Are you pursuing a career in the Substance Use Counseling Field? It is a very rewarding field and the personal benefits are invaluable. There are four levels of certification you can obtain:
- Certified Recover Support Worker (CRSW)
- Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC)
- Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC)
- Licensed Clinical Supervisor (LCS)
If you are interested in becoming a CRSW, LADC, MLADC, or LCS, the NH Board of Licensing for Alcohol & Other Drug Use Professionals, and request a licensing packet. The packet will outline the requirements for you.
Download the LADC Categories of Competence List
Many LADCs & MLADCs question the difference between clinical supervision and peer collaboration. This description may help.
Clinical Supervision v. Peer Collaboration
What is the difference between clinical supervision and peer collaboration?
Clinical supervision is an ongoing relationship between a senior member of a profession and a more junior member. Clinical supervision involves the regular review and critique of a professional’s skills with the goal of improving these skills. Clinical supervision has the dual goal of client protection and professional development. The clinical supervisor holds ultimate clinical and legal responsibility for the welfare of the client.
Peer collaboration, on the other hand, is a professional relationship between peers for the purpose of professional development. The goal of peer collaboration is professional development and support. There is no legal relationship between members of a peer collaboration group and the clinician maintains clinical and legal responsibility for the welfare of their clients.
What is required in NH?
For individuals seeking licensure in NH, regular clinical supervision is required. In addition, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LADCs) must also maintain weekly clinical supervision. MLADCs are not required to maintain clinical supervision, but must participate in 90 minutes of peer collaboration monthly to maintain licensure from Nov. 2013 through July, 2014. After that, 26 hours per year are required (approx 2 hours 10 minutes per month).
How should I document supervision or peer collaboration?
Each clinician is responsible for documenting their clinical supervision or peer collaboration. Documentation must include the date, time and duration, names and credentials of participants, and signatures of participants. The most expeditious way to ensure proper documentation is to maintain this information for each meeting and obtain signatures at the time.