Edinboro University Awarded Nearly $200,000 to Train Addiction Counselors
This month, Edinboro University’s School of Graduate Studies was awarded nearly $200,000 to provide high-quality counselor education training for Edinboro students focusing on treating addiction.
Edinboro’s Counseling Program received a $197,668 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for continuing education efforts as part of the master’s degree program in counseling.
These efforts will increase the number of professionals prepared to deliver substance use disorder (SUD) services to reduce both the human and financial costs associated with SUD.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic is the worst public health crisis in the Commonwealth, affecting Pennsylvanians from big cities to rural communities.
Between January 2018 and October 2019, emergency medical services administered 27,219 doses of naloxone in Pennsylvania alone. Additionally, alcohol and substance abuse is a growing epidemic.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes that, as the need for professionals who can provide high quality SUD services increases, the number of highly trained addiction counselors has decreased.
This grant award for Edinboro aims to assist faculty in preparing Edinboro graduate students to fill this void in the workforce.
Currently, Edinboro’s Counseling Program includes four programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) – College Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitative Counseling and School Counseling.
Edinboro’s Art Therapy concentration is nationally accredited by Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE).
“The Counseling program faculty agree that expanding the current course offerings and training related to addiction is aligned with responding to the substance abuse treatment needs in this region and continuous program development,” said assistant counseling professor Dr. Julaine Field.
In September 2019, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared a seventh Opioid Disaster Declaration. State health and human service organizations are grappling with how to train and retain enough SUD service providers to meet the current demand.
Integrating addiction coursework that aligns with state alcohol and drug certification expedites graduate student educational preparation for work in addiction counseling.
To view the entire inventory of award-winning counseling and education graduate programs at Edinboro University, visit https://gradschool.edinboro.edu.