Huntington, WV Black History

Candace D. Layne

Licensed Professional Counselor

Candace Layne has served as director of Marshall University’s Counseling Center since June 2018.

Layne received her dcctor of education degree (EdD) in educational leadership from Argosy University in 2013, her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Marshall University in 2006, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2004, also from Marshall University.

She has more than 16 years of counseling experience in many different counseling and human service environments and 12 years of higher education experience.

Layne is licensed in West Virginia as a licensed professional counselor and an approved licensed professional counselor. She also is a certified peer educator (CPE) training instructor; certified trainer in QPR- question, persuade, refer; suicide prevention training; and is certified as a Tips for the University trainer.

Layne enjoys teaching for Lindsey Wilson College and Bridge Valley Community and Technical College. She has completed training in mindfulness techniques, dialectical behavior therapy techniques and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She also is a certified mindfulness-informed clinician – Level 1 (CMC-1).

Although Layne is a lifelong Ohio resident, she has worked and served in Huntington and the Fairfield community most of her life. She owns the only mental health private practice in Huntington owned by a Black person, and she plans and hosts mental health events for the community. She had an idea to do barbershop chats in Black-owned barbershops to spark the conversation of mental health in black communities. This idea has grown into salon chats and are co-sponsored by the Fairfield Community Development Corporation and RaShad Sanders.

Layne has conducted numerous speaking engagements in the Fairfield and Huntington community to educate and include the conversation of mental health in more areas. She has attended church in the Fairfield community her entire life at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and she calls herself a Buckeye Mountaineer for her love of both Ohio, her home state, and West Virginia and the Huntington community.

Layne is a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., and has been for 21 years. She is on the executive board of the Marshall University Black Alumni Association, serving as secretary, and she also is on the executive board of the Junior League of Huntington and serves as marketing and social media chair. She is active at her son’s school, serving as a volunteer for the cheerleading team and a mentor for her son’s robotics team. She also is a Bible Bowl coach, Recreation Committee chair and Program Committee chair at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

 

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