Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) Certificate Program

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Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor- CADC

CCM offers the 5 Domains on a rotating basis, 1 domain each fall, 2 domains each spring/summer.  It may take up to 4 semesters to complete all 5 domains.  Students may enter the training at any point regardless of past experience or current domain and lessons being offered.  Each individual domain course provides CEUs at .6, 1.2, or 1.8 depending on total number of hours per course, or 6 hours, 12 hours or 18 hours respectively.  CEUs are awarded upon completion of each domain course.  While the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) and the NJ Addictions Certification Board prefer you complete the lessons and domains in order, there is no regulatory requirement to do so.  Continue scrolling down for additional useful information.

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General Information

County College of Morris is an approved education provider of classroom training required by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. (www.certbd.com). All information related to licensing (certification) requirements as well as regulatory information and class descriptions can be found at other websites (see below).

To become a CADC, you need to complete the following:

  1. 270 hours of classroom training (5 domains, number of classes vary for each domain)
  2. 30 hours of alcohol and drug abuse self-help group meetings
  3. 3000 hours (1500 hours a year) of supervised experience (paid or voluntary)
  4. Successful completion of Test requirement, Case preparation and Oral presentation

There are 5 domains.  Each domain is a total of 54 hours. You may begin at any domain. CCM teaches 1 domain each fall and 2 domains between January and June.  No classes are taught during the summer. You receive a certificate of completion for each course. Prerequisite:  High School diploma or GED.

Background Information

It is your responsibility to become familiar with the following information in order to understand the certification process and the career you are entering.  Go to:

Legislation

Go to  http://nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/initiatives/workforce/FAQs_Becoming_LCADC_CADC.pdf,specifically page 34C-8, 13:34C-2.3

Requirement/Application

Go to http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/. Go to left side of the page and click on “A-Z list”; click Alcohol and Drug Counselor; Go to bottom of page and click Application; click Application for Licensure or Certification as an Alcohol Counselor.

Additional Information

Additional Information available at: http://nj.gov/humanservices/dmhas/initiatives/workforce/FAQs_Becoming_LCADC_CADC.pdf

Course Descriptions

Go to www.certbd.com. Go to Approved Course; Manuals and Study Guides; CADC Education Materials.

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C101 - Initial Interviewing Process

At the end of this course, the student will be able to create a therapeutic alliance with the client by incorporating skills in listening, processing, and providing feedback and demonstrate through role-playing the following eight skills: attending, paraphrasing, reflection of feeling, summarizing, probing, interpreting, providing information and feedback, and appropriate use of self-disclosure. ADC-557.


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C102 - Biopsychosocial Assessment

At the end of this course, the student will be able to gather data systematically from the client and other available collateral sources using screening instruments and other methods that are sensitive to age, developmental level, culture, and gender; describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances on the person using and significant others; determine the client's readiness for treatment and change as well as the needs of others involved in the current situation and based on the initial action plan, take specific steps to initiate an admission or referral and ensure follow through. ADC-917.


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C103 - Differential Diagnosis

At the end of this course, the student will be able to develop a written diagnostic summary; document ongoing treatment needs; formulate mutually agreed upon goals, objectives, and treatment methods based upon assessment finding; define the terms reliability, validity, and sample population; develop a familiarity with the recognized assessment instruments; select, administer, score, and interpret to clients the results of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug assessment; assess client's immediate needs by evaluating observed behavior and other relevant information; administer appropriate evidence-based screening and assessment instruments and analyze and interpret the data to determine treatment recommendations. ADC-918.


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C104 - Diagnostic Summaries

At the end of this course, the student will be able to describe the logic, purpose and function of the DSM diagnostic system; describe the organizational scheme of the DSM and diagnostic categories; list diagnostic criteria for substance abuse and substance Use Disorder; list frequently encountered differential diagnoses; understand that only licensed (not certified) counselors can diagnose; describe clinical presentations of co-occurring diagnoses; describe the ways in which substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses can interact; use SAMHSA's Four Quadrant Framework to conceptualize clients; recognize the potential for substance use disorders to mimic a variety of medical and mental health conditions and screen for psychoactive substance toxicity, intoxication, and withdrawal symptoms. ADC-919.


