About Drug & Alcohol Counseling Certificate Programs

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Drug and alcohol counseling certificate programs vary from state to state, but generally a minimum of a bachelor's degree is required before being certified as a mental health counselor. Get the proper certification and experience to start helping those affected by drugs and alcohol with information from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on drug abuse.

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Hello I'm Dr. David Thomas with Whitford Thomas Group in Tampa, Florida. I'm a licensed mental health counselor. Today we're going to talk about alcohol and drug certificate programs. Specifically I'm going to talk about the state of Florida because every state is a little different. There's two types of certificates slash licensor programs throughout the Unites States. If you're a licensed therapist, you're licensed to treat mental and nervous disorders which one of those disorders is substance abuse disorders. If you are not licensed and still want to work with folks suffering from alcohol and drug issues, you need to be certified. And the state of Florida certification programs requires in all tiers a certain amount of education as well as practice. The first tier, I think the minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree and I'm not sure what the hours are, but a certain amount of hours usually can be done at junior colleges, some at the state universities do the same. The next tier is a master's level with experience and the next tier is a master's level and experience actually in the field as well as most folks at that level will also have licensor in helping folks treat mental and nervous disorders. So in kind of summary, there's two types of processes to work with, folks with suffering from mental and nervous disorders, specifically substance abuse disorders, licensor as well as certification. Again thank you, I'm Dr. David Thomas.


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