Understanding Screening: The First Step in Becoming a Competent Substance Abuse Counselor

With Kelly Reardon, MEd, MLADC

PRESENTATION: The dynamic work of treating individuals who struggle with substance use disorders is challenging, rewarding, frustrating, and stressful. A counselor’s skill base needs to be solid and comprehensive. This webinar is designed to provide individuals with the basic tools and understanding of the first step in becoming a competent substance abuse counselor: Upon completion of this webinar, an individual will have knowledge of:
•   The signs and symptoms of substance abuse
•   The difference between eligible and appropriate for an agency’s program
•   How to rule out potential co-existing conditions
•   The laws, regulations, policies surrounding substance use disorders
•   How to be a skillful listener; and
•   Keeping necessary records during the screening process.

PRESENTER: Kelly is the full time Associate Professor of Human Service at New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord, NH. She has been in the profession of substance use counseling for over a decade, most recently serving as Chief of Operations and Clinical Officer at Serenity Place in Manchester, NH for the past 3 years. Kelly has worked in the treatment continuum from prevention, to detoxification, sobriety maintenance, medically assisted treatment, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and transitional living. She has served the community as an outreach worker, clinician, senior administrator, and educator. Currently, Kelly gives back to the community through her role as Secretary of NHADACA, as the liaison for NHADACA and the NH Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professionals Licensing Board, and by serving on the Peer Review Committee for the NH Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse Professionals Licensing Board. Kelly currently has her Master’s in Education/Counseling and is a Master level Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Her education ventures continue with her pursuit of her CAGS in Mental Health Counseling from Rivier University where she then hopes to begin her Doctorate program in Clinical Psychology in the fall of 2014. When Kelly isn’t lending her time to students or the substance abuse community, she enjoys exercising by running 5K’s to marathons, Bikram Yoga, traveling to warm climates, and cooking anything out of her new vegetable and herb garden.

LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 12, 18

Online Contact Hours:
All participants that would like a certificate worth 1 online continuing education unit are required to view the webinar and complete & pass the quiz that is posted above. After completing the quiz, NHADACA members receive a certificate for free and non-members receive a certificate for a $15 fee. A certificate will be emailed to you within 10 business days after the quiz is submitted (with a passing grade), and payment is received.

If you would like a certificate worth 1 online learning Contact Hours, please upload the quiz and evaluation files below:


Please contact our office at 603-225-7060 if you have any trouble uploading the documents. Once you have completed the quiz and evaluation please email them to traininginstitute@nhadaca.org. Your certificate will be emailed back to you within 7 business days (the quiz must be paid for, completed and passed with an 80% or better to receive 1 online learning CE). To pay for your quiz, you may call our office, or pay via Paypal to pay on line.

To view this free webinar click Understanding Screenings