Affected: IC 25-23.6-10.5
"master's degree or doctor's degree in addiction counseling, addiction therapy,
or a related area" means a degree earned in one (1) of the following programs:
(1) Addiction studies.
(2) Chemical dependency.
(3) Social work.
(5) Human services.
(6) Human development.
(7) Family relations.
If an applicant is seeking licensure as
an addiction counselor based upon a graduate degree not listed in subsection
(a), the applicant must provide the board with the following information:
(1) Evidence that their degree program and
any additional course work are equivalent to the criteria for a graduate degree
in addiction counseling as set forth in this section.
(2) An official college transcript.
(3) Appropriate certifications or affidavits
from university officials.
additional supporting documentation as requested by the board.
As used in IC
"eligible postsecondary educational institution" means a college or university
that was accredited prior to the applicant's graduation or within two (2) years
from the date of the applicant's graduation by one (1) of the following:
(1) New England Association of Schools and
(2) Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools.
(3) North Central Association of Colleges and
(4) Northwest Association
of Schools and Colleges.
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.
(6) Western Association of Schools and
applicant for licensure as a clinical addiction counselor must show successful
completion of the graduate degree curriculum set forth in IC
with a minimum of twenty-seven (27) semester hours or forty-one (41) quarter
hours in the following content areas:
Addiction counseling theories and techniques.
(2) Clinical problems.
(5) Clinical appraisal.
(6) Theory and practice of group addiction
(7) Counseling addicted
(9) Research methods in
(10) Human development.
If the course titles as stated on the transcript do not
clearly reflect the course work content areas as listed in IC
the applicant must document the course or combination of courses in which the
material was covered. At the discretion of the board, applicants may be
required to provide further documentation, beyond an official transcript, to
demonstrate that submitted course work covered the required content areas. Only
graduate level courses are acceptable for establishing equivalency. The board
will not accept course work counted or credited toward an undergraduate
When evaluating an
applicant's master's or doctor's degree in addiction counseling, addiction
therapy, or a related area, the board shall consider, as factors in its
evaluation, whether the degree granting program:
(1) identifies itself as an addiction
counseling program in its catalogs and brochures and demonstrates the program's
intent to educate and train counselors in its advertising materials;
(2) has an identifiable addiction counseling
professional responsible for the program who has clear authority and primary
responsibility for the core and specialty areas, whether or not the program
cuts across administrative lines;
(3) has an integrated and organized sequence
(4) has an identifiable
body of students who are matriculated in that program for a degree;
(5) includes a supervised practicum,
internship, or field experience; and
(6) the degree program practicum, internship
or field experience should be conducted in a setting focused on addiction
counseling services under the auspices of an approved graduate addiction
As used in IC
"supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience" means a
supervised curricular experience intended to enable the student to develop
basic addiction counseling skills and to integrate professional knowledge and
skills appropriate to the student's program emphasis. The supervised clinical
practicum, internship, or field experience shall be a minimum of seven hundred
(700) hours and include the following:
minimum of two hundred eighty (280) face-to-face client contact hours of
addiction counseling services under the supervision of an LCAC who has at least
five (5) years of experience as a qualified supervisor.
(2) A minimum of one hundred five (105) hours
of supervision from a LCAC who has at least five (5) years experience as a
As used in IC
"qualified supervisor" means an individual who is supervising within his or her
scope of experience and training and holds an active license at the time of
(1) a clinical addiction
(2) a clinical social
(3) a marriage and family
(4) a physician with
training in psychiatric medicine;
(5) a psychologist;
(6) a clinical nurse specialist in
psychiatric or mental health nursing; or
(7) another state-regulated addiction
counseling professional or, if the experience was gained in a state where no
regulation exists, by an addictions or behavioral health professional of
equivalent status; who has at least five (5) years of experience in providing