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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 specialization 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.

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Co-Directors: Stella Kerl-McClain, Ph.D.,
                       Cort Dorn-Medeiros, Ph.D.,

Adjunct Faculty: Mark Douglass, LPC, CADC I, CGAC II; Kirsten McAteer, LPC, CADC I, NCC

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)