Substance Abuse Counselor

Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.

The Division of Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina Community College offers courses that are approved through the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB).

The certification process requires instructional training hours that Coastal provides. It also requires on-the-job experience, not available at Coastal. Students cannot become certified by enrolling in Coastal courses only.

These Coastal courses are beneficial for individuals who are seeking entrance into the substance abuse counseling field, currently employed counselors who need the training hours for certification or re-certification, and family members of people in recovery who are seeking information.

Because certification requirements are subject to change by the NCSAPPB, Coastal provides general information regarding certification requirements. For specific information about state certification, contact the NCSAPPB.

North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
PO Box 10126
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919) 832-0975
www.ncsappb.org

Download Roadmap to Substance Abuse Counselor Certification flyer

Fundamental Skill Series for Substance Abuse Counselors

This is a series of courses approved through the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) as training hours toward certification as a NC Substance Abuse Counselor. Part A emphasizes the basic assessment skills and counseling strategies, bio-psycho-social-spiritual disease model, and the 12-step philosophy of recovery. Part B offers instruction on basic clinical record keeping, fundamental client education topics, and an introduction to individual and group counseling skills. Part C introduces the 12 core functions as skills needed in clinical areas, counseling ethics, family issues, and clinical supervision.

Advanced Skills Series for Substance Abuse Counselors

This is a series of courses approved through the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) as training hours towards certification as a NC Substance Abuse Counselor. Part A provides knowledge and practical application of DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, discussion of addiction as it relates to family issues including methods of intervention and treatment, and knowledge of pharmacology as related to addiction therapies. Part B addresses advanced issues in individual and group counseling in addictions treatment and presents the twelve core functions for substance abuse counselors. Part C promotes integrated clinical skills in the areas of assessment, provisions of care, treatment planning, treatment of dual disorders and responses to resistance as well as the ability to document all aspects of the therapeutic process.

Textbooks Recommended for Both Series

Textbooks may be purchased in The College Store. Contact Coastal’s book store for pricing.

Online Classes

Online Substance Abuse classes will be available for students to take from the convenience of their home with three start dates during the year.  The online self-paced classes are approved by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for renewal and certification credit.

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy Online (50 hours)
Concepts and practices of contemporary therapy, counselor styles, and clinical and administrative duties of substance abuse treatment paraprofessionals.

Theory and Practice of Group Counseling Online (50 hours)
Overview of group process, ethical and professional issues special to group work, key concepts and techniques of group therapy, theories and techniques to use, and development of counselor styles.

Understanding Addiction Online (50 hours)

Addiction models; survey of substances and their relationship to addiction issues; human aspect of addiction; family dynamics; and processes of intervention, recovery, relapse, and relapse prevention.

Students will need a computer and Internet access for the online classes.

Classes covering Ethics, HIV/AIDS and Nicotine Dependency are offered on-campus; these courses are available annually in December and may be taken individually or as a collective group.