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Who is

The Distance Learning Center for Addiction Studies ( is an internet based educational service that allows participants the opportunity of obtaining educational credits toward state and/or national licensure or certification (either initial, basic education credits for licensure or certification or continuing education credits for relicensure or recertification).  Founded in 1997 by Kevin Scheel and Vic Shaw, currently has both the largest and most diverse number of addiction course offerings available for distance learning.  By way of distance education, a counselor or counselor-in-training can obtain part or all of their required credits in the convenience of their own home, at their own pace, and within their own time frame.  Using distance education saves considerable amounts of both time and money.

Nationally Approved Training is approved as a training provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Provider # 62818.  We are also approved by many of the major certification/licensure bodies including: 

  • The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

  • State certification/licensure boards

Each individual course we offer will include a clear, concise description of the course content and objectives.  Identification of the core tasks, knowledge, and skills with which the course deals will also be provided.  Because of the unique nature of distance learning, there is no refund available for "non-attendance."  It will be the responsibility of each participant to complete and return required materials (post test and evaluation) in a timely manner.  Such guidelines and expectations will be spelled out in the introductory section of each training.

About our Instructors/Authors

All of the instructors/authors who present coursework with are noted writers and trainers with many years of experience in the chemical dependency field, who are credentialed in their respective fields.  Everyone has a Masters degrees or higher.  They are able to provide you with the highest quality of fresh and timely information available today.  Many courses we offer are based on published works by our instructors, or on new information that they are actively presenting across the country and across the world today.  All courses are reviewed annually and updated to ensure that the information presented is the best, most up-to-date information available. 

All coursework comes with a 100% money back guarantee.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with the quality of the course materials you receive, we will gladly refund all of your fee provided you have not tested and received your course certificate of completion. 

All of our courses are available in multiple formats - internet accessible information (in PDF format), traditional, hard copy materials (hard copy coursework is available for and additional fee for materials and shipping/handling), or on USB Flash Drive (again, in PDF format).  

Need more information?  Drop us an e-mail at and we'll be happy to respond. 
You can also call us, toll free, at (866) 431-4240.
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