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The Center for Addiction Studies and Research

The Center for Addiction Studies and Research is a District of Columbia Certification Board for Professional Alcohol and Drug Counselors (DCCB/PADC) approved distance learning provider of education in the chemical dependency field. Distance learning hours are approved for DCCB/PADC certification and recertification requirement. There is no limit on the number of distance learning hours that can be applied toward the certification or recertification requirements.

 

Educational Requirements

Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC)

A High School diploma or equivalent.

Documentation of 200 hours of education with a minimum number of hours required in each of the following performance domains:

  • Pharmacology – 12 Clock Hours
  • Signs and Symptoms – 12 Clock Hours
  • Rules and Regulations – 6 Clock Hours
  • Models of Counseling Service and Treatment – 12 Clock Hours
  • Counseling Theory and Dynamics – 80 Clock Hours
  • Assessment and Treatment Planning – 12 Clock Hours
  • Human Development – 24 Clock Hours
  • Ethics – 12 Clock Hours
  • HIV/AIDS – 6 Clock Hours
  • DSM-IV-R Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis – 6 Clock Hours

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

DCCB/PADC content hour requirements can be satisfied with the following educational courses.

Pharmacology

  • Alcohol Use and Abuse: Physical, Psychological and Pharmacological Effects of Alcohol - 20 Clock Hours
  • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances: Physical, Psychological and Pharmacological Effects of Drugs of Abuse - 45 Clock Hours

Signs and Symptoms

  • Alcohol Use and Abuse: Physical, Psychological and Pharmacological Effects of Alcohol - 20 Clock Hours
  • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances: Physical, Psychological and Pharmacological Effects of Drugs of Abuse - 45 Clock Hours

Rules and Regulations

  • Confidentiality of Patient Records - 10 Clock Hours

Models of Counseling Service and Treatment

  • Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours

Counseling Theory and Dynamics

  • Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Among Older Adults - 30 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Individuals - 30 Clock Hours
  • Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours

Assessment and Treatment Planning

  • Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders - 25 Clock Hours
  • Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment - 15 Clock Hours

Ethics

  • Ethics in Addiction Counseling - 20 Clock Hours
  • HIV/AIDS: Ethical, Legal and Professional Considerations - 15 Clock Hours

HIV/AIDS – 6 Clock Hours

  • HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Treatment - 10 Clock Hours

DSM-IV-R Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis

  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - 40 Clock Hours

Certified Alcoholism and Drug Addictions Counselor (CADC)

Bachelor's degree or higher in a Human Services or related field.

Documentation of 400 hours of education in courses related to chemical dependency treatment with a minimum number of hours required in each of the following performance domains:

  • Pharmacology – 24 Clock Hours
  • Signs and Symptoms – 12 Clock Hours
  • Rules and Regulations – 12 Clock Hours
  • Models of Counseling Service and Treatment – 24 Clock Hours
  • Counseling Theory and Dynamics – 178 Clock Hours
  • Assessment and Treatment Planning – 24 Clock Hours
  • Human Development – 48 Clock Hours
  • Ethics – 24 Clock Hours
  • HIV/AIDS – 6 Clock Hours
  • DSM-IV-R Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis – 48 Clock Hours

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Content hour requirements can be satisfied with the educational courses listed above.

Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

Current CADC certification.

Documentation of 30 hours of didactic training in clinical supervision. This must include at least six hours of training in each of the following areas: Assessment/Evaluation, Counselor Development, Management/Administration, Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

An Associates Degree in a Human Service Field or a minimum of three years of ATOD prevention experience.

Documentation of 100 hours of education. 50 hours must be prevention-specific. The remaining 50 hours must be specific to ATOD training.

Certified Prevention Professional (CPP)

A Bachelor's Degree in a Human Service Field or a minimum of four years of managerial experience in ATOD prevention work.

Documentation of 100 hours of education. 50 hours must be prevention-specific. The remaining 50 hours must be specific to ATOD training.

Continuing Education Requirements

CAC/CADC: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years.

CCS: Documentation of six (6) hours of continuing education related to clinical supervision every two years.

CPP/CPS: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years. 20 hours must be in prevention training. The remaining 20 hours must be in ATOD-specific training.

All certifications require six hours of ethics for each recertification period.

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