Classroom Chemical Dependency Counselor Training in Houston

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LCDC Chemical Dependency Counselor Training instructor-led classroom Location is in Houston, TX.The objective of the ICDS classroom training is to provide students with a distraction-free zone where they can really absorb the material.

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.

The Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies offers the required 570 hour curriculum necessary for obtaining licensure as an LCDC or certification as a CCJP in the State of Texas. The training is composed of six (6) courses consisting of 45 classroom hours each, and one (1) course (Practicum) consisting of 300 hours, 60 hours of curriculum, assignments, and supervision, and 240 of supervised on-site training by a Qualified Credentialed Counselor. Total time in weeks to complete the classroom program is sixteen (16) weeks. ICDS LCDC Training can count as credit towards your college education. Click here for more information.

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.

Step 1 Complete the first six phases of LCDC training 270 classroom hours 6 months
Step 2 Complete the practicum. A practicum consists of volunteering in an addiction counseling environment and attending eight evening classes with assignments 300 hours 2-5 months
Step 3 Begin a paid internship 4,000 hours 2 years
Step 4 Earn at least an Associate's Degree in the behavioral sciences. Our LCDC training program offers college credit in several ways. See our college credit page.    
Step 5 Attend a preparation course for the written LCDC licensure exam    
Step 6 Complete the LCDC licensure exam    

Houston

1235 NorthLoop west ste 701, Houston, Texas 77008

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Classes Thursday and Friday from 6:00 – 9:30 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Enrollment is year-round. Students can start at the beginning of all phases of training except Practicum.

Classroom Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program Schedule

Enrollment is year-round. Students can start at the beginning of all phases of training except Practicum.

Day Class Schedule:

Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Evening Class Schedule:
Monday and Thursday, 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Please contact us at (866) 523-2669 for information about the start dates of each phase or email support@cdstudies.com.

Phase 1 - The Basics of Addiction Counseling & The Physiology of Addiction

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The various aspects of chemical addiction [both drugs and alcohol], including the process of addiction, and signs and symptoms of addictive behavior;
  2. Pharmacological and physical effects of substances of abuse;
  3. Multiple addictions;
  4. The approach of the 12-Step program of recovery.

Phase 2 - The Twelve Core Functions of a Counselor

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The 12 core functions of a counselor - screening, intake, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, Client Education, Referral, Report and Record Keeping, and Consultation.

Phase III: Basic Counseling Skills and Methods

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The basic techniques of substance abuse counseling: active listening, attentiveness, reflection, paraphrasing, and summarization
  2. The basics of group process, group dynamics, dealing with denial and resistance, defense mechanisms, psychodrama, and other specific group-related approaches.

Phase IV: Chemical Dependency & The Family

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The role and dynamics of the family in chemical dependency counseling;
  2. Co-dependency, enabling and collusion; adult children of alcoholics; family-of-origin issues; prevention and treatment in adolescents; sex addiction; domestic violence; couples and multi-family counseling; guilt and shame in the recovery process.

Phase V: Etics and Special Treatment Issues

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The ethical guidelines that oversee the substance abuse counseling field;
  2. The Criminal Justice Systems and Processes; the Dynamics of Addiction and Criminal Behavior; Dynamics of Dual Relationships; Peer Confrontation;
  3. Special issues that pertain to chemical dependency counseling such as: HIV-AIDS awareness; gambling; sex addiction; multi-cultural awareness and sensitivity; counseling special populations; women's issues.

Phase VI: Advanced Counseling Skills and Methods

(45 Clock Hours)

Students will learn:

  1. The five major theories of personality development, and the method of therapy created by each. They include: psychoanalytic, behavioral humanistic, cognitive, and transpersonal approaches;
  2. At least three methods from each of these major schools;
  3. The 11 phases of relapse -- particularly Gorski's process and intervention;
  4. Counselor burn-out v. counselor resilience;
  5. Issues related to counseling and the criminal justice system: therapeutic treatment communities, TAIP program, "safe p" programs and the continuum of care for the criminal justice offender;
  6. A systematic review for the LCDC licensure exam.

Addiction Counseling Practicum

(300 Clock Hours)

300 hour onsite and curriculum based supervised instruction.

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 - Upon receipt of the $750 deposit, six equal installments of $608.33 to be paid monthly over a six month period.

The ICDS LCDC training program qualifies 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.

ICDS Contact Information

ICDS Admissions

866.523.2669


ICDS Administrative Support

Admin Support: support@cdstudies.com

(866) 523-2669


There are many areas of employment open to you as an LCDC and a Counselor Intern. They include working in/with: 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; and Court Diversion Programs.

Right now is a great time to become an LCDC or CCJP. There is currently a shortage of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors in Texas which has led to a surplus of job opportunities.