Substance abuse and drug addiction are worldwide societal problems that impact the health and well beginning of nearly everyone in some way. The need for well trained, and competent substance abuse treatment professionals is growing rapidly. In fact, substance abuse counseling is one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of labor. They predict job growth in substance abuse counseling to be 20% by 2016. In addition, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that, by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. Drug deaths already outnumber traffic fatalities in the U.S.
In order to meet the increasing need for well trained professionals in the field of substance abuse counseling, the Addictions Training Institute was founded. Our mission is to make the world a better place by training the people who help others.
With this in mind, we have developed a training program that is aligned with the standards set forth by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).
Certification and licensing is conducted on a state by state basis, however, ATI developed its training program around the IC&RC standards which are used by 76 boards, including 47 U.S. states and territories and all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Eligibility requirements and application processes are determined by each individual board.
The Addictions Training Institute (ATI) was created to provide students with an affordable and flexible way to complete the required training to become a certified drug counselor.
All courses are fully online (with the exception of a practicum course which may be required by your state board). Courses are 8 weeks in duration and require interaction online and via teleconference each week. Assignments, lecture notes, quizzes and web resources are all provided to you at the beginning of a course and are available to you at any time. So you can plan your study and work around your schedule. The courses are structured, with due dates and schedules for completing assignments, so you are not left to figure out everything for yourself. Weekly teleconferences occur, so that you can speak one on one with your instructor, ask questions and get feedback. All of our courses are designed to enhance learning, unlike your experience in a traditional school, you have multiple chances to pass a quiz. We use application assignments to help you apply what you have read in the books to real life clinical situations.
We only use instructors with both academic credentials and experience working in the field of substance abuse, so you know you are learning from a seasoned professional. We have also based our curriculum and required readings around the books used to develop the IC & RC exam. You are learning from the same sources that are used to develop the credentialing examination.
Becoming credentialed is the best way to demonstrate your competency, skills, and knowledge as a prevention, substance use treatment, or recovery professional. You can have a better life by helping others recover from addiction.