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News Update 9/18/16

GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!  We received our Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission on August 24, 2016. We will start our classes on October 4, 2016. We are scheduling appointments for interested students to call us and register. Please call Julie or Laura at 210-541-8400 to start the classes or come in and look at the facilities. Classes will be small and personal, but we do have space to grow.

We are continuously updating the curriculum to include new therapeutic approaches and improve on old techniques.

With the rules that went into effect (September 1, 2004), all students will be required to attain an Associate’s Degree within 5 years of obtaining the LCDC Intern status become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. The 270 hours is approved for 18 CEU hours, the 300-hour practicum is approved for 7 CEU hours. The acceptance of the hours is at the discretion of each university. We are working with online colleges and Universities to help our students enter the field immediately and acquire the Associates degree during their internship.




NOTE – We receive phone calls from several facilities throughout the state seeking LCDC’s, and Counselor Interns; there are numerous opportunities.


Just for clarification:

Continuing education workshops are monitored and approved by TCBAP.

The new school will provide the 270 required education hours and the 300 hours of supervised practicum necessary to become an LCDC Intern.

We are a Texas Workforce Commission regulated Proprietary School/Career School. License number S4959


Continuing Education Workshops

January 2017 Workshops

Saturday, Jan 7, 2017 Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, Jan 28, 2017
9 a.m. -12 noon




Gina Juarez,              MPA, ACPS

9 a.m. -12 noon


Working with Military and Families with Substance Abuse Issues

Rick Zello,                      MA, LPC, LCDC


9 a.m. -12 noon




To Be Determined

9 a.m. -12 noon


Compassion Fatigue


Suzanne Carter,   LPC-S, NCC, LCDC


1:30-4:30 p.m.


HIV, AIDS, STDs   and Hep C

Lawrence Diaz


1:30-4:30 p.m.


Motivational Interviewing

Michael Benitez, LCDC

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Drug Trends

Steven Murphy, LCDC, AADC

1:30-4:30 p.m.


Suicide Prevention / Crisis Intervention

Suzanne Carter,    LPC-S, NCC, LCDC


We will offers continuing education courses at our offices for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. If you would like to register for any of the continuing education courses please contact Laura Beesinger or Julie Lloyd-Atkinson at (210) 541-8400. The cost is $25.00 for each three-hour course.


$25 each for 3 CEUs for LCDC –12042 Blanco Road San Antonio, TX 78216 Call us at (210) 541-8400 to sign up.

Please call 541-8400 if you would like to attend a workshop or to request a specific topic or email us at


Please send an email if you would like to be a presenter or have a need for a specific topic to  

To become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, you must complete a 270-hour education course, a 300-hour practicum and 4000 hours (2 years) as a supervised intern. You will also be required to pass a written exam, pay a licensing fee and have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Counseling.

The costs for the classes are:

$600 per course (7 courses)

$25 Appliction fee (non-refundable)


Description Days and Times Fees Comments
Night classes

6 months

Tuesday 5pm to 9pm

Saturday 9am to 5 pm

 $600.00 The required 270 hours necessary to acquire your LCDC.
Books  $439.61 Required ($25 shipping)
Practicum Per your schedule and the schedule assigned to you by the treatment facility.  $600.00 The required 300 hours necessary to acquire your LCDC.

Meet weekly with the School Director

Total Cost

             The total balance is preferred at the time of registration. Payment options are available



If you are in need of funding, these are a few alternatives:


Agency Type Qualifications Pros
Alamo Workforce Commission Government Grant To be approved and tested by AWC criteria Pro: No repay.

Cons: LCDC is not a high priority job in Bexar County. Surrounding counties are more open to funding this training.

Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services

DARS Website Link

Government Grant Disabled or handicapped

(Recovering addict or alcoholic = disabled)

To be tested and approved by DARS criteria

Pro: No repay. If you are a recovering alcoholic or addict you may qualify, depending on your education, past wages and a thorough evaluation by DARS Staff. Please call your closest DARS office.

Cons: LCDC is not a high priority job in Bexar County. Surrounding counties are more open to funding this training.

Bank Loan Loan Based on your credit Pro: Check with CPA if there are any benefits for school and deductions.
Department of Defense Government Grant Be the spouse of an active non-commission officer or military officer. Pro: No repay. Please call us for more information. 1-866-523-2669

The curriculum topics will include:

  • Basics of Addiction and Physiology of Addiction
  • Basic Counseling Skills
  • Ethics and Special Treatment Issues
  • Counseling Theories
  • Addiction and the Family
  • 12 Core Functions
  • Practicum (Requires the previous 6 classes)




We are setting up another school in Houston and plan to open it in the next few months. This will aid in students who want to transfer to the other schools during the semesters, practicum and internship


If you would like more information please call 541-8400 and we will direct you to the current representatives from the school.

One thought on “Addiction Counselor Training School

  • April 14, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Are the any pre- requisites required in order to take the class?


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