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Counselors earn certification
Addiction Technology Leadership
23 November 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Two United Tribes counselors have earned certificates in Leadership Studies in the field of addiction treatment. Julie M. Cain (Blackfeet) and T.J. McLaughlin (Lakota) graduated October 15 from an institute in Strategic Leadership Development offered by the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

      Cain and McLaughlin are counselors in the Chemical Health Program of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center at United Tribes.


T. J. McLaughlin has nine years of experience as a chemical health counselor and Julie Cain has 16 years.

      The program involved training and enhancing leadership skills in the addiction technology field. Both developed and demonstrated competences over the course of three training sessions that began in March 2010 at the organization’s center in Coralville, IA.

      Each worked with a mentor and completed a major project at their place of employment. Cain’s mentor was Kermit Dahlen, executive director of Jackson Recovery Center, Sioux City, IA. Her project was to analyze strengths and weakness at the UTTC Wellness Center and to present the results for assessment and planning purposes.

      McLaughlin’s mentor was Rick Swanson, executive director of Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services, Burlington, IA. His project explored cultural approaches for working with the adult children of alcoholics. Both projects were of direct benefit to services provided by the college’s Wellness Center.

      The two were nominated to the institute by Dr. Harriet Skye, United Tribes Vice President of Intertribal Programs.

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