Joe Terhaar – Curriculum Vitae – September, 2018

Educator, Trainer

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies
  • NIDA Funded Researcher of Family Intervention
  • Nationally Recognized Trainer in Addictions (NAADAC)
  • Nationally Published Author in Addictions/Intervention
  • Court Expert Witness in Addictions /.Intervention
  • Supervisor


  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Certified Intervention Professional
  • Full Member: Association of Intervention Specialists Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure
  • Master Addiction Counselor (NAC)


Trained with Robert Rhoton, PsyD, in family system trauma training; nationally published article about family intervention 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; expert witness for courts litigating issues of family treatment practices, addiction diagnosis while effective in settling $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; family-trauma recovery therapist; Full Member of the Association of Intervention Specialists and a Certified Intervention Professional using 15 distinct strategies in helping families; awarded in 2001 a rare dissertation research grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study family addiction intervention; educator and trainer of addiction professionals since 1983 and a national NAADAC Education Provider since 2006 (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 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


(In Spokane, Washington, unless otherwise noted)

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

2001 to present: Family Therapist; Intervention Specialists, LLC and the Original Family Recovery Program, providing intervention and family recovery counseling for the whole family together in recovering from addiction and mental illness—before, during, and after primary treatment.

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 chemical dependency 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 in settling a $1.5 million case of 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 present: 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:

2014 to present: Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee: for use only within a
state certified chemical dependency treatment agency (CDPT 60497657)

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

1989 to present: Certificated and then licensed under law in 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 Institute on Drug Abuse Dissertation Research Grant-National Institutes of Health. 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 Care Psychiatric Inpatients; unpublished


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. Advances in Addiction & Recovery, 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

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 Education

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

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 are still in use across the United 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


(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: Compass Behavioral Health: Neurobiology –Informed Treatment and Motivation: Beyond
PAWS, 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 IEEC.

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

2010 – 1996: Designer and facilitator of the Ethics Forum in Chemical Dependency
Practice, NAADAC-Approved ethics training

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: 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.


2017: National internet interview on Family Intervention via the All Business Media network
December 13, 2017

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 of 2.5 million listeners 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