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Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling (15 hours)

Theory and Practice of Addiction Counseling (15 hours)


**Updated March 2018**

This newly revised and updated 15 hour course by Kevin Scheel reviews the fundamental problems of addiction in society today and identifies the various theories of addiction and treatment options available today. This course includes a basic history of the various drugs of abuse.

It will provide the participant with an in-depth overview of the chemical dependency profession, providing the trainee with insights in the problems, the population we serve, and the variety of treatment options that the counselor might be involved with. This overview can help the trainee to critically look at the educational needs they will have based on the type of treatment service they might be involved with, as well as the population they might serve.

An excellent course for both beginning counselors or any helping professional seeking to work with the chemically dependent population.


By participating in this Distance Learning Course, the trainee will:

  • Explore the basic issues of addiction and the need for treatment.
  • Review the predominant substances of abuse and their history.
  • Examine the relationship of addiction to crime, health, and other social problems; learn about the current theories related to the causes of addiction and the various modalities for treatment.
  • Identify the major needs and approaches to effective screening and assessment.
  • Learn about the importance of patient-treatment matching in increasing positive treatment outcome.
  • Review the issues and needs of various special populations that are impacted by chemical dependency.
  • Increase their awareness about substance abuse-related infectious diseases and the implications for care.
  • Explore the latest approaches in pharmacotherapy.
  • Review theories and approaches to effective relapse prevention.
  • Identify the major issues related to client confidentiality and ethical practice.

Kevin R. Scheel, MS, LADC, MAC, is a Masters prepared chemical dependency counselor and has been active in the human service field since 1974. He has served as the director of programs in the public sector as well as in private care facilities, both in the profit and not-for-profit arenas. He has been involved in the delivery of education services to the field since 1986 as an instructor at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, and as a private training consultant with Hazelden. Mr. Scheel is the author of "Alcohol: Chemistry & Culture," as well as a series of education videotapes on the various drugs of abuse, published and marketed by WRS Group, Inc. He has also created a preparation and review manual that is currently in use by a variety of colleges and universities in Texas, designed to aid students preparing for their Texas chemical dependency credential.

While in Texas Kevin served as the Texas Coordinator for the federally funded Project for Addiction Counselor Training (PACT) program. For this project Mr. Scheel designed a 270 hour curriculum for beginning counselors, delivering over 45,000 hours of classroom training to 415 minority students. As a result of his efforts, 268 of these students have gone on to obtain their credentials to practice chemical dependency counseling in Texas.

Kevin also served in the position as Coordinator for the Texas Addiction Training Center (currently the Texas Addition Technology Transfer Center), a federally funded project from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in Washington, D.C. The goal of this project has been to increase the level of addiction education to the various disciplines offering counseling services to drug and alcohol affected clients. In Texas this project worked with 8 major colleges and universities.

Kevin is one of the co-founders of the Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies (www.dlcas.com). He continues to be active as a writer/author of materials for this training service.

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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