Course Description: In this course, entitled Helping Clients Change: Assessing client level of motivation for change and moving them in the direction of change, we will provide an overview of issues relative to change. We will address the factors that interfere with a client’s readiness to change. We will examine the reasons for resistance to change. We will identify and present ways to move the client from one level of readiness to the next.

Course Description: Unlimited courses for 1 year (365 days).

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Course Description: This is a comprehensive course providing information on all forms of psychotherapeutic medications. It identifies the purposes, dosages, side effects, and cautions for each medication. It is a "user-friendly" course.
Advanced Clinical Training Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP)and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
This course meets 5 NBCC-approved clock hours.

Course Objectives:

1. Identify medications used to treat all types of psychiatric disorders.
2. Discuss medications currently in use for addictive disease treatment.
3. Identify medications in use for tobacco cessation.
4. Discuss tips for communicating with physicians about medication for clients.

Course Description: This course meets the Ethics Requirements for one credit hour. This course presents the Code of Ethics set forth by NBCC in it's entirety.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify ethical conduct in the counseling relationship
2. Discuss the ethical use of tests and assessments
3. Identify ethical research practices
4. Discuss ethical guidelines governing private practice.

This is an extremely useful course for new counselors as well as seasoned therapists.

Course Description: This course addresses all aspects of journaling and identifies client populations that will benefit from journaling. It identifies: disorders that lend themselves well to journaling; the keys to healing old wounds through writing; outlines for use when assigning journaling; rules of journaling; beginning statements and questions to get the clients to write; and, much more. This course will be beneficial to the therapist who wants to incorporate journaling into their practice as well as those who use it frequently.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify clients who will benefit from journaling
2. Employ journaling techniques in the treatment of PTSD, grief, and eating disorders.
3. Identify journaling techniques to assist the clients in beginning to write.

Course Description: This course is based on the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association. It addresses ethical issues relative to the counseling relationship; confidentiality; responsibility; evaluation and assessment; supervision, training and teaching; research and publication. It also addresses the resolution of ethical issues.

Course Objectives:
1. Understand the need for a code of ethics.
2. Identify the areas of ethical concerns for counselors.
3. Discuss ethical behavior across all areas of ethical concerns.
4. Identify appropriate solutions to ethical dilemmas.

Course Description: This is an excellent course for the novice or the professional in treating clients with substance abuse. This course discusses the importance of motivation as it relates to treatment success. It describes various stages along the motivational continuum and identifies strategies for assisting a client in moving from one stage to the next.It presents an overview of easy to use assessment tools that can be incorporated into practice.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the stages of change for clients in substance abuse treatment.
2. Understand reasons for client resistance to change.
3. Identify ways of assisting clients in moving from one stage to the next.
4. Understand reasons for noncompliance.
5. Identify questionnaires that are useful in substance abuse treatment.

Course Description: This course provides a comprehensive overview of substance abuse among older adults. Discussed in the course is the use and abuse of alcohol, psychoactive prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications, as well as the resulting physiological effects that are unique to this population. Risk factors for abuse are identified. Examples of non-threatening screening questions are provided as well as screening assessments that are appropriate for older clients. This course provides beneficial information for the novice clinician as well as the seasoned professional. Information provided in the course is applicable to all treatment settings.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
1. Identify hidden problems of abuse that exist in the older adult population.
2. Identify drinking patterns among older adults.
3. Identify affects of alcohol use in older adults.
4. Identify use and abuse of psychoactive prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications among older adults.
5. Assess alcohol and prescription drug abuse among older adults.
6. Identify effective interventions and treatment approaches for older adults with substance abuse issues.


Course Description: This is an essential course for the novice as well as the seasoned professional. The course provides an in-depth understanding of the way in which depressive symptoms present themselves in early recovery. It discusses the need for screening, ways of managing depressive symptoms in early recovery, and useful techniques to use with clients. Also presented is a decision tree for use when deciding to keep or refer a client. Successful treatment regimens of medication and various forms of therapy are identified.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify common depressive symptoms in early recovery.
2. Understand the connection between substance abuse and depressive symptoms.
3. Identify effective ways of managing depressive symptoms in early recovery.
4. Identify parameters for treating versus referring a client.
5. Utilize effective therapeutic tools for treating depressive symptoms in early recovery.

Course Description: This course is essential for professionals working in the field of mental health and/or substance abuse. The course familiarizes the clinician with the definitions, terms, and classifications for substance abuse and presents information on the prevalence and types of co-occurring disorders encountered within this population. Means of effective assessment and keys to successful programming are presented, as well as strategies for working with clients with co-occurring disorders. Medications that are appropriate in treating clients with co-occurring disorders are addressed.

