Pennsylvania university receives nearly $200,000 to train students on addiction


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recently awarded a $197,668 grant to Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University’s School of Graduate Studies to provide counselor education training.

The school’s counseling program will use the funding as part of its master’s degree program in counseling. It is aimed at students focused on treating addiction.

“This grant is an exciting opportunity for Edinboro University’s counseling program to train professionals interested in treating individuals and families affected by substance use disorder,” said Dr. Susan Packard, a professor in Edinboro’s Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education Department. “Job opportunities for substance abuse counselors are abundant. Edinboro University’s counseling program is proud in its mission to help prepare the next generation of counselors.”

Between 2019-2029, the number of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, and mental health counselor positions is expected to increase 25 percent, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, but while the need increases, the number of trained addiction counselors has decreased, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The median pay for these positions was $46,240 in 2019.

Edinboro’s counseling program includes four programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.