Note: This module has not been updated since the original Addictionary (1992). Much of the information in it is obsolete. The module Professional organizations is more current but less detailed.
The National Certiﬁcation Reciprocity Consortium / Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc., established a set of twelve “core functions” necessary for addictions counselors. This list became the de facto standard of skills required for certiﬁcation of alcohol and drug counselors. The International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, Inc., has (with permission) implemented this concept for certiﬁcation of eating disorders counselors and therapists as well.
These twelve core functions and their official deﬁnitions are:
- Screening The process by which a client is determined appropriate and eligible for admission to a particular program.
- Intake The administrative and initial assessment procedures for admission to a program.
- Orientation Describing to the client
- general nature and goals of the program
- rules governing client conduct and infractions that can lead to disciplinary action or discharge from the program
- in a nonresidential program, the hours during which services are available
- treatment costs to be borne by the client, if any
- client’s rights
- identify and rank problems needing resolution
- establish agreed-upon immediate and long-term goals
- decide on the treatment methods and resources to be used
- exploration of a problem and its ramiﬁcations
- examination of attitudes and feelings
- consideration of alternative solutions
- decision making
Core functions, see also: Certiﬁcation, Counseling, Disease concept, Dual diagnosis, Employee assistance programs, Impaired professionals, Intervention, Professional organizations, Psychological problems, Therapy & treatment.
Addictionary 2 by Jan & Judy Wilson
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