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C105 - Pharmacology

At the end of this course, the student will be able to define the meaning of psychopharmacology; identify the major structural and functional units of the brain; identify the major neurotransmitters within the nervous system; explain the mechanism of action of neurotransmitters within the CNS; define the meaning of half-life, therapeutic dose, effective and lethal dose; distinguish between tolerance and withdrawal; distinguish between fat and water solubility; and describe effects of various drugs of abuse on the major physiological body systems. ADC-543.


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C107 - Compulsive Gambling

At the end of this course, the student will be able to develop understanding of the nature of Gambling Disorder; identification and assessment of disordered gamblers; recognize types of gamblers and stages of a gambling problem; identify vulnerable population and at-risk personality characteristics and design gambling treatment plans and course of recovery, including aftercare. ADC-545.


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C201 - Introduction to Counseling

At the end of this course, the student will be able to identify key concepts associated with the following counseling approaches: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, Motivational Enhancement, Therapy, Family Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy; describe the philosophies, practices, policies, and outcomes of the most generally accepted and scientifically supported models of treatment, recovery, relapse prevention, and continuing care for addiction and other substance-related problems and establish a helping relationship with the client. ADC-531.


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C202 - Introduction to Techniques & Approaches

At the end of this course, the student will be able to identify, demonstrate, and explain the purpose of the following counseling skills: Attending, Paraphrasing, Reflection of Feeling, Summarizing, Probing, Counselor, Self-Disclosure, Interpreting and providing information and feedback; integrate self-help group participation; identify six stages of counseling and employ the skills and tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client's stage of Use Disorder, change, or recovery. ADC-250.


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C203 - Crisis Intervention

At the end of this course, the student will be able to define crisis intervention within the framework of alcohol/drug counseling; identify causes of crises; understand and apply setting-specific policies and procedures for handling crisis and apply crisis prevention and management skills. ADC-533.


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C204 - Individual Addiction Counseling

At the end of this course, the student will be able to facilitate the client's engagement in the treatment and recovery process; work with the client to establish realistic, achievable goals; promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes; facilitate the development of basic and life skills and adapt counseling strategies to the individual characteristics of the client, including but not limited to disability, gender, sexual orientation, developmental level, culture, ethnicity, age, and health status. ADC-251.


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C205 - Group Counseling

At the end of this course, the student will be able to describe, select, and appropriately use strategies from accepted and culturally appropriate models for group counseling with clients with substance use disorders and carry out the actions necessary to form a group, including but not limited to determining group type, purpose, size, and leadership; recruiting and selecting members; establishing group goals and clarifying behavioral ground rules for participating; identifying outcomes; and determining criteria and methods for termination or graduation from the group. ADC-535.


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C206 - Family Counseling

At the end of this course, the student will be able to explain how SUD affect the family; identify the rules in SUD affected families; identify family roles & their features; distinguish between inter-Use Disorder, co-Use Disorder, and Use Disorder; distinguish between performing A & D counseling with families and performing family therapy; define intervention and explain the intervention process; become familiar with family related support groups and community-based service providers for families; describe appropriate screening tools to be used with women of child bearing age regarding alcohol use during pregnancy; evaluate appropriate referral and treatment options for women who are pregnant and drinking; describe the salient characteristics of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan; Comprehend the lifelong primary and secondary characteristics associated with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder); recognize the need for multidisciplinary assessment to determine appropriate services and evaluate appropriate treatment options for individuals with FASD. ADC-252.


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C301 - Community Resources

At the end of this course, the student will be able to formulate and discuss diagnostic assessment and recommendations with the client; match client needs with community resources; communicate with community resources regarding needs of the client; develop a plan with the client to strengthen ongoing recovery outside of primary treatment; utilize multiple pathways of recovery in treatment planning and referral; identify community resources; match community resources with client needs; explain to the client the necessity for referral and identify self-help groups pertinent to the client's needs. ADC-253.


