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    Descriptive info: .. About Naadac.. Vision Mission.. Code of Ethics.. Building for the Future.. Communicating the Vision.. Governance and Leadership.. Executive Committee.. NAADAC Committees.. NAADAC Education and Research Foundation.. 2013 Elections.. NAADAC Elections - Past Results.. 2012 NAADAC Election Results.. 2011 NAADAC Election Results.. 2010 NAADAC Election Results.. 2009 NAADAC Election Results.. 2008 NAADAC Election Results.. 2007 NAADAC Election Results.. 2006 NAADAC Election Results.. 2005 NAADAC Election Results.. In the News.. Merger Discussions.. Two Organizations, One Discussion.. Public Health Funding Ad.. Recognition and Awards.. Contact Us.. Press Releases.. Membership.. Join or Renew.. Membership Benefits.. Organizational Memberships.. Education.. Webinars.. HIV/AIDS: The Current “State of Affairs”.. Combat Trauma and Addiction.. The Ins Outs of Medication-Assisted Treatment Recovery for Alcohol Dependence.. 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  • Title: About Naadac
    Descriptive info: About Naadac.. NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 75,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad.. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education.. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 44 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.. "NAADAC is the premier global organization of addiction focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families and communities.. " - NAADAC Vision Statement adopted 1998.. Founded in 1974, as the National Association of Alcoholism Counselors and Trainers (NAACT), the organization's primary objective was to develop a field of professional counselors with professional qualifications and backgrounds.. The organization evolved and became the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) in 1982, uniting professionals who worked for positive outcomes in alcohol and drug services.. NAADAC's new name - NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals - was adopted in 2001 and reflects the increasing variety of addiction services professionals: counselors, administrators, social workers and others, who are active in counseling, prevention, intervention, treatment, education and research.. NAADAC's members provide services in a variety of settings: private and public treatment centers, hospitals, private  ...   in 2010.. Of those 22.. 1 million people - almost 10% of the US population - only 2.. 6 million (11.. 2 percent of those who needed treatment) received the care that they needed.. How Does NAADAC Help?.. NAADAC promotes excellence in care by advocating for the highest quality and most up-to-date, science-based services for clients, families and communities.. NAADAC does this by providing education, clinical training and certification.. Among the organization's national certification programs are the National Certified Addiction Counselor, Nicotine Depedence Specialist credential and the Masters Addiction Counselor designations.. NAADAC has credentialed more than 15,000 counselors, playing an important role in sustaining quality health services and protecting the well being of the public.. "NAADAC's Mission is to lead, unify and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.. " - NAADAC Mission Statement adopted 1998.. NAADAC is working to make treatment by nationally certified counselors available to every person who needs it.. Through.. government relations and advocacy.. membership.. , a.. code of ethics.. and.. certification.. , NAADAC keeps you on the cutting edge of the addiction profession.. NAADAC's.. leaders.. and members are making a difference in the current discussion and perception of addiction issues.. Join the nationwide network of NAADAC members who are working to make a positive difference.. Become a member.. Join NAADAC.. Login..

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  • Title: Vision & Mission
    Descriptive info: Vision & Mission.. NAADAC’s Mission Statement.. ".. Adopted 1998.. NAADAC’s Vision Statement..

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  • Title: Code of Ethics
    Descriptive info: Code of Ethics.. Download the Code of Ethics Brochure:.. English.. Español.. “We counselors have a lot of power! As authorities on this terrible disease of addiction, let us be careful to never use power for petty or vindictive ends.. To never thoughtlessly reject a client.. We can affirm our client’s sense of value, or we can damage them with a casual joke or comment at their expense.. We can help them to respect themselves, or we can tear down their self-esteem by treating them disrespectfully and unimportant.. We have the power to do great good or great harm.. Today, let me remember my power and take care to use it wisely.. ”.. - Anonymous.. Taken from May 24, Help for the Helpers, Hazelden Foundation Publishers, 1989.. Introduction to NAADAC Ethical Standards.. Ethics are generally regarded as the standards that govern the conduct of a person.. Smith and Hodges define ethics as a “human reflecting self-consciously on the act of being a moral being.. This implies a process of self-reflection and awareness of how to behave as a moral being.. Some definitions are dictated by law, individual belief systems, religion or a mixture of all three.. NAADAC recognizes that its members and certified counselors live and work in many diverse communities.. NAADAC has established a set of ethical best-practices that apply to universal ethical deliberation.. Further, NAADAC recognizes and encourages the notion that personal and professional ethics cannot be dealt with as separate domains.. NAADAC members, addiction professionals and/or licensed/certified treatment providers (subsequently referred to as addiction professionals) recognize that the ability to do well is based on an underlying concern for the well-being of others.. This concern emerges from recognition that we are all stakeholders in each other's lives - the well-being of each is intimately bound to the well-being of all; that when the happiness of some is purchased by the unhappiness of others, the stage is set for the misery of all.. Addiction professionals must act in such a way that they would have no embarrassment if their behavior became a matter of public knowledge and would have no difficulty defending their actions before any competent authority.. The NAADAC Code of Ethics was written to govern the conduct of its members and it is the accepted standard of conduct for addiction professionals certified by the National Certification Commission.. The code of ethics reflects ideals of NAADAC and its members.. When an ethics complaint is filed with NAADAC, it is evaluated by consulting the NAADAC Code of Ethics.. The NAADAC Code of Ethics is designed as a statement of the values of the profession and as a guide for making clinical decisions.. This code is also utilized by state certification boards and educational institutions to evaluate the behavior of addiction professionals and to guide the certification process.. In addition to identifying specific ethical standards, White (1993) suggested consideration of the following when making ethical decisions:.. Autonomy: To allow others the freedom to choose their own destiny.. Obedience: The responsibility to observe and obey legal and ethical directives.. Conscientious Refusal: The responsibility to refuse to carry out directives that are illegal and/or unethical.. Beneficence: To help others.. Gratitude: To pass along the good that we receive to others.. Competence: To possess the necessary skills and knowledge to treat the clientele in a chosen discipline and to remain current with treatment modalities, theories and techniques.. Justice: Fair and equal treatment, to treat others in a just manner.. Stewardship: To use available resources in a judicious and conscientious manner, to give back.. Honesty and Candor: Tell the truth in all dealing with clients, colleagues, business associates and the community.. Fidelity: To be true to your word, keeping promises and commitments.. Loyalty: The responsibility to not abandon those with whom you work.. Diligence: To work hard in the chosen profession, to be mindful, careful and thorough in the services delivered.. Discretion: Use of