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IC&RC UK Board


Glynis developed the Certificate in Addiction Studies and the Diploma in Addiction Counselling (both credit rated by Napier University), which she now runs for Castle Craig. She gained a MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and eating disorders and and she is an accredited EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner. Before that, Glynis gained a PhD in Quaternary Science and qualified as an addictions counsellor at Hazelden, Minnesota. She is now treatment coordinator at Castle Craig where she oversees management of its therapy teams and development of its therapeutic programme; previously, she was its head of training and coordinated the care of patients with eating disorders and the trauma programme.


For over two decades, Deirdre has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction, with an international reputation. Based in the UK, she heads up DB Recovery+ which supplies a daily news service to the alcohol/drug-treatment field on addiction recovery, publishes Recovery Plus e-mag and print journal, and founded DB Recovery+ and UKESAD, the UK’s most successful symposia on how to recover from addiction. She has spoken at the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group, been quoted in House of Commons and House of Lords debates on alcohol and drugs, and contributed to the Drug Policy 2010 and Select Committees. She authored Addiction & Recovery: self-help for friends, families and addicts, translated into 7 languages. Deirdre also serves on the board of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (UK).


Norman graduated from the world renowned Hazelden foundation for addiction studies Counsellor Training Programme in 1997 and has continued his professional development through a multiplicity of training courses, workshops and seminars. Norman has extensive experience working with addicted individuals and in the training and supervision of practitioners in the addiction field. He has also worked internationally – in Bermuda, USA as well as the UK and, with his wife Victoria, was commissioned to set up and manage a residential treatment facility in the Caribbean.



Cindi Brooks has been working in the fields of mental health and substance abuse since 1984. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, USA, with a Master of Social Work degree. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor with the International Counseling and Reciprocity Consortium. Cindi served on the first Board of Directors of the Professional Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors Germany as well as the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board. She is currently working with the United States Air Force, RAF Mildenhall.