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  • 02 Sep 2015 8:42 AM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)

    New York, NY, September 2, 2015—Vendome Healthcare’s Mental Health & Addiction Community announces its partnership with IC&RC for its national, regional, and local live events in 2016.  

    Vendome Healthcare, publishers of Addiction Professional and Behavioral Healthcare, and producers of the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), The Addiction Professional Summit, The Additional Professional Panel Series, the newly acquired Ben Franklin Institute’s Summits for Clinical Excellence, and the new Treatment Center Investment & Valuation Retreat, have announced a partnership with the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the world’s leading prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery credentialing organization, and producers of the IC&RC Annual Training Conference.

    The scheduled 2016 events will feature combined programs that include both the traditional event content as well as the content from the Annual IC&RC Training Conference, enabling both parties to continue to broaden their reach in the mental health and addiction community’s continuing education space.

    This partnership will further expand the Vendome Healthcare’s educational curriculum for the professional development and ethical responsibilities of treatment professionals as well as provide training on strategies for the prevention, treatment and recovery of those with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions.

    “We are very excited to collaborate with the global resource for setting the highest standards in addiction-related credentialing,” stated Doug Edwards, Vendome Healthcare’s VP and Managing Director. “IC&RC joins a growing list of partnerships with recognized associations that are committed to providing addiction treatment professionals with the highest quality and most comprehensive educational training.”

     “With the proven ability to provide a broad range of leading-edge content, Vendome Healthcare’s events are the perfect fit for IC&RC,” says Mary Jo Mather, Executive Director of IC&RC. “The programs we’ll produce together in 2016 are certain to be pioneering events – something we are excited to be a part of.”

    About Vendome Healthcare

    Vendome Healthcare produces high-quality publications and premier events for professionals in today’s healthcare industry.  Its structure is organized around key communities, served by its leading brands:  The Mental Health & Addiction community, with industry-leading brands that include Addiction Professional, Behavioral Healthcare, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, and Behavioral Healthcare Executive Summit; The Healthcare Technology community, with pioneering brands that include Healthcare Informatics and The Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT²); and the Senior Care community, which includes Long-Term Living.  For more information, visit: https://www.vendomehealthcaremedia.com/

    About IC&RC

    IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing examinations for the credentialing and licensing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. Quality and integrity are the foundation of IC&RC’s work. IC&RC’s credentials use the latest research on evidence-based practices. They are updated every five years and subjected to an extensive process of peer review. IC&RC examinations are based on formal Job Analyses, written by subject matter experts, and supported by current references.  Organized in 1981, IC&RC has 77 member certification and licensing boards in 48 U.S. states and territories, four Native American regions, all branches of the U.S. military and 11 international regions. Representing more than 50,000 professionals, IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals.   For more information, visit: http://internationalcredentialing.org/


  • 21 Aug 2015 10:03 AM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)

    IC&RC will once again sponsor the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) at the Sheraton Hotel in Denver, CO on August 18-21, 2016.

    The call for presentations for this conference is now open. Professionals interested in submitting a proposal can find more information here.

    The submission deadline is Friday, October 16, 2015.

  • 08 May 2015 9:43 AM | Rachel Witmer (Administrator)

    The purpose of the National Prevention Network (NPN) Conference is to highlight the latest research in the substance abuse prevention field. It provides a forum for prevention professionals, coalition leaders, researchers, and federal partners to share research, best practices and promising evaluation results for the purpose of integrating research into prevention practice.


    The National Prevention Network conference will be held November 17-19, 2015 at the Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101. The conference is 2.5 days, complete with keynotes, breakouts, networking opportunities and a reception. The conference will cover hot topics in the substance abuse prevention fields that include: Alcohol, Marijuana, Opioids and Prescription Drug Abuse, Workforce Development, and Substance Abuse Prevention and Collaboration with Related Fields.


    For more information and to register for the conference visit www.npnconference.org.

  • 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.


  • 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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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.

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