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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

Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam 2017 – Online Study Guide

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The best online study guide since 2012 to pass the Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification exam by the IC&RC. Prepare more effectively, and if you have failed the test before this study guide will help you focus only on the topics covered on the test.

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What to expect

  • Self-paced online study guide – 24/7 access to online materials to study at your own convenience (no lectures!)
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  • Recommended readings and online resources
  • Learning objectives outline
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4 Performance Domains
Based on the Candidate Guide for the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Examination

  • Domain I: Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
  • Domain II: Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
  • Domain III: Counseling
  • Domain IV: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

12 Core Functions for Addictions Counseling

  • Global Criteria

Motivational Interviewing

  • Preparing people for change

Pharmacology of Addiction

  • Drugs of abuse

Counseling Theories

  • Theories for the treatment and counseling of substance abuse and addiction

12 Steps

  • Understanding the 12-Step approach

DSM V

  • How to use the DSM V diagnostic criteria

LCDC Exam Review – Online Study Guide

 

Alcohol and Drug Counselor Exam 2016 – Online Study Guide

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The best online study guide since 2012 to pass the Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification exam by the IC&RC. Prepare more effectively, and if you have failed the test before this study guide will help you focus only on the topics covered on the test.

What to expect

  • Self-paced online study guide – 24/7 access to online materials to study at your own convenience (no lectures!)
  • Affordable subscription options
  • Recommended readings and online resources
  • Learning objectives outline
  • Videos, notes, and quizzes

The online study guide includes:

4 Performance Domains
Based on the Candidate Guide for the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) Examination

  • Domain I: Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
  • Domain II: Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
  • Domain III: Counseling
  • Domain IV: Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

12 Core Functions for Addictions Counseling

  • Global Criteria

Motivational Interviewing

  • Preparing people for change

Pharmacology of Addiction

  • Drugs of abuse

Counseling Theories

  • Theories for the treatment and counseling of substance abuse and addiction

12 Steps

  • Understanding the 12-Step approach

DSM V

  • How to use the DSM V diagnostic criteria

 

 

RECENT CHANGE TO THE ADC EXAMINATION – Questions with Three and Four Choices

Candidate Preparing for IC&RC’s ADC examination should note that starting in March of 2016, the ADC examination will have questions with either three (3) or four (4) choices. Read more…

The questions on the ACD/LCDC (Substance Abuse Counselor exam) are multiple choice, just as before, but with either three (3) or four (4) choices. The structure of the questions is the same in that there is only one correct answer (for questions with only one correct answer and two or three false answers), or best answer (for questions with more than one correct answer, but only one is the best answer that includes all the other correct answers).

The Umbrella method is still effective for questions with one best answer. The Umbrella method is the one in which you choose the answer that includes the other correct answers, therefore you end up choosing the best answer. For this kind of questions is necessary that you are very familiar with the topic so that you can identify all the potential correct answers and the main answer that includes them.

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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.

Understanding Substance Abuse and Addiction

Contributor: Yvette McBride Thomas

Intrapersonal Abuse and Addiction

  • Intrapersonal abuse involves the misuse of objects or substances that were produced for one purpose, such as healing (prescriptive medication) or entertainment (video games), but are exploited excessively to the detriment of the person involved.
  • The result is that often an addiction (a state of physiological or psychological dependence) occurs with excessive amounts of time and effort being devoted to the object or substance.
  • Three C’s of addiction conceptualize its core characteristics: loss of control over addictive behaviors; compulsive use; and continued use regardless of negative consequences.

Substance Abuse and Addiction

  • The habitual misuse of intoxicating and addicting substances, such as alcohol, drugs, and tobacco.
  • Drugs – any substance other than food that can affect the way a person’s mind and body works, including stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogens.
  • Abuse and addiction cause mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual damage.
  • A major public health issue found across all demographic areas.

