We all inevitably will face challenges in our lives - difficulty with emotional or mental health concerns, substance use or abuse, physical illness or disability, relationship issues, life transitions, career decisions. With a degree in one of our programs, you will be able to help people maximize their potential and make positive changes in their lives!

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NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program Award Recipient 
Darsey Raymond, student in the MS, Clinical Counseling program, was recently awarded the NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program (NMFP) Award. As a NMFP award recipient, Ms. Raymond will receive additional educational workshops and mentorship toward providing counseling services to help reduce health disparities and improve healthcare outcomes for minority & LGBT populations and transition age youth (ages 16-25). She will also receive tuition stipend award to assist with the completion of her MS in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in addictions. Congratulations Darsey on this prestigious award! 

Dr. Leigh Atherton, Ms. Cheryl Meola, Gunther, Sammy

Miniature Horses Deputized

DARS added two new members of its rehabilitative services team on Thursday, June 22 when miniature horses Gunner and Sammy were deputized by the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

Dr. Leigh Atherton of DARS shared that the pair are part of a new collaboration between both departments and Rocking Horse Ranch, a resort on Blue Banks Road in Greenville.

This new project, known as Building Bridges, will offer therapy to individuals exposed to a variety of traumatic events. DARS will contribute clinical evaluations through the supervision of students and faculty to support the equine activities.

Contributed photo: Dr. Leigh Atherton (left) pictured with doctoral candidate, Ms. Cheryl Meola (right), at the Pitt County Courthouse following the swearing-in ceremony for Gunner and Sammy.

Governor Roy Cooper Visits with DARS Faculty and Students

Governor Roy Cooper, Dr. Paul Toriello
Governor Roy Cooper, Matt McClanahan

Rocking Horse Ranch

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DARS Faculty & Students visit Rocking Horse Ranch
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Navigate Counseling Clinic

Our services are designed to help clients identify challenges, cope with stress, improve interpersonal skills and relationships, choose a career or education path or change careers, improve confidence and self-esteem, improve assertiveness, and assess and address the impact of alcohol or drug use in their lives.

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