A Master’s degree or higher substance use disorder counselor providing primary, direct, clinical, substance use disorder or co-occurring counseling to persons whose primary diagnosis is that of substance use disorder or providing supervision of said counseling. They have primary responsibility for providing substance use disorder counseling in an individual and/or group setting, preparing treatment plans, documenting client progress and is clinically supervised. This is an international, reciprocal credential.



For more in depth information on the requirements please review the downloadable application above.


Formal Education: Minimum master's degree in a relevant field.


Clinical Work Experience: One (1) year of full-time or 2000 hours of part-time work experience as a drug and alcohol counselor.


Current Job Description: Copy of current counselor job description, obtained from current employer, and which must be signed by both the applicant and their immediate clinical supervisor. 


On-The-Job Clinical Supervision: 100 hours of on-the-job supervision of qualifying work experience with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision in each counselor domain. 


Education/Training: 180 hours of relevant education/training including 6 hours in substance use disorder ethics. 


Examination: Once application is approved, applicant must pass the IC&RC Examination for Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (AADC examination).