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

Statewide, 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.

Registration for New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment is Open: Register Here!


Limited Scholarships are Available: Apply Here by July 30!

Vermont Workforce Development 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

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.
PEAR Event Calendar

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 and workforce development 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 Calendar

National Workforce Development 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


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.

July 2018
Friday, 7/20 Assessment and Treatment Planning for Substance Use Disorder Training Rutland, VT Addiction Technology Transfer Center
August 2018
Monday, 8/27- Thursday, 8/30 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Worcester, MA AdCare Educational Institute of New England
September 2018
Thursday, 9/6 Leadership Development Program   Addiction Technology Transfer Center
October 2018
Thursday, 10/4- Friday, 10/5 2018 Vermont Conference on Addictive Disorders Fairlee, VT Valley Vista

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


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 Abuse Counselors (CADC), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse 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.