This page contains all online, hybrid, and live course descriptions plus dates each is offered. Just click on a class name to register.  Seven Cedars Live & Online Training offers all the required Colorado courses for all three levels of certification and the Licensed Addiction Counselor credential.

All CAC students must be in the CERTS database beginning January 1, 2018.  More information HERE.

 

Certified Addiction Counselor Courses

 

If you would like a one page printable 2020 schedule, click HERE.

 

You do not have to be online at any particular time or day. Our online classes are not self-paced, as we have due dates for assignments and forum posts, with all coursework requiring completion the day before the final exam. Still, you have maximum flexibility in completing your courses by being able to work any time of the day or night for any length of time you choose.  We do suggest you set aside an hour a day on average for your online coursework.

Hybrid courses again provide more flexibility as they save one day away by providing one week of instruction online (instead of one day in person) with the same flexibility enjoyed by full online classes. The live two-day portion of the hybrid course must be attended in the city it which it is scheduled, and satisfactory completion of both sections is required to pass the course.

Students attending live courses taught by televideo will need the following:

  1. A computer with a videocam and working speakers. (Screens on tablets tend to be too small for this application.)
  2. High-speed, reliable internet.
  3. A quiet room where you can be alone for two days during class time. Please do not do this from your living room or anywhere the family hangs out. The space needs to be quiet and private. We suggest you sit at a desk or in an office chair rather than on a couch or a bed so you can stay present.
  4. Print all the handouts requested in the course and have them ready ahead of time.
  5. Headphones or earbuds will give you the best experience but are not required.
  6. Be signed into GoTo Meeting no later than 8:15 a.m. on your first day of class. The meeting room will be open by 8 a.m. each day.

We will provide you:

  1. A dedicated link for your GoTo Meeting each day.
  2. Technical assistance (to the best of our ability) to get started the first day.

Live courses are conducted in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. Check the one-page schedule above or reference the listings below for dates and locations. Training office locations are:

1930 W. Colorado Ave. #301
Colorado Springs CO  80904
La Quinta Inn & Suites GJ Airport
2762 Crossroads Blvd.
Grand Junction CO  81506
970-241-2929

 

Live training days run 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in all locations. Note any live classes taught by teleconference will follow the same timeframe and special instructions will be provided well ahead of class start.

 

OBH established different training requirements for people with a high school diploma or Bachelors degree, and for people with a clinical Masters or Doctorate degree. See the two separate requirement listings below.

  • For a list of required CACI, CACII, and CACIII classes for people with high school diplomas (or equivalent) and Bachelors degrees, click here.

 

  • For a list of required CACII, CACIII, and LAC classes for people with clinical Masters or Doctorate degrees, click here.

 

  • For an alphabetical listing of course descriptions, click here.

 

If you are interested in registering for a class listed below, click on the class name.

Level I Courses

Addiction Counseling Skills (21 Hours taught live in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs)

Tuition: $210 (non-refundable)

This three-day live course is one of the foundational core courses germaine to the CAC credential. The purpose of this class is to provide a counseling framework for working with substance abuse clients, learning client-centered, counselor-directed, motivationally-enhanced counseling skills known to be effective with these clients.  About 2 1/2 days will involve skills practice and filming.  

All Locations

Live via teleconference July 8 - 10, 2020

Live via teleconference August 17 – 19, 2020

 

Live training dates in Colorado Springs:

September 9 - 11, 2020

December 16 - 18, 2020

 

Live training dates in Grand Junction:

September 2 - 4, 2020

December 2 - 4, 2020

 

Client Record Management (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

This two-week online class will provide the counselor with an understanding of the client clinical record. Participants will be exposed to screening and assessment, ASAM levels of care, write a treatment plan and progress note, plus learn about other important clinical and administrative documentation.

Online training dates: 

August 3 - 14, 2020

November 2 - 13, 2020

 

 

Culturally Informed Treatment (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

The professional counselor has an obligation to understand the client’s context and learn to communicate in a manner that the client is likely to be able to hear, understand and accept.  The counselor must have the courage and insight to explore their own biases and misconceptions of others with cultural and ethnic differences. This two-week online class will provide a basic foundation for understanding how cultural competence, awareness and sensitivity can improve quality of care and increase positive outcomes.

Online training dates:

August 17 - 28, 2020

October 26 - November 6, 2020

 

 

Infectious Diseases in Addiction Treatment (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

In this three-week online training, the focus will be on the complex relationship between the client’s drugs of choice, lifestyle choices, and physiological health.  Discussions will include immune system health, liver function, harm reduction and specific diseases such as HIV and hepatitis. Strategies will be presented for screening to determine level of risk, referral, and education about disease prevention and treatment. Expect to spend about five hours per week on coursework.

Online training dates:

August 31 - September 11, 2020

November 9 - 20, 2020

 

 

Pharmacology I (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

Training in pharmacology is a cornerstone of addiction counseling and a major part of what differentiates the professional field of addiction counseling from other mental health disciplines.  This two-week online class will provide a solid base of knowledge about the drugs of abuse including what is happening in human physiology and behaviors.

