International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors

Ethics Committee


The purpose of the IAAOC Addictions and Ethics Committee is to encourage dialogue with practice and research findings on the area of ethics challenges in addictions work.


The challenges in addictions work can be similar to any counseling work and there can be unique issues such as the counselors-in-recovery, confidentiality challenges, education and training standards, and real-world versus academic world differences.


Networking and collaboration between universities and practice settings will be a large part of our work as a committee.


• To share current practice and/or research findings and/or ideas related to addictions and ethics.

• To promote collaboration on a scholarly research projects.

• To promote collaboration on teaching ideas regarding addictions and ethics.

• To promote active dialogue about addictions and ethics issues.

To get involved in the committee, contact the committee chair:

Kirk Bowden, Ph.D.

President of NAADAC

IAAOC 2015 Oustanding Addiction & Offender Professional

Suggested reading:

• Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (2006). Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice. Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 21. DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 06-4171. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

• National Board for Certified Counselors. (2011). Masters addiction counselor.
Retrieved  from

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2005). A national review of state alcohol and drug treatment programs and certification standards for substance abuse counselors and preventions professionals. (DHHS Publication No. 05-3994). Rockville, MD: Author.


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