Federation of Drug & Alcohol Practitioners
Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)

FDAP Qualifications: National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)

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Overview

FDAP's National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC) scheme is a professional certification for drug and alcohol counsellors.

NCAC accreditation provides complementary evidence of competence in a number of the DANOS units in FDAP's Drug and Alcohol Professional Certification scheme (specifically units SCDHSC0233, SCDHSC0035, SCDHSC0033, GEN36, AF2.2012, AI1.2012, AI3.2012 & SCDHSC0031).

NCAC accreditation is valid for three years, after which members must apply for re-accreditation. It is open only to individual members of FDAP and employees of corporate affiliate agencies.

Standard Criteria for Accreditation

You can apply for accreditation if you provide counselling or psychotherapy to individual people, couples, groups or families and can provide satisfactory evidence to meet all Criteria 1 to 6 below.

In order to meet the standard for accreditation, you must show that you can satisfy each of the criteria that follow, which are numbered 1 to 6.

When you apply, and throughout the assessment process, you must be:

1st Criterion: Membership

An individual member of FDAP/NAADAC.

 

2nd Criterion: Insurance

Covered by agency and/or personal professional indemnity insurance for all of your counselling/therapeutic practice (Please enclose a copy of your insurance certificate(s) when sending your application).

 

3rd Criterion: Professional Practice

Practicing counselling or psychotherapy when you submit your application.

 

4th Criterion: Routes

Have undertaken training and clinically supervised practice to meet ONE of the following three alternative routes:

ROUTE ONE

Accredited Course

You have been awarded a qualification from a FDAP accredited training course such as:

AND

Professional Practice requirement:

  • Have been in practice at least three years when you apply for accreditation, 1.5 years of which have been in the substance use/addictions field.
  • Have at least 400 hours of supervised practice accumulated within three to six years, of which 250 hours should be in the addictions field*. They do not have to be consecutive years.
  • Have been supervised for at least 1½ hours per month throughout the periods of practice submitted.
 

ROUTE TWO

You have successfully completed one validated programme of learning leading to an award at Higher Education level 5 (or equivalent), or at a higher level, for practitioner training in generic counselling and/or psychotherapy validated by a recognised college or university, that:

  • Included at least 450 hours of tutor contact hours of which 100 hours teaching* must be related to drug, alcohol, gambling and related addictions.  If not included in the 450 hours basic training package this should be evident in subsequent Continued Professional Development (CPD).

    The teaching must include: the psychology of addictive behaviours, including both Individual processes and socially influenced processes.

    There should also be training in methodologies that are recognised to be applicable in addiction counselling including, Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural therapy for substance abuse, and Mindfulness Based therapies including Mindfulness based Relapse Prevention,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

  • Was carried out over at least two years (part-time) or one year (full-time)
  • Had supervised practice as an integral part of the training
  • Covered theory, skills, professional issues and personal development

In addition you must either hold the FDAP’s Drug and Alcohol Professional Certification, or demonstrate competence in the following NOS units:SCDHSC0233, SCDHSC0035, SCDHSC0033, GEN36, AF2.2012, AI1.2012, AI3.2012 & SCDHSC0031

AND

Professional Practice requirement:

  • Have at least 400 hours of supervised practice accumulated within three to six years, of which 250 hours should be in the addictions field*. They do not have to be consecutive years
  • Have been supervised for at least 1½ hours per month throughout the period of practice submitted
  • Have been in practice at least three years when you apply for accreditation – of which 1.5 yrs should be in the addictions field

* Any attendance at conferences should not be included in the 100 hours as outlined above..

 

ROUTE THREE

Have a portfolio of at least 450 hours of training at Higher Education level 5 (or equivalent), or at a higher level, in more than one programme of learning, and equivalent in breadth and depth to that described in Route TWO above. The training will have been validated by recognised college(s) or university(ies), and should normally have been obtained over a period of no more than 10 years, and in excess of 1 year (full-time), and two years (part-time). It should also include:

  • substantial clinically supervised practice as an integral part of the training, with overall supervision from the college(s), university(ies) concerned.
  • theory, skills, professional issues and personal development
  • In addition, at least 450 hours of tutor contact hours of which 100 hours teaching* must be related to drug, alcohol, gambling and related addictions.  If not included in the 450 hours basic training package this should be evident in subsequent Continued Professional Development (CPD).

    The teaching must include: the psychology of addictive behaviours, including both Individual processes and socially influenced processes.

    There should also be training in methodologies that are recognised to be applicable in addiction counselling including, Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural therapy for substance abuse, and Mindfulness Based therapies including Mindfulness based Relapse Prevention,  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

AND

Professional Practice Requirement

  • Have been in practice at least three years when you apply for accreditation - 1.5 yrs in substance use/addiction field
  • Have at least 400 hours of supervised practice accumulated within three to six years, of which 250 hours should be in the addictions field (see*above). They do not have to be consecutive years
  • Have been supervised for at least 1½ hours per month throughout the period of practice submitted.

In addition you must either hold the FDAP’s Drug and Alcohol Professional Certification, or demonstrate competence in the following NOS units: SCDHSC0233, SCDHSC0035, SCDHSC0033, GEN36, AF2.2012, AI1.2012, AI3.2012 & SCDHSC0031

* Any attendance at conferences should not be included in the 100 hours as outlined above.

 

5th Criterion: Supervision

You have an ongoing contract for counselling/psychotherapy clinical supervision for a minimum of 1½ hours per month for each month in which practice is undertaken.

 

6th Criterion: Reflective Practice

You must demonstrate the following:

Knowledge and understanding

Your Philosophy and Approach to Counselling within the addictions field.

  • Describe the theory and application of your personal approach when working with (as applicable):
    • Individuals
    • Couples
    • Groups
  • Describe the place of your self-awareness within your way of working

Practice

In your case material you must demonstrate:

  • Exercise of the broader professional responsibilities as illustrated in the core functions
  • Your use of self-awareness in the therapeutic relationship
  • How your practice illustrates your awareness of issues of difference and equality and the impact they have on your counselling / psychotherapy relationships
  • Use of the FDAP's code of practice for drug and alcohol professionals.

Supervision

In your case material demonstrate how supervision influences your practice by:

  • Describing the awareness you have gained through reflection in and on supervision
  • Showing how you apply that awareness in your practice
 

Before you complete your application please ensure that you meet all the criteria above:

  1. Membership
  2. Insurance
  3. Professional Practice
  4. Routes
  5. Supervision
  6. Reflective Practice

If you have met all the criteria above, please complete the following forms and return to FDAP. Further information is provided on the 'Guidance' Page.

 

Forms:

  1. National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC) Application form:
    PDF version | Word version
  2. Practice Supervisor Report form:
    PDF version | Word version
  3. Guidance for the Proposer form:
    PDF version | Word version

 

Sending us your application guidance notes.

 

N.B. Interviews

  1. FDAP reserves the right to interview any applicant if it is judged that an interview is required to complete the accreditation process.
  2. Any applicant may request that an interview will be incorporated into the process of accreditation.

 

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