Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LADCs) observe, describe, evaluate, interpret, and modify human behavior as it relates to the harmful or pathological use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. Work settings can include private treatment facilities (inpatient and outpatient), detox facilities, half-way houses, correctional facilities, schools, hospitals, and government facilities.
The Minnesota Department of Health began licensing alcohol and drug counselors (LADCs) in 1998. On July 1, 2005, regulation of the license was transferred to the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy (BBHT).
Current Licensing Requirements
Current licensing requirements include obtaining a minimum of a bachelor's degree, 270 classroom hours (18 semester credits) in alcohol and drug counselor education. Students also must complete an 880-hour alcohol and drug counselor practicum. All of the educational requirements (degree, course work, and practicum) must be completed through an accredited school or educational program.
Once the classroom education and practicum work has been completed, persons must pass a written comprehensive exam. Although no longer offered, a written and oral exam are also acceptable for meeting this requirement. Also, persons who completed a written exam (not comprehensive) may complete 2,000 hours of supervised practice in lieu of an oral exam. A Temporary Permit allows new graduates to practice alcohol and drug counseling under supervision, Temporary Permits must be renewed annually and may only be renewed up to five times.
LADCs must document 40 clock hours of continuing education every two years. In addition to traditional topics, the requirements emphasize education in substance abuse issues as they affect members of ethnic and minority communities and ethics.