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1,000 Counselors sign up for ICDS Free Webinar - Professional Ethics with Dr. David Powell

The Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies in cooperation with The Arbor, La Hacienda Treatment Center and The Right Step/Spirit Lodge is excited to announce that when enrollment closed over 1,000 counselors have signed up for the first in a series of Free educational webinars. ICDS will be offering both Free and low cost webinars. Check recoverytoday. net often to stay informed when they are scheduled. Our goal is to start by offering at least one monthly for now and increase to a weekly schedule. The next webinar will be Screening/Assessment presented by John Herdman Ph.D. the author of the first through look at the twelve core functions of a counselor. Then in the near future Dr. Powell will return to present a 30 hour course on Clinical Supervision (there will be a minimal fee for this certification training).

Also new at the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies is a CD recovery coaching certification which will be available early spring.

The Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies, a NAADAC approved education provider, sets the standard of excellence in initial, ongoing, and advanced clinical and professional training and development in the field of addiction counseling.

ICDS specializes in four elements of counselor education:

Substance Abuse Counselor Education

Training is offered in a classroom and through distance learning, and on-line. This NAADAC approved training is accepted for certifications and licensures across the country, including LCDC, CADAC, CASAC, CADP and many others.

Counselor CEUs (Continuing Education Units)

ICDS offers CEU Workshops (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio) and online CEUs for certified/licensed counselors. ICDS will also travel to you to provide CEUs.

Additional Certification Courses

Counselors wishing to expand their knowledge can achieve three certifications through ICDS: Certified Preventions Specialist, Clinical Supervision and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist Training and Certified Recovery Coach (coming early spring).

ICRC Test Review and Preparation

The ICRC test is the most common credentialing test for prospective drug and alcohol counselors. ICDS provides quality, comprehensive Workshops and Manuals for the ICRC examination.

ICDS has been training counselors for sixteen years, offering students the option of completing their counselor training on- line via distance learning. This training is also offered in a classroom setting in Texas (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio) and California ( Los Angeles).

ICDS's chemical dependency counselor training gives students the national standard of knowledge, education, and skills to successfully work in the field of chemical dependency and substance abuse counseling.

Our courses are eligible for transfer credit into a number of colleges and universities, including Central Texas College, and The University of Phoenix. For information about our classes and college credit, visit our website

Career InfoNet reports that substance abuse counselor jobs in Texas will increase by 35 percent over the next six years.

"There are more counselors retiring than there are entering the field, plus there is an increasing need for counselors as addiction treatment becomes more accepted," "With the national exposure that substance abuse is given in todays world be it through alcoholic characters on television, drug abusing celebrities the news media, or prescription drug addicted individuals sharing their stories on Oprah, people are becoming more familiar with it. Drug and alcohol addiction effects a broad spectrum of people and is not isolated to certain socio- economic populations. Addictions happens in all types of families, it's not something to be ashamed of."

"Treating substance abuse is a field where a great number of professionals are needed and we have the ability to train them, the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies just increases the options for those wanting to make additional progress in this field."

The Department of Defense will cover educational expenses up to $6000.00 for military spouses. Persons interested or seeking additional information (including completing an application) about this program should contact the Military One Source office at 800-342-9647 and ask for a counselor with the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Program. For specific information about this training go to www.

About the Author

Greg Lovelidge is the founded ICDS the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies in 1992, He now serves as President. Greg has also been the publisher of Recovery Today since 1995. During that time he has held many leadership positions in the profession of chemical dependency counseling. He now serves as regional Vice President of NAADAC.

Comments (4)
4 Monday, 13 July 2015 21:58
kathy rainwater
I am interested in online webinars that are NBCC approved. Approval needs to be on the Certificate of Completion. please email the date & time to
3 Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:23
Kenneth Wayne McCown
I am interested in online webinars that are NBCC approved. Approval needs to be on the Certificate of Completion. Can you help me?
2 Monday, 25 June 2012 18:32
Tonya Clifton
I would like to be involved in the next training course for recovery coaching. Thank You

1 Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:53
Jerry Cash
I am interested in attending the next seminar.

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