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  • Samantha Ward (Wednesday, November 04 20 09:18 pm EST)

    The statement "The Academy for Addictive Disorders offers a comprehensive curriculum in addiction treatment for students of all levels and walks of life." Is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I am a nurse with no personal experience of addiction. Some stages of this class were harder than nursing school. I have learned so much, from the affects of addiction on the brain to how to create a successful environment of maintaining sobriety. Professor Julian is so encouraging and always available. Thank you for a wonderful year!

  • Elizabeth Coatney (Wednesday, October 21 20 12:26 pm EDT)

    This year has been such a learning experience. This course has pushed me to think outside of the box, try new things, and taught me a lot about my myself and others around me. I am grateful for this course and for Professor Julian Rodriguez who has encouraged me from day one! Thank you for all that you have done, it has not gone unnoticed!

  • Jose Casanova (Friday, October 16 20 12:42 pm EDT)

    The Academy for Addictive Disorders offers a comprehensive curriculum in addiction treatment for students of all levels and walks of life. Professor Julian Rodriguez creates in the classroom a community of peers focused on mutual learning and empowerment, and, class after class, provides insights into the many aspects of the treatment process.

  • Randy Rosenberg (Thursday, March 05 20 04:25 pm EST)

    I have to say Professor Julian Rodriguez is engaging, exciting, and dynamic. He keeps up with current events in addiction therapy as well as clients in recovery . I very much enjoyed the class and I'm well on my way to helping a lot of people get off drugs and live clean & health lives!! Thx Julian

  • Stephen Flatley (Thursday, January 16 20 03:14 pm EST)

    So much fun! I came in already working in treatment for several years. Couple that with being in recovery, made our classes so very interesting. Being able to relate to everything discussed and chip in our experience and knowledge. I looked forward to class and would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  • June Mishcon (Monday, September 09 19 09:37 am EDT)

    Attending AFAD has been an amazing journey for me. Professor Rodriguez made all the difference in making the classroom setting enjoyable and a fulfilling learning experience. I did not enjoy school when I was young, but now as an almost 60-year-old woman I found myself looking forward to going to class and enjoying every moment of learning. Professor Rodriguez always made himself available for all my questions and made the difference in my education. Thank you AFAD and thank you Professor Rodriguez!

  • Michael Kutner (Monday, September 09 19 08:31 am EDT)

    Enrolling in the CMHP track through the Academy was a very good opportunity to review materials that I have previously been subjected to in prior course work, but it also enlightened me on new material that I can certainly utilize moving forward in the substance industry. I would like to thank Professor Rodriguez for his time and patience as I am visually impaired and his professionalism in this area.

  • Lauren M Fiore (Tuesday, April 16 19 03:04 pm EDT)

    Julian is one of the very best professors I have ever had. I went to prep schools in and out of the country as will as Boston Univerity NYU and FAU and he still is top 2! The enthusiasm he has is contagious! I learned so much in such a short period it left me just wanting even more knowledge... so I am atrending grad school at Northwestern on the subject!

  • Lucas Novo (Monday, July 23 18 09:58 pm EDT)

    First, I would like to share that this was an amazing experience. I came into this program at the age of 35, thinking that I couldn't do this. Luckily, I had a professor who thought that was nonsense. He pushed me to expand me level of understanding and interpretation. This school and its staff never failed to answer the call when I had questions. I never felt like I was bothering them or being a nuisance. Not only did I walk away from this programming feeling educated, but I now feel that I can be successful.

    AFAD – Thank you for everything you’ve done and will continue to do for me on this journey of accomplishment and success. Julian, thank you for pushing me to be a better student and person. You guys ROCK!!

  • Craig Stevens (Saturday, June 09 18 07:23 am EDT)

    The academy fo addictive studies is an outstanding school. The professors are very engaging which allowed me to retain the information that was needed to pass the state exam. If you are considering going to school this is to place a go to.

  • Abby Fischgrund (Monday, May 28 18 10:44 am EDT)

    Julian is knowledgeable and thorough with every course. The assignments were so thought provoking and coincided with everything taught in the course room. I would highly recommend.

  • Randi Frank (Monday, May 28 18 10:40 am EDT)

    One of the best experiences. I looked forward to each class with Julian. It was not just the education but the interactive discussions that you usually don't receive in school.

  • Andrew Morelli (Monday, May 28 18 10:38 am EDT)

    I just recently finished taking the course through the Academy for Addictive Disorders and I have never been more pleased. The knowledge I have gained through the teachings of Professor Rodriguez has been nothing short of fantastic. I have been able to take my teachings from the class into my current profession to be able to be a group facilitator as well as help clients on the road to recovery. Professor Rodriguez explained everything very thoroughly and keeps the class engaged in the study. This year has been a great start for my future ahead.

  • Kathleen Shaw (Saturday, May 26 18 10:19 pm EDT)

    Prof Rodriguez at Academy for Addictive Disorders is a cut above other educators I have studied under. His syllabus is well rounded and geared to make the clinical professional exceptional in the field is Addictions. I thoroughly enjoyed my year at the Academy.

  • ALICIA C JONES (Saturday, May 26 18 04:34 pm EDT)

    I received the best education I believe then any career institution I could have enrolled in. Professor Rodriquez taught me not only the field of Addiction but also how to be a true Professional.
    Thank you

  • Jeff LeRoy (Saturday, May 26 18 04:32 pm EDT)

    The school provided me with a quality education. It was a relief to find a way to reach my goals towards obtaining an MCAP. I recommend this school to anyone needing a thorough edcation

  • (Saturday, May 26 18 03:48 pm EDT)

    Great program and great teachers.

