101482: The Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference

About the Course:

The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference offers a comprehensive compilation of information covering the full spectrum of addictive disorders, their consequences, and treatment. It includes detailed definitions and practical illustrations of addiction-related terminology; addictive disorders and behaviors; descriptions of treatment models and techniques. It provides this information in a convenient and accessible format, giving addiction treatment professionals a vital quick reference tool for daily use. This course covers Part I to Part VI only.


John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication Date:



Robert Holman Coombs, Ph.D.; William A. Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D.

About the Authors:

Robert Holman Coombs, Ph.D., is a Professor of Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA School of Medicine, a Certified Addiction Specialist (CAS), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, he serves on the International Advisory Committee of the American Academy of Healthcare Providers in the Addictive Disorders

WIlliam A, Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D., is a faculty member of the Nova Scotia Community College School of Human Services. He is an Internationally Certified Addiction Specialist (ICAS).

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about a helpful desk reference for addiction counselors. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the abused substances and their effects.

  2. Recognize the basic concepts that underlie addiction.

  3. Identify the resources available for treatment planning and diagnostic assessment.

  4. Describe the different types of clinical models and counseling techniques.

  5. Explain the treatment resources for helping addicted clients such as addiction recovery tools and programs.

  6. Discuss professional management skills and responsibilities, such as how to handle crisis and difficult clients.

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