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USD's Sevening Leads Association of Addiction Counseling and Professionals

Diane Sevening is the new president of NAADAC Diane Sevening, an assistant professor in the Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention, is the new president of NAADAC.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Diane Sevening, Ed.D., Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) and assistant professor in the Department of Addiction Counseling and Prevention at the University of South Dakota, is the new president of NAADAC, an association for addiction professionals.

NAADAC represents the professional interests of more than 100,000 addiction counselors and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and around the world. The organization’s members and its 47 state and international affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

Sevening has taught addiction studies and counseling at USD since 1982. She has been recognized for helping addiction counselors successfully transition from a clinical emphasis to academic work to prepare new addiction professionals.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News