Faculty and Staff News

Keep up on the latest presentations, publications and leadership activities of our professors and administrators at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Graduate School of Addiction Studies.

Welcome assistant professor Michael Tkach, PsyD

Michael TkachMichael Tkach, PsyD, recently joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies as an assistant professor, serving as both an instructor and a student advisor.

Dr. Tkach earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in the treatment of co-occurring disorders. His academic and research interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, countertransference, metaphor and linguistic interpretation, memory and consciousness, dreams and sleeping states, accelerated learning techniques, spirituality and psychotherapy, consilience research and theory, neuropsychology, gender roles, and existential psychotherapy.

His clinical experiences include completing a Mental Health Post-Doctoral Residency at Hazelden in St. Paul as well as working at a college counseling center, a hospital neuropsychology unit, a community mental health program and a short-term residential crisis center.

Dr. Tkach lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, who is also a psychology professional. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Tkach to our graduate school community.

In Other Faculty & Staff News

La keita CarterAssistant professor La Keita Carter, PsyD, served on an expert panel at the Black Mental Health Alliance conference at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland on August 20. Dr. Carter discussed the signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders and provided information about how and where concerned persons could find help.

Zachary HansenThe National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) invited assistant professor Zachary Hansen, EdD, NCC, LADC, to present "Clinical Intuition in Alcohol and Drug" at the organization's annual conference on October 9 in Minneapolis. Dr. Hansen integrated findings from his phenomenological research on clinical intuition among alcohol and drug counselors to provide clinically relevant examples and recommendations.

David ChastainAssistant professor and clinical placement coordinator David Chastain, PhD, will lead a presentation on grief at the 47th annual Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MAARCH) conference on October 27 in St. Paul, Minnesota. His presentation will address skills counselors need in order to effectively address issues associated with the grief process, the experience of loss, and the realities of death.

Graduate school dean Roy Kammer, EdD, attended a meeting in Alexandria, VA in September due to his role on a workgroup sponsored by the National Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The workgroup was comprised of individuals representing certification and licensing boards across the nation and focused on writing a white paper to recommend guidelines for Technology Based Clinical Supervision.

Leann BrownThe graduate school's Student Services Group took part in a retreat day at Acres for Life in Chisago City, Minnesota on July 27. Acres for Life is a therapy and wellness center specializing in experiential modalities such as equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning services for adults, youth, families, couples and groups. Student Services Group staff interacted with therapy horses during team building and goal planning activities.

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