What could be the options for students completeing Mental Health and addictions diploma?
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Racheal Noble, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC, NCC
I have over 7 years in working in substance abuse related fields. There are options, however it's important to keep in mind the type of license and certification. Honestly, it's more important to be licensed as a mental health professional to provide clinical billiable services. You will learn about substance abuse through schooling, that will prep you for licensure.
There are certification programs however, they are similar to a bachelor degree or graduate degree programs, in that you have to obtain clinical hours just as you would for your license.
Either way there are several types of agencies that provide substance abuse work. Good luck!
Racheal recommends the following next steps:
If you're interested in couseling you can go for social work or Mental Health Counseling. But find out your strengths and weaknesses. That way you'll know if you really want to help the people who really suffer from these issues. But understand there are limited funds and resources being issued and more people are affected. But good luck with the love of Jesus live well.
Candice Robinson, BS, NCPT-4
- Drug & Alcohol Counselor
- Clinical Addiction Specialist/Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor
- Prevention Specialist
- Criminal Justice Addictions Professional
Becoming certified as a Drug & Alcohol Counselor is one of the entry level steps for those interested in addiction careers. It usually only requires the minimum education of a high school diploma. You will do things such as screening, crisis intervention, & record keeping in regard to client treatment and services of those with addictive disorders. Advancement to one of the higher addiction careers usually requires additional education in human services along with a clinical internship. Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselors supervise Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors.