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Eye on Ethics

Reflective Practice in Social Work — The Ethical Dimension
By Frederic G. Reamer, PhD
April 2013

Recently, I received an urgent voicemail message from a hospital social worker: “Please get back to me as soon as possible. I have a meeting tomorrow morning with our head of human resources, and I’m very nervous about it.”

Later in the day, I connected with the social worker and learned the following: He had been employed by the hospital for seven years and had never been disciplined. His current predicament began when his immediate supervisor called him in to discuss concerns about possible boundary violations and an alleged inappropriate dual relationship with a hospital patient. The social worker explained to me that in his personal life he is actively involved in a community-based group of parents who adopted children from China. The group sponsors a wide range of activities to support and enhance the children’s ethnic identity. Through this involvement, the social worker said, he and his wife had become very friendly with several other adoptive parents.

About three weeks earlier, one of the parents who had become a good friend was admitted to the social worker’s hospital for treatment of a chronic, debilitating infection. The friend did not receive social work services. During the friend’s hospital stay, the social worker occasionally stopped by his room to say hello and inquire about the friend’s health. The patient’s attending physician had collaborated professionally with the social worker in other hospital cases and was well aware of the patient’s friendship with the social worker.

One afternoon during the patient’s hospital stay, the physician contacted the social worker and explained that the patient was distraught after having just learned that he was diagnosed with bone cancer. According to the social worker, the physician asked the social worker to visit the patient and offer emotional support. The social worker visited the patient in his room and spent about an hour helping his friend process the distressing medical news.

The social worker documented this patient encounter in the hospital chart. During a random quality-control review of social workers’ chart entries, the hospital’s social work supervisor read the note and became concerned because the social worker had not been assigned to provide social work services to this patient. The supervisor learned of the social worker and patient’s friendship and notified the director of human resources, who documented this “incident” in the social worker’s personnel record and asked to meet with the social worker.

The Nature of Reflective Practice
In 1983, the late scholar Donald Schon published his influential and groundbreaking book The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action . Schon’s thesis, based on his extensive empirical research, was that the most skilled and effective professionals have the ability to pay critical attention to the way they conduct their work at the same time that they do their work. Schon coined the terms “knowing-in-action” and “reflection-in-action,” which suggest that some professionals can take a step back and think hard about what they are doing while they are doing it. The concepts are akin to the widely used social work concept “use of self.”

Ordinarily the concepts of knowing-in-action and reflection-in-action are applied to practitioners’ cultivation and use of technical skill, whether in surgery, architecture, town planning, engineering, dentistry, or psychotherapy. In my view, and as the above case demonstrates, social workers would do well to extend the application of these compelling concepts to their identification and management of ethical issues in the profession. Ideally, effective practitioners would have the ability to recognize and address ethical issues and challenges as they arise in the immediate context of their work, not later when someone else points them out. Put another way, social workers would have a refined “ethics radar” that increases their ability to detect and respond to ethical issues.

Of course, the most important benefit is client protection. However, an important by-product is self-protection, that is, the increased likelihood that social workers will protect themselves from ethics-related complaints.

Implementing Reflective Ethics Practice
Certainly the hospital social worker who called me with panic in his voice would have benefited from reflective ethics practice and highly sensitive ethics radar. Had he reflected on the ethical dimensions of the boundary challenges that emerged when he interacted with his friend and hospital patient, it is likely that this well-meaning practitioner would have avoided his unpleasant encounter with the human resources department. The social worker’s decision to visit his friend was not the error; that was a humane and compassionate gesture. The error, rather, was not reflecting on his role in that moment and managing the boundaries carefully, including discussing them with his friend and his supervisor.

In my experience, ethics-related reflection-in-action entails three key elements.

Knowledge: Skillful management of many ethical dilemmas requires knowledge of core concepts and prevailing standards. Ethics concepts are addressed in professional literature and standards exist in several forms, including relevant codes of ethics, agency policies, statutes, and regulations. For example, the National Association of Social Workers’ Codeof Ethics includes explicit standards pertaining to boundaries, dual relationships, and conflicts of interest (especially section 1.06). It would have been best for the hospital-based social worker to consult relevant literature and standards with regard to conflicts that can arise when a social worker encounters a friend or social acquaintance in the work setting. The hospital’s personnel policies also prohibit dual relationships that involve conflicts of interest.

