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Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program at CCM

Approved by the Addiction Professional Certificate Board of New Jersey - Posted 3/6/13
County College of Morris (CCM) this fall semester will begin offering a program for those interested in becoming a certified alcohol and drug counselor.

Nine courses in the 54-course program will be held from September 17 through December 10. All courses take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. No prior training or advanced education is required to participate in the program.

The entire program consists of six sections, or domains, with nine courses each. This fall, CCM is offering Domain II and will offer Domain I and the remaining domains at a future date. Domain II consists of the following courses:

Introduction to Counseling, covering the major theories of counseling, including Reality Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Structural Family Therapy, Client Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Gestalt Therapy.

Counseling Skills, covering the counseling skills of attending, paraphrasing, reflecting of feeling, summarizing, probing, feedback and self disclosure.

Crisis Intervention, covering the more common causes of crises, the general goals of crisis intervention and identifying the psychological reactions clients present during crisis situations.

Addiction Focused Counseling, covering the goals of individual counseling, the three modalities of alcohol and drug addiction treatment and the various stages of recovery.

Group Counseling, covering the four stages of group development, the various styles of group leadership, facilitation skills and strategies for dealing with problematic group members.

Family Counseling, covering how substance abuse can affect families collectively as well as individually, the elements of family intervention and community based services for families.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, covering how alterations in thinking can positively affect patterns of behavior.
Motivational Interviewing / Motivational Enhancement Therapy, covering the Stages of Change model and how to utilize client centered interviewing when assessing a client’s readiness to change.

Pharmacological Approaches to Nicotine Dependence, covering the positive and negative aspects of various pharmacological interventions.

All classes are taught by Ray Cortese, M.Ed., LPC, LCADC, CCS. The cost for each course is $64.

CCM is an Approved Educational Provider by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey, Inc. Those interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) should visit