James “Kansas” Cafferty, LMFT, MAC
Kansas Cafferty serves as the Clinical Director for the Aton Center. Kansas brings to this position a well ranging breadth of clinical experiences that spans across over two decades of treating substance use and mental health disorders. Kansas is a person in long term recovery himself and has a passion for what he refers to as, “His calling”.
Kansas’ professional background includes past roles as a clinician, clinical supervisor, administrator, and as owner of a well-respected treatment center for over 9 years. His management style is much like his clinical style, in that it focuses on the strengths of the individuals and families he comes into contact with. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from National University and holds a License as a Marriage and Family Therapist and carries a Master Addiction Counselor credential through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP) at NAADAC. He currently serves as Chairman of the NCCAP Board of Directors in addition to his role at Aton. In this capacity he works to influence state and national policy and implementation of care models and to strengthen the national workforce for addiction treatment at all levels of the career ladder in the profession from peer support specialist to graduate level professionals who specialize in addiction. His trauma training background includes completion of EMDR Levels I and II, Trauma Resiliency Model, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and he has also obtained considerable training in psychodrama. He uses an eclectic style of therapies rather than a one size fits all approach and is a believer in the concept that was the basis of the 2016 Surgeon General’s report on Addiction, where he emphasized and furthered the construct, Many Pathways to Recovery. Over the course of his career he has been featured in documentaries, written articles for industry magazines, and has been featured as an international guest trainer. While clinical work is the heart of his career focus, Kansas serves the Aton Center with a wide array of interests that have taken him everywhere from the therapy office to congressional offices as an advocate for advancing the quality of care for those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders.
“I was not looking for a job when I found out Aton Center was seeking a clinical director. In fact, I was content in private practice and I had turned down several facilities that had expressed interest in me as an executive or clinical director. Aton Center is different though. It was family the second I walked on the campus all the way back in 2011. There was no way that I wasn’t going to be a part of this team of all-stars.”
~ Kansas Cafferty