Looking back on how I got interested in this field, I have to give an enormous amount of credit to my mentor and supervisor, Ms. Donna Johnson. I had never seriously considered that I would ever be interested in specializing in this field, but when I met Ms. Donna and heard her speak about addiction treatment, her passion was contagious. One of the most important things I learned from Ms. Donna is how addiction treatment, though it has many overlaps with mental health, is really its own thing and requires a very distinct skill set and knowledge base from mental health treatment. Ms. Donna is also an incredible model of the subtle and profound power of motivational interviewing as well as the patience, insight, and humor required to be a trustworthy guide to someone in recovery. Her company, Addiction Solutions, is a global center for addiction, criminality, integrated care, and corporate training and consulting. She provides supervision and education worldwide, so if you are interested in getting your credential as an addictions counselor, she is highly recommended! Please visit www.addictionsolutions.org for more information.
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