About Cecil Yount
My career started in 1976 when I was hired as a team member to develop one of the first DWI treatment programs in N.C. My experience in the courts led to counseling and supervision in the field of addictions as that arena of treatment has grown through my 40 plus years in the field. I retired in 2006 after 30 years of community mental health services in which I rose to the level of Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. As our profession grew, my credential became Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and Certified Clinical Supervisor. Following my retirement, I went immediately to work for a spin-off provider organization that came into being due to mental health reform in North Carolina. My primary job for those 10 years was as Director of Information Technology. During that time, I maintained a small counseling service focusing mainly on DWI issues of assessment. I left the Information Technology job and transitioned to a limited private practice with a colleague.
I have served on regional and state task forces during my 40+ years of practice and have taught at the graduate level in the counseling program of Western Carolina University for 10 years. My undergraduate degree in Psychology/Sociology is from Appalachian State University. My mentors in counseling have been Dr. John Edwards (family/systems counseling/addictions) and Mr. John Neikirk (addictions/consultation/supervision). I helped develop some of the first Employee Assistance Programs in Western North Carolina and, under my role as Director of Substance Abuse Services, enhanced service provision to women and children. I have many years of experience "rounding" in our local hospital when that facility provided detoxification services.
While certainly no "newbie" to information technology and online issues, I am enjoying a move into the world of online counseling. While some issues are best addressed face-to-face, I'm finding that online counseling provides a rich and flexible environment for consumers in which their needs can be met.