The original version of this article was originally published on AddictionPro.com on August 27, 2015.
, in partnership with the Academy for Addiction Processionals
(The Academy), an education-focused institute, is working on launching a college campus that will offer degree programs and educational paths for those currently in recovery and for those seeking to join the mental health and addiction field.
Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP, says the concept began with thinking backward about addiction, treatment, and recovery. Ben is also the president and CEO of Destination Hope and director of the Academy.
Aftercare services and case management are a big concern after a traditional treatment program has been considered. The concept of education was inspired by providing these individuals with a skill and education.
Brafman also believes that families will find comfort in knowing that their loved one is not only getting treatment, but also working toward creating a brighter future after rehab.
Brafman notes that the concept involves creating a sober campus where those who complete treatment would be able to live and receive an education related to addiction and/or mental health.
Brafman understands that many clients who complete treatment also want to explore a career in the field. These individuals are so grateful for their sobriety and the program that they also want to learn how to become a counselor, case manager or be in admissions or marketing.
The Academy currently offers in-person and online certification training, professional development and continuing education programs in behavioral health. Certification programs currently offered include:
- Addiction professional
- Addiction counselor
- Recovery support specialist
- Recovery coach
- Behavioral health technician
Currently, classes are available in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach with a few hundred people attending. There are also about 3,000 students enrolled in courses online. The Academy intends to fund the future campus.
According to Bradman, the campus should be up and running between six and 18 months. He is currently in the process of writing a textbook that will be required reading for students. The book is scheduled for release by the end of 2015.
Furthermore, while most certification programs are typically 14 months long, anyone who wants to learn more about specific topics can take individual online or in-person courses. Classes can be taken by anyone who’s been impacted by addiction.