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Addictions Counseling: Understanding and Addressing Addictive Behaviors ( 3 CE SEMESTER UNIT )

Started Sep 24, 2019
3 credits

$620 Enroll

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Course Description

Additions Counseling is oriented to the clinician in private practice; however, those working in private and public-sector programs have found it gives them a framework to think about how to improve their work or how their organization addresses challenges. The course begins an overview of the history and etiology of substance abuse including a medical approach to understanding substance abouse and treatment.  We will examine evidence-based principles and practices, the profound impact of stigma, and emergent problems such as the opioid crisis, challenges of expanding marijuana use, and behavioral addictions. We will discuss the legal and ethical issues relatedto addictions.  We will review screening, assessment and diagnosis and considerations in addressing the needs of clients with co-occurring mental disorders. Additionally, we will address treatment issues, from a recovery-oriented approach, in which the clinician addresses the client’s tasks at different stages of the process. This entails goal setting, breaking the addiction cycle, maintaining gains (relapse prevention) and working on quality of life issues.  Finally, we will examine the role of families, clinicians and community resoureces in supporting addictions treatment and recovery.

This academic graduate-level course is designed to meet three-semester units of addictions counseling for LPCC licensing in California




Capuzzi, D. & Stauffer, M. (2020). Foundations of addictions counseling. 4th edition. Pearson.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any advantages to taking these courses through Alliant?

Yes, there are several advantages to taking these courses through Alliant’s CE Division:

  • The instructors have been designated by Alliant program directors. They are very familiar with our programs and know what is needed to prepare you properly.
  • The courses will be accepted by Alliant as meeting the academic prerequisites for admission.
  • You will receive an academic transcript showing your grade, and we will also report your enrollment in and completion of the course directly to your campus Admissions Office. (Reminder: Entry requirements for the Clinical Psychology programs state that you must receive a grade of “C” or better; entry requirements for the Organizational Psychology programs state that you must receive a grade “B” or better.)

What is the format of the courses?

The courses are offered online as Guided Independent Study. All course material will be online.

Refunds for online courses are only granted to those who have not logged in to the course. Should you need to withdraw or cancel your enrollment, you are eligible to receive a full refund if you notify withing 48 hours of registration. 


Course Instructor

Cheryl Fischer, PsyD

Cheryl Fischer, PhD, NCC, LCPC

Cheryl Fischer is a graduate of Towson University and West Virginia University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Cheryl is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy, which resolves the development of trauma-related disorders caused by exposure to distressing, traumatizing, or negative life events. Cheryl enjoys working with couples, individuals, college students, youth, and groups on a variety of issues.

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