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300 Hour Diplomate Program

Addiction Certification Program Modules

Core Curriculum Outline

Modules may vary over two year period: See program schedule

Number of Modules: 20
Hours per Module: 15 hours
Total Program Hours: 300 hours
Module Days: Saturday and Sunday
Method: Didactic Classroom (online option)
Class Hours: Saturday 10am to 7pm (1 hr for lunch)  Sunday 8am to 2pm (no lunch)


Module One: Introduction, Comprehensive Mechanisms & Dynamics of Addictions & OCD.

Definition of Addiction, The Five Addictions, Theories of Addiction; The Brain Reward Cascade,

Disease Concept Of Addiction VS Therapeutic Community Model VS 12 Step Model. The Five Multifactorial Components of Addictions. State of Well-Being VS Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). The Brain Reward Cascade.

Instructor: Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, CASAP, DACACD


Module Two: Toxicology, Pharmacology, Nutraceuticals, Withdrawal, Relapse & Treatment Plans.

Toxicology of Abused Drugs, Pharmacology of Treatment Drugs, Indications vs Drug Interactions, Neurotransmitter Replacement Therapies, Nutraceuticals. Diagnosis & Management of Withdrawal, Relapse, Treatment Goals, Reward Deficiency Syndrome & the Brain Reward Cascade.

Instructor: Joseph J. Bradley, M.S., D.C., C.Ad. And/or Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, DACACD


Module Three: Treatment Models, Grants and Program Development and Family Dynamics.

Treatment History, Models and Components, Profile of Patients, Drug Courts, Federal Funding and Grants, Confidentiality, National Strategy, Legal Issues, Family Sculpting & Dysfunctionality, Co-dependency, Interventions, Assessment and Placement Criteria, Program Development.

Instructor: Phil Diaz, MSW, LLD(H), DACACD


Module Four: Diagnostic Strategies, Substances of Abuse.

Establishing a Differential Diagnosis, Problems in Diagnosis, DSM V Guidelines. The Biopsychosocial Assessment. Alcohol, Sedatives, Cocaine, Heroin, Methadone, Marijuana, Inhalants, Nicotine, Steroids. Perceptual Disorders, Neuro-Synaptic Junction and Dynamics.

Instructor: William Berry, LMHC, CAP, DACACD


Module Five: Pediatrics, Pregnant Addicts. The Neonate, Infants, Adolescents.

Management of Pregnant Addicts and Detoxification of Infants, Protracted Abstinence, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), Fetal Alcohol Effects (FAE). The Sequlae of Fetal Substance-abuse Exposure During & After Pregnancy: ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities, Tourette's Syndrome, Dyslexia, Autism, etc.

Instructor: Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, CASAP, DACACD


Module Six: Family Issues and Dynamics, Co-Dependency, Diagnosis Screening & Assessment.

Codependency, Family Issues and Dynamics, Screening & Assessment, EAP & Workplace Issues & Dynamics, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities/Concerns of the Impaired Physician/Professional. Intervention Strategies.

Instructor: Joseph J. Bradley, M.S., D.C., DNS, C.Ad. DACACD, Psy.D(c)


Module Seven: Counseling, Group Therapy & Relapse Prevention.

The Principles and Mechanisms of Counseling. Individual and Group Therapy. Early, Middle & Late Signs of Relapse. Relapse Prevention Strategies and Techniques. Developing a Treatment Plan, Treatment Goals. Enhance Innate Helping Skills, Learning How to Listen. Motivational Interviewing; DBT; Mindfulness.

Instructor: Michelle McGuire, Psy.D.


Module Eight: Nutritional Management of Acute Intoxication, Overdose and Prolonged Exposure.

The Application of Nutrition to Primary, Secondary and Extended Care. Acute, Sub-acute & Chronic Management. Target Organ Damage and Its Management. Nutritional Differential Diagnosis & Treatment for Specific Concerns.

Instructor: Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D. MBA, N.D., CNC, CNHP


Module Nine: Co-Occurring Disorders, Evaluation and Treatment Strategies. DSMV

It is estimated that 50 to 70% of all addicts have a co-occurring disorder. Due to such high incidence, it is imperative that professionals become familiar with effective diagnostic and treatment protocol for these individuals. Participants will learn how to complete an in-depth Biopsychosocial Assessment to evaluate for a co-occurring diagnosis. In addition, treatment strategies and protocols will be introduced, along with applied pharmacology and symptomology of individuals exhibiting co-occurring disorders.

Instructor: Michelle McGuire, Psy.D. Or Linda Wilson, B.S., MSW, LCSW


Module Ten: Trauma, PTSD, Recovery Support Systems: Prevention, Education and Aftercare.

What is PTSD, What qualifies as trauma? Intergenerational trauma. Effect of Trauma Nightmares, sleep disorder, panic, compulsive thoughts. Crisis treatment for Trauma debrief within 24 hours. Seeking Safety an evidence based method. EMDR, Memory Therapy, Recovery Support services, creating employment, educational support, case management.
Instructor: Phil Diaz, MSW, LLD(H), DACACD


Module Eleven: Interventions: The Process, Models, Tactics & Family Strategies

Different Intervention Models & their Approaches; how to Choose the Proper Model Pre-Intervention Work; didactic Approach to Interventions Using Group as Family to Illustrate Different Intervention Models; Treatment Plans for I.P., O.P., and Family Members

Instructor: Linda Wilson, B.S., MSW, LCSW


Module Twelve: Eating Disorders: It's Not What You Are Eating, It's What's Eating You.

