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Substance Abuse Studies @UNMCE

UNM Continuing Education's Substance Abuse Studies courses are NAADAC approved. Contact hours or professional training hours are applicable for most behavioral health and social work credentials or licenses.

We are currently accepting enrollment for the 2018-2019 year. Approval for the Substance Abuse Studies program is required but can be completed quickly. Enrollment is on a rolling basis. To apply, please review the Guide for Approval.

There are a total of 20 courses of professional training. You may enroll in as many courses as you need or want. You will need to enroll by phone for one or more courses. Individual courses are $155.00. You are able to enroll course by course or for the complete certificate. Course certificates will be available online at the end of the course exit exam. Master Certificates will be available by request to the Program Supervisor.

Find out How You Can Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in New Mexico

Join us for a free introductory, educational session and get started on becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor. Everyone is welcome to attend. No approval or prerequisite required.
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Sessions are offered at the UNM Continuing Education Campus, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • 7/20/2019

  • 8/3/2019

To RSVP: Complete this online form or email or call the Program Supervisor at (505) 277-6025 at least one day prior to the session.


Office Hours

The growing need to get an individual plan of action is evident from those attending our previous How to Become an Addiction Counselor in New Mexico sessions. Giving you time to talk with those who can help you in making decisions is our goal in opening Office Hours. You will have a 15 minute individual meeting with a Substance Abuse Studies instructor or other knowledgeable advisor to do a “Quick Glance” transcript review. If the recommendations are for further courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, you will need to contact that institution for additional advisement and admissions.

UNM Continuing Education provides approved training to meet professional training in alcohol, drug abuse and counseling/addiction. After you have researched the options to meet your goals, you may be ready to take our weekend courses in addition to any other courses or training you choose to pursue.

NMCTPB rules and law for Addiction Counseling Licenses

By appointment – 15 minutes openings – offered monthly

  1. Please bring your transcripts (unofficial or official) for your meeting.
  2. Download the Checklist for Advisement and fill out information you can supply. Bring this form with you.
  3. For your convenience, a staggered schedule has been created so that people can be assisted in a timely manner. It will be important to arrive on time or slightly early.
  4. It may be helpful to make a written list of question you may have prior to coming to Office Hours.

Reserve Your Office Visit

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Upcoming Programs
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Review the content for the CADAC and LADAC exams, and be ready for test day! This class provides exam content outlines and review four content sections, including counseling practices and skills (12 core functions), theoretical basis of counseling, professional considerations (cultural competency and ethics) and pharmacology. Recommended textbook: Getting Ready To Test: A Review and Preparation Manual for Drug and Alcohol Credentialing Exams (8th Edition) from Distance Learning Center, LLC at https://www.dlcllc.shop/collections/readytotest-com-study-guides

39310 | TBA

LADAC Exam Preparation

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

Substance Abuse Studies Series 2018-2019

Prerequisites for Enrollment in the 2018-2019 Series

Due to the intensity and nature of our program, we request that those in recovery have been sober for a minimum of one year before seeing admission. Some may find it more helpful to have two or more years in recovery. Please note that the courses are not intended as part of a recovery program to support participant sobriety or as a replacement for therapy.

Education requirement for program approval is an Associate Degree in any field or higher. For New Mexico Licensure, the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board requires a degree in counseling or a counseling related field. Please check the requirements on their website.

All classes are held Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30am-5:30pm at UNM Continuing Education.

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Registration for weekend SASTP classes closes five days before the class start date at 5 PM on Monday. Registration for series courses is done by phone (505) 277-0077, fax and mail or in person. No online registration. More information on registering for UNMCE classes.


Understanding Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Foundation)
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This course frames the nature of addiction counseling on day one with an introduction to the continuum of substance use disorders (SUD) through historical models of the causes of substance abuse and the transtheoretical model progression into and out of substance abuse. On day two, apply ethical decision making strategies to navigate the special ethical dilemmas as defined by NAADAC's code of ethics, compared with other professional ethical standards. Discuss the professional issues of confidentiality, documentation, the law, mandatory notification and reporting requirements. Know the responsibilities and protections in legal matters when interacting with the courts, probation and parole. We study of the causes and social costs and consequences in populations with gender and racial/ethnic differences to comprehend the epidemic proportions of substance use disorder nationally and in New Mexico. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. /customers/UNM/Files/Approval process SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39451 | TBA

Introduction to the Substance Abuse Field: Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for Counselors

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

A survey of the biology of drug effects and addiction. Included are structure/function of neurons, neurotransmitters, drug distribution and metabolism, and effects on the central nervous system. Also considered are biological bases of dependence, medicationmedications in treating addiction, genetic risk factors, and toxic effects of drugs on bodily organs and on the unborn fetus. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. /customers/UNM/Files/Approval process SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39403 | TBA

Biological Aspects of Substance Abuse

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course provides an introduction to chronic disease management and the role of case management in addiction services. Twelve core functions in substance abuse counseling are explained. Participants learn how to develop a treatment plan, match clients to appropriate community services, make successful referrals, increase motivation for adherence, and coordinate continuing care. Procedures for outcome monitoring and program evaluation are reviewed. Case closing and termination procedures are discussed. For approval to the Substance Abuse Studies program see our website http://ce.unm.edu/sas for the Program Inquiry information. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. /customers/UNM/Files/Approval process SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39407 | TBA

