IC&RC presented its Presidential Leadership Award to Stefán Jóhannsson, in recognition of outstanding contributions and support given to IC&RC and the substance abuse profession. On behalf of the organization, Vice President Doug Rosenberry lauded Jóhannsson as “a man of action, who founded the Icelandic School of Addictions after a long and illustrious career. IC&RC would be poorer without his influences and bulldog persistence.” Jóhannsson has promoted IC&RC throughout Europe, at conferences for ICAA, UKESAD, and NORDAN.
Jóhannsson accepted the award with grace: “This is a surprise, I’m overwhelmed. I’m committed to doing this work, and my dream is to create the first regional board of IC&RC, with members from the Nordic and Baltic countries. There is so much for Europeans to learn from how you do things differently in the U.S., and vice versa. I wish more Americans would go to Europe for training and learn how they do things.”
Rosenberry closed by calling Jóhannsson a “shining example” and reading remarks by Past President Jeff Wilbee, who said he was “proud to call Stefan a colleague and more pleased to call him a friend.”
More than 100 delegates met in the gorgeous weather, at a conference center graciously provided by the U.S. Navy. The Board of Directors approved new credentials for two boards:
- Puerto Rico’s Certification Board for Professionals in Addiction & Alcoholism was accepted for Prevention Specialist.
- The Association of Professionals Specializing in Addiction Counseling in Singapore was approved for Co-Occurring Disorders Professional and Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate.
A number of important votes also took place:
- International & Cultural Affairs became a standing committee, with the purpose of developing and implementing a strategic plan for the advancement of IC&RC products globally, assisting and supporting groups globally that are interested in joining IC&RC, and assisting the organization’s efforts to work effectively across different cultures and jurisdictions.
- The name of the Products Committee was changed to Credentialing Services, reflecting its focus on credentials and related activities.
- Revised Mission and Vision Statements were approved.
On behalf of President Rhonda Messamore, Rosenberry addressed the membership:
“We have a number of accomplishments to report: a strategic plan, a marketing plan, a business plan, all working together. We are a financially viable organization, with exciting new developments on the international front. The hiring of marketing director and retaining of our advocate in Washington, D.C. means we are making connections that this organization hasn’t been able to make for many years. The arrival of computer-based testing is one of the most important developments, and we anticipate its continued growth in coming years.”
IC&RC sets the international standards for competency-based certification programs in addiction counseling, prevention, criminal justice, co-occurring disorders and clinical supervision through testing and credentialing of addiction professionals. It is comprised of 73 credentialing boards that represent over 40,000 certified addiction professionals, located in 44 states, the District of Columbia, two U.S. territories, and 12 countries worldwide, as well as affiliations with the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and Marines.