Resume

DAVID FLACK
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Substance Use Disorders Professional

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, City University of Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, The Evergreen State College

LICENSES & OTHER CREDENTIALS

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#LH60548722), State of Washington
  • Substance Use Disorders Professional (#CP00006223), State of Washington
  • Approved Clinical Supervisor, State of Washington
  • Child Mental Health Specialist, State of Washington
  • Sexual Minority Mental Health Specialist, State of Washington
  • Mental Health Professional, State of Washington

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling, University at Buffalo
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certified Leader and Counselor, The Seven Challenges Program
  • Certificate, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training
  • Certified Administrator, Global Assessment of Individualized Need

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PURSUITS

Therapist, Trainer & Supervisor, Private Practice • 01/2017 to Present

  • Provide mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders counseling to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents and young adults
  • Deliver trainings and other professional development through community mental health agencies, county sponsored events, and other venues
  • Provide clinical supervision and case consultation to licensed and associate-level mental health therapists providing services to youth, families, and young adults

Trainer, Cascadia Training • 10/2013 to Present

  • Develop and deliver daylong and half-day continuing education trainings to therapists and other professional helpers
  • Topics include counseling resistant teens, building therapeutic alliance with youth, depression in adolescent males, ethical considerations when working with teens, addressing substance use in adolescents, and more

PAST EMPLOYMENT

Co-occurring Disorders Program Manager, Ryther • 07/2016 to 04/2017

  • Provided clinical supervision to licensed and associate-level mental health therapists offering services to youth, families, and young adults
  • Delivered supervision, consultation, and mentoring to certified Chemical Dependency Professionals, Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees, and other clinical staff regarding substance abuse and co-occurring disorders counseling
  • Engaged in program development, including outreach to potential referral sources, curriculum writing, and restructuring of outpatient co-occurring and substance abuse services
  • Provided mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders counseling to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents and families
  • Planned and led weekly group therapy sessions for adolescents with co-occurring disorders, focused on motivational enhancement, relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy

Lead Co-occurring Disorders Therapist, Various Agencies • 05/2013 to 07/2016

  • Provided supervision and mentoring regarding adolescent substance abuse treatment approaches and clients to clinical staff
  • Delivered mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders counseling to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents, young adults, and families
  • Planned and led up to four weekly group therapy sessions for adolescents with co-occurring disorders, focused on motivational enhancement, relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy
  • Coordinated and led adventure therapy outings for youth enrolled in substance abuse and mental health services, including hikes, snowshoeing, canoeing, and urban adventures
  • Conducted drug/alcohol assessments using GAIN and ASAM criteria; conducted mental health assessments and intakes; developed individualized treatment plans; participated in clinical meetings and consultations

Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor, Various Agencies • 10/2002 to 05/2013

  • Provided substance abuse and co-occurring disorders counseling to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents and their families
  • Planned and led up to five weekly group sessions for adolescents with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, focused on motivational enhancement, relapse prevention, and skills building
  • Coordinated and led adventure therapy outings for youth enrolled in substance abuse services, including hikes, snowshoeing, canoeing, and urban adventures
  • Delivered in-house, school-based, and community presentations on topics such as co-occurring disorders, substance abuse awareness, and drug education
  • Conducted drug/alcohol assessments using GAIN and ASAM criteria; developed individualized treatment plans; participated in clinical meetings and consultations

PUBLICATION HISTORY

  • Engaging Avoidant Teens:  An Attachment Based Approach to Building Therapeutic Alliance. May 2020, Counseling Today.
  • Beyond the Stuckness:  Teens, Trauma & Substance Use Disorders.  Summer 2019, American Mental Health Association’s Advocate Magazine.
  • Getting Unstuck:  Fostering Change with Teens that Have Co-occurring Disorders. April 2016, Counseling Today.

RELEVANT COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

American Counseling Association • 05/2014 to Present

  • Reviewed workshop proposals for several annual conferences (2015 to present)
  • Presented workshops and pre-conference Learning Institutes at several national and international conferences

American Mental Health Counselors Association • 06/2017 to 10/2021

  • Reviewed workshop proposals for several annual conferences (2018 to 2020)
  • Presented workshops at several national and international conferences

Association for Experiential Education • 11/2008 to 10/2015

  • Regional Representative, Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (2008 to 2013)
  • Reviewed workshop proposals for several international conferences (2008 to 2014)
  • Presented more than 30 workshops at international and regional conferences
  • Organized and hosted multi-day adventure therapy tracks for three regional conferences

Camp Ten Trees, 06/2004 to 05/2007

  • Participated in year-round and seasonal planning, staff training, and other organizational tasks for this summer camp for LBGTQ teens and children of LGBTQ parents/caregivers
  • Planned and led activities for groups ranging in size from six to 136 campers
  • Supervised cabins of six to eleven campers