AUNE’s Melissa Chickering Interviewed by Media Outlets About Staffing Shortage in Treatment Facilities for Opiate Abuse

melissa-chickering-200Melissa Chickering, director of practica and internships for AUNE’s Department of Applied Psychology was recently interviewed by a number of media outlets about the epidemic of opiate abuse and the staffing shortage in treatment programs. The original story ran on New Hampshire Public Radio, then got picked up by the Keene Sentinel. The segment from NHPR also ran on NPR and NHPR did a follow-up story on The Exchange. Her media blitz ended with an interview on FoxNews’ morning show, Fox and Friends.

NHPR: Staffing Shortages Leave Some N.H. Addiction Treatment Beds Empty (February 1, 2016)

Keene Sentinel: Staffing shortages leave some NH addiction treatment beds empty (February 6, 2016)

NPR: Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic (February 24, 2016)

NHPR, The Exchange: Addressing N.H.’s Addiction Counselor Shortage (March 1, 2016)

Fox and Friends on FoxNews (March 3, 2016)

Melissa Chickering is a dually licensed clinician (LCMHC, MLADC) in the state of New Hampshire. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling from Antioch University New England in 2006. Melissa comes to AUNE with 13 years of experience in the fields of counseling, supervision, education, and program development. She specializes in working with adolescents with substance abuse issues and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In addition, she has worked at a policy level to advocate for additional funding and support for addiction treatment and prevention services. Melissa has spent the majority of her career in the Keene area and has been connected to AUNE as an alumna, an intern, a site supervisor for interns, and now as a faculty member and director of Practica and Internships in the Department of Applied Psychology. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the Wellness Institute for Helping Professionals in the Department of Applied Psychology. She is passionate about bringing wellness education and support to helping professionals of all disciplines.

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