In 1999 the US Department of Health and Human Services issued evidence for the need of creativity and need for offering mental health services in ‘Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General—Executive Summary’. The report said that ‘there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment; rather, people can choose the type of treatment that best suits them from the diverse forms of treatment that exist.’ A problem that was identified in this report is ‘the reluctance of Americans to seek and obtain care for mental illness is all too understandable, given the many barriers that stand in their way……our society must resolve to dismantle barriers to seeking help that are sizable and significant, but not insurmountable……these calls of action constitute necessary first steps toward overcoming the gaps in what is known and removing the barriers that keep people from seeking and obtaining mental health treatment…..Individuals should be encouraged to seek help from any source in which they have confidence.’ Since the 1980’s E-therapy has become a viable alternative source of help when traditional psychotherapy is not accessible. It is effective and private, and it is conducted by skilled, qualified, ethical professionals. And, for some people, it is the only way they can get help from a professional therapist. E-therapy is directly addressing the major delivery of services uncovered by the Surgeon General’s Report sited above. Online Wellness Association’s single mission ‘is to provide a safe platform for practitioners to build successful practices online, and for prospective clients to feel safe when choosing a practitioner.’ OWA’s Seal of Approval is an indicator of authenticity and validity between practitioner and client. Are you ready to enter the 21st Century mental health community by having an OWA Seal of Approval on your website to immediately prove you are a skilled, qualified, ethical professional to potential clients? Visit our membership requirements at www.onlinewellnessassociation.com.
On the advice of someone that has been in the field of addiction counseling for over twenty years, I recently joined NAADAC. NAADAC, is the Association for Addiction Professionals. It is comprised of members who, as responsible healthcare professionals, believe in the dignity and worth of human beings. In the practice of their profession they assert that the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice must guide their personal conduct. As professionals dedicated to the treatment of alcohol and drug dependent clients and their families, they believe that they can effectively treat its individual and familial manifestations. NAADAC members dedicate themselves to promote the best interests of their society, of their clients, of their profession, and of their colleagues.” Each member of NAADAC is held to a code of ethics that include nine principles: (1) Non Discrimination; (2) Client Welfare; (3) Client Relationship; (4) Trustworthiness; (5) Compliance with Law; (6) Rights and Duties; (7) Dual Relationships; (9) Preventing Harm; and (9) Duty of Care. You can access the full definition of this Ethical Code by visiting www.naadac.org. There are many benefits for me as an individual practitioner including having a voice at the National level to ensure that people with substance misuse problems and addictive disorders have access to care will receive the highest quality care. Also, NAADAC resources offer a professional edge via conferences, workshops, and certifications. I invite all my colleagues who may not be a member of NAADAC to check out the www.naadac.org website to see how you can benefit by becoming a member. I joined, and I am already reaping benefits just through the esteem of belonging.