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Narconon Staff Earns Certification

Ponca City News
December 22, 1996

CHILOCCO - Three of Narconon Chilocco's senior executives have been certified as chemical dependency counselors by the National Board of Addiction Examiners.

The announcement came in the wake of Narconon Chilocco's third consecutive accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The trio received the certification based on their years of training and experience working in the substance abuse field.

Receiving the certification were Gary Smith, executive director; Kathy Gosselin, senior case supervisor, and Michael Gosselin, senior director of administration.

The certification was awarded after a NBAE review board of chemical dependency experts reviewed documentation and supporting evidence of training, experience and skills each counselor has displayed in the practice of alcohol and drug addiction counseling.

Smith, who has been actively involved in the chemical dependency field for more than 20 years, said, "Rebuilding a person's life that has been destroyed by drug and/or alcohol addiction is a difficult task. We are continually working to improve the quality of service Narconon offers to those in need, with the goal of increasing the rate of success our clients have in recovery. Having three certified chemical dependency counselors in senior management positions now further improves Narconon's ability to save more people's lives from chemical dependency."

The NBAE certification says, "This is to certify that (name of counselor) is awarded the Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC) for having met all the eligibility standards pursuant to the Federal Rules of Evidence Section 702, including experience, knowledge, skills, training and education for the practice of alcohol and drug abuse counseling established by the AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) Board."

Kathy Gosselin said, "When you actually help someone to be and remain drug and alcohol free and work through the magnitude of problems a chemically-dependent person is faced with, it is the most rewarding experience a person can have. Being a certified counselor will help me to help more people out of the trap of addiction."

All three executive staffers were trained extensively in Narconon's successful recovery method developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. They have more than 40 years of combined treatment experience.

Mike Gosselin said, "I am pleased to be awarded this counselor certification. However, with the escalation of the drug problem in America today, it would be even more rewarding to know that there are thousands of newly-certified counselors out there joining in the war against drug abuse every day. It is as big problem that will take a growing number of concerned citizens, helping the addicted and educating our young if we are going to really impact this problem."

Smith said, "For more information on learning how to talk to kids about drugs, call the Narconon Chilocco drug information hotline at 1-800-468-6933."