(a)  All applicants for the certified substance abuse counselor or the clinical addictions specialist credential shall complete a 300 hour practicum supervised by an applicant supervisor and the practicum shall cover all core functions of counseling. Verification of at least ten hours of this practicum shall be made in each of the core functions of this Rule.  These 120 hours of the practicum shall be divided into one hour of supervision for every 10 hours of practice in each one of the 12 core functions. These core functions are:

(1)           Screening to determine a client is appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program;

(2)           Intake to provide the administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program;

(3)           Orientation of the client to the general nature and goals of the program, rules governing client conduct, notice of the hours during which services are available, treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any, and client's rights;

(4)           An assessment to identify and evaluate for the purpose of the development of a treatment plan an individual's strengths, weaknesses, problems and needs;

(5)           The treatment planning process whereby the counselor and client identify and rank problems needing resolution, establish agreed upon immediate and long term goals, and decide on a treatment process and the resources to be utilized;

(6)           Counseling to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving goals through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and making decisions;

(7)           Case management activities which bring services, agencies, resources or people together within a planned framework of action toward the achievement of established goals;

(8)           Providing those crisis intervention services which respond to an alcohol or other drug abuser's needs during acute emotional and physical distress;

(9)           Provision of client education information to individuals and groups describing alcohol and other drug abuse and the available services and resources;

(10)         Referring the client whose needs cannot be met by the counselor or agency to other support systems and community resources available;

(11)         Charting the results of the assessment and treatment plan while writing reports, progress notes, discharge summaries and other client-related data necessary for the compilation of necessary reports and recordkeeping; and

(12)         Consultation with substance abuse and other professionals to assure comprehensive, quality care for the client.

(b)  The remaining 180 hours of this practicum shall be in the core function areas.

(c)  Upon completion of the 300 hours, the supervisor shall complete an evaluation form reviewing the certified substance abuse counselor or clinical addictions specialist professional development and provide it to the Board, documenting the 300 hours of practice, including 30 hours of supervision on a form provided by the Board.

(d)  Pursuant to G.S. 90-113.40(a)(7), the practicum may be completed as part of an academic course of study in a regionally accredited college or university or it may be developed in the work setting as long as it is supervised by an applicant supervisor.

(e)  Pursuant to G.S. 90-113.40(c)(1), the 300 hours of practical training provided by an applicant supervisor shall be completed as part of the required two years postgraduate supervised substance abuse counseling experience.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-113.30; 90-113.31; 90-113.33; 90-113.34; 90-113.39; 90-113.40;

Eff. August 1, 1996;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2011; April 1, 2011; January 1, 2010; August 1, 2002.