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Ivy Tech educating addiction counselors

In October, Indiana Governor Holcomb called for increasing the amount of addiction counselors across the state.

Posted: Nov. 6, 2017 5:00 PM
Updated: Nov. 6, 2017 6:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — In October, Indiana Governor Holcomb called for increasing the number of addiction counselors across the state.

Ivy Tech Community College is hoping to educate those future counselors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for counselors will increase almost 20 percent by 2024. This is due to rising level of opioid addiction. Ivy Tech offers the courses necessary before a person can be licensed to treat addicts.

Ivy Tech Lafayette's Jo Micon said the program is perfect for social workers looking for a new challenge.

"The past five years, what we created specifically to meet this need was a certificate in addiction studies targeted for the folks who already have bachelor's degrees in social work or psychology or counseling," Micon said. "Someone who has a lot of empathy. Someone who cares about the greater human good. Someone who really wants to help others."

Micon said if anyone is interested in becoming an addiction counselor, get in touch with an advisor at the Ivy Tech Lafayette campus.

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