Course objectives:
1. Identify co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders within the client population.
2. Understand the interaction of the two disorders in terms of presentation of symptoms.
3. Identify appropriate screening and assessment tools for co-occurring disorders.
4. Develop keys to successful programming for clients with co-occurring disorders.
5. Develop strategies for working with clients with co-occurring disorders.
6. Identify medications used to treat the disorders.

Course Description: Symptoms of PTSD are presented as well as the reaction to trauma by both children and adults. Risk factors and diagnostic parameters are identified. Effective therapeutic and pharmacological treatments are discussed. This course is useful for the novice clinician as well as the seasoned professional in understanding trauma.

Course objectives:
1. Identify symptoms of PTSD.
2. Understand reactions to trauma in children and adults.
3. Identify effective treatments for PTSD.
4. Identify ways to help persons with PTSD.

Course Description: This course presents an overview of the disease of schizophrenia and discusses the development and course of the disease. It presents information on co-occurring disorders. It provides an understanding of medications that are useful in managing the disease as well as psychosocial treatments that are effective in the treatment.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the symptoms of schizophrenia.
2. Understand co-existing problems (such as suicide and substance abuse).
3. Identify effective medications used to treat schizophrenia.
4. Identify effective psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia.

Course Description: This is an essential course for the novice as well as the seasoned professional. It presents an overview of the types and presentations of bipolar disorder. Symptoms of the various types of bipolar disorder are presented. Disorders which co-occur with bipolar disorder are discussed. Effective treatment methods, both therapeutic and pharmacological are presented.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
2. Identify the types of bipolar disorder.
3. Identify disorders that often co-exist with bipolar disorder.
4. Identify treatment options for bipolar disorder.

Course Description: This course presents eleven widely-used models for the treatment of drug abuse and/or substance abuse and dual disorders. Samples of educational approaches and practical exercises are presented in lay terms. Formats are given for typical sessions. The information presented in this course will assist both the novice counselor and the seasoned veteran in their work, regardless of the treatment setting. All treatments presented have been tested and proven successful and easy to incorporate into outpatient, residential, or inpatient settings.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify popular and widely-used drug abuse and dual disorders treatment models.
2. Identify appropriateness of various treatment settings for each model.
3. Understand the counselor-client relationship in each model.
4. Identify appropriate assessment techniques in each model.
5. Understand the role of significant others in each model.

Course Description: This course is based on the premise that families are systems that are made up of individuals who are responsive to each other’s behaviors. In working with families, many therapists find themselves having difficulty directing the therapy process. They may tend to feel overwhelmed with the amount of information obtained while observing family interactions. They may also have difficulty engaging all family members in treatment. Due to the amount of data obtained, they may have difficulty developing treatment goals involving brief and successful interventions. This course is designed to address the process of interaction that is occurring within the family system and develop effective treatment goals directed at moving this process in a positive direction. This course is helpful for the novice or for the seasoned therapist. It is designed to primarily address families with adolescent substance abuse issues, however, the knowledge gained can be generalized to all family systems.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
1. Understand the role of the family in providing a context within which adolescent and family problems occur.
2. Assess and diagnose maladaptive patterns of family interaction.
3. Identify ways of engaging families in treatment to bring about effective change.
4. Identify ways to overcome resistance to treatment.
5. Identify strategies for effective conflict resolution in family therapy.

Course Description: This course describes the effects of domestic violence on the batterer and on the survivor. It presents the role that substance abuse plays in incidents of domestic violence. The course presents ways to effectively elicit information involving domestic violence from clients and ways to structure treatment in order to enhance the victim’s safety and stop the cycle of violence for the abuser and the victim. The course is useful for therapists working with clients who are not substance abusers, as well.

Course objectives:
1. Understand domestic violence and the way it impacts both batterers and survivors.
2. Understand the role of substance abuse in domestic violence.
3. Learn techniques to detect and elicit information on domestic violence from clients.
4. Learn techniques to modify treatment to ensure victim’s safety and stop the cycle of violence in both parties’ lives.
5. Understand confidential and legal issues related to domestic violence and substance abuse.

Course Description: This is an essential course for all practitioners desiring to gain or enhance their knowledge of autism spectrum disorders. All disorders on the spectrum are identified in terms of symptoms, similarities to other disorders, and differences from other disorders. Effective treatment options are offered for each of the disorders. Medications used to treat the disorders are identified and involvement of the schools and communities is discussed.

Objectives:
1. Identify disorder in the autism spectrum.
2. Understand the causes of autism spectrum disorders.
3. Understand how diagnoses are made for these disorders.
4. Identify treatment options for autism spectrum disorders.
5. Understand the special needs of adults with autism spectrum disorders.


Course Description: This course is beneficial for the novice and for the seasoned professional in the recognition and treatment of ADHD. It outlines the three subtypes of the disorder and identifies medications that are useful in managing the disorder. Co-occurring disorders are discussed as well as methods for differentiating ADHD from other disorders in the assessment process. Behavioral interventions are presented to assist parents and teachers in effectively managing the disorder.

