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Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in Nebraska

Nebraska is a state that has two levels of licensure for Substance Abuse Counseling. One level is called the Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) and the top level of licensure is called the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). The PLADC level is the introductory level which allows you to gain supervised experience for the full LADC title.

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Requirements for PLADC

  • You must pass a criminal background check.
  • You must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • You are required to have 270 credit hours in the following areas: Clinical treatment issues in chemical dependency; Medical and psychological aspects of alcohol/drug use; abuse and addiction; Counseling theories and techniques; Group counseling; Multicultural counseling; Alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management; Professional ethics and issues; Human growth and development.
  • You will need 300 hours of supervised professional training in the 12 Core Functions, with 10 hours in each: Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referral; Reports and Record Keeping; Consultation.
  • Sign the state code of ethics.
  • You can find the application for PLADC here.

Requirements for LADC

  • You must have a High School Diploma or GED. However, the higher a degree you have the less supervised hours of experience you need. Therefore, at least a Bachelor’s degree in a Behavioral Science discipline from an accredited school is highly recommended.
  • You must pass a criminal background check.
  • You must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • You are required to have 270 credit hours in the following areas: Clinical treatment issues in chemical dependency; Medical and psychological aspects of alcohol/drug use; abuse and addiction; Counseling theories and techniques; Group counseling; Multicultural counseling; Alcohol/drug assessment, case planning and management; Professional ethics and issues; Human growth and development.
  • You will need 300 hours of supervised professional training in the 12 Core Functions, with 10 hours in each: Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management; Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referral; Reports and Record Keeping; Consultation.
  • You need 6000 hours of supervised experience if you have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • If you have an Associate’s degree in AODA counseling or a highly related discipline with a clinical application, you only need 5,000 hours.
  • If you have a Bachelor’s degree in AODA counseling or a highly related discipline with a clinical application, you only need 4,000 hours.
  • If you have a Master’s degree in AODA counseling or a highly related discipline with a clinical application, you only need 2,000 hours.
  • Sign the state code of ethics.
  • Pass a state written examination you can find the application to take the test here.