Kendal received his Bachelors degree in Social Work (BSW) at Fort Hays State University and later completed his Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) at the University of Kansas in 2004 with a concentration in clinical social work. He is a licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW), a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC I) and he is a Kansas State Supreme Court approved mediator. Kendal grew up in the Hays area and his appointment to the Fort Hays State University faculty has in a sense, allowed him to return home and it will provide an opportunity for Kendal to reconnect with his roots.
Kendal's professional work has been primary focus on addictions and including chemical and behavioral addictions and mental health. He has worked at New Chance, Inc. Garden City, KS and Mirror, Inc. Newton, KS as a substance abuse counselor.
Kendal worked at Prairie View Behavioral Health on the Newton and Hutchison, KS campuses as a therapist on the substance abuse treatment team as well as the sexual offender treatment team (both adult and adolescent offenders) where he provided group and individual therapy. Other roles while at Prairie View included case management, assessment, discharge planning and family therapy while a team member of the adult and adolescent inpatient treatment facility and the adolescent residential treatment program.
Kendal returned to Southwest Kansas in 2004 in the role of case manager where he worked with individuals who received TAF benefits and had an identified substance abuse issue. He later moved into the criminal justice field where he provided substance abuse counseling and mental health therapy for individuals who were on probation with community corrections.
Just before coming to Fort Hays State University, Kendal worked as a Clinical Director for Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center. His work included clinical supervision, assessing and referring, advocacy, community capacity building, brokering of services, implementation of new programs and collaborative work with both public and private social service agencies across the State of Kansas.
Kendal is passionate that the principles of social work and addictions counselors be upheld and practiced and for the professional growth of practicing social workers as well as practicing addiction counselors. He is a board member of Friends of Recovery Association and he is a member of the Kansas Association of Addiction Professional Ethics Committee.