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Workforce Development Resources

ATTC Network survey links

NeATTC: Results of the New Jersey Workforce Survey - October, 2004

Southern Coast ATTC Workforce Survey Results

Pacific Northwest ATTC Workforce Survey Results
Advancing the current state of addiction treatment : A regional needs assessment of substance abuse treatment professionals in the pacific northwest and Hawaii 2002 Highlights.

Other Addictions Related Survey Data and Links

Johnson Institute National Forum
America’s increasing need for addiction care professionals contrasts sharply with low wages, short tenure and shrinking supply of seasoned counselors and other chemical dependency professionals. Those are among the key messages delivered by presenters at the October 2002 Session of the National Forum, the nation’s major conference of organizations dedicated to conquering alcohol and other drug dependency.

NAADAC Survey Illuminates Future of Addiction Treatment Workforce
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, has surveyed its members who have been in the addiction treatment workforce for three or fewer years. The results shed light on who is entering the workforce and why they are choosing the profession.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) released the latest issue of its semi-annual newsletter on emerging topics in alcohol-related services research. This issue of Frontlines focuses on the dramatic shifts in education and practice requirements for alcohol and drug abuse counselors.

Engaging the Health Care Workforce
The restructuring of the health care industry and ongoing efforts to improve quality are changing how the work of health care is organized. Many health care workers are taking on new roles and responsibilities. Some are excited by these changes and the new opportunities they create. Others are unsure about whether their training has adequately prepared them for the dramatic changes that are taking place. While understanding the need for change, many of these workers are asking for more of a voice in the process of change.

IPDA White Paper - Solutions to the New York State Addictions Workforce Crisis: IPDA's Response
Effective treatment and prevention require continuous access to a well-trained staff that is equipped to resolve the multidimensional problems leading to and caused by addiction. This Workforce White Paper has been prepared to inform and advise policy makers, educators, representatives of government, and foundations about the workforce crisis, which severely challenges the field of addictions prevention and treatment. 

Recruitment and Retention

Resources Links

Many US Employees Would Prefer Health Insurance Benefits Over Higher Pay
71% of respondents would select a job with a lower salary and health insurance benefits and that 24% would select a job with a higher salary and no health coverage.

Healthy Workplaces
A consulting firm that also offers some good resources and articles on workplace issues.

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction
Workforce development is rapidly gaining momentum in the alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field at both a national and international level. While there is growing interest in the concept, many are still uncertain about exactly what it means.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Job Training and Workforce Development
Pittsburgh Region - Pennsylvania - United States – International

Career Development Program Network
The goal of the CDPNetwork is to make nonprofit organizations a FORCE in the region’s workforce market. The Network is a vehicle for organizations to join forces to address key issues in developing the region’s human resources. Check out the following articles for insights into role the CDPNetwork can play in improving the competitive advantage of southwestern Pennsylvania in the global economy.

Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp.

The Philadelphia Workforce Development Corp. (PWDC) is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors and managed by a professional staff. Formerly known as the Private Industry Council of Philadelphia, its name was changed to reflect the changes brought about as a result of the enactment of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), convened in September 1999, is charged with creating a coherent and accountable employment and training system for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. As an employer-driven, policy-making board, the TRWIB builds on the success of its predecessors -- the Pittsburgh Private Industry Council and the Allegheny County Commission for Workforce Excellence.

The Workforce Strategy Center
The Workforce Strategy Center is a nonprofit intermediary assisting public and private sector leaders in cities and states across the country to reform their workforce development systems. The Center is particularly focused on working with government to transform traditional education and training programs, which are typically limited in scope, into career pathways combining education and training leading to high wage, high demand jobs.

Tips from other nonprofit/government sector, business sector etc.

National Association of State Workforce Agencies
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies is the national organization of state administrators of unemployment insurance, employment and training services, and labor market information programs in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
The mission of NASWA is to strengthen the National Workforce Development Network through information exchange, liaison and advocacy.

