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  • 15 Jun 2012 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    IC&RC has selected Deanne Bergen, ICPS, as the recipient of the 2012 IC&RC Prevention Professional of the Year Award. The IC&RC Prevention Professional of the Year Award seeks to honor the best of the best:  the certified preventionist who best embodies the ideal of the profession and of IC&RC. This year, IC&RC received nominations from Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.

    Bergen was the founding President of the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia (PCCG). During her four-year tenure, she stabilized the fledging organization. She has worked with Georgia Family Connection Partnership, Inc., Drug Free Coalitions, and Suicide Prevention Awareness in multiple counties, as well as KidsNet Savannah and Positive Parenting and Teen Pregnancy Prevention classes. She has developed multiple trainings, such as Ethics for Preventionists, How to Survive the Credentialing Process, and the Fundamentals of Prevention. She is a true champion within the prevention community locally and statewide. She remains the "go to" person for consultation, training and education and is widely acclaimed in Georgia.

    In its nominating statement, PCCG wrote:

    “For the past 32 years, Deanne Bergen has devoted every working day to the advancement of prevention. She goes about this mission in an unassuming manner that belies her passion for the work. Frequently confronted with some monumental challenges such as bureaucratic inertia and scarcity of resources, she, nonetheless, doggedly remains focused and on track until positive outcomes are achieved. She maintains a balanced approach to the daily work so as to keep herself refreshed and ready for the next inevitable challenge.”

    Substance abuse is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, and its success depends on a workforce of qualified prevention professionals trained in evidence-based practices. IC&RC’s competency-based Prevention Specialist (PS) credential offers a consistent standard of knowledgeable and well-qualified individuals practicing prevention in our communities. Certified prevention professionals help ensure that programs and their funders are delivering on their mission of ensuring public safety and well-being.

    Adopted in 1994, the Prevention Specialist is one of the fastest growing credentials in the field of addiction-related behavioral health care. This credential is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for competency in the field, and it is written into U.S. state and national practice regulations and insurance legislation.

    Prevention professionals are working all over the world – partnering with parents, community groups, coalitions, faith-based organizations, health care professionals, law enforcement, businesses, and educators – to make a difference in their communities. Among them are the professionals who go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication, intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness.  It is those professionals – like Deanne Bergen of Georgia - whom IC&RC seeks to recognize.

    Since 1981, IC&RC has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. IC&RC represents 76 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 24 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, criminal justice, and co-occurring disorders professionals.

  • 04 Nov 2011 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    At the annual meeting of IC&RC, the Board of Directors, representing 78 certification boards from 25 countries and 45,000 reciprocal-level credentialed professionals, elected new leadership. Phyllis Gardner, Professor of Sociology at Texarkana College, was elected President, and Jessica Hayes, Executive Director of the Illinois Certification Board Inc. (ICB), is the new Treasurer. Both offices hold two-year terms.

    Gardner expressed thanks, in her acceptance speech: “I’m grateful for the evolution of this organization, and the way this organization lets me evolve and grow. I appreciate the trust that you have shown, and I will endeavor to live up to that trust.”

    Gardner holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Advanced Addictions Counselor. She has served the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals in various capacities since 1990 and is a past president of the Texas Association of Addiction & Prevention Professionals. Her most recent role at IC&RC was Chair of the Credentialing Services Committee, which oversees the maintenance of all IC&RC examinations and credentials, as well as related products.

    Hayes began her career in the field of addictions in 1997 as the financial manager for the ICB. She took on the role of Executive Director in 2009. She has been associated with IC&RC for fourteen years, most recently as Chair of the ADC Committee then Chair of the Business & Operations committee. She told the group, “I am certainly both humbled and excited about the election as Treasurer.”

    The Board Administrators elected Debbie Gilbert as their Representative to the Executive Committee. Gilbert has been Executive Director of the Iowa Certification Board for almost a decade, and she has served as the Chair of IC&RC’s Marketing Committee for six years.

    Immediate Past President Rhonda Messamore passes the gavel to newly elected Dr. Phyllis Gardner.

