About Our Academy

The Pacific Academy of the Healing Arts is a NAADAC-recognized educational provider for professional addictions training. The academy is founded and directed by Elizabeth Bush, MSN, APRN, CARN-AP, CSAC, CCDP-D. We currently offer courses through an on-line learning model and a series of face-to-face classes located on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Our Goals:

1. To promote excellence in clinical practice in addictions and psychiatric/mental health treatment in the Pacific islands.

2. To provide community-based state-of the-art professional education for Pacific island addiction and mental health professionals.

3. To educate the public and influence public policy regarding addictive and mental health disorders.

Please refer to individual course descriptions for more specific details of each module’s goals and objectives, and content.

Our Requirements:

To enroll in the Pacific Academy of the Healing Arts on-site courses, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Demonstrate writing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrate fundamental computer literacy skills.
  • Have a high school diploma, or the equivalent.
  • Possess the emotional maturity necessary to provide culturally competent, respectful counseling services to chemically dependent individuals and their families.

Please be aware that each state has its own requirements for certification. Please contact us directly for a PAHA application.

Our Courses:

All courses directly relate to the five domains of assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility, with a specific substance abuse focus.

Courses provided by PAHA are based upon scientific, best practice standards that include:

  • A Biopsychosocial Model
  • A Developmental Model of Recovery;
  • A Relapse Prevention & Early Intervention Model; and
  • An Integrated Biological, Cognitive, Affective, Behavioral, Social, and Spiritual Therapy Model

Our Policies:

PAHA Confidentiality Policy

PAHA Grievance Policy

PAHA Hold Harmless Policy

PAHA Substance Abuse Policy