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Welcome to the Vanguard Training page.  All training provided by Vanguard Services Unlimited to employees is posted here.  Below are descriptions, location, and times for the trainings, along with training calendars for the next three months.  Please be aware training dates may change at any time and you are encouraged to check this page or confirm the class date prior to registration and attendance.  In order to enroll for a training, please contact the Director of Compliance and Training by calling (703)841-0703, Ext. 356 or by e-mail by clicking here.

New Employee Orientation:  The orientation is for all new employees, students, and volunteers and usually occurs on the first Wednesday of each month.  Orientation provides information about Vanguard Service's history, philosophy, treatment approach, and basic operational procedures and policies.  This training occurs from 8:30 am to 5:00pm at the Vanguard Training Room at 200 N. Glebe Road Suite 104, Arlington, Virginia.

Mini-Orientation:  This is for individuals who completed the application process and can start working prior to the full New Employee Orientation.  It is only two hours and basic policies are reviewed.  Individuals who attend Mini-Orientation will need to attend the full New Employee Orientation, as well.  Mini-orientation usually occurs the third Wednesday of each month and the time and location are determined prior to the date. 

FEAR Crisis Intervention Training:  FEAR stands for Facing Emergencies and Reacting.  This training focuses on identifying the client's level of crisis and utilization of verbal techniques to de-escalate a crisis situation.  However, should escape and evasion or a physical hold be required, new and innovative techniques developed by Crisis Consultation Group, LLC are also taught.  This training is required annually and occurs from 9am to 5pm at the Vanguard Training Room at 200 N Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia.

CPR and First Aid:  We are an authorized provider of adult, child and infant CPR and standard first aid training.  CPR is required annually and First Aid is required every three years.  This training occurs from 9am to 5pm at the Vanguard Training Room at 200 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia.

Driver's Training:  All employees who may transport clients in a company vehicle must complete Driver's Training. The classroom portion of this training is completed on-line and then there is a road test.  Information on how complete Driver Training can be obtained from supervisors.

Medication Aid Training:  The State of Virginia requires all facilities that provides services to clients with medications to complete Medication Aid Training.  This is a 32 hour course that is provided by Vanguard Services once a quarter or an employee can attend the training at another agency per supervisor and fiscal approval.

Medication Aid Refresher Training:  This is scheduled as needed.

Vanguard Academy:  The Vanguard Academy consists of dedicated Vanguard employees who were nominated to attend.  It occurs once a month for twelve months and promotes the Vanguard culture and treatment approach through sessions focusing on addiction treatment history, approaches, the disease concept, recovery, standards of care, and core competencies.  Academy sessions usually occur the forth Friday of the month except for November and December due to holidays.  Classes are from 9:00am to 5pm at 200 N. Glebe Rd. Arlington VA.

Supervisor and Line-Staff Training:  All Vanguard employees are required to attend either the Supervisors' or Line-staff training twice a year. Topics vary and include Confidentiality, Human Rights, Behavioral Management, Cultural Competency, Family Services, among others.  The trainings will occur at Vanguard Training Room at 200 N Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia. Click here for direcctions.

To register for and take an online CPR or First Aid course with the Red Cross, please click here:

Pubic Transportation to our Training Room:

Take the Metro to the Ballston station. Building is approximately a one mile walk on Glebe Rd., heading south or take the building shuttle van for 200 N. Glebe Rd building. For shuttle schedule click here .

Training Calendar for September 2008

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday 
  1 2 3

New Employee Orientation

4 5 6

CPR & First Aid

7 8 9 10 11 12 13

FEAR Crisis Intervention

14 15 16 17

9 am: Mini-Orientation

1 pm: CPR Challenge

3 pm: FEAR Recertification

18 19 20
21 22

Screening assess.

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Screening assess

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24 25 26

Vanguard Academy


28 29 30    


Training Calendar for October 2008

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday 

New Employee Orientation

2CPR & First Aid 3FEAR Crisis Intervention 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11


12 13 14 15

9 am: Mini-Orientation

1 pm: CPR Challenge

4 pm: FEAR Recertification

16 17 18

19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31

Vanguard Academy


Training Calendar for November 2008

Monday  Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday  Saturday 



2 3 4 5

New Employee Orientation

6 7


CPR & First Aid

9 10 11 12

9 am: Semi-Annual Staff Training

13 14

9 am: Mini-Orientation

1 pm: CPR Challenge

3 pm: FEAR Recertification


FEAR Crisis Intervention

16 17 18 19

9 am & 1:pm

Semi-Annual staff Training

20 21

Vanguard Academy


23 24 25 26 27 28



Vanguard Institute for Training and Addiction Education

c/o 521 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, Virginia 22203-2106

703. 841.0703 x 208


VITAE is a training and education institute affiliated with Vanguard Services Unlimited, a non-profit provider of addiction treatment services located in Arlington, VA since 1962. Vanguard currently offers 11 treatment programs across the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area serving adult men and women, women with children, adolescents, the homeless, and Spanish-speakers through residential, outpatient, mobile, and transitional programs. A staff of over 180 professionals provides high-quality, CARF-accredited treatment to over 1000 individuals and their families annually.

VITAE provides top-notch, experienced teachers, trainers, and consultants such as:

  • Kevin Doyle, Ed.D., LPC, LSATP, MAC
  • Deborah Simpson Taylor, R.N.,C.D.
  • Elmore Briggs, M.S., LSATP, CSAC
  • John R. Culbreth, Ph.D.
  • Asante Clarke, M.A.
  • Frank J. Squillace, M.A.



VITAE provides the following substance abuse and addiction-related services:

  • On-site training workshops
  • Staff training
  • Education and consultation to the business community
  • Customized seminars
  • Courses for academic credit
  • Conference presentations and keynotes
  • And more…tell us about your need and we will strive to meet it.


VITAE training topics include:

  • Addiction in the Family
  • Substance Abuse and Addiction in the Workplace
  • Introduction to Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Advanced Clinical Supervision in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Adolescent Treatment Issues
  • Ethical Issues in Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment
  • Recovery on the College Campus
  • Confidentiality Issues in Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Preventing Burnout
  • Stress Reduction
  • Enhancing Access and Retention in Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Superior Customer Service In Health Care
  • Employee/Volunteer Motivation
  • Personality Traits at Work
  • How To Deal with Difficult People
  • Effective Management of the Substance Abuse Treatment Agency
  • Working with Homeless Substance Abusers and Addicts
  • Pharmacology
  • Culturally Sensitive Counseling
  • …and more