PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Start any date in any order in Las Vegas and/or Miami 
Any Ten of the 15 hour weekend courses earn the C.Ad.
All 20 weekend Courses earn the DACACD, Diplomate in Addictions & Compulsive Disorders
3 Week Clinical Residency Earns an Additional 150 Hours Towards Diplomate
Take any individual Module to earn 14 to 15 CEU's


Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort

January 8 & 9, 2022

Comprehensive Mechanisms of Addictions & Compulsive Disorders

Definition of Addiction, The Five Addictions, theories of Addictions; The Brain Reward Cascade, Disease Concept of Addiction, Multi-factorial Addiction components, Toxicology & Laboratory testing. Overview of Compulsive Disorders.

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


February 12 & 13, 2022

Positive Psychology & Addiction Recovery: From the Recovery Model to Self Actualization

Mindfulness & Behavioral Therapies, Positive Psychology. The history & current trends of Positive Psychology; the Recovery Model; The 9 components of the Recovery Model. What is Self-Actualization; The Values and other components of Self-Actualization from Recovery to Self-Actualization.

Instructor: William Berry, LMHC, CAP, DACACD


March 12 & 13, 2022

Medical Stabilization for Substance Use Disorders, Detox & Treatments 

From The Streets (First Responders), Detox, and Treatment Centers. SAMHSA and DATA 2000 and Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and tapering off medications.  Bio-Psycho-social, Nutraceuticals, & other Interventions. Pharmacology/Toxicology & Forensic issues of Opioids, Alcohol and THC

Instructor: Michael Schaefer, DC, OMD, MD, MPH, MCAP, DACACD


April 2 & 3, 2022

Group Therapy in Addictions; Relapse Prevention & Recovery Coaching

Theories of Group Counseling: Mutual Aid Groups, Gestalt Groups and Psychotherapy Groups. Relapse prevention approaches, understanding Recovery Capital and how clients develop assets to maintain sobriety. Recovery coaching as a new protocol for maintaining sobriety.  

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


May 14 & 15, 2022

Brain Health: The Immune System,   Inflammation with Nutrition and Integrative Medicine Solutions in Addiction

This session will review integrative treatments that can improve brain health. We will examine how drugs, stress and poor nutrition can effect the brain and mental health. We will also explore how dysfunctional biochemistry, stress and physiology may promote drugs use.  We will review the endocrine, immune and nervous system problems that occur because of addictions, or may be a cause for cravings of drugs. We will explore healthy and unhealthy diets for the brain and addictions. We will experience various mindfulness and stress reduction techniques during the class

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


June 11 & 12, 2022

Co-Occurring Disorder Frequently Diagnosed in Addictions Counseling.

Anxiety Disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder schizophrenia, mood disorders

Instructor:  Carmine Pecoraro, Psy.D, CAP, C.Ad., DACACD


July 9 & 10, 2022

Auriculotherapy, Management of Withdrawal & Treating The Five Addictions

Overview of Auriculotherapy –The 4 Cranial Nerves of the ear. General Principles, use in Diagnosis, & Management of Withdrawal. Treatment Goals

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

August 13 & 14, 2022

Crisis Intervention in Addiction: Child Abuse; Domestic Violence, & Human Trafficking

Crisis situations and impact on recovery; crisis situations/incidents that need an immediate response and how to triage; methods to respond to client and/or family in crisis; Addiction, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking; utilizing crisis situations to facilitate the recovery process.

Instructor:   Sgt. Eloy Salinas, CFBC, CNDASI, MHFA Y/A, C.Ad. DACACD


Sept 10 & 11, 2022

Theories of Addiction: From the Addictive Personality to Personality Disorders
Theories of why one person becomes addicted when others do not. Theories include Genetic, Social Learning, Addictive Personality, Self Medication, Psychodynamic Theory, and others. The seminar will also focus on Personality Disorders as they relate to substance use. 

Instructor:  William Berry, LMHC, CAP, DACACD



Nov 5 & 6, 2022

Treatment Modalities: Motivational Interviewing, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Other Brief Therapies. 

Theories of the counselling profession:  An overview of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focus, and Other Brief Therapies 

Instructor: William Berry, LMHC, CAP DACACD


Dec. 3 & 4, 2022

Developing Funding & Integrating Addiction Treatment Programs with 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:  Phil Diaz, MSW, LLD (H), DACACD

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