Serenity Lane’s Addiction Counselor Training Program has been training addiction counselors for over thirty years. This program began when the first Serenity Lane board realized that a pool of well-trained addiction counselors would be necessary to meet the increased demands of the disease of addiction.
Dr. Thomas Kerns, Serenity Lane’s founder, remembered his own residency training to become a doctor and suggested that this type of “hands on” instruction was a good model to follow. Serenity Lane’s Addiction Counselor Program was born with a lone candidate who went everywhere and learned everything that could be learned about this demanding work.
From that humble beginning, our Addiction Counselor Training Program has grown and changed to encompass all aspects of addiction treatment and the evolving demands of this highly specialized profession.
Serenity Lane offers free training for one full year and we offer a low interest loan of up to $10,000 to offset living expenses while you attend the program. You will receive top quality instruction and experience that you will use for career enhancement over a lifetime.
The year is divided into 4 three-month rotations giving participants experience in a variety of treatment settings. Hours and duties change as you progress through the program.
Your training includes experience hours earned by job shadowing a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor and performing tasks under their direct supervision.
- Participate in group sessions with counselor mentor.
- Learn group and individual counseling skills.
- Write initial treatment reviews & plans, discharge plans, progress notes and recovery support plans at their counselor mentor’s direction.
- Develop case management skills and other group counseling techniques.
Addiction Counselors in training may also learn additional skills at the following sites:
- Medically Supervised Detox
- Residential Program
- Outpatient Treatment
- Evening Activities
- Family Program
- ExSL (our long term program)
Our training also includes classroom instruction by a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC III) with a master’s degree and thirty years of experience in the field.
Some of the instruction given includes:
- Basic counseling skills and counseling theory
- Group counseling skills
- Pharmacology of addiction
- Ethics and professional responsibility
- Biopsychosocial Assessments & Evaluations
- Relapse Prevention & Intervention Techniques
- Multicultural perspectives and diversity issues
At the end of the training program, graduates celebrate the completion of more than 1900 experience hours and 170+ classroom training hours. This training will prepare you to apply for certification as an entry level counselor. The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO) administers the exam certifying the candidate as qualified to practice at the level of CADC I.
You must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. If you are in recovery, you must have two years of sobriety attested to by a letter from your sponsor.
You can download all application materials from this website at the end of this page, or call Serenity Lane at (541) 687-1110 and ask that a program application packet be mailed to you. You can also pick one up from our Eugene facility, address follows. Return the completed application to:
PO Box 8549,
Coburg, OR 97408
Your application will be reviewed, then if deemed appropriate for the program, you will be called for a personal interview with the program coordinator. You will have an opportunity to speak with a current trainee and at least one other clinician. Your references will be checked.
Once you have been accepted into the Addiction Counselor Training Program you will be invited for a three day orientation. During the orientation you will get acquainted with Serenity Lane, our policies and expectations of you as a counselor trainee.
Come join us for the most fulfilling, life-changing work you will ever do!