Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has appointed and commissioned Dr. Todd Frye, professor of counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University, to the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB), for the discipline of professional counseling. The BSRB is comprised of licensed behavioral science professionals and four public citizens all on appointment by the Governor. toddfrye-2web

Established by the Kansas Legislature in 1980 to license and regulate psychologists and social workers in Kansas, the goal of the BSRB is to protect and serve the public in regard to the actions of practitioners of the following six licensed professions: psychologist, social worker, professional counselor, master level psychologist, marriage and family therapist and addiction counselor.

Frye began his appointment July 1 and will serve a four-year term. In this capacity he will influence the creation and interpretation of statutes and regulations governing state licensure for counselors. He also serves as chairman of the BSRB’s professional counseling advisory board, a separate group of counseling professionals that advises the BSRB on issues surrounding licensure.

In his role as a professional counselor and chair of MNU’s Department of Counselor Education, Frye has interacted with the BSRB by attending meetings and bringing proposals to the body over the last several years. As a result of this contact and his active involvement in leadership and counselor training and advocacy across the state, an invitation from the BSRB to apply for a recent vacancy was extended to him. After submitting his application and meeting with the Governor’s assistant for appointments Frye’s name was submitted to Brownback for approval.

Upon receiving word of the appointment from the Governor’s office Frye felt honored.

“It’s a significant honor to be appointed by the Governor,” Frye declared. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to promote issues of importance to the profession, have influence on the practice of counseling in our state, and most importantly uphold my mandate to protect the public through gatekeeping the professional counselor license.”

Frye also thinks his work for the BSRB will have a positive impact on MNU counseling students and alumni.

“I’ll be informed of major developments effecting counseling at the state level,” he says. “Our students will be on the cutting edge of new requirements and trends in the profession. I can also make changes to our educational program in anticipation of new requirements. Students and alumni can feel confident that they are educated on the best practices in the field.”

With his appointment Frye says the Department of Counselor Education at MNU now boasts leaders on several prestigious administrative bodies in the field of behavioral sciences. An example of this is his colleague, MNU associate professor of counseling Mary Fry (no relation to Frye), who is president of the Association for Play Therapy, a national organization that educates and certifies play therapists.

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s Master of Arts in Counseling program is accelerated and allows professionals in the field of mental health to complete a master’s degree in as little as two years. Four areas of specialization include marriage, couple and family counseling, mental health counseling, school counseling and pastoral counseling. The program is offered at the university’s campus in Olathe, Kan., and at its learning center in Liberty, Mo.

The marriage, couple, & family, clinical mental health, and school counseling tracks are accredited by CACREP (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs). MNU holds the proud distinction of being the only private institution in Kansas and the only faith-based institution within 800 miles to achieve this level of accreditation in counseling.

MNU also offers a postgraduate certificate in play therapy and a unique postgraduate certificate for sexual addictions treatment providers. Both programs are offered on site and online. In addition the Certificate in Sexual Addictions Treatment Provider program is the only faith- and university-based training of its kind. For more information about education at MNU, visit www.mnu.edu.