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The Association for Addiction Professionals

NCSE

National Clinical Supervision Endorsement

The National Clinical Supervision Endorsement is intended to standardize competencies and to recognize nationally a high level of effective clinical supervision practice in supervising Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselors. 

Why should you obtain the NCSE?

  • Position yourself for career advancement and increased salary potential.
  • Distinguish yourself as a practitioner who has specialized in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction clinical supervision. 
  • Demonstrate to clients, employers, and 3rd party payors your commitment to quality care by verifying through certification the skills and competencies you have developed through years of work experience and course work. 
  • The NCSE reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for Substance Use Disorder/Addiction professionals.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor expects the demand for Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselors to grow by 22% by 2024. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Current credential or license in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) issued by a state or credentialing authority for the past five years.
  • At least five years full-time or 10,000 hours overall of employment as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor. This must include a minimum of two years full-time or 4,000 hours performing direct clinical supervision, and 200 hours of received supervision as a clinical supervisor.
  • At least of 30 contact hours of education and training specific to Substance Use Disorder/Addiction clinical supervision. In addition, must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • A passing score on the NCSE examination within four years of the application.

Application Requirements

  • Copy of Bachelor’s Degree or higher transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Evidence of a current credential or license in Substance Use Disorder/Addiction and/or related counseling subjects (social work, mental health counseling, psychology) issued by a state or credentialing authority for the past five years.
  • Evidence of five years full-time or 10,000 hours of employment as a Substance Use Disorder/Addiction counselor. This must include a minimum of two years full-time or 4,000 hours performing direct clinical supervision, and 200 hours of received supervision as a clinical supervisor.
  • Evidence of at least 30 contact hours of education and training specific to Substance Use Disorder/Addiction clinical supervision. In addition, must include six hours of ethics training and six hours of HIV/bloodborne pathogens training within the last six years. At least 50% of training hours must be face-to-face.
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics.
  • Payment of $235.00 non-refundable endorsement application fee.
 

Examination Details

The National Clinical Supervision Endorsement written exam of consists of 125 questions, testing candidates’ knowledge in the following areas: pharmacology or psychoactive substances; theoretical base of counseling & counseling practice; professional issues of the law and regulation; integrated behavioral health; co-occurring disorders; types of supervision to include individual, group and peer; models of clinical supervision including performance evaluation; recognizing the difference between clinical supervision and administrative supervision, the exam will focus specifically on clinical supervision; and techniques of supervision include the use of one-way mirrors, recordings and videos, in-room, and interpersonal process recall.

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Testing Schedule

All NCC AP examinations are now available throughout the month at a date and location convenient for you! You now have more flexibility and opportunity to get your national credential than ever before. Locate a Testing Center in Your Area

Suggested Test Preparation Materials

Re-Credentialing Requirements

  • NCSE Renewal Application
  • Evidence of a current state issued credential/license
  • Forty (40) hours of continuing education every three years, twenty (20) hours of which must be specific to Clinical Supervision.
  • Provide work history for the three years prior to renewal
  • Submission of a signed statement that the candidate has read and adheres to the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics
  • Payment of $200.00 non-refundable renewal application/certificate fee.
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