Category Archives: Prevention

IC&RC Announces 2011 Conference Details

IC&RC has released more detailed information about “A Principled Practice: Ethics in Addiction Treatment and Prevention,” IC&RC’s first-ever professional training conference. 

Scheduled for October 28 & 29, 2011 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, we are looking forward to the:

  • Friday Keynote Address by Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D. on “Neuroscience, Morality and Addiction”
  • Saturday Half-Day Workshop on “Culturally Complex Ethical Challenges” with Stephanie Murtaugh, MA, MBA, LPC, CAC, CCS, CCJP, CCDP Diplomate
  • Conference Sessions on Prevention, Clinical Supervision, Criminal Justice, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Organizational Ethics
  • Conference Schedule, including Invitation to IC&RC’s 30th Anniversary Reception 

This conference is open to all credentialed addiction and prevention professionals, individuals in the process of becoming credentialed, and behavioral health and affiliated professionals. Conference registration also includes complimentary access to IC&RC Professional Services – priced at $25 a year but valued much higher.

Register online today!

From the Executive Director

Welcome, Colorado Prevention!

Last week in Denver, Colorado, more than 75 delegates from Member Boards gathered to set the direction for the future of the international organization. Being in Colorado was made all the more special, when the 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 and already made their contributions clear.

I’m also happy to announce that 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. Frank Davis, IAADC, ICCJP, LCDC, of the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals has agreed to become the new co-chair of the Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJP) 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.

As our 30th anniversary year continues, the staff is working to make all of our activities special. So don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Meeting – October 25 to 27 in Orlando, Florida. See you there! 


Mary Jo Mather
Executive Director

Advocacy Corner

By Andrew Kessler, Federal Policy Liaison

First, the good news: SAMHSA has set aside $50 million for prevention in tribal areas, as a result of funds taken from the Affordable Care Act. This money will go directly to the tribes and not through IHS. There’s also another $395 million in prevention for the states, but there will be new mechanisms in place that make the prevention block grant a little different than in the past. I’ll share more details as they become clear.

On another front, the advocacy community for addiction prevention and treatment has followed the review process that is examining whether a merger between the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is in the best interests of research and the public. Both institutes are part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Bethesda, MD. The task of investigating whether a merger is in the best interest of science and the NIH falls to the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB.)  

Not less than once each seven years, the Board must provide advice to the NIH Director and other appropriate agency officials, through a report to the NIH Director, regarding the use of organizational authorities reaffirmed by the NIH Reform Act of 2006. A working group of the Board, the Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction workgroup, has been charged with investigating the plausibility of a merger.  The working group spent close to a year soliciting comments from experts in addiction research, from the public, and experts in NIH administration. Their work to date has been transparent and open.  Recently, the SMRB voted 12-3 in favor of combining the two institutes.

Several complex steps remain in the process.  Their recommendation will be sent to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins.  Dr. Collins may then decide to accept or ignore the recommendation.  If he chooses to ignore the recommendation, he must explain his reasons in writing.  If he accepts the recommendation, he will notify Congress via the Office of the HHS Secretary.  Congress then may refute the recommendation, or accept it by taking no action. This procedure is guided by statute, the aforementioned NIH Reform Act of 2006, which is also responsible for the creation of the SMRB. 

IC&RC has made comments to the SMRB, both written and oral, in support of creating one institute in the place of the two that currently exist.  We believe that one institute handling one disorder (substance abuse and addiction) will increase the profile of the field that works on this issue.  Also, due to the high frequency of patients who suffer from the abuse of both alcohol and narcotics, this process will increase the research profile for such co-morbidity.  We have received a letter from the NIH in response to our efforts.

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Ethical Fitness: December 2010

As you may recall, our Ethical Fitness column in September referred to a situation in which Bob, a prevention specialist, meets weekly with a group of at-risk teens in a rural county high school. These students had been caught smoking or drinking, and Bob has Judge Jones speak to them about underage drinking and driving laws, explaining the trouble they can incur. The Judge is stopped by police in a nearby town and arrested for drunken driving. Our dilemma: What to do about having the Judge continue to speak with this intervention-oriented group?

