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Diane Sherman, PhD


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.

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Addiction Counselors

Give Back

Sharing your story may help others see themself in their recovery.

Coping Skills

Support client's recovery. Explore healthy coping strategies to learn to have sober fun.

Support Recovery

Multiple paths to Recovery. Help clients find the one that works for them to live their best life.

Self Talk

Help clients challenge limiting beliefs and improve their internal self talk.

2022 Substance Abuse Education Classes
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School of   Addiction Counseling

We offer different ways to get your classes:

In person,

Zoom classroom


Online School of Addiction Studies 

(Virtual Classroom).

We offer the necessary education and supervision

to apply for Certified Alcohol and Drug  Counselor (CADC) Level I and Level II


Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)  in Georgia.

All courses are approved by

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia,


NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.


Online Course

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.

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Rebekah Reynolds,


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 
Monthly 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 -24 months.

Already have your



Masters Degree

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 -


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.

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