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PLADC & LMHP Certification


The program meets the standards established by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Addiction Services for certification as a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC).

The Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at MCC prepares the student for what is known as the PLADC. This is a provisional license in alcohol and drug counseling. Once a student has completed the necessary course work and 300 practicum hours in 12-core functions, they may apply for their PLADC. Once a student has been in the field and has 6,000 direct client contact hours, the student may apply for their full license as an alcohol and drug counselor (LADC). This level of licensure also requires passing a test.

This provisional status may be granted once and held for a time period not to exceed six years. An individual may not render services under this status without clinical supervision. Provisional status is granted for the purpose of obtaining a PLADC. An individual may not represent themselves as a Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor unless they hold a valid license issued by the Department.

The total cost for certification is $175.

If the student already has a degree and wants to get qualified, they would need to take the following courses:

  • HMSV 1120 Helping Skills/Techniques
  • HMSV 1130 Introduction to Counseling Theories
  • HMSV 2110 Group Counseling
  • PSYC 1120 Human Growth & Development
  • HMSV 2050 Professional Ethics & Issues
  • HMSV 1140 Assessment, Case Planning and Management
  • HMSV 2150 Multicultural Counseling
  • HMSV 1160 Medical/Social Aspects of Additions
  • HMSV 2130 Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency
  • Set up a practicum on their own with an accredited CD agency under the supervision of a LADC.

LMHP PLADC Dual Certification

The state of Nebraska is encouraging the Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHP) to seek dual certification as substance abuse counselors by taking HMSV 1140, HMSV 1160 and HMSV 2130.

Students who wish to enroll in the following three courses to obtain dual certification must provide proof of a master's degree in counseling or a related field and/or their LMHP number verified by the state to have the course prerequisites waived.

  • HMSV 1140 Assessment, Case Planning and Management
  • HMSV 1160 Medical/Social Aspects of Addictions
  • HMSV 2130 Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency

For more information on any of the General Human Services and/or Chemical Dependency Counseling degrees, certificates or certifications, please call 531-MCC-2400 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.