Those of us who have been through addiction treatment at a rehab facility often remember with gratitude the counsellors who helped us through a very difficult time and got us on the road to recovery. Very often counsellors with their own recovery track record are remembered with particular fondness. That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with counsellors who are not in recovery, it’s just that having someone with whom you can really resonate with in the mix can sometimes make all the difference.
“When my counsellor would share about her experience and how she got sober, stayed sober and how she found peace, I wanted what she had. I began working through the 12 Steps and finished them.” – Taku, Former Cedars’ Client.
As we say on The Cedars’ website:
“We model the power of possibility for our clients, demonstrating the impact of an advanced 12-Step programme and holistic care that caters for our client’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.”
To ensure that we live up to this, we have employed a number of highly trained counsellors who have a solid track record in recovery themselves.
We have a rigorous selection process, and the qualifications of our counsellors vary: they are either locally accredited registered counsellors, or internationally accredited Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellors (CADC):
- Local accreditation and registration as a counsellor requires an Honours degree in Psychology which includes a year’s work in the field of mental health and annual CPD points
- The CADC qualification requires 6000 hours of supervised, practical experience in the field, along with 300 hours of CPD points
- For counsellors in recovery – a minimum of 1 year clean and sober and active involvement in the 12-Step programme is a minimum requirement
- All of our counsellors are overseen by supervisors in each facility as well as an external supervisor.
To help those researching a requirement for addiction treatment, we have put together a comprehensive e-book that outlines our approach, explains how we work, and provides practical insights into how to approach admission to a treatment centre:
Addiction Treatment: A Better Way
How addiction sufferers and their loved ones can find healing together.