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Only 4 Days Left for Early Registration Discount!

Registration fees go up on September 24 for “A Principled Practice: Ethics in Addiction Treatment and Prevention,” IC&RC’s first-ever professional training conference. Learn all the details about the conference here and register online today!

The reduced rate at the hotel expires the same day – so book now for the best deals.

IC&RC is proud to recognize our sponsors and exhibitors:

Program Sponsor:

Bag Sponsor:

Lanyard Sponsor:


A limited number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are still available for organizations, treatment centers, and educational institutions that wish to promote themselves to attendees. Contact Kay Glass, Marketing Director, at 717-540-4457 x 106 or for detailed information.

See you in Orlando – October 28 & 29, 2011 – at the Rosen Centre Hotel
and Orange County Convention Center!

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!

IC&RC’s First-Ever Training Conference

A Principled Practice:
Ethics in Addiction Treatment and Prevention

The First Ever Professional Training Conference
Produced by IC&RC
The World Leader in Addiction-Related Credentialing

Friday, October 28, 2011, 8am-5pm
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 8am-12pm

Rosen Centre Hotel and Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Keynote Address
“Neuroscience, Morality and Addiction”
Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D.

Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D.

Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D. is Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, and Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His work emphasizes individual responsibility and the relation of the behavioral sciences and neurosciences to responsibility and social control.

His presentation will consider the moral and legal responsibility of addicts for their addiction, including recovery, and for other behaviors related to their addictions. The central argument is that seeking and using substances is voluntary action and thus may be fairly assessed morally and legally, even if these actions are the signs of a disease.

Advances in addiction neuroscience and other addiction sciences do not conclusively demonstrate that most addicts are not responsible for their addictions and related behaviors. Nonetheless, criminalization of the behaviors that constitute addiction is not wise social policy, and advances in the addiction sciences may guide sensible reforms.

Sessions on Friday, October 28th will include ethics in:

  • Prevention
  • Criminal Justice
  • Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
  • Clinical Supervision

Half-day workshop on Saturday, October 29th will cover “Culturally Complex Ethical Challenges” with Stephanie Murtaugh, MA, MBA, LPC, CAC, CCS, CCJP, CCDP Diplomate.

Attendees are also invited to IC&RC’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Reception on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 6pm.

Registration fees are:

  Full Conference Friday Only(One Day) Saturday Only (Half Day)
Early (Until September 23) $150 $110 $50
Regular (After October 1) $190 $145 $55

This year only, your conference registration includes complimentary access to IC&RC Professional Services – priced at $25 a year but valued much higher.

Register Now!

ICAA Conference: Cancun, Mexico

By Mary Jo Mather, Executive Director

In early November, I represented IC&RC at the 53rd International Council on Alcohol and Addictions (ICAA) conference in Cancun, Mexico. The theme of this year’s ICAA conference was “New Challenges-New Answers.” Approximately 1,500 addiction professionals were in attendance over the three-day conference. Trainers from around the globe presented plenary sessions including Dr. Andrea Barthwell (US), Dr. Vincenzo Pisani (US), David Templeman (Australia), Dr. Petra Meier (UK), Dr. Victor Manuel Marquez Soto (Mexico), Dr. Jose Armando Salazar Ascencio (Chile), Dr. Thomas Legl (Austria), and Dwight Rodrick (Switzerland). 

Session topics were The Road to Best Practice – Is it Science or is it Marketing?; Marco Political and New Regulatory Approaches to Address Addictions; Family Therapy; Tobacco Dependence; Public Policies; Women and Gender Issues; The Impact of Advertising on Consumption; Alcohol, Drugs and the Global Movement of People; Alcohol and Drug Treatment; Best Practices from Around the World – How To Adopt Them In Different Settings; Alcohol and Drug Prevention; Ethnic Dimensions of Addiction; Alcohol and Drug Problems in Business and Industry; Criminal Justice – Changing Conditions in Prison Treatment; Other Addictions; Therapeutic Communities; Cultural, Social and Economic Differences and Their Impact on Alcohol Consumption and Policy;  Addiction Research and Practice – How Useful is Research; WHO Global Strategy; Redefining Harm Reduction in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Fields; WHO Global Alcohol Strategy; Innovative Prevention Approaches Working in Mexico and Latin America; Stimulants; Marijuana; Universal, Selective and Indicative Prevention Strategies in Latin America; Accessibility of Licit and Illicit Drugs on the Internet and Early Warning Systems; Addiction Care and Media; The Way Forward in Public Health; and Looking Forward – New Directions.

