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    Drug & Alcohol Counselor

    30 Students Enrolled

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    720 Hours
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

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    Certification included

    To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

    Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

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    Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

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    We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

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    Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

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    We strive to provide a fully online experience for students however some of our training courses include physical materials or equipment. Courses that have materials shipped directly to students will be shipped within 7 business days of registration. Some training courses have material for different sections and these courses may require multiple shipments as you completed stages of your course.

    Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

    Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

    Program Description

    Have you ever thought about a career in addiction counseling? Addiction counseling 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. In this program, we will first provide an introduction to psychology. The Introduction to Psychology course takes students through the basic concepts, theories, research methods, and contributions to the understanding of human behavior taking students through the various complexities of human development, the motivations for our thoughts, feelings and behavior as well as the role of sexuality, gender, heredity and genetics as applied to human behavior overall. Students will have the opportunity to analyze various psychological disorders, "normal" behaviors and the basis of the psychology behind learning, memory and experience. Drug and Alcohol Counseling – Level 1 reflects the explosion of information regarding the understanding, identification, and treatment of addictive disorders. It examines the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, opiates, and hallucinogens, as well as chemicals -- such as aerosols, steroids, and over-the-counter analgesics. Additionally, the course investigates solid strategies for working with clients, the differences between abusers and addicts; drug effects on children, teenagers, and pregnant and nursing women; and children of alcoholics. 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.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to: • Define methods for detecting and determining addiction type • Identify methods for understanding addiction and avoiding triggers • Define the different treatment approaches • Identify techniques for overcoming addiction and solving the problems it has caused • Identify methods for counseling and treatment • Identify steps for initial assessment and treatment planning • Comprehend various therapies and treatment groups available to the individual • Identify the steps involved in the AA 12 step program • Identify dual diagnoses and family treatment programs • Define clinical staff and characteristics of a good counselor • Explain the anatomical structures and physiological functions related to psychology • Examine sensation, perception, heredity, and genetics • Analyze consciousness, sleep, sleep disorders, and hypnosis as they relate to psychology • Analyze the underlying principles and basis of the psychology behind learning, memory, and experience • Explain cognitive abilities and intelligence from a psychological perspective • Examine the different phases and stages in human development • Examine the different motivation theories and the psychological basis of emotions • Explain sexuality and gender in relation to psychology • Examine psychoanalytic approaches and humanistic theories to explain behaviors and traits in personalities • Evaluate health psychology and approaches to health management • Investigate the different mental disorders as they relate to psychology • Analyze psychotherapy, the different methods, and their effectiveness • Investigate the importance of thoughts, trends in social behavior, and impact of social influences

    Courses Included

    • Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1
    • Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 2
    • Psychology


    Drug and Alcohol Counseling - 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 • Barbiturates & Barbiturate-Like Compounds • Pharmacology of Barbiturates • Neuroadaptation, Tolerance & Physical Dependence Drug and Alcohol Counseling - 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 • Opiates as Drugs of Abuse Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 3 Commonly Abused Chemicals 2 • Abuse of & Addiction to Hallucinogens • Methods of Hallucinogen Abuse • The Pharmacology of LSD • ECSTASY (MDMA) • 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 Counseling - 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 • Codependency & Enabling • Addiction and the Family • Interventions • Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 5 Understanding Substance Abuse Disorders • The Dual-Diagnosis Client • A Diagnostic Challenge • Psychopathology & Drug of Choice • Applications of the Medical Model of Addictions • The Psychosocial Models of SUD • A Disease of the Human Spirit • The Mind-Body Question • The Games of Addiction • A Definition of Intervention • Common Forms of Intervention Drug and Alcohol Counseling- Level 1 Module 6 The Treatment of Addiction • Treatment Settings • Outpatient Treatment • Residential Treatment Programs • The Process and Methods of Treatment • Pharmacological Interventions • Pharmacotherapy of SUDs • Lapse & Relapse • Cravings & Urges • Toxicology Tests • Psycho-Educational Interventions Drug and Alcohol Counseling - Level 1 Module 7 Other Issues in Chemical Dependence • Elements of AA • AA & Outside Organizations • Other Types of Support Groups • Challenges with 12-Step Programs • SUD & Infectious Disease • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) • Pneumonias & Tuberculosis • Viral Hepatitis • Drug Use & Violence • The "War" on Drugs Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 1 Counseling: The Initial Hours • How Treatment Works • The Motivational Interview • Natural History of Addiction • How to Assess Motivation • First Hours of Treatment • How to Greet Clients • Beginning the Therapeutic Alliance • Dealing with Early Denial • How Clients React to Detoxification • Diagnosis: Substance Use Disorder Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 2 Biopsychosocial Interview and Treatment Plan • How to Conduct the Interview • Summary and Impression • Disposition and Treatment Plan • How to Build a Treatment Plan • How to Develop Objectives • How to Develop Interventions • How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Treatment • How to Select Goals, Objectives, and Interventions • Treatment Plan Review • How to Write Progress Notes Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 3 Individual Treatment and Group Therapy • The Therapeutic Alliance • How to Be Reinforcing • Behavior Therapy • Cognitive Therapy • Interpersonal Therapy • Benefits of a Group Process • The Agenda Group • The Relapse Prevention Group • The Spirituality Group • The Childhood Group Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 4 Drugs of Abuse and Recovery Skills • Central Nervous System Depressants • Alcohol • Opioids • Hallucinogens • Synthetic Designer Drugs • Cannabis • Nicotine • The Chemical Use History • Love, Trust, and Commitment • Addictive Relationships • Self-Discipline • Stress Management Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 5 12 Step Program and Lectures • The Committee • How to Help Clients Accept a Higher Power • The Disease Concept • Defense Mechanisms • The Great Lie • Normal Development • Physical Addiction and Recovery • Alcoholics Anonymous • Meetings Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 6 Special Problems and Adolescent Treatment • The Psychiatric/Psychological Assessment • The Depressed Client • The Angry Client • Personalities • The Borderline Client • The Narcissistic Client • The Anxious Client • Puberty • Group Therapy • Peer Pressure Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 7 The Family Program and The Clinical Staff • The First Family Contact • Common Family Problems • How to Treat Family Members • Psychologist/Psychiatrist • Social Workers • Nurses • Staff-Client Problems • Clinical Staffing Drug and Alcohol Counseling 2 - Module 8 Continuing Care and Good Counselors • Outpatient Discharge Criteria • Inpatient Discharge Criteria • How to Develop a Discharge Summary • The Discharge Summary • Aspects of Good Counseling Psychology • The Field of Psychology • Biological Basis of Behavior, Sensation, and Perception • Consciousness • Learning with Change, Experience, and Memory • Cognition and Intelligence • Human Development • Motivation and Emotion • Sexuality and Gender • Personality and Behavioral Patterns • Health, Stress, and Its Management • Mental Disorders: Causes, Nature, and Treatment • Social Thought and Behavior



    There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.


    • Concepts of Chemical Dependency (Not included)
    • Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide (Not included)
    • Psychology

    Technical Requirements

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 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) • Adobe PDF Reader


    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, and each state may have additional licensing requirements, so be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.


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