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Counseling Psychology

Professional Mental Health and Addiction Counseling

It is estimated that 40-80% of clients in treatment for mental health issues are also experiencing the effects of co-occurring addiction-related problems. Mental health professionals need to be prepared for this clinical reality.  

Research shows that most counselors working in the field today do not have adequate addiction-specific and dual diagnosis training. The Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions program addresses this essential gap in training found in counselor preparation.

Students in the program receive training to work effectively and professionally with all mental health clients—those with addiction problems and those without. With this knowledge and skill base, students gain broad and complex understanding of mental health problems. As a result, our graduates are prepared to effectively provide a full range of services in settings including:

  • Community mental health agencies
  • Addiction centers
  • Schools
  • Criminal justice settings
  • Private practices

The Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions program is dedicated to providing and maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence.  Equipped with the best training available, our graduates are helping to transform the professional field in Oregon and beyond to bring new hope and assistance to individuals experiencing the impacts of the full range of mental health problems and addiction-related behaviors. 

Our program readies students to become licensed professional mental health counselors (LPCs) and certified drug and alcohol counselors (CADC-I) who are fully prepared to work with the realities of dual-diagnosis.

In 2013, the Professional Mental Health Counseling and Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions programs graduated 42 students. Graduates have great success in finding employment, many even before they have graduated. Among students responding to our employment survey, 86% were employed in counseling-related professions. Among those respondents, 47% were employed prior to graduation or within one month of seeking employment. The remaining 53% were employed within 3 months of seeking employment.

In the past three years, 97% of students who took the National Counseling Exam during their program passed.

Full-time and Part-time program plans are available for students:
2011 Cohorts:  Total students 47
85% of 2011 matriculating students have graduated or are on track to graduate 
68% have graduated (n=39)  and 17% are part-time students or needed additional time to demonstrate competency (n=8)
4% are on a leave of absence and plan to return (n=2), 11% are no longer enrolled (n=5).

93% of 2012 matriculating students are currently enrolled, 4% are on a leave of absence
95% of 2013 matriculating students are currently enrolled, 2% are on a leave of absence 

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Advising and Contact Information

Director: Boyd Pidcock, Ph.D., pidcock@lclark.edu
To schedule an appointment, call the Counseling Psychology office at 503-768-6060.

Adjunct Faculty: Cort Dorn-Medeiros, MS, CADC I; Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC I, CGAC II; Keith Mackie, LPC, CADC I; Kirsten McAteer, LPC, CADC I, NCC; Antonia Mueller, MS, LPC; Tom Ten Eyck, CGAC, CADC II; Kathy Tomlin, LPC, CADC III; Don Wissusik, MA, MS, LPC, LMFT, CCDP

Resources for Students in Professional Mental Health Counseling—Addictions

National Board for Certified Counselors
Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Washington Licensing Boards
The Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon
American Counseling Association
American Psychological Association
California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Counselor Licensure)