Recognized Training


ACBHC recognizes a variety of sources of training as relevant to the purposes of the Commission. Training to meet the requirements for certification by the Commission can be met in several ways.

  1. NAADAC - Certified Training
  2. College or University Coursework
  3. Workshop/Seminar Attendance
  4. Agency In-service Training
  5. Distance Learning
  6. Statewide or National Conferences
  7. Certified Training Given by Self to Others

  2. Training approved by NAADAC provided in Alaska, the lower 48 or through correspondence is automatically approved by ACBHC.

  3. College or University Coursework
  4. The Commission will consider college or university course work that is related to the field of behavioral health (e.g. psychology, social work, human services, nursing, counseling, communications etc.) as training. An official transcript must be submitted as proof that the course was passed and completed. A course description may be requested by the Commission to clarify the content of the course and its applicability to the counselor competencies. College course work is calculated into training hours as follows:

    1 quarter hour = 0.8 semester hour
    1 quarter hour = 10.0 contact hours
    1 semester hour = 1.3 quarter hours
    1 semester hour = 15.0 contact hours
    1 trimester credit = 5.0 contact hours
    1 CEU = 10.0 contact hours
    1 clock hour = 1.0 training hour

  5. Workshop/Seminar Attendance
  6. Workshops or seminars whose content is relevant to the ACBHC counselor competencies (Foundations and Practice Dimensions) are an eligible source of training to meet certification requirements.

  7. Agency In-service Training
  8. In-service training offered within an agency and approved by ACBHC is an eligible source of training to meet certification if the content is relevant to competencies. Such training is expected to be submitted in advance to the Commission, is considered on a case-by-case basis, and is computed on a contact hour basis. Documentation of in-service training shall include, at a minimum, course syllabus, credentials of the instructor and proof of completion signed by the trainer.

  9. Distance Learning
  10. Distance learning includes correspondence courses, internet offerings, video instruction or other media-related training that is self-directed. Distance learning must have a predetermined number of hours of educational credit (i.e. the student should not be making the determination of how many hours a course of study is worth). Distance learning can account for any amount of the required training during the current certification period.
  11. Conferences
  12. The State of Alaska and professional organizations produce workshops to meet agency/staff educational needs. Examples include: the Prevention Symposium, NASW Annual Conference, Annual School of Addictions, Rural Providers' Conference, and other targeted training topics. Conferences that have been approved by ACBHC normally advertise the number of approved contact hours authorized for the workshops or conference as a whole.

  13. Training Given by Self to Others
  14. Persons who provide training on specialty interest topics and those who provide regularly scheduled training such as HIV/AIDS, ethics etc. may use the development of a presentation (one time) toward their own educational/training requirements. This may not exceed contact hours required. The following information must be provided with the other application materials at the time of application for certification or re-certification.

Ø A complete course/training outline titled TRAINING PRESENTATION SUMMARY, with the subheading of the specific training topic. The outline will provide the following information for each class submitted:

  1. Name of primary trainer(s) with summary of qualifications or vitae/resume
  2. Target training population and how tailored (such as training for adults, adolescents, young children etc.)
  3. Time in development/resource references
  4. Learning objective(s) related to specific competencies (desired outcomes)
  5. Outline of "Key" informational points of presentation
  6. Identified instructional tools used, if any
  7. Listing of any text(s) used (title, author, publisher and date of publication)
  8. List of any invited expert presenters, if any
  9. Copy of training assessment tool or other outcome measure(s) used
The above (1-9) will be submitted to the Commission for evaluation for training/education credit.

It should be noted that persons who provide more than one training for evaluation under this section, per certification period will need to have been judged to be a general expert in the field of behavioral health, with specific knowledge in the area of instruction.

Training is expected to be submitted in advance; however, training events not approved in advance by the Commission are considered on a case-by-case basis and if accepted, are computed on a contact hour basis. The applicant must document the course content by providing a syllabus, information about the instructor and proof of completion date.

Approved 7/04

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