A New Direction
At Tri-C, Karell McDaniel started on the path to a career as a chemical dependency counselor
The Rev. Karell T. McDaniel is a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor and executive director of Life Recovery Ministries. Since 2011, he has provided professional training to more than 900 students seeking Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant certification. Rev. McDaniel’s future began at Tri-C.
After his discharge from the U.S. Marines in 1993, Rev. McDaniel pondered his direction. With GI Bill benefits expiring 10 years after discharge, he finally chose Tri-C because of its community reputation, reasonable cost and convenient location. He attended Tri-C from 2000 to 2002, receiving scholarships that took care of books and reduced his tuition.
After graduating in 2002, he transferred to Cleveland State University. Unfortunately, his GI Bill benefits ran out before he could complete his second degree.
Rev. McDaniel credits Tri-C for preparing him with the fundamental knowledge needed to enter the field of chemical dependency counseling. His education in the area of psychology prepared him to author and self-publish his first book in 2004 and four other books after that. In 2006, he launched his own counseling and professional training business.
He served as chairman of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) board’s faith-based subcommittee from 2012 to 2015. He is the 2012 recipient pf the ADAMHS Faith-Based Involvement Award.
Rev. McDaniel’s advice to potential Tri-C students is simple: “Do it!”
The reasons are clear. “Tri-C is an excellent place to begin your journey in higher learning. The staff are encouraging and invested in your success. It’s cost effective, and it’s a great place to learn discipline.”