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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.

You can enroll in as many courses as you need or want. Approval for the Substance Abuse Studies program is required but can be completed quickly. Please review the Guide for Approval.

There are a total of 16 courses for a total of 256 clock hours (professional training hours). You will need to enroll by phone for one or more courses. Individual courses are $145.00. Each of the four certificates tuition are $580.00 or full program tuition is $2320.00. 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.

These sessions are offered 3 time during the 2016-2017 Series at the UNM Continuing Education Campus, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • July 30, 2016 - 10:00AM
  • September 17, 2016
  • February 18, 2017

Please RSVP by email or calling 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 does provide approved training to meet the 276 hours of education in alcohol, drug abuse and counseling/addiction with 6 hours of ethics. 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 the LSAA

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

Download Substance Abuse Summer 2016 Flyer
Download the Substance Abuse Program Approval Process

Class Name

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a powerful technique that helps clients become engaged in making difficult changes in their lives. The key to applying MI is to hold clients in their ambivalence until their ambivalence is resolved and they begin to make changes. This workshop is designed for clinicians who have learned the basics and want to become advanced MI practitioners. Focus will be given to angry or combative clients, using MI with mental health disorders, and integrating MI with other theories and techniques. NAADAC approved for 16 CEU hours.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. No Program approval is necessary for enrolling in this class.

39100 | TBA

Motivational Interviewing Advanced Skills


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Enhance your professional ethics and learn skills to help resolve a variety of ethical dilemmas. Established practitioners will learn using a problem solving model and will have an opportunity to apply concepts to actual cases. Registrants are encouraged to bring their own ethical challenges for examination and discussion.This course is NAADAC approved for 6 CEUs and meets the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board requirements. No program approval is required to enroll.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. No program approval is necessary for enrolling in this class

39132 | $145

Advanced Ethics - SUA-PD

Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1 Session Total)
Paul Fornell
CE South Building

Register Online for this Class
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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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. Student purchases the textbook, Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling a Primer from DLC Publishing in Santa Fe (see Special Comments).

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. Student purchases textbook: Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling a Primer, available from DLC Publishing P. O. Box 29195 Santa Fe, NM 87592 Phone: 866 471-1742 (toll free) Fax: 801 991-7081 Email:

39310 | TBA

LADAC Exam Preparation


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Health and Wellness Professions Program Supervisor for more information.
Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Substance Abuse Studies Series 2016-2017

Prerequisites for Enrollment in the 2016-2017 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. The NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board required degrees in counseling, psychology, human services and a limited number of other related areas. Please check the requirements on their website.

Download Substance Abuse Series 2016-2017 Flyer

Understanding Addiction Counseling (Series Foundation)

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Introduction to the Addiction Field with Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues 39451 Paul Fornell August 27-28
Motivational Interviewing 39452 Brian Serna September 10-11
Case Management 39407 Tristan Keller September 24-25
Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology 39405 Eric Jackson October 8-9

2016 Fall Series

Fall 2016 Substance Abuse Studies classes will open for registration 8/8/16.
Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 39457 Michael DeBernardi October 22-23
Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning 39455 Bob Phillips November 5-6
Managing Co-Occurring Disorders 39460 Bill Pearson November 19-20
Cultural Competencies for Counselors 39462 Brian Serna December 3-4

2017 Winter Series

Winter 2017 Substance Abuse Studies classes will open for registration 11/28/16.
Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Community Reinforcement Approach 39456 Vickie McGinley January 28-29
Biological Aspects of Substance Abuse 39403 Bob Phillips February 11-12
Working with Adolescents: Treatment and Prevention 39459 Jennifer Cady February 25-26
Prevention and Education 39414 Frank Magourilos March 11-12

2017 Spring Series

Spring 2017 Substance Abuse Studies classes will open for registration 3/6/17.
Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Group Therapies 39413 Vickie McGinley March 25-26
Clinical Supervision 39461 Michael DeBernardi April 8-9
Evidence-Based Treatment 39408 Jennifer Cady April 22-23
Working with Family Members 39412 Robert M. Tanner May 6-7

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.

Substance Abuse License Information

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

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