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12 months from the date of registration to complete program.


Online Self-paced



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Once we receive your information, we will review your application for basic eligibility. You will receive an email response within 24 hours of submission.

Should you meet the initial eligibility criteria, you will receive a list of additional support documents we will need to complete our review. Once we have completed our review, an interview will be scheduled with the Director to discuss your application and educational/career goals. All prospective students must interview with the Director.

Once all your documents have been reviewed/validated and you have spoken with the Director, you will be informed in writing of your admission approval.

You will be contacted by our student advisor who will discuss tuition options and finalize a start date. You will receive an enrollment contract with the agreed upon financial terms and start date. You will be required to sign and return this contract prior to starting your courses. 


Institute For Addiction Education is committed to making your education affordable. You can start your new career without a mountain of debt.

*There are no additional costs for textbooks, video resources, and other practice manuals. 

All costs subject to change

  • Tuition Fee:                                          $3,500.00

  • Administration Fee:                            $150.00

  • Shipping                                              $75.00

  • Supplies Fee:                                      $0

  • Tools Fee:                                            $0

  • Laboratory Fee:                                  $0

  • Scholarship Terms:                            N/A

  • Total Tuition & Fees                           $3,725.00

  • Individual Course Fee:                      $750.00

  • Practicum Fee:                                   $750.00


We have a variety of payment options. Tuition payment must be made via cash, money order, cashier's check, or credit card. All fees must be paid in full before a certificate is issued.


Payment Plan 1 - 100% payment of full balance upon enrollment.

Payment Plan 2 – 50% upon enrollment and 50% upon completion of all courses.

Payment Plan 3 - Income-based installment plan.


A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment contract within 72 hours (until midnight of the third day excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) after the enrollment contract is signed. A full refund will also be made to any student who cancels enrollment within the student’s first three scheduled remote class days, except that the school may retain not more than $100 in any administrative fees charged, as well as items of extra expense that are necessary for the portion of the program attended and stated separately on the enrollment agreement. Please review the student handbook for complete information in refunds.




LCDC Program Overview

This training program focuses on theories and concepts of addiction counseling while developing professional skills, including situational leadership and management principles. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to deliver culturally proficient care while meeting the physical and psychosocial needs of clients.

Program Length

570 clock hours (270 educational hours) (300 practicum hours).  You will have 12 months from the start date to complete the program.  Most students are able to complete this program in as little as 24 weeks.


This course will provide students with a general overview of the major theories and techniques used for addiction counseling and prepare students for careers in the addiction counseling field. Students will be provided with the basic framework for understanding what substance abuse is and is not, and what substance abuse counseling is and is not. This course will offer exercises for students to develop their counseling skills and to prepare them to master the principles, theories, and skills introduced including but not limited to, 12- Step facilitation, cognitive−behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention and integrated treatment.

This course will introduce students to the twelve core functions that a counselor implements and will teach students the various skills and tools used to assess alcohol and other drug addictions. The DSM-V classifications of substance abuse disorders will be taught, as well as limits and parameters in identifying substance abuse disorders vs. other disorders, and dual and multiple diagnoses. This course will prepare students to develop the professional competence necessary to perform the following tasks in providing alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment to clients and significant others in a variety of treatment settings: Screening, Orientation, Assessment, Treatment Planning, Counseling, Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Client Education, Referral, Reports and Record Keeping.

There are many different techniques that counselors can use with their clients. This course provides students with the basic techniques of substance abuse counseling such as: active listening, attentiveness, reflection, paraphrasing, and summarization. Students will also learn the basics of group process, group dynamics, denial, resistance, defense mechanisms, psychodrama, and other specifically group-related approaches. Students will be exposed various counseling approaches including Gestalt, REBT, Cognitive-Behavioral, Transactional Analysis, and Reality Therapy. Each student will discuss the benefits and liabilities of these techniques.

