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Varied Experience, A Common Goal

July 15, 2011
by Don P. Osborn, MS, MA, MAC, LMHC, President of NAADAC
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New Leaders Step Forward to Help Build the Association
Don P. Osborn, MS, MA, MAC, LMHC, President of NAADAC
Don P. Osborn, MS, MA, MAC, LMHC, President of NAADAC


A new set of leaders have put their names forward to represent NAADAC's members.

Every two years, half of NAADAC's eight regions have the opportunity to select the representatives who will speak up on behalf of the association's members. This year all four of those representatives have been chosen by acclamation.

Below are the backgrounds of the new leaders who will work for the best interests of the association and the profession.

The new RVP for the Mid-Central region has been active in the professional and religious community helping build the affiliate and advocating for licensure.

Stewart Turner-Ball, LMFT, LCSW, LCAC, MAC, served on the NAADAC Board of Directors and was President of the NAADAC state affiliate in Indiana (the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals) from 2005 to 2008. While President of IAAP, he was very adept at increasing membership, moving from 14 founding members to nearly 500 in less than four years, while maintaining a debt-free association. His leadership was respected and well-received by his Board of Directors and he continues to be a mentor to the leadership of IAAP.

Turner-Ball's philosophy may be summarized by two phrases: “Only our best…” and “…operating IAAP with the mind of a businessman and the heart of a therapist.” This is evidenced by IAAP's being able to host high-quality/low-cost conferences while experiencing financial stability throughout his tenure as President. As the RVP, he plans to continue to lend his heart and experience to the needs of NAADAC members within the Mid-Central Region while advancing the best interests of addiction professionals nationally.

Turner-Ball has counseled suffering addicts and their families in a variety of settings, including inpatient, intensive outpatient and private counseling/consulting practice. He is licensed as a clinical addictions counselor, marriage and family therapist and clinical social worker while maintaining a national addictions certification (Master Addictions Counselor) as well. He is a frequent speaker to secular and religious conferences on topics such as “Dealing With Difficult People” and “Loving When it Ain't Easy.”

His leadership experience includes the past presidency of the Association of Graduate Counselors of Butler University (AGCBU) and his integral role in securing licensure for addictions counselors in Indiana. Presently he directs a NAADAC-endorsed online addictions counseling degree program while maintaining a limited private counseling practice.

A commitment to education and mentoring emerging professionals is what drives the new RVP from the North Central Region.

Diane Sevening, EdD, CCDC-III, a faculty member in The University of South Dakota's Department (USD) of Alcohol and Drug Studies has a long and continued commitment to the association and support for the addiction profession.

Dr. Sevening has served as NAADAC's student ad hoc committee chair since 2006 and assisted in the development of state affiliate's council of students, guidebook (bylaws) for college and university student organizations. She has also been a faculty adviser to the local student organization, the Coalition of Students and Professionals Pursuing Advocacy (CASPPA), since 2005 and encourages students to attend NAADAC conferences.

She is motivated by compassion and believes in NAADAC's mission to lead, unify and empower addiction-focused professionals to achieve excellence through education, advocacy, knowledge, standards of practice, ethics, professional development and research. She also wants to focus on the recruitment of addiction studies students who will enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families, and communities and who will help strengthen NAADAC by emerging as future leaders.

In addition to her academic credentials, Dr. Sevening has presented at the 2010 National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD), the 2007 Advocacy in Action Conference and the 2006 Workforce Development Summit. She served as an addiction family therapist at St. Luke's Addiction Center for one year and as the alcohol and drug counselor at the USD student health services for seven years.

The new RVP for the Southeast Region has focused on excellence in the profession.

Frances Clark-Patterson, PhD, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS has been a NAADAC member for almost 20 years. She has served as president of the Middle Tennessee Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (MTAADAC) and President of the Tennessee Affiliate. She is a member of the NAADAC trainers academy and a NAADAC approved provider. Dr. Clark-Patterson is currently the chair of the NAADAC Clinical Issues committee and a member of the ethics committee. In 2006, Frances was awarded with the Mel Schulstad award as the professional of the year.

In 2010, Dr. Clark-Patterson, along with Mid-Central Regional Vice President John Lisy, spearheaded NAADAC's response to the draft release of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) produced by the American Psychiatric Association's (APA).

“The DSM has such a primary place in diagnosing illnesses, including that of addiction,” said then NAADAC Director of Government Relations Daniel Guarnera. “We had a responsibility to NAADAC members, and to the profession as a whole, to ensure that this DSM best reflects the treatment realities faced by members of the addiction profession.”

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