A. Documentation of 6,000 hours of supervised work experience with AODA clients within the 12 Core Functions (see Section II). Work experience can be full-time or part-time experience.
- An Associate’s Degree in the Behavioral Science Field from an accredited university or college may substitute for 1,000 hours of work experience.
- A Bachelor ’s Degree in the Behavioral Science Field may be substituted for 2,000 hours of work experience.
- A Master’s Degree in the Behavioral Science Field may be substituted for 4,000 hours.
- The list of degrees for substitution includes but is not limited to: Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science, Counseling and Alcohol/Drug Studies.
Included in the work experience, documentation of 300 hours of supervision with a minimum of ten hours in each of the 12 Core Functions is also required. These 300 hours can be viewed as the candidate’s “internship” or “practicum” experience, although these 300 hours do not need to be completed through a formal experience such as a practicum course. Supervision is defined as a formal, systematic process that focuses on skill development and integration of knowledge and generally occurs early in a career. Supervision must take place in a setting where AODA counseling is being provided. Supervision may be a part of the eligible work experience. Supervision may be completed under more than one supervisor or agency. Please see Section II for additional information regarding supervision.
B. Supervision of the 300 hours requires that the supervisor meet the following requirements and MUST provide documentation of qualifications:
- a CADC who has been certified for 3 years and has completed 15 hours of training in supervision or
- an ACADC or
- a CCS or
- a person with a Master’s Degree and license or certification in addictions counseling
- OR an approved Health and Welfare Clinical Supervisor (QP) under IDAPA 16.07.20.02
C. Documentation of 270 hours of education specifically related to the IC & RC Performance Domains and Tasks which includes: Assessment, Counseling, Case Management, Alcohol and Drug Education, and Professional Responsibility (for more information, see Section II). No less than 30 hours in each domain.
D. Six (6) hours of training in Professional Ethics specific to substance abuse counselors. The six (6) hours must include the following areas: federal and state laws, client welfare as a primary concern, professional competence supervision/development, financial issues, personal wellness, and relationships to professionals and institutions.
Education is defined as:
- Workshops or seminars approved by IC&RC, NAADAC, State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, NASW, NBCC, or IBADCC. Documentation of workshop/seminar requires a copy of any certificates of completion.
- “In-service” of 5 hours maximum. Documentation of workshop/seminar requires a copy of any certificates of completion.
- College/university courses one (1) credit hour equals 15 clock hours.
Please note: Documentation of all college/university courses must include an official transcript. (mailed to IBADCC from the institution)
Please note: Practicum hours cannot be counted as education but can be counted as work experience.