About This Course
Internship provides Addiction Studies students with practical experience in settings where substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health treatment services are offered. The internship experience allows students to relate academic and theoretical learning to settings outside the classroom. General counseling skills, awareness and influence of self in the counseling process and competency in the 12 Core Functions are enhanced through clinical experience, on-site individual supervision and peer group supervision.
Upon completion of the internship, each student undergoes an extensive formal written and oral evaluation process to ensure ethical and competent clinical practice.
Debra is a resident faculty member and Director of Graduate Studies of the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She has developed integrated mental health and substance abuse curriculum and academic programming, as well as provided counselor training. Debra has over 35 years of experience as a clinician and manager in the addictions field where she delivered substance abuse clinical care for a range of clients. She has worked with adolescents and adults facing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health concerns through a variety of stages, including prevention, primary care, and continuing care. She completed her Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor training at the University of Minnesota and earned her master’s from St. Mary’s University.