Joe Terhaar – Curriculum Vitae – December, 2022

Educator, Trainer                                                     Clinician

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies                   Master of Science in Counseling Psychology

NIH-NIDA Funded Researcher of Family Intervention              Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Nationally Recognized Trainer in Addictions                                Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Nationally Published Author in Addictions/Intervention            Certified Intervention Professional

Court Expert Witness in Addictions /Intervention                        Full Member: Association of Intervention Specialists                                                                                                                  Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Supervisor




Sharing the research and consulting with medication prescribers on the value of SLC6A4 gene relevant to addiction and trauma recovery; provider of ‘Family-Centered Addiction Recovery®’ and ‘Where Families Heal Addiction®’, facilitating with the family as the center of recovery and healing including grief support for families surviving a drug-related death; trained with Robert Rhoton, PsyD in family system trauma techniques;  nationally published article Neurobiology-Informed Addiction Recovery in Advances in Addiction & Recovery (NAADAC, 2014); presenter at the NAADAC National Conference 2014, and the Association of Intervention Specialists National Conference 2013, advancing the integration of neurobiology comprehension into the family intervention equation;  in 2001 awarded a rare dissertation research grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study family addiction intervention; expert witness for courts litigating issues of family treatment practices, addiction diagnosis while contributory expertise in settlement $1.5 million case of family intervention malpractice; facilitator for critical update in Association of Intervention Specialists Code of Ethics in 2015; practicing licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, having been a certified chemical dependency counselor for over 30 years with experience in drug prevention, intervention, and treatment; Full Member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and a Certified Intervention Professional using 15 distinct strategies in helping families; educator and trainer of addiction professionals since 1983 and national NAADAC Education Provider since 2006 to 2021 (addiction counselors); Washington State-approved marriage and family licensure supervisor since 2008; author of research-grounded concepts, skills, and objectives for the articulation of family intervention granted provisional patent in 2005; national internet radio talk show host for Overcoming Addiction: Hope with Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment with Dr. Joe, on the Voice America network (2.5 million listeners) in 2013-14; Graduate Fellowship Award, Eastern Washington University in 1979; Who’s Who Among Students In American Colleges and Universities, 1976-77; author of training curricula for school teachers, social workers, and drug counselors with parts adopted across the U.S. from Seattle to Georgia.



2005: Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

1982: Additional graduate study in Clinical Psychology, Eastern Washington University

1981: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Eastern Washington University

1978: Certificate in Alcohol Studies, Eastern Washington University

1977: Bachelor of Arts in Education, Minor in Psychology, Central Washington University


COUNSELING EXPERIENCE (In Spokane, Washington, unless otherwise noted):

2001 to present: Family Therapist; Intervention Specialists, LLC: providing intervention and

Family-Centered Addiction Recovery®, Where Families Heal Addiction®, counseling for the family together with the loved-one with addiction/mental illness—before, during, and after primary treatment, including facilitating healing for families experiencing grief from loss to a drug death

2016-2017: Consultant to Consistent Care Program, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Emergency Department, coordinating care with family intervention services to reduce repeat drug crisis admissions to the emergency department; D. Neven, MD


2010 – 2015: Owner and administrator of Harmony Grove Counseling, Inc., a state certified

outpatient chemical dependency treatment center.  (Closed January, 2015; in good

standing with State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division

of Behavioral Health and Recovery)

1988 – 1996: Drug, Family, and Intervention Counselor; part-time private practice

1985 – 1988: Drug and Family Counselor, Center for Drug Treatment; specialized in

working with families affected by addiction using a family systems approach and providing interventions; established programs for adult children of addicted families at this state-certified treatment agency.  (No longer in existence.)

1982 – 1985: Clinical Director, Counselor and Alcohol/Drug Information School

Instructor & Coordinator, Community Alcohol Center; developed many of the aftercare groups providing innovative and responsive treatment programs for drug users and their families including groups for children; conducted family interventions; responsible for supervising eight clinical staff; coordinated the largest alcohol/drug information school in Eastern Washington at this state-certified treatment center.

