Substance Abuse Counselor Training in Louisiana - LA
By Laura Wrede, allied health world contributing writer
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The health industry is a wide-open field with many options far beyond the more common careers such as nurse or doctor. One such option is a field that is growing at a faster pace than many of its counterparts: substance abuse counselor.
There are various designations and levels of certification to choose from when entering substance abuse counselor training in Louisiana. Many students wishing to gain the greatest market advantage will choose to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC). This career track will require the student to complete a post- graduate degree from an accredited university or college.
The degree will focus on human services, according to the Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (LADRA). Your education will incorporate classroom instruction with direct supervised experience in the counseling industry, including a “three hundred hour practicum in the core functions and global criteria” (LADRA).
Your in-class education begins with basic curriculum in general education such as science, math, and language. The bulk of your education, however, will center on developing the necessary skills and qualifications needed as a substance abuse counselor. During your education, you can expect to receive training in these following areas:
- Nature of addiction, behaviors, and dynamics
- Crisis intervention
- Substance abuse identification methodologies
- Treatment models for abuse
- Prevention/treatment resources
- Professional ethics
- Law and regulations pertaining to substance abuse