Jan 172014
 

The College of Allied Health Science is adding a fourth certificate to the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies with the new certificate in military and trauma counseling (MTC) program.

The program will prepare graduate students enrolled in counselor education programs to work effectively with the psychosocial and mental health needs of military personnel, veterans, disabled veterans, and their families. Students will also acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively with those who have experienced civilian trauma.

Makr Stebnicki, professor in the Department of Addictions & Rehabilitation Studies and coordinator of the new MTC certificate

Mark Stebnicki, professor in the Department of Addictions & Rehabilitation Studies and coordinator of the new MTC certificate

“More than two million American troops have deployed to the Middle East since September 11, 2001 in support of the Global War on Terror,” said Dr. Mark Stebnicki, professor and Coordinator of the Military and Trauma Counseling Certificate, “More servicemen and women are surviving combat injuries than ever before due to improved battlefield medicine, post-operative medical technology, and better body armor. Many have experienced catastrophic physical injuries/disabilities (i.e., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and amputations) and serious mental health concerns (i.e., post traumatic stress, substance abuse, and behavioral addictions).”

Stebnicki added that transitioning from active duty to civilian life requires a unique understanding of the medical, physical, psychological, and career needs of the individual service member, as well as family members, and significant others. The new certificate will provide graduates with the skills needed to aid military personnel and veterans with that transition.

“There are unique differences in counseling persons in community mental health versus military and veteran settings,” said Stebnicki, “Because of these differences, the MTC program specializes in training students how to work competently in the diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, and rehabilitation treatment planning of service men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life.”

Providing services such as these for military personnel is a large focus in the department. Dr. Paul Toriello, the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Services chair secured an $828,956 grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services to help equip the Operation Re-Entry van with satellite communication and new telehealth technology that provides clinical care long-distance.

(L-R) Jim Menke, project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina, and Dr. Paul Toriello, chair of the ECU Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, worked together on the grant project that equipped the Operation Re-entry van with technology to serve veterans and their families in their own communities. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

(L-R) Jim Menke, project manager for Operation Re-entry North Carolina, and Dr. Paul Toriello, chair of the ECU Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies, worked together on the grant project that equipped the Operation Re-entry van with technology to serve veterans and their families in their own communities. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)

With the new equipment, the Operation Re-Entry van can deliver medical, psychiatric and behavioral health services in an ambulatory unit that can travel to veterans and their families instead of making them travel for services.

To be eligible for the MTC certificate program students must be admitted by the Graduate School as a degree or certificate student and meet the minimum admission criteria including a letter of intent, a GPA of 2.7, and consent of the MTC Program Coordinator.

The courses that are required with the MTC certificate program are:

REHB 6000- Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability (3): Functional capacities of individuals with disabilities, impact of disability on individual, and personal and social adjustment to life.

REHB 6100- Occupational Analysis and Career Counseling (3): Current occupational, vocational, career counseling, and career development theories and practices related to persons with and without disabilities across the life-span.

REHB 6375- Military and Trauma Counseling (3): Focuses on providing assessment, counseling, rehabilitation, and transitional services to individuals and families in the military, veterans, and/or trauma survivors.

Additionally, students are required to complete one three (3) semester hour elective approved by the MTC certificate program Coordinator.

For more information contact Dr. Mark Stebnicki, MTC program coordinator-email: stebnickim@ecu.edu, telephone: 252.744.6295. For more extensive information on the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation visit our website at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/rehb/index.cfm .

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