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Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice

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Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice – Online CE Course

Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice Course Description, Objectives, and Outline:

Course Description:

This course addresses the following questions: What professional standards should guide substance abuse treatment counselors? What is an appropriate scope of practice for the field? Which competencies are associated with positive outcomes? What knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) should all substance abuse treatment professionals have in common?

Course Objectives

1. Identify the four Transdisciplinary Foundations.
2. Describe at least two specific skills required to demonstrate competency in substance abuse treatment.
3. Explain the knowledge required to demonstrate competency in substance abuse treatment.
4. Identify two recommended attitudes to increase competency in substance abuse treatment.
5. Identify three models of addiction.
6. Describe the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist, including risk and resiliency factors that characterize individuals and groups and their living environments.
7. Utilize at least two clinical evaluation tools.
8. Create at least one effective substance abuse treatment plan.
9. Explain at least three professional responsibilities within addiction counseling.
10. Explain at least three ethical responsibilities within addiction counseling.
11. Apply at least two addiction counseling clinical documentation skills.
12. Discuss at least one key factor in client and family addiction education.
13. Identify at least two addiction counseling related referrals.
14. Explain at least one key factor in cultural competency related to addiction counseling.
15. Identify at least two addiction counseling resources.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction
  2. Section 1: Transdisciplinary Foundations
    1. Understanding Addiction
    2. Treatment Knowledge
    3. Application to Practice
    4. Professional Readiness
  3. Section 2: Practice Dimensions
    1. Clinical Evaluation
    2. Treatment Planning
    3. Referral
    4. Service Coordination
    5. Counseling
    6. Client, Family, and Community Education
    7. Documentation
    8. Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
  4. Section 3: Additional Resources
    1. Cultural Competency
    2. Internet Resources
    3. Attitudes Bibliography
    4. Recovery Bibliography
  5. Section 4: Appendices
    1. Glossary
    2. The Competencies: A Complete List
    3. National Validation Study: Defining and Measuring the Competence of Addiction Counselors
    4. Complete Bibliography
    5. Other Contributors

Instructors: Nicole Hiltibran, MA, LMFT; Julie Campbell, Phd

Author: US Department of Health and Human ServicesSAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.


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