Hi I’m Dr. Robert A. Horne, and the CounselingAroundAmerica event and its coordinated gofundme campaign (Support Counseling Around America) are my way of bringing attention to mental health and addiction and treatment needs of the general community, and especially members of underserved and non-served communities. As a 2013 recipient of a $20,000 National Board for Certified Counselors/Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration  Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Fellowship these events are my way of giving back to the nonprofit mental health and substance use organizations that serve America’s and the world’s most needed populations.

My professional career includes: service as an enlisted person and as an officer in the United States Marine Corps; over 20 years in parish ministry, including service as a pastor, Christian Educator, and missionary; and service as a National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, Master Addiction Counselor, International Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Counselor Educator.

I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the Department of Allied Professions at North Carolina Central University. Additionally, I serve as: a counselor and counseling consultant in private practice; Chair, National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council (Doctoral); a Subject Matter Expert for the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium; and a Fitness for Practice Evaluator for the North Carolina Board for Licensed Professional Counselors.  I hold a: Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from North Carolina State University; M. A. in Agency Counseling from North Carolina Central University; and Master of  Divinity from Duke University.

My research and publications focus on: (a) males of African descent’s identity development and sustenance; b) the relationship between spirituality, mental health and substance use; 3) stress, coping strategies; 4) building alliances between counselors and communities; and 5) the development of professional and paraprofessional counselor training and supervision techniques for members of underserved and non-served populations in international settings.

While currently residing in North Carolina, my professional careers have allowed me to visit over 40 countries. As such, I am actively engaged in conducting workshops and trainings, both nationally and internationally. While I have visited and served in many countries, my most recent foreign collaborations have taken place with the Uganda Counselling Association in Kampala, Uganda.

Needless to say, planning to take a 10,000 -12,000 mile motorcycle ride around the country to promote mental health and substance use awareness and treatment, I am also an avid motorcycle enthusiast.