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The Center for Addiction Studies and Research

The Center for Addiction Studies and Research is a Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) approved distance learning provider of education in the chemical dependency field (TCBAP Provider Number 1811-09). Distance learning hours are approved for all TCBAP certification and recertification requirements. There is no limit on the number of distance learning hours that can be applied toward the certification or recertification requirements.

 

Educational Requirements

Advanced Addictions Counselor (AAC)

A Master's degree in a Human Services Behavioral Sciences field with clinical application.

Documentation of 180 education hours in alcohol/drug specific course work, 6 hours of which must be in ethics and 6 hours of which must be in HIV/AIDS education.

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Alcohol Drug Counselor (ADC Levels I, II, III)

Documentation of 270 chemical dependency education hours, 6 hours of which must be in ethics, and 6 hours of which must be in HIV/AIDS education.

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Certified Chemical Dependency Specialist (CCDS)

The CCDS is a master's level non-reciprocal AODA credential. Educational requirements include:

Master’s degree in a counseling related area.

Licensure in the State of Texas in one of the following areas: LCDC, LPC, LMSW, LMFT, Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Physician, Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, Licensed Psychological Associate, Advance Practice Nurse with specialty in Psychology-Mental Health (APN-P/MH).
Documentation of 135 hours of alcohol/drug specific education.

There is no limit on the number of contact hours that can be earned through home study distance learning trainings.

Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

Current certification as an ADC I, II, III or AAC.

Documentation of 30 hours of didactic training in clinical supervision. This must include at least six hours of training in each of the following areas: Assessment/Evaluation, Counselor Development, Management/Administration and Professional Responsibility.

Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor (CCGC)

CCGC is a non-reciprocal credential for counselors with training in treatment of compulsive gambling. Educational requirements include:
Current certification as an ADC, AAC, or CCDS.

Documentation of 30 hours of instruction in Gambling I and Gambling II domains, with 15 hours of instruction in each domain.

Continuing Education Requirements

AAC: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years, including three (3) hours of ethics and three (3) hours of clinical supervision.

ADC: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years.

CCDC: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years.

CCS: Documentation of forty (40) hours of continuing education every two years. Documentation of current ADC or AAC recertification shall serve as verification of this requirement. However, 6 of the 40 hours must be specific to clinical supervision.

CCGC: Completion of six (6) hours of continuing education every two years related to gambling counseling.

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