The University of Idaho (UI) Addictions Program is a member of the Idaho Educators in Addictions Studies (IDEAS!) Consortium. This group includes members from the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, Boise State University, Lewis Clark State College, the College of Southern Idaho, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho State Addictions Licensing Board, and Treatment Providers. The goal of this group is to develop a unified curriculum across Idaho State and provide quality training to individuals who wish to pursue addictions training.
This website is broken into several sections. These include classes you will need to take to prepare you to become an Idaho Student in Addictions Studies (ISAS) which is the entry level to addictions counseling. It also includes courses which you will need to complete to become a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) or a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) degree. The University of Idaho through the Department of Psychology currently offers courses needed for certification in each of these areas.
All certification areas are set up to be completed in 1.5 - 2 years (if one only take classes in a "live" format). However, many of the courses are offered on - line as well. Thus, you can compete the educational requirements faster. Do not be fooled by this format. Student evaluations indicate that many on-line classes are rigorous, or even more rigorous as the "live" classes. We also update the class every time it is taught. We use both a standard website and Blackboard model to teach these classes.
The website also provides information related to certification in Idaho and Washington.
The website also provides a variety of links to agencies involved with addictions training including universities, institutes, and regional training authorities. It also has links to government agencies and credentialing programs offered by a variety of organizations.
Finally, the website provides contact information for instructors of the courses, the director, and other individuals.
We hope you find the information useful and helpful for decisions related to addictions counseling.