President's Bio

          Rena Smith, LCSW-BACS, LAC, CCS, CCGC is a native New Orleanian and has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for 20 years. She holds a BS in Substance Abuse Counseling from the first Substance Abuse degree program in the United States at Southern University at New Orleans. She also holds an MSW from SUNO. Ms Smith has worked with many various populations throughout her career and likes to say that she has been granted the opportunity to become experienced in all facets of the treatment process from the initial emergency call in the middle of the night, to marketing, to aftercare and alumni association formations and everything in between. Her career has also taken Ms Smith into training other counselors as she returned to SUNO as an Asst Professor where she re-wrote the curriculum for the Bachelors Degree program to bring it in line with the changes in the Louisiana law pertaining to credentialing. She also worked closely with the Criminal Justice program there to bring treatment information and education to those in both counseling and criminal justice curriculums. Ms. Smith has held office in several local and state professional counseling groups. She has most recently worked as a counselor at The Orleans Parish Criminal District Drug Court Treatment Program. She is also the president and founder of Addiction Professionals Training Institute.

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