Drug and Alcohol Addiction
To qualify for a competency in drug and alcohol addiction, the following requirements are needed:
1. Be a Board Certified Chaplain.
2. Completion of three years of devoting 25% (.25 FTE) of one’s time in addiction/drug and alcohol work as evidenced by the following:
a. Completion of at least 50 drug and alcohol spiritual assessments.
b. Active participation in a substance abuse Tx Tm for three years.
c. Conducting not less than one class a month on addiction and spirituality.
3. Completion 30 hours of the drug and alcohol courses. Any combination of the following: basic pharmacology, drug and alcohol counseling, theories in addiction, and spirituality and addiction.
4. Completion of one of the following can be used in place of education:
a. Presentation to staff.
b. Written a paper or article.
c. Completion of a research project.
d. Teaching of addiction classes---credit for the lesson plan and not times taught.
Upon meeting the criteria, the chaplain will appear before a panel of his/her peers. This will be much like a BCC panel but question will pertain to his/her expertise in drug and alcohol treatment.
The chaplain will be interviewed by a panel of three, one of whom may be from another discipline, provided that they have work in chemical dependency.