Drug & Alcohol Counselor Professional Program

Counseling & Coaching
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Our Drug & Alcohol Counselor Professional Program focuses on providing you with all of the information needed to work with the chemically dependent and addicted. It also focuses on assisting individuals in recovery with identity behaviors and problems related to their addictions and then providing support for making changes in behavior and helping to maintain sobriety. 

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1

Have you ever thought about a career in addiction coaching? Do you feel passionate about helping people reclaim lives that have been deteriorated by drugs or alcohol? Addiction coaching professionals treat individuals who are in need of substance abuse counseling as well as offer peace of mind to the families of persons who are in need of drug addiction counseling. Our Drug and Alcohol Counseling course examines various substance abuse disorders and presents techniques for helping people overcome their addictions.

Prerequisite(s): None

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2 is a comprehensive course for people who want to work with the chemically dependent and addicted in a variety of treatment settings. This course shows the student how to use the best evidence-based treatments available, including motivational enhancement, cognitive behavioral therapy, skills training, medication and 12 step facilitation. Guiding the student step-by-step through treatment, this course presents state-of-the-art tools, and forms and tests necessary to deliver outstanding treatment and to meet the highest standards demanded by accrediting bodies.

Prerequisite(s): Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1

Abnormal Psychology

In the same way that psychology offers important insights in terms of human behavior and experience, so does the sub-field called abnormal psychology. Our Abnormal Psychology course will introduce psychopathology and changing views of mental illness. We examine impairments in brain functions and social processes and how this affects everyday life. Our course explores disorders of childhood, mood disorders, psychoses, schizophrenia, sexuality, eating, and anxiety disorders. By taking this course, you will discover the many faces of abnormal psychology and you will be challenged to define what is normal and abnormal. 

Prerequisite(s): None

** Course Subject to Change.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall the basics of abuse and addiction
  • Differentiate between commonly abused chemicals
  • Recognize the various presentations of substance abuse disorder
  • Identify substance abuse disorders
  • List techniques for treating addiction

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the steps for initial assessment and treatment planning
  • Recall various therapies and treatment groups available
  • Recognize the steps involved in the AA 12 step program
  • Identify dual diagnosis and family treatment programs
  • Define clinical staff and characteristics of a good counselor

Abnormal Psychology

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify components of psychopathology and neuroscience approaches to treating mental illness
  • Recall symptoms and behaviors associated with psychological disorders, childhood disorders, mood disorders, and suicide
  • Recognize how stress, trauma, and anxiety affect psychopathology
  • Define characteristics of eating, sexuality, and addictive disorders
  • Identify traits associated with schizophrenia, personality, and neurocognitive disorders


Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 1
Basics of Abuse and Addiction

  • About Substance Abuse
  • The Cost of Chemical Abuse/Addiction
  • Definitions of Terms Used
  • The Growth of New "Addictions"
  • A Basic Misconception
  • Effects & Side Effects of Chemicals
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 2
Commonly Abused Chemicals 1

  • Medical Uses of the Benzodiazepines
  • Central Nervous System Stimulants
  • CNS Stimulant Abuse
  • Cocaine Abuse & Dependence
  • History of Cocaine
  • Complications of Cocaine Abuse/Addiction
  • Marijuana Abuse & Addiction
  • A Medico-Legal Conundrum
  • Methods of Marijuana Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 3
Commonly Abused Chemicals 2

  • Abuse of & Addiction to Hallucinogens
  • Methods of Hallucinogen Abuse
  • The Pharmacology of LSD
  • Salvia Divinorum
  • Abuse of & Addiction to Inhalants
  • Scope of the Problem of Inhalant and Steroid Abuse
  • Sources & Methods of Steroid Abuse
  • Chemicals & the Neonate
  • Scope of the Problem for Pregnant Women

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 4
The Many Faces of Substance Abuse

