Shannon McCray has been working in the addictions field for nearly ten years.  A native of New Jersey and New York, she majored in Criminology and Justice Studies with a minor in African-American Studies.  Upon graduation, she was accepted to serve as a volunteer with the Peace Corps, where she taught English as a Foreign Language to high school students living in Mozambique, southern Africa.  During this time, Shannon also facilitated HIV prevention projects with members of her adopted community.  These experiences inspired Shannon, giving her a renewed passion for furthering her own education, while simultaneously helping under-served members of the community.  Upon her return to New Jersey, she began working in a treatment facility that addressed both substance abuse and mental health challenges.   Through that position, Shannon first earned the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credential, then completed a master's degree in African-American Studies, and then still a second master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addictions.  Shannon's areas of expertise include: mental health, substance abuse, spirituality, cultural competence, women's issues, and social justice.

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