4758-5-04 Requirements for licensure of chemical dependency counselors III (LCDC III).

(A) To be licensed as a chemical dependency counselor III (LCDC III) the applicant shall complete the following:

(1) Submission of formal application.

(2) A bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or nursing from an accredited school or university.

(3) Two thousand hours of documented paid chemical dependency counseling related compensated work or supervised internship experience of which a minimum of twenty per cent must be in chemical dependency counseling.

(4) Completed supervisor reference form(s).

(5) One hundred eighty hours of chemical dependency specific education of which fifty per cent shall have been obtained in the last five years. The required content areas with the specific contact hours are as follows:

(a) Theories of addiction (clinical evaluation, counseling, client, family and community education) (twenty-four hours)

(b) Counseling procedures and strategies with addicted populations (clinical evaluation, counseling, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, documentation, client, family and community education, professional responsibility) ( thirty hours)

(c) Group process and techniques working with addicted populations (counseling, client, family and community education, documentation, professional responsibility) (eighteen hours)

(d) Assessment and diagnosis of addiction (clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, documentation) (twenty-four hours)

(e) Relationship counseling with addicted populations (counseling, client, family and community education, documentation, professional responsibility) (twenty-four hours)

(f) Pharmacology (clinical evaluation, client, family and community education)(eighteen hours)

(g) Prevention strategies (counseling, service coordination, client, family and community education)(twelve hours)

(h) Treatment planning (counseling, treatment planning, service coordination, documentation) (eighteen hours)

(i) Legal and ethical issues pertaining to chemical dependency (clinical evaluation, counseling, service coordination, client, family and community education, documentation, professional responsibility)(twelve hours)

(6) Completion of practical experience totaling two hundred twenty hours.

(a) The number of hours to be spent in practical experience in the twelve core function areas shall, at a minimum include:

Practical Experience Hours


Ten Hours


Ten Hours


Ten Hours


Ten Hours

Treatment Planning

Twenty-five Hours

Individual Counseling

Thirty Hours

Group Counseling

Thirty Hours

Family Counseling

Twenty Hours

Case Management

Fifteen Hours

Crisis Intervention

Ten Hours

Client Education

Ten Hours


Ten Hours

Reports and Record Keeping

Twenty Hours

Consultation with Other Professionals

Ten Hours

(b) The supervisor shall provide verification that the applicant has obtained the required two hundred twenty practical experience hours in the twelve core functions. A verification of tasks form shall be completed and signed by the supervisor.



(9) Successful completion of the IC&RC alcohol and drug counselor (ADC) examination or documentation of a valid license, registration, certificate, or credentials issued under another chapter of the Revised Code that authorizes the individual to engage in a profession whose scope of practice includes chemical dependency counseling and diagnosing and treating chemical dependency conditions.

(10) Submit a signed statement agreeing to practice by the code of ethical standards adopted by the board.

Effective: 05/06/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4758.20
Rule Amplifies: 4758.22, 4758.24, 4758.41
Prior Effective Dates: 6/13/04, 6/13/08, 11/15/10