Dr. Nina Helene, ED.D, LSW, LICDC-CS has been licensed by the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board since 1990 and by the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services since 1994. Her graduate work and doctorate were completed at Boston University in Humanistic and Behavioral Studies with study in psychology, education, sociology and theology. She conducted an extensive interview study into the near-death experiences of Christians, since revised for book publication.
Since moving to Columbus from Boston with her husband, Dr. Helene has been a case manager in a homeless shelter, counselor in an inner city high school dropout program, middle and high school teacher, geriatric counselor in nursing homes and assisted and independent living facilities, mental health and education consultant in the Columbus public schools, university lecturer in developmental and educational psychology, and Christian counselor in private practice.
Dr. Helene developed and conducted workshops on marriage, parenting, adolescent depression, suicide and substance abuse, aging and eldercare, communication, stress management and other related topics. She has led inpatient and outpatient alcohol and drug and dual diagnosis therapy groups, and co-led domestic violence groups for perpetrators, lectured on alcohol and drug addiction and recovery to medical professionals in inpatient treatment, provided agency-wide Drug-Free Workplace employee in-services and directed a family recovery program.
Dr. Helene developed the Christian counseling program for Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, provided Christian counseling to Franklin and Pickaway County area churches and Trinity Lutheran Seminary and was on the planning committee and a panelist in a conference on faith-based mental health services and programs. She has led women’s church, community and prison Bible study and prayer support groups.
Dr. Helene volunteered with the Salvation Army in Manhattan in October 2001, helping provide disaster relief to 9-11 survivors and in March 2002 at Ground Zero at the pit rim primary site, as a Coordinator of Volunteers serving and ministering to recovery workers. She also volunteered February 2006 with the Salvation Army’s New Orleans’ Disaster Recovery Center, as an Emotional-Spiritual Care Counselor and assisting case workers servicing Katrina-Rita survivors.