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Substance Abuse Counseling

Real Counseling Experience, Real Life.

That’s what you can expect when enrolling in the Substance Abuse Counseling program at Iowa Lakes. Our two-year program will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed as established by the Iowa Board of Substance Abuse Certification to become a certified alcohol
and drug counselor (CADC)*. 

You’ll gain hands-on experience working in an alcohol and drug treatment unit where you apply the core education and skills you have learned under the direct supervision of a certified counselor. After completing the program and additional hours of experience, you’ll be prepared to take the certification exam through the Iowa Board of Certification*. Additionally, you’ll meet transfer requirements to move on to a four-year degree program.

Acquire training in: 

  • Case Management
  • Psychology
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Social Problems
  • Substance Abuse Treatment and Planning

Substance Abuse Counseling Program Outcomes

  1. Examine the role of substance abuse treatment society.
  2. Examine the disciplines of psychology and sociology and their connection to area of addiction.
  3. Apply the skills of assessment, planning, referral and monitoring.
  4. Demonstrate interviewing techniques.
  5. Examine the topic of addiction in society.  
  6. Differentiate between an urgent and non-urgent client situation.
  7. Implement documentation, case notes and goal writing.
  8. Practice ethics and confidentiality evaluations.
  9. Implement the domains of substance abuse treatment as required by the Iowa Board of Certification.

Please research the following link to view more information regarding how to become an Iowa Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) or an Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ACADC):

*Out-of-state residents: Some residency restrictions may apply by the Iowa Board of Certification.  Please contact the program advisor for more information.

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