The Professional Development Group (PDG) at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is a co-curricular student group that promotes awareness of professional issues in alcohol and drug counseling, provides education on opportunities in this field, and facilitates events and activities aimed at connecting our Graduate School students with employers. The PDG’s agenda is set annually by students who participate in the group. As such, while the mission of the group remains consistent, the ways in which the group supports this mission vary based on decisions made by active group members. Past activities include a number of seminars, forums and job fairs. These events were designed to help students with professional practice problems, discuss emerging theories and practices relevant to addiction and co-occurring disorders counseling, and provide helpful information about job and internship opportunities. Additionally, the PDG publishes a newsletter to advertise upcoming events and share insights related to objectives of this group. PDG membership is open to all Graduate School students. The group typically has a lengthy "to do" list, so new members have ample opportunity to jump into a project and make a contribution. In 2017, the PDG will begin offering student-filled leadership positions within the organization, including president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and editor for the newsletter. The group will also team up with Student Services staff to support the popular Secrets to Career Success Workshops and Job Fair. To get involved in PDG, please contact Dr. Michael Tkach.