The purpose of a voluntary certification system for addictions counselors is to:
- Assure the public a minimum level of competency for quality service by addictions
- Give professional recognition to qualified addictions counselors through a process which examines
demonstrated work competencies;
- Assure an opportunity for professional development by
addictions counselors on an ongoing basis;
- Enable addictions counselors to meet eligibility requirements for reimbursement for professional health care services.
The role of the addictions counselor is to:
Be an agent of the client;
- Assist clients in making an assessment of their use of addictive substances;
- Assist clients in becoming involved in the counseling process so that they may resolve
problems related to the use of addictive substances;
- Provide experienced, professional counseling; assist and support clients in developing and/or maintaining a responsible and functional lifestyle as defined by the client;
- Recognize problems beyond the counselor's training, skill or competence, and be willing and able to use other appropriate professional services;
- Provide experienced, professional counseling services as needed to the substance abuser's family and/or significant others.