Representing more than 50,000 professionals, IC&RC is the global leader in the credentialing/ certification of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. IC&RC promotes public protection by setting standards and developing examinations for the credentialling/ certification/ licensing of these.

As one of IC&RC’s member credentialling boards, IC&RC UK organises examinations and ccertification in the UK (and Europe on request). This is our code of ethics. You can access application forms here.

Quality and integrity are the foundation of IC&RC’s work worldwide. IC&RC’s certifications use the latest research on evidence-based practices. They are updated every five years and subjected to an extensive process of peer review. IC&RC examinations are based on formal Job Analyses, written by subject matter experts, and supported by current references.

IC&RC now has 78 member certification and licensing boards in 16 international regions, 48 US states and territories, four native american regions and all branches of the US military.

IC&RC UK Board

Crystal Smalldon

CRYSTAL SMALLDON, Chief Executive Officer

Crystal is an experienced Executive with extensive decades long experience and a track record of success. She attended Niagara College, Brock University, Carleton University, The University of British Columbia, and Mount Royal University, where she studied Social Service Work, Political Science, Law, and Addiction Medicine, before launching her career into Political Strategy and Campaign Management, Emergency Disaster Leadership, and Grant Writing.



GLYNIS READ, MSc, PhD (Retired)

Glynis has over 20 years’ working in the field of addiction, after completing her initial training at Hazelden, Minnesota.  She was Head of Training and Treatment Co-ordinator at Castle Craig Hospital until 2019. She has an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural therapy and was also an EMDR Consultant. Prior to that Glynis was a teacher and has a PhD in Quaternary Science.



For over almost three decades, Deirdre has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction, with an international reputation. She heads up DB Recovery+ which supplies a daily news service to the alcohol/drug-treatment field, publishes Recovery Plus journal, and founded DB Recovery+ UKESAD, the UK’s most successful symposia on how to recover from addiction. She has spoken at the All Party Parliamentary Groups on alcohol/drugs, been quoted in House of Commons and House of Lords debates, and contributed to drug policy and Select Committees.



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.