Certified Chemical Dependency Counselors Training

Anchorage, Alaska

Substance abuse is one of the main public health crises in the United States today. Certified chemical dependency counselors (CDC) are key to combatting this crisis. Southcentral Foundation is pleased to be a NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors) approved education provider, offering courses to support individuals who are interested in becoming certified chemical dependency counselors. The four core courses everyone, regardless of degree of experience, must take to become a CDC are NAADAC Ethics, NAADAC Confidentiality, Infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS and Introduction to addictive behavior.  We offer these core courses in three consecutive day periods throughout the year. You must register at least 1 week prior to training date.

We have applied for CEUs for each course.

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This course is designed to provide an in depth look of the conflicts and issues surrounding ethics with particular attention given to the NAADAC code of ethics. Ethical issues that are applicable to health care settings and substance abuse facilities are explored.  Participants will learn how to apply models and decision trees when attempting to resolve ethical dilemmas and conflict.


At the end of today, you will be able to…

  • List the nine ethical principles of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Code of Ethics.
  • Describe one ethical consideration for each principle.
  • Explain the importance of having a professional code of ethics.
  • List the seven steps of the Ethical Decision-Making Model.
  • Demonstrate the proper application of the NAADAC Code of Ethics, using the Ethical Decision-Making Model.
  • Ethics – The Big Picture
  • Personal vs. Professional Ethics
  • NAADAC Code of Ethics
  • Applying the Code of Ethics as an Addictions Professional
  • Ethical Decision-Making Model

NAADAC Confidentiality

This course explores the complexities of confidentiality in the field of substance use disorder treatment including significant time spent reviewing and discussing HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.


  • Define current regulations that apply to customer-owners who are in substance use treatment at SCF, including 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2 and HIPAA
  • Identify resources that inform substance use treatment confidentiality at SCF
  • Identify when and how 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA are used to protect confidential customer-owner health information
  • Appropriately apply 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA regulations in common daily SCF interactions with customer-owners

Federal Confidentiality Regulations

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 2

Southcentral Foundation (SCF) Confidentiality Requirements

Confidentiality regulations

Infectious Diseases & HIV/AIDS

This course covers common sexually transmitted diseases (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomonas and HPV), HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and tuberculosis in the context of substance use disorders and treatment. Participants will learn how these diseases are transmitted and treated. The course also explores easy to apply risk reduction strategies for each.


  • Identify the transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases and
  • Identify how behaviors associated with chemical dependency can increase the risk of contracting and spreading infectious disease
  • Counsel customer-owners on risk-reduction strategies specifically for infectious diseases
  •  Coach customer-owners to communicate with their sexual partners and close contacts to receive medical exams, receive treatment and prevent the spread of infectious diseases
  • Locate reputable online infectious disease resources for customer-owners
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity when discussing infectious diseases with customer-owners.

Identify the transmission, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Practice Coaching and Counseling
  • Hepatitis A, B, C
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pilot feedback session

Intro to Addictive Behavior

This course explores nine addiction topics including definitions and theories of addiction, impact of addictions, risk factors and resiliency, commonly abused substances and prevention, intervention and recovery.


  • Recognize addictive behaviors in alignment with the criteria and theories of ASAM and DSM5
  • Identify ways in which addictive behavior impacts individuals, families and communities
  • Identify common risk and resiliency factors in addictive behaviors
  • Name commonly abused/misused substances and the signs and symptoms of their abuse misuse
  • Identify current best practices in the prevention and treatment of, and recovery from, substance abuse and addiction

Setting Expectations

Setting the Context of the Program

  • NAADAC Counselor Skill Group
  • ACBHC Competencies

Topic 1: Definitions & Theories of Addiction

  • ASAM, DSM5, APA, A.A.
  • Cravings
  • Theories

Exercise: Word association brainstorm

Topic 2: Impact of Addictions

  •  Stigma
  •  Impact
  •  Cost

Exercise: Stigma and Impact

Topic 3: Risk Factors and Resiliency

  • ACES

Exercise: Risk Factors and Resiliency


Topic 4: Commonly Abused Substances

Exercise: Educational Poster

Topic 5: Prevention, Intervention, & Recovery

Topic 5: Prevention, Intervention, & Recovery, continued

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  •  Assessment
  •  Recovery

Exercise: Design a Prevention Program


Open-Book Online Assessment: Due in five business days


Learning objectives:

  • Demonstrate the proper application of the NAADAC code of ethics, using an ethical decision making model
  • Define current privacy and confidentiality regulations that apply to people in who are in substance abuse treatment including 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA
  • Learn how to counsel people who suffer from substance abuse disorders on risk-reduction strategies for infectious diseases
  • Identify ways in which addictive behavior impacts individuals, families and communities and best practices to treat addiction


Anyone seeking a certification in substance abuse counseling. These classes help complete the “class content” portion of certification requirements for CDC I. These classes are for people who want in-person or virtual classes, tailored to the principles of adult learning theory. Classes are interactive and participants are continuously engaged in discussion and exploration of current issues and real life scenarios.