Course Description

Ensuring that a client enters and exits the appropriate treatment program are only two responsibilities of an addiction and other helping professional. Addiction Counselors must also guide the client through the treatment process and actively participate in the client's recovery. Addiction counselors have an enormous effect of the treatment process. The largest contributing factor is the counseling relationship. In this course we will review Addiction Counselor qualities and skills, the counselor / client relationship and disclosure, and transference and counter-transference. (NAADAC, 2017, pp. 84-91).

Course Modality. This is an independent home-study course. Students will take the course according to their own timeline. 

CE’s: 7.5 hours. (Reading course text / articles and Application to Practice). To receive the course completion certificate, each student is required to complete and submit Learning Contract, read all text-based materials, view any media posted, complete and submit chapter discussion questions, complete and pass course examination, and complete and submit course evaluation.

Text / Student Resources. Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference, Module II. NAADAC, Alexandria, VA, 2017. All course materials will be uploaded to the course platform.

Senior Instructor

Diane Sherman, PhD

Dr. Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, beginning her career while serving in the U.S. Army for in the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist.  She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Addiction Counselor-II. Dr. Sherman earned her Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to addiction professional, clinical, and ethical practices and clinical supervision. Dr. Sherman is the past President of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association and recipient of the GACA President’s Award, and Bernard Carter Humanitarian Award. She also served on the board of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies, and in 2015 was honored to receive the Bruce Hoopes Pioneer Award in Addiction Treatment, a personally meaningful award, for excellence in the addiction profession.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1. Introduction

  • 2

    Chapter 2. Addiction Counselor Skills - Presentation.

    • Addiction Counselor Skills. Video Lesson: Qualities.

    • Addiction Counselor Skills. Video Lesson: Skills and Counselor/Client Relationships

    • Addiction Counselor Skills. Presentation Handout

  • 3

    Chapter 3. Application to Practice Assignments.

  • 4

    Chapter 4. Course completion

    • Course Examination

    • Course Evaluation

Reviews

5 star rating

ADDICTION COUNSELOR SKILLS

mercedes williams

THIS COURSE MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 12 CORE FUNCTIONS THAT IS REQUIRED IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. THE INSTRUCTOR (DR. SHERMAN IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE...

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THIS COURSE MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE 12 CORE FUNCTIONS THAT IS REQUIRED IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. THE INSTRUCTOR (DR. SHERMAN IS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGEABLE IN THIS FIELD. HER TEACHING IS OUTSTANDING.

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5 star rating

Addiction Counselor Skills

Kay Fields

This was a good review course. I continue to not be overly comfortable about virtual learning, but I feel more comfortable as time goes on.

This was a good review course. I continue to not be overly comfortable about virtual learning, but I feel more comfortable as time goes on.

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5 star rating

another great course

Kenneth Adams

Great intro and overview to the complex set of skills needed in this profession. Concepts are explained in great detail and with subtlety and nuance.

Great intro and overview to the complex set of skills needed in this profession. Concepts are explained in great detail and with subtlety and nuance.

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5 star rating

Excellent

Raquel Hightower

I gave this course a rating of 5 stars for excellence because it challenged me to further develop my addiction counselor skills.

I gave this course a rating of 5 stars for excellence because it challenged me to further develop my addiction counselor skills.

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5 star rating

Addiction Counselor Skill

Olivia Lindsey-Sabory

I very much appreciate the review it provides as I prepare for the CAC II test to become an addiction counselor. The pre and post test are especially measura...

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I very much appreciate the review it provides as I prepare for the CAC II test to become an addiction counselor. The pre and post test are especially measurable toward that goal.

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Linda Hornby

5 star rating

Yvonne Hickey

I loved it!!

I loved it!!

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