International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium

Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) 

Care for co-occurring disorders is complex and complicated, and it requires specialized training. Substance abuse or mental health training alone doesn’t really prepare you for dealing with the interaction of both disorders, which are constantly influencing each other.

Treating co-occurring disorders is a distinctive discipline, which blends the best of mental health and substance abuse treatment into a “third technology” – and the best way to do that is to hold a co-occurring disorders credential. The Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) credential is based on the concept that co-occurring disorders are more than the sum of their parts.

A thorough understanding of co-occurring disorders and the latest evidence-based practices for treatment is the hallmark of a qualified professional. The CCDP credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision, and the passing of a rigorous examination.

Adopted in 2007, the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional credential is among the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. There are now 19 countries, U.S. states, and territories that offer a reciprocal co-occurring credential.

The certification is administered on a jurisdiction level by an IC&RC Member Board. Each IC&RC Member Board has unique procedures, requirements, and documents – so specific questions about pursuing a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional credential should be directed to your local board. You can find contact information for each IC&RC board, along with the IC&RC credentials offered, in our Member Board Directory.

Exam Preparation

IC&RC has developed a Candidate Guide and endorsed a study guide for professionals preparing for the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Examination. 

More information is available on the Exam Preparation page.

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