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

FDAP Qualifications: National Counsellor Accreditation Certificate (NCAC)

Routes to Accreditation

To meet the 4th Criterion you will have undertaken training and supervised practice to meet ONE of the following three alternative routes (shown further below).

Forms

Applicants applying under Route One
FDAP accredited training course.

Applicants applying under Route Two
Counsellor/Psychotherapist Training course not accredited by FDAP.

Applicants applying under Route Three
A portfolio of at least 450 hours of counsellor/psychotherapist training validated by recognised college or university, equivalent in breadth and depth to that described in Route Two.

Routes

 

4th Criterion

Have undertaken training and 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.

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