CAADE Certified Clinical Supervisor Application

What is the CCS Credential?
The CCS is an advanced credential offered to alcohol and drug counselors and supervisors interested in enhancing their career through specialized education, training and professional experience in clinical supervision.

Completion of this process permits the certified clinical supervisor to fulfill ethical and professional responsibilities in monitoring client welfare and quality of care provided by the alcohol/drug counselor supervisee and supervisor in training.

The certified clinical supervisor will teach by example, facilitate skill development, goal-setting, feedback, and professional development of the counselor/supervisee and supervisor in training.


The California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) has established the Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) credential as part of its mission to improve certification standards for addiction service professionals through quality education and professional development.  Several CAADE College programs already offer clinical supervision courses as part of their curriculum in Alcohol and Drug Studies. The purpose of developing this specialized credential was to provide a vehicle for making the evidence-based knowledge and skills essential to the competent practice of clinical supervision in treatment settings available to a larger audience of certified addiction professionals. Therefore, the CCS certification process provides quality assurance for training and subsequently identifying individuals who have attained a level of mastery in the requisite competencies of clinical supervision.

Definition of Clinical Supervision:

Clinical Supervision is “A social influence process that occurs over time, in which the supervisor participates with supervisees to ensure quality clinical care. Effective supervisors observe, mentor, coach, evaluate, inspire, and create an atmosphere that promotes self-motivation, learning, and professional development. They build teams, create cohesion, resolve conflict, and shape agency culture, while attending to ethical and diversity issues in all aspects of the process. Such supervision is key to both quality improvement and the successful implementation of consensus- and evidence-based practices.”

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Competencies for Substance Abuse Treatment Clinical Supervisors. Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 21-A. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 07-4243. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2007.

It is the belief of the CAADE Board of Directors that providing the education, training and certification process required for this Certified Clinical Supervisor credential will improve quality of care offered to those clients and their families who suffer from the devastating effects of addiction.


Initial CCS Application

CCS Renewal Application 

Please allow a minimum of 2 weeks for processing