Cultural Humility Series, Part VIII: Social Responsibility in the Addiction Profession & Town Hall

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Any Time
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Audio Conferencing
Support Website
Cost Range
FREE to $25.00

Host And Instructor

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Samson Teklemariam, MA, LPC, CPTM & Jessica O’Brien, MA, LCSW, CASAC, CPTM
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C.E. Credit for NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals: 2.00
Specialization: Qualified Addictions Professional
The CE certificate for this webinar will be available after the webinar takes place. NAADAC Members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $25 processing fee to access the quiz. Upon passing the CE quiz, a CE Certificate will be immediately available to download in your profile.

Training Overview Description

Traditionally, cultural competence trainings have been used to convey information on cultural considerations and mitigate the harm that can be done to clients when there is a lack of cultural awareness. Today, cultural humility trainings must evolve to include self-awareness strategies that promote a better understanding of defensiveness, emotional reactivity, and social responsibility. Treatment providers must go beyond cultural competence and address the systemic biases and racist structures that exist in our society and impact addiction treatment. Cultural competence and antiracism must go hand-in-hand. This presentation will start with an exploration of cultural identity and the use of self in the therapeutic environment; examine triggering terms; look at the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment; and provide concrete action steps for the addiction workforce.


The last hour of this presentation will include a virtual town hall open forum discussion with guest panelists Pierluigi Mancini, PhD, MAC, NCAC II, Gary Ferguson, II, BS, ND, and Pamela E. Alexander, MSA, MUP, to discuss recommended solutions and best practices for a more inclusive culturally aware addiction treatment workforce.

The town hall will immediately follow the webinar. No additional registration is required. The webinar and town hall are worth a total of 2 CEs.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore how owning one’s individual cultural identity shapes perceptions of normality, abnormality, and the counseling process.
  • Define critical terms that form a basis of a culturally competent and antiracist framework.
  • Explore the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment providers.
  • Provide concrete action steps for counselors and a clear definition of social responsibility for the addiction workforce.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. Live closed captioning is available and the captioning capabilities are in compliance with the practices defined in Worldwide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

CE Credits

Click here for a complete list of organizations who approve NAADAC to provide continuing education hours.
This webinar is not eligible for ASWB ACE CE hours.
This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers for continuing education contact hours.

Event-specific Details

This training could be applied to multiple areas of the Alaska Qualified Addictions Professional (QAP) certification. Contact the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (Ask for Dabney Van Liere, Executive Director) at 907-332-4333 or email for specific information.