1981:  Alcoholism Counselor, Pioneer Cooperative of Seattle at Geiger Pre-Release Corrections Facility; provided pre-release evaluations, treatment, and referral for incarcerated inmates as part of a statewide correctional addiction network

1979 – 1980: Practicum Counselor, University Counseling Center, Eastern Washington University

1977 – 1981: Psychiatric Technician, Sacred Heart Medical Center Psychiatric Unit; working with all psychiatric diagnoses and a variety of treatment innovations




2011 to present: Expert witness to courts on issues of addiction diagnosis and family

intervention from Spokane to Minneapolis; critical toward settling a case filed for $1.5 million regarding family intervention malpractice



2016 to present: Master Addiction Counselor under the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (No: 509960)

2014 to present: Certified Intervention Professional (Issued by the PCB: no. I-0188

(One of the very few in the Pacific Northwest.)

2006 – 2014: Board Registered Interventionist-I: Association of Intervention Specialists Credentialing Board (no. 26017 through IAODAPCA). (Credentialing board discontinued in 2014 and transferred responsibility to PCB.)

2006 to 2021: National Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider (no: 90662)

2006 to present: Full-member: Association of Intervention Specialists

State of Washington:

2009 to present: Approved supervisor for Washington State Marriage and Family

            Therapist licensure

1989 to present: Certificated from 1988, then licensed under law since 2001:

Marriage and Family Therapist  (no. LF00001053)

                        Mental Health Counselor  (no. LH00005453)

1983 -2014:

Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor III, through the Chemical Dependency Counselor Certification Board, Washington State

(no. CB 20000262, Certification Board discontinued operation in 2014)

1977 – 2005: Standard Teacher Certificate; endorsements in K-12 Special

Education, K-8 Elementary Education, 4-12 Psychology




2003: Nominated for a Chase Youth Commission Award, Spokane

1979: Graduate Fellowship Award, Applied Psychology Department, Eastern Washington University

1976 – 77: Who’s Who Among Students In American Colleges and Universities, Education, Central Washington University



2001: Awarded: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Dissertation Research Grant. Title: The Use and Perceived Efficacy of Family-Initiated Drug Intervention Strategies in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho

1984: Variability Among Assessment Counselors In Identifying Significant Alcohol Problems Within A Single Agency; unpublished

1980: Disparity Between Identifiable Alcohol Problems And Post-Discharge Referral To Treatment Services In Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Care Center; unpublished




2019:   Having written and implemented curriculum for family-centered services for addiction in 2005, granted servicemark/trademark for Family-Centered Addiction Recovery®, supporting the family in developing the skills for being the center of healing and recovery addressing sobriety, complicated grief, and trauma

2018:  Developer and author of Where Families Heal Addiction®

2015-6: Authored the rewrite draft of the remuneration principle for the Association of Intervention Specialists Code of Ethics and ushered it through the consensus and approval process to include specific prohibition of contingency fees for family intervention services

2014:   Neurobiology-Informed Responsive Addiction Treatment: One Therapist’s Experience, in Advances in Addiction & Recovery (NAADAC), Summer, 2014.

2014: The Neurobiology Of Addiction: Why People Use Drugs and How To Help Them Quit, Video Produced by Silvertop Productions, Spokane, WA,

2005:  Doctoral Dissertation: The Use and Perceived Efficacy of Family-Initiated Drug Intervention Strategies in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, Gonzaga University

2005:  Coauthor With Michael Smith, J.D. of Provisional and Final Patent Applications: Systems And Methods For Research-Grounded Concepts And Objectives Articulating A Counselor-Facilitated Process With A Recipient’s Social Network To Present Thoughts And Feelings For Motivating The Person To Seek Alcohol Or Other Drug Treatment.   This application, Serial Number 11/241,448 filed September 29, 2005, claims the benefit of U.S. Application 60/595,811; filed August 8, 2005 under 35 U.S.C. 119(e), provisional patent granted.

