At its 2012 Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the IC&RC Board of Directors elected Bob Field, Executive Director of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board, as its new Vice President and David Turpin to a second term as Secretary. Both offices carry two-year terms.
Field has led Ohio’s state licensing and certification board that credentials chemical dependency treatment and prevention professionals since November 2003. He has served on a number of IC&RC committees and task forces, including Finance, Prevention, Clinical Supervision, and Business and Operations. He also served briefly as the Administrators’ Representative between 2005 and 2006.
Previously, Field served for four years as the legislative liaison for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS), where he worked on a number of state and federal issues. He is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve’s Individual Ready Reserve where he holds the rank of Colonel (COL), after having served thirty-two years in the Army National Guard.
Turpin is the IC&RC Delegate from North Carolina and has been affiliated with IC&RC for 20 years. Involved with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board since its inception, he is currently its Treasurer and former Board President and Secretary. Turpin said, “The past two years that I have spent as your Secretary have been rewarding and exciting as I was able to work alongside the dedicated members of the Executive Committee on issues facing the field.”
Expanding the Reach of Credentials
During the meeting, the Board of Directors also approved new credentials for existing boards:
- The Mexican Certification Board for Professionals on Addiction, Alcoholism & Tobacco gained the Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ADC) and Prevention Specialist (PS).
- The Maryland Addictions Professional Certification Board adopted the Co-Occurring Disorder Professional (CCDP).
- The Oklahoma Drug & Alcohol Professional Counselor Certification Board added the Co-Occurring Disorder Professional Diplomate (CCDPD) to its credentials.
The additions maintain the trend of co-occurring disorders credentials being the fastest growing at IC&RC. In five years, they have grown by over 500 percent.
Honoring a Leader
“This woman has always done whatever she has been asked for IC&RC – with courage and perseverance. She has served on numerous committee and task forces, chaired the Finance Committee, and served on the Executive Committee. Her integrity is beyond reproach, her dedication is without match.” With these words, President Phyllis Gardner introduced the 2012 Presidential Leadership Award recipient: Kristie Schmiege of Michigan.
Kristie R. Schmiege, MPH, CCS, CADC, CPC-M is a graduate of the University of Michigan-School of Public Health and has worked in the addiction field for 28 years including 10 years in local public health. She is currently Director of Prevention and Health Promotion for Genesee County Community Mental Health in Flint, Michigan and President of the Michigan Association of Substance Abuse Coordinating Agencies. Kristie is also Vice President of the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals. She is IC&RC’s Chair of the Credentialing Services and Peer Mentor Credential Committees.
Schmiege accepted the Award with great emotion, saying “Thank you. I am extraordinarily committed to this organization. I feel so deeply grateful to work with the staff and all of you. The dedication in this room is just the most extraordinary thing I’ve seen. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of you for all of these years.”
Since 1981, IC&RC has protected the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for the credentialing of addiction-related professionals. IC&RC represents 76 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 22 countries and 53 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, criminal justice, and co-occurring disorders professionals. The organization is in the process of developing a Peer Mentor credential.