Larsen receives 2011 Father Joseph C. Martin Award

September 28, 2011
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Longtime treatment counselor Ernie Larsen wins posthumous industry award

Ernie Larsen's wife, Paula, accepted the award from Steve Kendrick, Chief Operating Officer of the Father Martin’s Ashley treatment center in Havre de Grace, Md.

San Diego — Earnie Larsen, noted author and speaker, was honored with the 2011 Father Joseph C. Martin Award for Professional Excellence at the Awards Luncheon during the National Conference on Addictive Disorders (NCAD). Earnie was a pioneer in the addiction field and passed away in January of 2011; his wife Paula accepted the award on his behalf. Steve Kendrick, Chief Operating Officer of the Father Martin’s Ashley treatment center in Havre de Grace, Md., presented the award saying: “Earnie worked to help folks understand and find recovery for over 40 years. He wrote more than 60 books, produced dozens of films and developed the concept of ‘Stage Two’ Recovery—which describes the stage of recovery when people develop emotional sobriety and a maturing self.

Ernie and Paula Larsen

"He was a worldwide speaker and educator–in the past often sharing the same stage with Father Martin–and appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. He used his training as a former priest, his formal education in addiction and mental health counseling and his passion for recovery to make an unforgettable impact on people from all walks of life.”

Earnie held an MRE in theology and education, a B.A. in counseling and accreditation in chemical dependency and family counseling. Author and consultant, Dan Griffin, a friend and a mentee of Earnie’s, nominated him for this award.

Since 2003, the Father Martin Award has been given to professionals who exemplify Father Martin’s legacy of dedication to 12 Step recovery and treating the chemically addicted.

An independent panel of leaders from the behavioral health field selected this year’s winner from a field of nominees. The committee included Dr. Robert Ackerman, PhD, co-founder of ACOA; Dr. Claudia Black, PhD, author, educator and lecturer; Dr. Donald Kurth, MD, FASAM, President of ASAM; Robert Lindsey, MEd, CEAP, President and CEO of NCADD and James O’Hair, CEAP, LCSW-C, MSP, SAP, EAP Northrop Grumman.

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