NCSAPPB's Twelve Core Functions and Competencies

The regulatory body for substance abuse professionals is The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB). According to the NCSAPPB, in order to obtain licensure as a licensed clinical addiction specialist (LCAS), candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the 12 core functions of substance abuse counseling. The 12 core functions and the specific competencies are delineated below:

1. SCREENING
2. INTAKE
3. ORIENTATION
4. ASSESSMENT
5. TREATMENT PLANNING
6. COUNSELING
7. CASE MANAGEMENT
8. CRISIS INTERVETNION
9. CLIENT EDUCATION
10. REFERRAL
11. REPORT AND RECORD KEEPING
12. CONSULTATION

Knowledge

1. Physiological problems caused by the ingestion of alcohol and drugs and their effects on the systems of the body
2. Psychological and emotional factors related to substance abuse. Relationship of blood levels and behaviors
3. Effects of chronic use of substances including relationship to individual body chemistry, dose, and setting
4. Dependency and cross-dependency
5. Criteria for diagnosis including systems for tool assessment Personality growth and development
6. Socio-cultural aspects of growth and development The recovery process as it relates to the individual, family, and to others Approaches to counseling including philosophies, modalities, methods, and techniques
7. Social services available
8. Application of counseling approaches to the individual client, spouse, and family
9. Implications of counseling approaches to clients from ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups in our society
10. Group process, group communications, goal setting, contracting, problem solving, and supportive techniques
11. Case history methodology
12. Legal consideration such as confidentiality, rights, and drug laws Steps, traditions, and philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous and its relation to Al-Anon and Alateen

Skills

1. Communication skills such as active listening, leading, summarizing, reflection, interpretation, confrontation, and self-disclosure
2. Counselor-client rapport including warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness, and empathy
3. Individual, family and group modalities including specific techniques
4. Client assessment and referral intake, evaluation, interpretation, resources, and follow-up procedures
5. Case management and record keeping including intake, disposition, termination, follow-up, record maintenance and compliance with federal, state, local and agency confidentiality regulations.

Contact info for the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board:
NCSAPPB
P.O.Box 10126
Raleigh, NC 27605
(919)832-0975
http://www.ncsappb.org

 

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