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TAAP State BOD President
 

 
Suzanne Lofton  

A Message from the President

I am honored to be serving as the President of this wonderful organization, the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.  One of the reasons that our association is successful is because of the members and all that they do to serve the Association and the Profession. 

I want to thank the members who serve on the TAAP and TCBAP boards as well as those who serve on the boards for the Chapters.  These members make a commitment to serve, taking time out of their own busy schedules to help this association to be successful on the Chapter and state level.

Our Forty- second Annual State TAAP Conference on Addiction Studies preparation has already begun and we are hoping this will be our most successful conference yet.  We will be “Setting Sail” on August 11-13, at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas.  We have increased the room block so that will enable more of our attendees to be able stay at the Hyatt Regency.  

This symposium is one of the largest educational gatherings on addiction studies in the United States, with approximately 600 registrants from across the nation.  It is a professional conference for Social Workers, Certified Employee Assistance Professionals, Probation and Parole Officers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Educators and especially Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals.

Many TAAP chapters, including, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin also hold successful conferences and symposium throughout the year.  The Waco and the San Antonio Chapters are planning on having a one day Symposium in 2016.

Our goal for 2016 is to increase TAAP memberships by having quarterly meetings with our State Membership Chair and the Chapter Membership Chairs. By increasing membership, we are hoping to increase interest by members to serve on the TAAP Boards.

Texas Legislature meets every two year.  TAAP is always there to advocate on behalf of the needs of our profession.  Since 2016 is not a year that the Legislature is in session, the TAAP Legislative Chair is working with the Chapters to advocate in their areas and organize members from each chapter to attend the 2017 Legislative Conference in Austin.  We will do this by having quarterly phone meetings with the Chapter Legislative Chairs. Texas has always had good representation at the Advocacy In Action Days in Washington DC every year and we hope to continue this and possibly increase by having representation from all the Chapters there.

I invite every Licensed Professional Counselor  Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and every Recovery Support Specialist to join TAAP and to get involved.  On the Chapter level as well as the State level, there are so many volunteer opportunities and there are a lot of membership benefits through NAADAC, with free CEU’s and webinars.

I want to thank the members of TAAP for your continued support of the organization and look forward to what 2016 brings.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Lofton. LCDC, ADC, SAP

TAAP State President


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