Case Management

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course provides an orientation to the issues of diagnosis, assessment and treatment planning that are specific to substance abuse treatment. Diagnostic considerations include the spectrum of DSM substance use disorders, and use of SCID criteria in diagnosis. Valid instruments are introduced for assessing substance use, problems, and dependence, need for detoxification, and psychological dependence. Issues of client-treatment matching are considered, including the ASAM treatment placement criteria, and connecting clients with needed services in the community. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. /customers/UNM/Files/Approval process SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39455 | TBA

Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
Addiction Counseling Core Knowledge (Professional Training Core)
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a dynamic approach to helping people find and activate their own resources for change. In this course, students will learn about the theoretical basis for MI and touch on the supporting research for the approach. Students will learn how to apply MI techniques and strategies to a variety of issues focusing on addictions. MI will also be applied experientially to assist students in making changes in their own lives in order to facilitate learning the approach on a deep level. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. /customers/UNM/Files/Approval process SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39402 | TBA

Motivational Interviewing Level 1

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

A review of major drug classes, along with common routes of administration and their behavioral effects. Special attention is given to patterns of drug use in New Mexico and the Southwest. Methods for recognizing and measuring drug intoxication are discussed. Physiological and behavioral aspects of addiction are explained, including tolerance, drug interactions, and drug withdrawal (abstinence) syndromes. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39405 | TBA

Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

Explore the part of the treatment continuum that entails universal, targeted, and indicated prevention. Evidence for what works in universal and targeted prevention is reviewed. Risk factors and early warning signs are presented, along with problem behavior theory and the inter-relationship of substance abuse with risk-taking behaviors. Public health education and effective school-based prevention approaches are discussed. Cultural considerations are explored. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39414 | TBA

Prevention and Education

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a universal screening and prevention approach. An evidence-based practice, SBIRT is an approach to provide effective risk reduction and intervention prior to a patient's need for more extensive treatment. SBIRT targets individuals who use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs but are not yet dependent on those substances. Learn about implementation models to facilitating integration and teamwork among behavioral health, mainstream healthcare, and human service providers. Identify risky behaviors and how to reduce substance use with different populations of students, geographic locations, professional concepts, and cultures. Ideal for: substance use professionals, medical professionals, nurses, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, employee assistance professionals, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about SBIRT. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39463 | TBA

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
Principles and Practices for Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Principles)
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Receive an orientation to the most common form of substance abuse treatment delivery in the US: group therapies. What kinds of treatment can be effectively delivered in group format? Skills and styles for managing groups are presented, along with important format issues (open vs. closed groups, confidentiality, cross-talk, group size, managing attrition). Ways to combine individual and group therapies are discussed. Differences from mutual-help groups are considered. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39413 | TBA

Group Therapies

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course comprises foundations of evidence based treatments, standards for program evaluation and selection, process of the continuum of care, and content of most effective programs. Emphasis will be on models adopted for use in New Mexico. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39408 | TBA

Evidence-Based Treatment

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course presents an overview of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapies, including coping skills training, behavioral contracting, contingency management, behavioral self-control training, and relapse prevention skill training. Practical exercises focus on case formulation, treatment planning, and implementation, including consideration of cultural factors in addiction treatment. A specific case example is followed from initial screening through long-term outcome. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39457 | TBA

Cognitive Behavioral Therapies

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course provides an introduction to the community reinforcement approach (CRA) as a comprehensive model of change based on positive reinforcement. Participants are introduced to sobriety sampling, functional analysis, reinforcer sampling, behavioral skills training, social/recreational counseling, and job-seeker training for helping clients find employment. The importance of involving significant others is also stressed. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39456 | TBA

Community Reinforcement Approach

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
Addiction Counseling for Diverse Populations (Community-based Professional Training)
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An introduction to the nature and treatment of mental health problems that frequently co-occur with substance use disorders. The prevalence and nature of common co-occurring disorders are reviewed. Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is presented as a comprehensive model for managing concomitant disorders. Also reviewed are pharmacotherapies for mental disorders, case management, and methods for smoking cessation and infection risk reduction. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39460 | TBA

Managing Co-Occurring Disorders

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course explores the impact of cultural diversity on the therapeutic process. Through didactic and experiential exercises students will examine their own cultural identity and assumptions as well as learning how to work effectively with clients of different racial backgrounds, cultural traditions, gender identities and sexual orientations. The melting pot, color blindness, political correctness and other American myths that serve to prevent real connection in the therapeutic process will be explored with safety and humor. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39462 | TBA

Cultural Competencies for Counselors

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

Discuss the differences between adolescent and adult substance use/abuse, and review evidence-based approaches for working with adolescents. Relationships with parenting style and parental substance abuse are considered. Treatment methods considered are family therapies, multisystemic therapy, and adolescent CRA (ACRA). Additionally, a program for working with family members to engage resistant teens into treatment will be introduced: community reinforcement and family training CRAFT. A 'what works' review is included, examining the evidence base for various approaches to prevention. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39459 | TBA

Working with Adolescents: Treatment and Prevention

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

This course focuses on involving family members in effective treatment. The course begins with a review of historical conceptions of the role of families in substance dependence, and of various approaches to family therapy. Participants are introduced to behavioral couples counseling. Effective methods for engaging unmotivated substance users are reviewed, including community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT). Also discussed are Al-Anon, the impact of parental substance abuse on children, and the inter-relationship of substance use disorders and family violence. NOTE: NAADAC Approved for 16 professional training hours. https://newmexico.augusoft.net/customers/UNM/Files/Approval%20process%20SASTP.pdf'' target=''_blank. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277-0077 ext.1

39412 | TBA

CRAFT and Working with Family Members

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This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.

Substance Abuse License Information

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board: (505) 476-4610


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