Online training dates:

July 6 - 17, 2020

October 5 - 16, 2020

 

 

Principles of Addiction Treatment (21 Hours offered online over three weeks)

Tuition: $190

This three-week online class presents the history and theories of addiction, the competencies required of an addiction counselor and scope of practice, and the NIDA principles of effective treatment. There will be an exploration of current evidence-based practices, addiction counselor certification and licensure in Colorado, and levels of care offered for addiction treatment. Expect to spend about seven hours per week on coursework.

Online training dates:

September 14 - October 2, 2020

November 30 - December 18, 2020

 

 

Professional Ethics I: Ethics & Jurisprudence (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

This two-week online class will provide the knowledge of ethics and jurisprudence for the addiction counselor which is essential for safe practice.  Seven hours will be focused on ethical issues specific to the practice of addiction counseling, and seven hours will focus on jurisprudence, which is the law and the practice of psychotherapy in Colorado. There will be an emphasis on developing ethical decision making skills, knowledge of confidentiality and the prohibited activities in the Mental Health Practice Act.  The addiction counselor will become familiar with the NAADAC Code of Ethics and acquire the tools for ethical and legal practice.

Online training dates:

September 21 - October 2, 2020

November 30 - December 18, 2020

 

Level II Courses

Clinical Assessment & Treatment Planning (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

Prerequisite:  Client Record Management

This two-week online course will consider the differences between screening and assessment and use of assessment instruments.  The class will consider the components of the clinical assessment such as a bio-psychosocial interview, assessing risk for self-harm, identifying cultural needs and supports, problem domains, determining stage of readiness for change and strengths of the client.  Determining diagnosis and resulting level of care for the client will be discussed using the ASAM PPC-2.  Stages of treatment and systems of care will be covered along with facets of treatment planning.

Online training dates:

November 9 - 20, 2020

 

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

In this two-week online course,cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will be explored as a treatment approach that has gained widespread application in the treatment of addictions and mental health disorders. CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the immediate problems faced by substance abusers entering treatment who are struggling to control their substance use. Participants in this course will learn and practice effective ways to integrate tools specific to CBT in a comprehensive treatment strategy.

Online training dates:

August 17 - 28, 2020

October 19 - 30, 2020

 

 

Co-occurring Disorders (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

This two-week online class will address clinical assessment, treatment philosophy, strategies, and guidelines to provide integrated treatment with co-occurring disorders.  It will include an introduction to the diagnostic criteria for the mental disorders most often seen with substance use disorders.  The essential values, attitudes, and competencies of the counselor working with this population are discussed. Evidence based practices and models of integrated treatment are presented.

Online training dates:

October 5 - 16, 2020

 

 

Group Counseling Skills HYBRID COURSE - 7 Hours offered online over one week and live for two days (14 hours) in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs.

Tuition: $210

Often group counseling is more effective in treating substance abuse clients, due to the fact it reduces isolation, enables group members to have their experiences “normalized” by hearing others with stories similar to their own.  This course will provide instruction and practice for group therapy including group facilitation for the culturally diverse, managing group process, managing difficult behaviors, and employing the group as the change agent.

One week of didactic material will be delivered online, followed by two days in-person either in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs CO. Successful completion of both the online and in-person sections is required to pass the course. Note: A minimum of six students is required for each location.

Hybrid training dates:

 

Colorado Springs

Online September 14 - 18, 2020

Live September 21 – 22, 2020

 

Online October 19 - 23, 2020

Live October 29 - 30, 2020

 

Grand Junction

Online October 26 - 30, 2020

Live November 5 - 6, 2020

 

Motivational Interviewing HYBRID COURSE -7 Hours offered online over one week, and live for two days (14 hours) in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs.

Tuition:  $210

Prerequisite:  Addiction Counseling Skills if you do not have a clinical Masters Degree

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered collaborative style of conversation designed to strengthen a person’s motivation for and commitment to change.  MI is counselor-directed in that the counselor is skilled at managing ambivalence, eliciting change-talk and honoring the client’s autonomy about taking the next step toward a commonly agreed upon goal (Miller & Rollnick, 2010). The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has identified MI as a best practice within the addiction treatment field.

In this hybrid course you will be introduced to the concepts and tenets of Motivational Interviewing during the one-week didactic portion of class, worth 7 hours. Then the following week you will meet for live instruction for two days (14 hours) of practice with our expert Motivational Interviewing instructor in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs CO. You must be able to travel to the live training site for the in-person portion and satisfactory completion of both modules is required to pass the course. Note: a minimum of six students is required for each live site. If we do not have six for one site you may be asked to travel to the site with the most registrations. If this will not work for you, your money will be refunded, less any credit card fees (if applicable.)

