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Addiction Therapy Training

Training for a substance abuse counselor can have a mixture of psychology, physiology, sociology, and technology. Some of the classes that are typically found on the schedule of an individual studying to enter this profession might be; Introduction to Addictive Drugs

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Addiction Therapy Classes

  • Professional Development in Addiction Counseling
  • Physiological Actions of Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling Techniques
  • Chemical Dependency and the Family
  • Case Management for Chemically Dependent Clients
  • Cultural Diversity in Addiction Counseling
  • Adolescent Addiction
  • Relapse Prevention
  • HIV/AIDS Risk Intervention & Blood Borne Pathogens
  • Group Process in Chemical Dependency Treatment
  • Chemical Dependency and the Law
  • Addiction Counseling Clinical Practicum
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Chemical Dependency
  • Lifespan Psychology
  • Intro to Family Systems: Intervention and Prevention
  • Abnormal Psychology

Substance Abuse Counseling Internships

Internships are also an integral part of the recommended training for substance abuse counselors. This usually entails supervised counseling practice and patient interaction in a clinic. These internships may be paid or on a volunteer basis. Unpaid supervised clinical practice is called an externship. These are generally easier to get. Whether a student decides to participate in an internship or an externship program to supplement their education, it is a vital part of the process by which counselors are required to complete. Internships and externships are completed before earning substance abuse counselor certification, an associate’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree. These programs are generally structured to allow aspiring counselors to enter their desired field while still attending school. This step can also provide very beneficial hands on experience for individuals who are not sure which field most interests them. By providing assistance in different settings, students are able to witness different settings and environments in the field of substance abuse and chemical addiction. Furthermore, this format of hands on training also provides much-needed service to the clinics in which students are serving. Often an internship or externship can open a door professionally as a reference or even as a job opportunity.

The hours and supervision required to fulfill an internship varies depending on the educational degree a student is hoping to achieve. The hour requirement for an associate’s degree is 2500, 2000 hours is required for a bachelor’s degree, and only 1500 hours for a master’s. These hours need to be completed in an actual outpatient treatment facility or clinic. Supervision is limited allowing an interning counselor to gain the trust and a relationship with the patients they serve. A supervising senior licensed CDP staff member, or a facility director generally reviews and evaluates completed work. The bulk of counseling, including individual and group sessions, is carried out with minimal supervision, however, any recommendations for treatment or behavioral adjustments must be approved by a supervising certified staff member before allowed.