In some cases, although not all, statutes and regulations address ethical issues. In the United States, both federal and state laws address various ethical issues, such as confidentiality, privileged communication, informed consent, and social workers’ ethical conduct. Such laws would not have been particularly helpful in the hospital social worker’s case, but often they are helpful and critically important, for example, when social workers must decide whether to disclose confidential information without clients’ consent to protect a third party from harm or whether parental consent is necessary to provide services to minors who seek help with substance abuse but insist that this information be withheld from their parents.

Transparency: Reflective social workers who sense an ethical issue share their concern with supervisors, colleagues, and appropriate administrators. An effective way to protect clients and practitioners alike is to avoid any suggestion that the ethical issue is being handled “in the dark.” Such clarity demonstrates social workers’ good faith efforts to manage ethical dilemmas responsibly. When appropriate, clients should be included in the conversation.

Process: Although some ethical decisions are clear-cut, many are not. The hospital social worker who contacted me was unsure about the best way to manage his involvement with a good friend who had become a patient. Unfortunately, the social worker did not notify his supervisor about the dilemma or seek consultation. He documented his lengthy hospital-room encounter with the patient, but doing so in the client’s hospital chart created the impression that the social worker was functioning in his professional capacity, not as a friend. My hunch is that had the social worker notified his supervisor of his friendship with the patient and made clear that any contact with the patient occurred as a friend, the social worker may have avoided any adverse personnel issues. What I have learned is that many ethical decisions are not simple events; they require a considerable, often painstaking, process.

During the course of the profession’s history, social workers have refined the art of reflective practice. Historically, these skills have been applied primarily to clinical, policy, advocacy, and administrative functions. Clearly, reflective practice should extend to ethics as well.

— Frederic G. Reamer, PhD, is a professor in the graduate program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College. He is the author of many books and articles, and his research has addressed mental health, healthcare, criminal justice, and professional ethics.

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What are Addiction Counselors?

Why you might want to think about becoming one.

It can be much more effective to treat addictions as an illness than as a criminal offence. Increasingly, people are being sentenced to treatment in lieu of, or in addition to, jail time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites court-ordered treatment as one of the reasons that the demand for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors is rising so rapidly. Another reason, thankfully, is that more people are seeking treatment on their own! The future looks bright for skilled, dedicated addictions counselors. The BLS anticipates 27% growth between the years 2010 and 2020.

If you are interested in becoming an addiction counselor, know that you can break into the field at multiple levels. Some positions require less than an associate degree; others require a master’s. Your level of education will go a long way toward determining your scope of practice and the level of autonomy that you will have. It can mean there will be more career options available to you. You can expect it to have some bearing on your salary as well. The BLS states that job prospects are excellent for candidates with specialized training — many positions are difficult to fill!

A master’s degree will open up another career path: private practice. In this type of setting, you may work with more individuals who are in treatment by choice.

Capella University offers an Online Master’s in Addiction Studies as well as three online CACREP- accredited master’s programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling as well as a Post-Bacc Certificate in Addictive Behavior, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Click here to contact Capella University and request information about their programs.

Addiction Counselor Educational Requirements

Your first step will be researching your own state’s legal requirements. Some states have an addiction treatment board that is separate from counseling. Candidates may be licensed at several levels. Master’s level counselors, though, will generally be licensed by the board of professional counseling. The details will vary from state to state.

Next, scout out educational programs. If you don’t have a degree yet, you may want to pursue a degree in addiction studies. If you have a degree — even better! Look into making yourself a competitive candidate for a master’s level program in addictions counseling. You will want to ask what level of licensing/ certification the program prepares you for. In some cases, there is more than one option. You may be prepared for entry level credentialing in drug abuse counseling in as little as a year, but you’ll need to put in more time, and complete more classes, to take the licensing exam for professional counselors. Another option is to enroll in a more general professional counseling program that lets you specialize in addictions counseling.

Antioch University offers a new Online MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program that is in the CACREP accreditation process and mirrors the CACREP-accredited program delivered on campus. Specializations in: Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling (SAAC) and Counseling Military Service Personnel and their Families (MSPF). Click here to contact Antioch University and request information about their programs.

27% growth is predicted from 2010 through 2020.

