The Southeast Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SETAADAC) have announced that David Burnett will be the recipient of the “Counselor of the Year” Award presented at this years’ Annual Counselor Appreciation Banquet. The Counselor of the Year Award is one of the organizations highest honors and is presented annually to the individual in the addiction and mental health treatment field who has made a major contribution to both their clients as well as to the field of chemical dependency treatment in general. The annual SETAADAC Counselor Appreciation Banquet is to be held in Chattanooga on September 12 featuring Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond as the guest speaker.
Burnett has over eighteen years of professional experience as a counselor in the mental health/substance abuse treatment field. He is currently employed as a Counselor III by the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS) in Chattanooga as the Primary Counselor in the Evening Intensive Outpatient Program there. In addition, he is licensed by the State of Tennessee as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) and is also a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC). At CADAS, Burnett conducts individual, group and family counseling sessions in an outpatient setting. He assesses, diagnoses, and treats substance use disorders within his scope of practice. In addition, he is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating educational classes and therapy programs for his clients.
Burnett has held several key leadership roles in the community as a professional and civic leader, including Past President of the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) Board of Directors, current MGTA Board Member, Past President of the Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Grundy County Rotary Club, Leadership Grundy participant and Past Vice-President of the Leadership Grundy Board of Directors, member of Otey Memorial Parish, former participant in Education for Ministry (EFM), and current participant in Stephen Ministries.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery from chemical dependency. The SETAADAC Counselor Appreciation Banquet is scheduled in September to coincide with National Recovery Month, which teaches Americans that addiction treatment and mental health services can lead to healthy and rewarding lives. The Recovery Month’s main focus is to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery, just as society would those who are managing other chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works and that treatment is effective.