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Certified Alcohol & Drug Counseling

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors are integral in the Alcohol & Drug 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 substance use disorder.

The curriculum at CFCC provides students with three semesters of classes that provide the required 270 educational hours required by the NC Alcohol & Drug Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). Each section is designed to provide students with the most current theories and practices within the field of behavioral health overall, and substance use disorder therapy specifically.

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

Alcohol & Drug Counseling 1

96 Hours – $190 – Tuesdays and Thursdays, In-person, 6-9 PM

This semester will provide an introduction to becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. The course work will:

  • Introduce students to the academic program, career, and Professional Board of CADC.
  • Cover basic alcoholism and drug addiction knowledge, traditions and philosophies of 12-step, and other recovery support groups in relation to the client, family, and community.
  • Introduce students to the ethical considerations that define the conduct of counselors as required for certification by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board.
  • Provide students with an in-depth overview of infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, nicotine use, and the link between drug use and co-occurring disabilities.
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Alcohol & Drug Counseling 2 – Coming Summer 2021
96 Hours – $190 – Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, In-person and Online, 6-9 PM

Alcohol & Drug Counseling 3 – Coming Winter 2021
96 Hours – $190 – Monday and Wednesdays – In-person and Online, 6-9 PM
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Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors are integral in the Alcohol & Drug 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 substance use disorder.

The re-designed curriculum at CFCC provides students with a series of classes that meet the required 270 education clock hours established by the NC Alcohol & Drug 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 substance use disorder therapy specifically.

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

The Alcohol & Drug Counselor program has a total of 8 classes that must be taken in the sequence noted below:

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 defines 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 Alcohol & Drug counseling, and the requirements to become a Certified Alcohol & Drug 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 Alcohol & Drug Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) series 21.


Blood Borne Pathogens, Infectious Disease and Nicotine Dependence

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


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.


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 the focus of this class. Students will become familiar with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatric Disorders.


Documentation for Addiction Counselors

This class is designed to teach students techniques that provide clear, concise and accurate documentation. The skills learned will meet the 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


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.


Practicum Work-Based Learning for Addiction Counselors

Students pursuing certification as Certified Alcohol & Drug 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 students progress through their workplace internships. Students must be registered with the NCSAPPB in order to enroll in this class.


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

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