He is an advanced master level licensed addiction counselor, co-occurring disorder professional and certified clinical supervisor who has been serving the addiction, counseling, counselor training, treatment program direction, development and administration field since 1984. He has worked closely with the Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (LA-ADRA) office and board of directors in the interest of public safety and professional accountability. He currently serves the field in the position of Chairman of the addiction counseling Certification Examination Board (CEB) in Louisiana and works closely with the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers (LASACT) to provide LASACT sponsored certification, examination and practice competency verification coupled with professional addiction counseling education, competency and developmental trainings. He has also worked as an LA-ADRA Approved Education Provider (AEP) providing continuing and ongoing evidence based treatment innovation education to behavioral health professionals and supervision training for candidates of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) International Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) credential. Ralph continues to serve the interest of public safety by working closely, and as a “gatekeeper”, with safety sensitive job holders and employers who are regulated by the United States Coast Guard and the other federal administrations which make up the United States Department of Transportation.
Brett Matherne is a Licensed Addictions Counselor. He graduated from Nichols State University in 1997, the same year he started working in the addictions field. His work experience as a treatment provider is vast. He has worked in Adolescent Extended Care program, Counselor and Program director for Adult Drug Court Treatment Program, Administrator for adult male extended care facility, counselor and program director in juvenile and adult jail based rentry/treatment programs, DWI Education Coordinator, and private practice. My philosophy to treatment is that Chemical Dependency is a disease that can be arrested with the support of a structured, supportive and client centered/motivational approach that is cost and time affective.
Brett has been married for 15 years and has one son 12years old. He enjoys spending time with his son hunting and fishing, but most of all watching him play baseball.
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