Our Staff

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Van Ness Recovery House aims to uphold the highest professional standards of practice.  All services are reported to Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), a division of LA County Department of Public Health Services. Van Ness Recovery House integrates professional addiction recovery staff and licensed mental health clinicians.  All addiction recovery staff (RADTs, CADC I, and CADC II) are credentialed by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is the regulatory body for LMFTs and LCSWs. The American Board of Clinical Psychologists sets standards for PhDs.  All staff understand the standards set forth by the Association of Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), are trauma-informed, and specialize in LGBTQI culture and healthcare.  The following list provides brief descriptions:

Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician (RADT) must complete a 9-hour ethics course, sign a code of conduct and scope of practice. The RADT co-facilitates groups, daily interactions with individual residents.

Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor I must complete 315 hours of AOD training, 255 hours of field practicum, and complete 3,000 hours of work experience. A CADC is responsible for providing addiction counseling, education, and support to individuals, families, groups, and the community by promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy choices.

Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor II must complete 315 hours of AOD specific education; 255 hours of field practicum and 6,000 hours of work experience, or if one has a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science or allied mental health profession, then 4,000 hours work experience is required. CADC II diagnose and assess addiction related problems and treat clients in a variety of ways. Because every resident is an individual and is struggling in different ways, counselors customize treatment plans. They may meet regularly with residents to teach them how to alter attitudes and false beliefs and develop strategies to change behaviors and triggers to relapse.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, or BBS. Licensure as an LMFT requires a graduate degree in psychology, a period of 3,000 hours supervised practice, and a two-stage examination process. LMFT are mental health professionals, and treat clients with a range of problems, including substance related and addictive disorders.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker also licensed by the BBS, and LCSW requires a graduate degree (MSW), 3,000 of supervised practice, and state exam.  Clinical social work is a specialty practice area of social work which focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, substance related and addictive disorders, and other behavioral problems, including dual diagnoses.

Licensed Psychologist A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional with specialized training in the diagnosis and psychological treatment of mental, behavioral and emotional illnesses. Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medication but are trained to do psychological testing, know the criteria for the ASAM, and work closely with psychiatrists and primary care providers regarding medication and treatment planning.