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Class of '07 Graduates Bani da Lima and Cathy Stone share their experiences


Bani de Lima, Graduate School of Addiction Studies Alumni, Class of 2007Bani da Lima

Where are you from?
I'm from the Netherlands. I live in Amsterdam.

What year did you graduate?
I came to Center City in March 2006. I finished the Certificate Program and graduated in August 2007. In the winter of 2008, I received my Board Certified Counselor certificate, after an oral exam in Wyoming, Minnesota. The exam was grueling!

What is your current position?
As treatment manager of JellinekMinnesota in Amsterdam, I am responsible for a facility that offers residential and day treatment, as well as an outpatient program for people struggling with addiction. I designed the program based on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation model. We sent more students to the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, and now we have built a team of about 35 people, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation-trained addiction counselors and other treatment professionals.

What was the number one benefit of your Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies education?
I am most grateful to have learned about the importance of the therapeutic alliance and how to step into a client's world and meet him where he is.

What are your professional ambitions?
I can only hope that, in the very near future, we will be able to expand our treatment coverage to other cities in the Netherlands.

How do you like to spend your free time?
Having fun—and enjoying life as it comes!


Cathy Stone, Graduate School of Addiction Studies Alumni, Class of 2007
Cathy Stone

Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town—Easton, Maryland—and came to Minnesota by way of Colorado. I currently live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

When did you graduate?
I received a Master's in Addiction Counseling in 2007.

What do you do now and what do you hope to do in the future?
I'm the clinical supervisor for the day treatment program at the Hazelden in St. Paul and our site privacy officer. I also co-lead the COR-12™ program here. That's our medication-assisted Twelve Step treatment program for opioid addiction. I hope someday to help shape a work culture through a role as executive director.

What do you think was the most valuable feature of your graduate school education?
I've always valued the emphasis placed on clinical theory and practice. It helped me to be more effective as a counselor and supervisor. And it's allowed me to help my clinical staff do the same.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?
When weather permits, I love backcountry camping—either backpacking in the mountains or camping in the Boundary Waters. There's nothing more beautiful than remote, untouched nature. And there's nothing more fulfilling than spending quality time with family and friends, with only the bare essentials that I can carry on my back.


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