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The Center for Addiction Studies and Research

The Center for Addiction Studies and Research is a Florida Certification Board accepted distance learning provider of education in the chemical dependency field. Distance learning hours are accepted for Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) and Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) certification and continuing education requirements as well as for FCB Prevention, Criminal Justice, and Gambling Addiction certification and continuing education requirements.

 

***Please note that as of April 1, 2014 the Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS) credential has been retired. Individuals who hold or have purchased the CAS application prior to April 1, 2014 may continue to hold or earn a valid CAS credential. The credential will no longer be available to new applicants.

Educational Requirements

Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC)

High School Diploma or General Equivalency Degree.

Documentation of 250 hours of approved addiction-specific education in the following content areas:

  • Clinical Evaluation - 25 Clock Hours
  • Treatment Planning - 15 Clock Hours
  • Counseling - 30 Clock Hours
  • Case Management and Referral - 10 Clock Hours
  • Client, Family, Community Education - 10 Clock Hours
  • Documentation - 10 Clock Hours
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibilities - 30 Clock Hours
  • Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge - 60 Clock Hours
  • Application to Practice/Professional Readiness - 60 Clock Hours

The 250 hours must include at least 4 hours of HIV/AIDS and 2 hours of domestic violence training.

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Continuing Education Requirements

Documentation of 20 hours of continuing education each year.

There is no limit on the number of continuing education contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings. 

Florida Certification Board Content Areas
Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC)

Distance Learning Courses by Content Area

Clinical Evaluation (25 Clock Hours)
Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders - 25 Clock Hours - $120

Treatment Planning (15 Clock Hours)
Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment - 15 Clock Hours - $110

Counseling (30 Clock Hours) (Choose One)

Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Enhancing Motivation to Change in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125

Case Management and Referral (10 Clock Hours)
Patient Placement Criteria - 10 Clock Hours - $105

Client, Family and Community Education (10 Clock Hours)
Communicable Diseases: HIV/AIDS - 10 Clock Hours - $105   
Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115

Documentation (10 Clock Hours)
Confidentiality of Patient Records - 10 Clock Hours - $105

Ethical and Professional Responsibilities (30 Clock Hours)
Ethics in Addiction Counseling - 20 Clock Hours - $125
HIV/AIDS: Legal, Ethical and Professional Considerations - 15 Clock Hours - $110

Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge (60 Clock Hours)

Course Choices:

Alcohol Use and Abuse - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances - 45 Clock Hours  $195
Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - 40 Clock Hours - $185
Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours - $125

Application to Practice/Professional Readiness (60 Clock Hours)

Course Choices:

Addressing the Specific Needs of Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Addressing the Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatmen - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Managing Anger and Depression in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Dependence - 40 Clock Hours - $185
Substance Abuse among Older Adults - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Trauma-Informed Care in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125

Click here to select courses.

Certified Addiction Professional (CAP)

Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

Documentation of 350 hours of approved addiction-specific education in the following content areas:

  • Clinical Evaluation - 35 Clock Hours
  • Treatment Planning - 20 Clock Hours
  • Counseling - 50 Clock Hours
  • Case Management and Referral - 10 Clock Hours
  • Client, Family, Community Education - 15 Clock Hours
  • Documentation - 15 Clock Hours
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibilities - 30 Clock Hours
  • Administrative Supervision - 15 Clock Hours
  • Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge - 80 Clock Hours
  • Application to Practice/Professional Readiness - 80 Clock Hours

The 250 hours must include at least 4 hours of HIV/AIDS and 2 hours of domestic violence training.       

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Continuing Education Requirements

Documentation of 20 hours of continuing education each year.

There is no limit on the number of continuing education contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Florida Certification Board Content Areas
Certified Addiction Professional (CAP)

Distance Learning Courses by Content Area

Clinical Evaluation (35 Clock Hours)
Screening and Assessment for Substance Use Disorders - 25 Clock Hours - $120
* Enhancing Motivation to Change in Substance Abuse Treatment - 10 Clock Hours - $125

Treatment Planning (20 Clock Hours)
Treatment Planning for Substance Abuse Treatment - 15 Clock Hours - $110
** Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment - 5 Clock Hours - $125

Counseling (50 Clock Hours)
Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125
* Enhancing Motivation to Change in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - ****

Case Management and Referral (10 Clock Hours)
** Comprehensive Case Management for Substance Abuse Treatment - 10 Clock Hours - ****

Client, Family and Community Education (15 Clock Hours)
Communicable Diseases: HIV/AIDS - 10 Clock Hours - $105
Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115

Documentation (15 Clock Hours)
Confidentiality of Patient Records - 10 Clock Hours - $105
Patient Placement Criteria - 10 Clock Hours - $105

Ethical and Professional Responsibilities (30 Clock Hours)
Ethics in Addiction Counseling - 20 Clock Hours - $125
HIV/AIDS: Legal, Ethical and Professional Considerations - 15 Clock Hours - $110

Administrative Supervision (15 Clock Hours)
Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $245

Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge (80 Clock Hours)

Course Choices:

Alcohol Use and Abuse - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances - 45 Clock Hours - $195
Substance Abuse Treatment for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders - 40 Clock Hours - $185
Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours - $125

Application to Practice/Professional Readiness (80 Clock Hours)

Course Choices:

Addressing the Specific Needs of Adolescents in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Addressing the Specific Needs of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Cultural Competence in Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Group Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatmen - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Integrating Family Therapy into Substance Abuse Treatment - 25 Clock Hours - $120
Managing Anger and Depression in Substance Abuse Treatment - 20 Clock Hours - $115
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Alcohol and Opioid Dependence - 40 Clock Hours - $185
Substance Abuse among Older Adults - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Substance Abuse Treatment for LGBT Individuals - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Theoretical Models of Addiction - 30 Clock Hours - $125
Trauma-Informed Care in Substance Abuse Treatment - 30 Clock Hours - $125

Click here to select courses.