Counselor in Training

1.      What are the requirements to become a CIT?

-      Is at least 18 years of age and holds a high school diploma or its equivalent

-      Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA

-      Is not now, and has not been, a substance abuser or compulsive gambler for a period of 2 years from the date the application is received.

-      Has not been convinced of, pleaded guilty, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a felony.  The ADRA may waive this requirement for good cause upon request.  All applicants shall provide the ADRA with an original state background check.

-      Must be under the supervision of a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

 

2.      How long can I be a CIT?

An aggregate of 72 months

 

3.      What is required for renewal?

Renewal of your CIT status is ANNUAL.  You must submit a completed renewal application with documentation and verification of 20 hours of continuing education specific to substance abuse treatment.

 

 

Prevention Specialist in Training

1.      What are the requirements to become a PSIT?

-      Is at least 18 years of age and holds a high school diploma or its equivalent

-      Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA

-      Is not now, and has not been, a substance abuser or compulsive gambler for a period of 2 years from the date the application is received.

-      Has not been convinced of, pleaded guilty, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a felony.  The ADRA may waive this requirement for good cause upon request.  All applicants shall provide the ADRA with an original state background check.

-      Must be under the supervision of a Licensed Prevention Professional.

 

2.      How long can I be a PSIT?

An aggregate of 72 months

 

3.      What is required for renewal?

Renewal of your PSIT status is ANNUAL.  You must submit a completed renewal application with documentation and verification of 20 hours of continuing education specific to substance abuse prevention.

 

 

Addiction Treatment Assistant

1.      What are the requirements to become an ATA?

-      Is at least 16 years of age

-      Is a legal resident of the United States

-      Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA

-      Is not now, and has not been, a substance abuser or compulsive gambler for a period of six months from the date the application is received

-      Has not been convinced of, pleaded guilty, or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a felony.  The ADRA may waive this requirement for good cause upon request.  All applicants shall provide the ADRA with an original state background check.

-      Documents the completion of 6 hours of professional ethics training

-      Documents the completion of an approved training in first aid and CPR

 

2.      What is required for renewal?

ATA’s must renew their status every 2 years.  You must submit a completed renewal application with documentation and verification of 6 hours of professional ethics and current first aid and CPR training.   

 

Addiction Counselors

4.      What are the minimum requirements for testing?

Licensed Addiction Counselor

-       Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and holds a masters or doctoral degree from an approved and accredited institution of higher education in a human services field.

-       Is a legal resident of the United States.

-       Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA.

-       Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

-       Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the ADRA in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-       Has successfully completed 270 clock hours of education approved by the ADRA.  180 of these hours must be specific to substance abuse treatment.  The remaining 90 hours may be related, but are subject to approval by the ADRA. 6 of the 90 hours must be in professional ethics. 

-       Has successfully completed 2000 hours of supervised work experience in the treatment of people with addictive disorders.  Of these hours, he/she must complete a 300 hour practicum in the core functions and global criteria, with at least 20 hours in each core function.  This experience must be supervised by a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) or other qualified professional who has received the proper waiver from the ADRA.

 

Certified Addiction Counselor

-       Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and holds a bachelor’s degree from an approved and accredited institution of higher education in a human services field. 

-       Is a legal resident of the United States. 

-       Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA.

-       Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received. 

-       Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the ADRA in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-       Has successfully completed 270 clock hours of education approved by the ADRA.  180 of these hours must be specific to substance abuse treatment.  The remaining 90 hours may be related, but are subject to approval by the ADRA. 6 of the 90 hours must be in professional ethics. 

-       Has successfully completed 4000 hours of supervised work experience in the treatment of people with addictive disorders.  Of these hours, he/she must complete a 300 hour practicum in the core functions and global criteria, with at least 20 hours in each core function.  This experience must be supervised by a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) or other qualified professional who has received the proper waiver from the ADRA.

 

Registered Addiction Counselor

-       Is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and holds a high school diploma or its equivalent.  

-       Is a legal resident of the United States. 

-       Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the ADRA.

-       Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received. 

-       Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the ADRA in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-       Has successfully completed 270 clock hours of education approved by the ADRA.  180 of these hours must be specific to substance abuse treatment.  The remaining 90 hours may be related, but are subject to approval by the ADRA. 6 of the 90 hours must be in professional ethics. 

-       Has successfully completed 6000 hours of supervised work experience in the treatment of people with addictive disorders.  Of these hours, he/she must complete a 300 hour practicum in the core functions and global criteria, with at least 20 hours in each core function.  This experience must be supervised by a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) or other qualified professional who has received the proper waiver from the ADRA.

 

5.      What is required for renewal?

You must submit a completed renewal application with documentation and verification of 48 hours of continuing education specific to substance abuse treatment with 6 hours in professional ethics. 

 

Prevention Professionals

1.      What are the minimum requirements for testing?

Licensed Prevention Professional

-       Possesses at a minimum a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

-        Is a legal resident of the United States at least twenty-one years of age on the date the application is received.

-        Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the department.

-        Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

-        Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the department, in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances.   

