The Examination for Master Addictions Counselors (EMAC)

Satisfactory performance on the EMAC is one of the criteria used by NBCC® to identify professionals who may be eligible to become a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC).

The EMAC is an examination developed by the master's level addiction counselors for use in the certification and licensure processes. The purpose of the EMAC is to allow evaluation of professional counselors' applied knowledge of job-related activities. Successful performance on the EMAC necessitates understanding of important components in addictions counseling, including the following content areas:

Selected References

NBCC® does not endorse any particular materials as being effective in preparing for your participation in the EMAC. The following references are presented only with the potential to be helpful in preparing for the EMAC. EMAC performance enhancement is neither implied nor expressed.

  • Berg, I.K., & Miller, S.D. (1992). Working with the problem drinker: A solution focused approach. New York: Norton.
  • Coombs, R.H., & Zeidonis, D. (1995). Handbook on drug abuse prevention: A comprehensive strategy to prevent the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Doweiko, H.E. (1996). Concepts of chemical dependency (3rd edition). Boston: Brooks/Cole.
  • George, R.L. (1990). Counseling the chemically dependent: Theory and practice. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Kaufman, E., & Kaufmann, P. (1992). Family therapy of drug and alcohol abuse: A practitioner's handbook. New York, Guilford Press.
  • Washton, A.M. (1995). Psychotherapy and substance abuse: A practitioner's handbook. New York, Guilford Press.