Joshua Crick, a Masters in Social Work student, has won the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors award
Crick is enrolled in the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) program at Rutgers, and is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug CounselorNAADAC is an organization aimed at creating healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support
“The ACT Certificate Program prepares students and graduates to serve disenfranchised clients in a variety of settings. Joshua represents the well-rounded, focused student that the ACT Certificate Program welcomes,” said La'Tesha Sampson, Associate Director of the ACT Program and Instructor of Teaching
The fellowship, which pays up to $20,000 for a full school year, requires online meetings with a mentor, six web-based trainings for cultural competence and a commitment to working with minority groups and transition-age youth for six months after graduation.
Crick, however, is already ahead of his game
“I am very passionate about the work I do in addiction,” he said. “I work at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility as a substance abuse counselor, so it’s something that I already do and enjoy.”
Crick credited the School of Social Work for his win, and the professors who wrote him letters of recommendation
“NAADAC and the MSW program are helping me become a better clinician,” Crick said. “In addition, the training and mentorship I will receive from NAADAC will help me to better serve minority and transition age populations in their battle against substance use.”