Alcohol & Drug Professionals Workforce Development Resources

Supporting the development and maintenance of a qualified, competent and numerable alcohol and drug professional workforce. Information for alcohol and drug prevention, treatment and recovery professionals and volunteers.

Training and Continuing Education Resources

Workforce development resources for alcohol & drug professionals and for those interested in entering the field, including 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

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

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:

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 2019
Friday, 9/20 Clinical Supervision of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment (Introductory to Intermediate) Rutland, VT VAPA
October 2019
Thursday, 10/3 College Symposium* Middlebury, VT ADAP
Thursday, 10/3 - Friday, 10/4 Annual Valley Vista Conference on Addictive Disorders Fairlee, VT Valley Vista
Friday, 10/11 Advanced Clinical Supervision of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
South Burligton, VT
Friday, 10/25 ASAM/DSM 5 South Burlington, VT VAPA
November 2019
Friday, 11/1 Addiction: Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology  South Burlington, VT VAPA
Friday, 11/15 ASAM/DSM 5 White River Junction, VT VAPA
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020
Monday, 6/1 - Thursday, 6/4 New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies Worcester, MA AdCare
July 2020
August 2020
Monday, 8/24 - Thursday, 8/27 New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Treatment Waterville Valley, NH AdCare

*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 Info & Register

Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills

CCV will be offering Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills this summer. This 3-credit course meets the education requirements for the Apprentice Addiction Professional.

Schedule and format: May 20, 2019 to August 12, 2019. The course is offered in a hybrid format. The course will meet online and there will be four class meetings at CCV Winooski from 4:00pm-7:30pm on 5/21, 6/18, 7/16, and 8/6. As in any college course, students will be expected to participate in class activities and complete assignments outside of class. Visit this link for a full description of course topics and activities: PSY-1711-VU02 - ST in PSY: Addiction: An Introduction to Clinical Skills

Cost: Tuition and fees for a 3-credit CCV course are $879 for in-state students. Students may contact a CCV center for financial aid and payment options. CCV has a third party payment process for employers interested in providing tuition assistance to employees before the start of the semester.

Admission and Registration Process: Students interested in this course should apply and set up a time to talk with a CCV advisor about the admission process and online learning. Students without a prior college degree will be asked to complete Accuplacer assessments as part of the admission process.

Students may register for the summer semester now through May 10th. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure completion of all necessary admission and financial aid steps, to reserve a spot in the course, and to participate in orientation and online learning workshops.

Questions: Contact a CCV Academic Center or


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.