Twelve Core Functions of an LADC

  • There are 12 Core functions of an LADC.  The 12 core functions are based on a well-researched description (a job analysis) of the activities ADCs actually perform when working. The core functions are included in the Minnesota licensing law (MN Board of Behavioral Health, 2016).

    More recently, the Addiction Technology Transfer Centers National Curriculum Committee of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice in a document referred to as TAP 21. Though TAP 21 may gradually replace the 12 core functions as a reference to ADC practice activities, TAP 21 incorporates the 12 core functions and reorganizes the competency areas. The content and job functions of chemical dependency counselors remain unchanged (MN Board of Behavioral Health, 2016).


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