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NACCTP: Group Counseling Skills - 12/2018

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Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP)

"Specializing in OBH Pathway 2 Addiction Counselor Classes for Mental Health Professionals Working on or with a Clinical Master's or Doctoral Degree"

Training Information:

  • Training: Principles of Addiction Treatment
  • Instructor: Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, CACIII, MAC, CCTP, CGP, ACS
  • Date: Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 5, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm All Days (Check-In at 8:30 am)
  • Where: Noeticus Office; 190 East 9th Avenue, Suite #310; Denver CO 80203
  • Cost: $220 General Fee; $200 Graduate Student Fee; $195 Noeticus Staff/Alumni
  • Discount: $210 Group of 3 or More Registering Together; $205 Military Personnel/Veterans
  • Contact Hours: 21.0 Contact Hours of Continuing Education (CE); Applicable to CAC/LAC Credentialing
  • Prerequisite(s) and Pathway(s): None-Pathway 1; None-Pathway 2; Pathway 1 & 2 Class
  • Registration: Pre-Registration is Required for Attendance
  • Size: Limited to 16 Participants; Please Register Early to Ensure Placement

Training Description:

A group is any combination of three or more people who have come together for a common purpose. Addiction counselors are often asked to work clinically with groups and in so doing must be adept at identifying the specific needs and goals of the groups with which they work. Group therapy is a powerful tool in delivering addiction treatment services. Groups have many therapeutic elements and effects that draw people into the culture of recovery. Groups provide useful information, allow one or two therapists – depending on group size – to facilitate the group process, which helps a number of clients simultaneously, and provides positive peer support and pressure for recovery. This class helps the aspiring addiction counselor to understand the use of group therapy in the addiction treatment field and to be able to demonstrate the skills necessary to facilitate a therapy group. The class focuses on the group process and discusses diversity within groups as well as the many challenges a group leader may face. The class also presents models of effective group practice.

Related Class Package Training Opportunities (2018):

Related Individual Class Training Opportunities (July - December 2018):

Training Text:

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.

Training Instructor:

Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, CACIII, MAC, CCTP, 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. He is also 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), Certifed Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Ryan has worked in the field of addiction recovery since 1990 and has in-depth experience in a variety of treatment settings across the continuum of care including self-help and support groups, detox, residential, inpatient, critical care, and outpatient care.

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Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program Description (NACCTP):

The Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP), a program of the Noeticus Center for Professional Development (NCPD), is delighted to offer a variety of professional classes, trainings, and supervisory opportunities designed to meet the requirements set forth 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:

  • Certified Addiction Counselor; Level One (CACI); Entry Practice Level
  • Certified Addiction Counselor; Level Two (CACII); Independent Practice Level
  • Certified Addiction Counselor; Level Three (CACIII); Supervisory Practice Level
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor; (LAC); Supervisory Practice Level with All Privileges of Licensure

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, GED, or baccalaureate degree. Individuals with a high school diploma or GED are only eligible to earn either the CACI or CACII credential. Individuals with a baccalaureate degree in the behavioral health sciences are eligible to earn a CACI, CACII, and CACIII. They may earn their CACI and CACII through a combination of clinically supervised work experience hours and OBH approved trainings. Individuals obtaining the CACII or CACIII must also provide proof of passing a national exam in addition to the previous requirements.

Individuals with advanced clinical 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 master's 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 Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP) is primarily designed to provide the OBH requirements for addiction professionals utilizing Pathway 2, or those who have an advanced clinical degree. Thus the majority of attendees at our trainings have completed or are in the process of completing a clinical master's or doctoral degree. This does not preclude Pathway 1 individuals or others seeking general continuing education from taking our classes or participating in our supervision/consultation opportunities, but the curricular flow is not specifically designed to meet their training requirements.

All of our trainings are also pre-approved by NAADAC and NBCC for continuing professional education and thus can be taken to meet licensure and certification renewal requirements beyond CAC and/or LAC credentialing as well as to stimulate and encourage ongoing professional learning and development.

Trainings Offered:

IMPORTANT: All 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. For more information about any of these classes - including class descriptions, schedules, and instructors - please visit Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP).

CAC I and CACII - Pathway I Classes (Limited Selection)
  • Addiction Counseling Skills: 21.0 Contact Hours; Max 8/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training*
  • Client Record Management: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 16/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training
  • Culturally Informed Treatment: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 16/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training*
  • Professional Ethics I: Ethics and Jurisprudence: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training*
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Diverse Populations: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 1 Required Training
CACII Trainings - Pathway 2 (119 Hours; Full Selection)
  • Group Counseling Skills: 21.0 Contact Hours; Max 16/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*
  • Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training
  • Motivational Interviewing: 21.0 Contact Hours; Max 12/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*
  • Pharmacology I: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training
  • Pharmacology II: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training
  • Principles of Addiction Treatment: 21.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*
  • Professional Ethics II: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 20/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*
CACIII/LAC Trainings - Pathway 2 (49 Hours; Full Selection)
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 12/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training*
  • Clinical Supervision I: 21.0 Contact Hours; Max 12/Min 6; Pathway 2 Required Training
  • Clinical Supervision II: 14.0 Contact Hours; Max 12/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)

  • CAC II (119 Training Hours)
    • Clinical Master's or Doctoral degree in behavioral health
    • Principles of Addiction Treatment (21.0 Hours)
    • Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment (14.0 Hours)
    • Pharmacology I (14.0 Hours)
    • Pharmacology II (14.0 Hours)
    • Motivational Interviewing (21.0 Hours)
    • Group Counseling Skills (21.0 Hours)
    • Professional Ethics II (14.0 Hours)
    • NCACII or MAC Exam (MAC Exam Recommended)
    • 2000 Clinically Supervised Work Experience Hours
  • CACIII and/or LAC (49 Training Hours) - all CACII requirements plus the following:
    • Advanced Motivational Interviewing (14.0 Hours)
    • Clinical Supervision I (21.0 Hours)
    • Clinical Supervision II (14.0 Hours; Pre-Reqs = Clin Sup I and Advanced MI)
    • MAC Exam
    • 3000 Clinically Work Experience Hours (total)

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

We hope you will be able to attend your training after you register, but we also understand that life can present many complications and challenges that are sometimes unavoidable. If you register for a training and discover later that you will be unable to attend, please take a look at our Cancellation and Refund Policy to see what your options are, then let us know what you'd like to do. Here is a link to the policy: http://www.noeticus.org/Cancel_and_Refund_Policy.html

Approved Continuing or Professional Education Provider Information:

Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute has been approved by The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) as an Approved Education Provider (AEP, #151584). Programs that do not qualify for NAADAC credit are clearly identified. Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP #6704). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute has been approved by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) as an Eligible Training Provider (ETP). All Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP) classes have been approved for workforce development grants. Click the link above to learn about individual eligibility and county-specific application procedures.

All trainers affiliated with the Noeticus Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program (NACCTP) have been approved (or are in the process of being approved) by the Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to provide such training. All such courses meet the class requirements for CAC/LAC credentialing through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

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