Strive National
Strive National is a network of 21 Strive Affiliates across the United States and in London committed to the development and advancement of responsive workforce development policy through the dissemination of the STRIVE mission and its proven job readiness training.

Research briefs

Why Do They Stay? Research-Based Implications for Practice
Despite existing research on reasons for staff burnout and turnover, what is really known about the personal, environmental, and system factors that compel an individual to stay in child welfare work? This summary distills the results of the University of Nebraska and others to formulate specific, research-based suggestions for improving staff retention.

How to Motivate Your Employees
Although everyone is motivated by different needs, most people will tell you that two of the most important things they look for in a company are mutual respect and personal involvement.


Pennsylvania Certification Board
The Pennsylvania Certification Board is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary state-level credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professional. The Board, comprised of certified professionals throughout the state, implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, case and care managers, criminal justice addictions professionals and auxiliary professionals.

American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders
The Academy succeeded in creating the Certified Addiction Specialist (C.A.S.) credential which reflects the highest and most comprehensive standard in the field today, a standard based on contemporary research findings.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
Offers credentials for Registered Health Information Administrator, Registered Health Information Technician, Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Coding Specialist - Physican based, and a new credential to be Certified in Healthcare Privacy.

APA's Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
Represents the first uniform, national credential for psychologists in this booming field.

OASAS's Counselor Credentialing Page
OASAS is committed to enhancing the quality of care in New York State through the professional development of the alcoholism and substance abuse services workforce. To ensure that counselors who provide direct care in alcoholism and substance abuse programs are competent in their work and skilled in meeting the needs of today’s clients, OASAS issues a professional credential to counselors who meet certain minimum eligibility requirements.

OASAS Prevention Credentialing Page
New York State's first Prevention Credentials for professionals who work in the alcohol and substance abuse prevention field.

Master Addiction Counselor Credential (MAC)
Eligibility Requirements for Master Addiction Counselor Credential

NAADAC Launches Tobacco Treatment Certification Program
The credential is designed for certified or licensed counselors, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other dedicated workers in the health care profession. To be eligible for the program, applicants must provide evidence of 500 hours of education/training in a healing art, evidence of three years of employment in the health care profession, documentation of supervised work experience, and evidence of current certification or licensure in the health care profession.

National Certified Addiction Counselor
Eligibility Requirements for National Certified Addiction Counselor Credential, Levels II

New York Certified Gambling Credential
Clinicians must complete a 60 hour core curriculum training, have hours working with clients with problem gambling and be supervised by a NYS certified gambling supervisor.

Ready to Test
Provides written materials to help you review and/or prepare for your drug and alcohol credentialing exam, sets up onsite review coursework for your facility, develops programs for delivery in your state, city, and region, and coming soon, online testing and evaluation.

Training for CASAC Credits
CASACRENEWAL.COM offers courses approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS Education and Training Provider #0417) for the CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor), CPS (Credentialed Prevention Specialist), and CPP (Credentialed Prevention Professional). They may be used for any or all of the forty hours required every two years. They also are approved for initial CASAC and CPP credentialing. Check back with us often, as new courses are posted every month.

Organizational Development

20 Ways to Communicate with Your Employees

Brown Consulting Ltd.
Provides a full range of consultative and management services to the Behavioral Healthcare community for regulatory compliance, credentialing, grant writing, leadership workshops and seminars, organizational analysis, performance improvement, strategic planning and more.

Department of Energy Knowledge Transfer Center
Free downloadable forms to assess organizational effectiveness

Free Management Library
Complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits

New York Employment Law
Includes information on discrimination, employee management, fair play, health and safety, hiring and more.

Nonprofit Good Practice Guide
Provides key information designed to help manage your nonprofit organization efficiently and effectively.

Seven Challenges: A Workbook and Reader About Communicating More Cooperatively
This workbook proposes seven ways to guide your conversations in directions that are more satisfying for both you and your conversation partners.

Strategic Plan for Interdisciplinary Faculty Development: Arming the Nation's Health Professional Workforce for a New Approach to Substance Use Disorders
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