Friday, October 19, 2018
NAADAC Welcomes Diane Sevening as NAADAC President
Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC, MAC, has officially assumed her role as the new President of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, a national organization that represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Sevening’s two-year term as NAADAC President began in October 2018.
Sevening has over 35 years of teaching experience and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota (USD) School of Health Sciences Addiction Counseling and Prevention Department (ACP) and a faculty advisor to the USD chapter of the Coalition of Addiction Students and Professionals Pursuing Advocacy (CASPPA).
Sevening’s clinical experience includes seven years as the Prevention and Treatment Coordinator Student Health Services at USD, one year as a Family Therapist at St. Luke’s Addiction Center in Sioux City, IA, and two years as clinical supervisor for the USD Counseling Center. She holds a Doctor of Education degree, is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and hold a Master Addiction Counselor credential.
"NAADAC has provided many opportunities for me and it is very humbling and such an honor to be voted in as President,” said Sevening. “These are crucial times for the addiction profession with workforce shortage, credential portability, and legislative issues. It is my plan to work very hard in letting the addiction professionals voice be heard and respected."
Sevening is a long-time NAADAC member, and previously served as the Regional Vice President for NAADAC North Central Region, the Chair of the Student Committee for NAADAC, and an evaluator for the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC). She is currently a member of the NASAC board of commissioners. Sevening is also a member of the South Dakota Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals (BAPP) and Treasurer of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE).
NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy was pleased to welcome Sevening to her new role, saying, “Dr. Diane Sevening brings to her new position as NAADAC President the knowledge of addiction and mental health disorders, the competencies and methods of a well- trained and experienced counselor, and the compassion to ensure that those with substance use disorders and their families are treated with a non-judgmental attitude.”
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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused healthcare professionals in the United States, Canada, and abroad. NAADAC's members are addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support, and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members, and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.