Debra is a resident faculty member 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 for graduate and undergraduate students, 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.
Debra is currently Vice President and Region 10 Governor of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) and is a member of the public policy committee of MARRCH. Debra served on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Alcohol and Addictions Counselors (MNAP), chairing the Advocacy Committee. She also served on the Minnesota Department of Human Services–Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division’s Continuum of Care Strategic Planning Committee and chaired the Workforce Subcommittee which focused on developing a more diverse workforce within the substance abuse industry.
In addition to being a resident faculty member, Ann is also the Internship Liaison to the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) and the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling (ADDC). She teaches a number of courses in the IBH and ADDC programs while serving as a valuable resource for students navigating the internship the program. Ann received her psychology doctorate (PsyD) from Capella University with a specialty in clinical psychology. Since 1994, her primary focus has been working with children, adolescents, and families. Ann holds a dual license as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Fiyyaz is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. Prior to working in higher education, Fiyyaz was employed in a variety of community mental health outpatient settings, many geared towards addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional trainings and presented at conferences on a wide array of diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity. Fiyyaz earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota, and his PsyD from the University of St. Thomas.
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Van is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She is also a graduate of the Integrated Behavioral Health program. Van has a wide variety of experience with chemical health treatment, including outpatient and inpatient, LGBT-specific treatment, methadone maintenance treatment, and detox. She uses an interpersonal, humanistic approach to counseling in her practice, and she believes it is important to work collaboratively with her patients, defining goals and hopes for the counseling process together. Van is interested in cultural competence, integration of care, co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, supervision, ethics, prevention, and diagnosis.
Jennifer is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling programs. She teaches courses on motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and research methods. Jennifer received her doctorate with a specialty in clinical psychology from Walden University. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience providing services to a diverse group of individuals with co-occurring disorders, including ten years of experience in a supervisory role. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviors, forensic assessment and evaluation, psychological testing, and clinical supervision.
Jesse is a clinical social worker, chemical health counselor, and community faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling program. A 2010 graduate of both the College of Continuing Education’s Addiction Studies Certificate program and the School of Social Work’s graduate program at the University of Minnesota, Jesse works to enhance client experiences across a broad spectrum of diverse populations. He has worked in community and hospital settings and is a strong advocate for client-centered, evidence-based care. Jesse is a student of systems-theory—engaging clients within their larger context—and integrates this into both his clinical practice and course work.