Addiction Professional Services
Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE)

Developed, reviewed and validated by nationally-recognized subject matter and psychometric experts to test for the necessary skills and knowledge of an addiction counselor professional.

"Addiction Counselor Exam" and "ACE" are registered marks of Breining Institute: Service Mark Reg. Nos. 68184, 304796, Class Number 41

Exam Content Areas
History and Overview
Programs and Approaches
Family Roles and Systems
Human Development and Behavior
Cultural and Lifestyle Differences / Special Populations
Community Prevention and Education
Intervention and Referral
Employee Assistance Programs
The Twelve Steps in Psychotherapy
Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction / Co-occurring Disorders / PTSD
Illicit Drug Use and Abuse
Medical Treatment and Holistic Approaches to Recovery
FAS / Hepatitis / AIDS and HIV / Communicable Diseases
Smoking and Nicotine Addictions
Eating Disorders
Gambling Disorders
Sexual Addiction
Dual Diagnosis
Role and Responsibility of the Counselor
Individual Counseling
Group Counseling
Family and Couples Counseling
Adolescent Counseling
Personal Growth for the Counselor
Professional Growth for the Counselor
Relapse and Counselor Burn Out
Therapeutic Counseling Approaches
Assertiveness for the Counselor
Laws, Ethics and Confidentiality
Prevention of Sexual Harassment
Standards for Counselor Competency and Assessment Methods

Study Guides
On-line Tutorial
ACE Tutorial - Part 1
Time 10:39
ACE Tutorial - Part 2
Time 12:58
ACE Tutorial - Part 3
Time 11:45

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SME Panel

The Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel members are recognized authorities as practitioners, administrators or educators in the field of addictions. The SME Panel evaluation of the ACE was supervised and directed by nationally-recognized exam development expert, Daniel A Biddle, PhD.

Examination Psychometric Expert

Daniel A. Biddle, PhD

CEO, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.


Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel Members

Michael Belzman, PhD, MDAAC, M-RAS

CEO, Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors

Kimberly Bond, MA, MFT

President, Mental Health Systems, Inc.

Board Member, Therapeutic Communities of America

Board Member, California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives

Vannessa Brown-Lindsey, Dr.AD, M-RAS

President / CEO, Another Choice, Another Chance

Kathy L. Christopher, JD, M-RAS

Dean of Academic Affairs, Breining Institute

Jana Cook, PhD

Project Scientist, University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

Executive Committee, Forensic Addictions Corrections Treatment (FACT) Board of Directors


Warren Daniels, MA, CADC II, M-RAS

CEO / Executive Director, Community Recovery Resources (CoRR)

Chair, California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals

Former President, California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC)

Wayne Kistner, JD

General Counsel, California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE)

Kathleen Klug, BA, RAS

Manager (Ret.), Driving-under-the-Influence Program, Breining Institute

Luky Maldonado, CAODC

Senior Vice President, Safety Center Incorporated

Chair, California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs (CADDTP)

Shirley Rowland, Dr.AD, RAS

Senior Mental Health Counselor, CalWORKS Clinical Team, County of Sacramento

Theresa J. Russell, Dr.AD, MCA

Dean of Instruction, Breining Institute

Jim Sellars, MA, CADC II, SAP

Quality Management Coordinator, CRC Health Corporation

Chair, California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC)

Armond Urbano, RAS II, NCAC

Director, Training and Education, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR)

Sally Wynn, Dr.AD, MCA, CSC

Principal, AOD Continuing Education LLP

Exam Development
Content areas evaluated by over 200 practitioners, administrators and educators from throughout the United States.
Exam questions evaluated and weighted by panel of
nationally-recognized subject matter experts (SMEs)
Exams psychometrically validated by
nationally-recognized exam expert