Veteran ACEP Instructor Returns for Year 3

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

For the past two years, Zaida Govan has provided professional insight and academic training to stu-dents in the Addictions Counselor Education Pro-gram (ACEP). Now she has returned for her thirdyear of teaching at theUMass Center in Spring-field.

“I enjoy working with these adult learners because they are inquisitive and want to know how to be successful in this career path,” said Govan. “Each class session we discuss practical examples of both crisis and non-crisis situations and explore best practices on how to address these issues.”

Govan is an adjunct instructor for the UMass Boston-based program and teaches on the weekends. Govan earned an M.S.W. degree from Springfield College and began her career as an outpatient substance abuse program supervisor with the Catholic Charities Institute for the Hispanic Family. She also worked as a clinical director at Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services.

“Students have to be committed in order to give up their evenings and weekends for classes,” said News for U: Education Within Reach Govan. “As an instructor, I have that same commitment and more to our students.”

ACEP has been offered at the UMass Center since September 2014. To learn more about the ACEP certificate, contact the ACEP Coordinator Bill Carlo ( or you can visit