  • 04 Nov 2011 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    At the 30th Anniversary meeting of IC&RC, the Board of Directors, representing 78 certification boards from 25 countries and 45,000 reciprocal-level credentialed professionals, approved two levels of Peer Recovery Support credential for alcohol and other drugs, mental health, and co-occurring disorders. Based on federal guidelines, as well as several jurisdictions already offering a peer credential, the domains were set as:

    • Advocacy
    • Mentoring/Education
    • Recovery Support
    • Ethical Responsibility

    Both levels will require:

    Education
    High school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency.
    46 hours specific to the domains.
    -10 hours in each of the first three domains
    -16 hours must be specific to ethics
    Examination: Applicants must pass the IC&RC International Written PRS Examination.
    Code of Ethics: Applicants must sign a code of ethics or affirmation statement.
    Recertification: 20 hours of continuing education earned every two years including six hours of ethics training.

    Level II will additionally require:

    Experience: 100 hours of supervised volunteer or paid practical experience specific to the PRS domains
    Supervision: The 100 hours of experience specific to the domains must be supervised by an appropriately certified or licensed individual in the behavioral health field.

    IC&RC provides the minimum standards for each reciprocal credential, but Member Boards may set higher standards for their credentials. The organization will now proceed with developing a full Job Task Analysis and a fully referenced examination.

  • 04 Nov 2011 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    For its 30th anniversary meeting, IC&RC, the world leader in addiction-related credentialing, was proud to host Pamela J. Hyde, Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as its keynote speaker.

    Hyde, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in management and consulting for public healthcare and human services agencies, has led the agency since November 2009. Previously, she had served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral healthcare firm.

    In her remarks, Hyde stated that “We know a lot more about prevention and recovery and the whole spectrum than other healthcare providers know – and than local policymakers know.” She highlighted the fact that the misunderstanding of substance use disorders (SUD) as a social problem, instead of a health problem, leads to serious undertreatment. Only 11 percent of people with SUD are receiving treatment, as compared with 84% of diabetics – even though they affect similar numbers of the populations. Diabetes is diagnosed in 25.8 million people, substance use disorder in 22.5 million people.

    In addition to lack of treatment, Hyde also voiced federal concerns about disparities in disease rates and in the workforce. SAMHSA is coordinating efforts to address the needs of underserved populations: ethnic minorities, American Indian/Alaskan Native, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-queer, and women/girls. She stated that minorities make up 30 percent of the population, but only 20 percent of counselors.

    Hyde described SAMHSA’s focus on recovery. With extensive input, they have developed a working definition: “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to achieve their full potential.” She informed IC&RC delegates of a new technical assistance center for recovery, called (BRSS TACS). This strategic initiative will include funding for Recovery Support Services in health reform and the block grant.

    Hyde encouraged IC&RC to convene people working the area of peer recovery. Later that day, the IC&RC Board of Directors voted to approve two levels of Peer Recovery Support credentials, including standards. The next steps are to develop a Job Task Analysis, then a fully referenced examination.

    Hyde encouraged professional standards to include cross-training in mental health and substance use - for career as well as clinical flexibility. Beyond that, she emphasized the need for widespread public education about substance abuse and mental health: “Most people know about physical health these days. Most know CPR, as it is required in our workforce. Most Americans do not understand mental health issues, the signs of addiction and suicide, or the role of early childhood trauma in contributing to these diseases.”

    Hong Kong, Nicaragua Become New Members

    More than 75 delegates from Member Boards gathered to set the direction for the future of the international organization. Two new boards were proudly welcomed into the organization:

    • Associación Centro de Especialidades en Adicciones (Nicaragua) – Alcohol and Drug Counselor
    • Hong Kong Association of Professionals Specializing in Addiction Counseling Limited (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and China) – Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Clinical Specialist

    The Board of Directors also approved new credentials for existing boards:

    • Utah adopted the Prevention Specialist.
    • California will now offer the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate credential.

    Stevens Honored

    Rhonda Messamore, IC&RC President, presented the Presidential Leadership Award to Julie Stevens, Chair of the Prevention Committee, in recognition of outstanding contributions and support given to IC&RC and the substance abuse and prevention profession.
     
    A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and an Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist with 25 years’ in the prevention field, Stevens is currently employed as Training Specialist for the University of Oklahoma’s Southwest Prevention Center.

