The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
(1) "Certification" means a voluntary process recognizing an individual who qualifies by examination and meets established educational prerequisites, and which protects the title of practice.
(2) "Certified chemical dependency professional" means an individual certified in chemical dependency counseling, under this chapter.
(3) "Certified chemical dependency professional trainee" means an individual working toward the education and experience requirements for certification as a chemical dependency professional.
(4) "Chemical dependency counseling" means employing the core competencies of chemical dependency counseling to assist or attempt to assist an alcohol or drug addicted person to develop and maintain abstinence from alcohol and other mood-altering drugs.
(5) "Committee" means the chemical dependency certification advisory committee established under this chapter.
(6) "Core competencies of chemical dependency counseling" means competency in the nationally recognized knowledge, skills, and attitudes of professional practice, including assessment and diagnosis of chemical dependency, chemical dependency treatment planning and referral, patient and family education in the disease of chemical dependency, individual and group counseling with alcoholic and drug addicted individuals, relapse prevention counseling, and case management, all oriented to assist alcoholic and drug addicted patients to achieve and maintain abstinence from mood-altering substances and develop independent support systems.
(7) "Department" means the department of health.
(8) "Health profession" means a profession providing health services regulated under the laws of this state.
(9) "Secretary" means the secretary of health or the secretary's designee.
[2008 c 135 § 15; 1998 c 243 § 2.]
Effective date—2008 c 135 §§ 1, 2, 7-9, and 11-19:
See note following RCW 18.19.020