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Tailoring Programs to Meet Your Needs

Applied Training & Consultant Group (ATCG) offers Addiction Counselor Prep classes on the third Saturday of each month; Courses are live through a virtual platform (ZOOM) unless otherwise indicated. Virtual links will be sent with paid registration. 

The Prep Courses are designed to assist potential counselors prepare to sit for the national addiction counselor exams. Trainings are excellent opportunities for counselors seeking updates for recertification. Cost of courses are $70 for one-day trainings.


While ATCG cannot guarantee that individuals will pass the exam, we do believe that the creation of an interactive learning environment helps with retention of information that in turn, can increase one’s opportunity to pass the test. All hours have been approved by the Georgia Addiction Counselor’s Association.

The course reviews the dynamics and functions of addiction counseling and critical components of treatment. Course provides a breakdown of Addiction Counseling Competencies: Knowledge, Skills and attitudes (Tap 21). Interactive group exercises will be used to enhance the learning experience. This class is a must for new counselors.

Course provides participants with information about the process of addiction, the history of psychoactive drugs, drug classifications, and their effects. Addresses treatment and causes of addiction.
Introduces counselor to the field of pharmacology and familiarizes them with signs and symptoms of psychoactive chemical problems, causes of addiction, the neurobiology of substance abuse, and understanding the functions of neurotransmitters.
Provides participants with the skills needed to conduct accurate evaluation of clients seeking services. This class will provide interactive-experiential learning as participants conduct mock screening, assessments, complete admission forms and conduct simulations of effective orientation to the program service.
This class will provide participants with information about various treatment approaches and modalities. Participants will learn skills needed to appropriately match individuals with the suitable programs. Class will address the use of the DSM-V SUD diagnosis, ASAM Patient Placement Criteria and dimensions. Participants will learn how to make effective recommendations for services.
Covers skills needed to help counselor design treatment plans, provide appropriate case management and conduct effective crisis intervention when crisis events arise. This class will provide experiential learning as participants create treatment plans and ongoing plan reviews, coordinate a multi-service case management plan and take part in a mock crisis event. Class includes making effective referrals and discharge plans.
Design and delivery of appropriate client education sessions will be addressed. Class includes the use of stage models to help throughout the course of treatment. Class will offer participants experiential learning as they partake in mock individual and group counseling sessions. The class also encompasses documentation and recording of the process of treatment.
This class covers major counseling theories and techniques and reasons counselors select certain interventions for particular clients. Session is interactive with participants practicing theories to include Brief Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Gestalt and Motivational Interviewing. The class also encompasses documentation and recording of the process of treatment.
This class covers the development of counselor skills. Course will cover the counselor/client, engaging and rapport building, listening and attending skills, observation of action and non-verbal responses. Course includes counseling families, adolescents, and the elderly. Information about relapse prevention, discharge planning, and helping client establish a continuum of care will be discussed.
This interactive class will address individual and group counseling skills and what the counselor’s role is in both. The course will address benefits and barriers to both types and the qualities needed to effect quality sessions. The course will look at the history of self-help groups and their benefits to the addiction counseling profession. While this is a ZOOM class it will be interactive!
The class will address state and/or federal regulations governing the substance abuse treatment and counseling industry. It encompasses Ethics and Federal Confidentiality Laws (42CFR). This addresses professional boundaries, counselor wellness and the importance of continuous self-evaluation. Interactive exercises will be used to help gain an understanding the professional issues required of substance abuse counselors. Includes required 3 hours in Ethics.
This class addresses working with culturally diverse groups to include specific issues related to age, gender, ethnicity, co-occurring disorders, homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Through interactive and experiential exercises participants will be challenged to think out-side of their comfort zone. Class includes 4 hours for cultural diversity 3 hours for HIV & AIDS education.