The content of all courses on continuing education must be relevant to alcohol/drug counseling, and must be related to the scientific knowledge or technical skills required for alcohol/drug counseling, or be related to direct and/or indirect patient/client care.
Courses leading to basic (initial) counselor training are not acceptable as continuing educational courses.
Providers may be required to demonstrate, by the description of the course, the statement of objectives and outline of the content, how the course relates to alcohol/drug counseling and treatment. Courses must be in one of the following areas:
Theoretical content related to scientific knowledge for practicing in the field of alcohol/drug counseling.
Content related to the application of scientific knowledge in the field of alcohol/drug counseling.
Content related to direct patient/client care.
Content related to indirect patient/client care.
Courses in administration, management education, research or other functional areas of alcohol/drug counseling relating to indirect patient/client contact may be acceptable.
Courses which deal with self-improvement, changes in attitude, financial gain, and those designed for lay people are not acceptable.
Examples of unacceptable course offerings would include the following:
Courses which focus on self-improvement, growth, changes in attitudes, self-therapy, and selfawareness.
Parenting or other programs that are designed for lay people.
Liberal arts courses in music, art, philosophy, and others unrelated to the alcohol/drug counseling profession.
Orientation programs, meaning, a specific series of activities designed to familiarize employees with the policies and procedures of an institution.
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