The Sober College School of Addiction Studies (SCSAS) is a Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) Approved Education Provider, and offers a curriculum for those who are looking to become an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) in Texas. Our training program is comprehensive and can help you become an AADC in Texas in as little as 6 months or at your own pace, getting you well on your way to a new career. Created by Professionals working in the fields of Addiction and Addiction Treatment our training course will provide you with the knowledge and education you need to reach your goals and begin a new career.
How to Become an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor(AADC) in Texas
Below are the requirements for becoming an AADC in Texas based on the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) site.
The minimum requirements for certification of an AADC shall include academic achievement, work experience, and formal training, including the following:
- A Master’s degree in a Human Services Behavioral Sciences field with clinical application (i.e. practicum) from a regionally accredited college or university.
- One hundred eighty (180) Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Specific course work, which includes at least six (6) hours of professional ethics and six (6) hours specific to HIV/AIDS, STD’s and Hepatitis. The AADC domains are: Clinical Evaluation; Treatment Planning; Referral; Service Coordination; Counseling; Client, Family & Community Education; Documentation; Professional & Ethical Responsibilities; Research, Design Analysis & Utilization; and Clinical Supervision
- Verification of 2,000 hours (approximately one year) of supervised work experience in the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field.
- Verification of a three hundred (300) hour Chemical Dependency Counseling Practicum. The practicum must take place in a setting where AODA counseling is being performed. Training must be specifically related to the knowledge and skills necessary to perform all of the 12 Core Functions of the Substance Use Counselor and must include at least ten (10) hours in each core function.
- Verification of a successful score on the IC&RC International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor Written Examination.
- This credential will have reciprocity with other IC&RC/AODA member boards.
- Sign and agree to comply with the ethical standards as set forth in the Texas System of Certification for Alcohol Drug Counselors.
- Residency: All persons who apply for the AADC certification through the Texas Certification Board should be a resident of Texas. At least fifty percent (51%) of the applicant’s work should be done in the State of Texas. Exceptions to the residency requirement will be considered on an individual basis by petition to the Texas Certification Board