Deciding which credential will lead you to the career you are working towards can be difficult. We understand that there are multiple credentials with similar names, acronyms, and the requirements can become overwhelming. At ICAADA, our goal is to assist aspiring, and current, behavioral health professionals gain the credentials that will allow them to show employers, the community and the populations served, they have the competencies to provide appropriate, person-driven treatment or support. Below you will find a brief description for our most sought after credentials. Please explore each one and see, based upon your current education, and experience, which may be the best fit for you!
Recovery Coach (non-clinical/treatment professionals)
Peer Recovery Support professionals are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process. (SAMHSA 2017)
There are credentials available for both person in personal recovery from substance use, mental health or co-occurring issues and a credential for allies, family and loved ones of person with a substance use, mental health or co-occurring issues.
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Consultants (Clinical/Treatment professionals)
Certified Addiction and Drug Abuse Consultant (CADAC) credentials are designed to be entry-level, or advanced-level, credentials (depending upon CADAC level) and cover the disciplines of substance use consultation
There are multiple levels to this certification based upon a person education, experience, and licensure (if held).
Addiction Consultant in Training (Entry Level Clinical/Treatment profesisonals)
Addiction Consultant in Training (ACIT) is an entry level clinical addiction credential for individuals employed in the addiction treatment field, or enrolled as a college student in addiction treatment studies.
There are two levels to this credential based upon a person educational background. The ACIT II is the credential professionals who work, or aspire to work, in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) will want to work towards obtaining.