In today’s quickly moving mental health and addiction fields, there is a constant evolution of new problems and innovative ways to approach those problems. It is imperative that professionals continue to stay engaged with new trends within the field. One of the most important tasks the field requires of its’ professionals to stay current on trends is to obtain and maintain professional credentials.
In order to obtain credentials, an individual must complete a vigorous program of requirements to demonstrate competency in the areas stated by those guidelines. The maintenance of those credentials, ensures that professionals continue to evolve with the field. Tracking continuing education, supervision and work experience are all key tasks when evaluating credential status. It is imperative that agencies monitor credentials of their staff to ensure continued patient safety, quality care, regulatory compliance, and insurance liability protection.