“Hidden gem” from the ’70s suggests counsellors generate the outcomes they expect. An Effectiveness Bank analysis

Alcohol Health & Research World: 1977, 1, p. 16-22.
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The Effectiveness Bank has stopped routinely issuing research analyses, but we couldn’t leave this gem from the ’70s figuratively gathering dust on the shelves of the British Library. Belied by an under-stated presentation, its practice implications are profound for treatment staff supporting clients with an apparently unpromising prognosis.

Minority Fellowship Program

The NBCC Foundation and NAADAC are pleased to announce the 2022 application period for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC) is now open. This program is made possible by a grant awarded to the NBCC Foundation in collaboration with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The program will administer up to 40 Master’s degree-level counseling fellowships of

Basics of addiction counselling: Theories, practices and skills


This workshop is intended as both an introduction to the revised Module II of the Basics of Addiction Counseling: Desk Reference and a refresher on addiction counseling to assist those preparing to take the NCC AP credentialing tests.

Gender disparities in opioid treatment progress in methadone versus counselling

Guerrero, E., Amaro, H., Kong, Y. et al. Gender disparities in opioid treatment progress in methadone versus counseling. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 16, 52 (2021).
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The high dropout rate (75%) in opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment among women and racial/ethnic minorities in the United States necessitates a better knowledge of the factors that contribute to treatment success. While therapy and medication for OUD are considered the top standard of care in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, many people with OUD receive just counseling or methadone-only therapies.

It’s not what you say, but how you say it- Motivational Interviewing & Beyond Live Webinars

Motivational Interviewing & Beyond Live Webinars

A bad experience can be the best teacher.

Joel Porter, Steve Rollnick, Russell Calderwood, David Rosengren & others discuss the importance of learning from experience and language in working with people in the classroom, therapy office and playing field.

Vicarious Trauma

Created by
American Counselling Association

The term vicarious trauma (Perlman & Saakvitne, 1995), sometimes also called compassion fatigue, is the latest term that describes the phenomenon generally associated with the “cost of caring” for others (Figley, 1982). Other terms used for compassion fatigue are:

  • secondary traumatic stress (Stemm, 1995, 1997)

  • secondary victimization (Figley, 1982)