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BOPC : overviewofOutofStateLicensureProcess1

Board of Professional Counselors

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OUT OF STATE ALCOHOL & DRUG COUNSELOR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must complete the Out of State LCADC application, pay the $75.00 application fee, submit a copy and verification of license from state, jurisdiction or territory, and provide documentation of professional experience and official transcripts verifying the degree earned.

EDUCATION 

Applicant must have a master's degree in a health and human services counseling AND the following coursework from an accredited college or university: CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEU) ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  

A.                  ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG SPECIFIC ETHICS (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits). Undergraduate or Graduate Level instruction in this area includes the following content:

o        Self-disclosure of recovery status

o        Ethics of being a two hatter

o        Self-help fellowship participation

o        Avoiding dual relationships

o        Relapsing counselors

o        Confidentiality Laws

B.                  Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency (Pharmacology) - (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits). Undergraduate or Graduate Level instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:

 

o        Brain structure and function as it relates to psychoactive drugs.

o        Classes of psychoactive drugs, including their addition potential, withdrawal symptoms, and associated medical problems.

 

B.                  PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT -  GRADUATE LEVEL ONLY  (3 SEMESTER CREDITS OR 5 QUARTER CREDITS)

 

 

C.                  PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS - GRADUATE LEVEL ONLY  (3 SEMESTER CREDITS OR 5 QUARTER CREDITS)  (Must cover the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – DSM)

 

D.                  PSYCHOPATHOLOGY - GRADUATE LEVEL ONLY  (3 SEMESTER CREDITS OR 5 QUARTER CREDITS)        

                 SUPERVISED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 

In the case of an applicant holding a master’s degree with less than 60 graduate credit hours, provide documentation of a minimum of not less than 3 years with a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in providing alcohol and other drug counseling experience.

OR

In the case of an applicant holding a master’s degree with 60 graduate credit hours,  provide documentation of not less than 3 years, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in alcohol and other drug counseling, 2 years of which shall have been completed after the award of the master’s degree.

OR

 

In the case of a doctoral degree, an applicant shall document a minimum of not less than 2 years with a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience in providing alcohol and other drug counseling experience.

 

            EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT

 

Achieve a passing score on the Examination for Master's Addictions Counselors (EMAC) of the National Board for Certified Counselors and Maryland State Law Test.