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C302 - Consultation (case Management)

At the end of this course, the student will be able to define consultation goals and benefits and consult with supervisors, counselors, professionals, and/or other public health service providers to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client. ADC-254.


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C303 - Documentation

At the end of this course, the student will be able to define documentation; know and adhere to Federal & State Laws and Regulations specific to the maintenance of client records and differentiate among the following types of documentation: Intake, Assessment, Treatment Plan, Treatment Plan Review, Progress Note, Discharge Plan, Discharge Summary. ADC-255.


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C304 - HIV & Resources

At the end of this course, the student will be able to promote client knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the maintenance of health and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. ADC-570.


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C401 - Addiction Recovery

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand the difference between Substance Use and Substance Use Disorder; acquire basic knowledge of the various models of addiction; explain to client the various stages of addiction and recovery and be able to explain the following terms: Addiction, Recovery, Harm reduction, Self Help groups, Relapse and Relapse Prevention, Abstinence, Sobriety, and Wellness (Biopsychosocial). ADC-548.


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C402 - Psychological Client Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances; facilitate the development of basic and life skills associated with recovery and make constructive therapeutic responses when the client's behavior is inconsistent with stated recovery goals. ADC-549.


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C403 - Biochemical/Medical Client Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand a variety of models and theories of addiction and other problems related to substance use; describe the behavioral, psychological, physical health, and social effects of psychoactive substances; describe a variety of helping strategies for reducing the negative effects of substance use, abuse, and Use Disorder; tailor helping strategies and treatment modalities to the client's stage of Use Disorder, change, or recovery; adapt practice to the range of treatment settings and modalities and be familiar with medical and pharmacological resources in the treatment of substance use disorders. ADC-256.


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C404 - Sociocultural Client Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to recognize 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 and provide treatment services appropriate to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client. ADC-551.


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C405 - Addiction Recovery & Family Psychological Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand the characteristics and dynamics of families, couples, and significant others affected by substance use; be familiar with and appropriately use models of diagnosis and intervention for families, couples, and significant others, including extended, kinship, or tribal family structures; facilitate the engagement of selected members of the family or significant others in the treatment and recovery process; assist families, couples, and significant others in understanding the interaction between the family system and substance use behaviors and assist families, couples, and significant others in adopting strategies and behaviors that sustain recovery and maintain healthy relationships. ADC-552.


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C406 - Biochemical and Sociological Family Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to describe warning signs, symptoms, and the course of substance use disorders; describe how substance use disorders affect families and concerned others; describe the continuum of care and resources available to the family and concerned other; describe principles and philosophy of prevention, treatment, and recovery and understand and describe the health and behavior problems related to substance use, including transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases. ADC-553.


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C407 - Community & Professional Education

At the end of this course, the student will be able to recognize the importance of family, social networks, and community systems in the treatment and recovery process; understand the obligation of the addiction professional to participate in prevention and treatment activities; provide culturally relevant formal and informal education programs; describe factors that increase the likelihood for an individual, community, or group to be at risk for, or resilient to, psychoactive substance use disorders; sensitize others to issues of cultural identity, ethnic background, age, and gender in prevention, treatment, and recovery; describe warning signs, symptoms, and the course of substance use disorders; describe how substance use disorders affect families and concerned others; describe the continuum of care and resources available to the family and concerned others; describe principles and philosophy of prevention, treatment, and recovery; understand and describe the health and behavior problems related to substance use, including transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases and teach life skills. ADC-554.


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C501 - Ethical Standards

At the end of this course, the student will be able to identify guidelines for the process of ethical decision-making; acquire an understanding of the importance of ethics in SUD counseling; become familiar with the NAADAC Code of Ethics; adhere to established professional codes of ethics that define the professional context within which the counselor works to maintain professional standards and safeguard the client and understand the addiction professional's obligations to adhere to ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship. ADC-558.


