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Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling is designed to meet the training needs of new and experienced addiction counselors by presenting in a practical, user-friendly format the basic and cutting-edge research on addiction counseling. This comprehensive guide combines a basic overview of the addiction counseling field with specific information on working with varied clients in diverse settings. This courses also delivers practical advice on treatment techniques and professional development including the ethics of addiction counseling.

Course Format

This course is based on a book that can be purchased here and a posttest. When you’re ready, purchase the test by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the theories of counseling related to addiction treatment.
  • Describe the assessment and diagnosis of addiction.
  • Explain the assessment and diagnosis of dual disorders.
  • Describe the treatment process for addictions.
  • Explain the history of self-help programs.
  • Discuss women and addictions.
  • Discuss the elderly and addictions.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Theories of counseling related to addiction treatment
  • Assessment and diagnosis of addiction
  • Assessment and diagnosis of co-occurring disorders
  • The treatment process for addictions
  • Treatment-related issues
  • Relapse prevention
  • Self-help groups
  • Current and evolving therapy approaches and techniques
  • Culturally sensitive addiction counseling
  • Incorporating spirituality into addiction counseling
  • Chronic pain assessment, treatment, and aftercare
  • Personal and professional development of the counselor
  • Preparing for certification and licensure as an addiction professional


Geri Miller

GERI MILLER, PHD, is a Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP); Licensed Psychologist (LP); Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC); Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) (NCCAP); NCASPPB Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS) and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). She is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling at Appalachian State University. Dr. Miller has worked in the mental health counseling profession since 1976 and in the addiction counseling field since 1979. She has published and presented research related to mental health and addiction counseling. She has also presented extensively to mental health counselors and addiction counselors.

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