Continuing Education/Elective Courses

(ALL COURSES RUN 9AM-4:30PM)

One Day Courses

  • ADHD & Substance Use- 6 hours - $90

This workshop will review the correlations between SUD and ADHD, explore the concept of ADHD as an impairment of executive functions and help develop strategies to improve them. Self Assessment, lecture/discussion, and small group work will be employed to enhance learning. Taught by Nikki Johnson, MA, CADC III.       


  • Adolescents and Addiction - 6 hours - $90

This course will explore risk factors for substance use and abuse among youth: the ways they are different from adults, co-morbid problems among youth, and the impact of use on developmental processes. Focus on the distinctive needs of adolescents utilizing multi-systems for treatment; treatment planning and treatment strategies as supported by evidenced based practices.   Taught by Kelly Washam, MA, CADC II.        


  • Addiction and Personality Disorders - 6 hours - $90

This course will explore the world view and interpersonal style of clients with Cluster B personality disorders, examine the impact of drug use on the expression of pathology, explore strategies for engagement and retention of these challenging clients and learn to appreciate the "pathology" of early abstinence. Taught by Nikki Johnson, MA, CADC III.        


  • Assessing and Treating Sexual Addiction - 6 hrs - $90

This course presents diagnostic criteria and assessment tools for sexual addiction. Treatment strategies and the recovery process will be explored to help counselors develop concrete intervention tools for sex addicts and their families. Taught by Steven DeLugach, MS, LPC.        



  • COD: Anxiety Disorders - 6 hours - $90

Learn how to recognize the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders such as PTSD, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, OCD etc. and the impact they have on substance use disorders. Participants will explore assessment and screening tools used to determine presence and/or severity of these disorders. The course will cover Evidence Based Treatments, including a basic understanding of the medications used to treat anxiety. Attendees will be given several scales and screening tools they can use in their work. They will also be provided with information on how to use and score the scales. Taught by Kelly Washam, MA, CADC II.       


  • COD: Mood Disorders- 6 hours - $90

Learn how to recognize the symptoms associated with mood disorders such as Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, Dysthymia etc. and the impact they have on substance use disorders. Participants will explore assessment and screening tools used to determine presence and/or severity of these disorders.  The course will cover Evidence Based Treatments, including a basic understanding of the medications used to treat mood disorders. Attendees will be given several scales and screening tools they can use in their work. They will also be provided with information on how to use and score the scales. Taught by Kelly Washam, MA, CADC II.       


  • COD: Psychotic Disorders - 6 hours - $90

Learn how to recognize the symptoms associated with psychotic disorders such as Schizophrenia, Psychotic Disorders, Delusional Disorders, etc. and the impact they have on substance use disorders. Participants will explore assessment and screening tools used to determine presence and/or severity of these disorders. The course will cover Evidence Based Treatments, including a basic understanding of the medications used to treat psychotic disorders. Attendees will be given several scales and screening tools they can use in their work. They will also be provided with information on how to use and score the scales. Taught by Kelly Washam, MA, CADC II.       


  • Criminality and Addiction - 6 hours - $90

An overview of drug abuse treatment principles for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Learn differences and similarities between criminal and addicted thinking, including impact on the recovery process, application of Evidence Based Practices showing effectiveness with the population. Taught by Cindi Scott, BA, CADC II, NCAC II and Diane Rivera .​​​​​​​


  •  DSM-5 - 6 hours - $110

The purpose of this one day class is to discuss common co-occurring diagnoses between substance use disorders and common mental health diagnoses.  The areas to be covered include trauma and stress related disorders and common personality disorders. Taught by Kathy Tomlin, Ph.D., LPC, CADC III, LMCH.


  • Homelessness and Addiction - 6 hours - $90

This one day course will explore myths and stereotypes and introduce best practices in engagement, prevention and sustainability in meeting the needs  of homeless addicts. Taught by Michele Mannix, CADC II.     


  • Racism as an Ethical Issue - 6 hours - $90

Meets the 6 hour continuing education Ethics requirement. This workshop builds awareness of unintentional counselor bias. Explores cultural context, counselor defenses, micro aggressions, and strategies to enhance counselor competence. Uses video, small group discussion and individual exploration activities. Taught by Nikki Johnson, MA, CADC III.      


  • Relapse Prevention - 6 hours - $90

Can we ever talk enough about Relapse Prevention? Let’s not fall into the common misconceptions that “Everybody Relapses” or “Relapse is a part of Recovery”. Let’s work as a group to dialogue and study Martlatt and Gorski’s Prevention Models. Students will leave with a thorough understanding of  techniques to reduce risks or the length of a relapse and ingredients that will support success in your clients recovery plan. Taught by Michele Mannix, CADC II.     


  • Relationships and Addiction - 6 hours - $90

Develop an understanding of the impact of addiction and recovery on the phases of a couple's life together. Special focus on destructive vs. healthy communication styles, review of Oregon Evidence Based Practices for couples therapy related to alcoholism and drug abuse, and learning several interventions within those practices. Taught by Kelly Washam, MA, CADC II.     


  • Saboteurs of Recovery: Co-dependency & Shame - 6 hours - $90

The words shame and co-dependency have been over-used, but the caustic nature of the conditions often threatens the recovering addict. Not talking about it does little to help. This course will explore models and techniques to help clients move from co-dependency and shame to become their more authentic selves. Taught by Sarah Wheeler, CADC II.          


  • Trauma and Substance Use - 6 hours - $90

This course will focus on identifying the biology of addiction and trauma as well as learning to categorize clinical symptoms that present with each. Participants will explore evidence-based practices designed to deal with the difficulty of maintaining sobriety and the healing of traumatic memories. Taught by Dr. Clare Steffen, Ed.D., ND, BCC, NCC, CADC II, ICADC, CNHP, CMH.   


  • Treating Latinos and Diverse Cultures - 6 hours - $90

This course explores Latino and other diverse populations' history, cultural values and barriers to effective treatment. Solutions from counselor awareness to systematic change will be discussed. Taught by Jesus Navarro, CADC II.         


  • Treating Marijuana Dependence - 6 hours - $90

This course covers NIDA best practices with marijuana dependent clients, educating clients around the scientifically defensible research on the health consequences of marijuana use. Along with the increasing potency of marijuana and neuropharmacology of THC. Taught by Eric Martin, M.A.C., CADC III, CPS.