Why do we need certification for counselors?
- To protect the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of prevention and addiction related professionals.
- To ensure basic educational requirements and supervised work experience for professionals working in the prevention and addiction fields.
Why a European certification?
- To become a part of a European community of professionals.
- To ensure that counseling and prevention in the participating countries meet set standards for the education and training of addiction and prevention professionals.
- Such certification would enable counselors and prevention specialists to be mobile between those countries having decided to honor the certifications.
Why emphasizing addiction and prevention?
- Addiction has one of the highest mortality rates in many European countries.
- Food addiction is a growing concern for health care professionals all over the world, especially in Western countries.
- We need prevention to minimize the cost of addictions, social and health problems
- Addiction counselors and prevention specialists must therefore be well educated and trained professionals.
We are all a part of a European community and can freely move between countries and work in different places. Therefore, it is helpful to set up a system enabling us to communicate and cooperate.
Eight European countries have already decided to become members of the European Certification Board. The larger our community becomes, the stronger it will be. We need professional people to solve dire needs within our communities and we need to ensure professionalism, skills, and competence.
We need the Diploma from the European Certification Board to be acknowledged as a fulfilment of educational requirement. We need to agree on the requirements involved in obtaining this Diploma, which should be the same in all the participating countries. We also need to be able to support working counselors all over Europe as our abilities increase with time, preferably by offering them continuous training and workshops. By combining our efforts, we will all be stronger.
Members of the European Certification Board are listed below. Three board members comprise an executive board, which handles day-to-day issues, whereas the board as a whole handles policy issues and the direction of the work. The executive board is now comprised of the following board members: Stefán Jóhannsson, director, Sigurlína Davíðsdóttir, secretary, and Árni Einarsson, treasurer.