Trinity Counseling School


Online Curriculum


26 weeks – Online


Addiction / Psychology


Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent, 

completion of entrance application, approval and 

acceptance letter from Freedom Through Healing.

Overview & Introduction to Registered Addiction Specialist Training

  • Trinity In HIS House Foundation, Inc., and the State of California Requirements for the Registered Addiction Specialist training are combined in this 26-week training course.   
  • Class meets online every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m., and one Saturday of the month from 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.   

The Registered Addictions Specialist Training Requirements include: 

  • 1.  Students must meet prerequisite requirements. Documents must be received and approved before potential students can enroll.  The Program registration fee $300. The Registered Addiction Specialist Training Program of 15 courses is $2,900.  


    2. Successful completion of 155 hours of course training related to AOD counseling must be completed. (Transfer credit can be granted on the basis of accredited courses reflected in SEALED Official Transcripts) received from other educational institutions.  It is each student’s responsibility to request and submit transcripts at the time of application. 


    3. Successful completion of a minimum of 160 documented hours of supervised AOD training based on the curriculum contained in the TAP 21 and supervised on-site by an AOD counselor who has been licensed or certified pursuant to Title 9, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sub-chapter 3(Sub-chapter 2 is for counselors working in an AOD treatment program. 


    4.  Verified documentation of successful completion of an additional 2,080 or more documented hours of paid or unpaid work experience providing counseling services in an AOD program prior to, after, or at the same time as completion of the education required and the supervised AOD training required in (a) and (b) of the regulations.   


    5. In all methods of training, in order to receive the professional Registered Addiction Specialist Credentials, the RAS Exam must be taken, and 2080 hours of field experience with 160 of those hours being under direct supervision must be accomplished. 


    6. Obtain a score of at least seventy percent (70%) on a written or oral examination approved by the certifying organization. 


    7. Sign a statement documenting whether his/her prior certification as an AOD counselor has ever been revoked. 


    8. Sign an agreement to abide by the certifying organization’s code of conduct, developed pursuant to Section 13060 of the regulations. 


    Class Requirements and Supplies: In order to attain the knowledge necessary to counsel people suffering from addiction each student is required to attend each class meeting prepared to actively participate in class activities.  Active participation includes participating in class discussions, assignments (reading and written), and the submission of homework on time. 



    All students will need a personal computer, laptop, typewriter or access to one.  Handwritten papers will not be accepted, unless it is an in-class assignment. Writing paper and writing pen/pencil and assigned textbooks. 


    In Class and Homework Assignments  

    There will be weekly assignments either in class or assigned as homework.  In class assignments are due at the end of class.  Homework assignments are due at the beginning of the next class via email, unless otherwise stated.  Late assignments will be marked down from its original grade for every day that it is late.  If you have a situation that prevents you from completing an assignment on time and within a reasonable amount of make-up time, please discuss privately with the instructor.  Assignments are to be typed (handwritten assignments will not be accepted). 



    There will be approximately, four (4) exams, with one being a comprehensive take home exam and weekly quizzes.  Students will have one week to complete the exam.  


    Grading System 

    Students will be graded on their class attendance, class participation, assignments including exams and quizzes.   


    Required Text: The Addiction Professional 

    One text is required for the class.  However, it is strongly suggested that other reading relative to the course is done on your own. 


16 Lectures 1:40 :23

Introduction to Certified Drug, Alcohol, Addictions Counselor

Requirements for State Certification

Disease Concept of Addiction (Definition and Description)

Understanding Theories of Addiction
Facts of Substance Abuse, Other Addictions and Special Populations

Goal: To ensure that individuals understand the disease concept of addiction, the body of rules ideals
and principles as they relate to addiction, dispel myths about who is addicted and ensure individuals
understand counseling certification, re-certification requirements.

Chapters 1, 2, 11,

Depressants (Downers)
Stimulants (Uppers)
Hallucinogens (Psychedelics)
Pain Killers

Goal: To provide individuals with a concise, nontechnical understanding of the actions, uses and side
effects of psychoactive drugs in the body.

Chapters 12, 13, 14 and The MAT Counselor

Stages of Change (Di Clemente)
Crisis Intervention (cover the Johnson Institute process)

Goal: To provide individuals with an understanding of a process of considering each presenting problem,
where the client is right now regarding the stage of change continuum. Provide individuals with a crisis
intervention process that is client and family sensitive.

Chapters 8, 22, Handouts

Client Education and Orientation
Screening, Intake, Assessments (ASI, Psychosocial)
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

Goal: To ensure individuals understand the importance of orienting and educating clients, family, and
significant others about addictions, the program requirements, confidentiality laws, and the process for
assuring clients are appropriate for the level of service.

Chapters 9, 10, and 33

Progress Notes
Linked Referrals

Goal: To ensure individuals have an understanding and knowledge of industry standard, the importance
of ensuring accuracy and follow-up to the client sustaining recovery.

Handouts, Industry Experience

Treatment Plan
30 Day/Re-assessment
60 Day/Re-assessment
Discharge Planning

Goal: To ensure individuals understand and know that the treatment plan drives the treatment.

Handouts, Industry Experience

Case Management
Co-occurring Disorders
Managing the Clients’ Needs
Resources (Community, within the Church/Organization)
Linked Referrals

Goal: To ensure that individuals have the understanding and knowledge that client-centered counseling
means being aware of the basic needs of the client and having knowledge to community resources.

Chapters 3, 7, and 35

Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Medically Assisted Therapy
Urine Analysis
Crisis Intervention

Integrating Spirituality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Counseling Service
Goal: To ensure that individuals understand that one size fits all counseling is not appropriate for clientcentered counseling.

Chapters 8, 14, 20, and 31

Counseling Skills & Techniques
Significant Others

Goal: To ensure that the individual understand and has the knowledge of how to conduct counseling
sessions and techniques that work in the various settings.

Chapters 4, 5, 6, 24, 25, and 26

Case Conferences

Goal: To ensure that the individuals gain knowledge and understanding of why case conferences are
conducted, how they are to be conducted and who should be included in the case conference.

Handouts, Role Plays, Industry Experience

Other Forms of Addictions
Internet Sex

Goal: To ensure individuals have understanding and knowledge of other types of addictions that may
cause problem areas in the lives of clients.

Chapters 16, 18, 19, 21

Eating Disorders
Compulsive Eating

Goal: To provide knowledge and understanding about what the counselor can do to help, what to expect
from the eating disordered person, and what sort of support is available during this difficult time.

Chapter 17

HIV/AIDS and STDs and Other Communicable Diseases
Goal: To ensure that individuals understand and have knowledge of communicable diseases and how
these diseases are transmitted.

Chapter 15, Industry Experience

Ethics Roles and Professional Responsibilities, Personal Growth
Goal: To ensure that individuals understand and have the knowledge of the ethics in counseling and
their professional responsibility.

Chapters 23, 28, 29, 31, and 33

Burnout and Self Care

Goal: To ensure individuals understand and have knowledge of the importance of Self-care as a means
to prevent burnout.

Chapter 30

Field Experience, Sexual Harassment

Goal: To provide supervised field experience in a counseling/treatment setting.

Chapter 35 and Internship (In community organizations)

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    Lectures: 16

    Skill Level: Begginer

    Language: English 

    Duration: 40.23

    1,625 Students Enrolled

    Instructor Info

    Jenell Ross

    Behavioral Therapist