PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and the only professional that specializes in mental health care and can prescribe medications. (Family doctors often prescribe medications for mental health concerns, but do not have specialized training or background in treatment mental disorders.) Most psychiatrists focus on prescribing the appropriate medication that’s going to work best for that individual and their concerns; a few also do psychotherapy.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
Clinical social workers are Masters Level, licensed clinicians that diagnose and treat people with mental disorders and various emotional and behavioral disturbances. Clinical social workers are essential to a variety of client-centered settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, substance use treatment and recovery program , and private practice settings. Clinical social work has a primary focus on the mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being of individuals, couples, families, and groups. It centers on a holistic approach to psychotherapy and the client’s relationship to his or her environment. Clinical social work views the client’s relationship with his or her environment as essential to treatment planning. Clinical social work is a state regulated professional practice. It is guided by state laws and regulations.
Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LDADC)
A Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor is a Masters level, licensed, behavioral health professional who helps clients struggling with addictions. These professionals assess and diagnose substance use disorders, as well as work individually or in group counseling sessions. The goal is to help a client pinpoint the situations and behaviors that lead to relapse and block the road to recovery. The drug counselor may also help their clients find jobs or refer them to other resources, services, and support groups. In some cases, an addiction counselor may also conduct programs or informational sessions that teach not only their clients, but also family and friends of patients about addiction, behavioral disorders, coping strategies, signs of addiction, and how to avoid destructive behavior. Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling is a state-regulated professional practice. It is guided by state laws and regulations.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) intern/ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) Intern
A CADC intern and LCADC intern is a person in the process of becoming licensed as a LCADC or certified as a CADC depending on the course of study each individual pursues. The LCADC is a master’s level credential, and the CADC is not. Both the LCADC and the CADC require 270 hours of required core courses in alcohol and drug counseling. Along with the educational hours required, a candidate for certification or licensure must complete 3,000 supervised experience hours at an approved internship. Interns provide such services as individual and group counseling, case management, assessment, and information and referral. Both CADC and LCADC interns are supervised closely by a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS).
Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
A Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) is a Masters level, certified, clinical supervisor who provides close supervision of CADCs, CADC Interns and LCADC Interns. This occurs through supervision meetings, case conceptualizations, cosigning of all documentation and treatment records and direct observation. CCS assist the alcohol and drug counselor intern to function in a professional manner and comply within all State and Federal regulations and with the current professional code of ethics.