  • Gender & Addiction
  • Differing Effects of Common Drugs on Women
  • The Faces of Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
  • Rehabilitation for Children or Adolescents
  • SUD & College Students
  • Consequences of SUD in the College Population

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 5
Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders

  • Substance Use Disorders and the Family
  • Codependency
  • Enabling Behaviors
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Addictions
  • Diseases of the Spirit
  • Benefits of Spirituality

Drug and Alcohol Coaching- Level 1 Module 6
The Treatment of Addiction

  • Assessment of Suspected Substance Use Disorders
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment Settings
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Characteristics of the Substance Rehabilitation Professional
  • The Treatment Plan
  • Aftercare Programs
  • Decision to Seek Treatment
  • Stages of Recovery

Drug and Alcohol Coaching - Level 1 Module 7
Other Issues in Chemical Dependence

  • Pharmacological Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
  • Relapse
  • Willpower
  • Support Groups to Promote and Sustain Recovery
  • Substance Use Disorders and Infectious Disease
  • AIDS
  • Hepatitis
  • Debate over Drugs
  • Debate over Legalization

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 1
Counseling: The Initial Hours

  • How to Greet Patients
  • How to Handle Family Members
  • Beginning the Therapeutic Alliance
  • The Initial Assessment
  • The Intoxicated Patient
  • How Patients React in Detoxification
  • The Biopsychosocial Interview
  • Diagnosis and Disposition
  • The Treatment Plan
  • How to Build a Treatment Plan
  • The Problem List
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Treatment Plan Review
  • How to Write Progress Notes

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 2
Counseling and Treatment

  • Individual Treatment Process
  • The Therapeutic Alliance
  • Transference and Countertransference
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • How Patients Use Feelings Inappropriately
  • How Patients Learn Relationship Skills
  • Benefits of Group Therapy
  • Preparation for the Group
  • The Honesty Group
  • The Euphoric Recall Group
  • The Reading Group
  • The Relapse Prevention Group
  • The Spirituality Group
  • The Childhood Group
  • The Men’s Group / Women’s Group
  • The Community Group
  • The Personal Inventory Group
  • Creating and Using Contracts

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 3
The AA 12 Step

  • Step One: Powerless and Unmanageable
  • Step Two: Belief in a Higher Power
  • Step Three: Turn it Over to God
  • Step Four: Fearless Moral Inventory
  • Step Five: Sharing the Moral Inventory
  • Educational Lectures Series
  • Lecture Series: The Disease
  • Lecture Series: Defense Mechanisms
  • Lecture Series: The Great Lie & the Truth
  • Lecture Series: Normal Development
  • Lecture Series: Physical Addiction and Recovery
  • Lecture Series: Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Lecture Series: Understanding Feelings

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 4
Dual Diagnosis and Family Therapy

  • Psychiatric / Psychological Assessment
  • Depressed Patient
  • Angry Patient
  • Homicidal Patient
  • Personality Disorders
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Borderline Patient
  • Narcissistic Patient
  • Anxious Patient
  • Psychotic Patient
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Patient with Low Intellectual Functioning
  • The Elderly Patient
  • Early childhood Trauma
  • Pathological Gambler
  • Adolescent Treatment
  • The Family Program
  • How to Treat Family Members

Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 Module 5
The Clinical Staff and Being a Good Counselor

  • The Physician
  • Psychologist & Psychiatrist
  • Nursing Staff
  • Clinical Director and Supervisor
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • The Rehabilitation Technician
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Team Building
  • Staff-Patient Problems
  • Discharge Summary and Aftercare
  • Outpatient Discharge Criteria
  • Understanding the Drugs
  • Being a Good Counselor
  • Characteristics of a Good Counselor
  • Code of Ethics

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology Module 1    
An Overview of Psychopathology and Changing Conceptualizations of Mental Illness

  • Understanding Psychopathology
  • Historical Considerations
  • Discovering the Function of the Brain in Behavior and Psychopathology
  • Care for Those with Mental Disorders
  • Biological Approaches to Treating Mental Illness
  • Psychological Treatment Perspectives in the Twentieth Century

