Professional Counseling Education Program

Courses prepare individuals to counsel people with substance abuse issues.

About the Program

The Professional Counseling Education Program provides classes that provide the knowledge and skill to work with people with substance abuse disorders.

The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors has approved the program, and we are one of the only providers in this region.

This six-month series of classes partially fulfills the educational requirement for certification as an addiction counselor through the DC Department of Health. Classes meet recertification requirements for addictions counselors and others in human service fields. Professionals in other fields may take courses to increase their academic and professional credentials in substance abuse counseling.


The instructors for the Professional Counseling Education Program classes are highly qualified, credentialed professionals experienced in the provision of training for personnel within the mental health and addictions treatment fields. Instructors are culturally and professionally diverse and incorporate a genuine sensitivity in presenting course content.

Course Curriculum

  • Ethics and Professional Development
  • Human Development
  • Pharmacology
  • Signs & Symptoms
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS/Infectious Diseases
  • Mental Health Disorders/Co-occurring Disorders
  • Rules and Regulations
  • Twelve Core Functions
  • Field Practicum Preparation
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Addictions and Criminal Justice System
  • Effects of Trauma
  • Codependency/Families & S.A.
  • Assessment with the ASI
  • Clinical Writing Skills
  • Micro counseling Skills
  • Cross Cultural Aspects of S.A. Counseling

Details About Winter 2024 Classes

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