Malone University launches certificate programs in Trauma Counseling and Addictions Counseling
Malone's new graduate certificate programs are designed to equip those who desire to serve clients with trauma and addictions with increased competency and proficiency.
The Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling and Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling are both offered fully online and can be completed within two semesters (Trauma Counseling) or one calendar year (Addictions Counseling) of study. The programs were created to address a critical need for counseling practitioners in Stark County, and Ohio, as substance use, behavioral disorders, and trauma are projected to continue outpacing the current counseling workforce.
“In Stark County alone, we have seen a 75% increase in overdose deaths since 2018, and we continue to see the effects of childhood trauma rendering in adults through chronic health issues, mental health conditions, and substance use disorders,” said Kara Kaelber, chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling and professor of counseling and human development. “Our programs will provide foundational and advanced education and training in trauma-informed counseling through our distinctively Christian curriculum.”
The Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counseling is intended for those who have completed bachelor’s degrees, current graduate counseling students, students in mental health or behavioral science graduate programs, and post-graduates with a master’s degree or higher in a mental health or behavioral science field. The Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling is designed for those who have completed, or will complete, a bachelor’s degree in the behavioral sciences (like psychology, social work, human services, criminal justice, etc.) or nursing, as well as graduate students in mental health or behavioral science programs, and post-graduates with a master’s degree or higher in a mental health or behavioral science field. Students who complete the Addictions Counseling Certificate will be eligible for certification and licensure under the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board, thus meeting a local need for counseling providers who can address the rising rates of clients with addiction. Both certificate programs provide practical skills and evidence-based practices that are sought by employers.
“In 2019, 69% of community health leaders in Stark County identified ‘a lack of providers and services’ as a barrier preventing residents from receiving the substance use treatment they need,” said Kaelber. “These certificates align well with our mission and educational goals. They will equip students to serve others in a manner which reflects our values as a Christian institution. Malone graduates will be prepared for meaningful work during a critical time for mental health professionals and facilities.”