Becoming An Addictions Counselor Is Not Easy

1215 WordsMar 27, 20175 Pages
Becoming an addictions counselor is not easy. There are several requirements that you must meet in order to embrace this career and provide care to others. Professionally treating clients within your scope of practice can present its challenges as well as the ultimate goal of the helping profession to do no harm. There are requirements to developing a helping professional, key legal and ethical issues in counseling, and the role of the counselor in developing and maintaining ethical boundaries in clinical relationships. Arizona has three levels of certification; these include Licensed Substance Abuse Technician (LSAT), the Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor (LASAC) and the Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor…show more content…
This is especially important because any hours obtained here will count towards my work experience and 100 of these hours must be with a professional who has the level of certification in which I am pursuing. After 3,200 hours has been accrued and 1,600 of these hours are directly with clients not to exceed two years, I can take the exam to be a licensed counselor. After passing examination within two tries I can apply with the board for certification of a LISAC level (Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, 2016 & Human Services Guide, 2015). However, these are only the steps to becoming a counselor. There is much more to this profession such as key legal and ethical issues in counseling. Ethics is the behavior that is conducted distinguishing between good and bad and what is morally decent. The code of ethics is so important in the addiction counseling field because it lays out right and wrong and prevents harm from coming to clients who are already in a fragile state. I believe that it also protects counselors if they follow the NAADAC from malpractice. There will be many instances where you will run into ethical issues in the professional counseling field. These can range from the duty to warn, confidentiality, and other gray areas (GCU, 2013). Counselors are obligated by ethical and legal laws the duty to warn. This can vary in different states but may include the knowledge of abuse,
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