good judgment, honoring confidentiality and the privacy of others.. Self-improvement: To work on professional and personal growth to be the best you can be.. Non-malfeasance: Do no harm to the interests of the client.. Restitution: When necessary, make amends to those who have been harmed or injured.. Self-interest: To protect yourself and your personal interests.. The Revised Code of Ethics is divided under major headings and standards.. The sections utilized are:.. I.. The Counseling Relationship.. II.. Evaluation, Assessment and Interpretation of Client Data.. III.. Confidentiality/Privileged Communication and Privacy.. IV.. Professional Responsibility.. V.. Working in a Culturally Diverse World.. VI.. Workplace Standards.. VII.. Supervision and Consultation.. VIII.. Resolving Ethical Issues.. IX.. Communication and Published Works.. X.. Policy and Political Involvemen.. t.. It is the responsibility of the addiction professional to safeguard the integrity of the counseling relationship and to ensure that the client is provided with services that are most beneficial.. The client will be provided access to effective treatment and referral giving consideration to individual educational, legal and financial resources needs.. Addiction professionals also recognize their responsibility to the larger society and any specific legal obligations that may, on limited occasions, supersede loyalty to clients.. The addiction professional shall provide the client and/or guardian with accurate and complete information regarding the extent of the potential professional relationship.. In all areas of function, the addiction professional is likely to encounter individuals who are vulnerable and exploitable.. In such relationships he/she seeks to nurture and support the development of a relationship of equals rather than to take unfair advantage.. In personal relationships, the addiction professional seeks to foster self-sufficiency and healthy self-esteem in others.. In relationships with clients he/she provides only that level and length of care that is necessary and acceptable.. Standard 1: Client Welfare.. The addiction professional understands that the ability to do good is based on an underlying concern for the well being of others.. The addiction professional will act for the good of others and exercise respect, sensitivity and insight.. The addiction professional understands that the primary professional responsibility and loyalty is to the welfare of his or her clients, and will work for the client irrespective of who actually pays his/her fees.. The addiction professional understands and supports actions that will assist clients to a better quality of life, greater freedom and true independence.. The addiction professional will support clients in accomplishing what they can readily do for themselves.. Likewise, the addiction professional will not insist on pursuing treatment goals without incorporating what the client perceives as good and necessary.. The addiction professional understands that suffering is unique to a specific individual and not of some generalized or abstract suffering, such as might be found in the understanding of the disorder.. On that basis, the action taken to relieve suffering must be uniquely suited to the suffering individual and not simply some universal prescription.. Services will be provided without regard to the compensation provided by the client or by a third party and shall render equally appropriate services to individuals whether they are paying a reduced fee or a full fee or are waived from fees.. Standard 2: Client Self Determination.. The addiction professional understands and respects the fundamental human right of all individuals to self-determination and to make decisions that they consider in their own best interest.. In that regard, the counselor will be open and clear about the nature, extent, probable effectiveness and cost of those services to allow each individual to make an informed decision about his or her care.. The addiction professional works toward increased competence in all areas of professional functioning; recognizing that at the heart of all roles is an ethical commitment contributing greatly to the well-being and happiness of others.. He/she is especially mindful of the need for faithful competence in those relationships that are termed fiduciary - relationships of special trust in which the clients generally do not have the resources to adequately judge competence.. The addiction professional will provide the client and/or guardian with accurate and complete information regarding the extent of the potential professional relationship, including the Code of Ethics and documentation regarding professional loyalties and responsibilities.. Addiction professionals will provide accurate information about the efficacy of treatment and referral options available to the client.. The addiction professional will terminate work with a client when services are no longer required or no longer serve the client’s best interest.. The addiction professional will take reasonable steps to avoid abandoning clients who are in need of services.. Referral will be made only after careful consideration of all factors to minimize adverse effects.. The addiction professional recognizes that there are clients with whom he/she cannot work effectively.. In such cases, arrangements for consultation, co-therapy or referral are made.. The addiction professional may terminate services to a client for nonpayment if the financial contractual arrangements have been made clear to the client and if the client does not pose an imminent danger to self or others.. The addiction professional will document discussion of the consequences of nonpayment with the client.. When an addiction professional must refuse to accept the client due to inability to pay for services, ethical standards support the addiction professional in attempting to identify other care options.. Funding constraints might interfere with this standard.. The addiction professional will refer a client to an appropriate resource when the client’s mental, spiritual, physical or chemical impairment status is beyond the scope of the addiction professional's expertise.. The addiction professional will foster self-sufficiency and healthy self-esteem in others.. In relationships with clients, students, employees and supervisors, he/she strives to develop full creative potential and mature, independent functioning.. Informed Consent: The addiction professional understands the client’s right to be informed about treatment.. Informed consent information will be presented in clear and understandable language that informs the client or guardian of the purpose of the services, risks related to the services, limits of services due to requirements from a third party payer, relevant costs, reasonable alternatives and the client’s right to refuse or withdraw consent within the time frames covered by the consent.. When serving coerced clients, the addiction professional will provide information about the nature and extent of services, treatment options and the extent to which the client has the right to refuse services.. When services are provided via technology such as computer, telephone or web-based counseling, clients are fully informed of the limitations and risks associated with these services.. Client questions will be addressed within a reasonable time frame.. Clients will be provided with full disclosure including the guarantee of confidentiality if and when they are to receive services by a supervised person in training.. The consent to treat will outline the boundaries of the client-supervisee relationship, the supervisee’s training status and confidentiality issues.. Clients will have the option of choosing not to engage in services provided by a trainee as determined by agency policies.. Any disclosure forms will provide information about grievance procedures.. Standard 3: Dual Relationships.. The addiction professional understands that the goal of treatment services is to nurture and support the development of a relationship of equals of individuals to ensure protection and fairness of all parties.. Addiction professionals will provide services to clients only in the context of a professional setting.. In rural settings and in small communities, dual