Workshops & Training

Certified Addiction Technician (CAT) Cool CatCAT (Certified Addiction Technician) Training Courses Begin This Fall
Full and partial scholarships are available -- based on your ability to pay. 

Interested in becoming a Cool CAT? (Certified Addiction Technician).   We are now offering, on-line, the nine classes required to become a CAT (see below).  To become a CAT, you must have a High School Diploma or GED and complete 1,000 hours of clinically supervised addiction work in no less than 6 months, while working  under appropriate supervision.  The 9 CAT Classes require a total of 154 contact hours. You must also pass the Mental Health  Jurisprudence Exam and pass the NCACI Exam.  You can find additional information in the CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor) Training Handbook as well as the DORA website.

There are also two higher levels of credentialling: CAS (Certified Addiction Specialist) and LAC (Licensed Addiction Counselor).  Candidates for CAS and LAC credentials must take ALL of the 9 CAT-level classes, ... plus  at least 9 additional courses not yet offered by the Marriage & Family Institute of Colorado.  However, the Colorado School for Family Therapy offers all of the remaining classes.   Please tell them we sent you. 

CAT Classes Offered On-Line by the Marriage and Family Institute of Colorado (

Addiction Counseling Skills (21 hours)
Case Conceptualization and Documentation (14 hours).
Principles of Addiction Treatment (21 hours). 
Culturally-informed Treatment (14 hours).
Ethical Practice in Addiction Treatment (14 hours). 
Group Counseling Skills (21 hours). Prerequisite: Addiction Counseling Skills
Motivational Interviewing (21 hours). Prerequisite: Addiction Counseling Skills  
Pharmacology I (14 hours). 
Trauma-informed Care for Diverse Populations (14 hours). 

CO Dept. of Human Services Approved Provider

All trainers offering these classes have been approved by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), to provide addiction training classes recognized by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) for CAT credentialing. To learn more about enrolling in the CAT Training program, contact Dr. Paula Gable at [email protected] or 303-357-9743.  


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