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Substance Abuse Counseling Certification in Wyoming

Wyoming has three levels of certification for those who are interested in becoming certified Substance Abuse Counselors. The lowest tier is called the Certified Addictions Practitioner Assistant (CAPA). The next level is known as the Certified Addictions Practitioner (CAP). The highest level of certification is called the Licensed Addictions Therapist (LAT). Each one has its own requirements for education, examinations and experience required.

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CAPA Requirements

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Possess an Associate’s degree or higher in Chemical Dependency Counseling from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Pass the Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC), NCAC Level I exam
  • You can find the application form here.

CAP Requirements

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemical Dependency Counseling from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Coursework must include the following: Counseling Theories, Theories and Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Counseling Skills, Methods and Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling. Practicum in Addictions/Chemical Dependency Counseling, Counseling Ethics, Alcoholism, Drugs and Behavior, Addictions and Special Populations, Addictive Behaviors, Compulsive Behaviors of Non-ingestive Nature, etc., Addictions Assessment.
  • Pass the Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC), NCAC Level II exam OR the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (AODA) exam.
  • You can find the application form here.

LAT Requirements

  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Possess a Master’s degree or higher in Chemical Dependency Counseling from a Council for Higher Education Accreditation accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Accumulate 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work in AODA counseling.
  • All hours must be accrued after being awarded your Master’s degree.
  • 1,200 hours must be in direct client contact.
  • 100 hours of clinical face-to-face supervision is required.
  • Pass the Association for Addictions Professionals (NAADAC), NCAC Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) exam OR the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) exam.
  • You can find the application form here.