Asking a question about delivery of substance use services in rural areas at the Federal Panel, NAADAC 2017 Annual Conference
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals
“NAADAC is the premier global organization of addiction focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families and communities.” – naadac.org
I have been a member since 1992. Past service includes being a board member in the New Mexico and southern Arizona affiliates, and I have been active on the state chapter (Minnesota Addiction Professionals, MNAP) since 2013. Through my involvement on the NAADAC board for the last year and a half, I have gained a deeper knowledge of association governance and of national monitoring of trends, legislative advocacy at the federal level, and policy development.
Minnesota Addiction Professionals (MNAP)
“Minnesota Addiction Professionals’ purpose and mission is to lead, unify and empower addiction-focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research.” – mnap.org
I have been a member since 2013 and was elected Vice President in October 2014 and President in October of 2016. I am accountable for fulfilling the organizational priorities of inclusion, advocacy and service. During this time membership has more than doubled. I helped host the NAADAC annual conference in Minneapolis in 2016, and am involved in putting on the first MNAP winter conference in February 9, 2018: Working with Refugee and Immigrant Populations. This has kept me involved in moving the profession forward in Minnesota.
International Coalition of Addiction Studies Education (INCASE)
I have been a member of INCASE throughout my time at Metropolitan State, and participate in its annual conference. I have been invited onto the board, and which I hope to join in the near future, as other commitments allow.
INCASE, founded in 1990, is a professional association of professors, teachers, professionals, and programs specializing in addiction studies, including the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, other addictions, counselor preparation, prevention and treatment, research, and public policy.
The history of accreditation of colleges and universities that teach Addiction Studies was initiated by INCASE in 1990. In 2011, after urging from federal agencies, INCASE joined with NAADAC and other invested groups to evolve the INCASE Accreditation into the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC).
Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
ACMHE provides thought-provoking articles, webinars and conferences on contemplative practices in higher education. I am pleased to take advantage of these resources and use them to revitalize the true meaning of the academy. photo credit contemplativemind.org