Awards & Scholarships

Nominations for the 2024 Fort Worth TAAP Counselor of the Year are now available. All nominations must be submitted by April 15, 2024, in order to be considered.
Nominate someone today! This award recognizes a counselor in the field of addiction treatment who has worked in the trenches with clients and their families, and who has contributed to their industry, community, and the TAAP organization in the true spirit of recovery.

Nominations for the 2024 Fort Worth TAAP Professional of the Year are now available. All nominations must be submitted by 04/15/2024, to be considered. Nominate someone today! This award was created to recognize a professional in the field of addiction prevention, intervention, or treatment. A person who has made outstanding and sustained contributions to the advancement of the profession and commitment to their community and the TAAP organization.

The Fort Worth Chapter of TAAP offers scholarships each year. These are available to students attending an accredited school and are engaged in studies leading towards being licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in the State of Texas or a current Fort Worth TAAP member working towards a Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Health field (Counseling, Social Work, Human Service Technology, etc.) The application period in 2024 is 01/15/24 – 04/15/2024.

New in 2024 is the Peer Support Specialist Award. Peer Recovery Support Specialists play an important role in the continuum of care. Do you know someone who holds a TCB Peer Support Certification? Someone who advocates for inclusion and advancement of peer support services as part of substance use disorder prevention. Please nominate a peer today!

2023 Professional of the Year

Susan Wertenberger, RN, LCDC

2023 Aaron Rubin Scholarship Winners

William Berta – University of Texas Arlington

Robert Baugh – Tarrant County College

Chelsie McMillan – Weatherford College

Gretchen Sansom – Weatherford College

James Tapscott – Tarrant County College

2023 Counselor of the Year

Sandy Lorden, LCDC, RSPS