Anthony Coetzer-Liversage is a South African Hubert H. Humphrey (Fulbright) Fellowship Alumni, who is doing his PhD in Public Health at Kent State University (KSU), specializing in Prevention Science and a Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research. Prior to this he was at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as part of the Substance Use Education, Prevention and Treatment cohort, as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.
He is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at KSU, where he teaches undergraduate Public Health Students, develops graduate curricula and is engaged in various research projects. During this time in the USA, he is still maintaining his professional registrations in South Africa, where he is a registered Clinical Pastoral Counsellor with the South African Association of Pastoral Workers and a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professional Council of South Africa. He holds a Master’s in Clinical Pastoral Care and Counselling, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Addictions Care through Stellenbosch University. He did his Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and his Bachelor of Art (Psychology) at the University of South Africa. He also holds various other certificates, which include a Certificate in Adult Teaching and one in Online Teaching.
He is one of the founders of the NPO: Inner Peace within South Africa and is the current Chairperson. He is a board member of BAPSA, as it strives to professionalise the addiction field within South Africa. Concurrently he is also involved with Applied Prevention Sciences International (APSI), a non-profit based in the United States, which developed the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use Prevention (UPC), a programme funded by the US State Department (INL) and implemented by the International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (a division of the Colombo Plan), with its Universal Prevention Curriculum project. Along as by the UNODC and OAS. It is a project dedicated to developing international capacity of prevention specialists around the world. With this work, he travels throughout the globe providing training on Substance Use Prevention to Prevention Professionals.
Anthony has a long track record of clinical work with Chronic diseases, such as Substance Use Disorders, Eating Disorders, and HIV/AIDS. It is his work providing clinical services, that motivated him to found Inner Peace, in order to provide care and support to those who struggled with access and affordability for substance use and addiction treatment. As part of his work history, he has worked in government (City of Cape Town) providing Employee Wellness and EAP services, as well many years working in the pharmaceutical industry after completing three years of a Bachelor in Pharmacy. He has also done work with the UNODC and Virginia Commonwealth University.
With his work in the Substance Use Disorder and Addictions field, he has gone on to compete in various competitions within the USA and won first place in two of them alongside his colleagues at KSU. He has already had an article published, and is currently in the process of trying to get more research papers published.