Ruth Ridenhour DBA, LPC, CCDP-D, TTS, SHRM-CP

Ms. Ridenhour is an accomplished practitioner and presenter and has been chosen as our 50th Anniversary Conference Keynote Speaker. 

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Ruth Ridenhour started her career in the Educational Field moving into the Mental Health/ Substance Use field in 2005. 


She obtained her master’s in counseling in 2007 and has been working as a Mental Health Counseling since 2009. 


She went back to school to obtain her Doctorate in Business Administration/Human Resources in 2016. 


She finished this process on March 5, 2021. 


Since obtaining her counseling licenses she has received her CCDP-D, CCDP-D and DBA. 


She has spoken at many conferences and given several in services on topics such as Ethics, CBT, Behavior Modification, Group Dynamics, Goal Development, and Tobacco Cessation.   Since obtaining her counseling licenses she has received her CCDP-D, CCDP-D and DBA. 


In 2019 she opened her own Private Practice located in Rolla Missouri call Healing Heats Counseling, LLC.  We offer Free Family Support Groups, Individual, Group & Couples Counseling, Thomas Center Autism Friendly Business,  Substance Use Individual Counseling and Groups.

Presentation Information:

Topic: Counselor Shortage/Self Care  

Title: What Does Counselor Have to do with Each of Us

Synopsis:   The United States does not have any formalized data concerning the mental health and addiction workforce (Adams et al., 2013). The information available concerning the mental health direct service workers is gathered by professional associations, licensing and certification boards, and other state or federal sources (Flaherty et al., 2013). The research predicted that by the end of 2021, over 4,000 children and adolescent psychiatrists or mental health professional will be needed to properly treat this population (Holzer et al., 2020). The same research, only six states have enough mental health professionals to provide appropriate treatment, especially for those living in poverty or rural areas (Holzer et al., 2020). Rural areas maintain 85% of the Mental Health employee shortage nationwide. What does  all this research mean to all of us and what can we do it slow it down?   The session will look at reason why we have such a shortage and how we can take the time to care for not only ourself but each other.  It will an interactive session on the importance for each of us to take care of ourself and each other as we combat the high need for mental health and substance use services with each of our communities. Come prepared with how you are taking care of you and what you or your agency is doing to work together as a community.


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