symptoms of psychoactive chemical problems, causes of addiction, the neurobiology of substance abuse, and its impact on the brain.

DRUGS OF ABUSE I: SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS AND HALLUCINOGENS

Core: Clinical Assessment

Gain and apply knowledge of the history and medical perspectives of prescription medications and hallucinogens and diagnosing related substance use disorders .

MODULE 4: SCREENING, INTAKE, ORIENTATION AND ASSESSMENT

Treatment Admission

Provide participants with the skills needed to conduct accurate evaluation of clients seeking services. This class will provide interactive-experiential learning as participants conduct mock screening, assessments, complete admission forms and conduct simulations of effective orientation to the program service.

MODULE 5: TREATMENT APPROACHES

Clinical Assessment

This class will provide participants with information about various treatment approaches and modalities. Participants will learn skills needed to appropriately match individuals with suitable programs. Course will address the use of the DSM 5, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and how to make recommendations for services.

MODULE 6: COUNSELING FUNCTIONS AND SKILLS

Ongoing Treatment Planning & Case Management

Covers skills needed to help counselors design treatment plans, provide appropriate case management and conduct effective crisis intervention when crisis events arise. This course will provide experiential learning as participants create treatment plans and ongoing plan reviews, coordinate a multi-service case management plan and take part in a mock crisis event. Class includes making effective referrals and discharge plans.

MODULE 7: COUNSELING PRACTICE

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course addresses the design and delivery of appropriate client education sessions and includes the use of stage models to help throughout the course of treatment. Course will offer participants experiential learning as they role-play mock individual and group counseling sessions. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 8: THEORETICAL BASIS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services & Documentation

This course examines major counseling theories and techniques and reasons counselors select certain interventions for particular clients. Session is interactive with participants practicing theories to include Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt, Solution-Focused and Narrative therapies, and Motivational Interviewing. The course also encompasses documentation and recording the treatment process.

MODULE 9: COUNSELING SKILLS

Counseling Skills & Discharge and Continuing Care

This course covers the development of counselor skills. Course will cover the counselor/client, engaging and rapport building, listening and attending skills, observation of action and non-verbal responses. Course includes counseling families, adolescents, and the elderly. Information about relapse prevention, discharge planning, and helping clients establish a continuum of care will be discussed.

MODULE 10: COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual & Group Counseling

This course addresses the purpose of individual and group counseling skills and what the counselor’s role is in both. The course will address benefits and barriers to both and the qualities needed to be effective in either method. The course will also examine the history of self-help groups.

MODULE 11: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

Legal, Ethical & Professional Growth Issues

State and/or federal regulations governing the substance abuse treatment and counseling industry will be addressed in this course. It encompasses Ethics and Confidentiality including the AIDS Confidentiality Laws. This course will also address counselor wellness and professional boundaries, and continuous self-evaluation. Participants will engage in interactive exercises that will assist in understanding the professional issues required of substance abuse counselors. Includes required 6 hours in Ethics.

MODULE 12: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS OF COUNSELING

Counseling Services, Case Management, Discharge and Continuing Care

This course addresses working with culturally diverse populations to include specific issues related to age, gender, ethnicity, co-occurring disorders, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Through interactive and experiential exercises participants will be challenged to think differently. Course includes 12 hours for cultural diversity and 3 hours for HIV & AIDS education.

 
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