The SAS credential is a credential that is intended to provide organizations and industry a qualified standard for all clinicians’ working within safety-sensitive environments where SAE activities are occurring (drug-testing, follow-up, clinical assessments, and treatment of substance use issues).
The SAE Protocol is often recognized as the National Standard of programming in the Substance Disorders field as it relates to Safety-Sensitive Work Environments.
Requirements: In order to gain registration in the SAS Programs an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Individual needs to meet or exceed the qualifications of an SAE
- Possess over 5 years’ experience in the direct treatment of Substance Disorders; a portion of this experience (one-half) must come from an Inpatient Treatment facility or a recognized Outpatient Clinic. As an alternate to inpatient/outpatient treatment experience, the completion of 50 neutrally audited assessments (post-registration as an SAE) may be recognized as sufficient.
- The SAS must also be a licensed physician; a licensed or registered social worker (Master’s level); a licensed or registered psychologist (Master’s level) or a credentialed clinical alcohol and drug abuse counsellor (Master’s level) as there is a requirement to oversee work where a psychological fitness for work statement is made.
- All candidates will have to complete an examination upon course completion.
- The examination will include a) an emphasis on the SAS to show an ability to supervise the SAE, b) examine and endorse SAE reports and c) answer questions on case studies.
SAS training will consist of a standardized training and examination protocol.For more information on the SAS Certification please contact S.A.E. Psychological directly.