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Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Christensen, M.A., CADC1

December 07, 2009

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    Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Christensen, M.A., CADC1
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After graduating from Lewis and Clark College’s Counseling Psychology program (June 2007), I looked forward to using the addiction treatment credentials I earned while in the graduate program.  I received my Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor I (CADC I) based on the combination of my graduate addiction treatment courses, practicum and internship.

Worldwide economic crises meant there were limited positions in most professions and industries, especially for new graduates. One thing I learned was that Lewis and Clark College’s reputation acted in my favor and increased my employment opportunities. Soon after graduation I acquired a satisfying position and was able to begin my professional career immediately.

I’m practicing in the addiction treatment field and hope to earn my CADC II by the end of 2009.  I also anticipate completing requirements for becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Then, dually credentialed, I’ll be in a position to practice independently in terms of dual diagnoses and the treatment of co-occurring disorders.  Dedicating myself to professional counseling is one of my primary missions in life, and Lewis and Clark College helped me build a solid foundation for my goals .

I also I discovered that I enjoy teaching, having had many opportunities to make presentations during my graduate coursework and internship. Currently, as well as counseling in a clinic, I also teach courses in Human Development at a local community college.  Since beginning this part-time academic position, I’ve met a number of Lewis and Clark Counseling Psychology alumni, who also began as part-time instructors at the community college and now hold higher administrative positions.  I welcomed the ready-made collegiality, as it helped continue the expansion of my professional network.  Respect for diversity was emphasized in my graduate work, and I look forward to establishing relationships with diverse professionals and to serving a widely diverse population of clients and students.

Although I graduated 2.5 years ago, I still am in contact with Lewis and Clark professors.   All have been instrumental in my professional success, by guiding me as mentors, offering support in getting published, and helping me navigate my career options.  My professors’ continued support means a lot to me, and I’m hopeful about attaining another goal in the future - admission to a PhD program. 

My time at Lewis and Clark was very well spent. I’m glad I chose to earn my Master’s In Counseling Psychology at LC before pursuing doctoral studies, not only because I learned to be a competent counselor, but also because of the life experience I gained and the lifelong relationships I formed. Those are the aspects that really are priceless. I highly recommend the Master’s program at Lewis and Clark to anyone seeking a quality education and the added benefits of supportive faculty who foster collegiality among the students.  It was a good choice for me!

Prospective students considering applying to Lewis and Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, as well as counseling professionals wishing to network, can contact Jeff: jeffreychristen@gmail.com

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