Issues facing Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor Students

It takes a special person to choose a career as a substance abuse, or behavioral disorder counselor is a noble choice. These healthcare professionals spend every day helping others overcome enormous challenges, often with little or no recognition. You are to be commended for making the commitment to pursue certification and licensure in this field.

At the Lento Law Firm, we want you to know that we honor what you do, that we believe in your mission, and that we want to do everything we can to help you get there. Counseling jobs are unique in that the path to licensure or certification varies from state to state. Whatever that path looks like for you, though, we want you to know that we're here to help you overcome whatever obstacles you may face along the way.

Common Issues and Concerns on the Way to Substance Abuse or Behavioral Disorder Licensure

Every state in the US has a different set of requirements for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors. Almost all of them demand counselors be licensed by an approved state agency. In Pennsylvania, for example, you need either Certified Associate Addiction Counselor (CAAC) certification or Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) certification. Both of these are issued by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. California, on the other hand, recognizes certification from several different agencies, including the California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE), the California Association of DUI