The Academy for Addiction Professionals is very excited to welcome Carlee Pollard to our family of instructors. Carlee is currently a BHT at Destination Hope, a South Florida treatment center, where she assists the psychiatric ARNP and nursing staff in the medical department
Carlee was inspired to become a part of the treatment industry, in part, by her father, who has spent over 40 years of his career in the field. Her brother also works for a detox center in Southern California.
Carlee also takes a keen interest in health and fitness. She is an NASM certified personal trainer, fitness nutrition specialist, and CrossFit coach.
Carlee is currently teaching her first CBHT class and we look forward to having you meet her at an upcoming Certified Behavioral Health Technician weekend session in our classroom.
One of the most unique parts of the behavioral health Industry is the fact that those recovering from substance abuse problems have excellent job prospects within the industry. In fact, the experience of having been addicted to, and then recovering from, a drug of choice is often an experiential quality that employers are looking for. Indeed, recovering addicts can offer a wealth of first-hand experience that can help other patients find hope in a seemingly bleak situation. Further, employment in the industry allows the recovering addict to have a second chance, while also helping those experiencing the darkest moments of their lives.
Once a candidate has completed their education and received their addiction certification, the hunt for a job is on. Many of our students are surprised to see how strong the demand is for their qualifications, as demand for certified professionals in the addiction field is high. And while it may be exciting to be in demand, this is where the hard decisions have to be made. Not all addiction treatment facilities are created equally and not all will be appropriate for every employee.
When prospective candidates consider the addiction treatment industry, they are often amazed at how many different job responsibilities exist in a treatment center. Of course, there is management, medical staff and behavioral tech, but other administrative positions, such as utilization review managers, make a huge difference in the continued operation treatment program.
The Academy for Addiction Professionals has always been proud of our relationships with treatment centers across Florida and throughout the nation. We appreciate the trust they place in our programs to educate their employees. Oftentimes, whether at our classrooms or on-site, facilities have to set aside their employees’ time, usually all at once, to ensure they receive the appropriate continuing education.
Peer support in addiction treatment is neither a new nor controversial concept. Indeed, it represents a proven benefit to those in recovery. Peer support specialists are those who may or may not have been affected by drug use, but have the willingness and ability to offer social support for those starting their recovery. Peer support specialist may be volunteers or professionals and are often people who have had a great success in recovery themselves.
The peers support specialist is not a clinical role, however the services they offer can make the therapeutic process more successful. The peer support specialist has four main roles:
The Certified Behavioral Health Technician or CBHT is one of the most important and frankly, underappreciated jobs in the addiction treatment industry. From a certification standpoint, it represents both an entry-level designation, but also an incredibly valuable way to gain firsthand experience into the workings of a treatment program.
CBHTs are at the front lines of treatment. They are typically the employees tasked with transporting and supervising clients when they are not actively participating in the treatment process (group therapy, individual therapy, etc.). They will ensure that all activities outside of the treatment program proceed as planned. BHTs will also assist counselors in their day-to-day clinical work with the clients. BHTs may have day or night shifts, as clients will require 24/7 monitoring.
The New York Certification Association has recently begun offering certification for the Recovery Peer Advocate. The CRPA’s services rendered at qualifying facilities may be reimbursed by Medicaid. Indeed, peer recovery services represent a growing and important part of the recovery process.
In addition, through the NYS OASAS and NYC, scholarships for qualifying candidates are available for:
We receive inquiries from around the country by students interested in taking our courses, but not knowing how they will reciprocate in their state or country. It is often difficult to decipher the educational requirements as they can vary widely between states. Indeed, no two state governing bodies in the field are the same. To that end, we try to help our prospective students understand their options to get the training they need for their local certification. For those interested in Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) or Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) programs, there is good news.
The Florida Certification Board recently announced that they will be offering qualified students with appropriate financial documentation a waiver of the application and exam fees normally imposed on the CRRS course.
This waiver, or scholarship, will hopefully have the effect of encouraging prospective support specialist to follow through with their application and get their certification.
To learn more about whether you meet the qualification criteria necessary to receive the fee waiver, please visit The Florida Certification Board at:
The application for the scholarship is a simple one page form and does not require any supporting documentation upon submission.