Professional Associations and Information Resources

Waubonsee faculty have identified Web resources and/or other information that may be useful to students studying this discipline.

Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association
IAODAPCA, is the credentialing board for AODA Counselors in the state of Illinois. The Addictions Counseling Certificate of Achievement program at Waubonsee Community College is accredited by this organization.

Illinois Alcohol and Drug Dependence Association
Organized in 1967, IADDA was the group that originally sponsored the creation of alcoholism counselors in Illinois. IADDA members include prevention and treatment programs, as well as interested individuals. IADDA advocates at the governmental level (state and national) representing the addiction community. IADDA is also the sponsoring agency for the Operation Snowball and the Illinois Teenage Institute.

Web of Addictions
This Web site contains lots of information about addictions, and many links to other excellent sites.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, supports over 85 % of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. This site is part of their mission to effectively transfer scientific data to policy makers and drug abuse practitioners.

National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
NIAAA is a part of the Department of Health and Human services. NIAAA supports and conducts biomedical and behavioral research on the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and alcohol related problems. This site has a wealth of information on alcohol abuse and alcoholism for the general public as well as professionals.

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
NAADAC is a national organization representing addiction counselors. Membership in this organization helps support addiction counselors issues at the federal level. NAADAC members receive the magazine "The Counselor" and can participate in a group malpractice insurance program.

National Organization for Human Service Education
NOHSE (National Organization for Human Service Education) is attempting to bring together Human Service educators, students, and practitioners.

Knowledge Exchange Network
KEN is part of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Federal Government. This site has a wealth of information, publications and a catalog with mental health information. (information available in Espanol)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Excellent site to start a search for alcohol/drug/mental health information.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses. This site has infomration on severe mental illness written by and for consumers of mental health services.

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