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October 11, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

The 2018 C.A.R.E. Conference is scheduled for September 6-7, 2018.

More information will be available in the coming months.

Sepember 22, 2017

Training Series - December trainings announced

IBC’s Training Committee has developed a 6-part training series geared toward professionals just starting out, but also for more experienced professionals who would like to brush up on some topics.  We will offer one training every month (most will be held in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas), so that all 6 trainings will occur within 12 months.  Each training is a separate 3-hour training – you may register for whichever ones you wish.  Training topics include:

  • Professional Boundaries and Dual Relationships – Scheduled for June 16 from 9:00-12:15 at the IBC office. (Download registration form, link to more information)
  • Assessment and Evaluation – Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on August 4 from 1:00-4:15 (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training in Cedar Rapids on August 11 from 12:30-4:00 (Download registration form, link to more information)
  • Group Facilitation – October.  Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on October 6, 2017, 8:30-Noon (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training on October 6, 2017, 12:30-4:00 at St. Luke’s Hospital at 810 1st Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids (Download registration form).
  • ASAM Guidelines and Treatment Planning – December.  Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on December 1, 2017, 12:30- 4:00 (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training on December 8, 2017, 12:30-4:00 at St. Luke’s Hospital at 810 1st Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids (Download registration form).
  • Helping Individuals with Substance use Disorders – Date to be determined
  • Documentation:  Progress notes, releases, correspondence, etc. – Date to be determined
June 16, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CERTIFICATES

Effective July 1, 2017, all certificates will be emailed, rather than sent by U.S. mail. The emailed certificate will be in color and suitable for printing on paper or cardstock by the recipient.

March 17, 2017

IBC website now posting Open Positions

IBC now offers a service for both job seekers, and for agencies with jobs to fill! Job seekers can find open positions listed on the Jobs page. Click on the job title for detailed information on the position and the application procedure. Agencies wishing to have a position promoted on the IBC website can fill out a Job Posting Form and send it to IBC along with the required fee.

February 4, 2017

New Inactive Status Request forms

To simplify the inactive status request process, new "Inactive Request" forms are now available for each credential on the Request Voluntary Inactive Status page. Complete the form online, save it to your computer, and email it to IBC at info@iowabc.org. You may also print and mail the form to the IBC office with the applicable fee.

January 31, 2017

Website Tips

You may have noticed that the website redesign required the renaming of pages and files. We recommend that you find the files you need and update your bookmarks.  Forms relevant to certification/recertification can be found on the Certification page and other downloadable forms can be accessed on the Resources page.  The search feature located at the right hand side of the page header is also helpful for finding information or specific files.

Those of you with Windows 10 may be using the new Edge web browser. The Edge browser can view PDF files but does not support fillable forms. You will need to use a PDF reader like Adobe Acrobat to use the fillable forms on the IBC website. To download a PDF file to your computer and open it with your PDF viewer:

  • Right-click on the link to the PDF file, select "Save Target as..."
  • Select a location to save the file where you can find it again
  • Open the file with your PDF reader
  • Fill out the form and save.  It may now be emailed or printed and mailed to IBC.
December 5, 2016

Welcome to IBC's New Website

After months of planning for our new website, we are delighted to announce its launch. We trust you will like the refreshed look of the site, and the user-focused responsive design that accommodates viewing the site on any size device.

The site navigation has been improved to allow you to find the information you need quickly and easily. Note that the drop down menu has been replaced by an easy to use page specific menu that contains all the site links related to that page topic. Also note the "Quick Links" located in the page footer. We've added a site search option above the navigation bar to help you quickly connect with the information you need.

Improved access to IBC-approved continuing education course information includes listing all upcoming trainings on the Education page, and offering a Calendar function that shows trainings by month, as well as an archive of past offerings. Users can click on any course title to view full information about that training.

To keep you informed of important IBC information, current news postings will appear on our front page. For your reference, all news will remain archived on the Latest news page.

We value your opinion. Please send any comments or suggestions to us using our new Contact form.

September 22, 2016

IBC Sponsors “Attachment, Trauma and the Brain”

November 10, 2016, 9 am - 12:15 pm, IBC Office, 225 NW School Street, Ankeny, Iowa

REGISTRATION FORM

Training Information: This is another chapter in the Brain Series where we specifically take a look at trauma and how it is received by the brain, processed by the brain, and manifested in behavior. This workshop will inform and empower healing by identifying brain function related to trauma. Participants will be offered an objective perspective on reception and response to trauma in adolescent and adult brains. As previous brain series workshops, this can be carbon-copied and presented to community groups and providers, as well as to clients and families.

September 19, 2016

Handouts from the 2016 C.A.R.E. Conference

Download handouts from 2016 C.A.R.E. Conference

August 15, 2016

New Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) credential

Starting December 1, 2015, peer specialists in Iowa can apply for the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) credential through IBC. This credential is reciprocal with other states/countries that also carry it through IC&RC - currently there are 18 U.S. states and Canada that offer this credential. This credential is for those individuals who are themselves in recovery and who provide mental health
or substance abuse peer support services within a licensed mental health or substance abuse agency/organization.

A 90-day grandfathering period will occur from January 1 through March 30, 2016 for those who are certified with IBC as a MHPSS as of March 1, 2016. After reviewing education, experience and supervision requirements in the PRS handbook, if you are a certified MHPSS by 3/1/16 and wish to upgrade to PRS within the grandfathering time, complete the PRS application and submit it with the requirement documents and fees; if it’s complete and meeting all requirements, you will not have to pass an exam and you will be issued a PRS in place of your MHPSS credential (fees paid toward your MHPSS will be prorated for the PRS credential).

There are 2 ways to apply for this credential:

  1. If you are certified with IBC as a MHPSS as of March 1, complete the PRS application and send it to the IBC office between January 1 - March 30, 2016 with required documents and fee; OR
  2. If you are not certified with IBC as a MHPSS, or if you are a MHPSS and the grandfathering period has passed, complete the PRS application and send it to the IBC office with required documents and fee. Once the application is complete, you’ll sit for the IC&RC exam, then be issued a certification after receiving a passing score.

IBC will continue to offer the MHPSS credential along with the PRS credential, however only the PRS credential is reciprocal. View flowcharts outlining the application process for both credentials: PRS Flowchart, and MHPSS Flowchart.

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