Speaker Biography

Dr Lidia Martinez

Nova Southeastern University

Title: The narrowing of the gap between addictions and mental health training.

Dr Lidia Martinez

Dr. Lidia Martinez earned her Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Her credentials include Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, Master Level Addiction Professional (MCAP), and Alcohol and Drug counselor with the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is also faculty at The Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University. For more than 20 years, she worked to bring a holistic approach to treatment, combining a broad array of evidence-based therapeutic strategies in collaboration with the medical components for wellness. She enjoys seeing her patients flourish and maintain their goals as they incorporate new insights and strategies learned on their therapeutic journey that help to grow their resilience. She offers innovative services through text, phone, video, or online chat sessions as part of her telemedicine platform.



Statement of the problem: There is a significant gap in between training the professional in the addictions field and Mental Health Field. International and national credentialing bodies are bridging that gap by acknowledging and recognizing the apprenticeship model through higher education credentials. While evidenced based theoretical models are standard training mode, both  personal experience and empirical based higher education both can have a place in training the Addiction Professional and the mental health professional. Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: Systematic examples will be presented on both the Apprenticeship model and how higher education is promoting effective training of Addiction Professional. Conclusion and Significance: As the professional training gap between both Addiction and Mental Health fields narrow, there will be much potential and promise that will await in the future. Key words: Addiction, counselor training, mental health competency.