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A Recorded Webinar

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Recorded on March 31, 2017

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Calling all addiction educators & college administrators! This webinar provides a brief description of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), an academic accreditation organization for higher education addiction studies programs. Presenters will discuss the accreditation process, with a primary focus on the benefits of accreditation for the student, the institution, and the addiction profession.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe how NASAC accreditation standards can be used as guidance for creating a program meeting national standards when developing a program.
  • Discuss the value of peer feedback from educators of similar programs in making programmatic improvements that benefit students, faculty, the institution, and the addiction profession.
  • Explain how your program via NASAC accreditation can best demonstrate to key stakeholders (students, legislator, future employers, and others) that your program meets national standards.
  • Define how NASAC accreditation contributes to the possibility of increasing the standardization of the academic requirements for the addiction profession.

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  1. Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz in the NAADAC Education Center and click “purchase.” NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $15 processing fee to access the quiz.
  2. A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.
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This webinar is NOT eligible for ASWB ACE CE hours or NASW CE hours.


Don P. Osborn, PhD, LCAC, MAC, is a Past President of NAADAC (2010–2012), and is a founding member and Past Chair of The National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission. He is Director and Professor of the graduate addiction counseling program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Osborn also serves as the Chair and President of the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.


Kirk Bowden, PhD, MAC, LPC, SAP, is the immediate past president of NAADAC the Association of Addiction Professionals. Dr Bowden also serves as Chair of the Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program at Rio Salado College, consultant and subject matter expert for Ottawa University, a past-president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE), and a steering committee member for SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Partners for Recovery,and the Higher Education Accreditation and Competencies expert panel. Bowden was recognized by the American Counseling Association for the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award in 2013, the ACA Fellow Award in 2014, and by IAAOC as the Outstanding Addiction/ Offender Professional Award in 2015, California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. and most recently the American Psychological Association's Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) Distinguished Career Contribution to Education and Training Award for 2017.

John Korkow, PhD, LAC, SAP, received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of South Dakota in 2008. He completed an MA in Community Agency Counseling, and a BS in Addiction Studies, and has worked as an addiction counselor since 1999. He is treasurer and conference committee planning chair of SDAAPP, member of NAADAC, Past President of INCASE, and Chair of NASAC. He is currently an assistant professor in Addiction Studies at the University of South Dakota.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, addiction educators, and college administrators.

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