Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NCRC Credentialing Effort under Way

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NCRC Credentialing Effort under Way

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NCRC Credentialing Effort Under Way

The National Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (NCRC) is sending letters to 10,000 counselors informing them of their eligibility to be certified as National Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (AR, December). Although the initial mailing is targeting counselors who have been identified by their local certifying bodies as eligible for a combined alcohol and drug credential, NCRC President Jack Isselhardt told AR that he is not ruling out the possibility of a single national credential for alcohol or drugs, at least temporarily.

Isselhardt said 10,500 counselors were identified as holding a combined credential, and about 4,200 a single credential, mostly for alcohol. He said NCRC has heard from counselor interested in a single national certificate for alcohol or drugs, and that "if there is substantial interest," NCRC may consider it at its annual meeting in May.

The plight of those certified for alcohol or drugs alone was among concerns voiced by Paul Lubben, president of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), in a letter to his membership regarding NCRC's national credential (AR, January).

"If there is a strong movement for a separate, single credential, we may go for it for a limited length of time," Isselhardt told AR. "Personally, however, I feel strongly that the future of the field has to be a combined credential. A single credential, in my view, is anachronistic. Most people in the field now are treating people who are addicted to both alcohol and drugs. …

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