Volume 52 |June 2024

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Hello CADTP,

Welcome to the CADTP Counselors' Newsletter tailored for California Substance Use Disorder Professionals. In this edition, you will find:

  • Leveraging Enterprise Agility in the Addiction Treatment Field by Dr. Nola Veazie
  • Introducing Our New Registrant Liaison, Shamra Butler
  • Training Opportunities
  • Featured CEU Provider
  • Resources for the SUD Counselor

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The CADTP Certification Board and Staff

Feature Articles

Leveraging Enterprise Agility in the Addiction Treatment Field

By Dr. Nola Veazie

CEO, V-Solutions Consulting

The addiction treatment field faces dynamic challenges that require adaptive and responsive approaches. With the rising complexity of addiction issues and the rapid evolution of treatment methodologies, leveraging enterprise agility can significantly enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of addiction services, especially treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders. Enterprise agility, traditionally a concept rooted in the tech and business sectors, refers to an organization's ability to rapidly adapt to market changes, respond to emerging opportunities, and innovate continuously. Integrating these principles into the addiction field can drive substantial improvements in patient outcomes and organizational performance.

Read the Article Here

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AOD Test Preparation 101: A Guide for Addiction Counselors

The AOD certification exam is a fundamental part of the professionalization of addiction counselors. Certification and licensure ensure that counselors meet specific educational and training requirements and demonstrate competence in the field. This key requirement ensures that clients receive quality care and best practice intervention. AOD Test Preparation 101: A Guide for Addiction Counselors is a repository of information to prepare individuals preparing for certification/licensure.

This book outlines the 12-core functions and 46 global criteria, ethics, addiction models, counseling theories, co-occurring disorders, medication class and the effects of psychoactive drugs on the central nervous system in an innovative way. This book uses learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) to craft the best way to present information for different learners.

Introducing Our New CADTP Registrant Liaison

Let us support you on your journey to certification!

Meet Shamra Butler, a certified Certification Specialist who has been an integral part of the CADTP team for over five years. Perhaps you have even talked to her yourself!

Known for her dedication and deep expertise in the certification process, Shamra has played a pivotal role in supporting Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselors through their registration and certification journeys. With her approachable customer service and extensive knowledge of necessary resources, Shamra was the ideal choice to lead CADTP's newly established Registrant Liaison Program.

To give you a closer look at what the Registrant Liaison Program offers and how it can assist you, we had a detailed conversation with Shamra. Here’s what she had to say:

Shamra Butler

Registrant Liaison

Certification Specialist

Q & A with Shamra Butler, Registrant Liaison

What is the Registrant Liaison Program?

Shamra: The program is designed to help all CADTP Registrants overcome barriers they are having with their certification journey by providing support and services needed to achieve certification.

What services does the Registrant Liaison Program offer to CADTP Registered Counselors?

Shamra: Services include support, guidance, financial scholarships if qualified, collaboration with SUD educators to help registrants complete their required education, test prep materials, test prep classes, support with renewals, hardships, and CEU issues.

Tell me about the financial help available through this new program?

Shamra: Financial support may include application fees paid, education costs, test prep materials, and classes.

Since launching the program on May 1, 2024, what have you noticed as the major roadblocks for Registered Counselors who are working to become certified?

Shamra: Major barriers are by far the fees to become certified. This is an issue with almost all counselors I speak with. Feeling unprepared to take the certification exam, which includes test prep materials, how to study, what to study, and test prep classes are the next barrier.

Can ALL SUD Counselors in California participate in the Registrant Liaison Program?

Shamra: The program is designed and funded for CADTP registrants only. You must have a CADTP SUDRC number. If expired, the program can help to bring registration current.

What are the benefits of being a Certified SUD Counselor?

Shamra: Certification allows a counselor to increase their salary, become a supervisor, mentor, and supervise registered counselors.

What advice do you have for Registered SUD Counselors who are seeking certification?

Shamra: Being a SUDRC, any registrant seeking certification should meet with me. Sometimes maneuvering the process of becoming certified can be daunting. We can assess where they are at, explore financial scholarship opportunities, and make a custom-designed plan for their journey.

Meet with the Registrant Liaison

The Registrant Liaison Program is part of the DHCS Behavioral Health Workforce Development (BHWD) Project No: 22-20574, which supports the growth of California's Behavioral Health Workforce.

Schedule Your Virtual Consultation Today!

Experience unparalleled support through your certification journey with our expert Registrant Liaison, Shamra Butler.

At the CADTP's Registrant Liaison Program, we're committed to helping you overcome any barriers you may encounter—from fulfilling educational requirements to achieving exam readiness. Our comprehensive services are tailored to guide you every step of the way. Whether it’s navigating the complexities of the certification process, sourcing the right educational options, finding the best exam study materials, or addressing financial concerns, we’ve got you covered.

With the Registrant Liaison Program, you’ll receive a Personalized Plan designed to fit your unique needs, Virtual Consultations to keep you on track, and Financial Support to ensure affordability. Let us help you simplify the path to becoming a certified SUD counselor. Download the Flyer

CEU Provider Spotlight

AGMC Services Online Training for SUD Counselors

AGMC Services offers continuing education (CE) courses for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors, approved by CADTP and CCAPP, California Counselor Certifying Agencies. Online courses include easy to navigate platform, audio, certificates, and CEUs.

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Registrant Orientation

SUD Counselor Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries

All California certifying agencies require new SUD Counselor Registrants to complete 9-hours of CE on the combined topics of ethics, confidentiality, and boundaries, and submit proof of completion with the initial registration application. This course fulfills the 9-hour requirement. $28.00 Course Link

Registrant Renewal

SUD Counselor Ethics, Confidentiality, and Boundaries

All California certifying agencies require SUD Counselor Registrants to complete 6-hours of continuing education on the combined topics of ethics and confidentiality. Documentation of completion must be submitted with the registration renewal application. This course fulfills the 6-hour requirement. $15.00 Course Link

Training Opportunity

Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing

July 10, 15, & 16, 2024 -9 AM to 12 PM (PST) 

Meet your clients where they are and use Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Harm Reduction to explore meaningful ways to collaborate, support your clients, and promote change. An Interactive Virtual Workshop with Limited Capacity Designed to Create a Learning Environment that Allows for Practice and Development of Practical Skills. Register Here

Naloxone Training

Naloxone training is offered as a full module or as separate mini-modules and patient cases. Choose one or more of the mini-modules or patient cases if you prefer a quick training to focus on a specific topic or to improve a skill. Earn continuing education credits (CE) after completing the full module.

CDC: Free Training with CEUs

Resources for the SUD Counselor

CADTP Counselors’ Webinar Series available on CADTP Counselors' Website!

LA County offers a Tuition Incentive Program (TIP) for new SUD Counselors. Learn More here: Tuition Incentive for SUD Counselors

This Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) reviews the use of the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications used to treat OUD—methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine—and the other strategies and services needed to support recovery for people with OUD. TIP 63

More GREAT Books by Dr. Nola Veazie

Available on Amazon and Audible in Hard Copy and Audio

Be A Thermostat Anger Management Workbook uses a number of Cognitive Behavioral exercises to help individuals regulate their emotions. Order Here

She! A Puzzle Undone is a riveting, thought provoking tale of human emotions that portrays the strength and frailty of the character as she navigates the dark waters of mental illness. Order Here

Relapse Prevention 101 is a basic, client focused approach to substance abuse intervention. Order Here

Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors Website

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