Clinical Supervisor

Certified Clinical Supervisor Reciprocal (CCSR)

The Certified Clinical Supervisor Reciprocal (CCSR) is a reciprocal-level supervisor certification for those wishing to advance in the alcohol and drug field as a supervisor and have reciprocity as a supervisor with other IC&RC member boards who also offer this certification.

Implementation of certification for clinical supervisors began in 1998.  This certification provides documentation that individuals have met the minimum standards necessary to provide clinical supervision in Minnesota’s substance abuse services delivery system.

In 1992, Columbia Assessment Services (CAS) completed a role delineation study of the practice of clinical supervision in substance abuse services delivery.  The purpose of the role delineation study was to validate content areas that form the basis for the Certified Clinical Supervisor Reciprocal (CCSR) requirements. The role delineation study determined which tasks are applicable to the experience requirement, types of education applicable and the content of the written examination.  This study was published and copyrighted in 1992.  The Clinical Supervision written examination was developed for the IC&RC by clinical supervisors under the supervision of Columbia Assessment Services.

Minnesota’s membership in the IC&RC permits use of the CCSR written examination and provides a mechanism for reciprocity for Minnesota’s Certified Clinical Supervisors with certification boards which have developed reciprocity level clinical supervisor certifications.


  • Must currently hold and maintain ADCR-MN, CCJPR, CCDP, or CCDPD or hold a specialty substance abuse credential in another professional discipline in the human services field at a Master’s level or higher
  • 10,000 hours (5 years) of alcohol and drug counseling specific work experience
  • 4000 hours (2 years) of alcohol and drug counseling supervisor work experience
  • High school diploma or equivalency
  • 30 hours of education specific to clinical supervision domains
  • Passing score on IC&RC Clinical Supervision Exam
  • Must live or work in Minnesota at least 51% of the time


  • First-time certification: $390 (includes processing fee, exam, and two years of certification)
  • Biennial renewal fee (two years): $180
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