About This Course
Prepares students for successful entry into field of substance use disorder counseling by focusing on facets that are critical to their professional development. Through discussions, experiential learning activities, guest lectures and site visits, students gain further understanding of the internship placement process and requirements, settings that fit their individual training and career goals, requirements for initial licensing and renewal, the testing process, models of professional development, the importance of professional advocacy and associations, self-care and requirements and benefits of clinical supervision. Professional ethics, including state rules, statutes, codes of conduct and regulations for practitioners and agencies are also addressed. Students will also develop their job search skills and apply them to secure a field placement for the internship seminar.
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.