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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.
Download How to Become an Addiction Counselor Flyer
Sessions are offered at the UNM Continuing Education Campus, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • Saturday, February 16, 2019

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 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

Download Substance Abuse Series 2018-2019 Flyer
Download the Substance Abuse Program Approval Process

Upcoming Programs
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Counselor and mental health professionals need to know the current research, best practice, and critical thinking when working with women who have substance use disorders. Clinicians are aware of the important differences of gender with regard to the physical and emotional effects of substance use. Specific issues related to the delivery of gender‐responsive services for women by combining clinical interventions, practical applications and resources with women's voices. Practical hands‐on tools and resources about the specific recovery needs of women can increase treatment effectiveness. Improved outcomes when women's specific treatment provided result in better engagement and retention for successful results. NAADAC approved for 8 CEU hours. Certificates are awarded after student attendance and completion are verified. NOTE: Participants should be mental health professionals, counselors, social workers or those with prior training working with SUD populations.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. This course is suitable for counselors and social workers or professionals working with clients with SUD. This is not a general course for the public.

39100 | $100

Women and Addictions - SPA‐PD

Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM(1 Session Total)
Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, LADAC
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. 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‐com‐study‐guides

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development. Student purchases textbook: Recommended:

39310 | $65

Addiction Counselor Exam Preparation - SPB‐PD

Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 3:30 PM(1 Session Total)
Jennifer Cady
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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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.

Download Substance Abuse Series 2018-2019 Flyer

Understanding Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Foundation)

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Introduction to the Substance Abuse Field: Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues for Counselors 39451 Paul Fornell & Robert Tanner Aug 11-12
Biological Aspects of Substance Abuse 39403 Bob Phillips Aug 25-26
Case Management 39407 Tristan Keller Sep 8-9
Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning 39455 Bill Pearson Sep 22-23

Addiction Counseling Core Knowledge (Professional Training Core)

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Motivational Interviewing Level 1 39402 Jennifer Cady Oct 20-21
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) 39463 Bob Phillips Nov 3-4
Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology 39405 Eric Jackson Nov 17-18
Prevention and Education 39414 Frank Magourilos Dec 1-2

Principles and Practices for Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Principles)

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Group Therapies 39413 Vickie McGinley Jan 26-27
Evidence-Based Treatment 39408 Jennifer Cady Feb 9-10
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 39457 TBA Feb 23-24
Community Reinforcement Approach 39456 Vickie McGinley Mar 9-10

Addiction Counseling for Diverse Populations (Community-based Professional Training)

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Managing Co-Occurring Disorders 39460 Jennifer Cady Mar 23-24
Cultural Competencies for Counselors 39462 Paul Fornell Apr 6-7
Working with Adolescents 39459 Jennifer Cady Apr 20-21
CRAFT and Working with Family Members 39412 Robert Tanner May 4-5

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

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.

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