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Breathe easy scholarship

Breathe Easy Scholarship for CADTP Counselors!

Breathe Easy Insurance Solutions, in partnership with CADTP, is sponsoring a scholarship to help pay for certification and exam fees for CADTP registered counselors.

Breathe Easy values the work you do and we want to help you move forward with your journey becoming a certified Substance Use Disorder Counselor.

CADTP is the owner and administrator of this scholarship program, and Breathe Easy Insurance is THE proud sponsor.


The membership website for

Department of Health Care Services

The official website of the California Department of Healthcare Services.


The official website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)


Official website of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Informational website for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project

The official website of the DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project. A partnership between DHCS, CADTP, and the MAT Expansion Project.

California MAT Expansion Project

The official website of the California MAT Expansion program.

California Opioid Dashboard

The California Opioid Dashboard. Statistic on overdose deaths by County, and more.

Payment Portal

Make payments and upload documents.

Resources for Counselors

TAP 21

Addiction Counseling Competencies. The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice.

Motivational Interviewing

A downloadable resource for Motivational Interviewing.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Information related to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).

Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Toolkit

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National Drug Court Month Toolkit

NADCP’s National Drug Court Month Toolkit has everything you need to make May a success.

Substance Use Disorder County Access Lines

A complete list of phone numbers and contact information for all California County SUD Treatment Access Lines.

CADTP Certification Fees

List of processing fees for each application

Join CADTP Counselor Newsletter
CADTP Newsletter Archives


Relevant Articles and Resources for the SUD Counselor.

Webinar Recordings

Watch the CADTP Webinar Series recordings here.

Certification Resources

Continuing Education Bulletin 13-03

CADTP requirements for continuing education units (CEU’s) due at renewal.

Counselor Regulations 2006

A downloadable resource for Counselor Regulations.

CADTP Uniform Disciplinary Guidelines

Guidelines for ethics violations

DHCS AOD Certification Standards
BH Information Notice 20-006 AOD Program Certification Standards
MHSUDS Information Notice 18-035 Oversight of Certifying Organizations

A downloadable resource: MHSUDS Information Notice 18-035 Oversight of Certifying Organizations 

IC&RC ADC Candidate Guide

Candidate Guide for the IC&RC Alcohol and Drug Counselor Examination.

IC&RC Exam - Special Accomodation Form

Please complete the form and send with exam application to request a special accomodation for your exam.

IC&RC Exam Retake Application

Once you have waited the 90 day waiting period to retake the IC&RC exam, you may complete the exam retake appclation and submit to the CADTP certifcation office for processing. 

CADTP Counselor's 2019 Survey Results

Results for CADTP’s 2019 Counselor Survey.

CADTP Counselor's 2020 Survey Results

2020 CADTP Counselors’ Survey

CADTP Counselor's 2021 Survey Results

Calendar of Upcoming Events

In addition to CADTP events, CADTP posts non-CADTP events as a service to our Counselors. CADTP is not responsible for non-CADTP events including, but not limited to, registration, payments, or outcomes. Links to registration and payment are included in the event listing as available. To submit an event for posting, go to: Submit an Event.

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  • Fall Conference- Reserve your hotel room!
    12:00 am-11:00 pm
    September 18, 2021

    2001 Point West Way Sacramento, California 95815, USA

    2001 Point West Way Sacramento, California 95815, USA

    Registrants are responsible for making their own room reservations. Reserve your room no later than
    September 9/18/2021 to obtain the conference rate. Important Note: conference rate is available until the
    conference room block is sold out.

    o Call the Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento at 833-435-0383, advise the clerk that you are attending
    the CADTP conference to receive the group rate. Group Code: CTP.
    o Book online at DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento –

    The conference room rate is $135.00 per night plus tax. Important Note: this rate is available to 9/18/2021 or
    until the conference room block is sold out.

  • How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    September 18, 2021

    8854 Greenback Lane #4 Orangevale CA 95662

    8854 Greenback Lane #4 Orangevale CA 95662

    Dr. Levine represents the full scope of his life’s work; Dr. Levine discusses the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma. This recording includes an in-depth review of how trauma is related to the ethnological concept of tonic immobility, as well as the roadmap of the Polyvagal system – a fascinating neurophysiological model for understanding how we shift between the states of fight-or-flight, shutdown, and social engagement. Dr. Levine provides simple containment tools to help you develop your awareness of these state changes in order to more effectively engage your client in trauma therapy. International trauma expert and author, Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. will teach you how sensation-based treatment (as opposed to emotional or rational-based treatment) can be effective for trauma treatment. He discusses the important principles in successful trauma treatment and uses his own successful renegotiation of a personal traumatic event as an example.

