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The Four Transdisciplinary Foundations

Even though addiction professionals work in a broad variety of disciplines and have specific proficiencies, skills, levels of client involvement, and scope of practice, they all have a shared understanding of addiction. This universal knowledge is built on four foundations and considered a prerequisite to the development of specific treatment skills and disciplines. The Foundations include twenty-three competencies addressing core knowledge and attitudes.

I. Understanding Addiction – basic knowledge about substance use disorders

II. Treatment Knowledge – treatment and recovery models

III. Application to Practice – how to apply treatment knowledge to practice

IV. Professional Readiness – issues related to self awareness, appreciation of diversity, ethics and continuing education 7

Click here to view an illustration of how the Transdisciplinary Foundations and their corresponding competencies, knowledge and attitudes are written.

To view the Transdisciplinary Foundations in their entirety, click here.


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