2003: Author: Research-Grounded Concepts and Theoretical Support Articulating the Johnson Institute-Style Family Intervention, unpublished

1997: A Parent’s Projections; Very Young Children with Special Needs: A formative Approach

 For The 21st Century. Howard, V. F., Williams, B. F., Port, P.D., Lepper, C. Merrill-

Prentice Hall: New Jersey

1993: Coauthor with Patsy Etter, M.S.: Taking The Next Step: Drug-Free Schools Prevention

 Training For Rural and Remote Schools; these five-credit graduate/undergraduate

courses educated rural and remote school district personnel in establishing and

maintaining prevention programs; funded by Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of


1993 -1994: Freelance reviewer; Alcohol/drug education text manuscripts pre-publication

for Allyn and Bacon: Simon and Schuster Education Group

1993: Co-author with Ben Camp, M.S.: MICA Case Management: A Curriculum  Model;  college curriculum model developed for the Washington Mental Health Division and the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DSHS);  parts of this model were adopted by two states providing programmatic curriculum structure for educating personnel in effective case management of co-occurring mental and chemical use disorders; parts adopted in two additional states

1991: Principal author with Keetjie Ramo, Ph.D.: Working With Addiction; staff-training curriculum developed for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for use statewide; effective in raising field staff competence identifying and intervening with alcohol/drug problems with social service clientele; revised and updated in 1993; used to train nearly 1,000 field staff 1991-92; parts of this curriculum adopted in other states


Spokane Falls Community College

2004 – 2011: Adjunct instructor, Chemical Dependency Program

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington:

2000 – 2002: Adjunct instructor; Alcohol/Drug Studies Program

Teaching strengths in pharmacology, ethics, prevention

1990 – 1996: Director and Faculty Associate of Alcohol/Drug Studies; expanded the program enrollment by 75% on an 18% budget increase; managed campus and off-campus programs in five cities in Eastern Washington; participated in securing one third of a million dollars in grants and contracts while adding novel programs including an academic minor in community prevention in 1993

1984 – 1990: Adjunct and Faculty Field Instructor; Alcohol/ Drug Studies Program




NOTABLE TRAININGS CONDUCTED (In Spokane, Washington, unless otherwise noted):

Addictions and Prevention:

2017:   Supporting Families in Addiction Recovery: Checking Genetics, Grief, and Trauma, 6.5 hours

IEEC Spokane:

2017:   Neurobiology –Informed Treatment and Motivation: Beyond

            PAWS, for Compass Behavioral Health, 6.5 hour training in Everett, Washington

2016 and 2017:  Title 26 Family Law Guardian ad Litem Training: What a Guardian Ad

 Litem Should Know About Chemical Abuse/Dependency and Mental Health

2015:   Adaptation of Family Addiction Intervention Strategies for Emergency Room Counselors, Providence/Sacred Heart Medical Center Emergency Room Staff, November 2, 2015

2014:  Neurobiology –Informed Treatment and Motivation: Beyond PAWS.  NAADAC National Conference, Seattle, September 27, 2014

2014:  Neurobiology –Informed Treatment and Motivation: Beyond PAWS.  Spokane, May 16, 2014 sponsored by Inland Empire Education Consortium.

2013:   Presented at the Association of Intervention Specialists National Fall Conference,

Palm Desert, California, October 31, 2013:

Neurobiology-Informed Addiction Intervention and Treatment (4 hour)

Delineating Abuse From Addiction In The Age Of DSM-5 (1.5 hour)

2013:   Neurobiology-Informed Opioid Addiction Intervention and Treatment: Beyond

 PAWS for the nurses and clinical staff of Spokane Treatment Alternatives,

September 12, 2013)

2010:   Update on Family Intervention and Family-Centered Addiction Treatment to the

Spokane Substance Abuse Advisory Board

2009:  A Research Basis for Delineating Substance Abuse from Addiction for

College Chemical Dependency Instructors.  Presented to Eastern Washington University faculty of the Alcohol/Drug Studies Program; NAADAC approved

2009:  Research Supported Strategies of Family Intervention for Addiction. Presented to Washington State Psychological Association at their winter meeting, approved for continuing education credit for state licensed psychologists

2008: What’s New With Family Intervention: Research Enlightened Approaches for Helping Someone Enter Treatment; May 2 and 9 in Kennewick and Spokane, Washington.  Approved by Washington Mental Health Counselors Assoc. and