    Articulate the four major developmental stages that increase vulnerability to trauma and how to recognize them in your clients.
    Determine the naturalistic mechanics of trauma and survival responses of flight, fight, freeze and collapse as it relates to clinical treatment.
    Discover the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma and the Polyvagal theory and their clinical implications.
    Demonstrate the importance of “Bottom-up” processing versus “Top Down” processing to improve treatment outcomes.
    Summarize the process of how overwhelming stress leads to somatic and emotional syndromes in clients.
    Incorporate Dr. Levine’s simple containment tools in order to more effectively engage your client in trauma therapy.

    We provide breakfast nutrition, beverages and ask that you bring your lunch and or snacks. We do have many restaurants on our lot and in walking distance.

    Please bring proof of vaccination to the training. If you do not have proof of vaccination, we do require a mask.

  • Recovery Happens
    10:00 am-11:30 am
    September 18, 2021

    Recovery Happens is a FREE, virtual community event celebrating those in recovery and the individuals who support them sponsored by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Whether you are seeking help or resources for yourself or a friend, this virtual event will feature inspirational messages of hope from a variety of speakers, musical performances, and the opportunity to connect to an array of services.

  • CA Bridge SUN Training 101: Session 8
    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    September 23, 2021

    Join us for the Substance Use Navigator training 101 series a 10-course series
    We will be featuring up-to-date information by expert speakers for SUD, MAT, Harm Reduction.
    SUN training 101 will provide you the skills you need to get started in your SUN role.
    CA Bridge is CADTP approved provider. CADTP Provider #216.
    Training sessions are one hour (60 minutes) and approved for 1 continuing education credit.

    Session #8 Self-promotion & CADTP certification, presented by CADTP and the SUN
    mentor team
    1. Identify signs and symptoms of burnout/compassion fatigue.
    2. Utilize positive self-care techniques.
    3. Verbalize process for Substance Use counselor certification

  • Compassion Fatigue, Burn Out and Steps to Heal
    8:30 am-4:00 pm
    September 25, 2021

    8854 Greenback Lane #4 Orangevale CA 95662

    8854 Greenback Lane #4 Orangevale CA 95662

    Are you feeling burned out from your work as a professional caregiver, addiction counselor, clinician, doctor? This Compassion Fatigue, Burned Out and Steps to Heal training may be the best training to attend! Find relief from the traumatic stresses stemming from your emotionally demanding work. Bring greater healing to patients working in the helping professions. Maintain genuine compassion in your work and home life. Bring emotional and physical calm in stressful situations, Reduce staff turnover with a more supportive work environment. Create rewarding relationships with patients, co-workers, and loved ones. Find relief from the traumatic stresses stemming from your emotionally demanding work.

    As internationally recognized trauma treatment leader Eric Gentry, Ph.D., LMHC, explains, “There is no way to do professional caregiving without it having some negative impacts on our lives. I have watched many excellent caregivers in this field say ‘enough’ and leave the field because of compassion fatigue burn out.”

    When a caregiver experiences compassion fatigue, what follows are feelings of hopelessness, stress and a sense of inadequacy. That’s why Dr. Gentry designed this powerful Compassion Fatigue live training.
    Based on 15 years of break-through research with compassion fatigue, this online training will help you recapture your sense of mission, purpose, hope and joy as a caregiver.

    Through this training, you’ll learn the evidence-based professional resiliency skills to eliminate stress and combat the emotional demands of your work.

    You will be able to benefit most if not all these rewards:
    Find relief from the traumatic stresses stemming from your emotionally demanding work
    -Bring greater healing to patients working in the helping professions
    -Maintain genuine compassion in your work and home life
    -Bring emotional and physical calm in stressful situations
    -Reduce staff turnover with a more supportive work environment
    -Create rewarding relationships with patients, co-workers, and loved ones
    -Find relief from the traumatic stresses stemming from your emotionally demanding work
    -Bring greater healing to patients working in the helping professions
    -Maintain genuine compassion in your work and home life
    -Bring emotional and physical calm in stressful situations
    -Reduce staff turnover with a more supportive work environment
    -Create rewarding relationships with patients, co-workers
    -Start feeling reinvigorated in your work to end your patients’ suffering

    Manual and extensive handouts will be provided. Breakfast nutrition, coffee, tea, water is provided, please BYO lunch and snacks. We do have several places to eat on our lot and in walking distance.

