LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) Track @ SWC
Southwestern College (Santa Fe) curriculum approved by New Mexico Counseling & Therapy Practice Board for meeting the educational requirements of the LADAC license (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor).
The New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board has approved a curriculum from Southwestern College as meeting the educational requirements for the LADAC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor) credential.
This is GREAT news for the College and its students.
The approved curriculum includes our MA requirements, and Southwestern College now offers additional recommended courses. Those courses are:
• Motivational Interviewing
• Adolescents and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention
• Assessment and Pharmacology for Substance Abuse and Addictions
At this time, Brian Serna is teaching these courses
In addition to the Educational Requirements, there are additional practice/clinical requirements, as listed below, under LADAC Requirements.
The Board was very excited that we were going in this direction, particularly because our LADAC candidates will have a full master’s degree in a helping profession, in addition to the LADAC. Many LADAC practitioners hold a bachelor’s or associate’s degree, and their mental health training is limited to drug and alcohol counseling. Having the wider spectrum of experience and training will make our master’s level students and alumni very competitive in the substance abuse field, which is expanding rapidly under Obamacare.
Job Opportunities in Substance Abuse Counseling
Substance (and process) Abuse Counseling is an ever-growing field that needs many highly trained people to fill the clinical need nationwide. Earning a LADAC certificate in New Mexico will expand significantly the job opportunities counselors and art therapists will have in this new market place. Thus, from the point of view of practicality, employability, and value for your investment, this could be one of the smartest educational decisions you could make. We hope you give it your serious consideration…
Southwestern College posts job lists every month for Counseling, Art Therapy, and Substance Abuse Counseling, all over the country.
Unlike Southwestern College’s Professional Training Certificates, the LADAC credential is conferred by the New Mexico Counseling & Therapy Practice Board. Thus, that board, and NOT Southwestern College, make all of the final decisions regarding your eligibility to sit for the LADAC exam. You would do well to familiarize yourself with their web page and their physical office in Santa Fe.
You must pass a criminal background check.
You must sign a code of ethics developed by the New Mexico board.
You are required to have an Associate’s degree or higher in an Addictions Counseling related discipline.
You will need to have 276 hours of training and/or education that is composed of the following: 90 hours related to alcohol abuse, 90 hours related to drug abuse, 90 hours related to counseling and 6 hours that pertain specifically to alcohol and drug counseling ethics.
If you hold an Associate’s degree you will need three years of experience and three thousand direct client contact hours of supervised work experience in AODA counseling with 200 hours of direct face-to-face supervision.
If you hold a Bachelor’s degree you will need two years and two thousand direct client contact hours of supervised work experience in AODA counseling with 100 hours of direct face-to-face supervision.
If you hold a Master’s degree you will need one year and one thousand direct client contact hours of supervised work experience in AODA counseling with 50 hours of direct face-to-face supervision.
You must pass the NCAC Level One examination.