Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in New Jersey - NJ
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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Substance abuse counseling is both challenging and, at the same time, highly rewarding. Because of the sensitive nature of the work and the importance of the public’s safety, many states have adopted certification requirements for their substance abuse counselors. Substance abuse counselor certification in New Jersey is compulsory for those who want to work in the state. In order to become an entry level substance abuse counselor in New Jersey, called a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor, one must have graduated from high school (or equivalency), have 300 hours of supervised practical experience, 200 hours of supervised work experience working with drug and/or alcohol addicted clients, 270 hours of drug and alcohol education, and they must have completed oral and written exams given by the New Jersey state board.
Prior to certification, using the applicant’s information and testing results, the board will ensure that the applicant is competent in all functions necessary to become a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC). These include, but are not limited to: screening, intake, orientation, assessment, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, education and prevention, referral, consultation with other professionals, as well as reporting and record keeping. Questions regarding certification in New Jersey may be directed to: State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, PO Box 45007, Newark, NJ 07101.
Through campus based and online programs, aspiring substance abuse counselors in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison and Woodbridge, New Jersey 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 Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Atlanticare Regional Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center.