Most of the attendees were treatment and prevention professionals from Mexico.  I had the unique opportunity to speak with many of these individuals and promote certification through IC&RC’s member board in Mexico, the Mexican Certification Board for Professionals on Addiction, Alcoholism and Tobacco.  Many were aware of a credentialing process in Mexico but unsure what was required for certification.  Of great interest was the written examination, along with preparation strategies for taking the exam.

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.

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 for the code.  

Marketing Report: July 22, 2010

by Kay Glass, Marketing Director

In the last several months, IC&RC has been represented at a number of conferences.  Conferences are an important form of outreach that promote our organization and facilitate discussions with colleagues.  The Marketing Committee carefully reviews proposals for conference participation, then assesses the return-on-investment to guide next year’s decisions. 

In April, Executive Director Mary Jo Mather and Andrew Kessler, Federal Policy Liaison, attended the National Institute of Drug Abuse Blending Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  Kessler explained, “Overall, it was very informative, especially about special populations, which is a big issue for our counselors. Two speakers really stood out. Donald Warne, of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman’s Health Board, spoke about cultural competencies necessary for dealing with Native American populations. Barbara McCrady, from the University of New Mexico, discussed evidence-based treatment for women and the challenges in seeking treatment.”  (Many presentations from this conference are available online, including Warne’s and McCrady’s.) 

Stefán Jóhannsson, of the International & Cultural Affairs Committee, attended UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London, England from May 13 to 15.  In addition to sponsoring the lanyard, there was an IC&RC brochure in every conference bag.  Jóhannsson reported,  “There was a big group from Denmark this time, counselors from several treatment programs. I had several meetings with them, and they are specifically interested in the AODA International certification.  I had good meetings with Kristina Unge from the Swedish certification board, as well as with Joao Pedro Augusto from Portugal and with Tato Sainz from Spain.” Jóhannsson presented on “The X-factors” and accreditation of staff as a part of a panel with David Finney, Susan Waine Rebecca Flood, and David Parker, who did an excellent job, according to Johannssen. He summarized, “Slowly but surely, IC&RC is becoming well known in many countries.”

Donna Johnson, Chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, travels extensively discussing IC&RC.  One recent event was the National Association of Drug Court Professionals conference in Boston, MA in early June.  IC&RC shared an exhibit booth with CAADAC, and Johnson was able to distribute many brochures and have many fruitful conversations. 

Johnson also attended the Rural Meth Law Enforcement Summit in Denver, Co in late June and spoke on how treatment and law enforcement can collaborate, including the importance of credentialing and specifically the CCJP.  Johnson reported, “I had so many of the participants approach me about getting credentialed. This target audience was mostly probation and law enforcement, and we generated a lot of interest.”

Lastly, Julie Stevens, Co-chair of the Prevention Committee, attended Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s 20th Anniversary National Leadership Forum on our behalf.  In the midst of a record snowstorm, attendance was down.  Stevens was optimistic, “It is a great opportunity to have exposure at the biggest prevention conference in the nation.  Unfortunately the weather conditions left us with less than ideal outcome, but hopefully it won’t happen again.  Next year we will submit a proposal to present a workshop on the PS.”

If you’re intrigued by marketing activities, Debbie Gilbert and I would like to invite you to join the Marketing Committee.  We have a meeting (via conference call) slated for mid-August, so it’s a perfect opportunity to see what we’re doing.  We’d love to have you!  Email me for detailed information on the call.

Look for IC&RC at NPN 2010