Monthly Archives: August 2010

“Take Back” for Recovery Month

On September 25, as a part of Recovery Month, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be taking part in “take back” events across the country.  The DEA will be teaming with local communities and law enforcement to take back expired, unused, and illegally obtained prescription drugs, with no questions asked, in order to prevent abuse. 

This is an excellent opportunity for IC&RC boards to become more visible in their communities and help fight the single largest narcotic abuse problem in the United States. Through the DEA website, you can find events near you. 

We recommend that, once you find an event in your area, you contact the sponsoring police department to coordinate volunteer and sponsorship efforts.  We also encourage you to publicize local events via letters to the editor in your local newspapers and through your organizational websites and blogs.

More information can be found at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/takeback/ntbi_press_release_081910.pdf.

Q&A: Joining the Team

Four years ago, Alissa Bradley joined the staff of IC&RC as Association Coordinator. With a Bachelor’s in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia, she is now the Assistant Director and a valued member of the team.

Alissa Bradley, IC&RC
Alissa Bradley, IC&RC

Four years ago, Alissa Bradley joined the staff of IC&RC as Association Coordinator. With a Bachelor’s in Communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia, she is now the Assistant Director and a valued member of the team.

IC&RC: What was your career path? 

 AB: I have always been interested is working with an international organization, particularly a nonprofit. I went to college at La Salle University in Philadelphia and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication.

 IC&RC: When did you first hear of IC&RC? 

 AB: During my four years at La Salle, I worked in the School of Business Administration (SBA) office. In my last year I began my job search. After months of searching, I could not seem to find a position that fit what I wanted to do with an organization that I could see myself with long term.

 Over the years working with the SBA, I worked closely with Terry Jackson who was a board member of the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Close to the end of my senior year, Terry asked if I could meet with her, as she had just returned from a PCB meeting. She shared with me information regarding IC&RC and movement within the organization. She explained that they recently moved the office from DC to Harrisburg and that they were looking for someone to hire and what the position would entail. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to move home to Harrisburg and be close to my family. I interviewed with Mary Jo just a few weeks later and the rest is history! 

 IC&RC: Why did you decide to become involved in IC&RC? 

AB: Once Terry had told me about the organization, I was very intrigued. After my interview with Mary Jo, I knew I wanted to be involved. I accepted the position as soon as it was offered to me.

Terry and Mary Jo would probably tell you one of the best parts of the story is that, when Terry found out about the position, she told everyone at the meeting that she had just the person for the job, and she was texting me right away. Mary Jo couldn’t believe that Terry and I were that close, but, with her trust in Terry knew, she would give me a chance. 

I’ve found out in the years since that Mary Jo had said she could never see herself hiring a 20-something, but that I had changed her mind. Knowing her as I do now, I feel very humbled by this statement. Mary Jo is fond of saying “I threw her in the deep end on Day One, and she learned to swim quickly!”

IC&RC: Over the years what do you see as the most important trends in the addiction and prevention field?

AB: I’m going to answer this as what I see as the most important trends for IC&RC, as I do not directly work in the field. I think IC&RC has made many significant changes over the past four years and believe continuing to do so will only benefit the organization. I think Computer Based Testing will bring the organization to a new level. I also believe our credentials are the backbone of the organization. I am proud to be an integral part of the development and maintenance of our credentials.

IC&RC: What do you hope for the future of our field? 

AB: That IC&RC credentials are offered in every state in the US and all countries that are interested in credentialing.

 IC&RC: What do you like to do in your free time? 

 AB: One of my favorite things to do is take pictures. I always have a camera on me in case something sparks my creativity. As many of the Administrators and Delegates who have attended meetings know, I can usually be found with a camera in hand!

Q&A: Facing the Challenges

Tony Ting, APSAC

Tony Ting, APSAC

A Certified Clinical Supervisor and Certified Master Addiction Counselor and Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor, Tony Ting has been President of the Association of Professionals Specializing in Addiction Counseling (APSAC) since its inception in 1998.  He holds a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Alabama, USA and completed postgraduate studies in Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  

IC&RC: What was your career path?  Do you hold any IC&RC credentials?