Hybrid training dates:

 

All Locations

Online August 3 - 7, 2020

Live via teleconference August 10 - 11, 2020

Live via teleconference August 13 - 14, 2020

Live via teleconference August 20 – 21, 2020

 

Colorado Springs

Online November 2 - 6, 2020

Live November 12 - 13, 2020

 

 

Pharmacology II (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

Prerequisite:  Pharmacology I

This Level II 14-hour two week online class will explore the neurobiological basis of addiction and how addictive drugs produce neurochemical changes in the brain’s reward pathway. Addictive drugs have habit-forming actions that can be localized to a variety of brain regions which activate the reward circuitry in the brain. Neuroscience and genetic research on addiction continues to make significant progress toward understanding the changes in the brain that underlie drug use and addictive behaviors.

Online training dates:

July 20 - 31, 2020

November 30 - December 11, 2020

 

 

Professional Ethics II (14 hours taught live in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs CO)

Tuition: $180

Prerequisite:  Professional Ethics I if you do not have a clinical Master's Degree

This Level II 14-hour two day live course takes a comprehensive overview of advanced ethical and risk management issues, with a special emphasis on professional conduct and professional boundaries, dual relationships, professional distance, and appropriate use of counselor self‐disclosure. We'll also discuss standards of care as defined in statutes, licensing board regulations, case law, code of ethics of professional associations, and community norms. Guidelines for ethical risk management will be presented.

All Locations

Live via teleconference July 23 – 24

 

Live training dates in Colorado Springs:

September 28 - 29, 2020

 

Live training dates in Grand Junction:

October 8 - 9, 2020

 

 

Trauma-Informed Care (14 Hours offered online over two weeks)

Tuition: $140

This two-week online course will describe and define what trauma informed care is and ways in which a traditional treatment setting can be modified to increase the sense of safety experienced by consumers within this setting.  Participants will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed practices into treatment with diverse populations, such as military veterans, women, people with co-occurring disorders and other groups. Although trauma treatment approaches will be considered this class will not teach how to do trauma- specific treatment.

Online training dates:

August 30 - September 11, 2020

 

Level III Courses

Professional Practice (7 Hours offered online over one week)

Tuition: $100

This one-week online course will focus on what it means to be an addiction professional, organizational issues and business practices, DBHlicensed treatment agency requirements, privacy concerns in the electronic era, personnel and staff development, policies and procedures for the treatment agency, challenges of the current treatment environment, counselor selfcare and other related topics.

Online training dates:

October 12 - 16, 2020

 

 

Advanced Motivational Interviewing (14 hours taught live in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs CO)

Tuition: $180 (non-refundable)

Prerequisite: Motivational Interviewing

This 14-hour two-day live Level III course will offer a brief review of the fundamental spirit, principles and skills of MI, then focus intensively on advanced MI clinical skills development. It is expected that participants will be able to demonstrate the foundational MI skills by conducting a client interview using the OARS, and responding to no‐change talk (resistance). The format will be interactive and experiential in nature, and participants will receive individualized feedback from student and trainer ratings.

Colorado Springs Live training dates:

September 17 - 18, 2020

 

Grand Junction Live training dates:

October 12 - 13, 2020

 

 

Clinical Supervision I HYBRID (21 hours taught one week online and two days live in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs CO)

Tuition: $210 (non-refundable)

Clinical supervision is the process by which the clinical practice provided by the counselor is evaluated. This hybrid course prepares the addiction counselor with basic supervision tools and models to use as a standard of practice. We cover counselor/supervisor delopmental level, cultural and contextual factors, ethical and legal issues, performance monitoring, and supervisory competencies. Some videotaping will occur. You will be introduced to the concepts and tenets of Clinical Supervision during the one-week didactic portion of class, worth 7 hours. Then the following week you will meet for live instruction for two days (14 hours) of practice with our expert Clinical Supervision instructor in Grand Junction or Colorado Springs CO. You must be able to travel to the live training site for the in-person portion and satisfactory completion of both modules is required to pass the course. Note: a minimum of six students is required for each live site. If we do not have six for one site you may be asked to travel to the site with the most registrations. If this will not work for you, your money will be refunded, less any credit card fees (if applicable.)

Hybrid training dates:

 

All Locations

Online August 10 - 14, 2020

Live via teleconference August 20 - 21, 2020

 

Colorado Springs:

Online September 28 - October 2, 2020

Live October 5 - 6, 2020

 

 

Clinical Supervision II (14 hours taught live in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs CO)

Tuition $180 (non-refundable)

Prerequisite:  Clinical Supervision I & Advanced Motivational Interviewing

The key to supporting the use of Motivational Interviewing in counseling is supervisory feedback and coaching. This two-day live course features Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA: STEP), which trains supervisees to use Motivational Interviewing in client assessments for joining and engaging the client, receiving better and more accurate information during the assessment, and improving client commitment to treatment following the assessment.

All Locations

Live via teleconference July 16 - 17, 2020

Live via teleconference August 27 – 28, 2020

 

Grand Junction Live training dates:

October 15 - 16, 2020

 

Colorado Springs Live training dates:

October 8 – 9 , 2020

December 9 - 10, 2020