CCARTA Training Staff

Dr. Igor Koutsenok

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego

Director, Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application

Director, Second Chance Academy

Dr. Koutsenok is an addiction psychiatrist. Recently, he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. He graduated as a medical doctor in 1982 from the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and 1994 to 1996 worked at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, where he completed his Master of Science Degree in Addiction Psychiatry. In 1997, Dr. Koutsenok joined the UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as a faculty member and training supervisor at the Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application (CCARTA) founded by clinical and social psychologist Dr. David Deitch and in 2006, he was appointed Director of CCARTA.

Dr. Koutsenok has extensive experience in training mental health, addiction treatment and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals and policy makers, as well as medical and psychology students and trainees. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Koutsenok has presented at numerous conferences and professional gatherings, having conducted over 150 workshops and trainings in the U.S. and in more than 40 countries around the world.




Dr. David Deitch

Emeritus Professor

University of California, San Diego, Department Psychiatry Dr. Deitch is currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and was the founding Director of the Center for Criminality & Addiction, Research, Training, and Application (CCARTA). He is still actively directing the Center. Dr. Deitch has over 45 years of experience in the development of substance use treatment systems for adolescents and adults, nationally and internationally. In the nonprofit public health sector, he was Co-Founder of Daytop Village, Inc., and also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Phoenix House Foundation. In the academic sector, he has had appointments at Temple University, the University of Chicago, University of California at San Francisco (where he served as Chief of Substance Abuse Services). In the government sector he has served as Coordinator of Curriculum and Faculty for the United Nations East Central European Drug Abuse Treatment Training Project; has consulted to a variety of Departments of Corrections and Ministeries of Justice and Health, in Latin America, South East Asia and Europe. Dr. Deitch served during the Johnson Administration as consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, and the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. During the Carter Administration, he chaired the White House Task Force on Prevention. He chaired the Curriculum Development Committee of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 — The Addiction Counseling Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice, used today as a guideline for corrections and community based substance abuse treatment organizations. He further served as Regional Director of the Executive Committee of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse — Mentor Project (2000) and in 2005 was granted a Fulbright Scholars award. He has co-edited four books on social issues, crime and delinquency and written numerous publications, chapters and videos in the field of drug misuse, treatment, prevention, and social policy.



William H. Smith Ph.D.


Program Development/Training Consultant Services

With more than three decades of experience in drug abuse treatment, Dr. Smith is a leading authority in clinical practice and staff development. Dr. Smith recently retired after thirty years of service with Phoenix House, one of the nation’s largest treatment organizations. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Smith held the position of a Corporate Vice President, and was the Director of Clinical Services for the California Region. Dr. Smith is an internationally certified addiction specialist. He held the following positions during his distinguished career. Co-chair of the Executive Committee of the California Addiction Training Center, He was a member of the curriculum committee of the University of California Irvine Extension Programs. Dr. Smith serviced on the Orange County Drug Advisory Board, as well as the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council for both Orange and Los Angeles Counties. He also co-authored with the Rand Research Corporation on the recently published Adolescent Outcome Project. He currently acts as an independent consultant for the University of California, San Diego, as well as with organizations across the nation.



Norman Jackson, MS


Program Coordinator

has been working with UCSD CCARTA since 2006. Mr. Jackson provides training, coordination and the development of substance abuse and criminal justice educational curricula. He is a lecturer at San Diego State University, School of Social Work. He previously worked for the Information & Education Section of the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch as an Educational Specialist II, and Supervising Communicable Disease Investigator for the County of San Diego, Community Epidemiology Unit. He participates with local volunteer rehabilitation efforts providing expungement relief referrals to those who were previously incarcerated so they may obtain gainful employment. He was awarded an academic fellowship from the Andrus Foundation and holds a Master’s of Science degree from San Diego State University in the College of Health and Human Services. He has over twenty years of health promotion and education work experience in the non-profit and government sectors. He is committed to working to decrease the health disparities in populations of color, historically disadvantaged populations, and the aged.



Trainings Offered


The following training curricula are available and can be adapted to meet the individual needs of your organization:

  • Introduction to Addiction and Criminality
  • Treatment and Recovery Management Strategies
  • Transitional Care and Case Management
  • Motivational Interviewing (Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Motivational Interviewing in Group Settings
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
  • Individual, Group and Family Counseling
  • Therapeutic Community Theory and Practice
  • Mental Health and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Domestic Violence and Trauma
  • Anger Management and Impulsivity
  • Drug/Crime Relapse Prevention
  • Pathways into Addiction
  • Pharmacology & Neurobiology of Psychoactive Substances
  • Cross Training for Partnership
  • Cultural Competency and Health Issues in Correctional Institutions:

      o Cultural Considerations in Forensic Treatment (race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, LGBT, social class, etc.)

      o Substance Abuse in Adolescents and Older Adults

      o Hepatitis A, B and C, TB, HIV and STDs

      o Abstinence-Oriented and/or Harm Reduction Philosophy


Training Calendar