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Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School (NDACS)

Please Note: Effective January 2017, NEC 9519/9522 was disestablished and 8418/8419 established with the HM rating as the source rate for this NEC code. Bureau of Medicine and Bureau of Naval Personnel (Enlisted Community Management Branch) have agreed to phase billets from current general duty ratings to HM over a three year span beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2019. (October, 2018).

Based on the FY 2019 start of the transition, PERS-407 will start detailing HM personnel to 8418/8419 requisitions in February 2018 which is nine months before the start of FY19 and staying within the Career Management System/Interactive Detailing {CMS/ID} negotiation window. PERS-4010 will continue to detail general duty ratings to fill 8418/8419 requisitions through September 2018.

Surface Warfare Medical Institute, San Diego, CA

 Good day prospective Navy drug and alcohol counselor. We are pleased that you are interested in a career as a Navy drug and alcohol counselor, through which you will serve your fellow sailors and support the fleet - and also prepare yourself for a civilian career when ever you leave the military.

 The Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School (NDACS) training application is designed to accommodate enlisted personnel (E-5 through E-9) interested in attending NDACS. Because NDACS is a rigorous competency based course, a thorough screening is a valuable tool in identifying eligible personnel. The application and screening assess personal strengths and possible deficiencies in the areas of physical and mental health, positive attitudes towards self and others, effective communication skills and the absence of any alcohol, other drug abuse, compulsive overeating or other emotional problems.

 This message contains information on three important areas of preparation for your arrival at the school. Please be sure to read and respond to all three.

Academic Preparation

 By now you likely have been interviewed by a staff member of the Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School as part of your admission process to NDACS. You are about to embark upon an intense learning process designed to prepare you for a very different way to serve your country, fellow sailors, and fleet.

 As you may have heard, not everyone completes NDACS, for a variety of reasons. We work very hard to give you the best training available in this critical and unique field. We have learned from previous student input that these Prerequisites have been immensely helpful in preparing you to succeed in completing the program.

Points of Contact

Student Affairs / Administration
Phone: (619) 553-8499 / 8250
FAX : (619)553-8583

Certification Office
Phone: (619) 553-8490

Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School (NDACS)

B-302-0001

Contact Special Programs Detailer

  • Unit 1 Introduction to Navy Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • Unit 2 Introduction to Group Membership
  • Unit 3 Developmental Psychology and Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Unit 4 Bio-Psycho-Social and Spiritual Aspects of Dependence
  • Unit 5 Treatment Issues in Substance Abuse and Dependence Counseling
  • Unit 6 Continuum of Care
  • Unit 7 Personal and Professional Development
FY18
Class Convene Date Graduation Date
18005 10 OCT 2017 22 DEC 2017
18010 09 JAN 2018 23 MAR 2018
18015 03 APR 2018 14 JUN 2018
18020 10 JUL 2018 20 SEP 2018
FY19
Class Convene Date Graduation Date
19005 02 OCT 2018 14 DEC 2018
19010 08 JAN 2019 22 MAR 2019
19015 02 APR 2019 13 JUN 2019
19020 09 JUL 2019 19 SEP 2019

Prerequisites:

  • Pharmacology Course:
    • Please download the course by clicking here.
    • Once downloaded completely read the substance abuse course.
    • Complete the test at the end of the reading by sending an email with the test answers to Ted Judson (thaddeus.a.judson.civ@mail.mil). Be sure to include the question number followed by the letter response.
  • Self Help Meetings:
    • 12-Step programs provide a fundamental resource among substance abuse treatment programs. The more familiar you are with 12-Step meetings, processes, and philosophy, the more you will understand the subjects taught at NDACS and the better you will be able to serve your patients.
      Please attend a minimum of six self help meetings prior to your arrival at NDACS. You may be assigned specific meetings by the person that interviewed you.
      For each meeting write up a paragraph summarizing what you got out of the meeting. (DO NOT write or take notes at the meeting).
  • Readings:
    There are two relatively short and easy reading books that students have found extremely helpful in getting through NDACS.
    • Becoming Naturally Therapeutic. By Jacqueline Small, ISBN 0-553-34800-0
    • Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? By John Powell
    For each of the two books write a 1 page insight oriented summary about what you gained from reading the book and send that to your NDACS POC.

    Reading for those in recovery: If you identify yourself in recovery, then there is an additional required reading:
    • Stage Two Recovery. By Earnie Larsen.
    Write a 1 page insight oriented summary about what you gained from reading the book and send that to your NDACS POC.

