Substance Abuse Counseling

Substance Abuse Counselor Program

Certified Substance Abuse Counselors are integral in the addiction treatment process. Through individual and/or group therapy, those in this profession provide support, education and guidance to persons suffering from drug, alcohol or other addictions.

The re-designed curriculum at CFCC provides students with a series of classes that meets the required 270 clock hours established by the NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Each class is designed to provide students with the most current theory and practices within the field of behavioral health overall, and addiction therapy specifically.

The program will provide students with guidance and support as they move through the didactic part of the certification process.

Contact for Substance Abuse Counseling

Phillip Brown
(910 362-7319


Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

This class will meet the 3 clock hours of ethics training required to register with the NCSAPPB. Students will be introduced to the professional code of ethics that define the professional in this field. The class will enhance the student’s knowledge of State and Federal laws regarding substance use disorders.

Professional Development for Addiction Counselors

Students will be introduced to the profession of addiction counseling, and the requirements to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. The class will provide Information regarding the core skills competencies, and required supervision and clinical practicum. Students will complete a pre-assessment skills evaluation developed by Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) series 21.

Client, Family and Community Education for Addiction Counselors

This class is designed to develop skills to provide clients, families, significant others, and community groups with information on the risks associated with psychoactive substance use, as well as available prevention, treatment and recovery resources.

Blood Borne Pathogens, Infectious Disease and Nicotine Dependence

This class will provide students with an in-depth overview of infectious diseases and blood borne pathogens, and the link between drug use and the contraction of these communicable diseases. Emphasis will be placed on HIV/AIDS, STD’s, and Hepatitis B & C. Nicotine dependence and its relationship to substance abuse will be a focus of this class.

Documentation for Addiction Counselors

This class is designed to teach students techniques that provide clear, concise and accurate documentation. The skills learned will meet criteria established by providers and payers. The focus of this class includes, but will not be limited to…medical terminology, client confidentiality, HIPAA, client rights, developing and updating treatment plans, discharge summaries, etc. Students will practice educating patients, explaining regulations to clients, billing, applying infectious disease regulations as they relate to treatment, and security for clinical records.

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Addiction Counselors

This class will introduce students to the assessment and planning process of their clients. Students will develop the skills necessary to utilize screening tools to obtain client information, and determine the client’s physical and mental status. The development of comprehensive treatment plans will be a focus of this class. Students will become familiar with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders.

Practicum Work Based Learning for Addiction Counselors

Students pursuing certification as Certified Substance Abuse Counselors are required by the NCSAPPB to complete a 300 hour supervised practicum. This class is designed to provide clinical, administrative and educational support as student’s progress through their workplace internship. Students must be registered with the NCSAPPB in order to enroll in this class.

Crisis Planning and Intervention

Utilizing the NC Interventions (NCI) criteria, students will learn proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.  Emphasis will be on assessing the risk for escalating behavior, appropriate interventions, and the use of nonphysical methods of management. Enhancement of verbal and non-verbal communication is a focus.

Students will become certified in North Carolina Interventions (NCI).

To learn more about the Substance Abuse Counselor program, get help with registration, and/or obtain information, call 910-362-7319.