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C502 - Legal Aspects

At the end of this course, the student will be able to adhere to federal, state, and agency regulations regarding alcohol and other drug abuse treatment by following appropriate procedures to protect client rights; understand the regulations of New Jersey's rules (N.J.S.A. 45:2D -1 et seq.), also referred to as the "Alcohol and Drug Counselor Licensing and Certification. Act" and the regulations (N.J.A.C. 13:34C-1 et seq.) intended to codify the provisions of the statute; be familiar with the Federal Confidentiality Regulations, 42CFR - part 2 and be familiar with HIPPA regulations as pertaining to SUD records. ADC-559.


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C503 - Cultural Competency

At the end of this course, the student will be able to recognize the social, political, economic, and cultural context within which addiction and substance abuse exist; understand diverse cultures, and incorporate the relevant needs of culturally diverse groups, as well as people with disabilities, into clinical practice; recognize the importance of individual differences that influence client behavior, and apply this understanding to clinical practice. ADC-560.


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C504 - Professional Growth

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of self-awareness in one's personal, professional, and cultural life; understand the obligation of the addiction professional to participate in prevention and treatment activities; interpret and apply information from current counseling and psychoactive substance use research literature to improve client care and enhance professional growth; conduct self-evaluations of professional performance applying ethical, legal, and professional standards to enhance self-awareness and performance and obtain appropriate continuing professional education. ADC-561.


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C505 - Personal Growth

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of self-awareness in one's personal, professional, and cultural life and conduct self-evaluations of professional performance applying ethical, legal, and professional standards to enhance self-awareness and performance. ADC-562.


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C506 - Dimensions of Recovery

At the end of this course, the student will be able to develop an operational understanding of Wellness and Recovery; increase their understanding of the importance of Wellness and Recovery by developing an individualized Wellness Recovery Action Plan; develop an on-going self-monitoring plan to enhance their personal plan; conduct self-evaluations of professional performance applying ethical, legal, and professional standards to enhance self-awareness and performance; obtain appropriate continuing professional education; participate in ongoing supervision and consultation and develop and use strategies to maintain one's physical and mental health. ADC-563.


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C507 - Supervision

At the end of this course, the student will be able to describe supervision as described in NJ LCADC/CADC regulations; understand the benefits of supervision; distinguish among supervision, consultation, and personal therapy; understand the role of clinical supervision in helping the counselor identify critical issues and appropriate responses in the counseling relationship; know the necessary components to be incorporated when presenting a case in supervision; develop and utilize a range of options to explore and discuss personal feelings and concerns about clients; know when to contact their supervisor regarding potential legal and ethical situations and be familiar with State regulations regarding requirements for giving & receiving clinical supervision as an intern, as a CADC, or if one is working in a licensed facility. ADC-564.


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C508 - Consultation Professional

At the end of this course, the student will be able to understand the importance of professional networking; begin to develop skills in how to establish and maintain a professional network; learn the importance of advocating for one's clients; learn best practices to contribute to de-stigmatizing SUD related issues and understand important cultural issues in the community and be able to incorporate relevant community information into their work. ADC-566.


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C509 - Community Involvement

At the end of this course, the student will be able to define Consultation; explain the benefits of consultation for the counselor knowledge base; identify the tasks involved when seeking consultation and utilize peers, clinical supervisors, and a multi-disciplinary team to enhance the quality of care. ADC-565.


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Healthcare Professional Externship (Optional)

Prerequisite: Completed the Medical Billing and Coding program. Though not required for the certificate, an externship can be a great introduction to an employer. Externship opportunities will be presented based upon: 1) the student's demonstrated professionalism, 2) obtaining two letters of recommendation, at least one from an instructor in your program (the other may be from an instructor or a professional in your field who can attest to your ability and professional ethics), 3) successful completion of four classroom sessions on professional development and related topics and 5) completion of Externship paperwork. Students are required to attend four classroom sessions on professional development, including targeted job search techniques, résumés, cover letters, interview preparation, networking skills, interactive exercises, and additional soft skills training and community resources. CCM will identify a local healthcare organization for a volunteer work experience (100+ hours) under the supervision of a seasoned professional. Externship schedules are determined between the student, site supervisor and CCM Externship Coordinator. AHP-309.