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VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

A Researched-based, Experiential Model for Teaching a Required Addictive Behaviors Course to Clinical Counseling Students

Mark T. Blagen


In the last year, an article published in both Counselor Education and Supervision (Salyers, Ritchie, Luellen & Roseman, 2005) and Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling (Salyers, et al., 2006), highlighted the important issue of including an addictive behaviors course as a CACREP requirement. As many counseling programs consider moving to 60 semester hours and as state licensing requirements and other factors influence CACREP and non-CACREP programs to require an addictive behaviors course, several important factors must be considered. This article discusses one of these important factors and describes a researched-based model that has been effective in addressing this factor.

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