Substance Abuse Counselor Training in West Virginia - WV

Training to become a substance abuse counselor is offered through a number of programs of education throughout West Virginia, both at campus locations as well as through Web learning. As part of the learning experience, students should strive to ensure that their curriculum includes the following 12 IC&RC Counselor Core Functions.

  • Screening to determine the client's appropriateness for admission or referral to a particular program while identifying potential coexisting conditions that may impact professional assessment and services.
  • Administrative and initial assessment for admission to a program.
  • Orient the client to the general nature and goals of the program, along with rules and regulations.
  • Assessment to evaluate an individual’s strengths, weaknesses, problems to develop a treatment plan.
  • Develop a written treatment plan, including immediate and long-term goals
  • Counseling individuals, groups, and significant others.
  • Case management within a planned framework of action toward established goals.
  • Crisis Intervention, including recognizing the elements of the client’s crisis and implementing an immediate course of action appropriate to the crisis.
  • Client education concerning drug abuse and the available services and resources.
  • Referrals to available support systems.
  • Reporting accurate and up-to-date information about the assessment and progress of the treatment plan and all relevant information.
  • Consultation with other professionals

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