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What Courses have CACCF CEU Hours?

By: Adam Rosman

Published On: July 14, 2022

In any industry or job, one of the most valuable things you can do is continue to learn and grow. Upgrading your skills and knowledge not only gives you leverage in moving up in your job position but also broadens your qualifications and opens new doors. In the mental health and support industry, the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) promotes, certifies, and monitors the competency of addiction-specific counsellors in Canada using current and effective practices. Many jobs require you to renew your certification, and continuous learning courses help you attain your hours required for recertification. This helpful blog gives a better understanding of the organization and how to start the process of becoming certified. Ashton College offers many courses that are recognized by the CACCF and offers CEU hours towards getting certified or maintaining your current certification.  

What are CEU hours? 

The CACCF is backed by clinical research from the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium which provides extensive auditing towards the CACCF every five years, maintaining and furthering the quality of the accreditation and therefore the quality of our courses. 

According to the CACCF website’s CEU Information page, Continuing Education Units (CEU) are measured in hours and are for re-certification purposes only. A minimum of 40 CEU hours every two years is needed to maintain the certificates, regardless of the number of certifications you hold. 

What courses have CACCF CEU hours? 

We offer three courses accredited by the CACCF and include CEU hours, which are all great options whether you are pursuing your continuous learning journey to stay current, or if you are looking to get started in their respective fields.  

Ashton College’s CACCF Accredited Courses 

*Each of the following courses has been approved for 18 CEU hours. 

Trauma Counselling  

The Trauma Counselling course can provide students with strategies for dealing with ongoing client difficulties relating to trauma incidents. Some learning objectives that you will encounter are understanding the value of trauma counselling, identifying which type of therapy is best for specific traumas, and defining the stages of trauma recovery. Benefits of the course include:  

  • Understanding the concept of trauma and the value of trauma counselling 
  • Understanding what can be done to help in the healing process 
  • Gain the ability to define the stages of trauma recovery, and recognize which therapy would be best based on past trauma 
  • Understanding what trauma does to the brain and how the brain can heal after trauma 

Non-Violent Communication 

For Non-Violent Communication, students can be able to understand and use practical skills to understand themselves and others. A few learning objectives are knowing what non-violent communication is, understanding and using effective strategies, and defining the applications of non-violent communication. Benefits of the course include: 

  • Learning practical skills with consciousness and vocabulary to help you get what you want peacefully, learning how to connect with yourself and others from the heart 
  • Being able to recognize our commonalities and differences and find ways to make life wonderful for all of us by listening to our own deeper needs and those of others.  
  • Describe and use the four components needed to practice Nonviolent Communication 
  • Discuss the primary modes of application of Nonviolent Communication 
  • Discuss and use the effective strategies of Nonviolent Communication 
  • Define the applications of Nonviolent Communication 

Foundations in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy  

Foundations in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) can help students understand how mental health disorders work and how to treat them via techniques and interventions. Some learning objectives that you will encounter are being able to tell the difference between CBT and other forms of therapy treatments, knowing how to create a treatment plan, and identifying the more common types of interventions. Benefits of the course include:  

  • Explanation of the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
  • Identify the theoretical concepts and historical context of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
  • Differentiating between Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and other therapies used to treat mental health disorders 
  • Identify the commonly used interventions in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
  • Outline the relationship-building and skill-building process when working with clients 
  • Explore the concept of practice-based evidence 
  • Create a treatment plan for depression and anxiety 

Whether you are looking to re-certify or if you are curious about the courses, you can be assured that we provide quality educators and content. We look forward to having you in our courses. 


The information contained in this post is considered true and accurate as of the publication date. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog. 


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