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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 20 courses of professional training. You will need to enroll by phone for one or more courses. Individual courses are $145.00. 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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These sessions are offered 3 time during the 2017-2018 Series at the UNM Continuing Education Campus, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

  • October 14, 2017 – 10:00 AM
  • February 17, 2018 – 10:00 AM

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.
  • November 11, 2017
  • January 13, 2018
  • February 17, 2018
  • March 17, 2018
  • April 14, 2018
  • May 19, 2018
  • (No Dates July or December)

Reserve Your Office Visit

Download Substance Abuse Series 2017-2018 Flyer
Download the Substance Abuse Program Approval Process

Substance Abuse Studies Series 2017-2018

Prerequisites for Enrollment in the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 Flyer

Addiction Counseling Core Knowledge (Professional Training Core) 2017

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Motivational Interviewing Level 1 39402 Brian Serna Oct 21-22
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) 39463 Bob Phillips Nov 4-5
Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology 39405 Eric Jackson Nov 18-19
Prevention and Education 39414 Frank Magourilos Dec 2-3

Principles and Practices for Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Principles) 2018

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Group Therapies 39413 Vickie McGinley Jan 27-28
Evidence-Based Treatment 39408 Jennifer Cady Feb 10-11
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 39457 Michael DeBernardi Feb 24-25
Community Reinforcement Approach 39456 Vickie McGinley Mar 10-11

Addiction Counseling for Diverse Populations (Community-based Professional Training) 2018

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Managing Co-Occurring Disorders 39460 Jennifer Cady Mar 24-25
Cultural Competencies for Counselors 39462 Brian Serna Apr 7-8
Working with Adolescents 39459 Jennifer Cady Apr 21-22
CRAFT and Working with Family Members 39412 Robert Tanner May 5-6

Advanced Counselor Skills

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Clinical Supervision 39461 Michael DeBernardi Fall 2018
TEAM CBT Level 1 39470 Daniel Mintie Nov 18-19
Motivational Interviewing Level 2 39472 Brian Serna Feb 24-25
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 39471 Jennifer Cady May 5-6

Understanding Addiction Counseling (Professional Training Foundation) 2018

Class NameCourse NumberInstructorDates
Introduction to the Addiction Field with Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues 39451 Paul Fornell & Robert Tanner Fall 2018
Biological Aspects of Substance Abuse 39403 Bob Phillips Fall 2018
Case Management 39407 Tristan Keller Fall 2018
Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment Planning 39455 Bill Pearson Fall 2018

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.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist

Class Name

Conflict is part of everyday life and impacts all relationships. Learn the nature of conflict and basic skills to be effective in difficult situations to have your needs met and the foundations of the mediation process and what it takes to be a third party to help people in conflict find mutually acceptable solutions. Whether you are in pursuit of being a professional mediator or not, this class provides knowledge and understanding of several aspects that influence human behavior in conflict leaving you with the ability to cope with difficult people and difficult situations more effectively. NOTE: This course is the prerequisite for Professional Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist (course 40126). This is part of the 40‐hour basic mediation training.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Professional Development. NOTE: This course is the prerequisite for Professional Mediation and Conflict Resolution Specialist (course 40126). This is part of the 40‐hour basic mediation training.

40110 | $195

Introduction to Conflict Resolution - WIA‐PD

Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Marianela Gish
CE South Building

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Register by Phone at (505) 277-0077 | M-F 8am-5pm Except UNM Holidays
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Learn this alternative dispute resolution process and the fundamental skills set to be a mediator. A mediator is a "neutral third party" who is able to facilitate others in resolving their conflicts while being equally supportive of all parties involved. Discover the role that emotions play in the dynamics of conflict and be effective in managing the differing personalities and individual styles of communication and mediation and achieve WIN‐WIN productive and lasting solutions.

Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible under Professional Development.

40111 | $195

Introduction to Mediation 101 - WIA‐PD

Sun 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM (1 Session Total)
Marianela Gish
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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This is an in‐depth look of the mediation process. Practice the skills necessary to be an effec_tive "neutral third party". Gain understanding and application of the mediation process to have the foundation to start your entry level professional mediation practice or become part of court system programs. Learn how to build trust, help disputants come up with productive solutions read body language and verbal clues, to assess progress and de‐escalating conflict. Also, discover meth_ods of creating an enjoyable, low‐stress atmosphere for negotiation and ways to avoid falling into common negotiation and mediation pitfalls.Understanding and applying ethics for mediators will be included in this course.This is part of the 32hrs Mediation Certificate. Prerequisite: Course 40110 and 40111.


40113 | $595

Professional Mediation and Practice - WIA‐PD

3/23/18 - 3/25/18
Sun, Fri, Sat 8:30 AM ‐ 5:30 PM (3 Session Total)
Marianela Gish
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 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.

UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees: You may use your Tuition Remission for all Professional Development classes.

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