UPDATES & NEWS
MASTER'S LEVEL COUNSELOR CERTIFICATION NOW AVAILABLE
VCB is excited to announce the addition of a Master’s level certification for counselors: Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). The CAADC is an internationally recognized and reciprocal certification. VCB will be offering this certification through a one-time, limited grandparenting period. During this time, the examination requirement will be waived. The grandparenting period for the CAADC will be from May 15, 2016 through May 15, 2017.
The CAADC is an evidence-based certification developed by IC&RC. Its content has been updated to reflect the Master’s level counselor’s competency in not only addiction, but also co-occurring disorders. IC&RC standards and exams are used exclusively by IC&RC Boards. Each Board is independently run and operated with their own jurisdictionally specific processes. IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing exams for credentialing prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it has a worldwide network of over 50,000 professionals. Quality and integrity are the foundation of IC&RC’s work. IC&RC’s products use the latest research on evidence-based practices, and they are updated every five years and subjected to an extensive process of peer review.
For more information, and requirements, please review the CAADC Application.
If you are currently certified through VCB the process will be streamlined. The instructions for current CADC’s and CCDP’s are included in the application.
CERTIFIED PEER RECOVERY SPECIALIST NOW AVAILABLE
VCB is proud to announce the availability of the CPRS - Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. In collaboration with DBHDS Office of Recovery Services, Virginia Certification Board will extend the Grandparenting phase of Virginia Peer Recovery Certification process to December 31, 2016.
The Office of Recovery Services is responding to the feedback from a multitude of stakeholders to extend the Grandparenting phase.
In addition, this will allow the Office of Recovery Services and their community partners the time to complete the State training curriculum that will be required as the education component of Peer Recovery Specialist certification as of January 1, 2017.
There is no change in the existing certification requirements as a result of this extension.
Click here for more information and to download the application.
REQUIREMENTS FOR CADC AND CPS TO CHANGE IN 2018
Effective March 1, 2018, the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) credentials will change from requiring a minimum high school diploma/GED to a minimum bachelor’s degree. This change was discussed and unanimously approved by the VCB Board of Directors recently. With an effective date of 2018, the Board of Directors believes this is ample time for the field and professionals to be alerted to this change. This effective date also provides ample time for professionals without a bachelor’s degree but currently working in the field to apply for the CADC credential prior to the March 1, 2018 implementation date.
The degree requirement does not affect those who hold a current and valid CADC or CPS.
The bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited college or university that is recognized by the US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. An official transcript sent directly from the college/university to the VCB Office will be required as proof of the degree.
Again, professionals working toward their CADC who do not have a bachelor’s degree will still be eligible to apply for the CADC or CPS prior to the March 1, 2018 degree effective date. After March 1, 2018, all professionals applying for their CADC or CPS will have to meet the new degree requirement.
VCB has also introduced two new certifications: Associate Addiction Counselor (AAC) and Associate Prevention Specialist (APS). Both of these certifications require, at a minimum, a high school diploma or GED. However, if a professional holds the AAC or APS for four consecutive years, an AAC may upgrade to a CADC and a APS may upgrade to the CPS without a degree. This process provides a pathway for those who may not hold a Bachelor’s degree to obtain the CADC or CPS.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the VCB office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 804.741.2319.