Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Board Offers New Exam to Certify Abuse Counselors

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Board Offers New Exam to Certify Abuse Counselors

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A national exam for certifying advanced alcohol and drug abuse counselors has emerged from the Oklahoma Drug and Alcohol Professional Counselor Certification Board.

The board, working with Columbia Assessment Service of Raleigh, N.C., met in Oklahoma City with 10 panelists from eight states and the U.S. Army to conduct a role delineation study and test development. The resulting exam will be offered to drug and alcohol counselors beginning in March.

The panel based its work on a study conducted by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. Consensus was reached on seven performance areas: counseling; assessment; client, family and community education; case management; clinical supervision; research design; analysis and utilization; and professional responsibility. The test assesses knowledge at an advanced level and uses tasks specifically describing the work of advanced counselors. Along with its analytical questions, the new exam differs from initial certification tests by emphasizing research and supervision as well as tasks unique to advanced counselors. A test preparation guide is available from the board. Business Dr. Gregory Spencer will see you now in his primary care practice at 7304 Comanche. Spencer, who is on the staff of Deaconess Hospital, Integris Baptist Medical Center and Mercy Health Center, has taken over the northwest Oklahoma City office from retired physician Delbert H. McGinnis. Local architects with Rees Associates Inc., along with McFarland Architects of Tulsa, have completed work on the Independent Living and Assisted Living facility of Heartsworth House, a senior living community in Vinita, Okla. Craig General Hospital operates the facility. University Hospitals has received accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. People The Oklahoma Hospital Association has appointed Patti Davis vice president of government relations. She will replace Robert D. Parks, who will retire in August. Davis had served for 12 years as the chief executive of Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital. Harry Wilson will direct a new program at St. Anthony Hospital entitled Health Communities. The former executive director of the St. Anthony Foundation carries the same title in the new unit, which promotes effective health care via working partnerships within the community social infrastructure. …

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