Author Archives: Phyllis A. Gardner, PhD

Commentary: Simple Change Will Reduce Sea of Credentialing Confusion in California

California lags behind the rest of the country by having a variety of certifications for substance use disorder treatment. Confusion like this is detrimental to the health and safety of the public, as well as to the clinicians themselves. All who support the integrity of our field must call for change, explains Phyllis Gardner, PhD, President of IC&RC. …

Commentary: Learning As We Go: Critical Assessment of Addiction Research and Practice

A recent article drew attention to the fact that some substance abuse counselors believe moderate drinking is an option for individuals with substance use disorders. Phyllis Abel Gardner, PhD, President of IC&RC reacts to this news. …

Commentary: A Place at the Table: Master’s Degree Not Necessary

Advances in the addiction and treatment field have heightened concerns that the practice of treating addiction will be limited by education level, particularly to master’s degrees. In a movement to further legitimize our profession, we risk leaving many dedicated professionals behind, says Phillis A. Gardner, PhD of IC&RC. …