Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Specialist (CAODTS) (33 CE)

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Certificate course created by: Alden Hori, PhD

Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. He was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The AATBS Certification for Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Specialist is a self-paced home-study course that provides 33 hours of instruction. This program trains therapists and counselors who work with adults and adolescents in treating their problems associated with substance use. This course discusses the etiology of drug dependence, different methods of assessment, the range of treatment approaches and the types of patients appropriate for them, and relapse prevention. This course also provides specific instructions to clinicians on how to use the screening tool, discuss screening results, offer brief interventions, and make necessary referrals. Recent trends in the use of licit and illicit drugs (based on a survey of 41,600 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students) are explored as well as trends in the levels of perceived risk and personal disapproval associated with each drug. Answers to frequently asked questions about substance abuse and treatment in the adolescent population are presented. This course is designed to offer a foundation for understanding how substance use disorders in families can affect family relationships, dynamics, and the well-being of children. Finally, this course focuses on the importance of supporting effective prevention programs as part of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention strategy.

Course Curriculum *

  • Book: Treating Patients With Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: An Integrated Approach
    By Robert D. Margolis and Joan E. Zweben
  • DVD: Drug and Alcohol Abuse
    By William Richard Miller
  • Text: Alcohol's Impact On Your Health
    By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Text: Screening for Drug Use
    By National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Text: Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth
    By National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Text: Monitoring the Future: Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use
    By Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E., at the Institute for Social Research
  • Text: Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    By National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Text: Protecting Children in Families with Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
    By U.S. Deparment of Health and Human Services
  • Text: Substance Abuse Prevention Dollars & Cents: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
    By Ted R. Miller and Delia Hendrie for Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMHSA

In addition to becoming a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Specialist, you also receive 33 credit hours for continuing education.

These certification courses are appropriate for professionals in the mental health field. This includes psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists and other qualified professionals with mental health training.

AATBS is an approved provider of continuing education for many organizations, including, APA, ASWB, and many additional boards. To determine whether you are eligible to receive continuing education credit, go to the  AATBS list of approvals.

* The cost of shipping within the U.S. is included in the course fee (outside the U.S., please call for shipping costs).

This Certification program is not approved through APA, ASWB-ACE, New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work or for NBCC credit.  Each course description page will indicate the boards that approve each course.


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