relationships are evaluated carefully and avoided as much as possible.. Because a relationship begins with a power differential, the addiction professional will not exploit relationships with current or former clients, current or former supervisees or colleagues for personal gain, including social or business relationships.. The addiction professional avoids situations that might appear to be or could be interpreted as a conflict of interest.. Gifts from clients, other treatment organizations or the providers of materials or services used in the addiction professional's practice will not be accepted, except when refusal of such gift would cause irreparable harm to the client relationship.. Gifts of value over $25 will not be accepted under any circumstances.. The addiction professional will not engage in professional relationships or commitments that conflict with family members, friends, close associates or others whose welfare might be jeopardized by such a dual relationship.. The addiction professional will not, under any circumstances, engage in sexual behavior with current or former clients.. The addiction professional will not accept as clients anyone with whom they have engaged in romantic or sexual relationships.. The addiction professional makes no request of clients that does not directly pertain to treatment (giving testimonials about the program or participating in interviews with reporters or students).. The addiction professional recognizes that there are situations in which dual relationships are difficult to avoid.. Rural areas, small communities and other situations necessitate discussion of the counseling relationship and take steps to distinguish the counseling relationship from other interactions.. When the addiction professional works for an agency such as department of corrections, military, an HMO or as an employee of the client’s employer, the obligations to external individuals and organizations are disclosed prior to delivering any services.. The addiction professional recognizes the challenges resulting from increased role of the criminal justice system in making referrals for addiction treatment.. Consequently he/she strives to remove coercive elements of such referrals as quickly as possible to encourage engagement in the treatment and recovery process.. The addiction professional encourages self-sufficiency among clients in making daily choices related to the recovery process and self care.. The addiction professional shall avoid any action that might appear to impose on others’ acceptance of their religious/spiritual, political or other personal beliefs while also encouraging and supporting participation in recovery  ...   arise among the duties and rights that are applied to various relationships and commitments of his/her life.. Priorities are set among those relationships and family, friends and associates are informed to the priorities established in order to balance these relationships and the duties flowing from them.. When work involves addressing the needs of potentially violent clients, the addiction professional will ensure that adequate safeguards are in place to protect clients and staff from harm.. Addiction professionals shall continually seek out new and effective approaches to enhance their professional abilities including continuing education research, and participation in activities with professionals in other disciplines.. Addiction professionals have a commitment to lifelong learning and continued education and skills to better serve clients and the community.. The addiction professional respects the differing perspectives that might arise from professional training and experience other than his/her own.. In this regard, common ground is sought rather than striving for ascendance of one opinion over another.. Addiction professionals, whether they profess to be in recovery or not, must be cognizant of ways in which their use of psychoactive chemicals in public or in private might adversely affect the opinion of the public at large, the recovery community, other members of the addiction professional community or, most particularly, vulnerable individuals seeking treatment for their own problematic use of psychoactive chemicals.. Addiction professionals who profess to be in recovery will avoid impairment in their professional or personal lives due to psychoactive chemicals.. If impairment occurs, they are expected to immediately report their impairment, to take immediate action to discontinue professional practice and to take immediate steps to address their impairment through professional assistance.. (See Standard 2, item 3 below).. Standard 2: Legal and Ethical Standards.. Addiction professionals will uphold the legal and ethical standards of the profession by being fully cognizant of all federal laws and laws that govern practice of substance use disorder counseling in their respective state.. Furthermore, addiction professionals will strive to uphold not just the letter of the law and the Code, but will espouse aspirational ethical standards such as autonomy, beneficence, non-malfeasance, justice, fidelity and veracity.. Addiction professionals will honestly represent their professional qualifications, affiliations, credentials and experience.. Any services provided shall be identified and described accurately with no unsubstantiated claims for the efficacy of the services.. Substance use disorders are to be described in terms of information that has been verified by scientific inquiry.. The addiction professional strives for a better understanding of substance use disorders and refuses to accept supposition and prejudice as if it were the truth.. The impact of impairment on professional performance is recognized; addiction professionals will seek appropriate treatment for him/herself or for a colleague.. Addiction professionals support the work of peer assistance programs to assist in the recovery of colleagues or themselves.. The addiction professional will ensure that products or services associated with or provided by the member by means of teaching, demonstration, publications or other types of media meet the ethical standards of this code.. The addiction professional who is in recovery will maintain a support system outside the work setting to enhance his/her own well-being and personal growth as well as promoting continued work in the professional setting.. The addiction professional will maintain appropriate property, life and malpractice insurance policies that serve to protect personal and agency assets.. Standard 3: Records and Data.. The addiction professional maintains records of professional services rendered, research conducted, interactions with other individuals, agencies, legal and medical entities regarding professional responsibilities to clients and to the profession as a whole.. The addiction professional creates, maintains, disseminates, stores, retains and disposes of records related to research, practice, payment for services, payment of debts and other work in accordance with legal standards and in a manner that permits/satisfies the ethics standards established.. Documents will include data relating to the date, time and place of client contact, the services provided, referrals made, disclosures of confidential information, consultation regarding the client, notation of supervision meetings and the outcome of every service provided.. Client records are maintained and disposed of in accordance with law and in a manner that meets the current ethical standards.. Records of client interactions including group and individual counseling services are maintained in a document separate from documents recording financial transactions such as client payments, third party payments and gifts or donations.. Records shall be kept in a locked file cabinet or room that is not easily accessed by professionals other than those performing essential services in the care of clients or the operation of agency.. Electronic records shall be maintained in a manner that assures consistent service and confidentiality to clients.. Steps shall be taken to ensure confidentiality of all electronic data and transmission of data to other entities.. Notes kept by the addiction professional that assist the professional in making appropriate decisions regarding client care but are not