Deana Leber-George, MEd, LPCC-S
Consultant and Trainer


Deana Leber-George, MEd, LPCC-S, is a consultant and trainer at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University and its Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE) initiative. She provides technical assistance (program consultation, clinical consultation, and training) to service systems and organizations that are implementing evidence-based practices, emerging best practices, and other strategies that improve quality of life and other outcomes for people diagnosed with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Leber-George was the Dual Diagnosis Supervisor at Neighboring Mental Health Services, a community-based behavioral healthcare organization in Mentor, Ohio, where she worked for 16 years. Her professional journey has included numerous positions and responsibilities in direct practice, supervision, training, and program development and management. She has developed an expertise in screening and assessment, homeless outreach, case management, parenting education and support for severely-mentally-ill parents, and individual and group counseling for dual diagnosis.

Ms. Leber-George has been immersed in the implementation of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), an evidence-based practice endorsed by SAMHSA, throughout her career and has been a member of an IDDT team in various roles and at almost every level of fidelity. The team she led has received recognition for its treatment provision at the state level (Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award) and at the national level (SAMHSA Science to Service Award). She has also been recognized individually for her work. She received the Elaine P. Waytes Unsung Hero award from the Lake County ADAMHS Board for her leadership with the Victim of Crime Program.

Ms. Leber-George has been an educator for Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio in the Community Education Department. She has also designed and delivered many training events for the Center for Evidence- Based Practices at Case Western Reserve at its Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio and a Master of Education in Community Counseling from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.