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Addictions Counselor Exam – Group Counseling

 

During group counseling, our client is the group as a whole, just as in couples counseling the client is the couple and not the individual members. However, we still have to consider individual differences when forming a group. Things to consider are:
  • Group type
  • Purpose of the group
  • Group size
  • Member selection criteria
  • Group goals
  • Behavioral ground rules for participating
  • Outcomes
  • Criteria and methods for termination or graduation from group

Check out the LCDC online study guide and prepare effectively for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam (ADC).

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Treatment Planning – Addiction Counselor Competencies

 

Treatment planning is a written document developed by the counselor and the client. They collaborate with each other to identify and prioritize problems needing resolution.  Treatment planning involves determining important treatment goals; it describes measurable steps toward achieving those goals; and it represents an agreement between the counselor and the client.
A treatment plan is not a one-size-fits-all but an individualized document. It must address the identified substance use disorder…read more at LCDC Exam Review – Online Study Guide

Professional and Ethical Standards for Substance Abuse Counselors – LCDC Texas

Directly from the Texas Administrative Code, follow the link

Professional and Ethical Standards for All License Holders

Motivational Interviewing Questions Guide

Shared by Online College of Mental Health Counselling  http://www.collegemhc.com/

Motivational Interviewing Videos by Kathleen Sciacca

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Counselor Developmental Levels

From one of my favorite SAMHSA Publications

TIP 52 – Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor

Each counselor goes through different stages of development. The movement through these stages is not always linear and can be affected by changes in assignment, setting, and population served.

Go to my Downloads page to download this table and TIP 52.

Signs and Symptoms of Substance Abuse

Physical, behavioral, and psychological signs and symptoms of substance abuse. Short and clear. Very useful information.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Learn the signs of substance use and misuse to help recognize the problem, so you can encourage your loved one to seek treatment and recovery support services.

Physical Signs

  • Bloodshot eyes or pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Changes in appeitie or sleep patterns
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Deterioration of physical appearance or personal grooming habits
  • Unusual smells on the breath, body or clothing
  • Tremors, slurred speech or impaired coordination

Behavioral Signs

  • Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
  • Unexplained need for money or financial problems
  • Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
  • Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts and hobbies
  • Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)

Psychological Signs

  • Unexplained change in personality or attitude
  • Sudden mood swings
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Periods of unusual hyperactivity
  • Agitation or giddiness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Appearing lethargic
  • Appearing fearful, anxious or paranoid with no reason

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Consultation with Other Professionals in Regard to Client Treatment Services

Consultation with other professionals such as in-house staff and outside professionals is important in order to assure a comprehensive, competent care for the client.

Global Criteria

  • Recognize issues that are beyond the counselor’s knowledge and skills.
  • Consult with appropriate resources in order to secure the provision of effective treatment services.
  • Abide by applicable laws, regulations, and agency policies in regards to client’s confidentiality.
  • Explain the rationale for the consultation to the client, if appropriate.

Miller, Geri. “Learning the Language of Addiction Counseling.” 2nd ed.

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