Student Ambassadors Attend Annual ACA Conference Graduate School students Christine Tolman and Justin Thomas traveled to New Orleans in March to take part in the 2019 American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference & Expo. The experience was sponsored by the Dr. Timothy Sheehan Student Professional Development Fund. The ACA, a professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession, is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings. As student ambassadors at the conference, Thomas and Tolman had the opportunity to meet and learn from counseling professionals who work in a variety of disciplines and settings. "Attending the conference helped me understand the broader scope of professional counselor identity and how unity strengthens and protects our licensed professional identities as counselors," said Thomas. He added that the experience highlighted the importance of having a voice as an addiction counselor in the broader field. Tolman described the conference as an "amazing" and "enriching" learning and networking experience. "I almost cried happy, gratitude and tired tears on Sunday when it was over," she shared. About the Dr. Timothy Sheehan Student Professional Development Fund Timothy Sheehan, PhD, led a remarkable, 36-year career at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation where he served as a psychologist, program director and vice president. Most notably, Dr. Sheehan founded the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies and served as its first chief academic officer and provost. In Other Student News Advanced Practice Program Now Open to International Students Beginning with the Fall 2019 semester and continuing each fall after, the Graduate School's 60-credit, on-campus Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice program will be open to international students. The Graduate School gained approval through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to welcome new international students to our on-campus Advanced Practice program. SEVP is a part of the National Security Investigations Division and acts as a bridge for nonimmigrants whose primary reason for coming to the United States is to be students. "It is our vision at the Graduate School to set the international standard for addiction counselor education, practice and leadership," says Valerie Slaymaker, PhD, chief academic officer and provost. "The more we can open our doors to educate and train addiction professionals from across the country and around the globe, the more individuals, families and communities can experience the healing and hope of recovery." To date, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies has granted 758 master's degrees and 60 certificates in addiction counseling. The shared history of the Hazelden Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program, and now the Graduate School, has educated students from more than 45 states and 40 countries. Faculty, staff and students look forward to welcoming international students to campus again this fall. Where in the World Our Alumni Call Home Aruba Australia Bermuda Canada China Columbia Cyprus Denmark Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Faroe Islands France Germany Guatemala Haiti Hong Kong Iceland India Indonesia Ireland Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Lebanon Madagascar Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria Norway Pakistan Philippines Portugal Saudi Arabia Spain Sweden Switzerland Tibet Trinidad, West Indies United States Venezuela Territory: Puerto Rico Commonwealth: U.S. Virgin Islands Class Project Helps Graduate Student "Advocate on a Different Level" When Bobby Biehn reached out to the Volunteers of America Oregon (VOA) Men's Residential Center as part of his Cultural Awareness course project at the Graduate School, he made quite an impression. The organization asked Biehn, an Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders student who lives in Portland, Oregon, to be a judge for the VOA Al Forthan Memorial Scholarship. This important scholarship is awarded to Oregon high school seniors whose families are affected by alcohol and other drug addiction. In 2019, 56 students were awarded a total of $82,000 in scholarships. "Through the Cultural Awareness class project, I have connected with counselors at other treatment facilities in Portland and surrounding communities as well," Biehn shares. "I've been humbled, honored and, frankly, blown away by this opportunity. The experience has thrown me outside of the box I live in. It has taught me to be uncomfortable, to learn and to advocate on a different level than I ever have before." Giving Back and Paying It Forward Graduate School alumna, Robyn Rose Walker (MA, '16), and student, Adam Gaynor, teamed up this spring to volunteer at Arc's Value Village. With four Twin Cities area thrift stores and donations centers, the Arc is a Minnesota nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Welcome, Summer 2019 Students The Graduate School welcomed eight new students to the Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice program this summer. Shown here: front row (left to right) Victoria Nohl, Billie Boyes, Siobhan Way and Jess Stock; back row (left to right) Jim Knight, Danny Olson, Eric Lyons and Tony Booth. Nine students started the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders program this summer and attended their first residency on the Center City, Campus. Shown here: front row (left to right) Joetta Roberts, Leo Loza, Julie Spengler, Emily Ruppert; back row (left to right) Hannah Simpson, Stephanie Horoski, Blake Smith, student, Taylor Rapuano. $153,000 in Grants and Scholarships Awarded to Students Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies awarded $153,000 in scholarships during summer semester 2019 including the major awards listed here. Impact Scholarship In an effort to make an immediate impact on the addiction counseling field, the Graduate School awarded $5,000 scholarships to eight newly enrolled Master of Arts in Addiction Counseling: Advanced Practice students for summer semester 2019. Funded by a generous donor, the Impact Scholarship goes to new Graduate School students who will save lives as addiction counseling professionals. Congratulations to Impact Scholarship recipients: Anthony Booth, Blaine, Minnesota; Billie Boyes, Faribault, Minnesota; James Knight, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Eric Lyons, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Victoria Nohl, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Daniel Olson, St. Paul, Minnesota; Brittany Pufall, Superior, Wisconsin and Siobhan Way, Atlanta, Georgia. Bennett and Carolyn Rosenthal Scholarship Joetta Roberts from Wahkon, Minnesota, has joined the Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders program. She is the summer semester recipient of the $11,000 Bennett and Carolyn Rosenthal Scholarship. After graduation, Roberts plans to return to a Native community and provide services as an addiction counselor/mental health therapist. "In any Native community that I have worked in the disease of addiction is running rampant, and I feel that if I can just help one person, that is one person less that is not using or abusing," Roberts shares. Dr. Andrew Jeon Graduate School GLBT Scholarship Laura Dickson is the summer semester recipient of the $10,000 Dr. Andrew Jeon Graduate School GLBT Scholarship. Dickson, a part-time Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders program student from Northfield, Minnesota, has been enrolled at the Graduate School for six semesters. "The education I am receiving from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is, without question, top-of-the-line education," she shares. "In each and every one of my classes I am learning tremendous information about co-occurring disorders and where this field is heading. I consider myself lucky to be taught by such great clinicians and professors in their respective fields." Alumni Referral Scholarship The Alumni Referral Scholarship allows new students referred by Graduate School alumni to receive a first-semester award in the amount of $500. Two students have been awarded this scholarship for summer semester: Julie Spengler, a Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders student from Maple Grove, Minnesota; and Steve Hanson, a Master of Arts in Addiction Studies: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders student from Bloomington, Minnesota. Alumni who refer new students to the Graduate School are eligible for a $500 discount on our master's-level customized training courses. This discount is available for one year after the referred student completes their first semester. Alumni are eligible for up to $2,000 in discounts. For more information or questions about this scholarship, please contact Tashina Martinson, admissions and recruitment specialist, at 1-651-213-4175 or Tmartinson@hazeldenbettyford.edu.