    Stunned into silence, Stevens held back tears: “I’m shaking. I’m floored, shocked. I’m so appreciative. This is so important to me. The work this body does, because it is the work I do in my heart. It is a purpose for me. I just thank you so much. I don’t know what else to say.”

    Additional News

    IC&RC was also proud to welcome new delegates from member boards:

    • David Barnes, Maryland
    • Pamela Gillen, Colorado Prevention
    • Ailala Kay, Colorado Prevention

    Julie Hogan, Co-Director of the National Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) and an inaugural member of the IC&RC Advisory Council, joined the meeting as a special guest.


    President Rhonda Messamore (right) presents an award of gratitude to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela J. Hyde.

  • 03 Nov 2011 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    On Monday, October 24, IC&RC was proud to host its inaugural Advisory Council meeting. Members in attendance included:
    • Deidre Boyd, Executive Director of Addiction Recovery Foundation in the United Kingdom
    • Karen Carpenter-Palumbo, Executive Director of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
    • Tom Clawson, Executive Director of National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC)
    • Steve Gumbley, Board Chair of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR)
    • Julie Hogan, Co-Director of the National Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT)
    • Jim Holder, President of the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals
    • Laurie Krom, Director of the National Office of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
    • Penny Mills, Executive VP/CEO of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
    • Edward Reading, President of International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE)

    Rob Morrison, Executive Director of National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), was represented by his staff member, Henrick Harwood, Director of NASADAD’s Division of Research and Program Applications. Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, has accepted the invitation to sit on the Advisory Council, but couldn’t attend the Orlando meeting.

    The IC&RC Advisory Council seeks to ensure that the profession of addiction treatment and prevention continues to grow in a smart, sustainable direction. Together, these experts will create a network to provide guidance, vision, and support to IC&RC as it responds to shifts in the global economy, public consciousness and diverse values. 

  • 02 May 2011 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    President Rhonda Messamore opened the Spring 2011 meeting of the IC&RC Board of Directors with the bang of a gavel – and a heartfelt speech about the 30th anniversary.

    “With this meeting, we kick off IC&RC’s anniversary, ‘Celebrating 30 Years of Setting Standards for Addiction Professionals.’ According to some traditions, the 30th wedding anniversary is the pearl anniversary. We’ve taken the pearl as a symbol for this year. Think about it: a pearl begins as a grain of sand, but oh-so-slowly, over time, the oyster turns this irritation into a beautiful treasure. A pearl represents healing from imperfection, creating beauty and meaning from pain.”

    “This imagery resonated strongly for me, and I hope it does for you too. Our very work has at its foundation a world of hurt – the pain that drives addiction, and the pain that it causes, in individuals, in families and in communities. But slowly, with persistence, through the long, hard effort of counselors and prevention specialists, many of these wounds have been healed – and miraculous beauty has come from them. Through the long, patient work of certification boards, clients and their families can rest easy knowing they are working with competent, ethical professionals. Funders and employers know they are working from the latest, evidence-based practices.”

    The Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc. adopted bylaws and articles of incorporation in South Bend, Indiana in 1981. At that time, the first office of the consortium was located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

    After three decades, IC&RC is stronger than ever. It represents 76 certification boards and more than 43,000 reciprocal-level certified professionals. The organization now administers more than 8,000 examinations a year.

    Keynote by Coulson

    Anthony Coulson, Director of ADAPTE International, gave a keynote presentation on the situation between the U.S. and Mexico, including statistics on drug seizures and images of the violence along the border. Coulson discussed the U.S. foreign policy dilemma and advocated treatment and recovery efforts as an effective solution.

    In 2010, Anthony Coulson retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA's Tucson District Office and directed the Federal Government's drug enforcement strategy in Southern Arizona. He began his career with the DEA in 1982 and has served in Washington, D.C.; Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; Los Angeles, California; and Songkhla, Thailand. In 1996 and 2002, he received the DEA’s highest award, the Administrator's Award for Exceptional Service.

    Coulson explained that 90 percent of drugs in this country enter through the southwest border, and he emphasized that, at 2,000 miles long, the U.S. southern border can never be secured. “I’m a big proponent of putting people in jail,” summarized Coulson. “If they have a problem, give them treatment. But I don’t want to see them again.” He argued that dealers and traffickers need to be removed from communities, so that the communities have time to heal. He added that there must be strategies in place to facilitate that recovery.

