Advisory Board Member

Joseph Waner - CDP, CDCIII, NCAC, CADCII

Joesph Waner - Advisory Board Member - Brass Tacks RecoveryJoseph entered the recovery community on January 6th 1976. He received an honorable discharge from the United States navy in 1977. He is a member of the Ojibwa Nation, and was adopted by the Inupiat Nation. He has extensive knowledge in Indigenous Spiritual practices and utilizes many of them in his practice.

Joseph began his counseling career in 1994, at Providence Hospital in Everett, WA, and after one year, accepted a position at Deaconess Medical Center, in Spokane, WA where he finished his internship, and spent the next 6 years working in a medical based practice in the Inpatient, and Intensive Outpatient continuum of care. From there, he went to work in program development and counseling for New Horizon Care Center, also in Spokane, and HarborCrest Hospital in Aberdeen, WA. In 2002, he was hired at the Camas Institute, in Spokane, WA. He provided program development, staff training, and from a small office in Airway Heights, grew the program to over three counties, that included Chemical Dependency Programs, Mental Health Programs, Victims of Crime, Domestic Violence, Suicide Prevention (Joseph helped in the development of the QPRT Suicide Prevention program as written by Dr. Paul Quinalt, and Ben Camp, MS. This program has been used by Eastern Washington Universities online credit course program for Suicide Prevention).

During this time Joseph traveled extensively around the country, advocating for parity of services for under-served populations. He developed and coordinated the first three Tree of Healing conferences in Spokane, bringing in nationally and internationally known experts such as Deloris Subia Bigfoot, Maria Yellow Horse Braveheart, Andy and Phylis Chelsea, Albert Thomas and Don Coyhis to speak on healing practices in the Native American Community and other under-served populations. Joseph was asked to speak at the 50th annual national conference on problem gambling in St Paul Minnesota during this time.

Joseph has received extensive training in Trauma, and inter-generational trauma based counseling practices. In 2004 he left this practice and joined the team at Lake Chelan Community Hospitals Co-occurring program. Here he worked as a primary inpatient counselor and as a Spiritual Counselor for the hospitals Hospice program. After three (3) years at Lake Chelan, Joseph returned to Spokane and provided clinical supervision and program development for Gateway Counseling center, upon completion of this task he was hired to provide program development and clinical supervision in developing a co-occurring program at the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, a Native based adolescent program. Here he developed and trained staff in the use of Native based practices, DBT, Mindfulness, and Culture as recovery. Upon completion of this he was hired by Lakeside counseling in Spokane as Clinical Supervisor to revamp their delivery of care services and train staff in the use of DBT and Mindfulness.

Utilization of Culture, DBT, Mindfulness, coupled with his Rogerian primary base of practice, allow Joseph to deliver person centered care, treating the whole person, not just the symptoms the person displays.