TT: I have been working in the helping profession since 1976, with over 10 years in the field of chemical dependency, including managing an aftercare counseling program for recovering addicts.

IC&RC: When did you first hear of IC&RC? 

TT: In 1997, Janice Bennett from Hawaii was appointed as consultant to a local aftercare counseling agency to help raise the standard of ADA counseling in Singapore. She recommended the adoption of the 12 Core Functions.

In March 1998, the first batch of thirty-three people attended a five-day intensive training conducted by Janice to prepare them for the IC&RC certification examinations. Subsequently APSAC was created in September 1998, and by October the same year, APSAC was admitted as a member board of IC&RC.

APSAC now offers five credentials at the reciprocal level – AODA, AAODA, CCS, CCDP and CCDPD – plus one credential at the local level, namely the Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor (CGAC).

IC&RC: Why did you decide to become involved in IC&RC?

TT: We decided to become involved with IC&RC, because APSAC is in full agreement with the goal and work of IC&RC in promoting and regulating professional standards of competency among practitioners in the substance abuse counselling field.

 IC&RC: Over the years what do you see as the most important trends in the addiction and prevention field?

TT: The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “Singapore Casinos Could Rival Las Vegas by 2012” [August 18, 2010]. This is a disturbing trend for the local addiction field, because it has been barely a year since the two mega-casinos in Singapore opened for business. The booming business at the two casinos will also mean there will be an ever increasing number of problem gamblers among the population of Singapore. Hence, APSAC is committed to a two-fold strategy to meet this challenge: increasing the public’s awareness of problem gambling and training and certifying more gambling addiction counselors to help those afflicted with this problem.

IC&RC: What do you hope for the future of our field?

TT: I hope IC&RC will seriously consider adding the problem gambling counselor credential to the existing credentials it now offers.

IC&RC: What do you like to do in your free time?

TT: Jogging and watching movies.

I like to use movies as a counseling and training tool, and I have developed a series of workshops entitled “What I need to know about Resilience (or Conflict Resolution, Gambling Addiction, Addiction Counseling, Death & Dying, etc) I learned at the movies.”

Thank You, Bob Field!

On July 30, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB) honored Bob Field, as he left to begin his military leave.  Field has been in the Army National Guard for 31 years and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He is being deployed with the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, where he is the Brigade Executive Officer/Chief of Staff.  His role is to oversee and coordinate Brigade staff operations with a focus on preparations for the unit’s upcoming deployment. 
 
After approximately three months of intense training beginning at the end of March 2011, the Brigade will deploy to Paktika Province located in Eastern Afghanistan (along the Pakistan Border) in July 2011.  While in Afghanistan, the Brigade will conduct full-spectrum operations (Offense, Defense, Stability and Civil Support).  The Brigade is scheduled to return by May 2012. 
 
Field was the first Executive Director of OCDPB, which began licensing in the summer of 2004.  Prior to that position, Field was the Legislative Liaison to the Ohio Department of Drug and Alcohol Services.  Messages of support, gratitude, and well wishes for Field can be sent to Amanda Ferguson, who will be serving as OCDPB’s Acting Executive Director.

Honor a Prevention Professional

Among IC&RC members are prevention professionals who go above and beyond, truly standing out in their dedication, intelligence, compassion, and effectiveness. They 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. 
 
The Prevention Committee wants to recognize an IC&RC-certified professional who is the best of the best, embodying the ideals of the profession and of IC&RC. 
 
The deadline for nomination is October 1, 2010. Please consult the nomination form for more information or email info@icrcaoda.org.

Special IC&RC Discount for NCAD

The National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) is taking place September 8–11 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Washington, DC. The agenda will consist of programs and tracks that deal not only with treatment, but also administration, finance, technical, and medical professional issues. Attendees will learn the latest advancements, methodologies, and research that are shaping current and future addiction treatment programs, while earning up to 30 credit hours. As a courtesy to IC&RC members, NCAD is offering to extend the early bird discount for IC&RC credentialed professionals until August 13. Your members can use a discount code when they register – email info@icrcaoda.org for the code.