relevant to client services shall be maintained in separate, locked locations.. Standard 4: Interprofessional Relationships.. The addiction professional shall treat colleagues with respect, courtesy, fairness and good faith and shall afford the same to other professionals.. Addiction professionals shall refrain from offering professional services to a client in counseling with another professional except with the knowledge of the other professional or after the termination of the client's relationship with the other professional.. The addiction professional shall cooperate with duly constituted professional ethics committees and promptly supply necessary information unless constrained by the demands of confidentiality.. The addiction professional shall not in any way exploit relationships with supervisees, employees, students, research participants or volunteers.. Addiction professionals, understand the significance of the role that ethnicity and culture plays in an individual’s perceptions and how he or she lives in the world.. Addiction professionals shall remain aware that many individuals have disabilities which may or may not be obvious.. Some disabilities are invisible and unless described might not appear to inhibit expected social, work and health care interactions.. Included in the invisible disabled category are those persons who are hearing impaired, have a learning disability, have a history of brain or physical injuries and those affected by chronic illness.. Persons having such limitations might be younger than age 65.. Part of the intake and assessment must then include a question about any additional factor that must be considered when working with the client.. Addiction professionals do not discriminate either in their professional or personal lives against other persons with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political beliefs, religion, immigration status and mental or physical challenges.. Accommodations are made as needed for clients who are physically, mentally, educationally challenged or are experiencing emotional difficulties or speak a different language than the clinician.. The addiction professional recognizes that the profession is founded on national standards of competency which promote the best interests of society, the client, the individual addiction professional and the profession as a whole.. The addiction professional recognizes the need for ongoing education as a component of professional competency and development.. The addiction professional recognizes boundaries and limitations of their own competencies and does not offer services or use techniques outside of their own professional competencies.. Addiction professionals recognize the impact of impairment on professional performance and shall be willing to seek appropriate treatment for oneself or for a colleague.. Working Environment.. Addiction professionals work to maintain a working/therapeutic environment in which clients, colleagues and employees can be safe.. The working environment should be kept in good condition through maintenance, meeting sanitation needs and addressing structural defects.. The addiction professional seeks appropriate supervision/consultation to ensure conformance with workplace standards.. The clerical staff members of the treatment agency hired and supervised by addiction professionals are competent, educated in confidentiality standards and respectful of clients seeking services.. Private work areas that ensure confidentiality will be maintained.. Addiction professionals who supervise others accept the obligation to facilitate further professional development of these individuals by providing accurate and current information, timely evaluations and constructive consultation.. Counseling supervisors are aware of the power differential in their relationships with supervisees and take precautions to maintain ethical standards.. In relationships with students, employees and supervisees he/she strives to develop full creative potential and mature independent functioning.. Addiction professionals must take steps to ensure appropriate resources are available when providing consultation to others.. Consulting counselors use clear and understandable language to inform all parties involved of the purpose and expectations related to consultation.. Addiction professionals who provide supervision to employees, trainees and other counselors must have completed education and training specific to clinical and/or administrative supervision.. The addiction professional who supervises counselors in training shall ensure that counselors in training adhere to policies regarding client care.. Addiction professionals serving as supervisors shall clearly define and maintain ethical professional, personal and social relationships with those they supervise.. If other professional roles must be assumed, standards must be established to minimize potential conflicts.. Sexual, romantic or personal relationships with current supervisees are prohibited.. Supervision of relatives, romantic partners or friends is prohibited.. Supervision meetings are conducted at specific regular intervals and documentation of each meeting is maintained.. Supervisors are responsible for incorporating the principles of informed consent into the supervision relationship.. Addiction professionals who serve as supervisors shall establish and communicate to supervisees the procedures for contacting them, or in their absence alternative on-call supervisors.. Supervising addiction professionals will assist those they supervise in identifying counter-transference and transference issues.. When the supervisee is in need of counseling to address issues related to professional work or personal challenges, appropriate referrals shall be provided.. The addiction professional shall behave in accordance with legal, ethical and moral standards for his or her work.. To this end, professionals will attempt to resolve ethical dilemmas with direct and open communication among all parties involved and seek supervision and/or consultation as appropriate.. When ethical responsibilities conflict with law, regulations or other governing legal authority, addiction professionals should take steps to resolve the issue through consultation and supervision.. When addiction professionals have knowledge that another counselor might be acting in an unethical manner, they are obligated to take appropriate action based, as appropriate, on the standards of this code of ethics, their state ethics committee and the National Certification Commission.. When an ethical dilemma involving a person not following the ethical standards cannot be resolved informally, the matter shall be referred to the state ethics committee and the National Certification Commission.. Addiction professionals will cooperate with investigations, proceedings and requirements of ethics committees.. The addiction professional who submits for publication or prepares handouts for clients, students or for general distribution shall be aware of and adhere to copyright laws.. The addiction professional honestly respects the limits of present knowledge in public statements related to alcohol and drug abuse.. Statements of fact will be based on what has been empirically validated as fact.. Other opinions, speculations and conjectures related to the addictive process shall be represented as less than scientifically validated.. The addiction professional recognizes contributions of other persons to their written documents.. When a document is based on cooperative work, all contributors are recognized in documents or during a presentation.. The addiction professional who reviews material submitted for publication, research or other scholarly purposes must respect the confidentiality and proprietary rights of the authors.. Policy and Political Involvement.. Standard 1: Societal Obligations.. The addiction professional is strongly encouraged to the best of his/her ability, actively engage the legislative processes, educational institutions and the general public to change public policy and legislation to make possible opportunities and choice of service for all human beings of any ethnic or social background whose lives are impaired by alcoholism and drug abuse.. The addiction professional understands that laws and