Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dr. Kirk Bowden Takes Home The Arizona Counseling Association's 2020 Advocacy Award

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Dr. Kirk Bowden

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kirk Bowden, Rio Salado College’s Faculty Chair of Addictions and Substance Use Disorders, after being named the winner of the Arizona Counseling Association's 2020 Advocacy Award. This award is given in recognition of the leadership and advocacy efforts that affected state policy priorities within the behavioral health profession in Arizona.

Dr. Bowden’s recognition didn’t stop there. He was also recently elected president-elect of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC). IAAOC is the division of the American Counseling Association (ACA) which represents professional addictions counselors, offender counselors and counselor educators. He will serve one year as president-elect, one year as president and one year as immediate-past president.

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Rio Salado College is the only community college in Maricopa County designed to offer classes that meet academic requirements for licensing through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and serves as one of the largest addiction studies programs in higher education. The college offers online classes, certificates, an Associate Degree in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders and continuing education coursework, which are accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators and the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission.

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