Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NAADAC-NCRC Rift Reopens

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NAADAC-NCRC Rift Reopens

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NAADAC-NCRC Rift Reopens

Recent moves toward accommodation between the two major groups now engaged in national credentiating of alcoholism and drug abuse counselors appeared to have been derailed as a result of a vote by the board of the National Certification Reciprocity Consortium (NCRAC) to remove the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) from the NCRC board.

"I am deeply disappointed with this action since it is inconsistent with our current efforts to encourage unification between our respective organizations," aid NAADAC President Kay Mattingly-Langlois, M.A., CADAC, in referring to the NCRC action taken in San Diego, CA, during its board meeting Nov. 10- 11.

Mattingly-Langlois said she was "also dismayed at the manner in which these actions were taken. At a time when we must work together on behalf of counselors everywhere, professional courtesy and consideration should form the foundation from which we move forward."

NCRC based its decision on the fact that NAACAD has not provided NCRC with representation on the NAADAC board. Mattingly-Langlois explained that historically, NCRC has had other national organizations on its board, including NAADAC, the National Accreditation Commission and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. NAADAC, on the other hand, is a membership-based organization governed by an elected representative body of officers and delegates from state affiliates, according to Mattingly-Langlois.

"To change the composition of the Board would require changing the mission and structure of the organization," the NAADAC President said.

Mattingly-Langlois sais she went to the NCRC board meeting "prepared to pursue a course of cooperation and dialogue. Obviously, the sentiment was not mutual."

NCRC and NAADAC had agreed in July to move toward "cooperation and mutual understanding" on the thorny issue of national credentialing. The "principles of agreement" included initiation of a move toward "unity" between the two organizations, split because of rival moves in the national credentialing area. NCRC announced it would issue a national credential for alcoholism and drug abuse counselors a year ago, causing NAADAC to drop plans to develop a national certificate with the National Accreditation commission. …

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