Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor Program
A Cooperative Effort Between
Eligibility for the CADC through the Idaho Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification (IBADCC) includes the course work for the ISAS and documentation of three (3) years of work experience working directly with substance abusing clients. Requirements for CADC (Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor) through the Idaho Board of Alcohol Drug Counselor Certification (IBADCC):
You must have at least 30 hours in each of the following domains, however, you must have a total of 270 hours total overall - so you will have more than 30 hours in some of the domains:
I. Drug and Alcohol Education (This would include introductions to Addiction, Pharmacology, etc.)
II. Counseling Skills (At ISU this class is called “Helping Theories” and it focuses on Motivational Interviewing Techniques)
III. Assessments (must be specific class to address Substance Abuse)
IV. Case Management (must be a specific class to address Substance Abuse)
V. Professional Responsibility (includes Ethics, cultural issues, etc.)
These classes must be specific to substance abuse- we won’t count a social work class that had a couple of chapters on ethics - or a biology class that talks about the body… instead, they must be specific to substance abuse.
Keep in mind that work experience is different than class room exposure. You cannot count classroom hours as part of the work experience.
For ACADC- (Advanced Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor) all the above apply with these exceptions:
For clarification or additional questions concerning the above criteria, please call Cindy Hansen at 208-251-1787.
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