This module will introduce participants to the various aspects of Eating Disorders. DSM-IVTR Criteria, Medical Aspects, Signs and Symptoms, Mental Health Issues and Treatment Protocols will be presented. The Stages of Eating Disorders, Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, Neurochemical Effects of Eating Disorders, Common Therapeutic Techniques & Diagnostic Criteria of Eating Disorders.

Instructor: Joseph Bradley, M.S., D.C., DNS, C.Ad. DACACD, Psy.D(c)

Module Thirteen: Risk Management, Ethics, Laws and Rules & Confidentiality Regulations

This module will focus on both Federal and State guideline’s, rules, codes and laws concerning addiction treatment. State and Federal Confidentiality regulations will be reviewed as well as its positive advantages as a Treatment Strategy. The Marchmen Act, Baker Act & Madan Act. The Florida Administrative Code 6SD-16 & CFR 42. Code of Ethics. Client rights. HIPPA guidelines. OSHA requirements. Ethical Responsibilities. Provider/Client relationship. Errors & omissions. Professional competence & liabilities. Record keeping & other legal responsibilities. State required forms are provided & reviewed.

Instructor: Matthew Gissen, DHL, J.D., CAP, C.Ad. DACACD


Module Fourteen: Alternative & Complementary Modalities & Techniques.

This module will present various Alternative Treatment strategies that are extant in the field of Addictions

and Compulsive Disorders including but not limited to: Subluxation Based Chiropractic, Auriculotherapy, Amino Acid Therapy, Neurotransmitter Replacement Therapy, others, etc.

Instructor: Joseph Bradley, M.S., D.C., DNS, C.Ad. DACACD, Psy.D(c)


Module Fifteen: Toxicology Testing & Screening & Assessment.

Screens, confirmation tests, forensic tests; Saliva, blood, urine, sweat and breath tests; Detection times; Masking tests; Federal and State testing laws; Confidentiality/42 CFR; The MRO; Target organs; Testing for: Drug Courts, SAP Programs, EAP Programs, Outpatient & Residential Treatment Programs.

Instructor: Joseph Bradley, M.S., D.C., DNS, C.Ad. DACACD, Psy.D(c)


Module Sixteen: Implementation of Chronic Disease Model in Addiction & Compulsive Disorders
Therapy Paradigms: Acute vs. Chronic; Functional PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome); Psychosomatic Influences in Chronic Syndrome; Practical Spiritual Counseling/Cognitive Processes.
Instructor: Ron Jahner, N.D., Ac., DACACD


Module Seventeen: Problem Gambling, Assessment & Treatment, Domestic Violence & Psychological Trauma
Problem Gambling and Definitions, Assessments in Problem Gambling, Treatment of Problem Gambling, Diagnostic Issues in Problem Gambling, Psychological Trauma, Domestic Violence, Legal Concerns in Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence-Resources, Differential Diagnosis and Diagnostic Issues of Domestic Violence, Other Risk-Taking Behaviors.

Instructor: William Berry, LMHC, CAP, DACACD


Module Eighteen: Criminal Justice Services, Risk Management, Professional Responsibility.

Florida Court system, Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Criminal law (felonies & misdemeanors), Classification of crimes, Juvenile court, Drug courts, Sentencing and Sentencing alternatives, Detention and Commitment services, Federal alcohol and drug abuse confidentiality regulations (42 CFR Part 2).

Instructor: Matthew Gissen, DHL, J.D., CAP, C.Ad., DACACD


Module Nineteen: Opioid & Alcohol Epidemic, MAT & Natural Strategies; Reward Deficiency Syndrome
Bio-Psychosocial, Amino Acids, Nutraceuticals, Titration from Suboxone, Naltrexone & other Interventions. Detox Placement. Suboxone and The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 (DATA 2000) requirements for licensing, Naltrexone & other.
Instructor: Michael Schaefer, D.C., OMD, MPH, DACACD


Module Twenty: New Trends in Drug Treatment Programs; Traditional & Alternative Approaches
New Trends in Drug Treatment Programs; Traditional & Alternative Approaches The human services business challenges; Develop an Addiction Program with mental health programs; how to avoid Funding issues for substance abuse and mental health; Documentation/Operational Issues Laws and Rules and Risk Management
Instructor: Phil Diaz, MSW, LLD(H), DACACD


Clinical Internship Diplomate Program
Our "Clinical Residency Program" is offered in addition to the 10 and 20 Module Programs, with limited availability. This three week hands-on Clinical Internship, is provided in a teaching hospital style setting. Train with top professionals at one of our Nation's oldest  residential addiction treatment facilities and earn the only "Clinical Residency" in Addiction Medicine serving all the professions. Experience first hand the different phases of the treatment continuum, such as interventions, clinical assessments and evaluations, individual and group treatment processes through discharge planning. The 3 week training can be completed in increments of one week each or in 3 consecutive weeks to earn 150 hours towards 300 HR DIPLOMATE. Upon completion of the Clinical Residency Program, the Diplomate Credential,  D.A.C.A.C.D. is awarded. 

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