The Nature of Substance Abuse and Addiction

  • Occurs frequently as a mental health problem in the US.
  • One of 10 adults in the US has a significant problem related to alcohol use.
  • Alcohol abuse/addiction is believed to be greater among Native Americans.
  • A significant percent of patients who are hospitalized abuse alcohol.
  • Health care costs are doubled among alcoholic families.
  • Drug abuse/addiction among adolescents affects development and well-being more than crime, social pressure, grades, or sex.
  • Approximately 3 million teenagers are addicted to or abuse alcohol,
  • Half a million are marijuana users, and
  • One out of 10 teenagers has tried cocaine.
  • Substance abuse/addiction affects more than just the individual.
  • Other than the abuser, up to four others are being adversely affected including family members, friends, or associates.

Polysubstance abuse/addiction

  • Abuse of two or more substances at the same time is a growing problem.
  • Social conditions may evoke other substance abuse/addiction, such as smoking.
  • Conditions related to smoking
    • Unsatisfactory life rooted in poverty and hopelessness
    • Peer pressure
    • Poor school performance
    • Parental smoking
    • Minority ethnic status
    • External locus of control
  • Addiction
    • A behavior pattern with biological, psychological, sociological, and behavioral components .
    • A persistent and intense involvement with and stress upon a single behavior pattern, with a minimization or even exclusion of other behaviors, both personal and interpersonal.
    • Addiction is characterized as a preoccupation with one object that controls behaviors and limits other actions over time.
  • Reference:
    Gladding, S.T. (2011). Counseling: A comprehensive profession (7th ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson-Merrill.

     

    7. Documentation

    Documentation involves the recording of the screening and intake process, assessment, treatment plan, clinical reports, clinical progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client-related data.

    The competencies in this area, are:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of accepted principles of client record management. 

    • Regulations pertaining to client records.
    • The essential components of client records, including release forms, assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and discharge summaries and plans.
    •  Composing timely, clear, complete, and concise records that comply with regulations.
    • Documenting information in an objective manner.
    • Writing legibly.
    • Using new technologies in the production of client records.

    2. Protect client rights to privacy and confidentiality in the preparation and handling of records, especially in relation to the communication of client information with third parties. Our knowledge and skills in this area, are:

    • Federal, State, and program confidentiality rules and regulations.
    • The application of confidentiality rules and regulations.
    • Confidentiality rules and regulations regarding infectious diseases.
    • Apply infectious disease regulations as they relate to addictions treatment.
    • The legal nature of records.
    • Request, prepare, and complete release of information when appropriate.
    • Protect and communicate clients’ rights.
    • Explain regulations to clients and third parties.
    • Provide security for clinical records.
    • Willingness to seek and accept supervision regarding confidentiality rules and regulations.
    • Respect for clients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality.
    • Commitment to professionalism.
    • Recognition of the absolute necessity of safeguarding records.

    3. Prepare accurate and concise screening, intake, and assessment reports. Essential elements of screening, intake, and assessment reports, include:

    • psychoactive substance use and abuse history
    • physical health
    • psychological information
    • social information
    • history of criminality
    • spiritual information
    • recreational information
    • nutritional information
    • educational or vocational information
    • sexual information
    • legal information

    4. Record treatment and continuing care plans that are consistent with agency standards and comply with applicable administrative rules.

    • Current Federal, State, local, and program regulations.
    • Regulations regarding informed consent.

    5. Record progress of client in relation to treatment goals and objectives.

    • Appropriate clinical terminology used to describe client’s response to intervention and progress made toward completing treatment goals and objectives.
    • How to review and update records:
    1. Prepare clear and legible documents.
    2. Document changes in the treatment plan, client status, client response to and outcome of interventions, level of care provided, and discharge status.
    3. Use appropriate clinical terminology and standardized abbreviations.
    4. Note client’s strengths and limitations in achieving treatment goals.
    5. Record client’s response to and outcome of interventions.
    6. Record changes in client’s status, behavior, and level of functioning.
    1. Note limitations of treatment provided to client.

    6. Prepare accurate and concise discharge summaries.  The components of a discharge summary, include:

    • client profile and demographics
    • presenting symptoms
    • diagnoses
    • selected interventions
    • critical incidents
    • progress toward treatment goals
    • outcome
    • continuing care plan
    • prognosis
    • recommendations

    TAP 21

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