Craig Smith, M.Ed, LPC, CDCS, MAC

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Clinician III

• Master of Education, Auburn University

Interests/Specialties: substance use disorders, trauma, couples therapy

Location: Salmon Creek Clinic

Groups and Classes:
• Intensive outpatient program (IOP)

Craig is a counselor at Salmon Creek Clinic and one of the facilitators of the intensive outpatient program (IOP).  He studied at Auburn University at the graduate and undergraduate level and is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), chemical dependency clinical supervisor (CDCS), and master addiction counselor (MAC). He has worked in a variety of roles and settings throughout the years including residential and outpatient, private practice and an opioid treatment program. When he first started working as a counselor he felt there was a pretty clean divide in the field between mental health and substance use issues. However, there is now a far greater recognition that the two often co-occur. In addition, the role of trauma and using evidence-based trauma therapies has become more important.

Craig grew up in the Deep South, moved to the Midwest to raise a family, then moved to Juneau once his children were grown and on their own. He came to Alaska sight unseen to work at JAMHI and says that it has been one of the best decisions he ever made. Craig has an abiding interest in substance use disorders, trauma, and couples therapy. He has previously led anger management, moral reconation therapy (MRT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) groups at the Salmon Creek Clinic. Craig envisions his role as akin to that of a coach. He knows how to help people heal and get stronger, but they must do the work themselves.

Rain or shine Craig goes on a hike or walk every weekend in spite of or to celebrate the weather. He is an amateur photographer and maintains an email list where he shares the best photos from his various hikes. Craig also plays acoustic guitar and sings as part of a duet and enjoys creative writing, reading, watching British dramas on PBS, spending time with his partner and praying.