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SA 570 – Addiction Treatment Planning


This comprehensive course is focused on comprehensive treatment and the planning of care for clients with Substance Abuse Disorders. This is the last course in our curriculum for those candidates seeking our certification in Substance Abuse Counseling at the Practitioner Level. The course provides students with a comprehensive education in the many dimensions of counseling as well as planning for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. A review of treatment is studied, and then major legal and ethical issues related to counseling are presented. Students will explore core individual counseling skills with applications to clinical practice. They then study skills related to initiating recovery interventions including Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, Change Theories and Plans for Change and more. Students will also examine models of treatment and planning for assisting clients to sustain recovery gains. They will go on to study concepts and dynamics related to group treatment models and interventions. Family therapy will be highlighted along with specific interventions and plans that may be used in working with clients and their families in counseling sessions and interventions. The Case Management process from screening to discharge is fully examined and operationalized for students who may be practicing in this important specialty working with substance abuse disorder client populations. Students in this course will also examine Co-Occurring Disorders that clients may be suffering with and review the disorders and effective interventions for treatment and treatment planning. Special populations within the substance abuse disorders population with also be examined, including culture groups, ethnic subgroups, children, adolescence, the elderly, gender based identities, and those with disabilities.  Course Code : SA 570. Continuing hours of education = 45.

Pre-requisite: must have successfully completed the following courses: SA 500 through and including SA 560,

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

Link to Resume


TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the 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.

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

Becoming an Addictions Counselor. Peter L. Myers, Norman R. Salt. Jones & Bartlett Learning; 4th Edition: March 2018.

ISBN-10: 1284144151

ISBN-13: 978-1284144154

Link to Purchase on click here

Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers all of the materials in the required textbook.

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. Describe the eight practice dimensions of substance use disorder counseling according to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
  2. Explain the importance of the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Describe the levels of care as outlined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
  4. Differentiate services among detoxification, inpatient, outpatient, and intensive outpatient services.
  5. Describe medication-assisted recovery.
  6. Describe the major influences and traditions in the substance use disorder field.
  7. Provide examples of critical and uncritical thinking in the substance used field.
  8. Describe the importance of ethical decision-making in substance use disorder (SUD) counseling.
  9. Described the need to use supervision in any ethical issue that they see a rise.
  10. Describe the value and purpose of both the federal confidentiality regulations and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
  11. Explained to a client the meaning of informed consent.
  12. List at least four exceptions to confidentiality when disclosure can be given.
  13. List two conditions in which there is a duty to warn.
  14. Describe at least six principles that may be taken into consideration when an ethical dilemma arises in counseling.
  15. Describe at least three ways to become involved in your own professional growth.
  16. Provide at least three examples of how clients and counselors can cross boundaries and how these create ethical and legal problems.
  17. Identify three examples of unethical representation of services.
  18. Describe at least four qualities of an effective counselor.
  19. Demonstrate effective nonverbal skills.
  20. Demonstrate effective reflection skills.
  21. Demonstrate use of open-ended and probing responses.
  22. Demonstrate summarizing skills.
  23. Demonstrate self-disclosure skills.
  24. Demonstrate effective use of feedback.
  25. Demonstrate the important emotional issues in the counseling relationship.
  26. Demonstrate how to identify a client in crisis and develop appropriate plans for responding.
  27. Demonstrate the major indicators of suicide and appropriate use of supervision to intervene.
  28. Identify and describe the dimensions involved in the initiation of recovery.
  29. Describe the elements of brief interventions in substance use disorders.
  30. Describe the five stages of change.
  31. Provide an example of a client’s response appropriate to each stage of change.
  32. Describe the key elements in motivational interviewing.
  33. Describe the stigma involved in SUD: societal stigma common internalized stigma common and stigma towards people with substance use disorders within the treatment system.
  34. Describe six motivational interviewing traps counselors need to avoid.
  35. Demonstrate in role-plays open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries responses.
  36. Describe the use of an importance ruler, confidence roller, and readiness rulers.
  37. Develop in a role-play a decisional balance sheet.
  38. Elicit and identify in a role-play the change statements made by a client.
  39. Complete and appropriate change plan with the client.
  40. Describe the new recovery paradigms and how they differ from older approaches to substance use disorders treatment and recovery.
  41. Describe four elements of lasting behavioral change.
  42. Identify categories of erroneous automatic thoughts that clients often generate in response to certain situations, as they apply to facilitating and sustaining recovery.
  43. Describe tasks in managing emotional states in order to facilitate and sustaining recovery from substance use disorders.
  44. Describe cognitive behavioral therapy core concepts.
  45. Describe Marlatt and Donovan’s 1995 model of relapse.
  46. Describe at least two methods to help clients reduce stress.
  47. Outline the main concepts of mindfulness-based relapse prevention.
  48. Describe the interaction of trauma and substance use disorders.
  49. Describe at least three benefits of group treatment.
  50. List at least four differences between interpersonal groups and other types of groups, such as self-help groups.
  51. Describe process versus content issues in group treatment.
  52. List four or more process behaviors to observe in group treatment.
  53. List four or more patterns to observe in group treatment.
  54. List four or more self-oriented roles played by members in group treatment.
  55. List four or more facilitated roles played by members of a treatment group.
  56. List three or more ways leaders can choose to intervene in the group process.
  57. Describe the roles of status, power, and authority in the family system.
  58. Defined the terms enmeshment and disengagement as used in family therapy.
  59. Described the dysfunctional patterns of communication found in addicted families.
  60. Describe at least four irrational belief systems in families having a member with substance use disorder.
  61. Describe the roles played by children and spouses of people with substance use disorders.
  62. Describe a minimum of four major sober living tasks of a family in recovery.
  63. Describe the seven steps in managing a case.
  64. Define case management according to the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium.
  65. Defined the purpose of screening and list at least one screening tool.
  66. Describe the symptoms outline for substance use disorders in the DSM-5.
  67. List at least two valid assessment tools used in substance use disorder treatment.
  68. Describe the purpose of a biopsychosocial assessment.
  69. Describe the six American Society for Addiction Medicine Levels of Care.
  70. List at least three variables to determine the severity of dependency.
  71. Write a treatment plan based on needs and resources developed in collaboration with the client.
  72. Write a treatment objective using SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited) criteria.
  73. Use the SOA P (subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) to write a progress note.
  74. Describe the extent of mental illness within the substance abuse population.
  75. Explain the problems related to how clients co-occurring disorders are often underserved.
  76. List eight principles of comprehensive continuous integrated system of care of co-occurring disorders.
  77. Describe the four-quadrant model of categorizing severity of care for co-occurring disorders.
  78. List at least eight of Mueser’s 12 principles of care for co-occurring disorder clients.
  79. Describe the unique aspects of the wellness recovery action plan (WRAP) approach.
  80. List at least three psychiatric medications for treatment of mental illness in each category: antipsychotics, antidepressants, and antimanics.
  81. List at least three DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of schizophrenia.
  82. List at least three DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of major depression.
  83. List at least three DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of bipolar illness.
  84. Describe at least five ways that substance abuse and psychiatric symptoms can interact to cause diagnostic confusion and mislabeling.
  85. List at least two DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder.
  86. List at least two DSM-5 criteria for the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.


