Kari Mika-Lude, PhD


WV Behavioral Health Workforce and Health Equity Training Center

Kari Mika-Lude oversees the Behavioral Health Training Center at Marshall University. Kari received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and then her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. She recently completed her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University. She has more than 10 years of experience as a professional counselor, most of which has been spent in community mental health. She is independently licensed in both West Virginia (LPC) and Illinois (LCPC) and holds addiction counseling credentials in both states. Her primary clinical specialization is trauma, with a focus on first responders, and she is trained in EMDR. In 2018, she founded and now oversees a private group practice, where she provides clinical supervision and consultation services. She has provided consultation on trauma-informed screening procedures for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration. She and her husband, who is a firefighter/EMT, have provided trainings on first responder wellness, PTSD recovery, suicide prevention, and trauma-informed workplaces for police, fire, EMS, and 911/dispatch. Kari has also developed and delivered trainings on a variety of topics for both professionals and community members, including psychological disaster preparedness, sexual violence and addiction, intimate partner violence, gatekeeping in counselor education, and more. Kari serves on the Cabell County Critical Incident Stress Management team and on the Executive Board of the West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association.

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