Mita M. Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP, CTHP II, 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. Mita’s two-year term as NAADAC President began on October 18, 2020.
Mita has been practicing in the world of mental health, marriage and family, and addictions counseling for the past 30 years. She earned her Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision and is a core faculty member in the School of Counseling program at Walden University. In addition, she has a thriving private practice where she provides clinical supervision, counseling services to our military, and addiction-specific training and education.
She has been providing telebehavioral health services to individuals and groups for several years and is a board certified telehealth practitioner. She is involved in regulatory and credentialing activities in Colorado and regional workforce recruitment and retention activities. Her areas of specialization include pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, ethics, culturally-responsive care, and clinical supervision. She has also been an active member of NAADAC for the last 15 years, serving as NAADAC President-Elect for the past two years and as co-chair of the NAADAC Ethics Committee.
Traditionally, the new NAADAC President is introduced at the NAADAC Annual Conference. Since this year's Annual Conference took place virtually, Mita was introduced during the livestreamed Closing Ceremony. During this ceremony, Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC, MAC, our new Immediate Past President, helped NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, welcome our new President into her new role.
When passing on the Presidency, Diane said, “I cannot think of anyone more qualified and prepared to serve as your next NAADAC President, and imminently qualified to help lead the association into the future.”
During her speech during the Closing Ceremony, Mita expressed her thanks to NAADAC leadership and excitement for this new role. "Recognizing the opportunities and challenges that come with my acceptance to serve us all, I truly believe that this journey I am about to embark on will not be meaningful and impactful if it is done alone. I am grateful to have the help and support of our Past President Diane Sevening, President-Elect Angela Maxwell, Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, and her amazing directors and staff at NAADAC, and a dedicated Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and Committee Chairs,” said Mita.
“I want members and non-members alike to know that I believe in NAADAC. I believe NAADAC is different than other professional organizations, and I can say that belonging to a few of them. That difference is what drew me towards NAADAC as a professional organization over a decade ago,” said Mita. “Together, I believe we can do great things because I have such faith in team NAADAC and all of you. Please join me by supporting me, challenging me, and empowering me. Share with me your thoughts on our direction. Be our compass. NAADAC is a standard-bearer and a beacon of light in our profession, and we so desperately need and want that. There is no other professional organization that I would want to work with in this capacity.”
“I want to be a president who is accessible and available wherever you need me to be," Mita has written, looking ahead to her term. "I am here to serve every NAADAC member, staff member, board member, RVP, affiliate, and allied non-member. My ear is always available; engage me in conversation, tell me what you need and put me to work – let’s address your concerns."
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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.