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The Center for Addiction Studies and Research

The Center for Addiction Studies and Research is a Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services approved distance-learning provider of education in the chemical dependency field. Distance-learning hours are approved for Substance Abuse Counselor-in-Training (SACIT), Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization and Clinical Supervisor initial certification requirements and for SACIT, SAC, Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization and Clinical Supervisor continuing education requirements. Please note that distance-learning courses are no longer being accepted for initial SAC certification.

 

Educational Requirements

Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SACIT) 

The certified substance abuse counselor-in-training (SACIT) is an entry-level designation for substance abuse counselors in Wisconsin. The training certificate allows individuals to work under the supervision of an intermediate or independent clinical supervisor to gain the necessary experience and complete the required education to qualify for substance abuse counselor (SAC) certification.

Documentation of 100 hours of specialized education in the five performance domain content areas listed below:

  • Substance Abuse Assessment - 15 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Counseling - 15 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Case Management - 10 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Education - 15 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Professional Responsibility - 20 Clock Hours
  • Electives within the performance domains listed above - 25 Clock Hours

Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (SACIT) hours can be satisfied through the following educational courses:

Substance Abuse Assessment (15 Clock Hours)

Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders - 25 Clock Hours    
Patient Placement Criteria - 10 Clock Hours                                                           

Substance Abuse Counseling (15 Clock Hours)

  • Addressing the Specific Needs of Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Addressing the Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment -30 Clock Hours
  • Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours
  • Managing Anger and Depression in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse among Older Adults - 30 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Individuals - 30 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - 40 Clock Hours
  • Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours
  • Trauma-Informed Care in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours

Substance Abuse Case Management (10 Clock Hours)

  • Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment - 15 Clock Hours

Substance Abuse Education (15 Clock Hours)

  • Alcohol Use and Abuse: Physical, Psychological, Pharmacological Effects of Alcohol - 20 Clock Hours
  • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances: Physical, Psychological, and Pharmacological Effects of Drugs of Abuse - 45 Clock Hours
  • Communicable Diseases: HIV/AIDS  - 10 Clock Hours
  • Communicable Diseases: Tuberculosis, Viral Hepatitis, STDs - 30 Clock Hours
  • Preventing Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents - 25 Clock Hours
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention for Substance Abusing Populations - 25 Clock Hours

Substance Abuse Professional Responsibility (20 Clock Hours)

  • Ethics in Addiction Counseling - 20 Clock Hours
  • Confidentiality of Patient Records - 10 Clock Hours
  • HIV/AIDS: Ethical, Legal Issues, Professional Considerations - 15 Clock Hours

Educational Requirements for Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization

Must have graduated from an accredited school with a degree in professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, or licensed clinical social work.

Documentation of 180 hours of specialized addiction-specific education. Substance abuse education must include at least 45 education hours in psychopharmacology and 135 hours across the four knowledge domains of understanding addiction, application to practice, treatment knowledge and professional readiness.

Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization hours can be satisfied through the following educational courses:

Pharmacology (45 Hour Minimum)

  • Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances: Physical, Psychological, and Pharmacological Effects of Drugs of Abuse - 45 Clock Hours    

Knowledge Domains (135 Hour Minimum)
                                                                       
Understanding Addiction

  • Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours
  • Alcohol Use and Abuse - 20 Clock Hours

Treatment Knowledge

  • Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours    

Application to Practice

  • Addressing the Specific Needs of Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Addressing the Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours
  • Managing Anger and Depression in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Dependence - 40 Clock Hours
  • Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders - 25 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse among Older Adults - 30 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - 40 Clock Hours
  • Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals - 30 Clock Hours
  • Trauma-Informed Care in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours

Professional Readiness

  • Ethics in Addiction Counseling - 20 Clock Hours
  • Confidentiality of Patient Records - 10 Clock Hours
  • Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours

Continuing Education Requirements (SAC and Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization)

Documentation of 40 hours every two years for all levels of certification.

Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Supervisor-in-Training

Must hold a current certification as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor OR be a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker holding a credential at the master’s level or higher with the substance abuse specialty authorization.

Intermediate Clinical Supervisor

Must hold a current certification as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor OR be a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker holding a credential at the master’s level or higher with the substance abuse specialty authorization.

Documentation of 30 hours of education/training in clinical supervision. This must include a minimum of 6 hours of education/training in each of the following four domains: Assessment/Evaluation; Counselor Development; Management/Administration; and Professional Responsibilities.

Independent Clinical Supervisor

Must hold a current certification as a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor OR be a professional counselor, marriage and family therapist or social worker holding a credential at the master’s level or higher with the substance abuse specialty authorization.

Documentation of 30 hours of education/training in clinical supervision. This must include a minimum of 6 hours of education/training in each of the following four domains: Assessment/Evaluation; Counselor Development; Management/Administration; and Professional Responsibilities.

Clinical Supervisor
Continuing Education Requirements

Documentation of six (6) hours of education in clinical supervision.

A six (6) hour clinical supervision course is available through our program.

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