Emory & Henry College launches new Master of Science in Addiction Counseling Program

by Billy Chandler

Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences is launching a new Master of Science in Addiction Counseling Program in the fall of 2023. The online program is a 60-credit, 24-month program, consisting of six consecutive semesters. The master’s degree program prepares addiction counselors for a rewarding profession that emphasizes the prevention of emotional and mental health concerns, early intervention when problems are identified, and client empowerment. The program will be housed in the Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling alongside the 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree.

From the first semester, students will be engaged in experiential learning that comes to life in our hybrid courses,” says Dr. Stephanie Rutledge, founding department chair. Rutledge has extensive experience in counselor education and program accreditation. She has been a site visitor for the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for 15 years and served as department chair in a large graduate program in New Jersey prior to founding the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department at Emory & Henry.

“I believe that students will be thoughtfully engaged by our flexible online coursework,” adds Rutledge. “In addition, the program will include three weeks of clinical work in addiction counseling with an emphasis on evidence-based practices.”

The mission of the Addiction Counseling Program is to graduate competent entry-level addiction counselors who play an active role in enhancing community wellness. Graduates will be prepared to apply to become a resident in counseling, which will provide graduates with a full range of career opportunities in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment programs, colleges, hospitals, residential treatment programs, employee assistance programs, and social service agencies.

In the 2023 State of Mental Health report, Virginia was ranked 39th regarding the ratio of mental health patients to mental health professionals, coming in at 480:1 and 34th in regard to access to care. In particular, the area surrounding Emory & Henry College is classified as a High Needs Mental Health Professional Shortage Area by the Health Resources and Services Administration. The need for mental health professionals in southwest Virginia is highlighted by the divide between qualified clinical mental health counselors in the region and the high demand for services. Graduates of this program would be poised to meet this need in the region.

The Addiction Counseling program has been developed and implemented with a conscious and deliberate recognition that rural communities – communities in which most program participants will likely serve – face unique challenges and possess unique strengths with which to face those challenges. The program at Emory & Henry is ideally suited to meet the needs of this region by providing excellent training for qualified addiction counselors.

I believe that students will be thoughtfully engaged by our flexible online coursework. In addition, the program will include three weeks of clinical work in addiction counseling with an emphasis on evidence-based practices.
Dr. Stephanie Rutledge

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2930-food-country-usa-named-exclusive-title-sponsor-of"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.jpg" alt="" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/13975_52461014078_8fb1fae3c6_o.rev.1684785247.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2930-food-country-usa-named-exclusive-title-sponsor-of">Food Country USA Named Exclusive Title Sponsor of Broadcasts for Emory & Henry College Basketball and Football</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Broadcasts of Emory & Henry College basketball and football will be exclusively sponsored by Food Country USA on WEHC/WISE FM, College and Food Country officials announced today. This sponsorship will carry over to Emory & Henry’s video streaming partnership with FloSports on GoWasps.com as the official streaming service of the South Atlantic Conference.</p><a href="/live/news/2930-food-country-usa-named-exclusive-title-sponsor-of" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14060_Food-City-EmoryHenry-MultiSportComplex-Groundbreaking-6-26-23_900.rev.1687810362.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport">Emory & Henry Breaks Ground on new MultiSport Complex for the Region Thanks to Generous Lead Gift of $4 Million from Food City</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Hundreds of Emory & Henry College students and thousands of middle and high school students will soon be playing sports including lacrosse, track and field and soccer at the new MultiSport Complex at exit 26 just off the I-81 Emory & Henry Education Corridor. Emory & Henry spans facilities from Marion to Bristol in Virginia serving more than 1,400 students. It is estimated that the new complex will be ready for use by fall 2024.</p><a href="/live/news/2974-emory-henry-breaks-ground-on-new-multisport" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for hiking a section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The Center for Outdoor Studies at Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College, 176th Commencement on May 4, 2024" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating">Emory & Henry College Celebrates 200 Graduating 2024 Seniors</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The First to Come to Campus During a Pandemic and the Last to Have College on Diplomas First Class of Nine Nurses to Enter the Workforce</p><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg" alt="President John Wells, Barter Theatre Board Chair Emily O'Quinn and Barter Theatre Artistic Director Katy Brown and E&H Theatre S..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/486,0,2617,2133/14749_Theatre-Dept-Barter-Theatre-Signing_10-12-23_276.rev.1697141989.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the">Emory & Henry Department of Theatre and The Barter Theatre Continue Meaningful Partnership with a Formal Signing</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Barter Theatre and Emory & Henry College have agreed to continue their collaborative, professional association with the goal of enhancing the professional theatre studies program at Emory & Henry College. This partnership will provide access for Emory & Henry College theatre students to certain elements of Barter Theatre’s professional staff and their expertise prior to graduation. Emory & Henry College and the Barter Theatre renewed their partnership on October 12 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts, home of the Emory & Henry Department of Theatre. </p><a href="/live/news/3171-emory-henry-department-of-theatre-and-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg" alt="Celeste Gaia" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a">Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators</p><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>