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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.
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.
This course is offered at Surface Warfare Medicine Institute, San Diego, CA.
Phone: (619) 553-8499 / 8250
FAX : (619)553-8583
Certification Office: (619) 553-8490
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 composition 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.
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.
Prior to arrival (Unless indicated otherwise), please provide an email containing the following items:
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 three components of the application package. Part I of the application can be downloaded via this website. Guidelines for the Autobiography Completion can also be downloaded. These two portions should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Part II will need 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
140 Sylvester Road
San Diego, CA 92106-3521
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).
Note to students on PCS orders:
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.
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.
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:
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.
♦ Correspondence Critique Sheet Form
♦ ADC I Non-Reciprocal Initial Certification
♦ ADC I Recertification
♦ ADC I Retest
♦ ADC II (Reciprocal) Initial Certification
♦ ADC II (Reciprocal) Recertification
♦ ADC II Retest
♦ CCS Reciprocal Initial Certification
♦ CCS (Reciprocal) Recertification
♦ CPS Reciprocal
♦ Extension Request Form
♦ Testing Officer Affidavit Form
♦ Weekly Clinical hours Log Sheet
♦ Certification Officer/ Certification Specialist/ Contracting Officer
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
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