Jennifer has a masters degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy with an undergraduate in Sociology. She is currently working a PhD in Psychology. Jennifer has a certification in SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) recovery for drug and alcohol treatment as well as a certification as a SAP-Q (Substance Abuse Professional-Qualified) through the Department of Transportation. She is a member of the American Counseling Association as well as a member of the American Psychology Association. In the state of Ohio, Jennifer holds her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) certification as well as her LICDC (Licensed Independent Clinical Drug Counselor) licensure, and is currently working on getting her certifications reciprocated in the state of West Virginia.
SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training which is an alternant to the 12 Step program which is a religious based because it is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) based program that is empirically supported. It uses a four-point program as follows:
- Building and Maintaining Motivation
- Coping with Urges
- Managing Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
- Living a balanced life
A 12 Step Program is designed to be religious as Bill W designed it to be and is effective if you have a religious background and a desire to have what “others have”. This is often difficult to understand in the current world and especially hard for adolescents who may not have been exposed to the concept of a higher power. There is a secular 12 Step Program that Jennifer is also well versed in should an individual prefer a program without the religious base.