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  • 23 Feb 2015 5:28 PM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)
    IC&RC is pleased to announce the completion of its updated Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) Job Analysis (JA).

    A JA is the methodical process of determining what elements of practice and knowledge are important to assess as part of a certification examination and serves as the blueprint for the examination.

    The updated Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered by all IC&RC Member Boards.

    The first administration date for the updated examination will be Monday, May 11, 2015. All candidates taking the AADC examination on or after May 11th will be taking the updated examination.

    Changes to the examination include
    • Emphasis on identifying, diagnosing, and/or treating co-occurring substance use, mental health, and physical health disorders
    • Deletion of the Clinical Supervision and Research Design, Analysis & Utilization domains
    • Combining the remaining eight domains into four essential domains
    • Inclusion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
    • Providing services in a trauma-informed manner
    • Utilizing technological advances is service delivery
    • Utilizing various treatment modalities including but not limited to Medication Assisted Treatment
    The full exam content outline, updated reference list, and recommended study guides can be found here.


  • 10 Feb 2015 12:08 PM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)
    In 2015, IC&RC is again partnering with Vendome Group, publishers of Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare, to produce and promote the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

    NCAD 2015 is slated to take place at St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

    Connect and Engage with National Experts and Resources

    The National Conference on Addiction Disorders has rapidly established itself as a premier, respected, and trusted national conference that provides a diverse educational curriculum on the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery management of addictions that affect various genders, generations, and cultures.

    The 2015 Conference, with partner IC&RC, will feature nationally recognized treatment providers, authors, and educators discussing a wide range of topics in a compelling array of keynote sessions and in-depth workshops.

    Who Should Attend:

    Addiction treatment counselors, social workers, therapists, physicians, nurses, and interventionists as well as the executive leadership of addiction treatment centers, behavioral healthcare organizations, and community mental health centers.

    Learn more at the NCAD website.


  • 28 Jan 2015 11:41 AM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)
    IC&RC would like to extend its congratulations to the Hong Kong Association of Professionals Specializing in Addiction Counseling Limited for establishing the China Board under the Hong Kong Board. The Hong Kong Board is a full member credentialing board in IC&RC. The Hong Kong Board is among 74 worldwide credentialing and licensing boards that are members of IC&RC who currently certify nearly 50,000 prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. IC&RC is grateful to all those individuals associated with the Hong Kong Board and the China Board for this profound accomplishment which highlights and recognizes the need for and dedication of addiction professionals in your remarkable country. IC&RC could not be more proud of your achievement and we honor all of you for your amazing work. Best wishes and much congratulations from the IC&RC Member Boards, Board of Directors, and Staff.



  • 01 Dec 2014 3:26 PM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)

    IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its updated Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC) examination. The examination will be administered by all IC&RC Member Boards for the first time on February 16, 2015.

    The updated examination will be aligned with 2013 IC&RC ADC Job Analysis. Changes on the examination include combining the previous eight domains into four essential domains and inclusion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found here.

    Candidates preparing to take the ADC examination on or after February 16, 2015 can find an updated Candidate Guide and study guide information on the Examination Prep page of IC&RC’s website.

    For more information on the first administration of this exam and all IC&RC’s testing policies and procedures, please visit our examination page at http://professionals.internationalcredentialing.org/.

    Direct any questions you may have regarding these changes to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director at Rachel@internationalcredentialing.org.

  • 27 Jun 2014 3:39 PM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)
    In 2014, IC&RC is again partnering with Vendome Group, publishers of Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare, to produce and promote the National Conference on Addiction Disorders.

    NCAD 2014 is slated to take place at St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

    Connect and Engage with National Experts and Resources

    The National Conference on Addiction Disorders has rapidly established itself as a premier, respected, and trusted national conference that provides a diverse educational curriculum on the prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery management of addictions that affect various genders, generations, and cultures.

    The 2014 Conference, with partner IC&RC, will feature nationally recognized treatment providers, authors, and educators discussing a wide range of topics in a compelling array of keynote sessions and in-depth workshops.

    Who Should Attend:

    Addiction treatment counselors, social workers, therapists, physicians, nurses, and interventionists as well as the executive leadership of addiction treatment centers, behavioral healthcare organizations, and community mental health centers.

    Learn more at the NCAD website.
  • 09 Jun 2014 10:18 AM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)

    IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its updated Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis (JA). IC&RC’s Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential is held by more addiction counselors than any other credential of its kind.

    A JA is the methodical process of determining what elements of practice and knowledge are important to assess as part of a certification examination and serves as the blueprint for the examination. It is the process that directly links an examination score to a specific job and ensures that an exam is valid, reliable, and legally defensible. To stay relevant to current trends and practices, a JA must be updated every five to seven years.

    The updated Alcohol and Drug Counselor Job Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered by all IC&RC member boards in late 2014. More details regarding the first administration of the examination will be forthcoming.

