Just a quick announcement. The study guide is different from the blog. The blog is open to anyone, with or without a subscription. It offers all kinds of information related to substance abuse and substance abuse counseling. If you want to receive notifications of new posts in your email, just enter your email address in the “Follow by Email” box.
The study guide is only available to those who submit a payment for a subscription. This study guide includes information related to the LCDC exam only, so it is a good tool to support your studying process. You can join this online exam review at any time; all you need to do is register and you will receive an access code within 24 hours from the moment you submit your payment. You have three options to choose from:
- Two-week subscription: This option is for those of you who have been studying and preparing for the test for a while and just need a quick comprehensive review before taking the test. This is also a good option for those of you who have failed the exam once, but your score was pretty close to the passing score.
- Four-week subscription: This is a good option for those of you who have been in the field as substance abuse counselor interns for many years, but have never attempted to take the certification exam. If you graduated 5+ years ago and need a refresher on the theories of counseling, pharmacology of addiction –drugs of abuse and their effects on the body– motivational interviewing, etc., this is a good option for you. It will give you plenty of time to review all the concepts that you already learned back when you were in college and will help you to relate the theory with the practice.
- Six-week subscription: This is a good option for those of you that have failed the exam more than twice. If you are on your last opportunity to take the exam, it might be a sign that you need to to prepare better for the test and really focus on what is included in the exam, and not on what a all your textbooks and $200-something study guides. Remember that we can only take the exam four times and it must be completed within five years from the date of registration for LCDC I status. If you are starting to develop anxiety about failing the exam again and it just seems more confusing every time, this subscription will provide you with the guidance and practice that you need.
If you have a master’s in counseling or any other discipline in the helping professions and are interested in becoming a substance abuse counselor, any of this options will help you prepare to take the substance abuse counselor test.
What this online review is.
This online review is a self-study online class where you access the materials at your convenience and study at your own pace. Registered participants have the option to schedule a coaching lesson with me and together we can review specific material. This online review was created in a virtual learning system very similar to Blackboard, Canvas, and Coursera. Participants have the option to interact with other registered users through the discussion forum.
What this online review is not.
This online review is not a traditional online class with video-lectures, assignments, grades, quizzes, attendance, etc. This online review does not offer a certificate of completion nor CEUs.
Study Guide vs Blog
The advantages of studying using the online study guide is that it includes only the topics covered on the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counserlor certification exam. I created the study guide after taking and passing the exam. On the other hand, the blog was created before I took the exam, so I posted all kinds of information and even stuff that is not relevant to the exam. If you decide to study from the blog posts, you will find almost the same information but you will have to separate what is exam-material from what is not. If you already know what to study for the LCDC (IC&RC ADC) test, using the blog posts will be fairly easy. On the other hand, if you have no idea where to start or simply prefer a more structured system to study, the study guide is the best option for you.
Also, blog = free and study guide = $ you have to pay a subscription fee.