Certified Alcohol And Drug Counselor (CADC) Training Program


How Catholic Charities Helps


Catholic Charities’ Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) training program provides an introductory and intermediate learning experience in substance abuse counseling, promoting professional development and growth.


The Delaware Certification Board approves the program offered by Catholic Charities as a training center where certification and re-certification credits can be earned.  Catholic Charities is an established leader in Addiction Counselor Training in the State of Delaware. Since 1982, Catholic Charities’ graduates have been making substantial contributions to the addiction treatment field in our communities.


The 48-credit, 16-week course is designed to prepare students to take the written exam required for CADC certification. It also provides a comprehensive foundation in all domains of addiction treatment as well as the opportunity for students to meet and network with other professionals. Most classes have approximately 15 students, offering both the opportunity for individual time with the instructor and a dynamic group experience.


Each 16-week session presents instruction on topics designed to assist counselors in pre-treatment, treatment, and aftercare to improve outcomes and foster long-term, quality recovery for clients. The course addresses the challenges faced in all treatment settings: outpatient, intensive outpatient, inpatient, and case management.


Class topics include:


— The Disease of Addiction with Overview of Treatment Models

— The Assessment Process including Screening, Intake and Orientation

— Assessing and Treating Co-Existing Disorders

— Treatment Planning

— Cultural Competency and Counseling

— Individual Counseling- Motivational Approach

— Group Counseling

— Exploring the Dynamics of Addiction in Families

— Relapse Prevention Counseling

— Case Management and Documentation

— Role of 12 Step Fellowships in Recovery

— Crisis Intervention and Documentation

— Defense Mechanisms and Resistance in Addiction Treatment

— Ethics I

— Code of Ethics II

— Supervision, Consultation and Professional Development



How To Get Help


To see the next Basic Class schedule, click here.

For more information about the program, click here, call Catholic Charities’ Main Office at 302-655-9624, or click here to send an email.

To register for classes, click here to download the registration form and return to Catholic Charities.


How You Can Help


Click here to donate to CADC training using a credit card.  Your donation can help provide scholarship funds for a student who may not be able to afford training.  You may also send a check to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, and designate CADC training on the check memo line.


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