Become a Substance Abuse Counselor in Rhode Island - RI
By Jennifer Williams, allied health world Contributing Writer
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Substance abuse counselor certification in Rhode Island is one of the keys to developing a successful career in counseling people with chemical addictions. This process allows both the State and the public to recognize a counselor as a trusted, competent professional in the area of substance abuse and control.
In Rhode Island, the credentialing agency for this profession is the Rhode Island Board for the Certification of Chemical Dependency Professionals. The first step for new professionals is the Provisional Chemical Dependency Professional (PCDP), which is an entry-level certification requiring at least 2,000 hours of supervised clinical work.
The State of Rhode Island insists that students take certain education courses in order to be eligible for PCDP certification, including:
- Confidentiality of Drug and Alcohol Patient Records
- Chemical Dependency Counselor Ethics
- HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis Workshop
- Medication Assisted Therapy
These courses are state-specific requirements in Rhode Island and may need to be taken supplementally beyond your degree if your school does not offer them.
One of the greatest benefits of beginning a career in this field is that there is a growing demand for chemical dependency counselors in Rhode Island. Recently, in fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released information stating that a 21% increase in employment is expected to occur between 2008 and 2018, essentially giving new graduates a better chance at securing work.