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Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in Indiana

Indiana has two levels of licensure for Substance Abuse counselors. The first level is known as the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and the highest tier level is known as the Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC).

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Requirements for LAC

  • You must pass a criminal background check.
  • You must have a Bachelor’s degree in Addiction Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work or a highly related area.
  • You will need to have coursework in the following areas: Family Education; Ethics and Professional Development; Cultural Competency; Treatment Planning; Addictions Theory; Psychoactive Drugs; Addictions Counseling Skills; Theories of Personality; Developmental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.
  • You must complete some sort of field experience program during your studies, this can take the form of a practicum or internship that had a minimum of 350 hours of AODA counseling.
  • You will need proof of two years of supervised experience after you have earned your degree performing AODA counseling.
  • You will need to have 150 hours of face to face supervision. 100 hours of supervision must be individual and the remaining 50 hours can be group supervision.
  • The supervisor must meet board approval standards.
  • You must pass the ADC administered by the IC&RC or the NCACII exam administered by the NAADAC.
  • Pass the Indiana Jurisprudence examination.
  • You can find the appropriate form here.

 

Requirements for LCAC

  • You must have a Master’s degree in a Behavioral Science discipline.
  • You will need to have coursework in the following areas: Family Education; Ethics and Professional Development; Cultural Competency; Treatment Planning; Addictions Theory; Psychoactive Drugs; Addictions Counseling Skills; Theories of Personality; Developmental Psychology and Abnormal Psychology.
  • This must include a clinical component such as a practicum, internship or fieldwork with 350 hours of supervised experience providing AODA counseling services.
  • You will need to pass the IC&RC/AADC Exam OR pass the Master Addiction Counselor examination administered by the NAADAC.
  • You will need 2 years of post-degree supervised experience.
  • You will need 200 hours of direct face-to-face supervision.
  • Of this supervision 100 hours must be individual.
  • 100 hours of the supervision can be in a group form.
  • The supervisor must meet board requirements.
  • Pass the Indiana Jurisprudence examination.
  • The application form for the LCAC can be found here.