Arlene is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. She received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, IN.
Arlene is certified as a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and by the East Coast Center for Psychodrama and The Art of Living. Her primary trainers were Hannah Weiner, John Nolte, and Ann Hale.
Additionally, Arlene is certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), and a Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Her certification as a Trauma Therapist (CTT) is through Spirit 2 Spirit Trauma Healing. Also, she is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through NAADAC, The National Association for Addiction Professionals.
Arlene has worked in the mental health and addiction fields for over 40 years, and during the past 35 years has conducted thousands of training seminars throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Her clinical work has been with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in settings and programs that included prevention, intervention, outpatient, residential and inpatient.
for professionals who work with multi-cultural people who have
been deeply wounded through their trauma experiences –
including those who have been rejected or deemed hopeless –
so that they can embrace the life they were created to live.
Populations she has specialized in have been trauma survivors, veterans, offenders, homeless, and those struggling with the aftermath of trauma experiences such as addictions, self-destructive behaviors (eating disorders, self-injury behaviors, relationship disorders, etc.). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.
Arlene was one of the founding members of the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP) and served on the Board of Directors, as well as being Chairperson of the Certification Board until moving to Florida in 2007. In Florida she worked at one of the premier residential trauma and addiction treatment centers in the United States. Additionally, she was an adjunct facilitator for Spirit 2 Spirit Healing, providing Psychodrama and Trauma Training for Professionals, as well as Intensive Residential Experiences for those desiring to heal from their personal traumas. During her time in Florida, Arlene trained in neuro-cognitive assessment, interpretation, and treatment under Dr. Curtis Cripe from Cave Creek, AZ. Combining Dr. Cripe’s work with intensive trauma treatment provided much more effective, efficient, long lasting, and complete healing experiences for clients. In 2014, Arlene relocated back to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Her commitment and professional work in the field led to the following professional recognitions.
- 1992 – City of Fort Wayne, Office of the Mayor, Commendation for Dedication to Church and Work
- 1994 – United States District Court on behalf of the United States Probation System,
Commendation for Contribution to the Improvement of the Criminal Justice System in
- 1999 – Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Counselor of the Year
- 1999 – Fort Wayne YWCA, Women of Achievement Honoree
- 2002 – The Board of Directors of Stop the Madness, Inc., Recognition for Many Years of Service and Commitment to the Youth of Our Community
- 2002 – Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Recognition of Leadership and Service to ICAADA as Chairperson of the Certification Board
- 2006 – Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals, Recognition for Selfless Dedication in Service of the Addiction Counseling Profession as a Founding Member of the Indiana Association for Addiction Counseling Professional
Arlene’s passion and focus continue to be to provide the highest quality treatment and training for professionals who want to work with multi-cultural people who have been deeply wounded through their trauma experiences, including those who have been rejected or deemed as hopeless, so that they can embrace the life they were created to live.