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ERIC Number: EJ1157155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-1482
Exploring Professional Identity Development in Alcohol and Drug Counselors in the 21st Century
Simmons, Lori; Haas, Deborah; Massella, John; Young, Jared; Toth, Paul
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v61 n2 p40-61 Aug 2017
Professional identity development is an emerging area for alcohol and drug counselors. Few studies have investigated professional identity in alcohol and drug counselors (Ogborne, Braun, & Schmidt, 2001; Massella, Simons, Young, Haas, & Toth 2013). The goal of the current study is to add to this area of research. A total of 1,333 certified addiction professionals were recruited to take part in an online survey about professional and recovery identity and professional development. The survey response rate was 20.7%. Most participants were White females with a graduate degree. Less than half of the participants identified themselves as in recovery from substance abuse. Alcohol and drug professionals with a recovering identity work with different populations, use different modalities and subscribe to different theoretical orientations compared to those professionals without a recovering identity. The need to recognize and promote alcohol and drug professionals' identity is paramount for securing addiction counseling as a distinct discipline or counseling specialty in the behavioral health field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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