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DAVID FLACK, MA, LMHC, SUDP
Counseling for Teens & Emerging Adults
Training for Therapists & Other Helpers

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, City University of Seattle.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology, The Evergreen State College.
  • Certificate in Chemical Dependency, Seattle Central Community College.

LICENSES & CREDENTIALS

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

CERTIFICATIONS & ADVANCED TRAININGS

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care and Counseling, University at Buffalo. Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals.
  • Certificate in LGBT-Affirmative Psychotherapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Certified Leader and Counselor, The Seven Challenges Program.
  • Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Foundational Training, The Linehan Foundation.
  • Certified Administrator of the Global Appraisal of Individualized Needs (GAIN), Chestnut Health System.

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PURSUITS

Psychotherapist and Trainer, Private Practice • 01/2017 to Present

  • Provide assessments and ongoing counseling for mental health concerns and co-occurring disorders to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents, emerging adults, and their families.
  • Clinical specialties include depression in adolescent males, trauma therapy with teens and young adults, co-occurring disorders among teens, and LGBTQ+ related topics.
  • Deliver trainings, consultations, and other professional development through community mental health agencies, county sponsored events, and other venues.

Presenter, Cascadia Training • 10/2014 to Present

  • Deliver well-received, highly interactive professional development and continuing education trainings for mental health therapists, averaging two or three daylong trainings per quarter.
  • Topics include ethical and legal considerations when counseling teens, practical strategies for working with teen clients, depression in adolescent males, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and clinical strategies for working with LGBTQ+ teens.

PAST EMPLOYMENT

Lead Co-occurring Disorders Therapist, Various Agencies • 03/2013 to 04/2017

  • Provided clinical supervision to licensed and associate-level mental health therapists working with youth, young adults, and families.
  • Delivered supervision and consultation to certified Chemical Dependency Professionals, Chemical Dependency Professional Trainees, and other clinical staff regarding substance use and co-occurring disorders.
  • Provided counseling for mental health concerns, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse to a culturally diverse caseload of youth, young adults, and families.
  • Planned and led up to four weekly group therapy sessions, focused on facilitating change, relapse prevention, and dialectical behavior therapy.
  • Coordinated and led adventure therapy outings, including hikes, snowshoeing, and canoeing.
  • 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 • 09/2002 to 03/2013

  • Provided counseling for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to a culturally diverse caseload of adolescents and their families.
  • Planned and led up to four weekly group sessions, focused on facilitating change, relapse prevention, and skills building.
  • Coordinated and led adventure therapy outings, including hikes, snowshoeing, and canoeing.
  • 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. Counseling Today, May 2020.
  • Beyond the Stuckness:  Teens, Trauma, and Substance Use Disorders. American Mental Health Counselors Association’s Advocate Magazine, Summer 2019.
  • Getting Unstuck: Fostering Change with Teens That Have Co-occurring Disorders. Counseling Today, April 2016.

RELEVANT COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Counselor Camp • 09/2005 to Present

  • Planning Committee (2017 to Present).
  • Presented over 30 workshops, pre-conference trainings, and keynotes at this annual regional conference.

American Counseling Association • 05/2014 to Present

  • Professional member.
  • Reviewed workshop proposals for multiple conferences.
  • Presented workshops at multiple national and international conferences.

American Mental Health Counselors Association • 01/18 to Present

  • Professional member.
  • Reviewed workshop proposals for multiple conferences.
  • Presented workshops at multiple national conferences.

Association for Experiential Education • 04/2008 to 11/2015

  • Regional Representative, Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group (2008 to 2013).
  • Reviewed workshop proposals for several international conferences.
  • Presented over 25 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.