Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in Indiana - IN
By Laura Wrede, allied health world contributing writer
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The substance abuse counselor certification in Indiana is achieved in several stages. It begins with prior training and experience you may already have working in this field. Throughout your preparation, you will participate in a clinical practicum, on the job training, and continuing education. Each one will prepare you to you work directly with clients in different settings, take part in client care, and act as an advocate.
To become a substance abuse counselor in Indiana (also referred to as an addiction counselor) first you need to have work experience in a substance abuse counseling setting from prior jobs, past volunteer work, or something you are currently involved in. Next you will participate in a qualified education program that includes both theory and practice. The program will give you the professional knowledge, and skills needed for this career.
Substance abuse counselor certification in Indiana is granted through the Indiana Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (icaada).
When you have your board certification, the final stage in the process is applying for a state license (Indiana requires both a certificate and a license to practice).
Taking the exam required by any one of the certifying boards will ready you for the state license application offered through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring substance abuse counselors in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Evansville, Indiana may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Deaconess Hospital, Community Hospital East, and Parkview Hospital.