Specilization Courses



We offer board approved curriculum's

in the following specialties: 




*Life/Recovery Coaches (15 cr.)

Recovery Coach is a form of strengths-based support for persons with addictions or in recovery from alcohol, other drugs, codependency, or other addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches work with persons with active addictions as well as persons already in recovery. Recovery coaches are helpful for making decisions about what to do with one's life and the part addiction or recovery plays in it. Recovery coaches help clients find ways to stop addiction (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with addictive behaviors. Recovery coaches can help a client find resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups; or help a client create a change plan to recover on their own.


*Life Coaches are responsible for guiding people that are confused on what to do into their lives. They support goal-setting, personal growth, and behavior modification of their clients. These professionals help people to achieve their goals by improving different actions necessary to take control of future plans. 


E-Therapist (12 cr.)

Online therapy is the delivery of mental health counseling via the Internet. People also know it as e-therapy, distance therapy, Internet therapy and web therapy. Therapists and online therapy networks use a variety of mediums such as apps for texting, video chatting, voice messaging and audio messaging.


Mental Health Professional (12 cr.)

As a mental health professional, you can work in family services, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, hospitals, government, schools and in private practice. You can choose to work with a specific population, such as with teenagers, the incarcerated, families and the elderly. A parallel career path is marriage and family therapy, which brings a family-centered perspective to mental health treatment, even when treating individuals. This course meets all board requirments for board certification. 


Gambling Addiction Counselor (24 cr.)

The impact of gambling addiction on individuals, families and society has motivated many to commit themselves to train and assist those who seek help to recover. Counselors working with people with gambling addiction realize that this addiction leads to a degenerate state affecting the physical, social, spiritual and psychological condition of a person. AFAD provides the opportunity for all competent workers in the field of addiction and related fields, to be certified and recognized as Professional Addiction/Gambling Counsellors and Supervisors. The Gambling Counselor certificate will be issued to those who apply and are approved by the FCB Examining Board.


Human Sexuality (12 cr.)

This course is designed for counseling and human service professionals whose work will bring them into contact with clients experiencing problems and concerns with their sexuality. The course is designed to develop: a) students’ knowledge base related to human sexuality, b) an understanding of the varied sexuality issues which may be encountered in professional counseling practice, c) students’ skills in assessment and intervention skills with sexuality issues and d) increased awareness of one’s personal perceptions, attitudes and affect related to sexuality issues. Course participants will become more effective in identifying, assessing and intervening with human sexuality related counseling issues. 


LGBTQI Specialist (12 cr.)

The certificate provides courses that address competencies recommended by the American Psychological Association’s ethical guidelines for the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. They are offered online to students in all CSPP programs and on all Alliant campuses, and may be taken individually or as part of the certificate. Required certificate courses are offered annually and electives are offered at least once every two to three years. The certificate offers Alliant students the unique opportunity to take courses from national and international experts on LGBTQ psychology who may not teach on their campus. Instructors are either Fellows of the Rockway Institute who are Core Faculty in one of Alliant programs, or other national and international experts in LGBTQI psychology invited to teach for our students. In some courses, 2-4 different instructors work together to guide students through the ever-growing literature on LGBTQI psychology, and to help them develop the competencies they need to effectively serve LGBTQ communities.


Family Addiction Specialist (12 cr.)

As a Family Addiction Specialist, you can work in social service agencies, family services, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers, hospitals, government, schools and even your own *private practice *(State License Required). You can choose to work with a specific population, such as with teenagers, the incarcerated, families and the elderly. A parallel career path is mental health counseling, in which you can work with individuals in addition to groups, on many of the same issues.. 


Interventionists (18 cr.)

Our Intervention Training Course will explore all the various models of intervention available and how to properly utilize the best techniques for your client that will be the most effective. In our Intervention Training program, you will become an interventionist that can handle the unexpected outcomes while in the field.  We utilize role play and bring you real live examples of stressors and issues that arise during the intervention. In our Intervention Training Program  we will address several styles of mock interventions, dealing with aggressive clients, out of control clients, clients in the Criminal Justice system and the upper elite/wealthy client along with handling unique and stressful family situations. When to say no to a client and how to terminate the relationships will be addressed.


Behavioral Health Case Manager (12 cr.)

Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost-effective outcomes.


Admissions Specialist (12 cr.)

Admissions Counselors receives all referral calls and schedules admission assessments when appropriate. Conducts all admission assessments and determines patient appropriateness for treatment. Make the necessary referrals for those patients determined inappropriate for treatment. Orients all new patients to the treatment program, including assigning primary counselors and buddies. Maintains all referral statistics and presents them to the Clinical Environment on a monthly basis. Facilitates group therapy if necessary. Provides educational lectures on various chemical dependency related topics, and basic living skills. Maintains required service, statistical and administrative records. Maintains contacts with other referral programs. Participates in staff meetings, case conferences and in-service training. Assists in patient transportation as assigned. 


Grief & Loss Counselor (6 cr.)

The Grief & Loss Training will give you the tools you need to effectively help grievers recover from loss as well as an opportunity for personal healing. 


PTSD-Trauma Specialist (12 cr.)

This is a hands-on clinical skills training for working with adults, children, and teens who have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. This in-depth extended training will cover trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, therapeutic relationship, self-care for counselors/therapists, identification and assessment of traumatized individuals, working with parents and other care-givers to help traumatized individuals, and directly helping clients to manage their symptoms, resolve their trauma/loss memories, and prepare to cope effectively with future challenges. The program is designed for substance abuse & mental health professionals. 


Tobacco Treatment Specialist (12 cr.)

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training Program is an intensive course focusing on the skills needed to effectively treat tobacco dependence.  A partial list of topics includes: neuropharmacology of nicotine, optimization of pharmacologic management, conducting a basic counseling session, motivational interviewing and other counseling approaches, and application of treatment of tobacco dependence to people with co-morbid conditions. The last half-day of the program will consist of an examination which tests both knowledge and counseling skills. This training program is designed for health-care professionals already providing tobacco dependence treatment and for those with a strong interest in entering the field. Registration is limited in order to facilitate learning and maximize interaction with the experienced faculty.


Peer Specialist (15 cr.)

Peer Professionals who are seeking to become a Peer Specialist and who desire the knowledge that will enhance their own understanding and experience. You will be prepared to “stand shoulder to shoulder” and provide support services to patients receiving mental health, substance abuse, or trauma services in a public or private setting.


Recovery Residence Administrator (9 cr.)

The CRRA certification is ideal for those who manage or perform a supervisory role at a Recovery residence. From day-to-day operations to the legal and ethical requirements of managing a recovery residence, CRRA candidates will understand the breadth of their responsibilities. By completing this certification, CRRAs will have the knowledge to implement and comply with the National Alliance of Recovery Residences (NARR) Quality Standards and Code of Ethics for Level 1 – 4 Recovery Residences.


Eating Disorder Specialist (24 cr.)

An eating disorder counselor is an important part of the team involved in treating people suffering from a range of eating disorders. Their focus is on both the underlying causes of the disorder as well as treatment of the immediate physical symptoms.


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