The ACCEPT Program is the Addictions Counseling Certificate Experiential Paraprofessional Training Program at Kent State University. It is an enhancement of the Addictions Counseling Certificate Program (ACCP), providing additional experiential training and financial support to a select number of KSU undergraduate students enrolled in the ACCP.

The ACCEPT Program is a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA; Grant # 1 M01HP42441‐01‐00), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services administration. (Total HRSA award to KSU for 4 years is $1,598,289; 60% of which is dedicated to student support.)

The ACCEPT Program at KSU began September 2021 and will continue until at least August 2025. A total of 104 KSU undergraduate students will benefit from the ACCEPT Program over its first 4 years. Twenty-six ACCEPT Program Trainees have been selected for its first class, the class of 2021-22. Each class will begin in the Fall semester. Currently, 14 Trainees are at the Kent campus and 7 Trainees are at the Trumbull campus. The majority of Trainees are Psychology majors. All of the Trainees are preparing to work as addictions counselors.

Applications for the second class of ACCEPT Program Trainees, the class of 2022-23, will be made available during Summer 2022. Students eligible for the ACCEPT Program are those who begin the undergraduate/post-secondary Addictions Counseling Certificate Program (ACCP) in the Fall semester and complete the ACCP  at the end of the following Summer term.

Each KSU ACCEPT Program Trainee receives the following benefits:

  • $3,000 toward tuition/fees
  • $5,000 stipend during practicum
  • Training in cultural humility, trauma-informed care, and working with families
  • Extensive training and certification in telehealth service provision, offered by, a leader in telehealth training
  • Participation in client simulation practice activities/encounters conducted live/on-ground and online/asynchronously, including a simulated case conference
  • Career mentoring provided by a graduate student Research Assistant, including resume revision and participating in mock employment interviews
  • Placement in a 10- or 15-week addictions counseling practicum at a facility in Northeast Ohio that offers integrated health services (behavioral health and primary care)
  • Free life-time subscription to a digital portfolio/software package to track all practicum field hours and progress toward licensure as a chemical dependency counselor in Ohio
  • Free life-time subscription to Tevera, a digital portfolio/software package to track all practicum field hours and progress toward licensure as a chemical dependency counselor in Ohio

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The ACCEPT Program is coordinated by five faculty investigators:

Dr. Cynthia Osborn
Dr. Cynthia Osborn, Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Director

Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision

Pic of Joel Hughes, PhD
Dr. Joel Hughes, Co-PI

Professor, Psychological Sciences

Cassie Storlie Headshot
Dr. Cassie Storlie, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision

Dr. Kelly Cichy Headshot
Dr. Kelly Cichy, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies

William V. Lechner
Dr. William (Bill) Lechner, Co-Investigator

Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Two master’s students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program are serving as ACCEPT Program Research Assistants for 2021-22:

Alyssa Hernandez Headshot
Alyssa Hernandez

Joanna Jaskowick Headshot
Joanna Jaskowick

The ACCEPT Program is fortunate to have the following behavioral health and primary care organizations as community clinical partners (and serving as practicum sites for ACCEPT Program Trainees):

2021-2022 ACCEPT Trainees

  • MaryLouise Bowers (Kent Campus)
  • Olivia Coontz (Kent Campus)
  • Trinity Delade (Kent Campus)
  • Isabella DeMalio (Trumbull Campus)
  • Matthew Famiano (Kent Campus)
  • Miranda Fedor (Kent Campus)
  • Karen Fritz (Trumbull Campus)
  • Bo Hall (Kent Campus)
  • Alicia Irizarry (Kent Campus)
  • Allison James (Kent Campus)
  • Mackenzie King (Kent Campus)
  • Ashley Kozma (Kent Campus)
  • Jessica Nevinski (Trumbull Campus)
  • Estella Rhinehart (Trumbull Campus)
  • Samantha Sarley (Kent Campus)
  • Gabrielle Shives (Trumbull Campus)
  • Annberlyne Vaughn (Trumbull Campus)
  • Heather Vercher (Trumbull Campus)
  • Taylor Volovar (Kent Campus)
  • Abigail Ward (Stark Campus)
  • Alysha Ziemba (Kent Campus)

View Overview of Addictions Counseling Practicum for ACCEPT Trainees (pdf)