Substance Abuse Counseling
States have varied levels of certification and /or licensure requirements for substance abuse counselors, addictions professionals, supervisors and prevention specialists. In addition, there are national and international certifications.
Florida CAP (Certified Addiction Professional)
This classification is viewed as the title for the addiction treatment professional primarily involved in providing direct treatment services in addictions. In addition, there are international and national certifications that can be obtained. Interested students should study the regulations in their particular state and learn about national and international certifications.
Mental Health Counseling
Mental health counselors hold a master's degree in mental health or a closely related field. Many trained mental health counselors work in a variety of agencies, clinics, schools, etc. and provide counseling services.
Some graduates elect to pursue licensure as a professional counselor or mental health counselor in their particular state. Most states also have specific licensing regulations for individuals wishing to have an independent practice. They typically include educational requirements at the master's level, post master's supervised experience and an examination.
For example, licensure as a mental health counselor in Florida requires "a master's degree with a major related to the practice of mental health counseling or related field. Applicants must also have two (2) years of post-master's supervised experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health counselor or the equivalent (64B4-31.007(1)a,b,c,d,e F.A.C.) who is qualified as determined by the Board."
Prospective applicants should determine the eligibility of this program with the state requirements they are seeking. Generally states provide several options for meeting their standards.