ECB approves number of education and examinations from schools that fulfil the requriemants of knowledge and skills required for certification by ECB. Schools are welcome to apply for approval.

Examinations from the schools below have already been approved by ECB. Other schools from European countries are welcome to apply for approval.

Education and work experience are defined under the heading of Certification.

School of Addiction Studies

Principal: Kari Eythorsson
E-mail: karieythors(at)
Tel: +354-894-1492

Preschool – high school level
Subjects addressed:

  • Interview techniques, group work, supervision
  • Co-dependency, ADHD, paths to self-help
  • Psychological, emotional, personal issues
  • Ethics and confidentiality
  • Physiology and chemistry of alcohol and other substances
  • Pharmacy
  • Grief and grief counseling
  • Other important subjects

Advanced level available

Alcohol and other drug counselor ECADC

School of Prevention

Principal: Arni Einarsson
E-mail: arni(at)

Subjects addressed:

  • Social and political issues concerning prevention
  • Theories on public health, definitions of prevention
  • Policy-making and the public good/ Laws and regulations
  • Prevention research
  • Evaluation of prevention
  • Risk-behavior of adolescents
  • Physiology, addition effects on health and behavior
  • Treatment and intervention
  • Making prevention plans

Prevention specialist ECPS


International Food Addiction Counseling and Treatment
Principal: Ester H. Gudmundsdottir
E-mail: estherhelga(at)
Tel: +354-600-2676

Subjects addressed:

  • Addiction, especially food addiction
  • Screening, assessment, treatment plans
  • Counseling techniques
  • Abstinence based food-plans
  • Trauma, prevention
  • Ethics, education, biology
  • 12 step-recovery
  • Co-dependency, family
  • Relapse prevention
  • Other important subjects

Food Addiction counselor ECFAC


… from certified counselors after their studies

„I fell that these studies have been quite useful for me as a wife, a mother, and a teacher. I can listen better to my childrens‘ needs and I am more careful when I listen to others and interact with them.“

Guðrún, teacher and addiction counselor

„I am convinced that this was a unique opportunity to ensure a very well thought out and professional approach to make a prevention plan for the community. We received knowledge and guidance, which is an investment wich will pay off when we implement the community prevention plan.“

Helga, prevention specialist and educational officer

I learned more about myself in a few months than I had previously done in years. My past and my future have changed.“

Oddný, addiction counselor

„I have become more tolerant, more understanding and less prejudiced, and I look at more issues as projects than problems since I attended your school.“

Helga, leisure centre director and addiction counselor

„I have absorbed eveything which was offered, among that was what my co-students offered, we had a classroom full of specialists in various subjects. We also had fun and laughed a lot.“

Svanur, addiction counselor

„We focused on ourselves and the studies widened both my inner and my outer world. I got acquainted with a new learning method, learning about people with other people and with myself as the learning material is quite an effective method. A very practical study.“

Helga, BA in leisure studies and addiction counselor

„I come out of this school much richer than I came in. I know better where I stand and where I am going.“

Ágústa, nurse and addiction counselor

„We learned practical methods and we got our training in these methods. We learned in fact unbelievably much during this short time. I now have tools to better my life and possibly the lives of others as a counselor. In addition, I see the need to seek more education in this field.“

Gísli, addiction counselor
„The most memorable emphasis in our studies was on a critical approach to everything that we hear and read. Therefore I had to confront what I mostly disliked in myself, being judgmental and prejudiced. I have learned that sometimes it pays to take two steps backwards and contemplate the issue at hand.“
Lilja, a prevention specialist

„I started this school because I was interested in working with food addicts, and for myself as well. I was happy with diverse presentations and interesting readings. After having finished this school I am better able to make something out of my life in general. My communication skills have improved and I see the results of that at home, at work and among my friends.“

Lilja, BA in education and addiction counselor

„This is among the most difficult projects that I have undertaken, at the same time I have reaped the most from it. I have realized that change is not always easy and painless, even if it is good and right. Therefore I am convinced that I am now a better social worker than before and more self-confident. I would not have wanted to miss this experience and learning opportunity.“

Dagný, Social Worker and addiction counelor.

„Everything was first class. We were taught interviewing techniques, we looked at other sites, we looked inward at ourselves, and everything was difficult. I have matured a lot in this school and I can recommend it for everybody.“

Eymundur, addiction counselor

„These were not easy studies and we sometimes came out sweaty and tear-stained; however, we also came out stronger and better able to know who we are and who we can become, thus becoming better counselors in various contexts. We have become more focused, open-minded, hopeful, responsible, and last but not least, happier.“

Kristín, addiction counselor

„These studies have made me a better individual and a better professional. I would like to encourage everybody who wants to see their dreams come true to get up and apply to this school. You will not regret it.“

Sigríður, life coach and addiction counselor

„The emphasis placed on motivational interviewing is probably the most useful experience that I had.“

Rakel, BA in Political Science and addiction counselor