BCPPC – Board Specialists
BCPPC Specialist Descriptions, Requirements and Definitions
For counselors who are seeking recognition as a practice specialist, the BCPPC has several designations to choose from.
Only individuals who are already credentialed with the BCPPC are eligible to apply for a specialist designation. Individuals may
also apply as a specialist at the same time they apply for the appropriate level of core credentials, as long as it is understood
that if one of the four available credentials are not approved, the specialist designation would not be offered.
The following specialty designations are currently available. Some are only available under specific levels of credentialing, while others are available under any of the four levels of credentialing. The specialty designations are as follows:
Certified Sexual Addiction Specialist (CSAS)
The CSAS is for counselors who desire to work with, or who have been trained to work with, individuals who struggle with sexual addictions, pornographic addictions, deviant sexual behaviors, sexual victimizations, etc. ONLY those credentialed as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) or a Board Certified Christian Counselor (BCCC) are eligible to apply for this specialty designation. The levels of this specialty designation are:
- Basic Level – Designates a basic understanding and competence of the subject matter, but with more limited field experience in sexual addiction counseling.
- Advanced Level – Designates a greater and deeper understanding of the subject matter as an experienced and trustworthy counselor; someone showing a high degree of comprehension and competence.
- Supervisor Level – Designates not only clinical competence and expertise in the subject matter, but also someone who has specific graduate level education, training and/or documented experience as a clinical supervisor.
- Trainer Level – The highest designation possible, indicating comprehensive knowledge as a subject matter expert; advanced clinical/ministry skills and experience in practice, including the capability and a history of effectively training others in this specialty.
Certified Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist (CPTSDS)
Certified Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Specialist (CPTSDS)– The CPTSDS is for counselors who desire to work with, or who have been trained to work with individuals who have experienced traumatic events in their lives, such as combat trauma, sexual assault, sexual abuse, physical abuse, crime victimization, witnessing a violent crime, significant loss and grief, etc. ONLY those credentialed as a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC) or a Board Certified Christian Counselor (BCCC) are eligible to apply for this specialty designation.
Certified Addiction and Recovery Specialist (CARS)
The CARS is for counselors who desire to work with or have been trained to work with, individuals who have experienced addictions such as alcohol, street drugs, prescription drugs, shopping, gambling, etc. ALL those credentialed at any level of the BCPPC are eligible to apply for this specialty designation.
To be considered for any of the counseling specialists, the applicant will need to complete the following:
- 45 hours of training in the specialty for which you are applying, 15 of which need to be Biblically-based training or Christian integration. For more information on these trainings, please visit: https://www.lightuniversity.com/
- A minimum of 75 hours of documentable experience directly related to the specialty training for which you are applying.
- A ONE TIME $49.00 fee made out to AACC is required with application and with active credentials.