Iowa Counselor Renewal|Addictions Certification

Counseling & MFT

Iowa Board of Behavioral Science
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or Email the Board
Phone: 515-281-4422
CE Required: 40 hours every 2 years
Home Study Allowed: 20 hours, if NBCC approved  NBCC#6261
License Expiration: 9/30, even years
National Accreditation Accepted: NBCC
Date of Info: 7/19/2010

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Addictions Counselor Certification

http://iowabc.org/

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) – 1 through 3 required

  1. Must satisfy the requirements under the Education Track or the Experience Track. (see below for details)
  2. Passing score on the Supervisors Counselor Evaluation.
  3. Successful completion of the ICRC written test.

Education Track

  • High school diploma or GED – College level credit which must include at least 24 semester hours in substance abuse or its related fields. (Related fields are Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services, and Criminal Justice).
  • A minimum of 150 clock hours (Note: One semester hour equals 15 clock hours) of training in the Core Functions is required.
  • 1000 clock hours (6 month full-time) of supervised substance abuse counseling experience within the past three years.
  • Of the supervised experience, at least 500 clock hours must be documented in performing the Core Functions of the Alcohol and Drug Counselor and 36 of the hours in face-to-face supervision with a qualified supervisor. The following is a list of the minimum hours that must be spent performing each of the Core Functions
    • Screening: 15 clock hours
    • Intake: 20 clock hours
    • Orientation: 20 clock hours
    • Assessment: 30 clock hours
    • Treatment Planning: 50 clock hours
    • Counseling: 50 clock hours
    • Case Management: 50 clock hours
    • Crisis Intervention: 15 clock hours
    • Client Education: 30 clock hours
    • Referral: 15 clock hours
    • Reports and Record Keeping: 30 clock hrs
    • Consultation: 30 clock hours
    • The remaining hours may be performed under any of the Core Functions.

Education Track

  • High school diploma or GED –
  • 3000 clock hours (1 ½ years full-time) of supervised substance abuse counseling experience within the past three years.
  • Of the supervised experience, at least 500 clock hours must be documented in performing the Core Functions of the Alcohol and Drug Counselor and 36 of the hours in face-to-face supervision with a qualified supervisor. The following is a list of the minimum hours that must be spent performing each of the Core Functions
    • Screening: 15 clock hours
    • Intake: 20 clock hours
    • Orientation: 20 clock hours
    • Assessment: 30 clock hours
    • Treatment Planning: 50 clock hours
    • Counseling: 50 clock hours
    • Case Management: 50 clock hours
    • Crisis Intervention: 15 clock hours
    • Client Education: 30 clock hours
    • Referral: 15 clock hours
    • Reports and Record Keeping: 30 clock hrs
    • Consultation: 30 clock hours
    • The remaining hours may be performed under any of the Core Functions.

Advanced Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ACADC & ACADC-NR)

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Completion of 700 clock hours (Note: One semester hour equals 15 clock hours) of education and training in the Core Functions. These 700 clock hours may be a combination of college courses, trainings, and workshops. Some special conditions apply; namely

o At least 30 hours must have been obtained within the 24 months preceding the application.

o These hours may not include in-service training. An in-service training is education and training which occurs within the counselors agency, only for agency staff and conducted only by agency staff.

o Specifically, clock hours must be earned as:

  • 6000 clock hours of supervised substance abuse counseling experience within the past 6 years. (A Bachelors degree or higher in Substance Abuse, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Human Services, or Criminal Justice may take the place of one year of the 3 year experience requirement.) An equivalent of one-third of the experience must be in the area of alcohol counseling, one-third in the area of other drug counseling and the balance in either alcohol or other drug counseling. Internships may be applied to this experience.
  • Of the supervised experience, at least 500 clock hours must be documented in performing the Core Functions of the Alcohol and Drug Counselor and 36 of the hours in face-to-face supervision with a qualified supervisor. The following is a list of the minimum hours that must be spent performing each of the Core Functions.
    • Screening: 15 clock hours
    • Intake: 20 clock hours
    • Orientation: 20 clock hours
    • Assessment: 30 clock hours
    • Treatment Planning: 50 clock hours
    • Counseling: 50 clock hours
    • Case Management: 50 clock hours
    • Crisis Intervention: 15 clock hours
    • Client Education: 30 clock hours
    • Referral: 15 clock hours
    • Reports and Record Keeping: 30 clock hrs
    • Consultation: 30 clock hours
    • The remaining hours may be performed under any of the Core Functions.
  • Passing score on the Supervisors Counselor Evaluation.
  • Successful completion of the ICRC written test.

Recertification:

Certified counselors must obtain 40 clock hours of continuing education during the two year certification period to qualify for recertification, specifically:

Credit is not awarded for in-service trainings. (An in-service training is the education and training which occurs within the counselors agency, only for agency staff and conducted only by agency staff.)
No more than 20 clock hours may be earned through distance learning. Distance learning CEUs, even those that are NAADAC approved, must be accompanied with a $10.00 fee at the time of recertification.
The required 40 clock hours may be obtained in any combination of categories.

  • CATEGORY A – ATTENDING FORMAL TRAININGS
  • CATEGORY B – RESEARCH PAPERS, PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATIONS
  • CATEGORY C – TEACHING OTHER PROFESSIONALS
  • CATEGORY D – STRUCTURED INDIVIDUAL CONTINUING EDUCATION ON A SPECIFIC TOPIC
  • CATEGORY E – PARTICIPATORY LEARNING EXPERIENCES/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT