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   If you are interested in becoming a professional substance abuse treatment counselor, the Valley Hope Association has an unique opportunity for you. Valley Hope has reinstated the Counselor Training Program which was originated in 1973. Counselor trainees are hired one or two times a year depending on the projected need for future counselors. The curriculum of this updated program closely follows the original Substance Abuse Training Program but is now taught "on-line" enabling trainees to be placed in various Valley Hope centers across our seven-state network. This also allows instructors to originate their class from different locations.

   Counselor trainees in the one-year program are full-time employees and receive compensation and limited benefits. Trainees need to reside in a fairly close proximity to the facility where they are employed. Trainees attend the classes and complete the required practicum at the facility to which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the substance abuse treatment training program, the Association will offer appropriate positions, if available, within the Valley Hope organization. Trainees are obligated to remain at the facility in which they trained unless there is no position available. Trainees sign an agreement to work for Valley Hope for two years following the year of training or reimburse Valley Hope at a prorated rate for the training.

   Recovering candidates must have a minimum of two years of on-going recovery before substance abuse training begins. Additionally, if an individual has been a patient at a Valley Hope inpatient or outpatient facility, the individual must have completed treatment a minimum of two years prior to hiring. This requirement includes patients involved in the Valley Hope continued care programs, both at the out-patient facilities and the AC/ESS online treatment program. It is also important to note that credentialing requirements in each of the states in which Valley Hope operates vary and preference is given to individuals with degrees in the behavioral sciences.

    Many of the states in which Valley Hope currently operates are in the process of increasing the minimum educational requirements for substance abuse counselors to become credentialed or licensed. In Oklahoma the minimum education requirement is a Bachelors degree in the behavioral sciences or education, additional information from the state of OK may be found at ( . In Kansas, a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree in social services or health related field, which includes 30 hours in specific core course content areas as noted on the KSBSRB website ( is required. In Arizona the minimum education requirement is an associates’ degree. However, for licensure, a masters degree in an area approved by the AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners ( is required. In Texas, trainees who are hired must hold licensure as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor or as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas or be eligible for internship, which implies that the trainee has already completed the Texas required coursework prior to being hired as a trainee and has a status of LCDCi. In Colorado, it is a requirement for counselors to be a CAC II or CAC III to be able to work with patients without direct supervision in each counseling session. Consequently, it is favorable for a counselor trainee in CO to have already completed their CAC I and CAC II requirements. It is important to note that laws and regulations in state are quite fluid and it would be beneficial to contact the agency in the state you are interested in being hired to clarify the licensure requirements. In Nebraska, counselor trainees must complete the state required TAP courses either prior to being hired or must complete the courses simultaneously with the counselor training courses.

    Due to the licensure changes in KS that occurred in 2011, counselor trainees do not currently receive college credits for the courses. However, if you are interested and do qualify for meeting credentialing or licensing requirements in the state in which you are interested in being hired as a trainee, we are interested in hearing from you and will soon be taking applications from qualified individuals.

For further information, please contact:
Curt Krebsbach, PhD, LPC, LCAC
Director of Training
Valley Hope Association
at 480-899-3335 or send an e-mail including resume to:

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