The Certified Addiction Counselor Clinical Training Program is designed to train addiction counselors to work effectively within a variety of treatment settings and with a variety of addictive behaviors. Certified and licensed addiction counselors possess a body of knowledge, skills, training and work experience in the treatment of addictive behaviors that distinguishes the addiction counseling profession from other health care professions. Preparation for a career as an addiction professional is available through Office of Behavioral health (OBH) approved training classes; clinically supervised work experience; and demonstration of a knowledge base through passage of a national exam. Counselor certification is available to individuals with various levels of academic preparation in the counseling field and is comprised of three levels:
- Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) is defined as an entry-level certification
- Certified Addiction Counselor II (CACII) is defined as a counselor who may conduct addition treatment services independently and may perform the complete range of duties associated with addiction treatment, with the exception of clinical supervision
- Certified Addiction Counselor Level III (CAC III) has the authority to practice independently and assume clinical supervision duties
- A Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) is a credentialing level that requires a clinical Masters degree, proof of passing the NAADAC MAC exam, and completion of all requirements for a CAC III
Click here to download a full list of required courses for each CAC program.
The following pages provide course descriptions for each path.