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Certified Behavioral Health Technician Dates Announced

July 17, 2018

The Academy for Addiction Professionals is pleased and excited to announce our newest Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) course dates. Our next course spans two weekends:

  • Saturday, October 6th, 2018
  • Sunday, October 7th, 2018
  • Saturday, October 13th, 2018
  • Sunday, October 14th, 2018

at our classroom in Fort Lauderdale. We are also pleased to extend our special pricing to students who sign-up and pay in full by September 20.

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Individualized Treatment Plans vs Connecting with A Client

April 22, 2018

Log on to most treatment center’s websites and invariably you will find them touting “individualized treatment plans” as one of the key ingredients that sets their treatment center apart from the countless thousands of others nationwide. On the surface this may seem innovative and downright progressive, but is it really?

Before we dig deeper, bear in mind that individualized care is critical to the success of a client’s time in rehab and it must be considered when entrusting the well-being of your loved one to a particular facility. However, there are, arguably, equally or more important factors to be considered.

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Welcoming Our Newest Instructor – Carlee!

April 12, 2018

Carlee PollardThe 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.

Hiring Recovering Addicts in the Behavior Health Industry

January 31, 2018

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.

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Addiction Professionals: Finding the Right Employer In The Field

January 11, 2018

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.

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Utilization Review: A Day in The Life

November 29, 2017

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.

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Employee Training Options for Facilities

November 14, 2017

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.

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A Day in the Life: Peer Support Specialist

August 8, 2017

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:

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A Day in the Life: Certified Behavioral Health Technician

July 31, 2017

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.

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Scholarships Available for Qualifying Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) Candidates

July 15, 2017

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:

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CBHT Special Pricing

The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (South Florida Location) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.