- Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program -
“Providing High-Quality, OBH-Approved Training for Addiction Counselors”
Noeticus Addiction Counselor (CAC/LAC) Clinical Training Program:
The Center for Professional Development at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is delighted to offer a variety of professional trainings designed to meet the requirements set for by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and managed by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) for the Certified and/or Licensed Addiction Counselor credentials (CAC/LAC).
There are four levels of addiction counselor credentialing in Colorado and each is associated with a different level of training, experience, supervision, responsibility, and restriction. They are as follows:
OBH has identified two pathways by which to earn addiction counselor credentials in Colorado. Pathway 1 is typically reserved for individuals who have a high school diploma or equivalent. Such individuals are eligible to earn a CACI or CACII. Individuals with a bachelor level degree in the behavioral health sciences are eligible to earn a CACIII. They may earn their CACI and CACII through a combination of clinically supervised work experience hours and OBH approved trainings. Individuals obtaining the CACIII must provide proof of passing a national exam in addition to the previous requirements.
Individuals with advanced degrees are also eligible to use Pathway 1, however they are typically directed to Pathway 2. Pathway 2 is only for individuals who hold a clinical masters or doctoral degree. They may earn their CACII, CACIII, and/or LAC through a combination of clinically supervised work experience hours, OBH approved trainings (or approved college equivalents), and proof of passing a national exam.
The curriculum of the Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program at Noeticus is primarily designed to provide the OBH required training for counselors utilizing Track 2. Thus the majority of attendees at our trainings have completed or are in the process of completing a clinical master's degree. This does not preclude Track 1 individuals from taking our courses, but the curriculum is not designed to meet their training requirements.
All of our trainings are pre-approved by NAADAC and NBCC for continuing professional education and thus can be taken to meet licensure and certification renewal requirements as well as to stimulate and encourage ongoing professional learning and development.
IMPORTANT: All required trainings listed below seek to enhance the ability of the counselor to offer treatment services in a manner that respects gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, cultural, familial, systemic, and socioeconomic diversity.
Addiction Counseling Skills: Along with Principles of Addiction Treatment and Client Record Management, Addiction Counseling Skills is considered to be part of the Core Curriculum and basic to the foundational training of a Level I Certified Addiction Counselor. The purpose of this class is to provide a framework and counseling model for working with clients with substance use, abuse, or dependence problems. The overriding goal of this training is to teach the counseling skills needed to help clients process their information and move toward the change process. The models utilized in this training are client-centered, counselor-directed therapy using a motivational style and spirit. (21.0 Contact Hours; Max 8/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training*)
Client Record Management: Coming Soon. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 16/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training)
Group Counseling Skills: Coming Soon. (21.0 Contact Hours; Max 16/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*)
Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment: Drug and alcohol abuse and infectious diseases go hand in hand. Anyone who is abusing substances is at high risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases. Understanding of diseases that might affect clients who are struggling with or addicted to alcohol and other substances is a cornerstone of addiction counseling. This training helps prepare addiction professionals to identify such diseases, determine client risk of infection, educate clients about disease prevention and treatment options, and assist clients in obtaining appropriate treatment as needed. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training)
Motivational Interviewing: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered collaborative style of conversation designed to strengthen a person's motivation for and commitment to change. MI is counselor-directed in that the counselor is skilled at managing ambivalence, eliciting change-talk, and honoring the client's autonomy about taking the next step toward a commonly agreed upon goal (Miller & Rollnick, 2010). Over 200 studies to date have demonstrated the effectiveness of the model at increasing client engagement, retention, compliance, and improving treatment outcomes. The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has identified MI as a best practice within the addiction treatment field. The CAC Clinical Training Program offered through the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to a process of integrating the Motivational Interviewing style, spirit, and strategies into all levels of training and to support clinical supervision of motivational interviewing as a counseling style. (21.0 Contact Hours; Max 12/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*)
Pharmacology I: Training in pharmacology is a cornerstone of addiction counseling and a major part of what differentiates the professional field of addiction counseling from other mental health disciplines. This training provides a solid base of knowledge about the drugs of abuse including what is happening in human physiology and behaviors. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training)
Pharmacology II: Neuroscience and genetic research on addiction continue to make significant progress toward understanding the changes in the brain that underlie drug use and addictive behaviors. This research has the potential to significantly affect both the way in which we think about addiction, and those that struggle with it. Addictive drugs have habit-forming actions that can be localized to a variety of brain regions that can activate reward circuitry in the brain. This training explores the neurobiological basis of addiction and how addictive drugs produce neurochemical changes in the brain's reward pathway. It also explores new technologies for treatment and prevention based on brain science. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training)
Principles of Addiction Treatment: This training presents models of addiction, defines addiction treatment, presents the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) principles of effective treatment, outlines various types of addiction treatment and the use of evidence-based treatment approaches, the competencies required of an addiction counselor and professional readiness for addiction counselors. It also covers addiction counselor credentialing in Colorado and applicable rules. Along with Addiction Counseling Skills and Client Record Management, Principles of Addiction Treatment is considered to be part of the Core Curriculum and basic to the foundational training of a Certified or Licensed Addiction Counselor. (21.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*)
Professional Ethics I: Ethics and Jurisprudence: Coming Soon. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training*)
Professional Ethics II: Coming Soon. (14.0 Contact Hours; Max 30/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*)
* Equivalent college or university coursework may be substituted for this training.
Pathway 2 Training Requirements: (Subject to Change; Consult OBH Handbook for Addiction Counselors for Current Requirements)
Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, CACIII, MAC, CGP, ACS, is the Training Director for the Center for Professional Development at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and is an approved Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Addiction Counselor Trainer as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Addiction Counselor, Level III (CACIII), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). He has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996, serving as core faculty at Naropa University in the Graduate School of Psychology and as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, Prescott College, and Front Range Community College. Ryan’s clinical training is in the areas of trauma and dissociative disorders, chronic and persistent mental illness, psychiatric nursing and psychopharmacology, addictions and recovery, domestic/family violence, and living with life-threatening illnesses.
Paul Rakowski, LAC, LPC, MAC, NCC, ACS, is the Clinical Director of the Center for Addiction Recovery and Wellness at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute and is an approved Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Addiction Counselor Trainer as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), National Certified Counselor (NCC), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Paul has served as a staff psychotherapist and clinical supervisor at Noeticus since 2006 and has also contributed as adjunct faculty in the graduate counseling programs at both University of Colorado Denver and Naropa University. Paul's clinical training is in the area of couple and family therapy and he has a strong interest in health psychology, addiction and recovery, body image and exercise, and relational and family work.
Participants taking this training (and all trainings offered through the Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program) are encouraged to download and read the most recent edition of the Handbook for Addiction Counselors published by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and available from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). For access to the handbook and all associated CAC and LAC related application materials, please visit the DORA website HERE.
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Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute® is a community-based, not-for-profit group counseling practice and professional training organization based in Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide innovative, effective, and affordable counseling and educational services to a broad range of individuals, couples, and families living within the greater Denver/Boulder community. We are also committed to offering basic and advanced training opportunities to graduate students and mental health professionals both locally and across the country. We especially value doing this through collaborative and engaging community partnerships or affiliations with other like-minded individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, universities, and foundations. For more information, we can be reached at: www.noeticus.org
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