MinnPost: New program in Morris to train addiction treatment specialists looks to address unmet needs in Greater Minnesota

EXCERPT: “At the University of Minnesota Morris, psychology faculty have known for some time about the severe shortage of addiction treatment professionals in rural parts of the state. This year, they’ve developed a way to help address that problem by creating a new program designed to train and prepare students to sit for the state’s licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) exam upon graduation. This new pre-LADC program, developed in consultation with Don Jarvinen, chemical dependency certificate program coordinator at Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, will focus on training students interested in serving diverse and rural communities. Heather Peters, associate professor of psychology at University of Minnesota Morris, heads the program with her colleague, associate professor Kerry Michael. Peters said that many of the program’s graduates will work in rural communities, providing addiction counseling and support for individuals in a range of organizations, including treatment centers, hospitals and correctional facilities.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/43P4Ip7