REV. L.A. MCCRAE, M.DIV.
community-based research activist | insurrectionary | intellectual insurgent
Objective & Background
Doctoral student, experienced leader, and visionary seeking employment in health and human services management, addictions and substance abuse counseling, and public health. Graduate research focuses on the efficacy of chaplaincy on recovery. Doctoral research on abolition and liberation at the intersections of mental health, alcohol and drug counseling, mass incarceration, trauma, and the opioid crisis.
Pursuing Maryland Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)
Alcohol and Drug Trainee status - ADT 2300
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist – in training
Maryland Insurance Producer - 2139160
Recovery Coach Professional - RCP
Registered Peer Supervisors - 0422
Certified Maryland Notary Public
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Trauma and Addiction
strategic leadership in action
OP Substance Abuse Counselor
Registered Peer Supervisor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Co-Director of PRP Services
PRP Rehabilitation Coordinator
Director of Programs and Outreach
Interim Director of Lifelong Learning
Senior Research & Project Lead
Founder & Director
Family & Community Engagement Specialist
Director, EYA Internship Program
Program Advocacy Research
* insurrectionist *
2023. DrPH Morgan State University.
Public Health: Trauma, Opioid Crisis, Survival Sex, Recovery Chaplaincy.
2021. D. Min. Wesley Theological Seminary.
Public Engagement: Confronting/Healing Communal Brokenness/Despair.
2021. AAS. Behavioral Health Counseling.
2021. AdvCer Community College of Baltimore County
Behavioral Health Counseling, Advanced Certificate.
2010. M.Div. Wesley Theological Seminary.
Liberation Theology, Urban Ministry. Youth & Young Adult Ministry
2007. B.A. The University of Tennessee.
Political Science and Africana Studies.
INTERESTS, MEMBERSHIPS, & ASSOCIATIONS
my role is how the future comes to be - adrienne maree brown
Emotional CPR certification (eCPR -Connect, emPower, Revitalize), & WRAP Facilitator certificate (Wellness Recovery Action Plan). Workshops in WHAM (Whole Health Action Management), Motivational Interviewing, TIPS (Trauma Informed Peer Support), & Trauma-Care. SMART Recovery Facilitator/Family and Friends Training, Naloxone Training, Naloxone Train-the-Trainers
COMPLETED INDEPENDENT STUDIES & CEUS
Landing Digital Organizers’ Training.
Digital Organizer Training.
We Will Not Be Muted Women of Color Cohort.
Ethics for Recovery Coaches.
CCAR Spirituality for Recovery Coaches.
CCAR Professional for Recovery Coaches.
Virtual Recovery Coach Academy.
International Coaching Foundation Ethics.
Suicide Awareness for African Americans based on Safe Talk Principles
The Supportive Role of Chaplains and Social Workers During Social Distancing.
Trauma Informed Peer Support.
Fast Track to The Center for Learning’s Certificate in End-of-Life Care.
Psychological First Aid/During Covid.
First Aid for Opioid Overdoses.
Vicarious Trauma: Help for the Helper.
Motivation Interviewing/Recovery Coaching.
Frontline Conversations on Grief.
Comprehensive Assessment of Complex Trauma.
Addressing Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence in Families Affected by Substance Use
Clinical Implications of Spirituality, Religion, and Child Trauma Recovery.
Complicating Complex Trauma: A Look at Families Who Experience Chronic Trauma.
Exposed Newborns: Development, Assessment and Treatment
Impact of Polyvictimization on LGBTQ Youth and Adults
Treatment Planning for Complex Trauma Conceptualization and Core Components.
Understanding and Treating Caregiver Substance Abuse and Trauma: A Focus on the Family.
Psychological First Aid.
The Neurobiology of Complex Trauma.
Understanding Harm Reduction.
Embodied Leadership and Somatic Coaching
Volunteer Recruitment and Management
Program Evaluation and Evaluation Capacity Building
Facilitating the Fundamentals of Racial Justice Work
Executive Leadership and Public Narrative.