If you are seeking full licensure, you can expect to work under supervision after your degree has been conferred, usually for a period of at least two years.

Addiction Counselor Credentialing

You will probably take more than one credentialing exam along the way. Many states expect all professional counselors, regardless of specialty, to take the National Counselor Examination, administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Another exam that you may need to take is the Examination for Master Addiction Counselors, also offered by the NBCC. You will need to hold certification as a professional counselor through the NBCC. Additionally, you will need to demonstrate that you have had at least twelve graduate semester hours in addictions. (500 CEs hours can be substituted.) In order to take the exam, you will also need to have worked under supervision at least 20 hours a week for a total of three years, two of them post-master.

Passing the exam will grant you the title Master Addictions Counselor (MAC). If you hold this credential, you can seek Substance Abuse Professional status with the federal government.

Remember that state licensing is a separate process from national credentialing, even when the very same tests are required. Ultimately, you may end up with quite a few initials after your name… and quite a few job opportunities.

Find Out How to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in Your State

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How to Become a Mental Health Counselor

A career as a mental health counselor is richly rewarding for compassionate, empathetic people who want to make a significant difference in the lives of others. A skillful counselor leads a client on a journey of growth and self-discovery that allows him or her to overcome obstacles, reach personal goals, and lead a productive life. These counselors assess, diagnose, and treat psychological disorders; support clients through difficult life experiences; and teach the skills and attitudes needed to bring about behavior change. By assisting clients with clinical conditions such as depression, substance abuse and anxiety, they help people learn to adapt to change and function positively in their day-to-day lives.

Mental health counselors use a variety of approaches to help their clients. One widely used approach involves cognitive behavioral therapy, which replaces problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with more adaptive ones. Other counselors use emotion-focused therapies, which emphasize the impact of deeper emotions in a person’s life. Meanwhile, some counselors are more solution-focused, working with people to develop problem-solving skills. The emphasis a counselor places on one aspect of a person’s thoughts, emotions, or problems depends on a counselor’s personal background, belief systems and training. A counselor in training can expect to do a great deal of self-exploration during his or her degree program in order to align with a certain area of counseling.

Mental health counseling may take many forms. Clients may see the counselor one on one, in couples sessions, or in family therapy. Some also attend group therapy sessions in which several people come together to support one another and work toward a common treatment goal. Many counselors see a wide variety of clients, while others specialize in certain conditions or populations.

Counselors often operate as part of a multidisciplinary care team that includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, case managers and others invested in the client’s welfare. They make referrals to community agencies, treatment programs, and other medical professionals in order to connect the client with resources that will best support his or her needs. Many also participate in community and professional organizations to advocate for their profession and improve mental health care within their communities. Mental health counselors have the unique opportunity to help people develop the emotional resilience and interpersonal skills to navigate life’s challenges.

Work Environment

Mental health counselors are employed by not-for-profit agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, general and specialty hospitals, universities, and private businesses. Many also run their own practices.

Counseling requires a great deal of intense and focused human interaction. These professionals spend much of the workday with clients, consultants, and members of the treatment team. In a typical day, a counselor can expect to see on average 5 to 8 clients, while also leading treatment planning meetings and consulting with family members or community resources. From day to day, counselors also must document client progress notes and complete insurance-related forms. While almost all mental health counseling is still provided face to face, telephone and online counseling are growing in popularity.

Most mental health counselors work full time. Those in private practice have greater flexibility to set their own schedules. Hours often include evenings, weekends and early mornings to accommodate clients who may only be able to meet at those times due to work or family obligations.



At minimum, mental health counselors must hold a master’s degree in counseling from an accredited institution. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP ) is the governing body that overseas the accreditation of mental health counseling programs within the United States. Prior to entering a master’s program, the prospective student must hold a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university. Many mental health counselors hold bachelor’s degrees in related fields such as psychology, human development, and social work; however, this is not a requirement to enter into a mental health counseling master’s program. Master’s programs are 60 semester credit or 90 quarter credit programs, with a full time student being able to finish the degree within 2 years.


Accredited counselor training programs include extensive, supervised field experience in the form of practicums and internships.

