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SA 570


Addiction Treatment Planning


This is a comprehensive course that focuses specifically on treatment planning as well as interventions for clients in treatment programs for addictions.  Students will study forty-four treatment approaches for behaviorally based presenting problems.  There is a focus on evidence-based practice interventions throughout the material in this course.  Short-term and long-term objectives are identified by presenting behavioral problem.  Students will study a comprehensive set of interventions for each of the types of presenting behavioral problem within the context of addictions treatment.  The material in this course also provides students with a solid foundation in which to expand their assessments and evaluations of clients’ that they work with in addiction care and recovery.  This course also highlights solid information that will assist student’s in learning correct determinations of diagnosis when working with addicted clients.  Course Code : SA 570. Continuing hours of education = 45.

re-requisite: Pre-requisite to enrolling in the continuing education program: must have successfully completed the following courses: SA 500 through and including SA 560, and registrants must be: 1.) a licensed health care professional with current, active licensure to practice, or 2). a counselor, psychologist, or social worker, or 3). an ordained or licensed minister in active ministry.

This course is particularly designed for those professionals meeting one of the pre-requisites above, would like to apply for the Substance Abuse Practitioner Certification by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc. is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida State Board of Nursing and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975. The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access Info

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, RN-BC, ANP-BC, FACHE

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E-mail: info@aihcp.org


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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the Substance Abuse Practitioner program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


Reading/Study Assignment: this course covers all of the materials in the required textbook.


The Addiction Treatment Planner (4th edition). By: Robert Perkinson, Arthur Jongsma and Timothy Bruce. Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (May 11, 2009)

  • ISBN-10: 0470405511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470405512

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Substance Abuse." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 45 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

ONLINE COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classroom.

CHAT ROOMS: each specialty has its own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

EXAMINATION ACCESS: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at any time and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

FACULTY ACCESS INFORMATION: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

some of our faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

Our site also provides specialty practice blogs, an online health care directory where members may voluntarily post information about themselves, and a health care articles blog.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Learn to develop highly effective treatment plans for working with clients with addiction problems.

2. Develop short-term objectives for clients with addiction problems.

3. Develop long-term objectives for clients with addiction problems.

4. Understand Patient Placement Criteria as developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

5. Utilize assessment criteria as developed by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

6. Classify clients into one or more of six assessment dimension based on their presenting addiction and emotional or behavioral issues.

7. Review and discuss evidence-based treatment interventions for clients in each of the six assessment dimensions.

8. Learn and discuss primary treatment interventions for each of the diagnoses presented.

9. Learn to customize treatment plans for clients based on the clients specific short and long -term goals in care.

10. Learn to adapt treatment interventions according to clients' strengths, weaknesses, cultural identify and personal vulnerabilities.

11. Understand the client's diagnosis based on a client's complete clinical presentation.

12. Understand and discuss DSM-IV-TR for each of the presenting problems within the six assessment dimensions presented in the materials.

13. Learn to develop constructive objectives for client treatment based on identified goals.

14. Understand and discuss the rationale for selected interventions based on regulatory issues, payor issues and compliance issues.

Course Content

Dimension One: Acute intoxication and/or withdraw potential

Dimension Two: Biomedical conditions and complications

Dimension Three: Emotional, behavioral, or cognitive conditions and complications

Dimension Four: Readiness to change

Dimension Five: Relapse, continued use, or continued problem potential

Dimension Six: Recovery/living environment

Client goal development

Developing effective objectives

Identifying accompanying behavioral/emotional problems

Defining comprehensive and custom created interventions

Utilizing DSM-IV-TR criteria

Incorporating evidence-based treatment into the overall treatment plan for addictions

Diagnosis determination

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