    Based on seizures, Coulson asserted that marijuana trafficking creates the channels that all other drugs – cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine – use. In 2009, 3.5 million pounds of marijuana was seized, at a value of $3.5 billion dollars. Coulson asserted that amount likely represents 20 percent of the total marijuana trade, but that drug cartels plan for this loss as a part of their business strategy.

    In addition to drugs, the U.S. seizes billions of dollars in cash and assets each year. A percentage of that amount goes back to law enforcement agencies, but Coulson encouraged treatment and prevention organizations to advocate for a share of these funds. “You need to be a voice. Get $2 billion of seized assets, and turn it into treatment and prevention. Law enforcement will fight you on it, but they don’t do anything with it.”

    From Coulson’s perspective, all law enforcement efforts should have the goal of raising prices of drugs high enough to drive people to treatment. He claims that the U.S. government doesn’t value treatment and prevention as the true solution to drug trafficking. It doesn’t recognize that, without addressing the underlying problem of addiction, the costs of enforcement and corrections will continue.

    Colorado Becomes a New Member State

    More than 75 delegates from Member Boards gathered to set the direction for the future of the international organization. One new board – Colorado Prevention Certification Board - was joyfully welcomed into the organization. Carmelita Muniz, Mary Anne Burdick, and Cheryl Reid represented the new board at the meeting.

    IC&RC was also proud to welcome new delegates from member boards:

    • Judith Burgess, Bermuda
    • Carla Scott, Bermuda
    • Richard Olivarez, California
    • Mary Christy, Idaho
    • Chris Daniel, Idaho
    • Christopher Cohen, New Jersey
    • Sigurlina Davidsdottir, Nordic/Baltic
    • Amy Woods, U.S. Air Force

    Special guests included:

    • Irv Williams, Florida
    • Robyn McCarty, Illinois
    • Dianne McFarling, Kentucky

    Additional News

    Tammi Lewis, LPC, AADC, ALPS, Therapist at CAMC Family Resource Center in Charleston, West Virginia, is the new co-chair of the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC) Committee.

    The Peer Recovery Support Specialist credential is continuing toward adoption. Based on three states that already offer a peer recovery credential, minimum standards have been developed, and the credential will undergo IC&RC’s evaluation process over the next six months.

    IC&RC protects the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. Today, IC&RC represents 76 member boards, including 45 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and three branches of the U.S. military. Members also include 22 countries and six Native American territories. IC&RC credentials include Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADC), Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (AADC), Clinical Supervisor (CS), Prevention Specialist (PS), Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP), Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP), and Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD).

  • 21 Apr 2010 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    On March 12, IC&RC joined an expert panel, convened by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to discuss “Scopes of Practice in the field of Substance Use Disorder.”  The meeting was facilitated by Senior Public Health Advisor Linda Kaplan.

    “As you are all aware, the field of addiction services is facing a workforce crisis,” stated Beth Fraster, LICSW, Senior Program Associate for Advocates for Human Potential and organizer of the meeting.  “Yet, with the passage of the new Parity legislation and the hope of health care reform, it is also facing real opportunities for new business development and potential growth.  SAMHSA and other leaders in the field are focusing on strengthening and supporting the professional identity of the addiction workforce.  

    Mary Jo Mather, Executive Director of International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, joined a panel of experts, including:
    • Joseph D. (Jody) Biscoe, III – Associate Professor of Psychology & Addiction Studies at Northwestern State University and Louisiana Coordinator, Gulf Coast ATTC

    • Kirk Bowden, Ph.D., LPC, LISAC, NCC, MAC, ACS – Chair of the Chemical Dependency Counseling Department at Rio Salado College
    • Donna DeAngelis, LICSW, ACSW – Executive Director of the Association of Social Work Boards
    • Phyllis Gardner, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology, Sociology & Addiction Studies at Texarkana College and Chair of the IC&RC Credentialing Services Committee
    • Rick Harwood – Research and Program Applications Director for National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.
    • Deann Jepson – Program Manager and Workforce Development Specialist for ATTC University of Missouri-National Office in Kansas City
    • Mary McCann, M.S.W., LCSW, CAC III – Director of Community Treatment and Recovery Programs at the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health
    • Neal A. McGarry – Executive Director of the Florida Certification Board
    • Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CCDC III, SAP – Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals
    • Doug Rosenberry, M.B.A. – Bureau Director of Workforce Development and Fiscal Evaluation for the NY State OASAS
    • Rosemary Shannon – Clinical Services Unit Administrator at the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services
    • Becky Vaughn, M.S.Ed. – Chief Executive Officer of the State Associations of Addiction Services
    • Quinetta Rowley Womack, M.A., LAC, CCGC, CCS – Executive Director of Workforce Development in the Office for Addictive Disorders, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

