Iowa Board of Certification

Our Mission: The Iowa Board of Certification credentials prevention and treatment professionals in addictions and other behavioral health fields by promoting adherence to competency and ethical standards.

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Applications now Free

We are in the process of placing all our applications for both initial certification and recertification on this website – FREE! This process should be complete, with all handbooks updated, by July 15. We are also in the process of converting all our forms to a fillable format this month – you can find these forms under the “Downloads” tab.

To find the application you need, click on the “Certification/Recertification” tab, then on the credential you hold, then on either the application or recertification application. Once this opens for you, fill it out, save it on your computer using your name and credential (i.e., “CADC-Jones”), then email it as an attachment to our office at info@iowabc.org.

If you have trouble typing onto the forms, be sure to install the newest version of Adobe – you can find a link to this under the “Downloads” tab. You can also save a copy to your computer (click on the disk icon in the upper left corner), fill it out and save it as your credential and name (i.e. “CADC-Jones”), then email it as an attachment to info@iowabc.org.

IBC Sponsored Trainings

In an effort to provide quality, low-cost trainings, an IBC committee has been setting up trainings around the state to help you get the hours you need for certification and recertification. In the past year, we sponsored several successful trainings, and more trainings are coming this year. Watch the website and your email for details on upcoming trainings. If you have suggestions for training topics and/or trainers, please forward them to us.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are allowed 7 or more days before the training with notice of needing to cancel registration.

IBC Sponsors “Are These Really New Addictions?”
August 14, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Des Moines, Iowa (Location to be determined)
Presenter: Martha L. Thompson, PsyD, LPC, CAADC

REGISTRATION FORM

Often known as “Behavioral Addictions,” we are now hearing the term “Process Addictions.” Is your son addicted to video games? Can I be addicted to my smartphone? She just goes to the gym a lot – it’s not an addiction! Have you heard similar statements from your clients? Addictions have changed over time. This workshop will explore 9 new “addictions” ranging from the internet to technology to shopping. Having a diverse understanding of several issues that often interfere with a person’s daily activities beyond the typical substance abuse disorders we treat is crucial. Ways to identify these new “addictions” and steps toward treating them will be discussed, a well as treatment interventions, goals and tactics. Group discussion and video analysis will be used to support the presentation.

To register for this training, complete the registration form and mail it to the IBC office at 225 NW School St., Ankeny, Iowa – 50023, along with the $65.00 fee, or fax this form to the IBC office at 515-965-5540. Payment can be made with cash, check or Dwolla payment. Once payment is received, or confirmation of Dwolla payment is confirmed, an email verification of registration for this training will be sent to you.

IBC Sponsors “Renewing Your Vow to Your People – Flipping Burnout ”
August 15, 2014, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Des Moines, Iowa (Location to be determined) 
Presenter: Martha L. Thompson, PsyD, LPC, CAADC

REGISTRATION FORM

Are you past the seven-year itch in the helping field?  How do you take care of yourself to keep going every day with the mounting paperwork, increasing hours and demands of the field? Burnout is a real deal in today’s work. This workshop will focus on self-care for the seasoned professional, building supports for the supervisor in you and creating a legacy for those behind you. Participants will discuss tips and tricks for self-care and reducing burnout, explore and identify supports for the pressures of supervision, and establish ways to prevent burnout.

To register for this training, complete the registration form and and mail it to the IBC office along with the $65.00 fee, or fax this form to the IBC office at 515-965-5540. Payment can be made with cash, check or Dwolla  payment. When payment is received, or confirmation of Dwolla payment is confirmed, an email verification of registration for this training will be sent to you.

IC&RC Practice Exams Now Available

IC&RC now has practice exams available for CADC, IADC, CPS (Prevention Specialist) and CCS (Clinical Supervisor) applicants.

Practice exams were developed to mimic IC&RC’s computer based testing (CBT) platform to enhance a candidate’s preparation experience. Candidates have 60 minutes to complete the 50-question practice exam. At the completion of each practice exam, candidates are provided with a score report detailing their performance based on the various content areas of the exam.

The cost of all practice exams is a non-refundable $49.00 fee which goes directly to IC&RC. You can get more information on practice exams by going to IC&RC’s website at: http://professionals.internationalcredentialing.org/examprep.

Practice exams for other credentials will be coming in the future.

IBC ANNOUNCES A NEW WAY TO PAY FEES

IBC is pleased to begin using Dwolla to accept payments for certification and other fees, especially since Dwolla is a business based in Des Moines. We think you’ll like paying this way and know it will save you money from our current credit card payment method.

What is Dwolla? It’s a payment network that allows any business or person to send, request, or accept money for a small fee to the receiver only. It’s safe (you don’t have to provide any credit card info), it’s fast (just click on the “Dwolla” button on our website), and it’s easy (you can pay using your computer, tablet or smartphone). Even better, you don’t have to have your own Dwolla account (as with PayPal) and there are no fees charged to the person sending the money.

Effective July 12, 2013, we will no longer accept credit card payments. Instead, if you wish to pay your fees to us remotely, use the Dwolla button below. Simply fill in your payment amount, click the button, and follow the instructions.

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Iowa Board of Certification, 225 NW School St., Ankeny, IA 50023
phone: 515-965-5509, fax : 515-965-5540

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The Iowa Board of Certification is a proud member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, IC&RC provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.