Abnormal Psychology Module 2
Neuroscience Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology

  • Growing Importance of Neuroscience and Genetics
  • Brain Anatomy, Neurons, and Neurotransmitters
  • Neurons and Neural Transmission
  • How Do We Observe the Brain at Work?
  • Networks of the Brain
  • Genetics and Psychopathology
  • Evolution and Psychopathology 

Abnormal Psychology Module 3   
Research Methods

  • What is Science?
  • Nonexperimental Methods of Psychological Research
  • Naturalistic Observations
  • Correlational Approach
  • The Experimental Method: Making it Happen
  • Designing an Experimental Study
  • Ethics and Scientific Experiment
  • Research Considerations

Abnormal Psychology Module 4
Assessment and Classification of Psychological Disorders

  • Initial Assessment and Mental Status Exam
  • Structured Interviews and Assessment Considerations
  • Models of Assessment
  • Diagnostic Considerations in Psychopathology
  • Classification Systems for Mental Disorders

Abnormal Psychology Module 5
Disorders of Childhood

  • Aspects of Normal Child Development
  • Attachment Disorders, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Learning Disorders
  • Intellectual Development Disorder

Abnormal Psychology Module 6
Mood Disorders and Suicide

  • Introducing Mood Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Biological and Neuroscience Treatments for Depression
  • Psychological Treatments for Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Aspects of Suicide

Abnormal Psychology Module 7
Stress, Trauma, and Psychopathology

  • The Psychological Mechanisms Related to Stress and Trauma
  • Does Trauma Produce Mental Illness?
  • The Study of Stress
  • Fight or Flight
  • Trauma-and-Stressor-Related Disorders in DSM-5
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Abnormal Psychology Module 8
Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

  • Overview of Anxiety Disorders
  • The Nature of Anxiety and Evolutionary Explanations
  • Cognitive Processes in Anxiety
  • Major Types of Anxiety Disorders
  • Separation Anxiety Disorders
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Abnormal Psychology Module 9
Dissociative and Eating Disorders

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
  • Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Illness Anxiety Disorder
  • Feeding Disorders
  • The Problem of Obesity
  • Major Eating Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa

Abnormal Psychology Module 10
Sexuality Disorders and Gender Dysphoria

  • Sexuality in Context
  • Sexual Desire, Arousal, and Response
  • Sexual Dysfunction Disorders
  • Paraphilic Disorders
  • Gender Dysphoria

Abnormal Psychology Module 11
Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

  • Drug Use in the United States
  • Substance Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana, Hallucinogens, and Opioids
  • Stimulants: Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, and Nicotine
  • Gambling
  • Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders

Abnormal Psychology Module 12

  • Schizophrenia Basics: Prevalence, Course, and Symptoms
  • Historical and Evolutionary Perspectives on Schizophrenia
  • Factors in the Development of Schizophrenia
  • Causes and Effects: Neuroscience Findings About Schizophrenia
  • Treating Individuals with Schizophrenia

Abnormal Psychology Module 13
Personality Disorders

  • What is a Personality Disorder?
  • Odd. Eccentric Personality Disorders
  • Dramatic Emotional Personality Disorders
  • Anxious Fearful Personality Disorders
  • Treatment of Personality Disorders

Abnormal Psychology Module 14
Neurocognitive Disorders, Law and Mental Health

  • Normal Cognitive Changes Related to Aging
  • Delirium
  • Mild and Major Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Prevention, Treatment, and Support
  • The American Legal System and the Insanity Defense
  • Competency to Stand Trial
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Treatment
  • Sexual Predator Laws

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

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Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 2

Upon successful completion of our Drug and Alcohol Counseling Level 1 and Level 2 courses, students may be prepared, in part, to sit for licensing and credentialing exams. Each state has its own regulations.

** Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit www.iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player