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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

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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

Section FAA‐PD

39462
$80
12/07/2019
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Paul Fornell
CE South Building

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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
12/14/2019 - 12/15/2019
Sun, Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
William Pearson, MS LPCC LADAC MAC SAP
CE South Building

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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

Section Spring 1

39408
$165
01/25/2020 - 02/01/2020
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Jennifer Cady
CE South Building

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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. Program Approval is required to enroll. Registration is by phone only. Call Registration at (505) 277‐0077 ext.1

Section Spring 1

39412
$165
02/08/2020 - 02/09/2020
Sun, Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Robert Tanner, M.A., MPA, Ph.D., LMFT
CE South Building

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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

Section Spring 1

39459
$165
03/07/2020 - 03/14/2020
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Jennifer Cady
CE South Building

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Developed by Dr. Marsha M. Linehan, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive treatment program whose ultimate goal is to aid patients in their efforts to build a life worth living. Much more than reducing problem behaviors, symptom management or palliative care, with this well‐established treatment the patient learns to envision, articulate, pursue, and sustain goals that are independent those out‐of‐control behaviors, including substance abuse. Among these are dialectical abstinence, "clear mind," and attachment strategies the patient is better able to grapple with life's ordinary problems.

Section Spring 1

39471
$165
04/18/2020 - 04/25/2020
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
To be Announced
CE South Building

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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

Section SPA‐PD

39456
$155
05/02/2020 - 05/03/2020
Sat,Sun 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM
Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, LADAC
CE South Building

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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

Section Spring 1

39310
$85
05/30/2020
Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 1:00 PM
Jennifer Cady
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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