MAKE YOUR PASSION YOUR PROFESSION
I am SO excited you are here!
So you want to be an Addiction Counselor?
You want to give back?
You're excited to start your Addiction Counselor process -
but maybe don't know where to start?
You have landed in the right place,
with the right person.
I mentor recovery minded persons (just like you) to fulfill your passion to become
an addiction counselor. I offer the education, supervision, and guidance to get certified as an addiction counselor.
Since 2008, I have offered education and supervision to hundreds of students
to help them launch into their certified addiction counselor career.
Sharing your story may help others see themself in their recovery.
Support client's recovery. Explore healthy coping strategies to learn to have sober fun.
Multiple paths to Recovery. Help clients find the one that works for them to live their best life.
Help clients challenge limiting beliefs and improve their internal self talk.
Does this sound familiar . . .
"It's so confusing? " "Where do I start? "
I GET IT!
HONESTLY - I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be.
I had to walk through that application and testing phase alone.
When I started I did not have this kind of resource
So I made a commitment that I would help my students the best way I could.
I've had my School of Addiction Counseling since 2008.
I offer two of the three requirements to get certified in Georgia:
Substance Abuse Education and Clinical Supervision.
I’ve had students say :
“Thanks Dr. D. You are the only person I’ve spoken with who helps me make sense of this process.”
So whether you
- have no clue where to start
- need help figuring out where to start, or
- just need a good push to kickstart your dream
…… then you are in the right place.
to get Certified in the State of Georgia:
Substance Abuse Education, Clinical Supervision
and Work Experience in Substance Abuse Treatment
School of Addiction Counseling
We offer different ways to get your certification:
Online School of Addiction Studies
We offer the necessary education and supervision
to apply for getting certified as an Addiction Counselor in Georgia.
All courses are approved by
Georgia Addiction Counselors Association,
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia, and
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.
WHAT IS SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION?
One of the required steps to getting certified is to complete your basic substance abuse education (defined as formal classroom style, such as workshops, seminars, online courses, institutes, college / university courses).
Our courses are approved for online, in classroom, or a combination of both to obtain your addiction counselor credential.
Our course of study qualifies you for your basic substance abuse education requirement.
The state certification boards are highly committed to certify qualified addiction professionals. We are an approved education provider
Each course uses a combination of lecture, group work, videos, hands-on learning activities and open class discussion.
I deeply appreciate your desire to improve your skill to best serve those struggling from addictions.
Clinical Supervision is: "A social influence process that occurs over time, in which the supervisor participates with the supervises to ensure quality clinical care."
Clinical Supervision is about developing your professional identity as a certified addiction counselor. We focus on your skills, knowledge and ethics of addiction counseling, where you also learn and get feedback on areas to grow.
Clinical Supervision consists of two types: Individual and Group.
Both are required for initial certification.
INDIVIDUAL Supervision. By appointment, this one-to-one, private session. Reflect on and challenge your skills and knowledge in a safe and confidential appoointment. Get this done in 12 - 24 months.
GROUP Supervision. In a group setting with peers via zoom. Get this done in 9 - 12 months.
Dr. Sherman not only helped me pass my CADC exam, but I am also not taking any more anxiety medications.
Marcia Loudermilk, CAC
Getting certified increased my salary by one-third.
Your model was very doable for me with working and being a stay at home mom.
Jan Nerud CADC
Classes involved information and how I can use it - I took what I learned to work and then back in supervision we would discuss the results.
Addiction counselor Course - 12 Month plan
Choose this plan if:
you are a new student,
on a month-by-month budget
like the interaction of
in-classroom with other students, combined with independent study.
Classes are twice per month on Saturday afternoon.
Get your classes done in 12 months.
Addiction counselor Course - 6 month plan
Choose this plan if:
You are a new student, highest level of education is High School and
ready to get your courses completed quickly, and comfortable with online learning.
Classes are weekly for 28 weeks. Meet with your fellow students,
discuss the course topics and you have homework assignments.
Get your classes done in 6 months.
Already have your
Maybe you have your Bachelor or Masters Degree.
To gain your credential, you will have specific required substance abuse education courses
to meet the board minimum requirements for the certification.
Choose this plan, and
you can pick and
choose your courses
build your personalized course package.
Choose this plan if:
You are currently certified.
You need courses to
renew your certification.
You need specific courses to gain a new credential, such as the Certified Clinical Supervisor.
you just want to
learn more about a new topic.
Now that you know all the options,
Lets Explore the
Addiction Counselor Course - 6 month plan details.
Month 1. Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling, What does it mean to be an Addiction Counselor? Core Competencies. Theories and Brief Interventions for SUD Treatment
Month 2. Ethics, Legal and Professional Issues, Telehealth: The Use of Technology in BH Services, Confidentiality Laws. Counselor in Training requirements.
Month 3. Clinical Evaluation, Screening and Assessments, Treatment Plans, Documentation Practices, ASAM Treatment Levels of Care
Month 4. Working with Families of Persons in SUD Treatment, Enhancing Client Potential and Readiness for change. Motivational Interviewing. Addressing Crisis Intervention
Month 5. Cultural Diversity. Working with Special Populations. Gender Specific Treatment. Addressing HIV/AIDS in SUD Treatment.
Month 6. Pharmacology. Drugs of Abuse and Drug Classifications. Ethics of Self Disclosure. Trauma Informed Care.
28 Weekly Live Calls
Student Social Media Community
Free One to One addiction counselor strategy meetings
Weekly inspirational Emails