LifeFocus Counseling Services, Oklahoma City
Wenona Barnes is CEO and a counselor at Lifefocus Counseling Services in Oklahoma City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 1991 from Cameron University, a Master's degree in Human Relations in 1994 from the University of Oklahoma, and a Doctor's degree in Psychology in 2004 from Carrington University. Dr. Barnes is an ordained member of the clergy, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a certified DUI assessor, a certified employee assistance professional, a registered traumatologist, an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor, a substance abuse counselor, and is certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.
She is a member of the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators and is certified by the Department of Transportation as a certified substance abuse professional. In addition, Dr. Barnes is a consultant to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, past president and vice president of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Employee Assistance Program Association. She is a member of the Employee Assistance Society of North America and of the Human Relations Associations at the University of Oklahoma.
The Respondent admits that he is an alcoholic. He sought treatment from Dr. Wenona Barnes after his January 9, 2007 arrest for DUI and first met with her on January 24, 2007. Dr. Barnes works with the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program and a lawyer may attend three sessions for free. The Respondent continued to see Dr. Barnes on a professional basis and he is still her client. At the time of the hearing, the Respondent had completed fourteen personal sessions with Dr. Barnes, as well as six hours of drug education at her office. She conducted tests and determined that the Respondent did not require in-patient treatment. Dr. Barnes recommended that Mr. McBride participate in an intensive out-patient program at St. Anthony's Hospital.
Respondent began attending AA meetings and became active in the 12-Step Program. Respondent signed a two-year contract with Lawyers' Helping Lawyers. Respondent successfully completed the extensive out-patient treatment at St. Anthony's Hospital at the end of June, 2007.6 Dr. Barnes testified that he has done everything she recommended and more. She testified that typically a relapse would have happened by the time of the Respondent's five or six months of successful abstinence.
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Complaint #491107. Wenona Barnes, LADC # 13. Advertising a degree from a university that is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Consideration of a Consent Order. (The Board may convene an executive session pursuant to 25 O.S. 307 (B)(8).)
Carrington University is a known degree mill
Dr. Wenona Barnes has been advertisting and has even testified in court under oath that she has a PhD.
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