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2022 Training Plan for the State of California - Required Basic Education Section 2: Physiology and Pharmacology of Alcohol and Other Drugs (57 hours)


The state of California requires basic education in 6 different academic content areas as part of their core education.  We have worked closely with California to develop a training plan that meets their requirements for each section.  You now have the option to purchase the state required basic education as sections for your convenience. 

**However, due to the nature of this product you will need to contact our office BEFORE purchase for more details.  There is a new training plan out now, but if you were already working on sections BEFORE this update we will need to make sure you are continuing off your original training plan.  We need to verify your details before purchase so please contact us ASAP.  We can be reached M-F 9am-4pm CST at 866-431-4240 OR by email at information@dlc.email.**

Each section will come with the approved DLCAS coursework, see the breakdown below.  You will be required to complete all the courses in the section and pass their post tests with 80% or higher to gain credit for the full section classwork.  This is section 2, of 6, you will need to complete for basic credentialing in the state of California.  This coursework is approved for both applications with CCAPP and CADTP. 

DLCAS Coursework Breakdown for this Section:

  • Basic Pharmacology for Treatment Professionals (15 hours)
  • Detoxification Services for Substance Use Disorder Treatment (12 hours)
  • The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment (30 hours) - this course will require an additional textbook to complete.  Please see the "Required Textbook" tab for more details.

**IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE** This course is delivered differently from our traditional coursework.  Due to copyright restrictions, you will need to purchase either the hard copy or digital version of Carlton Erickson’s book "The Science of Addiction: From Neurobiology to Treatment (2nd Edition)," published by W.W. Norton & Company.  Specific reading assignments will allow you to obtain course credits after passing a posttest.

You may purchase the 2nd edition book from any resource, but we do recommend you consider purchasing directly from W.W. Norton & Company on their website (click here) or from Amazon.com (click here).  With Amazon you can purchase a digital copy for use with their free Kindle application at a substantial savings. 

Please note: all courses in this series are based on the book you will be purchasing.  You will only need to purchase this book once, but can use it for all course if interested.  We do offer a discount should you purchase all five courses based on Dr. Erickson’s book.

The courses in this series based on Dr. Erickson’s book are:

  • The Terminology of Addiction (3 clock hours of training)
  • Dependence Disease Treatment (6 clock hours of training)
  • Basic Addiction Pharmacology (9 clock hours of training)
  • Drugs and the Brain (6 clock hours of training)
  • Addiction Research (4 clock hours of training)

Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.

USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

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