The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) had an enjoyable and successful Fall Training Conference and Retreatat the Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge in Buford, Georgia from October 15-18, 2017. Entitled Deepen Your Clinical Practice, this year's retreat featured keynote speaker Susan Blank, MD, who provided attenees with a deeper understanding of medical marijuana, and speaker Marc Pimsler, who discussed the problem of shame in relation to substance use disorders. GACA President, Ewell Hardman, discussed the latest legislation affecting our profession.
At the conference, the GACA Board of Directors met and officially adopted the NAADAC Code of Ethics as the GACA Code of Ethics. Jim Seckman, MAC, CACII, CCS presented an overview and training on the changes to the NAADAC code of ethics to provide us with a deeper understanding of the standards we are held to as counselors. The new code of ethics is available here