IAAOCInternational Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (formerly Public Offender Counselor Association)
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All but one of the research team members were involved in IAAOC and/ or received specialized addiction counseling training.
IAAOC selected every 3rd member from its member roster consisting of approximately 1,500 members.
Throughout its history, IAAOC has dedicated itself primarily to advancing research in the professional counseling specialization.
For instance, the IAAOC (2004) bylaws allow for the development of state chapters of IAAOC similar to ACA's state branches.
Because spirituality is relevant to all counseling areas, I encourage IAAOC members to submit manuscripts on spirituality in the addictions to the ASERVIC journal, Counseling and Values.
Even with these anticipated challenges, the Committee on Process Addictions, as well as the leadership of IAAOC, believes that the increased attention to these disorders, provided in the form of proper clinical training, improved prevention efforts, and standardized treatment protocols, will pave the way for healthier clients, families, and communities.
Whereas I will leave the leadership of JAOC in the capable hands of the next editor, who will be selected by the IAAOC Executive Committee (the application process is explained in IAAOC News and online at www.
Please tell everyone you know who would be in support of including specialty standards for addiction counseling in the CACREP Standards, whether or not they are members of IAAOC or even if they are not professional counselors (but they should be students or practitioners in the helping professions).
In fact, the IAAOC leadership recently determined that these topics were so important that they formed standing committees to cover each area in 2004.
If IAAOC members want to use them and share data with us, they can contact me personally.
I extend my deep gratitude to all the bright and talented authors, splendid reviewers, forward-looking IAAOC officers, and you, the readers, who made this journal possible.
Although we would like to see a more equal representation of authors from higher education and practitioners or clinicians, it was encouraging to note that the majority of articles were related to clinical issues that are likely to be of interest and applicable for the majority of IAAOC members who work in practitioner-oriented environments.