Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Deborah Woodley


The purpose of the study was to identify and compare competencies perceived as most important by addiction treatment workers with, and without, a personal history of recovery. A survey was developed and administered to 94 workers in three community-based addiction treatment agencies. The study found broad support for the competencies published by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center, National Curriculum Committee (1998). There were no significant differences in perceptions of competencies by workers with a personal recovery history and those without such history. Results indicate that factors such as workplace culture may be more powerful than recovery history in influencing worker perceptions. Areas for improved training, such as utilization of research, outcome studies, and applying systems theory, are discussed.