Alcohol & Drug Professionals Workforce Development Resources

Alcohol & Drug Professionals Workforce Development Resources

Supporting the development and maintenance of a qualified, competent and numerable alcohol and drug professional workforce. Resources, webinars, trainings, conferences and learning communities for alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery professionals, volunteers and those interested in entering the field.

COVID-19 Updates

Online Training Resources for Professionals & Volunteers

Please note this is not intended to be and all-inclusive list.

Adcare Educational Institute

New England School Summer School of Addictions Studies Reimagined will be offered virtually from June 1 – 4, 2020.  Scholarships are available - deadline to apply is May 8. 


Live and archived webinars are available on a range of topics. NAADAC members can get free continuing education hours (CEs). Viewing the education is free for non-members, however a fee is required to receive CEs. NADAAC CEs are approved for LADC, per OPR.

Technology Transfer Centers (TTC)

Prevention TTC and Addiction TTC have archived webinars, trainings and podcasts available. ATTC is also offering a free national Telehealth Learning and Discussion Series for substance use disorder treatment providers and peer support specialists to discuss and share resources for transitioning tto telehealth in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. 

 Training and Continuing Education Resources

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

Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearlinghouse / Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery

Vermont Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse (VADIC) provides printed and digital materials for health professionals and Vermonters regarding alcohol, drug, and mental health topics.

Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery (VAMHAR) provides workforce development training, including Vermont Recovery Coach Training - a comprehensive, current, interactive training designed to equip participants with the basic tools, skills and resources vital to becoming an effective recovery coach.

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

New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center

New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (NE PTTC), administered by AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc., provides training and technical assistance services to the professional and volunteer prevention workforce within the New England states. NE PTTC is developing a diverse program with multiple modes of training and information dissemination. This includes collaboration with states to hold live, in person trainings featuring the latest prevention science, but also multiple opportunities for distance learning to maximize the reach of technical assistance in the region. NE PTTC also puts a focus on workforce development initiatives, to include introducing New England high school students and young adults to the many educational and career opportunities within the prevention field. NE PTTC will also serve as a hub of specialty expertise in providing training and technical assistance in the area of marijuana risk education and prevention.

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

Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network

The purpose of the Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC) Network is to improve implementation and delivery of effective substance misuse prevention interventions and provide training and technical assistance services to the substance use prevention field. The PTTC Network develops and disseminates tools and strategies needed to improve the quality of substance misuse prevention efforts; providing intensive technical assistance and learning resources to prevention professionals in order to improve their understanding of prevention science, epidemiological data, and implementation of evidence-based and promising practices; and, developing tools and resources to engage the next generation of prevention professionals. The PTTC Network is supported by the US Substance and Mental Health Services Administration and is comprised of 10 Domestic Regional Centers, 2 National Focus Area Centers, and a Network Coordinating Office.


Training Calendar, Webinars and Other Educational Opportunities

Training Calendar

This is not an inclusive list of all available training opportunities. For information on additional educational opportunities, see the organizations listed above. The national Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is provided as an introduction to the alcohol and drug prevention field.

September 2020
Thursday, 9/17 Impact of Marijuana and Vaping on Brain Development, Depression and Anxiety Online VAPA
Wednesday, 9/30 VAPA Annual Meeting and Training
Human Trafficking in Vermont: The Intersections of Addiction, Screening and Therapeutic Tools
Online VAPA
October 2020
Friday, 10/9 Ethics Online VAPA
Friday, 10/23 Ethics Online VAPA
November 2020
December 2020
Friday, 12/11 Ethics Online VAPA
January 2021
Thursday, 1/7 Ethics Online VAPA

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



The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) has issued Covid-19 policies and service impacts of importance to professionals providing services in the mental health and substance use field who are seeking licensure or relicensure.

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.