IC&RC is built on the belief that credentialing advances the addiction and prevention profession. Credentialing facilitates standardized practice across a wide variety of treatment settings and regulatory environments. Most importantly, it ensures trained, ethical professionals are available to clients, families, and communities around the globe.
For employers – and people who use their services, credentialing offers the security of knowing that counselors and preventionists are competent, knowledgeable of evidence-based practices and committed to ongoing enhancement of their skills.
Not to be overlooked are the benefits to certificants themselves. A credential offers a third-party, objective endorsement that enhances their professional reputation and increases opportunities for career advancement. Demonstrating the high level of commitment, knowledge, and skill required to qualify for a credential is a personal accomplishment to be proud of.
IC&RC establishes, monitors, and advances reciprocal competency standards for seven reciprocal credentials:
- Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ADC)
- Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (AADC)
- Clinical Supervisor (CS)
- Prevention Specialist (PS)
- Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP)
- Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP)
- Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD)
IC&RC provides the minimum standards for each reciprocal credential, but Member Boards may set higher standards for their credentials.
IC&RC also provides services to addiction and prevention professionals, in order to support the growth of the profession.