Alcohol & Drug Professionals Workforce Development Resources

The Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs is committed to supporting the development and maintenance of a qualified and competent workforce. This page provides information on training and continuing education resources and credentialing information for alcohol and drug prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals and volunteers.

Training and Continuing Education Resources

Vermont, regional, and national organizations offer workforce development resources for alcohol & drug professionals and for those interested in entering the field. These resources include webinars, trainings, conferences, and learning communities.

Vermont Resources

Center for Health and Learning

Center for Health and Learning (CHL) is committed to high quality professional development offerings in the area of alcohol, tobacco and other drug education. A series of offerings provides school, community providers and employers with current knowledge and skills related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Professional development, ranging from staff updates to continuing education by design, are facilitated in a face-to-face format or online.

CHL offers:
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Education (K-12) Two Hour Online Short Course;
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Education (K-12) Six Week Graduate Credit Online Course; and
Trainings on research-based curricula that support pre-K-12 ATOD education in schools.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education
Trainings & Events Calendar

Prevention Education Advocacy Recovery / Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Prevention Education Advocacy Recovery (PEAR) assists Vermonters who are affected by mental health and addiction issues, as well as peers and professionals who are working in the field. PEAR trainings, public awareness campaigns and reports on up-to-date research publications keep Vermonters informed about prevention, recognition, treatment and recovery.

Vermont Addiction Professionals’ Association

Vermont Addiction Professionals’ Association (VAPA) is the association of Vermont professionals providing leadership, support and advocacy for organized improvements in the addiction field. VAPA is the voice for addictions professionals by providing collaboration, State and National advocacy, mentorship and networking. VAPA is an affiliate of NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals.
VAPA Training Calendar

Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation

Vermont Cooperative for Practice Improvement & Innovation (VCPI) is a statewide membership cooperative, representing mental health and substance use disorder providers, state agencies, hospitals, professional associations, peers, families and more working to support practice improvement, workforce development, and innovation in the Vermont system of care. VCPI provides training, education and more: coaching and consultation, learning communities and other clinical resources, pilot projects, project management and evaluation, to help agencies, programs and individuals implement and improve practice to help the people they serve. VCPI is affiliated with Northern Vermont University.
VCPI Calendar

New England Resources

AdCare Educational Institute of New England (formerly New England Institute of Addiction Studies)

AdCare Educational Institute of New England (formerly New England Institute of Addiction Studies, aka NEIAS) is a regional leader in the development of sound behavioral health policy, the implementation of evidence-based practice models, recruitment efforts to increase individuals’ access to qualified professionals, and skill-based competency development for those individuals focused on the prevention, intervention, treatment and long-term recovery from addictive disorders.

The signature programming of the Institute, annual intensive continuing education events, supports workforce development through competency development for professionals and volunteers who work to assist individuals with addiction to reach and maintain recovery. AdCare efforts provide the education necessary to earn counseling credentials and certification in prevention or recovery support. AdCare education reach also extends to include our justice partners, education partners, faith-based communities, healthcare professionals, mental health clinicians, and other social service partners.
AdCare Summer School
AdCare Symposium
AdCare Best Practices School

National Resources

Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network continuously strives to improve the quality of addictions treatment and recovery services by facilitating alliances among front line counselors, treatment and recovery services agency administrators, faith-based organizations, policy makers, the health and mental health communities, consumers and other stakeholders.

By connecting them to the latest research and information through activities such as skills training, academic education, online and distance education, conferences, workshops, and publications, the ATTC Network responds to the emerging needs of the field.
ATTC Events & Training Calendar

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) strengthens the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.
CADCA Trainings & Events

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.
NAADAC Webinars
NAADAC Career Center
NAADAC Calendar of Events

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (SAMHSA CAPT) is a national training and technical assistance (T/TA) system committed to strengthening prevention systems and building the nation’s behavioral health workforce. The prevention of substance misuse and mental illness is one of SAMHSA’s six strategic initiatives. CAPT, administered by the SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), supports the delivery of effective prevention programs and practices to address these problems. CAPT prevention specialists work across states, tribes, and jurisdictions to help prevention professionals get the resources and training they need to develop, implement, and evaluate programs. CAPT Connect is your single access portal to all CAPT virtual events (webinars, peer-sharing calls, virtual roundtables, and other web-based events). By creating an account just once, you can register for upcoming CAPT events with the click of a button.
CAPT Connect

NOTE: SAMHSA will be closing CAPT as of October 31st, 2018 and is in the process of supporting the development of regional prevention technology transfer centers (PTTC).  For more information, refer to the SAMHSA website:

The majority of material and curriculum previously available through CAPT will now be available for purchase at:


Among the many opportunities available, the following are a few upcoming trainings. This is not an inclusive list - for information on additional webinars, trainings, conferences, and learning communities, see the Workforce Development Resources (above). For CEU information, visit the links provided to the sponsoring organization.