regulations exist for the good ordering of society and for the restraint of harm and evil and will follow them, while reserving the right to commit civil disobedience.. The one exception to this principle is a law or regulation that is clearly unjust, where compliance leads to greater harm than breaking a law.. The addiction professional understands that the determination that a law or regulation is unjust is not a matter of preference or opinion but a matter of rational investigation, deliberation and dispute, and will willingly accept that there may be a penalty for justified civil disobedience.. Standard 2: Public Participation.. The addiction professional is strongly encouraged to actively participate in community activities designed to shape policies and institutions that impact on substance use disorders.. Addiction professionals will provide appropriate professional services in public emergencies to the greatest extent possible.. Standard 3: Social and Political Action.. The addiction professional is strongly encouraged to understand that personal and professional commitments and relationships create a network of rights and corresponding duties and will work to safeguard the natural and consensual rights of each individual within their community.. The addiction professional, understands that social and political actions and opinions are an individual’s right and will not work to impose their social or political views on individuals with whom they have a professional relationship.. This resource was designed to provide an ethics code and ethical standards that will be used by counseling professionals.. These principles of ethical conduct outline the importance of having ethical standards and the importance of adhering to those standards.. These principles can help professionals face ethical dilemmas in their practice and explore ways to avoid them.. Please use this resource and share it with your colleagues.. For more information contact.. naadac@naadac.. org.. or 800..

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  • Title: Building for the Future
    Descriptive info: Building for the Future.. Just like the professionals we serve, NAADAC is evolving.. NAADAC has purchased a new home that reflects the depth, range and maturity of our vision and the services we offer.. Our new home now serves as a permanent world headquarters and will help us achieve our vision as "the premier global organization of addiction-focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families and communities.. Mel Schulstad (founder of NAADAC) and Tom Van Wagner (friend and supporter) will serve as co-chairs for the building donation campaign.. Mel and Tom believe that NAADAC's new headquarters will serve as a center for creative energy in the addictions community and will reach out through a stronger voice to help addiction-focused professionals and  ...   is to this effort that we have not just purchased a building, but leave a legacy for them to build from and upon.. " - NAADAC President-Elect, Donald P.. Osborn.. This is the legacy we want to leave for the next generation of addiction professionals – a place to grow! Please join us by taking the next step!.. Now you can take the next step with NAADAC.. Pledge a yearly, bi annual, quarterly or monthly amount for a two year period – which is fully tax deductible.. Make a one-time donation.. Send your tax-deductible donation to:.. NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF) - Building Fund.. Suite 201, Alexandria, Va.. 22314.. You may also click here to contribute a donation online.. More information and pledge sheet..

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  • Title: Communicating the Vision
    Descriptive info: Communicating the Vision.. NAADAC Leadership Moves Forward on Shaping the Association's Strategy.. By Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC III, SAP.. The NAADAC Executive Committee met in March to discuss NAADAC and its role in supporting its members and the profession.. The Committee took a basic look at our association and its fundamentals: who we are, what we do and how we do it.. What emerged from their discussions was a determination to focus on four major areas, "four pillars" of outreach in order to strengthen and improve our association.. The Four Pillars: essential roles and reasons for NAADAC to exist.. These pillars are:.. Professional Development.. Public Engagement.. Professional Services.. Communicate the Mission.. Our discussions allowed us to define and describe the unique services that NAADAC offers and focus on delivering them to the best of our ability.. Education and training stand at the center of our efforts to ensure that both current professionals and those that are new to the field are always prepared to adopt the newest evidence based practices in their work.. Mentorship is essential to the continued growth of our workforce.. Professional standards are foundational in our development of a professional career path for addiction professionals.. No other organization can represent what the needs are for standards of professional practice better than NAADAC can.. Like all professions, The Association for Addictions Professionals has defined a code of ethics for the field.. We will continue to protect the profession and the public by holding our members to this high set of professional standards.. Our commitment to continue to grow the profession will be bolstered by an increased outreach to students and new professionals.. In furthering the above activities the Association will work toward improving salary and benefits for our members and for the profession at large.. Our Association has to be the voice of the profession.. There is no one else who can authoritatively speak for us.. Our responsibility to be advocates and educators and policy partners requires that we be effective communicators about who we are, what we know and what we do.. We have to ensure that our voice is recognized - not because it is loudest, but because it is well informed.. This is  ...   housing.. We need to be prepared to effectively offer our services to those who need the services of our members.. The specific areas addressed by Professional Services are:.. NAADAC products.. Alliances and strategic partnerships.. Resources for state affiliates.. The NAADAC education provider program.. Technical assistance and sharing expertise with other professions (including mental health, marriage and family therapists, social workers or other group seeking assistance).. Providing resources through the NAADAC Education and Research Foundation.. The NAADAC speakers bureau.. Communicate the Mission of the Organization.. In some ways this is a restatement of some components of the other three pillars; but, it deserves its own place.. NAADAC's Mission Statement, adopted in 1998, says that our job is "to lead, unify and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.. In order to do that effectively we need to communicate this mission broadly: to members, to partners and to other stakeholders.. We need to communicate with one voice.. And we need to base that broader set of messages on exceptionally good communication between and among NAADAC's members, leaders and staff.. The four pillars plan is a change in direction for our association; but, it is a change that NAADAC's leadership believes will increase our effectiveness and help to grow the Association.. By focusing on the core principles of NAADAC and ensuring that we focus on those attributes, we will best serve our members and the profession as a whole.. With all that we intend to do, new efforts and continuing efforts, we recognize that effective financial and administrative management are essential to NAADAC's foundation.. We view your dues as an investment in your association as well as your profession.. As stewards of these resources, we are committed to using this money prudently on initiatives that benefit our members, our association and the profession as a whole.. Please share your thoughts with us.. Is there more that we could be doing to serve our association and our profession? Feel free to contact me to discuss this or any other issue.. Cynthia Moreno Tuohy is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals.. She can be contacted.. atcmoreno@naadac.. 0497 ext 119..