  • Peter Shell (Saturday, May 05 18 03:38 am EDT)

    The amount of practical working knowledge and insight my professor (Julian) possesses and shared with me was absolutely priceless. As a direct result of the education he provided me I have been able to immediately put said knowledge into practice running group therapy sessions in a captivating and engaging way that has the very real potential to change people who struggle with addiction to change their live for the better.

    It is one thing to be presented with the information that is required to help others in a clinical setting. To do it in a practical and relatable manner is another. I was taught how to do both.

    The enthusiasm and passion Julian maintains is unique and captured my attention from the very first class.

    One cannot teach passion. He exudes it.

  • Steve Richards (Friday, September 29 17 09:52 am EDT)

    I have been enrolled in this course since January and I have learned so much about mental health and addiction counseling. The professors go above and beyond with educating their students on addictionolgy and mental health. I feel prepared and confident to begin my career in the treatment field working with clients who have a wide range of issues. The class format always changes, which I feel is helpful in order to keep everyone engaged at all times. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to expand their knowledge about these subjects.

  • Steven Cupo (Thursday, September 14 17 12:26 pm EDT)

    I have been taking this class now for about 6 months and I could not imagine it going any better. My professor Julian is an amazingly knowledgeable man. I have learned so much and am already applying certain aspects of this class in my life. I can not wait to see what the future holds for me after learning what I have thus far.

  • Sarah Bregman (Saturday, September 02 17 02:28 pm EDT)

    This class was nothing short of amazing. Professor Rodriguez was extremely motivating, captivating, knowledgeable, inspirational, and passionate. I learned so much from this class and I would highly recommend taking it.

  • William Thorndike (Sunday, February 26 17 08:28 pm EST)

    Taking the full course this past year has been the best educational experience of my life.
    The course outline is industry specific, thorough and challenging. The instructors and staff are professional, helpful and extremely knowledgeable in all phases of addiction and treatment .
    This course will allow me to follow my dreams and passion to help other recovering addicts and alcoholics receive the necessary help they need so they may live happy healthy lives free from addiction
    Without the help of a very special instructor I may have never realized this dream
    I'm getting ready to potentially sit for my CAP as early as April .
    If u have any desire to further your career in the tx industry and gain respect among your peers then this course is a MUST

  • Diane Rogers (Friday, February 17 17 11:43 am EST)

    Professor was motivating, passionate and an expert in his field. Students were engaged and learned with powerful interactive dialogues. One tip, complete your reading and writing assignments, you will be much more informed.

  • Mary Nelms (Tuesday, June 28 16 03:02 pm EDT)

    I have taken my CAP training here. The education has been invaluable. Dr. Julian Rodriquez not only teaches you the required clinical information but the practical application as well. He taught with
    such passion and knowledge that when you have completed you are absolutely equipped and ready to be a Therapist. I would highly recommend this Academy.

  • Gina Marie taylor (Tuesday, June 28 16 11:23 am EDT)

    After being out of school for 30+ years they encouraged me past the fear of starting again!! The classes are engaging and in depth with individual attention to detail. I'm a needy student and they
    take the time to help in all ways possible. I always leave wanting more! Thanks so much for the education but most for giving me the faith to jump in! Gina Marie

  • Diane Rogers (Tuesday, June 28 16 09:22 am EDT)

    This is the most engaging and interactive course I have ever participated in. Professor Rodriguez not only supplies us with additional course materials but teaches the class in a DI
    (Differential Instruction) allowing all students of all levels to process all the information in different styles of learning. I would not hesitate to recommend this course, especially with such a
    dynamic Professor!

  • Laura Stickel (Tuesday, June 28 16 07:11 am EDT)

    I am currently taking the CAC class and work in the addictions field. I am using what I learn from this class in my everyday work experience. The way the CAC class is presented is very unique. The
    Professor does not talk over your head (very funny), the class interacts with each other and the class is cost effective. I just love this class......

  • Mary Regina Arnold (Monday, June 27 16 10:20 pm EDT)

    I'm so grateful for this opportunity. Dr. Julian Rodriguez is the best professor I've ever had. I am learning so much. Physically attending school is what I needed. You can't put a price on what
    we've learned and the passion that goes with it. I am one satisfied customer!

  • Thomas Walker (Wednesday, December 18 13 03:03 pm EST)

    I am so grateful to be a student at IFAS. The information and practical implementation of information within the classroom has surpassed all of my expectations.

  • Thomas Walker (Saturday, November 16 13 09:28 pm EST)

    I have been impressed with the detailed lectures and hands on approach of education that have surpassed my experiences at other institutions.

  • C. Thomas Hosea (Friday, November 08 13 01:48 pm EST)

    As a newcomer to the field of addiction studies, I found that the teaching and support staff of IFAS has been most beneficial to me. The class hours and locations were convenient to my daily work
    schedule. The instructors have a wealth of knowledge in the field and a true passion for their students success.

  • Steve Cunane (Friday, November 08 13 05:15 am EST)

    This course will change your LIFE, Thank You IFAS!

  • Jennifer (Thursday, November 07 13 01:58 pm EST)

    I enjoyed taking classes taught by Linda and Julian. The information that I gained was a wealth of knowledge that has helped me in my profession. Thank you very much

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