1. Identify symptoms of ADHD.
2. Identify factors which may contribute to the development of ADHD.
3. Identify behavioral interventions for treating ADHD.
4. Identify medications used to treat ADHD.
5. Understand the role of the parents and the schools in the treatment of ADHD.

Course Description: This course provides a solid working knowledge of psychiatric medications used to treat common disorders seen in both outpatient and inpatient settings. The knowledge gained from this course will be useful in educating clients on the need and proper use of medications as well as beneficial in increasing medication compliance. There are useful charts that can be utilized for quick reference by the clinician and a helpful list of questions to ask the doctor when new medications are described.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify medications used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and schizophrenia.
2. Identify side effects of psychiatric medications.
3. Understand the proper use of each medication.
4. Identify clients with special needs on psychiatric medications.

Course Description: This is an invaluable course for therapists and clinicians in all fields and settings, because few treatment providers will be exempt from compliance with the HIPAA Privacy Rule. It is imperative that all treatment providers are aware of how the HIPAA Privacy Rule affects them as individual practitioners and how it affects the organization in which they work. This course provides the clinician with facts on client information that is protected, principles for use and disclosures of protected health information, rights involving access to records, proper storage and maintenance of records, and laws and penalties for noncompliance with regulations.

Course Objectives:
1. Understand who is covered by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
2. Identify information that is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
3. Understand uses and disclosures of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
4. Identify enforcement and penalties for noncompliance.

Course Description: This course presents a practical manual that can be used to assist clients in effectively managing their anger. This program has proven successful in clients with substance abuse, PTSD, mood disorder, anxiety disorders, and thought disorders. It is applicable to individual or group settings and can be used with males and females. This course, accompanied by the free participant manual (included in course) is a “must-have” tool for clinicians in all treatment settings.

Course objectives:
1. Understand the importance of teaching anger management techniques to clients.
2. Understand events that trigger anger and cues to anger.
3. Learn ways to assist clients in developing an anger control plan.
4. Understand the aggression cycle.
5. Identify appropriate treatment strategies for use in anger management.


Course Description: This course offers a brief overview of depression. Forms and symptoms of depression are presented as well as co-occurring illnesses. Differences by age and gender are discussed along with effective treatments.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the forms and symptoms of depression.
2. Identify illnesses that co-exist with depression.
3. Understand the differences in the way depression is experienced by gender and age.
4. Identify effective treatments for depression.

Course Description: This course presents similarities and differences among all anxiety disorders. Co-occurring disorders are discussed as well as effective treatment methods.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify symptoms of anxiety disorders.
2. Identify other disorders that may occur along with anxiety disorders.
3. Identify effective therapeutic treatments for anxiety disorders.
4. Identify medications that are effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Course Description: This is an excellent course for the novice or the seasoned professional. It provides practical information that can be utilized in any treatment setting. Because alcohol use is prevalent in many clients who present for therapy or exists in the family structure of clients in therapy, it is imperative that therapists have a good working knowledge of techniques to screen for alcohol problems, assess the level of severity, and provide interventions that are brief and effective. This course supplies information on treatments that are effective when the client is present for the sessions as well as effective treatment strategies when the client is not present for therapy. It is a useful course for clinicians who specialize in mental health issues, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify alcohol problems in intimate relationships and family relationships.
2. Utilize tools to conduct effective screening to assess for alcohol problems.
3. Identify appropriate levels of treatment (e.g., outpatient, residential, inpatient) for each client.
4. Provide brief interventions for alcohol problems when the drinker is present.
5. Provide brief interventions for alcohol problems when the drinker is not present.
6. Identify effective treatment modalities for alcohol problems.

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the ways depression presents in females. Problems are identified that are common in female children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Effective treatment strategies involving medication and therapeutic techniques are presented.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify symptoms and forms of depression.
2. Identify causes of depression in females.
3. Understand and identify depression indicators in female children.
4. Understand the unique ways in which depression presents in the adolescent female.
5. Identify problems that are common in depressed adult and elderly women.
6. Assess appropriate treatment strategies for the depressed female.

Course Description: All clients have anger issues and most clients have learned ineffective methods of addressing their anger. Identifying and treating underlying anger issues is essential for progress in therapy. This course addresses anger presentation in all phases of life; presents differences in anger presentation between genders; identifies the crucial link between anger and aggression; and, provides successful treatment methods that can be utilized for anger management.

Course Objectives:
1. Identify the development and causes of anger in clients.
2. Understand gender differences in the experience and expression of anger.
3. Understand differences between state and trait anger.
4. Identify similarities and differences between anger and aggression.
5. Identify effective treatment modalities for anger management.