March 2019
Monday, 3/11 RPP Training: Supporting Youth in Substance Use Prevention West Lebanon, NH  
Monday, 3/18 Clinical Skills in the Era of Legal Cannabis South Burlington, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
Tuesday, 3/19 Clinical Skills in the Era of Legal Cannabis Rutland, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
April 2019
Friday, 4/5 Core Counselling and Therapy Skills and Processes for Addictions and Co-Occurring Conditions South Burlington, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
Friday, 4/12 Annual Meeting/Training - Addiction & Recovery: Understanding the Pathway and the Process Burlington, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
Monday, 4/29 RPP Training: Cultural Competency West Lebanon, NH  
May 2019
Friday, 5/3 Advanced Training on Self Development of the Addictions Counselor South Burlington, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
Tuesday, 5/7 Vermont Blueprint for Health Conference Burlington, VT University of Vermont
Wednesday, 5/8 ADAP All-Provider Meeting Rutland, VT ADAP
registration coming soon...
Tuesday, May 14 Building a Framework for Effective Adolescent Treatment Montpelier, VT ADAP
Friday, 5/17 Suicide in Co-occurring Disorders: Practical Aspects of Assessment, Risk, & Prevention Montpelier, VT Vermont Addiction Professionals' Association
June 2019
Monday, 6/3 - Thursday, 6/9 50th Anniversary New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies Worcester, MA AdCare (NEIAS)
Thursday, 6/20 Motivational Interviewing: Special Issues Related to Stimulant & Cannabis Users Montpelier, VT registration coming soon...
July 2019
August 2019
Monday, 8/19- Thursday, 8/22 27th Annual New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Waterville Valley, NH AdCare (NEIAS)

*Sponsored by Vermont Department of Health Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs

ASAM Integration: Six-Dimensional Assessment through the Continuum

6 weeks of content + 1-week technology session

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Criteria, 3rd Edition, is the most widely used and comprehensive set of guidelines for assessment, placement, continued service and transfer/discharge of clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders.  ASAM Criteria utilizes six dimensions to form a broad assessment, which in turn provides information for service and treatment planning across all levels of care.

This extended online interactive series will provide collaborative training and real-time practice opportunities essential to the development and/or refinement of applying The ASAM Criteria in a clinical setting. Emphasis is placed on applying The ASAM Criteria for in-depth assessment, proper placement, service and treatment planning, continued service and transfer/discharge of clients.


  1. Understand and describe the continuum of care by Levels of Service
  2. Demonstrate understanding and application of the Six-Dimensional Assessment for placement into a level of care
  3. Understand the ASAM 0-4 Risk Rating and overall Severity Rating through proper level of care recommendations
  4. Develop behavioral focused treatment goals based on Six-Dimensional Assessment properly using ASAM criteria
  5. Demonstrate understanding of the Continued Service, Transfer and Discharge Criteria

This no-cost training is approved for 16 contact hours through NAADAC and will occur on Fridays from 12:30-2:00 pm (ET), May 3rd through June 21st. (No session May 24.)

Registration opens April 3rd to staff of the Preferred Provider system only. After two weeks, registration will be opened up to other Vermont clinicians.

Minimum participation needed is 15. Space is limited to a maximum of 35 participants.

More information available here.


Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors - AAP, CADC, LADC

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) is responsible for certification and licensure of Apprentice Addiction Professionals (AAP), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADC).

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Practitioners - CPS

Competency standards for substance abuse prevention practitioners are established by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). For practitioners interested in becoming a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) contact the New Hampshire Prevention Certification Board.

The Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs periodically offers the national Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) as an introduction to the alcohol and drug prevention field. See the Training Calendar (above) for more information about SAPST and other prevention training (e.g. Ethics in Prevention) being offered by the Department of Health, Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Programs..