James Russell Smith

Title: Intensive Outpatient Counselor
Company: Methodist Health Care System Department of Psychiatry
Location: San Antonio, Texas, United States

James Smith, Intensive Outpatient Counselor at Methodist Health Care System Department of Psychiatry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemical dependency counseling.

After initially obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1970 from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Mr. Smith later followed with a master’s degree in addiction counseling in 1991 from the United States Army Health Sciences. He is certified as an advanced addictions counselor by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.

Mr. Smith served his country in the United States Army for over two decades, and began his career as a counselor with the Army’s ADACO program in 1988. He provided superior service with Arc San Antonio, a premier social service home to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, from 1993 to 1995. Since 2000, Mr. Smith has worked as a licensed chemical dependency counselor for the Methodist Healthcare System. As part of his responsibilities, he oversees a 3-hour group session in the morning and three hours of individual counseling in the evening. In addition, Mr. Smith does assessments, develops treatment plans, and contacts the referring doctors or psychiatrists where necessary. He also facilitates a Saturday program for family members of his patients.

Among Mr. Smith’s many honors in recognition of his accomplishments are U.S. Army New England Counselor of the Year in 1993, Addiction Counselor of the Year in San Antonio in 2012 and Texas State Counselor of the Year in 2014. In addition, he was the first African American elected to the Hall of Fame of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. 

Mr. Smith credits much of his success to the support he received from his family while recovering from his own alcohol addiction, when his own therapist inspired him to make a difference in the lives of others, much the same way counselors helped make a difference in his own life. In the coming years, Mr. Smith is looking forward to a well-deserved retirement so he can spend more time with his family.

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