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  • Title: Governance and Leadership
    Descriptive info: Governance and Leadership.. In this section, you will find important information concerning the governance and leadership of NAADAC.. Click on the links below to meet NAADAC’s Executive Committee, read information about current and post NAADAC elections or view NAADAC audits and annual reports.. NAADAC Executive Committee.. Get involved and join a NAADAC Committee.. Elections.. NAADAC 2013  ...   Consolidated Audit -.. Available upon request.. NAADAC 2009 Consolidated Audit.. NAADAC 2008 Consolidated Audit.. NAADAC 2007 Consolidated Audit.. NAADAC 2006 Consolidated Audit.. NAADAC 2005 Consolidated Audit.. NAADAC 2004 Consolidated Audit.. Annual reports.. 2010 Annual Report.. 2009 Annual Report.. 2008 Annual Report.. 2007 Annual Report.. 2006 Annual Report.. 2005 Annual Report.. NAADAC Certification Commission Members.. NAADAC Four Pillars..

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  • Title: Executive Committee
    Descriptive info: Executive Committee.. Robert C.. Richards, MA, NCAC II, CADC III.. NAADAC President.. robrich88@yahoo.. com.. Kirk Bowden, PhD, MAC, LISAC, NCC, LPC.. President-Elect.. kirkbowdenphd@gmail.. Thurston S.. Smith CCS, NCACI, ICADC.. Secretary.. teesmith1@hotmail.. John Lisy, LICDC, OCPS II, LISW-S, LPCC-S.. Treasurer.. jlisy@msn.. Donald P.. Osborn, PhD (d), LCAC.. Past President.. dposborn@hotmail.. Ron Pritchard, CSAC, CAS.. Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President.. ronpritchard@verizon.. net.. Stewart Turner Ball, LMFT, LCSW, LCAC, MAC.. Mid-Central Regional  ...   Sevening, EdD, CDC III.. North Central Regional Vice President.. dsevenin@usd.. edu.. Barbara K.. Fox, CAC, ICADC, LADC.. Northeast Regional Vice President.. kftjj@gmail.. Gregory Gregory Bennett, MA, LAT.. Northwest Regional Vice President.. 180degreedifference@gmail.. com.. Frances Patterson, PhD, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS.. Southeast Regional Vice President.. frances@footprints-cs.. Gloria Boberg, LSAC, CAC.. Southwest Regional Vice President.. GBoberg@ArkRecovery.. Kathryn Benson, LADC, NCAC II, QSAP, QSC.. Certification Board Chair.. lightbeing@aol.. More information..

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  • Title: NAADAC Committees
    Descriptive info: NAADAC Committees.. NAADAC has established a number of committees to help the association conduct its business.. Click here for a full listing of NAADAC's committees.. Why Should I get Involved?.. Now, more than ever, addiction professionals are facing challenging times.. Addiction professionals need a strong, unified voice to speak out for the best interests of the profession.. To do this, we ask you for your support, time, knowledge and energy to join in these endeavors.. What is in it for You?.. You will play a major role in finding solutions to the many challenges facing addiction professionals, such as healthcare reform, parity, licensure and funding for the profession.. We do this by strengthening and elevating our professional status, providing training and advocacy, providing up-to-date information to our members and working collaboratively with other stakeholders.. What do we Ask of You?.. With less than five hours a month of your time, we can make a difference.. Leadership and direction come from the individuals who are part of NAADAC.. By working together we can better serve our clients and be leaders in the addiction services profession.. With your support and involvement, we will influence decision-makers and ensure professionals like you receive the training and support you need to do your important work.. Now more than ever, we need your support – for the clients you serve, their families and the community.. Positions include committee chairs and committee members.. Won’t You Join us Today?.. With your help, we will remain a strong, pro-active association working for the addiction profession and the clients you serve.. Together…we can accomplish so much.. Please complete the following Application and return to us.. We look forward to working with you!.. Click here to download the committee nomination form.. or.. email us.. to get more information.. Interested in serving on the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals?.. Click here for more information.. NAADAC Standing Committees.. Bylaws Committee.. The Bylaws Committee reviews the Association Bylaws and propose changes as they become necessary for action by the Board of Directors.. Clinical Issues Committee.. The Clinical Issues Committee shall investigate treatment issues which are found not to be in the best interest of the client population.. This committee shall address treatment issues which are in practice, circulated, distributed or  ...   and election of officers of the Association and administer the Association’s awards program.. NAADAC Public Policy Committee.. This committee shall keep the Board of Directors informed of legislation pending before the United States Congress and state legislatures which is of interest to Association members and develop proposed responses or plans of action for the Association.. A separate fund shall be maintained by the Treasurer for PAC donations to support these activities.. NAADAC Ad Hoc Committees.. Awards Sub-Committee.. The Awards Sub-Committee is responsible for the selection of the Counselor of the Year and recipients of other awards of the Association.. Adolescent Specialty Committee.. This committee shall inform the NAADAC organization and NAADAC Certification Commission constituents regarding the special issues of adolescents, prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support including the professional development issues specific to this population.. International Committee.. This committee shall work with the NAADAC organization staff and leadership in other countries and territories in addiction related issues through: technical assistance, training, program development, affiliate development, certification development, governmental or regulatory assistance to develop addiction specific services in these listed above areas.. Membership Retention Committee.. This committee shall be charged with the development of programs for membership growth throughout the Association and shall review applications for chartering or affiliating organizational members and make recommendations thereon to the Board of Directors.. Mentoring Committee.. The NAADAC Mentoring Committee is focused on creating a wide