Jacksonville, Fla.\u00a0\u2014 Beaches Recovery rehabilitation center and the Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences have engaged in a joint project to provide practical clinical experience to graduate students completing BRCHS\u2019s Master of Science Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.\r\n\r\nJU and Beaches Recovery are affiliating to provide selected graduate student interns the opportunity to engage directly with individuals seeking to overcome addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders in clinical and research programs conducted at Beaches Recovery facilities.\r\n\r\nWhile addiction to alcohol and other drugs has long been a serious societal problem, the recent announcement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that opioid addiction has reached epidemic proportions emphasizes the need for trained\u00a0healthcare professionals able to address this crisis.\r\n\r\nBeaches Recovery Medical Director Dr.\u00a0Marcus De Carvalho notes that while the U.S. has 5 percent of the world\u2019s population, it uses more than 80 percent of all opioids made by pharmaceutical companies.\r\n\r\nJU\u2019s Clinical Mental Health Counseling masters program focuses on teaching students to implement empirically supported and effective therapeutic treatments to help treat and prevent mental\u00a0health challenges, said Dr. Christine Sapienza, Dean of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences.\r\n\r\n\u201cAddiction counseling is certainly one critical focus of the program, and providing our students the opportunity to gain actual clinical experience in a real-world environment will accelerate their ability to contribute to the advancement of addiction treatment.\u201d\r\n\r\nWhat distinguishes Beaches Recovery, said CEO Kyle\u00a0Marcotte, is that \u201cfrom the start, Beaches was designed to provide progressive, evidence-based client care programs that involve a full continuum of care, including psychiatric services, individualized therapy, family therapy, education, as well as the development of healthy lifestyle skills.\u201d\r\n\r\nDr. Sharon Weaver-Wilburn, Director of the BRCHS Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program\u00a0said the University was impressed with the Beaches Recovery program.\r\n\r\n\u201cOne of the goals of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program\u00a0is to work to change the way addiction treatment services are taught and improve how they are delivered,\u201d she said. \u201cWe think that Beaches Recovery will be a very good\u00a0collaborator for us in this endeavor.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor additional program information, please contact Pamela D. Adrian, MS Assistant Director, JU Graduate Admissions, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (904) 256-7245;\u00a0or Sharon T. Wilburn, PhD Program Director, JU Clinical Mental Health Counseling, at email@example.com or (904) 256-8930.\r\n\r\nAbout Beaches Recovery\u00a0\r\n\r\nBeaches Recovery is a 90-bed treatment facility located on the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida. Beaches Recovery offers the highest level of care, giving patients the best possible resources to ensure successful rehabilitation. Residents at the Jacksonville addiction treatment center work with a therapist to select the best clinical options to meet their personal needs. Beaches Recovery therapists adapt each treatment to match the client\u2019s culture, values, and interpersonal relationship patterns, and create a proactive, informed approach to rehabilitation and recovery. Beaches Recovery offers Primary Care, Extended Care, Transitional Living, Outpatient, Academic and Family programs that exceed industry standards and provide the highest quality, progressive care to each and every person that comes to the facility.\u00a0To learn more, visit\u00a0www.beachesrecovery.com.\r\n\r\nAbout the JU Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences\r\n\r\nThe Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University prepares students to join a workforce community of healthcare professionals who provide exemplary service and care to a diverse population of individuals. Faculty and staff are innovative, creative and engaged in advancing the knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of health and human services. The College contains the highly regarded School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Orthodontics. The School of Applied Health Sciences includes the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health Informatics; and Kinesiology.