Washington Marriage and Family Therapists Assoc. and NAADAC

2005, 2007-08: Trainer for Case Management for Adults and Older Adults with Co-occurring Mental and Substance Disorders; Linking & Quality Improvement, conducted by the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research & Training, Western State Hospital and Spokane

2002:  Theory and Logic in Prevention Program Evaluation; to the Prevention Roundtable, Spokane County Community Services


2000 – 1996: Designer and facilitator of the Ethics Forum in Chemical Dependency

Practice, NAADAC-Approved ethics training

2000: Intervention: A Life-Saving Bridge Between The Neurological Impact of Drug Use/Eating Disorders And Treatment.  Presented to the staff at The Center, Edmonds, Washington

1990:  Skills and Procedures for Intervening with Impaired Employees; for Arby’s

Restaurants supervisors; in association with Mountain View Hospital

1989: Assisting Students Affected by Someone Else’s Drug and Alcohol Use; for the Kootenai County Community Drug Intervention Council, Idaho

1985: Applying Current Research in Identifying Alcoholism at the Community Health Nurses Association State Conference on Alcoholism, Spokane

1985: Mapping the COA Roles of Members in an Addicted Family at the U.S. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence-Regional Conference, Seattle

1984 – 1986: Various trainings on pharmacology and ACoA for Washington State Bureau of Alcohol and Substance Abuse and the Alcohol Professional Staff Society of Washington

1984 – 1987: Various trainings (conducted more than 30) for community groups and schools on drugs/alcohol and psychiatric issues: Spokane School District # 81; Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council; and Big Brothers and Sisters; et al.




2013-2014:  National internet radio talk show host for Overcoming Addiction: Hope with

Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment with Dr. Joe on the Voice America network in 2013-14



Addictions and Prevention:

2002: Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training Certificate; issued by WESTCAPT, University of Nevada-Reno

1992: Certified HIV/AIDS Trainer; Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

1990: Prevention Specialist Certificate; National Training Systems and the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

1983, 1985: Alcohol/Drug Information School Instructor; Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse




2016:   Participated in the AIS Strategic Planning Process for the Association of Intervention

Specialists, revising and updating from the 2011strategic plan


2016: Initiated and facilitated consideration, generation, and ratification of new code of ethics item for family interventionists by the Association of Intervention Specialists

2016: Proposed and contributed to a definition of family intervention generalizable across various strategies and models for the Association of Intervention Specialists

2012: Committee member writing test items for national intervention specialist certification exam, under auspices of the Pennsylvania Certification Board



2005: Addiction Educators Student Exercise Workgroup for Oregon Practice Improvement Collaborative-Oregon Health and Science University, Northwest Frontier Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Oregon Health & Science University

2002 – 2003: Washington State Prevention Specialist Certification Board; founding member

2001: College Academic Minor in Prevention Focus Group: Hosted by WESTCAPT,

University of Nevada-Reno; reviewed content and configuration of a modal academic minor

1994 – 1996: Member of the Washington Prevention Professionals; founding chair

1994: Consultant to the Spokane County Health District, Subcommittee on Sales

            and Consumption of Alcohol at Public Facilities

1993 – 1995: Educational Service District #101 Alcohol/Drug Prevention Program Advisory Committee; member

1992-1994: Committee member, advocate, and contributing author of Washington State Legislature ESSHB 2319, Birth to Six Interagency Coordinating Council Establishment Law; passed in 1994





1990 – 1996: Member of the Northwest Consortium of Chemical Dependency Educators; Secretary 1992-1993; initiated a novel process for the development and ratification of model curricula for advanced courses


2008: Special Olympics of Washington: East Region Coach of the Year

2001 to present: Legal guardian of two adults with disabilities, in addition to power of attorney, and personal representative for the Will of an elderly woman with a child with disability.

2007: Assistant Swimming Coach to the US Special Olympics Swim Team to World Games in Shanghai, China

2006: Two effective submerged-victim swim pool water rescues with resuscitation.

1986: Search, found, and help with helicopter evacuation or rural auto crash victim.

1980: Discovered and photographed the only known and beautiful waterfall flowing directly into Lake Coeur d’Alene, flowing from hidden locale one mile deep in the hills.