number of mentoring experiences that will meet the needs of students and new professionals, as well as the experienced professionals who are sharing their expertise.. National Addiction Studies and Standards Collaborative Committee.. This committee shall develop and promote a national standardized addiction education curriculum from one year Addiction Certificate through PhD addiction degreed programs.. Peer Assistance Committee.. The goal of peer assistance is to assist the professional in restoring maximum health/well-being and equilibrium.. Numerous activities on peer assistance have been sponsored by NAADAC, including workshops at the NAADAC Annual Conference and at state conferences.. Political Action Committee.. This committee is intended to educate and support members of Congress who either have a proven record of commitment on our issues or are in a position to effect positive change.. Student Committee.. This committee shall increase addiction focused student awareness of NAADAC and professional development opportunities while in college..

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  • Title: NAADAC Education and Research Foundation
    Descriptive info: NAADAC Education and Research Foundation.. The NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF) is a charitable organization established to strengthen the health and vitality of individuals, families and communities through the advancement of the addiction profession.. The goals of the foundation include:.. 1) Support the development of high-quality continuing education that addresses critical issues.. 2) Facilitate the application of new research and technology to the practice of preventing and treating addictive disorders.. 3) Identify and respond to policy and practice issues affecting addiction professionals and their clients.. 4) Aid in homeland security programs and preparations as they relate to the  ...   wish to support the advancement of the addiction profession.. NERF also welcomes support from the government, corporations and other foundations.. Examples of NERF Programs:.. • International Programs, including development of certification programs.. • Educational Scholarships.. • Conferences, Trainings and Symposiums.. • Special Projects.. For more information about how to get involved with NERF, please contact:.. Attention: Cynthia Moreno Tuohy.. 1001 N Fairfax St.. Alexandria, VA, 22314.. Phone: 800.. Fax: 703.. 741.. 7698.. Email:.. cynthia@naadac.. Give to the NAADAC Building Campaign.. Make a donation to the NAADAC Education and Research Foundation (NERF).. Donations to NERF are tax-deductible.. Make a Donation..

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  • Title: 2013 Elections
    Descriptive info: 2013 Elections.. NAADAC members are entitled to cast one vote for a representative in the region you reside in.. Please consult the state listing for each region to ensure that your ballot is cast correctly.. Ineligible ballots will not be counted.. If you have any questions, please contact Donovan Kuehn at.. dkuehn@naadac.. Candidate biographies are below.. Ready to Vote?.. Click on this Link.. Voting is open from April 1 - 30, 2013.. Every two years, different regions have the opportunity to select the representatives who will represent them and help determine the direction of the association.. All positions are for two-year terms.. In 2013 there is one contested election for the Southwest region.. There was only one nominated candidate for the Mid-Central, North Central and Southeast regions, so according to the NAADAC bylaws, those candidates have been acclaimed.. 2013 Southwest Regional Vice President Election.. (this election has four duly nominated candidates from the Southwest Region).. 2013 Acclaimed Positions.. (these three RVPs were uncontested).. 2013 Contested Election.. Only current NAADAC members who reside in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada or Utah are eligible to vote for the Southwest Regional Vice President.. Southwest Regional Vice President Candidates.. The Southwest Regional Vice President represents Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order.. Gloria Boberg, SUDC, LSAC, CAC.. Dammeron Valley, Utah.. gboberg@arkrecovery.. Statements below were provided by the candidate or her nominator.. Summarize the nominee’s NAADAC activities.. Gloria Boberg has actively participated with NAADAC for over 15 years and has actively served on many of NAADAC’s committees, particularly the Membership Committee.. She has been instrumental in engaging many new members, including students as well as many other professionals in the addiction field across the United States.. In 2009, Boberg was instrumental in bringing the Sowing the Seeds of Recovery conference to Utah.. This conference ended up being one of the largest attended NAADAC Annual Conferences.. Philosophy statement of the nominee on the future of NAADAC.. This is the perfect time to be in this field where so much research and new methods of treatment have been made available.. It takes a community to work for those who suffer and are in need of our help.. Boberg will be instrumental in assisting members of NAADAC in the South Western Region to develop their programs and use all tools available from NAADAC, and keep them informed of as much current information and training as possible.. She believes that we all have to work together to assist writing laws and rules that protect our field and continue to recognize us as the experts in our filed.. Other qualifications of the nominee for this office.. Boberg has been a Substance Abuse Counselor since 1997, and is the CFO and creator of the ARK of Little Cottonwood, a dual –diagnosis, long-term treatment facility and group home for people with disabilities, such as substance abuse and mental health issues.. She is a Past President and currently a Board member of the Association of Utah Substance Abuse Professionals (the NAADAC State affiliate for Utah).. She has also served on the Utah State Board for the Department of Professional Licensing for Substance Abuse Professionals.. Boberg is recognized as the creator of the dance group KADA KIDS (Kids Against Drugs and Alcohol) who won the National Emerging Leadership Award from NAADAC.. In Utah, she was honored with the Outstanding Community Citizenship Award and also honored as One of the 30 Women to Watch for Utah Business Magazine.. Mark Fraztke, ABD Psychology MA, MAC, CSAC, HCPS.. Honolulu, Hawaii.. fratzke@cchono.. Statements below were provided by the candidate or his