Meet Our New Faculty Member

A Q&A with ThanhVan (Van) Vu

ThanhVan Vu is a resident faculty member in the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) and Master of Professional Studies in Addictions Counseling (ADDC) programs. She has a 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. 

Thanhvan VuCCE: Where are you from?

TV: New Brighton, Minnesota. Irondale High School...Go Knights!

CCE: What were you doing prior to coming to CCE?

TV: I was a chemical and mental health counselor at Boynton Health. Prior to this I worked in a number of Substance Use Disorder treatment facilities including in-patient, out-patient, residential, detox, and methadone maintenance treatment.

CCE: What drew you to the ADDC and IBH degree programs?

TV: The program's innovative cross section of mental health and addiction in an applied knowledge format is a large pull for me. 

CCE: What do you think about the state of counseling today?

TV: It is a fast paced, dynamic field with exciting challenges and shifts in the paradigm of thought around addiction/mental health. Ultimately, my professional motivation comes down to changing the conversation around addiction and mental health. I strive to explore, apply, and challenge some of the knowledge that we hold in this field. In doing so, I hope to ignite a similar passion in students along the way. 

CCE: Has there been something (a book, experience, person, etc.) that has inspired you professionally?

A number of mentors I have had the fortune to meet and collaborate with throughout my academic and work experiences. 

CCE: What do you like to do in your spare time?

TV: Hanging out with my seven-month-old has left me with very little spare time, but when I can squeeze in a few minutes I try to catch up on the latest podcast. I'm an avid fan of Invisibilia, Planet Money, Dinner Party Download, This American Life, Radiolab, and the Moth to name a few.