    The new examination will include the following four domains:
    • Screening, Assessment, and Engagement
    • Treatment Planning, Collaboration, and Referral
    • Counseling
    • Professional and Ethical Responsibilities
    Changes in the JA include combining the previous eight domains into four essential domains and inclusion of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found here.

    For more information on the first administration of this exam and all IC&RC’s testing policies and procedures, please visit our examination page at http://professionals.internationalcredentialing.org/.

    IC&RC is proud to stay in the forefront of the ever evolving field with the release of its updated ADC Job Analysis.

    Please feel free to direct any questions you may have regarding these changes to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director at Rachel@internationalcredentialing.org.

  • 14 Oct 2013 5:39 PM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    At the annual meeting of IC&RC, the Board of Directors, representing 77 certification and licensing boards from 24 countries and 45,000 professionals, re-elected Phyllis Abel Gardner, Professor of Sociology and Addiction Studies at Texarkana College, as President and Jessica Hayes, Executive Director of the Illinois Certification Board Inc. (ICB), as Treasurer. In their speeches, they both thanked delegates for their support. Both offices hold two-year terms.

    As a welcome to its home state, the North Carolina Certification Board for Addiction and Prevention Professionals hosted the Honorable Martha Beddell Alexander, former Executive Director of the Charlotte Council on Alcoholism, as the meeting’s keynote speaker. As State Representative for the 106th District in North Carolina, Alexander served 10 terms, including chair of Appropriations and vice chair for Education, Health, Judiciary and Mental Health Reform. During her service, she introduced and sponsored numerous legislative bills to enhance services for substance abuse education, prevention, and treatment. In 1993, during her first year in the General Assembly, she sponsored the substance abuse certification act in 1993. Now, she serves as the vice-chair on the Board of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc.

    “I’m one of your greatest advocates,” announced Alexander. She recalled how she spoke to IC&RC in the fall of 1995. Only a few months after her diagnosis of cancer, she was self-conscious about her wig. After her presentation, delegates and administrators approached Alexander to thank her for making a public appearance during chemotherapy treatment, relating stories of loved ones with similar difficulties. “Twenty years later, I want to thank you. You gave me hope. That’s what you do every day – you give people hope every day.”

    Spain Joins as a Board

    At the annual meeting, the Board of Directors planned for the future of the international organization. As a part of its business, the organization proudly welcomed Board of Spain Certified Addiction Counselors from Spain as a Member Board. It will offer the Alcohol & Drug Counselor credential.

    An existing board, Tennessee Certification Board adopted the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional, and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate credentials.

     

    In an indication of the demand, three states - Maryland, Texas, and West Virginia - adopted the Peer Recovery credential.

    The Board was pleased to have a large number of new delegates, including:

    • Vera Butler-Smith, Retna Pullings, and Jewel Spencer-Bey, District of Columbia
    • Walter Dolata, Maryland
    • Balasubramaniam Fischer, Germany
    • Wehme Hutto, South Carolina
    • Clif Johnson and Stacey Langendoerfer, Missouri
    • Susan Pajari, Georgia
    • Jason Skinner, Arkansas
    • Matt Sundeen, Colorado
    • Robert Thacker, Iowa
    • Pamela Waters, Florida

    Turpin Honored

    Phyllis Abel Gardner, IC&RC President, presented the Presidential Leadership Award to David Turpin, IC&RC Secretary, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to IC&RC and the prevention, substance abuse treatment, and recovery professions.

                                                                                                                              

    The CEO/President of Clinical Services of North Carolina, Inc., Turpin is a therapist, clinical supervisor, and administrator in the fields of substance abuse and mental health. He holds licenses as a Psychological Associate, a Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. He serves as the North Carolina Program Consultant for the Southeast ATTC, a Senior CARF Surveyor, and a Clinical Instructor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

    Turpin was surprised that he waited until the next day to respond: “Yesterday, I was so overwhelmed, honored, humbled that I couldn’t say anything. When I first came back to IC&RC around 1994, I made two promises to the NC board. One, I would represent North Carolina and the field. Second, I would serve as a delegate with honor, dignity, and respect. Yesterday’s award affirmed for me that over the 20 years, I kept those promises.”

  • 02 May 2013 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, is pleased to announce the completion of its new Prevention Specialist Job Task Analysis (JA).

    A JA is the methodical process of determining what elements of practice and knowledge are important to assess as part of a certification examination and serves as the blueprint for the examination. It is the process that directly links an examination score to a specific job and ensures that an exam is valid, reliable, and legally defensible. To stay relevant to current trends and practices, a JA must be updated every five to seven years.

    The updated Prevention Specialist Job Analysis will be used to develop a new examination to be administered for the first time on December 13, 2013 by IC&RC member boards.

