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Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)


The CCS (CA) credential is non-reciprocal (certification is not transferable, unless the candidate takes the IC&RC Written Exam.)   Candidate must live in California and submit verification of the following:

  • Candidate must hold a current and valid Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential or equivalent from a California Certification Board or a Master’s Degree in related profession.

  • Candidate must have obtained a High School Diploma or GED to be eligible

  • An additional (2) years (4,000 hours) of verifiable counseling experience as an SUD counselor   (If applying with a Masters, you must have an additional 6,000 hours)

  • Two (2) years (4,000 hours) of clinical supervisory experience in the SUD field. These two (2) years may be included in the five (5) years of counseling experience and must include the provision of 200 contact hours of face-to-face clinical supervision

  • 40 hours of didactic training in clinical supervision. This must include training in each of the following areas (Click here for full description): Counselor Development, Professional and Ethical Standards, Program Development and Quality Assurance, Assessing Counselor Competencies and Performance and Treatment Knowledge

  • Candidates must also provide:

  • 3 letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work as a clinical supervisor, one of whom must have supervised the applicant’s clinical supervision

  • Signed Ethics Code & Consent to Release Information

The Certified Clinical Supervisor(CCS) offered through CAADAC requires 40 hours of focused clinical supervision education for the application process.


If you have been providing clinical supervision for years, it is time you received the recognition that you deserve!

The Connections Counseling Associates Continuing Education Program 30 hour CCS Course Material includes:


Clinical Supervision and Ethics with Recovering Counselors (10 CEH)

Clinical Supervision and Ethics with Recovering Counselors meets CCS Core Functions Professional Responsibility and Counselor Development.


  1. Clinical Supervisors will review key sections of the SAMSHA TIP 52 Manual Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor to clarify their clinical supervisory roles, models of supervision,  and supervisory strategies in EBP Treatment Centers.

  2. Clinical Supervisors will review liability and ethical issues connected to their supervisory role .

  3. Clinical Supervisors will utilize Gorski’s Developmental Stages of Change to examine the interaction between a recovering counselor’s participation as an employee and his/her personal recovery stage.




Clinical Supervision and Counselor Evaluation Models (10 CEH)                                                                        Clinical Supervision and Counselor Evaluation Models meets CCS Core Functions Assessment and Evaluation and Management and Administration


  1. Clinical Supervisors will review the core areas of a performance evaluation and the components of an individualized performance plan.

  2. Clinical Supervisors will address burnout and compassion fatigue in counselors they supervise

  3. Clinical Supervisors will review their Gatekeeping role, and identify supervisor- counselor communication barriers

  4. Clinical Supervisors will discover their conflict management style, and review management and supervision models


Practical issues in Clinical Supervision (5 CEH)                                                                                                      Practical Issues in Clinical Supervision meets CCS Core Functions Assessment and Evaluation, Professional Development, Management and Administration.


  1. Clinical supervisors will differentiate between Supervision and therapy, identifying the transference and countertransference issues that present themselves in the supervisory relationship

  2. Clinical Supervisors will consider the challenges inherent in balancing the role of supervisor with other administrative and clinical duties

  3. Counselors will review the structure of clinical supervision and the various models of clinical supervision available to them




Cultural Competence in Clinical Supervision (5 CEH)

Cultural Competence in Clinical Supervision meets CCS Core Functions Assessment and Evaluation, Professional Development, Management and Administration. It meets the following SAMSHA  Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of the Substance Abuse Counselor  TIP 52 areas for Clinical Supervision:  Supervisory Alliance, Critical Thinking, Counselor Development,  Performance Evaluation


  1. Participants will identify the importance and role of cultural competency in direct supervision of AOD counselors

  2. Participants will develop tools to develop a clinician’s capacity in cultural competence and address the dynamics of culture and difference within the supervisee/supervisor relationship.

  3. Participants will explore evaluation tools to identify diversity competence in clinical

Clinical Supervsion for Co-occurring Disorders (8 CEH)

Clinical Supervision for Co0Occurring Disorders meets CCS Core Function of Professional Development

  1. Participants will review CSAT and SAMSHA Supervision protocols and their application to co-occurring disorders

  2. Participants will review Minkoff’s complexity challenge and models of integration

  3. As clinical supervisors to co-occurring issues, participants will reflect on our ability to both weave the web of our understanding of cooccurring issues, as well as, guide our supervisees’ processes to weave their webs of understanding.

  4. Participants will review Parallel Process/Developmental Model of Clinical Supervision for Co-Occurring Issues

  5. Participants will review Compliance process for 42CFR and HIPPA

80.00      The Entire 5 Course CCS Education SET







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Connections Counseling Association Continuing Education Program


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