Volume 39 | May 2023

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Greetings CADTP,

We are thrilled to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter, packed with valuable resources and insightful articles to support your work in SUD counseling.

May Newsletter Contents

  • Dive into our Spring Conference Roundup, accompanied by captivating event photos that encapsulate the spirit of the gathering.
  • Discover strategies and insights to enhance your cultural competence and better serve diverse populations with the article, "Embracing Diversity: Cultural Competence in SUD Counseling."
  • Discover a powerful new resource, the Shatterproof Treatment Atlas.
  • Download the Mental Health Month Toolkit from Mental Health America.

You will also find training opportunities and certified CEU and Education providers. Stay ahead of the curve and expand your knowledge through these valuable programs.

Thank you for your dedication and unwavering commitment to helping those affected by substance use disorders. We hope this newsletter provides you with the insights and tools you need to excel in your role as an SUD counselor.

Best regards,

The CADTP Certification Board and Staff

Feature Articles

CADTP Spring Conference Roundup

The Embassy Suites in La Quinta, CA shone brightly as the host of the highly anticipated CADTP Spring Conference held on May 17-18, 2023. Boasting an exceptional lineup of presenters, a packed venue, and enthusiastic sponsors, the event achieved resounding success.

Participants unanimously praised the conference, attributing its top-notch rating to the captivating presenters, the splendid hotel, and the valuable connections established with fellow SUD Professionals. Read the rest of the article and see event photos here.

CADTP DUI MAT and Wholehearted Teams

Become an SUD Counselor

If you are ready to become a registered SUD Counselor and begin working with clients, CADTP has your back!

Before being employed as a counselor in a DHCS licensed or certified program an applicant must register as a Substance Use Disorder Registered Counselor (SUDRC). Substance Use Disorder Counselor Certification is required by law for all those who provide counseling services in any program that is licensed or certified by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

CADTP provides all registration and certification services to SUD counselors throughout California. CADTP is one of three SUD counselor certifying organizations recognized by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Licensing and Certification Division (LCD). As required in the regulations, all certifying agencies are currently accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), a part of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

CADTP offers low-cost services and knowledgeable and friendly customer service for all your SUD Counselor registration and certification needs! To learn more and download an application for registration, click here: CADTP SUDRC Registration

Embracing Diversity: Cultural Competence in SUD Counseling

Cultural competence is an indispensable aspect of Substance Use Disorder counseling in California. By understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds, SUD counselors can deliver personalized and effective treatment that meets the unique needs of each individual.

In the diverse landscape of California, providing effective Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counseling requires more than just clinical expertise. It demands a deep understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural backgrounds that shape individuals’ experiences with addiction and recovery. Cultural competence in SUD counseling plays a vital role in ensuring that individuals receive personalized and effective treatment that respects their unique identities and backgrounds. Let’s explore the importance of cultural competence and how it enhances SUD counseling services in California. We invite you to read the rest of the article here.

Training Opportunities

Title 9 Regulations for Program for Alcohol and Drug-Impaired Drivers

with Barbara Aday-Garcia, CADTP Executive Director

September 22, 2023 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hilton Arden West, Sacramento

The event is a training on the California Code of Regulations, Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 3, Programs for Alcohol and Drug Impaired Drivers which is open to any SUD Treatment Program and DUI Program stakeholders. The training will provide an interactive overview of key sections of Title 9, Chapter 3. Attendees will earn Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor continuing education hours (CEU’s), a light morning refreshment and lunch will be provided.

Register Today!

Clinical Supervision of Substance Use Disorder Counselors

With Dr. Nola Veazie

August 4, 2023 • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

California Endowment Center, Los Angeles

This cognitive behavioral training delineates the difference between administrative and clinical supervision. The training uses techniques created by Rollnick and Miller (Miller & Moyers, 2006) to help supervisors conceptualize training based on team member’s stage of development; readiness to improve performance, and sustained behavioral change. The training accomplishes this through the use of exercises and case studies that allows participants to practice newly acquired skills. Attendees will earn Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor continuing education hours (CEU’s), a light morning refreshment and lunch will be provided.

Register Today!

CADTP Best Practice Suggestions for DUI Services Via Live Virtual Platforms

Virtual Session

June 2, 2023 • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) presents updated Best Practice suggestions. DUI Programs that provided DUI Services via live virtual services during the COVID-19 pandemic met and created the Best Practices. As the pandemic ends, CADTP has updated the Best Practice Suggestions to ensure lasting quality DUI Program services utilizing Live Virtual Services that follow DUI Program regulations and generally accepted guidelines and platforms for telehealth.

Advance registration is required. 1.5 CEU will be free for those attending the entire session and completing the post-webinar survey.

Register for this Virtual Session Today!

Suicide Prevention Workshop: Assessment, Prevention, Collaborative Safety Planning, & Linkage to Resources

A Virtual Workshop

Day 1: July 25, 2023 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Day 2: July 26, 2023 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Questions for your clinical practice:

  • Do you work with clients who struggle with suicidal ideation?
  • Are you interested in learning about effective strategies to prevent suicide?
  • Do you want to learn how to write effective safety plans that support your clients during times of distress?

Join us! Our virtual workshop will provide you with valuable answers and guide you with next steps for changing your practice.

Register Here!

Education and CEU Providers

The Breining Institute offers both SUD Counseling education and continuing education, online and classroom.

Visit the Breining Institute

AGMC provides online training and CEUs for California SUD Counselors. Low-cost with audio available!

Visit AGMC-Services

All CEUs offers online and on-demand training internationally. Make sure to enter your State when searching for courses.

Visit AllCEUs.com
Become a CADTP Approved CEU Provider
Resources for the SUD Counselor

Shatterproof Launches its Free SUD Treatment Locator in California

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of addiction treatment, reduce the stigma of addiction, educate the public and advocate for change. Shatterproof’s Treatment Atlas (TreatmentATLAS.org) is a best-in-class web-based platform designed to help guide individuals to find appropriate care for substance use disorders. A consumer-friendly needs assessment (developed in collaboration with the American Society for Addiction Medicine) and robust filtering tools help people find treatment appropriate to the needs of the individual. Atlas users can assess treatment options based on patient reviews and the extent to which treatment facilities are aligned with Shatterproof National Principles of Care. Atlas is currently available in English and Spanish and includes providers in eleven states – CA, DE, FL, LA, MA, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, and WV – with three more to be added in 2023. 


Atlas is a trusted resource to help ease the process of finding high-quality care for all those seeking treatment, be it for themselves or a loved one. For more information, visit TreatmentATLAS.org.

Minority Recruitment for the 21st Century: An Environmental Scan


Partners for Recovery Supporting Our Greatest Resource: Addressing Substance Use, Misuse and Relapse in the Addiction Treatment Workforce


Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors Website

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

A Message and A Toolkit from Mental Health America

Mental Health Month is in full swing! To get the most out of MHA's free resources, make sure you download your copy of the 2023 May is Mental Health Month toolkit.


This year our theme is Look Around, Look Within. As humans, our overall health is significantly impacted by our natural and built environment. The places we live, work, play, and congregate all have a powerful influence on our well-being, and it's important to consider their effects on our mental health. We invite you to Look Around, Look Within with the free 2023 May is Mental Health Month toolkit.


Through fact sheets, worksheets, sample communications materials, and sample social media, we cover the following topics:


  • What is a mentally healthy and safe space?
  • How can I change my surroundings to support my mental health?
  • What if I can’t control or change something unhealthy about my surroundings?

To download the resource toolkit, click on this LINK FOR MHA TOOLKIT and enter your email address. It will be emailed directly to you!

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