CACREP requires the practicum experience to consist of the following:

  • A minimum of 100 hours, with 40 of those hours being direct client experiences, in which the student is providing counseling services to clients
  • 1 hour supervision sessions with an appointed supervisor
  • Weekly 1 1/2 hour group supervision sessions facilitated by program faculty
  • Evaluation based on audio/video recordings of the student’s interactions with clients

Upon successful completion of the practicum experience as determined by a passing grade from practicum supervisors and faculty, CACREP requires completion of an internship, which includes the following:

  • A minimum 600 hour internship with 240 of those hours being direct client experiences
  • 1 hour supervision sessions with an appointed supervisor
  • Weekly 1 1/2 hour group supervision sessions facilitated by program faculty
  • Evaluation based on audio/video recordings of the student’s interactions with clients
  • Evaluation based on student’s involvement in activities and development in record keeping, assessment, treatment approaches, clinical judgment, and teamwork relationships

Licensing and Certification

Licensure of mental health counselors is mandatory in most states. This usually requires a master’s degree and 2,000-4,000 hours of supervised clinical experience. In some areas, counselors must pass a knowledge exam prior to practicing.

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) awards two levels of certification for mental health professionals. The entry-level national certified counselor (NCC) credential requires completion of required coursework and 3,000 hours of work experience (waived for graduates of CACREP-accredited training programs). Candidates must also pass the National Counselor Exam.

Experienced professionals can pursue additional credentialing as a certified clinical mental health counselor (CCMHC). Candidates must be certified as NCCs, meet rigorous education and experience requirements, submit recordings of clinical sessions and pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

To maintain licensure and certification, all counselors must engage in continuing education throughout their careers. Credits may be earned by taking courses in person or completing trainings online. Counselors who hold NBCC credentials are subject to additional continuing education requirements.

Needed Skills and Qualities

Counselors should enjoy working with people of many different personalities and backgrounds, including those of different ages, races, socioeconomic levels, gender and sexual orientations. The three key characteristics counselors must exhibit are empathy, authenticity, and a non-judgmental presence. Counseling research cites these three characteristics as being the most vital component to developing therapeutic trust with a client. In addition, the ability to listen attentively and to express thoughts and ideas clearly is essential.

Mental health counselors in private practice also need to be good business people. They spend a significant amount of time on marketing, bookkeeping, and collecting payments from insurance companies and clients.

Opportunities for Advancement

Experienced counselors often hold administrative or supervisory positions at agencies and treatment facilities. Some return to school to pursue doctorates in counseling, which opens up new career opportunities in teaching and research.

If you would like to gain the necessary education to become a mental health counselor, we highly recommend that you check out our free School Finder Tool located HERE .

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). the median annual salary for mental health counselors is $40,850, and most earn between $26,030 and $66,930. Wages vary geographically and by industry, with municipal government and health practitioner offices offering the highest starting salaries. Level of degree will also impact a mental health counselor’s salary; counselors who obtain a doctoral degree often receive a higher salary as they often go on to teach within universities.

Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 29% between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS. This is due in part to the fact that more insurance companies are offering reimbursement for mental health counseling services.

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How to Become a School Counselor

School counselors provide academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social competencies to children and adolescents in elementary, middle, and high school grades K-12. They are ideally master’s level educators who have coursework in: ethics, helping relationships, counseling theories, group work, multicultural counseling, human development, career and college readiness counseling, assessment, and research as well as at least a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship in K-12 school settings and a state or national certification/license to practice. They are dedicated to helping all students reach their academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social dreams by providing school counseling classroom curriculum lessons and academic, career, college readiness, and personal/social planning for every student annually and group and individual counseling for some students.

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From Powerlessness to True Personal Power

Carla can’t leave her work as a university professor, work that she now finds unfulfilling, because she’ll lose her tenure. Her thought: I have no control over the system.

Creativity Is a Way of Life, Not Just About Making Art

No matter what you may have been told, every one of us is creative. It’s as much a part of us as our voice and breath and fingerprints. Creativity isn’t just about making art. Cooking, gardening, keeping a journal, handiwork and crafts are all creative acts. Arranging flowers or rearranging furniture, painting a picture or painting a room, singing on stage or singing in the shower––these are all responses to the “call.”