  • Treatment of substance use disorders
  • The Counseling Relationship
  • Effectiveness of Treatment
  • Treatment Settings
  • Recent Changes in Treatment Settings
  • Types of Treatment Facilities
  • Pharmacological Treatments
  • Medication-Assisted Recovery
  • Self-Help Movements
  • Non-12 Step Recovery Organizations
  • Therapeutic Community Model
  • Counseling Approaches
  • Paradigm Shifts in Initiating and Sustaining Recovery
  • Ethics, Confidentiality, Professional Responsibility
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Boundaries
  • Sexual Relations
  • Financial Ethics
  • Representation of Services
  • Unethical Marketing of Services
  • Competence
  • Professional Growth
  • Collaboration
  • Nondiscrimination
  • An Ethical Treatment System
  • Individual Substance Use Disorder Counseling Skills
  • Counseling Formats
  • Tailoring Counseling Skills for Clients with SUD
  • Counselor Self-Disclosure
  • Miscellaneous Techniques to Elicit Change Talk
  • Emotional Issues of the Counseling Relationship
  • Countertransference
  • Setting Limits and Boundaries
  • Physical Contact
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Natural Recovery Motives
  • Compulsory Treatment
  • Brief Interventions
  • The New Paradigm about Motivation
  • Stages of Change Model
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivational Interviewing Core Skills
  • Merging Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change
  • Preparation Stage Strategies
  • Creating a Change Plan
  • Shortcomings of Motivational Interviewing
  • Overview of Recovery Concepts
  • New Recovery Paradigms
  • The Dimensions of Recovery
  • Emotion Management
  • Changing Ways of Thinking
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Assertive Thinking
  • Relapse Prevention Management
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Interpersonal versus Other Kinds of Groups
  • Group Culture
  • Developing Awareness of the Group Process
  • Developing Group Intimacy
  • Keeping the Group on Task
  • Helping Group Members Explore Roles
  • Defense Against Emotion
  • Formulating Treatment Plans for Group Members
  • Family Treatment
  • Fact Family as a System
  • Status, Power, and Authority Definitions of Relationships
  • Styles of Communication
  • Family Belief System
  • Engaging the Family
  • Privacy and Boundaries
  • Substance Abusers and their Satellites
  • Assessment of Family Roles in a Family Living with SUD
  • Charting the Family
  • Sober Family Living Skills
  • Case Management From Screening to Discharge
  • Marriage of Case Management and Counseling
  • Assessment of Readiness to Change
  • Assessment Instruments
  • Biopsychosocial Assessment
  • Treatment Planning Process
  • Impediments to Treatment
  • Criminal Offenses
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Integrated, Comprehensive Care Models
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan
  • Duel Diagnosis
  • Issues of Medication
  • Diagnostic Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Special Populations
  • Cultural Groups and Cultural Competence
  • Biculturalism and Triculturalism
  • Other Dimensions of Cultural Competency
  • Issues of Sexuality and Gender
  • Disabilities and SUD