Join NAADAC and its Washington affiliate, WAADAC, the Voice for Washington State Addiction Professionals, for From Peers to PhD – Opportunities in Developing Workforce, a WAADAC Workforce Summit, taking place on September 30, 2022 from 8:00am - 5:00pm PT at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport in Seattle, WA. Attendees can earn 8 CEs!


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Attendees: Click here to learn about the online process to obtain your CEs after the Summit.

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This event is being hosted in partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority, the Northwest ATTC, the Association of Alcoholism and Addiction Programs in Washington State, and the Washington Consortium of Addiction Studies Educators (WACASE).  

WAADAC and NAADAC are sponsoring a summit to focus on workforce recruitment, development, and retention initiatives that are innovative from the national level to Washington State. Featured presenters will offer programs and perspectives concerning relevant recruitment and retention methods and programs in the current environment. The forum will offer discussion areas that are solution-focused and that will result in policy recommendations. For the employer, counselor, and peer, participants will learn of innovative approaches and initiatives for provider and individual funding, scholarships, and loan forgiveness.

Join us for presentations by WAADAC President David Woldtvedt, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP, Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Deputy Assistant Director Michael Langer, Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Behavioral Health Workforce Development Manager Steve Perry, NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, and more!

Cost: $50 for WAADAC/NAADAC members and nonmembers.

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WAADAC will be hosting an Awards Banquet from 5:30pm to 7:00pm PT following the summit. The cost is $50 per person for members and non-members.

Nominate the WAADAC Counselor of the Year! Please complete the below nomination form for WAADAC Counselor of the Year, which will be announced at the Awards Dinner!

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featured speakers

David Woldtvedt, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP, has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2014. He has been involved with the Washington State affiliate of NAADAC since 2015, and is currently serving as the WAADAC president. Woldtvedt graduated from the University of Washington in June 2021 with a Master's in Social Work. Much of his career has involved working in an adult outpatient facility as a Substance Use Disorder Professional. He has more recently undergone training to become an EMDRIA-approved EMDR therapist and works in a group practice in Everett, Washington providing individual therapy to those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Michael Langer is the Deputy Assistant Director for the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Langer has managed prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services for the state since 1986. He has extensive experience managing federal grants and state resources, and leading statewide behavioral health program initiatives and system reforms. He currently serves on the board of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) and has served on the Executive Boards of its component groups: the National Prevention Network and the National Treatment Network. Langer and his wife Kelli are the proud parents of 4 children and one granddaughter, and they live in Rochester, Washington.

Steve Perry is a Behavioral Health Workforce Development Manager for the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Perry has dedicated the past 18 years to workforce development. Former roles include the WorkSource Systems Manager (One-Stop Operator) for the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council, and Workforce Initiatives Manager for the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Todd Jensen is a Behavioral Health Workforce Coordinator for the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recover. Todd has spent over 15 years in the behavioral health workforce in a variety of roles in Washington state before coming to the Health Care Authority. Past employers include Community Psychiatric Clinic, Therapeutic Health Services, and Community House Mental Health Agency.

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and has worked as an addiction professional for over 40 years. She previously served as the Executive Director of Danya Institute and the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Prior to this she was the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, serving homeless populations and dealing with the co-occurrence of poverty and substance use and co-occurring disorders. In addition, she has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly funded substance use prevention/intervention/treatment centers with services ranging from prenatal care to the serving the elderly for over 20 years.

HOTEL & Discounted rooms

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188 

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the limited number of rooms being held at the discounted rate. Please book your room early as space is limited and will sell out! 

To book, please contact Yvetta Collins at [email protected] or (206) 901-5963. 

Please note: NAADAC has not authorized any outside company to call or email you to solicit conference housing reservations.

Daily on-site parking: $32 (self parking only; valet parking not available)


Washington State Health Care Authority


Northwest ATTC


Association of Alcoholism and Addiction Programs in Washington State


Washington Consortium of Addiction Studies Educators (WACASE)



Any questions about this event may be directed to WAADAC President David Woldtvedt, MSW, LSWAIC, SUDP, at [email protected].