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Substance Abuse Studies

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 2019-2020 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.

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Substance Abuse Studies

Prerequisites for Enrollment in the Program

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 (LSAA & LADAC), the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board requires a degree in counseling or a counseling related field. Please check the requirements on their website or contact the board directly.


Registration for weekend SASTP classes closes five days before the class start date at 5 PM on Monday. If you would like to register for a series of courses, call our registration office at (505) 277-0077 (option 1).


Upcoming Programs

Substance Abuse Studies - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

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

Section FAA‐PD

39455
$155
10/19/2019 - 10/26/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
William Pearson, MS LPCC LADAC MAC SAP
CE South Building

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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

Section FAA‐PD

39402
$155
11/02/2019 - 11/03/2019
Sun, Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Jennifer Cady
CE South Building

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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. 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

Section FAA‐PD

39472
$155
11/16/2019 - 11/17/2019
Sun, Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Bob Phillips
CE South Building

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Substance Abuse License Information

New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board: (505) 476-4610 or email counseling.board@state.nm.us.


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