Distance Learning Drug and Alcohol Counselor Training

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ICDS Distance Learning Counselor TrainingThe objective of the ICDS Distance Learning chemical dependency counselor training is to prepare students to meet the education requirements to be a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.

Graduates of our program become effective, successful counselors and find jobs in a field with many employment opportunities. Working in a number of different areas such as Residential Treatment; Outpatient Treatment; Outreach; Screening and Referral community programs; TDCJ; Dual Diagnosis Programs; Adolescent Programs; Women with children; Domestic Violence Victims or Offenders; Criminal Justice Programs; Veteran’s Programs; Employee Assistance Programs; Prevention Programs, Court Diversion Programs.

Enrollment Guidelines:

  1. Enrollment periods for both classroom and Distance Learning programs is year round.
  2. A deposit fee of $750 is required. The deposit applies to the tuition payment.
  3. All students must submit proof of the following:
    • GED or High School Diploma
    • Age (must be a minimum 18 years if age)
    • Associates, Bachelor or Master Degree related to the field of chemical dependency such as Psychology, Behavioral Health, Social Work, Counseling, etc.
  4. All students must secure their financial status/payment plans before they are eligible to enroll in any course.
  5. All students must complete and submit all required enrollment documents which include:
    • ICDS Enrollment Agreement
    • Proof of education (previous and current)
  6. A student is not officially enrolled, nor eligible to receive credit for any course until all of the above documentation has been completed in its entirety and returned to the school.
  7. It is recommended, not required, that students have background or personal experience in the chemical dependency field as well as a desire to work in the field.

Course I: Introduction to Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions (85 clock hours)

I - A Basic Knowledge: Physical and Pharmacological Effects
I - B Diversity of Intervention and Treatment Approaches
I - C Knowledge of 12 Step and Mutual Aid Groups

Course II: Basic Counseling Skills and Methods (150 clock hours)

II - A Individual Counseling
II - B Group Counseling
II - C Effects on Family – Counseling Families and Significant Others
II - D Counseling Special Populations
II - E Relapse Prevention
II - F Vocational Education Counseling
II - G Communicable Diseases: HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB, Hepatitis
II - H Human Growth and Development

Course III: Assessment Skills of Alcohol & Other Drug Addictions (70 clock hours)

III - A Assessment and Evaluation
III - B Case Management and Referral
III - C Treatment Planning, Client Record Keeping and Discharge Planning
III - D Patient, Family and Community Education and Prevention

Course IV: Current Issues (45 clock hours)

IV - A Counselor Ethics
IV - B Confidentiality/Legal Issues
IV - C Counselor – Client Relationships
IV - D Counselor Wellness

Course V: Addiction Counseling Practicum (300 hours)*

V-A Clinical Evaluation
V-B Treatment Planning
V-C Referral
V-D Service Coordination
V-E Counseling
V-F Client Family and Community Education
V-G Documentation
V-H Professional and Ethical Responsibility

*Not required in every state

Tuition Fee: $3,850.00
Practicum Fee: $650.00 If charged separately, if enrolled in full course is included in tuition
Administration Fee: $100.00
Book Fee: $450.00
Total Charges for Program: $4,400.00
Shipping for Distance Learning Program: $25.00 (non refundable)
Individual coursefee: $500.00
Scholarship Terms: N/A

The billing policy of ICDS is that tuition payment must be made via cash, money order, cashier's check, or credit card. All accounts must be paid in full in order to receive transcript. A deposit of $750.00 is required upon enrollment. The deposit applies to the tuition payment. We offer three non-interest payment plans as follows:.

Payment Plan 1 - 100% payment of full balance upon enrollment.
Payment Plan 2 - 50% upon enrollment and 50% upon completion of all courses of instruction.
Payment Plan 3 - Six equal installments of $733.33 to be paid monthly over a six month period.

iCDS Chemical Dependency Counselor Training ICDS courses qualify for college transfer credit hours into the University of Phoenix's bachelor's or associate's degree programs.

For a breakdown of which courses qualify for college credit and to see the full list of schools that accept our training, visit the college credit page.

Do I need a degree in addiction counseling to become a counselor?

Many states require a minimum of an Associate's degree in the behavioral sciences, as well as an education in addiction counseling. The addiction counseling education does not have to be from a college or university.

Why choose ICDS over a college or university?

ICDS, though not a college or university, offers the same quality curriculum and education. Because our curriculum is specialized for prospective addiction counselors, you will finish faster and pay a lower tuition. You will also have the benefit of developing relationships with people working in the field through your instructor and mentor.

Once I've applied and paid, what happens next?

Your books and materials are shipped to you and an instructor is assigned by the administrative office. Your instructor will contact you and give you access to the ICDS private forum.. Here you can communicate with your instructor and other distance learning students. The forum is intuitive and easy to use.

What is a Mentor and Proctor and how do I find them?

Before starting the ICDS distance learning program you need to secure a mentor and a proctor.

If you don't have a possible mentor in mind, we recommend contacting treatment centers in your area. A currently licensed/certified drug and alcohol counselor, LPC, LMSW, MA in Counseling Psych or Clinical Psych, CCJP, or CPS will be appropriate. We are also happy to help you find a mentor.

Your proctor will be responsible for final exams. You may obtain a formal proctoring site through your local colleges or universities. Some public libraries offer proctoring services for a minimal fee.

What if I only need part of the course to become certified/licensed. Can I take only one or two courses, if necessary?

Yes. We will work with you to decide which courses you need to satisfy the certification/licensure requirements in your state. Individual course prices are listed under the tuition tab on this page.

Where will I be able to gain employment?

Working in a number of different areas such as Residential Treatment; Outpatient Treatment; Outreach; Screening and Referral community programs; TDCJ; Dual Diagnosis Programs; Adolescent Programs; Women with children; Domestic Violence Victims or Offenders; Criminal Justice Programs; Veteran’s Programs; Employee Assistance Programs; Prevention Programs, Court Diversion Programs.

How long does it take to complete the training?

Six to nine months on average. There is a 90 day time limit per course. Most States have four courses, leaving you 360 days total to complete the training.

Will a criminal history affect my ability to become a drug and alcohol counselor?

Criminal history standards/statutes are different for every state. For information on criminal history standards that might affect you, contact the licensing body of your state. We are also happy to assist you with any questions you have regarding criminal history and you can contact us at 866-523-2669.

ICDS Contact Information

ICDS Admissions

(866) 523-2669


ICDS Administrative Support

Admin Support: support@cdstudies.com

(866) 523-2669


States Where ICDS Distance Learning Drug & Alcohol Counselor Education is Accepted

  1. Alabama - AAP, ACAP, CADP & MLAP
  2. Alaska - CDC I & CDC II
  3. Arkansas - CADC/AODA
  4. California - CADCA, CADC I & CADC II
  5. Connecticut - CAC
  6. Florida - CAC & CAP
  7. Iowa -CADC & ACADC
  8. Mississippi -CADC, CADC II & CADC III
  9. New Mexico - LSAA & LADAC
  10. Ohio - CDCA, LCDC II, LCDC III & LICDC
  11. Oregon - CADC I, CADC II, CADC III
  12. Rhode Island - PCDP, LCDP
  13. South Carolina - CAC I & CAC II
  14. Texas - LCDC

If your state isn't listed, we still may be able to train you. Find your state's licensing/certifying body here and ask them to review our curriculum.