CCB Credentialing Changes

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Effective August 1, 2016, the following changes to a number of Connecticut Certification Board credentials will be put into place:

  1. Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) – The standard for educational and training requirements for initial certification as a CPS will be amended to include a requirement of no less than 6 hours of training in problem gambling.  This change is made to better reflect the scope of practice for prevention specialists.  The 6 hours are included in the total of the 100 required hours.
  2. Specialty Certificate in Co-Occurring Disorders (SCCD) and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional-Diplomate (CCDP-D) – both credentials will no longer be offered as initial credentials.  All current SCCD and CCDP-D certificants will be able to continue to renew.  At the Spring, 2016 Semi-Annual meeting of the IC&RC, the delegates voted to remove the CCDP-D (Master’s level) from the list of reciprocal credentials, choosing to offer just one COD credential, the Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional for all degreed (Bachelor’s and Master’s) candidates.  The CCB will mirror the IC&RC’s change to this credential.
  3. Non-Certified Clinical Supervisor (NCCS) – This credential, issued solely for the purposes of providing supervision and serving as a signatory for individuals seeking initial certification is being rebranded as the Specialty Certificate in Clinical Supervision (SCCS) to better reflect the competency of those who have met the identified standards.  Additionally, this will eliminate confusion in the treatment community based upon the previous name.  No changes to the standards will be made.
  4. Supervision for the Purpose of Initial Certification – The Board of Directors also approved 2 significant changes to the process of providing supervision to certification candidates:
    • Individuals holding the CCDP (or CCDP-D) are eligible to provide supervision and sign off on initial applications for CAC candidates.  This makes a total of 5 different credentials which are appropriate for signing the application forms: CCS, CAC, LADC, SCCS (formerly NCCS) and CCDP.
    • All Work Experience and Practicum Form(s) will need to be notarized in order to accepted with the application packet. This added verification will provide another safeguard to the accuracy of the information and adds to the legal defensibility of the application.  The CCB will allow an additional 30 days before implementing this standard change, so any application received after September 1, 2016 MUST have a notarized Work Experience and Practicum form(s) or they will not be accepted.

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