Regional Board Formed in Nordic/Baltic

By Stefán Jóhannsson, MA, ICADC, ICPS, ICCS

On September 30, the Nordic/Baltic Regional Certification Board (NBRCB) held its first annual meeting at Drejervej 15, in Copenhagen, Denmark. The following countries were approved and confirmed as affiliates of the NBRCB: Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

At the meeting, the group approved a constitution for NBCRB:

“The Nordic/Baltic Regional Certification Board is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. Membership is open to all people of all ages regardless of gender, color, nationality, creed, social position or political persuasion living in the Nordic and Baltic states.”

The Board of NBCRB is composed of one representative from each country, elected for two year terms. The newly elected board of directors for the period of 2010 – 2012 is:

Árni Einarsson (Iceland)

Aurelijus Veryga (Lithuania)

Hasse Schneiderman (Denmark)

Janis Caunitis (Latvia)

Joonas Turtonen (Finland)

Kjetil Vesteras (Norway)

Lauri Beekmann (Estonia)

Mats Gunnarsson (Sweden)

A three-member executive committee was elected and will provide daily management to the organization. The first executive committee for 2010-2012 will be comprised of:

Chairman: Stefán Jóhannsson MA, ICADC, ICPS, ICCS

Treasurer: Árni Einarsson, MA, ICPS

Secretary: Sigurlína Davíðsdóttir, PhD, ICADC, ICPS, ICCS

This development is the result of a great deal of work over the past three years. In October 2007, at the NordAN conference, the situation in the Nordic and Baltic countries was discussed as a part of a special seminar entitled, “Qualifying the Workforce in Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation.”

During the session, Stefán Jóhannsson, head of the the Icelandic School of Addictions Studies, Hasse Schneidermann, secretary general of NordAN, Sigurlína Davíðsdóttir, professor at the University of Iceland, and Jeff Wilbee, then-president of IC&RC, gave presentations on the benefits of more educated staff in the field  and the need to enhance workforce professionalization through education and measuring of skills, knowledge, and competencies of prevention specialists and alcohol and drug addiction counselors.

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