This Home Study course provides you with a guided set of learning activities that provide high quality content, linked to research and other related academic work, along with access to Gorski-CENAPS Faculty. It affords you the opportunity of completing the course at your own pace. The cost of this course is $110.00. Participants will earn 9 Continuing Education credit hours upon successful completion. 


  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Gorski-CENAPS will mail you a copy of the course text. If you prefer an electronic copy, the text can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Twelve-Steps-Interpretation-Recovering-ebook/dp/B008GUDZXU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
  3. Read course text thoroughly.
  4. Complete the Continuing Education Test by answering the questions included at the end of the course.
  5. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion (emailed and available through your account) with your Continuing Education credits/clock hours.  


If you are a new user your information will be collected at checkout for your account. You will receive a welcome email with the easy steps to get going on your course.  Returning users can log in to their account and select the course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this homestudy course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the foundation of the Twelve Step Program.

  • Understand the levels of Twelve Step Involvement.

  • Discuss the “Twelve Step Plus” Approach.

  • Describe the Twelve Steps of Alcohols Anonymous.

  • Explain the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.

  • Identify how denial of addiction blocks recovery.

  • Participate in the ongoing recovery process with other addicts.

Course Description

Understanding the Twelve Steps, textbook written by Terry Gorski, presents the principles that underlie the single most effective program for treatment of chemical addictions. That program, of course, is Alcoholics Anonymous, better known as AA. This home study offers explanation to the steps that millions of people use to transform their lives. Why? Because, if used intelligently, it works. Gorski describes his personal interpretation of the Twelve Steps and the principles that underlie its success in a way helpful to both recovering people and therapists.

The primary purpose of A.A. is to help alcoholics stop drinking. It was never intended to be all things to all people; however, A.A. recognized that the Twelve Steps can help people with other problems; therefore, it allows organizations such as Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Marijuana anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, and other organizations to use its Steps and Principles. These related fellowships have developed as separate organizations so the A.A. can keep its primary focus on helping alcoholics to stop drinking.

Knowledge of the Twelve Steps is of critical importance to all recovering people for two reasons: 1) The Steps work if you work them, and (2) Twelve Step programs are inexpensive and readily available in most communities. As a result, they are the most widely used lifeline for people recovery from chemical dependency and other addictive disorders.

Bibliography: This course was developed by Terence T. Gorski and based on the publication Understanding the Twelve Steps-A Guide For Counselors, Therapists, and Recovering People written by Terence. T. Gorski .

Copyright Notice

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©Copyright 2022 by The CENAPS Corporation

All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this course and materials may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the CENAPS Corporation.

Senior Instructor Roland Williams

Roland Williams, MA, MAC, LAADC, ACRPS, NCACII, CADCII, SAP Gorski-CENAPS President/CEO and Director of Training Roland began with CENAPS in 1990 and is an internationally certified Addictions Counselor. He was personally mentored by Terry Gorski to teach RPT. He has worked world-wide as a counselor, interventionist, lecturer, trainer, teacher, author and consultant specializing in addiction related issues working in substance abuse treatment since 1986. As a consultant he has assisted many treatment centers to develop world class addiction treatment protocols as well as to create clinical treatment models.

Course curriculum

    1. Instructions

    1. Completion Test

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $110.00
  • 3 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content