STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
TCBAP certification upgrades and standardizes the qualifications of those working in areas of addiction counseling, clinical supervision, and prevention throughout Texas. These certifications are designed to be appropriate for those professionals currently working in counseling, supervision and prevention.
Certain important principles have emerged in regard to these credentials.
Principle 1. These certifications are based on a combination of competency and knowledge about addiction counseling, clinical supervision and prevention, to include academic achievement.
Principle 2. Authority for these certifications come from professionals nationwide working in the fields of addiction counseling, clinical supervision and prevention, who share a common concern for educational standards, with focus on International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) role delineation study processes, education and competency within the practice of addiction counseling, clinical supervision and prevention.
Principle 3. Persons having skills and utilizing them in positions other than those of addiction counselors, clinical supervisors and prevention specialists may be certified by the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. The basic requirement for certification is the performance of addiction counseling, clinical supervision or prevention activities and academic achievement.
Principle 4. Application for these certifications is entirely voluntary.
The authority of the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is derived from those persons who are dedicated to service as counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists and other health professionals, who are most affected by certification and standardization of related issues. The authority for these certifications is embodied in the statewide association of addiction professionals, the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Inc. Recognition of certification is voluntary. The credibility of these certifications results from the standards that are maintained and the performance levels established by the Texas Certification Board. However, most importantly, the professional competency, knowledge and integrity of the board certified persons.