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Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS)

CCPC Global provides the opportunity for all competent clinical supervisors, meeting the standards of the CCPC, to be certified and recognized as a Registered Clinical Supervisor. Those approved by the Examining Board will be issued a Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS) certificate.

Purpose of Certification

The purpose of certification for the Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS) is to recognize, by way of the certification process, those who have acquired an acceptable level of training, skills and effectiveness as Addiction Counsellor Supervisors.

CCPC Global encourages everyone having the required qualifications to apply regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, sex, or disability.

The focus is:

  1. To provide the avenue for qualified persons who have studied, worked, and developed skills in the addiction field to receive professional recognition as a Registered Clinical Supervisor.
  2. To provide the public with confidence that Registered Clinical Supervisors have attained an acceptable level of competency.
  3. To provide Registered Clinical Supervisors with encouragement and opportunity for continual education and professional development.

Who may be certified?

Any person may apply for credentials as a Registered Clinical Supervisor (RCS). However, he or she must be able to meet the “Standards Criteria” set by the Examining Board. The application process provides the opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate adequate skill, knowledge and competence as a Registered Clinical Supervisor.

Experience Required

Applicants must have:

  1. Certification as an addictions counsellor, CAC ll, CGC or equivalent for a minimum of five (5) years.
  2. Two (2) years of supervisory experience in the field of addictions. This experience may be acquired within the five (5) year period of certification.
  3. Specific management training in the following areas:

Required courses:

  • Management theory
  • Communication skills
  • Employee relations
  • Decision-making skills/Leadership
  • Teambuilding
  • Conflict resolution
  • Crisis/stress management
  • Professional ethics/ethical dilemmas
  • Legal responsibilities of addiction counsellors
  • Time management
  • Performance Appraisal

Optional courses:

  • Collective bargaining process
  • Clinical Supervisor as expert witness

Documentation must be provided that will demonstrate that the supervisor has attained proficiency in the above required management training courses.

Professional Responsibilities

CCPC Global expects its applicants to:

  1. Adhere to the established Code of Ethics for a RCS. This will preserve a high standard of professionalism and will secure the supervisor’s best interest;
  2. Maintain Federal, Provincial and/or Agency regulations concerning counselling by following proper procedures to preserve the counsellor’s rights;
  3. Set up and maintain a program of self-assessment of professional conduct (strength and weakness) using ethical and legal standards;
  4. Continue the process of professional growth and development by assessing one’s training needs and attaining the necessary education.

Professional References

All applications must be accompanied by two professional references. All references are for the purpose of assisting the Examining Board to make a fair and complete evaluation of the competency of the applicant.

All references are treated with strict professional confidentiality.

They should be addressed to CCPC Global and included with the application under confidential cover.

Two professional references should include the following information concerning the applicant:

  1. How does the applicant demonstrate self control?
  2. How has the applicant demonstrated reliability?
  3. Show how honesty is a part of the applicant’s personal/professional conduct.
  4. Give examples of the applicant’s ability to work with others.
  5. How informed is the applicant about their field of expertise.
  6. Comment on the communication skills of the applicant.
  7. Comment on the applicant’s ethical (professional) conduct.

The CCPC reserves the right to request additional information if required.

Supervisor Letter and Evaluation

All applications must be accompanied by a completed Supervisor Evaluation and a letter from your current supervisor on employer letterhead. The letter should confirm your position title, length of time in position, and number of hours of work experience as outlined in the Experience section of the Manual.

Keep a Record of your Application

It is recommended that all applicants maintain a personal file for their records. This file should contain copies of all of the following documents: the completed application; all past and current training-related transcripts, diplomas, and certificates; and a record of hours worked both in education and training and in work experience. The CCPC performs periodic checks of those certifications which require continual training or minimum hours worked.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this certification, please go to the manuals page and download the RCS Manual with forms or simply CLICK HERE and follow the steps. If you need more help or direction, contact us.

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