300 Hour Diplomate Program...
Addiction Program Modules
Classroom Core Curriculum Outline

Number of Modules: 20
Hours per Module: 15 hours
Total Program Hours: 300 hours
Module Days: Saturday and Sunday
Method: Didactic Classroom
Class Hours: Saturday, 10am to 7pm, Sunday, 8am to 2pm
Locations: Las Vegas, Nevada & Miami, Florida

Alternatively, 10 Modules of 150 hours
                     Plus the 3 Week Clincial Internship Program in Miami  (150 hours)

TO RECEIVE THE DACACD DIPLOMATE, COMPLETE ANY 20 CLASSES OR COMPLETE 10 CLASSES ALONG WITH OUR 3-WEEK CLINICAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. This program can be started at any module, as they re-occur each year. See Program Schedule for dates and locations for current offerings.

Comprehensive Mechanisms and Dynamics of Addictions & OCD
Definition of Addiction, The Five Addictions, Theories of Addictions; The Brain Reward Cascade, Disease Concept of Addiction, Multi-factorial Addiction components, Toxicology & Laboratory testing.
Instructor: Barbara A. Phillips-Carey, PhD., C.Ad & Jay Holder, D.C., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

The Brain Reward Cascade, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS)
The Brain Reward Cascade, Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS). Diagnosis & Management of Withdrawal, Relapse, Case Review, Treatment Goals.
Instructor:  Jay Holder, D.C., CAP, CASAP, DACACD & Joseph Bradley, D.C., C.Ad., DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Diagnosis Strategies, Substances of Abuse
Establishing a Differential Diagnosis, Problems in Diagnosis, DSM IV Guidelines. The Biopsychosocial Assessment.  Alcohol, Sedatives, Cocaine, Heroin, Methadone, Marijuana, Inhalants, Nicotine, Steroids.  Perceptual Disorders, Neuro-Synaptic Junction and Dynamics.
Instructor: Joseph Bradley, D.C., C.Ad., DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Interventions, The Process, Models & Tactics & Family Strategies
Instructor: Joseph Bradley, D.C., C.Ad, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Management of Withdrawal, Pediatrics, Pregnancy & Auriculotherapy
General Principles, Auriculotherapy and it's use in Diagnosis & Management of Withdrawal, Management of Pregnant Addicts and Detoxification of infants, Protracted Abstinence.
Instructors: Sony Canteenwala, D.C., C.Ad. & Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Dual Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment Strategies
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: Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

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 for Eating Disorders, Diagnostic Criteria of Eating Disorders.
Instructor: Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Prevention, Education and Aftercare
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Student Assistance Programs (SAP), Drugs and The Workplace/Schools, Societal Issues, The Outpatient Program, The Residential Program, Wilderness Programs, Boot Camp Programs, Three-Quarter Way and Half Way Houses, Reentry Strategies and Aftercare Plans and Strategies.
Instructor: Barbara A. Phillips-Carey, PhD, C.Ad. (More about the Instructor)

Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology  and Domestic Violence
This module will introduce participants to the various Mental Health Diagnoses. Individuals will have an in-depth knowledge of the various conditions and will be introduced to their Etiology, Symptomology, Prognosis and Treatment.  DSM-IVTR utilization. The Six Categories of Mental Health Conditions.  Focus On the Top Five Mental Health Conditions, their prognosis & treatment.
Instructor: Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Toxicology Testing & Screening & Assessment, Communicable Diseases & HIV/AIDS
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 Treatment Programs, Residential Treatment Programs.
Instructor: Larry Ashley, Ed.S., LADC, LMSW, LPC, C.Ad., CPGC (More about the Instructor)

Expressive Therapy, Mandalas, Journaling and Other Expressive Therapy Techniques
Expressive Therapy, Mandalas, Journaling.  Other Modalities, Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, Psychodrama, Therapy Techniques and Their Application, Case Management.
Instructor: Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

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: Larry Ashley, Ed.S., LADC, LMSW, LPC, C.Ad., CPGC (More about the Instructor)

Family Issues and Dynamics, Co-Dependency, Diagnosis Screening and Assessment
Codependency, Family Issues and Dynamics, Screening & Assessment, EAP & Workplace Issues & Dynamics, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities/Concerns of The Impaired Physician/Professional.
Instructor: Joseph Bradley, D.C., C.Ad., DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Health Outcomes, Research, Methodologies for Data Collection & Analysis of Practice Based Patient Data
Overview of Health Outcomes Data Collection, Data Analysis, Clinical Case Reports, Research Design, Regulations and Compliance Issues, Regulation Agencies, Case-Control Design, Scientific Writing.
Instructor: Matthew McCoy, D.C., DACSCD (More about the Instructor)

The Medical Model & Therapeutic Community Model, Ethics and Ethical Concerns
Instructor: Barbara Phillips-Carey, PhD., C.Ad. and Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, CASAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

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.
Instructor: Carmine Pecoraro, PsyD., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Pharmaceuticals, Neutraceuticals, Withdrawal, Relapse & Treatment Plans
Instructor: Joseph Bradley, D.C., C.Ad.- (More About Instructor) Private Practice Implementation, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Student Assistance Programs, and the US DOT SAP
Instructor: Jay M. Holder, D.C., CAP, SAP, CASAP, DACACD & Barbara A. Phillips-Carey, PhD (More about the Instructor)

Treatment Models, Grants, Program Development and Family Dynamics
Treatment History, Models & Components, Profile of Patients, Drug Courts, Federal Funding and Grants.  Confidentiality, National Strategy, Legal Issues, Family Sculpting & Disfunctionality, Co-Dependency, Interventions, Assessment & Placement Criteria, Marketing & Program Development.
Instructor: Barbara A. Phillips-Carey, PhD, C.Ad. (More about the Instructor)

Creation and Organizational Management of Addiction Treatment Programs
This module is designed for those interested in opening and/or operating their own treatment facility.  Modalities of treatment reviewed include Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization Programs.  Participants will be introduced to various assets of designing and evaluating substance abuse treatment programs in addition to administrative aspects of managing such programs.  HIPPA guidelines will be presented.
Instructor: Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D., C.Ad., CAP, DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Developing, Funding & Operating Addiction Treatment Programs w/Mental Health & Drug Addicted Clients
The human services business challenges. Developing addiction program public & private. Developing mental health program. Funding issues for substance abuse and mental health. Operational Issues and problematic issues. Licensure requirements.
Instructor: Phillip Diaz, MSW, LLD(H), DACACD (More about the Instructor)

Risk Taking Behaviors
Sex Addiction, Gambling, Shoplifting and other risk-taking behaviors.
Instructor: Joseph Bradley, M.S., D.C., DNS, C.Ad., DACACD (More about the Instructor)

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© (More about the Instructor)


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.