Substance Use Counseling Competencies and Professional Development

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This education course is a review of SAMHSAs TAP 21  Addiction Counseling Competencies.  This course will provide and overview of  assessment and screening, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, family and community education, and cultural competency for individuals diagnosed with substance use disorders. This education covers  Counseling Services skill of the Eight Counselor Skill Groups ascribed by NAADAC and NCC AP.

Learning Objectives


  1. Explain the importance of patient Assessment and screening
  2. identify best practices for treatment planning
  3.  Explain the role of referral Coordination in the counseling relationship
  4. Discuss family and community education and cultural competency




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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: TIP 21: Addiction Counseling Competencies.   Publication No.SMA15-4171 Rockville, MD: Office of Chief Medical Officer.  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2015.


Exam written by: Tamika Lett, PhD Human Services, NCAC II, CSAC, CCTP, QMHP A/C