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Counseling is a very interesting area of study. You might already have an idea of what area you´d like to look into. Perhaps something involving the humanitarian arena. If so, the following biographies are intended to inspire you.

Fr. Kevin Conroy, Ph.D.

Fr. Kevin Conroy completed a PhD with a Counseling Specialization from Cleveland State University. His dissertation was entitled “Guatemalan Immigrants Experience of violence, torture and war: Speaking in there own voices”. It was one of five dissertations chosen several years ago by CSU to present to the University’s National Accreditation Committee.

He was also chosen by the university for the Distinguished Alumnae Award for the College of Education and Human Service, for his work with Cambodian orphans who are living with HIV/AID.

Fr. Conroy has spent the last 9 years working in Cambodia, as a Maryknoll Associate Priest/Psychologist.

During that time, he has held various positions with the Seedling of Hope program. He currently teaches at the Royal University of Phnom Penh M.A. in Clinical Psychology and Trauma treatment program. He supported the First National Survey of Mental Health in Cambodia in 2011—a randomized study that helps develop mental health programming in Cambodia.

More recently, Fr. Conroy has developed the Maryknoll Mental Health Program in Cambodia. This program aims to develop mental health outreach where there are no mental health professionals, as well as educating Cambodians living in the rural areas about mental health.

In order to fulfill this mission, Fr. Conroy created the Mobile Team for Mental Health and Mental Health services at St. Luke’s Sick Shelter in Phnom Penh.

The Humanitarian Side of a PhD in Counseling

Martina Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Martina Moore studied for her Masters in Counseling and Human Services at John Carroll University. While enrolled at John Carroll, Dr. Moore was the Director of Addiction Services for Laurelwood Hospital.

Under this capacity, she oversaw four locations and a team of over 100 professionals. Following her graduation from John Carroll in 2000, Dr. Moore opened her private practice, Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. Dr. Moore received independent licensure as a chemical dependency counselor upon graduating from John Carroll, and she is dually licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Since graduating from John Carroll, Dr. Moore’s counseling practice has grown into six locations specializing in Outpatient treatment for substance abusing and dual diagnosis clients. 

Moore Counseling also specializes in providing Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), since she has EAP contracts with local and national organizations. In 2011, she began her Ph.D. program at Walden University. Her program was in in Counseling, Education, and Supervision with a specialization in consultation. 

She completed her program and her dissertation on the Utilization of Motivational Interviewing with the Dual Diagnosis population in May, 2015. She is a trained Gestalt therapist form the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where she is also serves as faculty specializing in couples and family counseling.

Dr. Moore’s primary focus since completing her studies at John Carroll has been to build programs and services in order to assist clients who suffer with addiction and mental health concerns.

Dr. Moore is a public speaker with a national platform who trains professionals on various topics, including professional development, working with clients with addictions, motivational interviewing, and supervision of the counselor, amongst other topics.  

Dr. Moore advocates for clients who have mental health disorders, by working to ensure that clients in need get access to superior quality care for their specific disorder.

More recently, Dr. Moore has been working in collaboration with several local municipalities and mental health agencies. Together, they plan to provide services for clients who are addicted to heroin and other opiates. 

This task force has begun to identify interventions and prevention tools to decrease the amount deaths associated with heroin, and address the needed treatment services for this population. 

In fall 2014, Dr. Moore began teaching a substance-counseling track for bachelor and master level students at John Carroll University. This program allows students to get certified and/or licensed before graduating, or immediately upon graduation.

Dr. Moore´s mission in life is to be “a woman for others”.

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