-        Has successfully completed 100 education hours with a minimum of 50 hours specific to substance abuse treatment and prevention.   30 of these hours must be of a National Prevention Training and 6 must be in professional ethics.

-       Has successfully completed 2000 hours supervised experience engaged in the providing of prevention services.  120 of these hours must be directly supervised in the 5 domains with a minimum of 20 hours in each domain.

 

Certified Prevention Professional

-       Possesses at a minimum a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

-        Is a legal resident of the United States at least twenty-one years of age on the date the application is received.

-        Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the department.

-        Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

-        Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the department, in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-        Has successfully completed 100 education hours with a minimum of 50 hours specific to substance abuse treatment and prevention.   30 of these hours must be of a National Prevention Training and 6 must be in professional ethics.

-       Has successfully completed 4000 hours supervised experience engaged in the providing of prevention services.  120 of these hours must be directly supervised in the 5 domains with a minimum of 20 hours in each domain.

 

Registered Prevention Professional

-       Possesses at a minimum a high school diploma or its equivalent.

-        Is a legal resident of the United States at least twenty-one years of age on the date the application is received.

-        Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the department.

-        Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

-        Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the department, in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-        Has successfully completed 100 education hours with a minimum of 50 hours specific to substance abuse treatment and prevention.   30 of these hours must be of a National Prevention Training and 6 must be in professional ethics.

-       Has successfully completed 6000 hours supervised experience engaged in the providing of prevention services.  120 of these hours must be directly supervised in the 5 domains with a minimum of 20 hours in each domain.

 

2.      What is required for renewal?

You must submit a completed renewal application with documentation and verification of 48 hours of continuing education specific to substance abuse prevention with 6 hours in professional ethics. 

 

 

Clinical Supervisors

1.      What are the minimum requirements for testing?

-       The applicant must hold a current and valid reciprocal level LAC, CAC or RAC with the ADRA or another practice credential with the added ADC or AADC credential through LASACT CEB.

-       Has successfully completed and able to show documentation of 10,000 hours of Addiction Counseling experience. 

-       4,000 hours of which must be in a supervisory position to individuals working in Addiction Counseling field.  200 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision is required of which up to 100 hours may be preformed electronically in real time.

-       30 hours of education specific to the first five clinical supervision domains with a minimum of four hours in each domain. 

 

2.      What are the domains of clinical supervision?

The domains are (1) Counselor Development, (2) Professional & Ethical Standards, (3) Program Development & Quality Assurance, (4) Program Evaluation, (5) Administration, and (6) Treatment Knowledge.  

 

Gambling Counselors

1.      What are the minimum requirements for the certification application?

-       Is at least 21 years of age.

-       Is a legal resident of the United States.

-       Is not in violation of any ethical standards subscribed to by the department.

-        Is not and has not been a substance abuser or compulsive gambler during the previous two years from the date the application is received.

-        Has not been convicted of a felony.  However, the department, in its discretion may waive this requirement upon review of the individual’s circumstances. 

-       Possesses and maintains an Addiction Counselor credential or other approved license to practice independently. Any license or certification not issued by the ADRA must be approved by the ADRA.

-       Successfully completes 30 clock hours of gambling addiction courses from an ADRA approved education program. If not credentialed by the ADRA there must be documented an additional 60 hours specific to substance abuse treatment education.

 

Approved Educational Providers/Continuing Education

1.      Explain the difference between College Credits, a CEU, and a Clock Hour.

Type of Credit/Hour

Clock Hour Equivalent

1 University/College Credit

15 Clock Hours

1 Continuing Education Unit

10 Clock Hours

1 Clock Hour (conference, workshop etc)

Hour for Hour

2.       

 

General

1.      How long does it take to process renewal?

We ask for 3 weeks to allow for processing.  Applications are processed in the order they are received.  We work very hard to ensure that you receive your renewal letter and card as quickly as possible. 

 

2.      What Human Services/Behavioral Science Degrees  areacceptable to the ADRA?

Degrees must be obtained from an in institution accredited by the Regional Association of Colleges and Schools.

-       Addiction Studies

-       Behavioral Science

-       Public Health

-       Public Policy/Administration

-       Health Administration

-       Social Work

-       Psychology

-       Counseling

-       Sociology

-       Criminal Justice

-       Educational Counseling

-       Rehabilitation Counseling

 

Please note that degrees comparable or related to the above will be considered based upon the coursework outlined in the curriculum as reviewed by the ADRA. Any person seeking to be recognized as an LAC or CAC who possesses a master’s and/or bachelor's degree in a discipline other than human service or behavioral science may apply to the ADRA for a waiver. In considering the application for waiver, the ADRA consults with the IC & RC representative for guidance. In addition to the outlined requirements, 3 years (6000 hours) of work experience are required in addition to the non-human services degree.

 

3.      How do I obtain a new Wallet Card or Wall Certificate?

Submit your request to our office in writing or by email requesting a replacement along with the best mailing address for the replacement.  Please include your credential type and number, start date, and current expiration date in the request for verification purposes.  The fee associated for the Wallet Card is $5.  The fee associate for the Wall Certificate is $25.  The request will be processed as time permits.

   
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