Newman University’s Counseling Program and Valley Hope Association celebrate their third year of partnering to train the next generation of addiction counseling professionals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s opioid epidemic claims the lives of 91 Americans every day and is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The 2016 Surgeon General’s Report identifies 21 million Americans over the age of 12 will meet criteria for a substance use disorder this year alone.
Chemical addiction is America’s fastest growing health crisis and has outpaced health care’s capacity to effectively treat addiction for years.
Newman University’s Counseling Program Director John Walker and Valley Hope Association’s Director of Training Holly Krebsbach are leading the way for meeting the nationwide need for qualified addiction counselors.
In 2015, Walker and then Director of Training Curt Krebsbach, Ph.D., envisioned a program opportunity where students could simultaneously experience full-time clinical training while also completing Newman University counseling coursework full time.
“The program is unlike anything else around and is a very exciting opportunity for those aspiring to become skilled addiction counselors,” Walker said.
The program is currently offered across Valley Hope Association’s seven-state region which includes Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Now in its third year, students accepted to the program receive an immersive learning and clinical training experience and brings counseling program coursework in theory, philosophy, ethics and methodology together with superior in-field clinical training at Valley Hope Association treatment facilities.
Students interested in applying to the program can find more information on the Valley Hope website. Students selected to the program receive full-time employment and full tuition as they complete the 12-month program. The program offers a limited number of trainee opportunities each year, but for those who graduate the program, a lifelong career opportunity awaits them.