Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference in Substance Abuse Specific Training and General Skill Building training?

  • Substance abuse specific training is education which directly addresses content focused upon alcohol and other drugs and the substance abusing population and is provided for substance abuse professionals by one whose expertise is in the field of alcohol and other drugs. It also includes any training that covers the required specialty topics necessary for credentialing and renewal (i.e., HIV/AIDS, Ethics, Nicotine Dependence, Psychopathology, Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches, Substance Use Disorder Issues in Older Adults, Substance Use Disorder Issues Affecting Veterans, and Substance Use Disorders and Domestic Violence).
  • General Skill Building training is any training provided to enhance the professional skills of the participants and is provided by a competent professional in the area of the training.

What do the different abbreviations mean and what does each category cover?

  • SS – Substance Abuse Specific – these are courses that deal specifically with substance abuse
  • GSB – General Skill Building – these are courses that deal with skills that are not substance abuse specific but that are related to counseling skills used with the substance use disorder arena
  • HIV/AIDS –this also includes blood borne pathogens, STDs and TB
  • ETHICS –these must be clinical ethics topics such as HIPAA, confidentiality, boundaries, dual relationships, etc.
  • ND – Nicotine Dependence – this includes courses that deal with cigarettes, e-cigs, vaping, etc
  • PSY – Psychopathology – co-occurring disorders
  • EBT – Evidence-based treatment – examples are MI, ASAM, LOCAS, CBT, DBT, DSM, person centered planning, and intensive outpatient treatment
  • SUDE (formerly SAOA) – Substance Use Disorders and the Elderly
  • SUDE (formerly SAV) – Substance Use Disorders and Veterans
  • DV – Substance Use Disorders and Domestic Violence
  • CSS – Clinical Supervision Specific – these are courses that deal with the skills necessary to supervise other counselors

Is a webinar considered an online training?

  • A webinar that is interactive (the attendees can ask questions and participate in discussions in real time) is considered an in-person training.
  • A webinar that has been recorded and is available for viewing but is NOT interactive is considered an online training.

How long is an approval code valid?

  • Approval codes are valid for one year from the date they are issued and are good for all presentations within that year provided there are no changes in presenter, method (online vs. in-person) or content.  If there are any changes, a new approval request needs to be submitted.