This course will educate students on advanced counseling skills and methods and the five major theories of personality development, and the method of therapy created by each. Students will be exposed to at least three methods of counseling from each of these major schools. Students will also learn issues regarding the seriously depressed and/or suicidal client, the 11 phases of relapse -- particularly Gorski's Counselor burn-out vs. counselor resilience. This course will also cover issues related to counseling and the criminal justice system: therapeutic treatment communities, TAIP program, and "safe p" programs. Students may make a field trip to a treatment community or similar facility. This course will also conduct a systematic review for the written portion of the LCDC licensure exam. Students will learn the five major theories of personality development, and the method of therapy created by each. These are:

 Psychoanalytic
 Behavioral
 Humanistic
 Cognitive
 Transpersonal Approaches


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This course will educate students on the family roles and dynamics in substance use counseling. Students will learn about the role and dynamics of the family in substance use counseling. Topical issues will include: co dependency, enabling and collusion, adult children of alcoholics, family -of- origin issues, prevention and treatment in adolescents; sex addiction; domestic violence; couples and multi-family counseling; guilt and shame in the recovery process.

This 45-hour block of instruction is unique, in that the fluid nature of the field of addiction treatment requires a fluid, specialized curriculum to meet the changing needs of the student and professional obtaining continuing education. With this in mind, the following is merely a short list of the topical issues met by IAE. The objectives of each of the classes will be clearly stated by the various facilitators. Each Instructor will submit a lesson plan for approval to Director prior to facilitating the class. Specific lesson plans (proprietary) and Instructor qualifications (non-proprietary) are available to the appropriate monitoring authority and may be obtained by contacting the school office. The HHSC/LCDC required licensure and renewal hours will be provided during each part of the course. Students will learn the ethical guidelines that oversee the substance abuse counseling field. Critical topics will include, but not be limited to the dynamics of addiction and criminal behavior, criminal justice systems and processes, confidentiality laws, informed consent, client privilege, exceptions to confidentiality, dual relationships, peer confrontation. Students will also learn about special issues pertaining to substance use such as:

 Counseling Special Populations
 Women's Issues
 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
 Understanding Metal Health
 Dual Diagnosis
 Psychiatric Medications
 Suicide Assessment
 Crisis Intervention

Practicum (Externship)

The IAE Practicum is field-based, practical experience student, who has completed all required coursework. As such, the Practicum allows students to work in an IAE-approved setting, i.e. a substance use or similar agency under the direct supervision of the IAE Practicum Coordinator.

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This training program focuses on theories and concepts of addiction counseling while developing professional skills, including situational leadership and management principles. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to deliver culturally proficient care while meeting the physical and psychosocial needs of clients.

Navigating Credentialing

IAE will prepare and assist you with organizing and submitting the required documentation to obtain approval from the state licensing/certifying authority to practice as an addiction counselor.  Each state has specific application requirements that we will help you navigate.


We strongly encourage all students to take their written LCDC/ADC test right after graduation, while the information is fresh. We have found that if you wait until you complete your internship, you may have not retain the “book learning” that is a big part of the test. Passing rates are lower when people wait to take their test. We have resources to help you prepare for your test, no matter when you take it.  If for some reason you don’t pass, we will figure out what we missed and help you get ready to take it again. We leave no one behind.

Professional Development

You will meet with an assigned mentor, throughout the program, to help you develop a career plan and strengthen your professional skill set. Our mission goes beyond the certificate, IAE aims to prepare you for a career.

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Internship Placement

We collaborate with our students to match them with suitable practicum and internship opportunities. Before graduation, your mentor will assist you in preparing your application for state licensing or credentialing authorities, allowing you to work as a counselor or counselor intern. Additionally, we provide support in identifying and connecting with programs that offer paid positions during this crucial transitional period.

Degree Planning

If you currently don't possess a degree, we will explore your higher education requirements and possibilities. Our planning services aim to connect you with the most suitable educational partner for your needs.


Students complete 5 self-paced classes while attending scheduled mentoring sessions. Students will meet with a mentor/instructor to review course material, explore practice integration and ensure timely completion.  The classes and mentor session will total 270 clock hours.


All students must complete a 300-hour practicum. From day one we start talking and planning for your practicum.  You will select and interview with at least 2-3 practicum providers. The practicum providers will inform us of fit. You’ll meet with your mentor to select a practicum placement and finalize a start date and work schedule.


Once you've completed the coursework and practicum a certificate of completion will be issued.

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