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 so individuals can become certified chemical dependency counselors. The four core courses everyone, regardless of degree or 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 courses throughout the year.

Intro to Addictive Behavior

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This eight hour 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.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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This three hour 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.

8:30-11:30 a.m.

NAADAC Confidentiality

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This three hour 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.

1-4 p.m.

Infectious Diseases & HIV/AIDS

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This six hour course covers common sexually transmitted infections (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.

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 who desires to be certified in substance abuse counseling. These classes are for people who want in-person 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.