Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in Tennessee

There is only one level of licensure in Tennessee that of the Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). The LADC has a number of specific educational, experience and testing benchmarks that must be met before you are awarded the title of LADC.

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Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) Requirements

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • You must possess a High School diploma or GED. However, if you have an Associate’s degree in Alcohol and Drug
  • Addiction Counseling you can substitute this for your required education. A Bachelor’s degree in Addiction Counseling is recommended for those who want to promote quickly within an organization.
  • You are required to have 270 hours of Addictions Counseling training/education in the 12 Core Functions with ten hours in each area: Screening; Intake; Orientation; Assessment; Treatment Planning; Counseling; Case Management;
  • Crisis Intervention; Client Education; Referral; Reports and Record Keeping; Consultation.
  • You will need to have accumulated 3 years of supervised clinical experience in Substance Abuse Counseling, this equates to 6,000 contact hours. You must have performed the 12 primary functions outlined above during this supervised experience.
  • Your supervisor must be a LADC with a current license in Tennessee.
  • You are required to have three professional references.
  • Pass the Tennessee written examination.
  • Pass the Tennessee oral examination.
  • Provide a Case Study.
  • Write a short essay on your Treatment Philosophy.
  • Sign the Tennessee Substance Abuse Counselor Ethical Standards.
  • You can find the application to become a LADC in Tennessee here.