    Working in small groups, the panel discussed recommendations for the development of a Model Scopes of Practice. The group identified elements of existing Scopes of Practice for the addictions profession, as well as criteria for levels of education and experience. 

    IC&RC supported the concept of moving toward a uniform national model for Scopes of Practice. “We believe that, in addition to educational degrees, competence should be determined by a nationally accepted competency-based testing process,” explained Mather.

    SAMHSA staffers present at the meeting indicated that they would develop a Summary Document outlining the experts’ recommendations for Scopes of Practice for alcohol and drug counselors at the HS/GED, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s levels of education. SAMHSA will also circulate the report nationwide, with the hope that states will give serious consideration to aligning their local scopes of practice with the recommendations contained in the report.    

    IC&RC sets the international standards for competency-based certification programs in addiction counseling, prevention, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders and clinical supervision through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals. It is comprised of 73 credentialing boards that represent over 40,000 certified addiction professionals, located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 13 countries worldwide, as well as affiliations with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Marines.

  • 12 Apr 2010 9:00 AM | Kay Glass (Administrator)

    IC&RC presented its Presidential Leadership Award to Stefán Jóhannsson, in recognition of outstanding contributions and support given to IC&RC and the substance abuse profession. On behalf of the organization, Vice President Doug Rosenberry lauded Jóhannsson as “a man of action, who founded the Icelandic School of Addictions after a long and illustrious career. IC&RC would be poorer without his influences and bulldog persistence.”  Jóhannsson has promoted IC&RC throughout Europe, at conferences for ICAA, UKESAD, and NORDAN.

    Jóhannsson accepted the award with grace: “This is a surprise, I’m overwhelmed. I’m committed to doing this work, and my dream is to create the first regional board of IC&RC, with members from the Nordic and Baltic countries. There is so much for Europeans to learn from how you do things differently in the U.S., and vice versa. I wish more Americans would go to Europe for training and learn how they do things.”

    Rosenberry closed by calling Jóhannsson a “shining example” and reading remarks by Past President Jeff Wilbee, who said he was “proud to call Stefan a colleague and more pleased to call him a friend.”

    Key Votes

    More than 100 delegates met in the gorgeous weather, at a conference center graciously provided by the U.S. Navy.  The Board of Directors approved new credentials for two boards:

    • Puerto Rico’s Certification Board for Professionals in Addiction & Alcoholism was accepted for Prevention Specialist.
    • The Association of Professionals Specializing in Addiction Counseling in Singapore was approved for Co-Occurring Disorders Professional and Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate.

    A number of important votes also took place:

    • International & Cultural Affairs became a standing committee, with the purpose of developing and implementing a strategic plan for the advancement of IC&RC products globally, assisting and supporting groups globally that are interested in joining IC&RC, and assisting the organization’s efforts to work effectively across different cultures and jurisdictions.
    • The name of the Products Committee was changed to Credentialing Services, reflecting its focus on credentials and related activities.
    • Revised Mission and Vision Statements were approved.

    On behalf of President Rhonda Messamore, Rosenberry addressed the membership:

    “We have a number of accomplishments to report:  a strategic plan, a marketing plan, a business plan, all working together. We are a financially viable organization, with exciting new developments on the international front. The hiring of marketing director and retaining of our advocate in Washington, D.C. means we are making connections that this organization hasn’t been able to make for many years.  The arrival of computer-based testing is one of the most important developments, and we anticipate its continued growth in coming years.”

    IC&RC sets the international standards for competency-based certification programs in addiction counseling, prevention, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders and clinical supervision through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals. It is comprised of 73 credentialing boards that represent over 40,000 certified addiction professionals, located in 44 states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 12 countries worldwide, as well as affiliations with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Marines.

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