is an official Board endorsement of degree programs. Accreditation assures that
persons entering the field of chemical dependency counseling have met the minimum
requirements for formal education necessary for licensure. Accreditation assures
that degree programs meet acceptable levels of standards and are applicable toward
Board licensure. Accreditation by the Board may be included in the education institution's
promotional material and provides programs greater ability to attract students
interested in working in chemical dependency. In addition, students will be assured
that the education they are pursuing will meet the formal education requirements
for Board licensure. Accreditation represents an opportunity for the partnership
of education institutions and the Board to assure high quality training.
institutions will be required to follow a process of application, committee review
and site visit evaluation. Each site visit will be conducted by a team of professionals
trained to perform these evaluations. The visiting team will include members of
the Education Committee, staff of the Board and regionally licensed professionals.
of Accredited Masters Degree Programs
Board is launching Accreditation of Behavioral Science Masters Degree Programs
as the first in a series of degree accreditations. The formal education requirement
for our top level of licensed independent chemical dependency counselors (LICDC)
is a Masters Degree in a qualified behavioral science degree program. In order
to qualify, the Masters Degree program must include specific content areas and
a specific number of contact hours.
Degree Accreditation Manual & Application
Board will begin work soon on Accreditation of Behavioral Science Bachelor's &
Associate's Degree Programs.