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LCDC Training - Classroom Locations in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San AntonioThe 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.

Since 1992 ICDS has strived to set the standard of excellence in LCDC training and development in the field of addiction counseling.

ICDS LCDC Training can count as credit towards your college education. Click here for more information.

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    


7703 North Lamar Blvd, Ste #335 Austin TX 78752

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1235 NorthLoop west ste 701, Houston, Texas 77008

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San Antonio


Austin LCDC Training Program Schedule – NEW Classroom course beginning July 21st 2016.

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.

Houston LCDC 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

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 for LCDC training is $3,500 and $350 for books and materials. For student financial assistance see the student financing page.

Tuition Costs - $3,850 (books included)

Shipping Costs - $25


Effective January 1, 2014

  Tuition Books Shipping & Handling Total Program Cost
LCDC Training $3,850 $450 $25 $4,325


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

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ICDS Administrative Support

Admin Support:

(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; andCourt 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