Physical Fitness Requirement

 Prior to your transfer, your command must have re-measured you for compliance with Navy Fitness / body composition standards. We know that some people have mothers and fathers who can cook like nobody's business. But please remember, a body conposition analysis(BCA) will be conducted on day Zero of class. If you are out of standards a that time, you will not be classed up, your orders will be cancelled, your transferring command notified, and you will then be up for orders in accordance with the needs of the Navy.

Substance Use Standards

 Another requirement is that you be nicotine free for at least the past two months prior to arrival at NDACS. Please recognize that you are coming into the substance abuse counseling profession. It would be highly unethical and hypocritical of you to be actively addicted to a substance that causes more death than alcohol or illicit substances combined. We also understand that quitting smoking or other dependence on nicotine products can be stressful. Quitting smoking, or other nicotine use, while attending an intense training regimen such as NDACS has rarely been successful and never pleasant.

Other Requirements:

Prior to arrival (Unless indicated otherwise), please provide an email containing the following items:

  1. Cyber Awareness Challenge (CAC) certificate, Version 4(complete the DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge V4, Course ID DOD-IAA-V14.0). This certificate is required to configure your computer access. Certificates must be dated later than 01 April and within the last 12 months.
  2. Practicum sites require documentation of Tuberculosis (TB) skin test and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) test within the past 12 months. To verify your test dates, go to Bupers Online and select Individual Medical Readiness. If the TB test dates are greater than one year and or HIV test dates are greater than 24 months prior to the end of class date, go to medical and update the screenings prior to reporting to NDACS. If you are unable to access Bupers Online you can visit the medical readiness officer or medical department to request the information.

NDACS Training Application Procedures

The Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School (NDACS) training application is designed to accommodate enlisted personnel (E-5 through E-9) interested in attending NDACS. Because NDACS is a rigorous competency based course, a thorough screening is a valuable tool in identifying eligible personnel. The application and screening assess personal strengths and possible deficiencies in the areas of physical and mental health, positive attitudes towards self and others, effective communication skills and the absence of any alcohol, other drug abuse, compulsive overeating or other emotional problems.

All prospective NDACS students are required to be screened and have a favorable evaluation prior to admission. Screening evaluations will be conducted by certified Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselors (military or civilian) assigned to a Navy Treatment Facility.

Additional information concerning NDACS application is available by contacting NDACS, BUPERS (Pers 4010D1).

Other applicants (Coast Guard, Army, and foreign military students) are required to submit a completed application package and be screened by a qualified counselor.

 Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Training Application contains detailed directions for completing and submitting the two part application package. Part I of the application can be downloaded via this website. Part II will be completed by a qualified SARP Counselor.  

All application packages (whether recommending approval or not) shall be forwarded to :

Officer in Charge
Navy Drug Alcohol Counselor SCH
Building 500
140 Sylvester Road
San Diego, CA 92106-3521

What to Expect:

Check in (DAY ZERO):

 Check in is the day prior to the first day of the course. Students arrive NLT 0630 in Official Navy PT gear for initial weigh-in. Following weigh-in, students change in to NSU or Khaki to begin administrative procedures.

 Administrative personnel will collect student orders(with any MODs), ID card, copy of extension or re-enlistment contracts(if applicable), initial check-in lodging receipt from NGIS or Certificate of Non-Availability(CNA) and overseas transfer paperwork (if applicable).

Required Uniforms:

  1. Graduation Ceremony: Seasonally appropriate Service Dress Uniform
  2. Service Khaki, Navy Service Uniform
  3. BCA / PFA: Navy Physical Training gear
  4. Practicum: At civilian sites: Business Casual civilian attire or at military facilities NWU M-Th and NSU/Khaki on Friday
    • Appropriate business casual dress typically includes slacks or khakis, dress shirt or blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie or seasonal sports coat, a dress or skirt at knee-length or below, a tailored blazer, knit shirt or sweater, and loafers or dress shoes that cover all or most of the foot.

