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CADC

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) assist those with with substance use disorders by providing individualized treatment, support and motivation along their journey toward wellness.

NJPN’s L/CADC course covers five (5) essential topics—client assessment, counseling, case management, client education, and professional responsibility—which fulfills the required educational hours needed to earn a CADC credential in NJ. Students must also complete 3,000 supervised internship hours and pass exams for state certification.

CREDENTIAL TYPE

Initial Certification

QUALIFICATIONS
  • GED/HS diploma

  • Actively working in DMHAS licensed SUD treatment agency

  • Registered as an ADC intern with DCA

EDUCATION HOURS

270 Hours

Eligibility Requirements

The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) created the Addiction Training and Workforce Development Program to enhance and diversify New Jersey’s addiction workforce. A primary goal of the program is to increase the number of credentialed professional staff employed at DMHAS-licensed addiction treatment and mental health agencies by offering CADC and other professional development training opportunities. Class size is limited, and eligibility for the program is based on the following criteria:


  1. Priority is given to individuals currently working at a DMHAS-licensed substance abuse treatment agency who:

    1. Are actively working towards the completion of a New Jersey license or certification as a LCADC, CADC or CDA;

    2. Are accumulating work experience in the 12 core functions in the field of substance misuse treatment;

    3. Are being supervised by a LCADC or another licensed clinical professional who is qualified to supervise alcohol and drug counselor interns as specified under New Jersey statue (N.J.A.C.13:34C-6.2); (Qualified clinical supervisors include a LCADC, a NJ-licensed physician certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM], a psychiatrist with added qualifications in chemical dependency from the American Psychiatric Association, or an APN, licensed psychologist, LCSW, LMFT or LPC who also is certified as a Certified Clinical Supervisor [CCS].)

    4. And has submitted a Proposed Plan of Supervision (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/adc/Applications/Proposed-Plan-of-Supervision-for-CADC-LCADC-Internship.pdf) to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.

  2. Priority is also given to individuals currently working at a DMHAS-licensed mental health facility who:

    1. Are serving clients with co-occurring disorders;

    2. Are actively working towards the completion of a New Jersey license or certification as a LCADC, CADC or CDA;

    3. Are accumulating work experience in the 12 core functions in the field of substance misuse treatment;

    4. Are being supervised by a LCADC or another licensed clinical professional who is qualified to supervise alcohol and drug counselor interns as specified under New Jersey statue (N.J.A.C.13:34C-6.2); (Qualified clinical supervisors include a LCADC, a NJ-licensed physician certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine [ASAM], a psychiatrist with added qualifications in chemical dependency from the American Psychiatric Association, or an APN, licensed psychologist, LCSW, LMFT or LPC who also is certified as a Certified Clinical Supervisor [CCS].)

    5. And has submitted a Proposed Plan of Supervision (http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/adc/Applications/Proposed-Plan-of-Supervision-for-CADC-LCADC-Internship.pdf) to the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee.

  3. Limited Provisional slots are available for individuals who:

    1. Are interested in pursuing an internship at a DMHAS-licensed substance misuse treatment agency but have not yet been hired as an alcohol and drug counselor intern. These individuals are able to take a maximum of 5 courses with NJPN but cannot take additional courses until they have obtained employment or an internship at a DMHAS-licensed substance misuse treatment facility.

THE PATH TO CERTIFICATION

How to Apply

  1. Review the course or training details and ensure you meet or exceed eligibility requirements.

  2. If you are ready to sign up, fill out the application form (button link is to the right).

  3. NJPN will review your application and notify you if you have been accepted into the course or training.

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Scholarship Information

NJPN provides the 270 education hours for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). These courses are no cost for counselor interns working in DMHAS SUD licensed treatment facilities. Scholarships are available to attend courses offered weekly. Currently all courses are held virtually.

Internship Opportunities

NJPN helps connect eligible individuals with DMHAS licensed treatment agencies statewide seeking ADC Interns. Students attending CDA courses through NJPN are provided one-on-one assistance to secure an internship while attending courses.


Learn more about the internship process and application details by clicking the button below.

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