nominator.. Summarize the nominee’s NAADAC activitiesMark Fratzke has been a state president since 1998.. He has single handily kept this state affiliate afloat since 1999 when it was abandoned by his predecessors.. And luckily Fratzke was elected president of the Hawaii Affiliate.. Most recently He helped facilitate a South Western regional conference in Hawaii in 2012, an event he actively advocated for many years.. My whole adult life I have been dedicated to improving the efficacy of treatment for addictive disorders.. As regional vice-president I will continue to advocate for participation of the addiction professionals in the Pacific Rim and encourage activity of our valuable affiliates in California, Nevada and all of the South West Region.. As former chair of the NAADAC Research Committee I remain committed to integrating empirically based interventions into our range of practice.. Fratzke is a published Award winning Behavioral Neuroscientist Who has contributed to the science of our recovery efforts for over two decades now.. He has also been an ardent advocate for increased funding for NIH funding for addiction research.. Thomas Gorham, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Certified Alcohol  ...   leadership experience includes the past presidency of the Association of Graduate Counselors of Butler University (AGCBU) and his integral role in securing licensure for addictions counselors in Indiana.. Presently he directs a NAADAC-endorsed online addictions counseling degree program while maintaining a limited private counseling practice.. Elected: North Central Regional Vice President.. Represents Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota South Dakota.. Diane Sevening, EdD, CCD III.. Vermillion, South Dakota.. edu.. A commitment to education and mentoring emerging professionals is what drives the RVP from the North Central Region.. A has received a national award of excellence.. Diane Sevening, EdD, CCDC-III, a faculty member in The University of South Dakota’s Department (USD) of Alcohol and Drug Studies has a long and continued commitment to the association and support for the addiction profession.. Dr.. Sevening has served as NAADAC’s student ad hoc committee chair since 2006 and assisted in the development of a state council of students, guidebook (bylaws) for college and university student organizations.. She has also been a faculty advisor to the local student organization, the Coalition of Students and Professionals Pursuing Advocacy (CASPPA), since 2005 and encourages students to attend NAADAC conferences.. She is motivated by compassion and believes in the NAADAC mission to lead, unify and empower addiction focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.. She also wants to focus on the recruitment of addiction studies students who will enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families, and communities and help strengthen NAADAC by emerging as future leaders.. In addition to her academic credentials, Dr.. Sevening has presented at the 2010 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), the 2007 Advocacy in Action Conference and the 2006 Workforce Development Summit.. She served as an addiction family therapist at St.. Luke’s Addiction Center for one year and as the alcohol and drug counselor at the USD student health services for seven years.. Elected: Southeast Regional Vice President.. Elected: Southeast Regional Vice President.. Represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina Tennessee.. Frances Clark-Patterson, PhD, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS.. Hermitage, Tennessee.. footprints-cs.. The RVP for the Southeast Region has focused on excellence in the profession.. Frances Clark-Patterson, PhD, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS has been a NAADAC member for almost 20 years.. She has served as president of Middle Tennessee Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (MTAADAC) and President of the Tennessee Affiliate.. She is a member of the NAADAC trainers academy and a NAADAC approved provider.. Clark-Patterson is currently the chair of the NAADAC Clinical Issues committee and a member of the ethics committee.. In 2006, Frances was awarded with the Mel Schulstad award as the professional of the year.. In 2010, Dr.. Clark-Patterson, along with Mid-Central Regional Vice President John Lisy, spearheaded NAADAC's response to the release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association's (APA).. "The DSM has such a primary place in diagnosing illnesses, including that of addiction," said then NAADAC Director of Government Relations Daniel Guarnera.. "We had a responsibility to NAADAC members, and to the profession as a whole, to ensure that this DSM best reflects the treatment realities faced by members of the addiction profession.. Clark-Patterson sought out a spot on the NAADAC Executive Committee because "NAADAC is the voice of addiction professionals and as such all addiction professionals can add to the future of our field and NAADAC by actively participating in state chapters and nationally.. "We can all help to build the future of our profession in an ethical and professional manner by supporting NAADAC and advocating for the clients we serve.. Without a united voice throughout the national association, our field will suffer, as will those we serve.. I believe NAADAC will continue to expand though legislative advocacy, national specialty certifications and quality training events.. I look forward to seeing NAADAC continue expand outside the borders of the US to become the worldwide voice of our profession.. Positions open for the 2013 Elections.. Represents Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio Wisconsin.. Represents Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada Utah.. RVP Job Description.. ARTICLE VII: OFFICERS.. Regional Vice Presidents.. The Regional Vice Presidents shall encourage the chartering of local chapters and shall assist such organizations during their formation.. They shall ensure that all Affiliated Associations within their respective regions operate within the guidelines established by the Association and are in compliance with approved Affiliated Association contracts and are kept informed of Association activities.. They will serve on the Executive Committee for the directors and members within their region and shall be responsible for communicating to the Executive Committee any concerns or recommendations from their region..

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