Note to students on PCS orders:

  1. If your ultimate duty station is overseas (or operational command), and your dependents will be traveling with you to your ultimate station, make a copy of overseas (or operational) suitability screening package completed at current command to include Administrative Remarks (Page 13) which indicates suitability for overseas (or operational) assignment whichever is applicable. If being assigned overseas and orders require you and dependents to obtain passports, make sure you obtain "no fee" passports (not tourst passports) for yourself and dependents. Make a copy of every passport (pages with dependent's information and picture). Additionally, make sure to keep a copy of the message approving yoiur "dependent entry" to ultimate overseas station just in case the Navy Passenger Transportation Officer (NAVPTO) requires Them when transferring to ultimate overseas station. Per your PCS orders, the detaching (current) command or servicing PSD will have to process you and your dependents' port call to your detachment from NDACS. Turn in copies of all items mentioned above during the check in process.
  2. If you executed an extension or reenlisted to meet obligated service requirements by PCS orders, then you must turn in a copy of the extension or reenlistment contract during the check in process. if either extension or reenlistment was not done at last command, you will be required to do so prior to transfer from NDACS.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

  1. NDACS is one of the most demanding C-Schools in the Navy. You will have very little time for outside activities or appointments during this ten(10) week course.
    • Class runs from 0730-1630 with 60 minutes for lunch Monday - Friday.
    • Practice Group 1630-1730 one evening per week.
    • 12-Steps meetings are 3 nights per week
    • Homework assignments are 5 nights per week and journals 6-7 days a week.
  2. PT is on your own before or after class. The base has a full gym, functional training equipment and a well-kept track.

Lodging for Students:

Lodging is located at Navy Gateway Inn & Suites (NGIS).

Note: NGIS is listed in DTS but may not show availability for the full 72 days. Call the front desk directly to reserve your room. Students from past classes recommend lodging in building 500 (Queen Deluxe) rooms. Building 500 is an older building but has full kitchenettes and is away from the noisy hotel event area.

The NGIS web-page for Point Loma is: http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Point-Loma-NB-Main-Base.

The next closest NGIS facility is the Point Loma Annex on Harbor Drive and their website is: http://ngis.dodlodging.net/propertys/Point-Loma-NB-Annex.

  1. If the Gateway Inn & Suites (NGIS) does not have berthing available, obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability(CNA). Notify NDACS as soon as possible to coordinate off base lodging. *CNA is required when filing for advance per diem to cover meal and lodging expenses.
  2. For those students who are coming from the San Diego area, whether from a ship or shore, or whose ultimate duty station is SARP San Diego, there should be a clause in your PCS orders which says, "NO PER DIEM/LODGING REIMBURSEMENT IS AUTHORIZED IF THE INTERMEDIATE STOP (NDACS San Diego) IS IN THE SAME GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION AS ULTIMATE STATION (SARP San Diego)." This means, those students are not authorized to live at the Gateway Inn while attending the course.
  3. Personnel resideing outside the area whose ultimate duty station is in the San Diego area are considered "geographical bachelors (GB)". Those who require a room must submit a request memo to the Commanding Officer of Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC). A template for the memo is available in the downloads section or by clicking here. Approval of billeting at NMAWC depends on room availability, you may not check into the barracks without the approval memo. Other Navy bases in the San Diego area may have geo-bachelor quarters available, however, arranging for accomodations and transportation to and from these quarters is the student's responsibility.
  4. Students drawing per diem are advised to have sufficient funds available to cover expenses during their stay at NDACS. Joint Travel regulations only authorize advance per diem payments of 80% of receipts while in travel status. Students will be fully reimbursed at their ultimate duty station upon final liquidation of the travel claim. the course length is 73 days; Gateway Inn charges $85.00 per night for E-6 personnel. If the travel claim is not liquidated until the end of the stay the total lodging bill would be $6,205.00; advanced per diem is 80 percent, leaving $1,241.00 for the student to carry over until th final travel claim liquidation payment is received.
  5. Please be advised that the on base gally is currently under construction and is not available to students. Students staying at the Navy Gateway Inn & Suites will recieve Commercial Meal Rate (CMR) vs Govvernment Meal Rate(GMR).

Directions

If arriving by Air to Lindbergh Field (San Diego International Airport):No duty driver is available to pick up NDACS students at the airport. The following taxicabs are allowed to enter the Naval Base Pt. Loma depending on the driver's access to get on base. MAKE SURE TO ASK THE DRIVER IF HE/SHE CAN DRIVE ON BASE.

  • YELLOW CAB
  • QUEST CAB
  • ERITREAN CAB
  • MAIPU CAB
  • PANOK CAB
  • ARRIBA CAB
  • DK CAB

The most convenient and efficient means of ground transportation to NDACS is by taxi to the front gate (Rosecrans Street and Strothe Road). Be sure you direct the driver to the Naval Base at the end of Rosecrans Street and not the ASW base which is very close to the airport. NDACS is located in Building 500 across from the Autoport Gas Station which is a few hundred feet past the end of the bus route.