    The new examination will include the following six domains:

    1. Planning and Evaluation
    2. Prevention Education and Service Delivery
    3. Communication
    4. Community Organization
    5. Public Policy and Environmental Change
    6. Professional Growth and Responsibility

    In addition to the new Communication domain, the former domain of Education and Skill Development has been changed to Prevention Education and Service Delivery. The new JA also broadens the scope of a Prevention Specialist from focusing strictly on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) to encompassing aspects of mental, emotional, and behavioral health. The full exam content outline and updated reference list can be found on the following pages.

    The new examination will continue to have 150 questions, of which 25 will be non-weighted, pretest questions. For more information on pretesting, please read Important Information Regarding IC&RC Exams.

    IC&RC is the only organization offering standards and an examination for Prevention Specialist certification and is proud to stay in the forefront of the ever evolving field.

    To learn more detailed information, please download the 2013 Prevention Specialist JTA Announcement. This document may also be used to share the news of the updated Job Task Analysis.

    Please direct any questions to Rachel Witmer, Assistant Director, at rachel@internationalcredentialing.org or via phone at +1-717-540-4457 Ext. 105.

  • 02 Apr 2013 8:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    At its 2013 Semi-Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, USA, the IC&RC Board of Directors elected Annie Ramniceanu, MS, LCMHC, LADC, Associate Executive Director of Clinical Programs at Spectrum Youth & Family Services, as the organization’s Vice President. She will hold office until Fall 2014.

    Ramniceanu has worked at Spectrum for over 15 years, and she has focused on creating an organization where every system is based on research and evidence based practices. She has alos been the Principle Investigator on a three-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ROSC grant and an Adolescent Treatment Enhancement grant. Currently, she is the Chair of the Vermont Alcohol and Drug Certification Board, and since October 2011, she was served as IC&RC’s Marketing Committee Chair.

    Ramniceanu attended Amherst College and is a graduate of Columbia University.  She completed a Master’s in Science in Counseling at the University of Vermont. She is licensed in Vermont as both a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

    In 2012, she was awarded the Burlington Business & Professional Women (BPW) Woman of Achievement award. She was also chosen as one of Vermont’s 25 Most Outstanding Women by Vermont Works for Women Labor of Love 25th anniversary celebration.

    “I am very honored to serve the IC&RC as Vice President and look forward to contributing my skills and knowledge to a great  organization and dedicated leadership team,” said Ramniceanu after the election.

    During the meeting, the Board of Directors also approved Minnesota Certification Board to adopt the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) and Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD) credentials.

  • 06 Mar 2013 10:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    The future of the profession is at stake, and the nation’s leading addiction organizations are working to preserve it.

    Due to the rapid changes expected in the addiction profession through the Affordable Care Act and parity, three leading organizations in the field – NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) and the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) – are discussing collaborative activities to ensure professional quality in the delivery of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services.

    In its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) named substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors as one of the fastest growing professions, expected to grow 21 percent by 2018. Despite this positive outlook, changes to practice legislation and funding streams make the future of the profession difficult to predict.

    “Our field is at a real turning point with drivers such as the Affordable Care Act, parity, and myriad challenges facing the addiction workforce looming large,” stated Mary Jo Mather, IC&RC Executive Director. 

    The leaders of NAADAC, NCC AP and IC&RC view great strength in the strategy of collaboration. Together, the three organizations will work to influence federal policy, including workforce development issues within Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other departments. The goal of working together is to protect the addiction profession as a specialty within the primary healthcare system. Ideally, an economy of scale can be achieved in the managing, administering, programming and serving the addiction profession.

    “Now, perhaps more than ever, the addiction profession needs strong voices, unified messages and cohesiveness that our respective organizations can take the lead through joining forces and working collaboratively,” stated Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NAADAC’s Executive Director.

    Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCC AP’s Director of Certification, agrees.  “NCC AP and IC&RC have a tremendous amount of respect for one another as addiction credentialing organizations. What better demonstration of that high esteem for one another than working together.”

    Areas of collaboration include:

    • Joint internal and external communications concerning credentialing and licensing, including conducting surveys and publicizing the results,
    • Developing a common advocacy agenda and combining advocacy efforts, including co-hosting the Advocacy Leadership Summit on April 16 and 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C., and,
    • A crosswalk of credentials, leading toward standardized credentials and a national system of credentialing.

    With a shared goal of advancing the profession, NAADAC, NCC AP, and IC&RC are committed to cooperating as they meet the challenges ahead.

     

    NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education.

    The National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) has since 1990, instituted nationally recognized credentials specifically for addiction professionals. The NCC AP operates as an independent credentialing body, managing credentials and additional services, including test administration, certification standards, ethics codes of conduct and rules of credentialing development and procedure.

    IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for professionals since 1981. Today, IC&RC represents 76 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 24 countries, 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s nine credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders professionals, and peer recovery coaches.

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