Serendipitously, I was able to combine a group of eight workshop participants who needed six hours of prevention ethics by year’s end with a need to resolve Bob’s ethical dilemma. One captive audience plus one applicable case study discussion equals a vibrant multiple exchange of ideas!

The group identified the following ethical principles as germane to the Judge’s involvement:

  • Ethical Obligation to Community and Society: adoption of a personal and professional stance that promotes well-being of all;
  • Integrity: we should not be associated…with services or products in a way that is in any way misleading or incorrect; and
  • Competence: recognize one’s limits & boundaries and use due care to plan and adequately supervise activities for which one is responsible).

Next, various members of the group brought up the following concerns: Is the Judge willing to be honest about his arrest? What’s his message going to be? Will the students know about his arrest? This was a no-brainer – everyone in a rural community knows what’s up. Some decided that the Judge’s message could be even more meaningful in the future, but we need to check his intentions. Thanks to Cheryl, Virginia, David, Kate, Angela, Sarah, Craig and Tonia for their whole-hearted participation in our discussion.

This case study reminded me of an incident I once faced when students at one of our high schools wanted a particular boy to speak during prom week. A judge had ordered that this teen’s probation include speaking to others about the dangers of alcohol abuse. He had been charged for under-aged purchase of alcohol (he looked older and was not carded) that led to the death of another teen. The other high school student passed out in the rear seat of a minivan and died, aspirating his own vomit.

A school psychologist and I decided we should meet with the young man and see what his message would be. We were faced with the unenviable task of helping him to understand just what he had done that was so wrong. His immaturity was such that he had not fully faced the fact that his actions had led to the death of another. This taught me never to assume a speaker is bringing a hoped for or even logical message, and to always check out people who will interact with my audience, no matter how highly recommended they are.

Here’s an interesting dilemma for you to gnaw on when you catch your breath after the holidays:

You are a prevention professional working at a Regional Mental Health Center. Rachel, a co-worker, has been hospitalized recently. A group is in the break room. Someone asks how Rachel is doing, and no one has any news about her condition. A clinician, who works part-time at your agency and part-time at the local hospital, gets on the hospital’s internet account, types in his code and downloads Rachel’s medical records. He proceeds to share this information with those of you in the break room. What do you do?

Leave a comment here with your answer or email with Ethical Fitness in the subject line. Peace, joy, and a blessed new year to all!

Member Board Highlight: New Mexico

By Frank G. Magourilos, SCPS, Executive Director

These are very exciting times for workforce development, and the New Mexico Credentialing Board is taking a leadership role to assure and provide the best, most up-to-date, and most needed credentialing and certification for all behavioral health professionals in New Mexico.

In addition to our IC&RC credentials, we are now offering a Certified Peer Specialist Worker (CPSW) credential, available to individuals that work through the NM Health Services Department (HSD). We also have started implementing a Certified Family Specialist (CFS) credential for the NM Children Youth and Families Department.

We also have several current projects that I believe our IC&RC colleagues will be interested in:

Injury Prevention – We have recently embarked in the area of Injury and Violence Prevention Certification. Through a 17-member task force that includes national and statewide partners from higher education, government agencies, and board members, we are looking at the CDC Core Competencies for Injury Prevention, in order to create learning objectives that in turn will be developed into curricula for the coursework necessary to become a Certified Injury Prevention Professional.

Young Certified Prevention Ambassadors – We are working on developing a certification and training program for young adults who are doing coalition work and would like to further their prevention expertise. This is very similar to what CADCA is doing at the national level.

Case Management Certification – We are working with the University of New Mexico to create this much needed credential, which will be  made available to everyone that is doing Case Management work in New Mexico.

For any questions on these exciting initiatives, contact the New Mexico Certification Board at

Boards Adopt New Credentials

The Board of Directors also approved new credentials for a number of boards:

  • Hawaii is adding Clinical Supervisor, Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional, Prevention Specialist, and Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate.
  • California will now offer the Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential.
  • Delaware took on the Prevention Specialist credential.

With these new additions, IC&RC now represents more than 50 prevention boards, indicating the rapid growth in this professional certification.