CDCC Certification

Title of Course

CDCC Is Unique

Benefits of Certification

  • Distinguish yourself as a practitioner with proven specialized clinical competency in co-occurring disorders.
  • Demonstrate to clients, employers and third-party payers your commitment to delivering evidence-informed care.
  • Assure appropriate and effective treatment for co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
  • Become a change agent in your profession by modeling evidence-based practices.
  • Gain up to 36 CEUs – 30 hours upon completion of our online training plus 6 hours for the day-long skills practice workshop.

Application Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree or higher in social work, mental health counseling, psychology, substance use disorders/addictions or related subjects from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
• Current credential or license in mental health or substance use disorders or related counseling subjects issued by a state or credentialing authority.

Choose Your Path To Certification

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The path you choose depends on your confidence in your co-occurring disorders clinical skills.

Optional Online Training

If you are new to the field or lack specific training in co-occurring disorder treatment, start here. This optional but recommended course blends best practices with an engaging training experience designed to enhance your knowledge and clinical skills. Evidence-based recovery-oriented interventions come to life with video demonstrations, clinical vignettes, interactive activities, supplemental readings, and links to relevant resources. Investing time in the online course may improve your score on the required examination.

In-Person Skills Practice Workshop

Pre-requisite: Online training
Interested in polishing your clinical skills and getting immediate feedback from our expert trainers? Our day-long Skills Practice Workshop is for you. Clinical trainers guide you through the exact skills that will be required and rated in the work samples you submit.

Knowledge Test

If you are experienced in the field and feel confident in your knowledge and skills, you can bypass the online training and sign up to take the Knowledge Test. A passing score of 80% on the test allows you to move on to the next step  of submitting work samples.

Practice Skills Evaluation

After achieving a passing score on the Knowledge Test, you will be required to submit two 45- to 60-minute audio recordings of your work with a client or group. Your work will be evaluated and rated by experts using the Minnesota Clinical Competence Scale. For an added $50, you also can receive a comprehensive practice-rating narrative report, which will include a detailed review of strengths and missed opportunities.