10 signs of S-T-R-E-S-S

Despite its bad reputation, stress isn’t actually a product of only negative things. It’s a response from your body to changes in your life. Good things can cause stress as frequently as bad. The stress created by getting a new job or the arrival of a baby can take its toll just as much as that caused by losing someone you care about or getting laid off from work. Following are 10 warning signs of stress. Simple stress reduction techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, relaxation or exercise may be able to reduce these symptoms.

The “Risky Business” of Life

What’s riskier: skydiving or leaving your marriage of 18 years? For many of us, psychological risks—such as quitting a secure, well-paying job to go back to school or speaking on stage or choosing to adopt a child—may ultimately feel more dangerous than those of physical derring-do.

Building a positive reservoir

I have read that we remember and hold on to negative comments and experiences much more readily than we do to positive ones. We need to build up a reservoir of positive feelings to combat the destructive power of negative experiences. And of course, this holds especially true in our relationships. The zinger delivered to us by our partner can really sting and hurt. Therefore, I am going to make a strong attempt to say at least five positive things to my spouse before I utter a negative comment. I am going to take note as to how this works in our life together. I will do this for the next three weeks and observe how it plays out in our relationship. I believe at a minimum, it can do no harm, and I have a feeling that it could have a beneficial effect. We shall see.

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    Licensing Requirements

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I – LADC I

    A person licensed by the Department to conduct an independent practice of alcohol and drug counseling, and to provide supervision to other alcohol and drug counselors.

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor II – LADC II

    A person licensed by the Department to practice alcohol and drug counseling under clinical supervision.

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Assistant

    A person licensed by the Department to provide recovery based services under direct clinical and administrative supervision.


    All requirements including exam must be met before access to online application is granted through Massachusetts Virtual Gateway.

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I

    • Master’s or doctoral degree in behavioral sciences
    • Minimum of 270 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
    • 300 hours of supervised practical training
    • 6,000 hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling work experience
    • Successfully complete a written examination

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor II

    • Minimum of 270 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
    • 300 hours of supervised practical training
    • 6,000 hours of supervised alcohol and drug counseling work experience (4,000 if applicant holds a Bachelors degree)
    • Successfully complete a written examination
    • Show proof of high school diploma or equivalent

    Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor Assistant

    • Show proof of high school diploma or equivalent
    • 2,000 hours of work experience in the alcohol or drug abuse field
    • Minimum of 50 hours of training that address the full range of education related to substance abuse counseling
    • Successfully complete a written examination

    For further details on requirements please refer to Section 168.006 – Eligibility Requirements found in the Licensure of Alcohol and Drug Counselors Regulations which are included in your application packet.

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    The Department will issue a license without requiring written or oral examination to any applicant who is deemed eligible for reciprocity based on the following:

    • The applicant holds a current, valid license as an alcohol and drug counselor or a comparable field in other state wherein the requirements for licensure are deemed by the Department to be equivalent to or in excess of those requirements of the Department; and,
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    Become a Substance Abuse Counselor

    With a curriculum designed by real world addiction professionals and both online and in-class hybrid options that can be completed in six months, Sober College School of Addiction Studies (SCSAS) substance abuse counselor certification program offers students flexibility without compromising academic excellence. Our substance abuse counselor certification program is available in-class in Woodland Hills, California (just North of Los Angeles) and online in states across the country though our partnership with several credentialing boards as well IC RC reciprocity. With just a High School Diploma or GED, for most states, you can become a substance abuse counselor and take the first steps towards a rapidly-growing and fulfilling career path as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. …Read More Our curriculum is tailored to meet the changing needs of addiction treatment professionals. Our addiction treatment experience, through operating Sober College drug rehab center for young adults, add to our expertise and enhances the time you will spend in our program. SCSAS has a strong rooted belief that counseling and recovery can transform and save lives. This belief ensures that all graduates are fully prepared to enter the the field of substance abuse counseling as successful and competent counselors. Show Less.

    A Program Designed to Fit Your Schedule | In-Class Hybrid and Online Programs

    Sober College School of Addiction Studies is designed for working professionals. By taking our classes online, or in-class one weekend a month, you will complete 315 educational hours (including practicum hours) in just six months.

    In-class/Hybrid Program

    Our In-Class Hybrid Program is perfect for students that would benefit from having face time with their instructor. With benchmark goals, hybrid students complete coursework the month before meeting with their instructor for one weekend (two in-class meetings). The significance of in-class meetings are to review important material, engage in discussions with peers and their instructor, and to prepare for the final exam.

