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SA 510 – Foundations Of Addictions Counseling


This comprehensive CE course provides a strong foundation of practice theory, techniques and skills needed for providing confident care to clients with substance addictions. The course provides a comprehensive presentation of theory, research and the history of addictions counseling in health care. Students will study four major categories of content, including: theories and practice applications, the treatment of addictions, addictions in family systems work and rehabilitation, as well as school settings, and cross-cultural counseling in addictions. Other core content studied is professional issues and the role of the substance abuse professional. There is a great emphasis in this course on in-depth assessment models including motivational interviewing.

The course allows students the opportunity to to examine psychotherapeutic approaches to care of clients. Students will also examine co-addiction disorders and the pharmacology of addictions. The twelve step process is also examined. Besides drug addictions, issues related to alcohol addiction is also examined. The course also focuses on gender issues related to substance abuse as well as cross-cultural sensitivities. Students will also examine many models of care and treatment developed for child addictions and prevention programs in schools. Course Code: SA 510. Contact hours of education= 45.

Course Tuition: $ 150.00

Levels of course complexity: Intermediate and Advanced

This course is particularly designed for those professionals meeting one of the pre-requisites above, would like to apply for the Substance Abuse Practitioner Certification by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC, FACHE

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the continuing education courses in the substance abuse practitioner program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Foundations of Addictions Counseling 4th edition. By: David Capuzzi and Mark D. Stauffer. Boston; Pearson:2019. ISBN-10 : 0135166934; ISBN-13 : 978-0135166932

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Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers Chapters One (1) through Nineteen (19) in the required textbook. You are to read and study all of the nineteen chapters in this textbook.

The following are suggested references. They are NOT mandatory readings for this course and are not required to be purchased for this course.

Substance Abuse: Information for School Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, and Counselors (6th Edition) 6th Edition by Gary L. Fisher (Author), Thomas C. Harrison (Author).  Pearson; 6 edition (January 18, 2017). ISBN-10: 0134387643 ISBN-13: 978-0134387642

Rethinking Substance Abuse: What the Science Shows, and What We Should Do about It 1st Edition by William R. Miller (Editor), Kathleen M. Carroll (Editor). The Guilford Press; 1 edition (June 3, 2010). ISBN-10: 1606236989 ISBN-13: 978-1606236987

Healing the Addicted Brain: The Revolutionary, Science-Based Alcoholism and Addiction Recovery Program. by Harold Urschel (Author). Sourcebooks; Upd Rev edition (April 1, 2009) ISBN-10: 1402218443 ISBN-13: 978-1402218446

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 45 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 45 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 45 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the history and approaches to the prevention of addictions in the USA
  2. Identify current policies in the USA influencing substance abuse addictions
  3. Discuss seven models for explaining the etiology of addictions
  4. Discuss the neurobiology and the physiology of addiction
  5. Identify the five main classes of substance most often seen in addiction disorders and discuss the neurobiology and physiology related to addiction
  6. Discuss the major issues related to sexual addiction
  7. Discuss the major issues related to gambling addiction
  8. Discuss the major issues related to work addiction
  9. Discuss the major issues related to compulsive buying
  10. Discuss the major issues related to food addiction and disordered eating
  11. Identify professional issues of addiction counseling including counselor competency and credentialing
  12. Discuss professional issues regarding treatment and research including managed care issues, research and outcomes measurements
  13. Compare the seven core philosophical foundations of addictions counseling
  14. Define the role of the addictions assessor
  15. Identify the seven core points to use in human assessment measures
  16. Identify and discuss three types types of operationalizing assessment interviews used in addiction counseling
  17. Identify the four major categories for treatment specific assessment information
  18. Critique the use of standardized assessments in addictions counseling
  19. Discuss the use of substance abuse screens and assessments in defining client problems in addictions counseling
  20. List five of the most commonly used screening instruments used today in addictions assessment and compare and contrast them in terms of effectiveness in problem identification
  21. List the two major instruments designed to assess alcohol misuse during pregnancy
  22. Discuss the six major motivation interviewing techniques used today in assessing substance abuse addictions
  23. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of motivational interviewing
  24. List and discuss five different psychotherapeutic approaches used in the care of addicted clients
  25. Discuss how mental health systems have adapted to meet the needs of clients with multiple disorders
  26. Discuss the roles of a multidisciplinary treatment team in addictions counseling
  27. Discuss theory and models of practice used in group therapies for the treatment of addictions
  28. Discuss seven core legal and ethical issues that present in addictions treatment practice
  29. Discuss four ways in which to manage diversity in treatment group settings
  30. Explain the dynamics and benefits of using group counseling sessions to help families of addicted clients
  31. Discuss the use of the Twelve -Step treatment model as it relates to group counseling sessions for addictive behaviors
  32. Identify and explain the use of a relapse prevention model in clinical practice
  33. Discuss the major issues related to alcohol addictions in modern society
  34. Identify the primary family dynamic issues related to alcohol addictions
  35. Discuss issues related to alcohol addiction in children and adolescents
  36. Discuss the primary characteristics and status of clients with disabilities and addictions
  37. Discuss the need for developing and implementing comprehension programs in the community and the schools related to prevention for children, adolescents and college students
  38. Discuss a public health prevention program model
  39. Discuss how to conduct a program needs assessment in a community related to the prevention of substance abuse
  40. Explain why cultural issues are important in working with substance abuse clients
  41. Discuss how racial and cultural identity models can be used in substance abuse counseling
  42. Identify the most common issues related to gender, alcohol and drug use and abuse in the USA
  43. Compare biological issues related to addictions in both men and women
  44. Discuss what is meant by affirmative addictions treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons


  • History and etiological models of addiction
  • Substance addictions
  • Process addictions
  • Important professional issues in addictions counseling
  • Models for assessment
  • Assessment and diagnosis of addictions
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Co-occurring disorders and addictions treatment
  • Group therapy for treatment of addictions
  • Addiction pharmacotherapy
  • 12-Step facilitation of treatment
  • Maintenance and relapse prevention
  • Alcohol addiction and families
  • Persons with disabilities and addictions
  • Substance abuse prevention programs for children, adolescents, and college students
  • Cross-cultural counseling and ethnic diversity
  • Gender issues and addictions
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender affirmative addictions treatment