    This training is limited to 10 registrants.


Do you have an event listing for the event calendar?

Submit your listing in the contact form to the right. Be sure to include all of the important details including:

  • Name of event
  • Data and time
  • Location
  • Link to registration
  • Contact person
  • Contact phone and email

We will let you know when the event is published or if we have any questions. Thank you for your interest in being included on the CADTP Counselors Calendar of Events.

Get in Touch With Us!

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Dr. Jessica Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez was named the Executive Director of Gateway Corp in 2012.  Gateway Corp was developed as a non-profit, public charity and founded October 27, 2011. November 2014, she developed a clinical hub for Gateway Corp called OnSite Strategies. OnSite is also a United States Trademark.

She has held the position of CEO, Clinical Director, Lead Educator and Clinical Trainer as well as the Clinical Business Developer. She has fulfilled the roles of a clinical consultant, professional development consultant and has clinically supervised many SUD/addiction counselors, mental health professionals and addiction and family interventionists for over 12 years.

She has been active in the mental health field since 1995. She has also clinically trained throughout the US and provides clinical oversight for several organizations in California.

Dr. Rodriguez released her first book, “When the Rainbow Ends a Shadow from Heaven Appears" in 2017.” Her newest book, "The Cart, From Adversity to Collateral Beauty" is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2022.

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a writer for Rapporteur Magazine. Her focus is about Mental Wellness also covered topics to include ACE's, trauma, anxiety, and Systemic Racism.

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D.

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in treating addictions and trauma, and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Founder and CEO of Firebird Healing, a trauma healing program, and the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative and holistic treatment program for women with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders and trauma.

Adriana has contributed to a number of books, including TJ Woodward's Conscious Being Workbook, the Conscious Recovery for Addiction and Conscious Recovery for Mental Health Workbooks, and the Conscious Creation Workbook, all of which she co-authored with him.

She has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world speaking, coaching, and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She also hosts a fascinating podcast called Kaleidoscope of Possibilities – Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health.

Adriana loves to bring the most innovative and effective tools to her work, empowering people to overcome their imagined limitations, release their self-judgments, and discover the brilliance within – creating a life of infinite possibilities.

Her first book, “What If You’re Not as F*cked Up As You Think”, was released in October.

Aven Armstrong-Sutton, Ph.D(c), RSW

Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services

Aven L. Armstrong-Sutton has been a practicing licensed social worker for over a decade. With diverse experience in settings such as health promotion, foster care, youth homelessness, outpatient mental health & addictions, and student support services, Aven currently serves as a Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services, managing a Live-In-Treatment Program and three outpatient treatment programs. Maintaining a part-time private practice, Aven’s multidisciplinary and integrative approach focuses on trauma and resilience among under-served communities.

June Price Tangney, Ph.D

Dr. Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. She is currently University Professor and Professor of Psychology at George Mason. She is a Recipient of International Society for Self and Identity’s Distinguished Lifetime Career Award and Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr. Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and Guilt, coeditor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame in the Therapy Hour, coeditor (with Jess Tracy and Richard Robins) of The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research, and coeditor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist.

Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. She draws on theory and research in psychology and criminology to develop novel interventions that leverage inmates’ moral emotions and prosocial values. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Tangney strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

Christina Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN

Founder and Director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition

Christina T. Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN, is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition, which teaches practitioners around the world how to use diet, along with amino acid and nutrient therapy, to help prevent cravings and recurrent drug use. She has been a licensed psychotherapist working in the SUD treatment field since 1985 and a certified nutritionist specializing in mental health and addiction recovery since 1993.

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA

Sean is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in mental health and substance abuse settings, in inpatient, PHP, and private practice. He holds b a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Philips Institute and an MBA from Baker College.

Sean’s clinical practice has specialized in working with Personality Disorders, Couples, Adolescents, and individual suffering from chronic mental illness. As a clinician Sean enjoys working with clients who can be resistant to traditional treatment and believes in the philosophy of “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink. BUT you can feed them saltines to make them thirsty!”

Sean is the Program Director for Akua Mind Body’s Sacramento inpatient mental health program. His prior leadership experience includes oversight of acute inpatient, utilization management, hospice/palliative care, home health and skilled nursing. Sean’s approach to management is to ensure the work that needs to get done gets done. “Our job is patient care. This include everything from making coffee to running groups. There is not one person who is more important that the other when it comes to providing exceptional care to the clients we serve.”