Arlene is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in Indiana. She received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana University in Fort Wayne, IN.
Arlene is certified as a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy and by the East Coast Center for Psychodrama and The Art of Living. Her primary trainers were Hannah Weiner, John Nolte, and Ann Hale.
Additionally, Arlene is certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), and a Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Her certification as a Trauma Therapist (CTT) is through Spirit 2 Spirit Trauma Healing. Also, she is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through NAADAC, The National Association for Addiction Professionals.
Currently Arlene is the Founder of Healing Heart Connections, LLC in Fort Wayne, IN. She provides psychodrama training for professionals, intensive healing experiences primarily around trauma and addiction issues, and clinical supervision for professionals training in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, as well as those training in sex addiction therapy.
Also, Arlene collaborates with Dr. Curtis Cripe, PhD, Cave Creek, AZ to provide neuro-cognitive assessment, interpretation, and treatment for those who want to focus on healing the areas of their brains that have been damaged due to their trauma experiences. Additionally, Arlene consults with treatment centers and preschool programs throughout the country to help them develop effective multicultural services for traumatized individuals. She is an adjunct facilitator for Spirit 2 Spirit Healing, providing Psychodrama and Trauma Training for Professionals as well as Intensive Residential Experiences for those desiring to heal from their personal traumas.
Arlene has worked in the mental health and addiction fields for over 40 years, and during the past 35 years has conducted thousands of training seminars throughout the U.S. and in Europe. Her clinical work has been with adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families in settings and programs that included prevention, intervention, outpatient, residential and inpatient. Populations she has specialized in have been trauma survivors, veterans, offenders, homeless; and those struggling with the aftermath of trauma experiences such as addictions, self-destructive behaviors (eating and relationship disorders, self-injury behaviors, etc.), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression.
Arlene was one of the founding members of the Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals (IAAP) and served on the Board of Directors as well as being Chairperson of the Certification Board until moving to Florida in 2007. In Florida she provided clinical treatment and staff training at one of the premier residential trauma and addiction treatment centers in the United States. In 2014 she relocated back to Indiana and to continue her work.
Arleneâ€™s passion is to provide treatment intensives and train professionals to provide the highest quality multicultural treatment to those who have experienced Complex Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's), so that participants