California 45-Hour Practicum (Online Classroom) Fast Track Option
California requires those seeking to credential to include a practicum experience as part of their training. This consists of two parts. Part 1 requires documentation of 255 hours of supervised work experience (if applying with CCAPP) or 160 hours (if applying with CADTP), with required hours in each of the Twelve Core Functions of Counseling (Screening, Intake, Orientation, Assessment, Treatment Planning, Counseling, Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Client Education, Referral Reports/Record Keeping, and Consultation with Professionals) AND 3 hours of Agency Orientation. Part 2 requires an additional 45 hours of didactic training on areas related to clinical practice.
The practicum was designed to ensure that students applying for credentialing obtained not only basic training in the delivery of services to the drug/alcohol field, but also information on clinical aspects of care. Most students tended not to obtain employment in the field prior to completion of their basic education, thus making the clinical education an important adjunct to their overall training. However, as a result of changes to requirements, many students are now presenting with work experience that makes obtaining these hours repetitive. As such, we have created a “Fast Track” plan for those students who have already accumulated A MINIMUM OF 3,000 hours of supervised work experience in the field of drug/alcohol programming to demonstrate their clinical knowledge and obtain these hours.
Susan Cheatham, M.Ed, completed her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi, obtaining a Master’s in Education, with an emphasis on community counseling. She has worked in the substance abuse field for more than 20 years, and is a supervising LPC and certified substance abuse counselor and SAP provider. She has worked with child welfare services providing substance abuse assessments and counseling for their clients. She currently works at a non-profit facility providing individual and family counseling, marital and couples counseling, and with clients who have mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders.
In addition, she has developed the curriculum and program for women who have been arrested for domestic violence and is facilitating five groups for this population. She has developed and implemented a survivor of suicide support group and facilitated crisis debriefing groups in her area. She provides onsite supervision for students in master level programs completing their practicum and internship hours. In addition to this Series on Women's issues, she is the author/instructor for the DLCAS course entitled “Trauma and Substance Abuse.”
This Fast Track option does not require any additional materials in order to obtain course credits. However, we do recommend you consider purchasing and reading the following two texts in order to expand your clinical knowledge:
- The first is a book by Corey and Corey, "Becoming a Helper." The book is currently in the 7th edition and used extensively by many college programs. It is a bit expensive, but you can find earlier editions at a more reasonable cost. Any of those early editions, starting with the 4th edition, can provide valuable knowledge on clinical services.
- The second is the book "Developing Clinical Skills for Substance Abuse Counseling" by Daniel Yalisove.