    Online Program

    Our Online Program also offers flexibility and has benchmark goals to keep students on track. There are no in-class meetings with our instructor; however, students engage in weekly online discussions with both classmates and their instructor. This learning format is best suited for students that enjoy making their own schedule as they reach short-term goals and who thrive on continued engagement.

    Questions about which program would work best for you?

    Call 866.615.3276 to speak with an admissions counselor.

    How the Hybrid Online Class Work

    The course material for both hybrid and online formats are accessed via Moodle, an online learning platform that provides a personalized learning environment for our students. Since all coursework is submitted on Moodle, students can trust that all completed assignments are organized, secure and visible to their instructor in real time. Moodle also offers time management tools and interactive assignments, catering to the vast needs of students.

    Opportunities for alternate scheduling are available online, as well as rolling admissions for the 6 month in-class hybrid experience to meet the needs of the working professional. Finely honed curriculum focuses on a science-based addiction education enabling professionals to provide the highest quality addiction counseling to individuals dealing with substance abuse or addiction.

    Why Become a Substance Abuse Counselor with SCSAS?

    The field of alcohol and drug treatment is growing and evolving at an accelerated rate. With the more widely accepted “disease” model of addiction, those with substance abuse issues are increasingly deemed as ‘sick’ rather than ‘morally corrupt’. With this recent, insightful understanding, the demand for addiction treatment along with substance abuse counselors has inflated; therefore serious applicants generally have no issue finding a suitable job. Even at entry level drug and alcohol counseling positions, substance abuse professionals are estimated to start out earning greater than $42,000/year. …Read More Sober College School of Addiction Studies will provide you with the techniques to work with individuals, groups, and families in both theory, and through practical application. Our program is designed for aspiring addiction counselors who have a passion to counsel those who are currently suffering from the effects of substance abuse. The perfect candidate for this program has a desire to assist individuals in recovery through identifying behaviors and problems relating to their addictions and then providing support for behavioral change and maintenance of sobriety. Show Less.

    A Program Designed to Fit Your Needs

    Our program is one-of-a-kind, taught be real working professionals and designed to fit YOUR schedule. If your goal is to become a substance abuse counselor, we can help you decide which program option best meets your needs. We understand that going back to school is a big, and often challenging step… we can help.

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    Available Certifications

    Certified Addiction Professional (CAP)

    The CAP designation is a professional substance abuse credential for those persons who are assessing, developing, and providing substance abuse treatment services and plans. The CAP requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Individual’s holding the CAP are recognized/hold the practice rights of “qualified professionals” per Chapter 397, F.S.

    NOTICE:Effective July 1, 2015. all Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related field. Related fields are shown in the table below. Individuals who have an application “in-process” prior to July 1, 2015 are still eligible to earn the CAP if a related degree is not held.

    Individuals who do not hold a related degree may apply for a degree waiver before June 30, 2017. Persons approved for the waiver MUST apply for the CAP credential prior to July 1, 2018 granted degree waivers will not be approved if received as part of a CAP application after July 1, 2018. Please review and complete the CAP Related Degree Waiver Policy Application. Please note: this application IS NOT your CAP application. This application is for the degree waiver only. You will be required to apply for the CAP separately.

    Individuals who believe their degree is in a related health or human service field but it is not listed below can request an equivalency review of their degree to determine if it is a related degree. Please review and complete the CAP Related Degree Equivalency Review Policy Application .

    Degree Classifications Accepted forCertified Addiction Professional Applications

    The performance domains have been updated for the CAP, which has led to the elimination of the supervision domain. As such, supervision is no longer included in the Content Specific Training or the On-the-Job Supervision requirements as follows:

    • Supervision training hours have been deleted (previously, 15 hours of supervision-related training was required for CAP certification.) However, content specific training hours in two domains has increased to reflect this change. Individuals applying for CAP certification after August 1, 2014 will have zero supervision training hours, 30 (instead of 20) Treatment Planning training hours, and 15 (instead of 10) Case Management and Referral training hours.
    • The total hours of on-the-job supervision have not changed; however, there is no longer a requirement for 20 hours of on-the-job supervision of the applicant performing supervision related job tasks.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your certification specialist directly.


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