MORE ABOUT L.A. MCCRAE
Skills, Presentations, Publications, Writing, Research
Leadership: Energetic natural leader, mentor, visionary, inventiveness, oral communication, board development, crisis leadership, emotionally intelligent and emotionally sensitive management, strengths-based trauma-care approach
Management: executive leadership, strategic planning, organizational development, solution-oriented problem solver, designing and implementing shared leadership models, community-oriented management, supervisor trainings, conflict meditation training, crisis management
Programming: Program development, outreach plans, asset mapping, program analysis, program evaluation
Writing: Grant writing, development, research, written community, writing letters, advocacy, reports, content creation
Workplace competencies: trauma competent, database management, intrapersonal, psychological first aid
Addiction Recovery: Harm reduction skills, develop discharge plans, facilitate and document recovery plans, assists in identifying and sharing coping skills and coping strategies, pastoral counseling, facilitate pastoral family interventions, cultivate community wellness plans rooted in holistic theories, liaise with insurance companies, design and facilitate community-based recovery and lifestyle groups, design and host peer groups for people struggling with opioid use, addiction, and substance use and disordered use, crisis intervention, design and facilitate support groups and group and family therapy and counseling (w/ supervision), assist with IOP/OP, PRP, PHP, group housing, transitional housing, sober living; rehabilitation readiness. Experience in family systems theory, CBT, and DBT. Familiar with many recovery models, including but not limited too: 12 Step, Celebrate Recovery, Smart Recovery
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
2020 BLUU/Team Sankofa National Bailouts Initiatives & Faith-based Organizing
2020 BLUU/Team Sankofa Babies and Bailouts Panel Discussion
2020 First UU of Houston The Fire This Time – Responding to the Killing of George Floyd
& White Supremacy
2020 NC Craft Brewer’s Guild Fostering Diversity in Craft Beer
2019 The Black Communities Conference Trauma, Transformation, and Liberation
2019 The Sentencing Project Racial Disparities in the criminal justice system, opioids, and
addiction. The path to restorative justice
2019 The Graduate Theological Conference Suga Bear Speaks: A Kite to the Girls Inside. Reflections on
Black Liberation, Theology, and Hope
2019 Wesley Theological Seminary Case Study: Opioids, addiction, and mass incarceration in
2017 Brewbound Diversity and Liberation in the Craft Brewing Industry
2014 TRY/IBE The Dark, Lethal Passenger – Working towards a Queer
Androgynous Love Ethic through the works of James Baldwin
2013 The African American Lectionary Youth Sunday
2013 Renaissance Arts Theos. Understanding God from the Periphery
2013 Renaissance Arts The Damnation of Women in the 21st Century & Watts
2012 Capitol Region Education Council Multicultural Education and Transforming Our Schools by Youth
2012. Middlesex Consortium Youth Establishing Strength and School Based Organizing
2012. CT Afterschool Network Multicultural Education in the 21st Century
2011. FCADV LGBT Teens and the impacts of domestic violence and intimate
2011. BMORE Proud Symposium Queerying Religion
2009. GRIBP Social Security: A Quandary in the Entitlement Fiasco
2009. The Fund for Theological Education Sistah Somebody. Working Towards a Black Lesbian Liberation Theology
CURRENT WRITINGS AND RESEARCH
Recovery chaplaincy, the opioid crisis, and substance abuse counseling in suburban and urban
Impact of social isolation during coronavirus among people who use drugs and/or opioids
Public Health as abolitionist practice and foundation for decarceration, decriminalization, and liberation
Abolition theology and Public Health
Impacts and implications of public health policy rooted in #DefundingPolice and #DefendingBlacklLves
Traumatic brain injury, complex trauma, and recovery
Decarcerating Liberation. Mass incarceration, mental health, opioid crisis. Moving from despair and hopelessness to healing, recovery, restoration, transformation & liberation
Organizing and Liberating Hope: Communal responses to addiction, the opioid crisis, and mass
Empowering Black Girl Magic: Unpacking the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and solutions for a future with hope
Finding Hope and Liberation through the Powerful Binds of Authentic Community Building.
Community is Brewing. Models for empowerment for the marginalized and dispossessed.
Understanding the Tenacity of White Supremacy. Mass incarceration, opioids, and collective liberation.
Suga Bear Speaks: A Kite to my Girls Inside. Reflections on mass incarceration, mental health, sex work, and the opioid crisis.