If arriving by POV, there are three primary routes that will bring you into San Diego:

  • *Interstate 5 will come into San Diego along the coast from the north. It will intersect with I-8 in the San Diego general vicinity, at the intersection of the freeways there will be a Rosecrans Street exit off the I-8 east off ramp (right lane). Proceed on Roscrans Street until you come to the Naval Submarine gate (approximately 5 miles). After passing through the frong gate, continue another three-forths(3/4) of a mile until you see the Autoport Gas Station on your right hand side. NDACS is located in Building 500 across from the Autoport (Rosecrans & White). If you need to check into the CBH, turn left at the Autoport (Kerrick Road) and follow the street until it makes a turn to the right and you'll see building 601 which is where the check in desk is located.
  • *Interstate 8 will come into San Diego from the east and will intersect with I-5 once you get close to the coast. Look for the I-5 south/Rosecrans Street off ramp remaining on the Rosecrans Street exit. Proceed on Rosecrans Street until you come to the Naval Submarine Base main gate (approximately 5 miles). After passing through the front gate, continue another three-fourths(3/4) of a mile until you see the Autoport Gas Station on your right hand side. NDACS is located in Building 500 across from Autoport (Rosecrans & White). If you need to check in to the CBH, turn left at the Autoport (Kerrick Road) and follow the street until it makes a turn to the right and you'll see Building 601 which is where the check in desk is located.
  • *Interstate 15 will come into San Diego from the northeast. Just past the Miramar Marine Corp Air Station, I-15 will split with State Route 163 (remain on the right side of the freeway). A shortcut is to take Route 163 to I-8 west. I-8 will intersect with I-5 once you get close to the coast. Look for the I-5 south/Rosecrans Street off ramp remaining on the Rosecrans Street exit. Proceed on Rosecrans Street until you come to the Naval Submarine Base main gate (approximately 5 miles). After passing through the front gate, continue another three-fourths(3/4) of a mile until you see the Autoport Gas Station on your right hand side. NDACS is located in Building 500 across from the Autoport (Rosecrans & White). If you need to check in to the CBH, turn left at the Autoport (Kerrick Road) and follow the street until it makes a turn to the right and you'll see Building 601 which is where the check in desk is located.

Certification and Contracts

The Certification and Contracts Office is responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Navy Alcohol and Drug Counselors Certification Program as well as management of the Navy's Clinical Preceptorship Program.    

The Certification and Contracts Office maintains information on the certification status of all Navy and Marine Corps counselors.  In order to maintain accurate records and to effectively communicate changes in requirements, notify personnel of expiration dates, etc., it is imperative to keep this office informed of personnel moves, status changes and contact information.

Please note, the requirement for ADC II initial certification has changed from 270 hours of initial ADOA training to 300 hours. (Completion of NDACS fufills only 270 hours of the required AODA training and 3 hours of the ethics requirement, therefore 30 additional hours of approved substance use disorder counselor training and 3 additional hours of AODA ethics training mus also be documented in this application.

New fillable PDF Forms for Certification
Forms may be completed and signed electronically. Attach supporting documentation to the email when submitting to the Certification Board.

 Correspondence Critique Sheet Form

 ADC 1 Non-Reciprocal Initial

 ADC I Recertification

 ADC 2 (Reciprocal) Initial Certification

 ADC 2 (Reciprocal) Recertification

 CCS Reciprocal Initial Certification

 CCS (Reciprocal) Recertification

 CPS Reciprocal

Certification Officer/ Certification Specialist/ Contracting Officer

Downloads

Pharmacology Course Prerequisite: Download
Bachelor Housing Instruction NBPL Download
NDACS Prerequisites: Download
Required Miscellaneous Items: Download
Course Administrative Information: Download
Directions to NDACS: Download
Class SAAR-N Form: Download
Geographical Bachelor Sample Letter Request: Download

NDACS Links

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - http://www.samhsa.gov/

National Institute on Drug Abuse - http://www.nida.nih.gov/ 

National Counsel on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - http://www.ncadd.org/

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium - http://internationalcredentialing.org/

California Certification Board - http://www.caadac.org/

Florida Certification Board - http://www.flcertificationboard.org/

Texas Certification Board - http://www.tcbap.org/

Virginia Certification Board - http://www.sacava.org/

North Carolina Certification Board - http://www.ncsappb.org/

U.S. Navy Preceptor Web Site - http://www.clinicalpreceptor.com