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A distinguished panel of Subject Matter Experts (SME) convened in Sacramento, California recently to review written examination questions for entry and advanced levels addiction counselor certifications, with the guidance of nationally-recognized examination psychometrician, Daniel A. Biddle, PhD.

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    The SME panel members included representatives from both large and small employers of addiction counselors, private practitioners, program supervisors, higher education institutions, professional alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselor membership organizations, and nationally-accredited counselor certification agencies.

The SME panel reviewed two exams: the Addiction Counselor Examination (ACE), which is based upon the information contained within the TAP 21, The Addiction Professional and The MAT Counselor publications, and the Private-practitioner / Clinical Supervisor (PCS) examination, which is based upon the TAP 21-A, The Clinical Supervisor and The MAT Counselor publications.

  Dr. Biddle explains exam development and review  


The ACE Exam will be the updated version of the RAS exam, currently used for the nationally-accredited Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) certification issued by Breining Institute, the Certified Alcohol & Other Drug Counselor (CAODC) certification issued by the California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs, and the Certified Drug, Alcohol and Addiction Counselor (CDAAC) certification issued by the Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

The PCS Exam will be the updated version of the CSC exam, currently used for the Clinical Supervisor Credential (CSC) and the Master Counselor in Addictions (MCA) certifications issued by Breining Institute.

These updated exams will replace the currently administered RAS and CSC examinations in 2011. Candidates who are currently preparing for the existing versions of those exams are encouraged to take the current exams before the end of this year.

For educators and employers interested in obtaining copies of the publications, ordering information is available by selecting the picture of each book, below:

The Addiction Professional: Manual for Counselor Competency (2nd Edition)
Published: 2008
Pages: 528
Format: 8 1/2 x 11
Publisher: Breining Institute
Link to ordering information
  Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice (TAP 21)
Published: 2006
Pages: 224
Format: 8 1/2 x 11
Publisher: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Link to ordering information

  The MAT Counselor: Handbook for Certification of Counselors working in a Medication-Assisted Treatment Setting
Published: 2010
Pages: 228
Format: 8 1/2 x 11
Publisher: Breining Institute
Link to ordering information
  The Clinical Supervisor: Training Manual for Clinical Supervisor Competency in the Addiction Treatment Setting
Published: 2010
Pages: 246
Format: 8 1/2 x 11
Publisher: Breining Institute
Link to ordering information
  Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors (TAP 21-A)
Published: 2007
Pages: 60
Format: 8 1/2 x 11
Publisher: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Link to ordering information
      Examination Psychometric Expert  
    Daniel A. Biddle, PhD
CEO, Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.
Biddle Consulting Group, Inc., is a Human Resources consulting firm dedicated to providing the highest quality products and services related to Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Employee Selection (Testing and Screening).
      Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel Members  

SME panel members (from left) Cook, Wynn, Urbano and Kistner.




SME panel members (from left) Klug, Belzman, Rowland, Russell and Maldonado.




SME panel members (from left) Daniels, Sellars, Brown-Lindsey and Bond.


Michael Belzman, PhD, MDAAC, M-RAS
Founder / CEO, Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors (ACADC)

Kimberly Bond, MA, MFT
President, Mental Health Systems, Inc.
Board Member, Therapeutic Communities of America
Board Member, California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE)

Vannessa Brown-Lindsey, DrAD, M-RAS
President / CEO, Another Choice, Another Chance

Kathy L. Christopher, JD, M-RAS

Dean of Academic Affairs, Breining Institute

Jana Cook, MD, PhD
Project Scientist, University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry
Executive Committee, Forensic Addictions Corrections Treatment (FACT) Board of Directors

Warren Daniels, MA, CADC II, M-RAS
CEO / Executive Director, Community Recovery Resources
Chair, California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP)
Former President, California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC)

Wayne Kistner, JD
General Counsel, California Association for Alcohol / Drug Educators (CAADE)

Kathleen Klug, BA, RAS
Private practice

Luky Maldonado, CAODC
Senior Vice President, Safety Center Incorporated
Chair, California Association of Drinking Driver Treatment Programs (CADDTP)

Shirley Rowland, DrAD, RAS
Senior Mental Health Counselor, CalWORKS Clinical Team, County of Sacramento

Theresa Russell, DrAD, MCA
Dean of Instruction, Breining Institute

Jim Sellars, MA, CADC II, SAP
Quality Management Coordinator, CRC Health Corporation
Chair, California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CCBADC)

Armond Urbano, CAS II, RAS II, NCAC I
Director, Training and Education, California Association of Addiction Recovery Resources (CAARR)

Sally Wynn, MA, MCA, CSC
Private practice
Technical Assistance and Training Consultant

  Addiction Specialist (RAS)   On-line Renewal   On-line RAS registration   Application for Admission
  RAS Level II (RAS II)   Paper renewal packet - All levels   Special Student / Military RAS Registration   Transcript request form
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  Masters Level RAS (M-RAS)   Continuing Education providers   ACE Examen en Español   FAST TRACK education program
  Supervisor Credential (CSC)   Update your Profile Information   Special Student / Military RAS Exam Request    
  Masters Degree Credential (MCA)       Exam Request - PAPER form   RESEARCH & EDUCATION FOUNDATION
  Women's Treatment Specialist (CWTS)       ACE Exam Tutorial in English   Clinical Supervisor Manual
  Medication-Assisted Treatment (MATC)       ACE Examen Tutorial en Español   Journal of Addictive Disorders
  Forensic Addictions (FAC)       Education Providers    
  Co-occurring Disorders Specialist (CCDS)       RAS Reciprocity   JOB BOARD
      RECIPROCITY: US and International   Certification Handbook / Exam Statistics   NEWS & REVIEWS
  SPECIALIST COURSES   RECIPROCITY: California   Find US and International Test Centers   BREINING MOBILE
  40-hr Clinical Supervisor Education Course       Find an RAS professional   DUI PROGRAMS
  40-hr MAT Counselor Education Course       Codes of Ethics / File a Complaint   BREINING ON FACEBOOK
  40-hr Forensic Counselor Education Course       RAS IN CALIFORNIA   BOOKSTORE
  40-hr Co-occurring Disorders Ed Course       Reciprocity in California   BREINING iTUNES U CHANNEL
  40-hr Women's Treatment Ed Course       Addiction Counselor Exam (ACE)   EXCELLENCE IN SUPERVISION AWARD

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