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

Mental Health Counselor (Limited Term), University of Washington Student Counseling Center • 05/2017 to 01/2018

  • Provided mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders counseling to a culturally diverse caseload of traditional and non-traditional university students
  • Delivered supervision and consultation to practicum and internship students in counseling psychology, social work, and similar advanced programs
  • Planned and led ongoing in-house trainings on topics such as substance use in young adults, treating trauma, building therapeutic alliances, and ethical considerations

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

Counselor Camp, sponsored by WAADAC • 09/2006 to Present

  • Member, Planning Committee (2015 to Present)
  • Presented more than 25 workshops and pre-conference trainings

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