Christine “Tina” Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC is affiliate professor and chair of the Division of Counseling and affiliate rural growth director of UNMC’s Behavioral Well being Training Heart of Nebraska (BHECN). She was named the named the Julie Hefflinger Professor in Counseling in 2021.
Dr. Chasek has sturdy roots in psychological well being and addictions counseling with expertise in behavioral well being care administration; she is at present targeted on creating the behavioral well being care workforce in rural Nebraska. Her educating pursuits embody habit counseling, analysis, analysis and remedy of psychological and emotional issues, and medical counseling. Dr. Chasek’s analysis has targeted on habit counseling, attitudes of suppliers about habit counseling, counselor preparation, medical outcomes and the behavioral well being care workforce.
Q: How did you get within the subject of counseling?
“I at all times inform individuals, this career picked me. Rising up in a small group, I wasn’t uncovered to a variety of issues. In highschool, I wished to be a hair stylist, however a instructor inspired me to find out about psychology, which I excelled at, so that is what I studied at UNK.
“In faculty, my part-time job was cleansing workplaces on the group counseling middle. Whereas cleansing, I used to be fascinated by what was occurring there. I typically thought, ‘It could be so cool to work right here.’ Quick ahead to after I graduated, I utilized for jobs in human providers, and I acquired a job at that counseling middle doing case administration for youths within the foster care system. It was a full circle second.
“As a part of my internship for my grasp’s, I moved to the habit providers a part of the middle’s programming. I ran teams and labored with shoppers individually at a males’s midway home in Kearney. I additionally labored with girls at a remedy middle. That is when I discovered my specialty of habit counseling. I noticed households impacted by substances — the complete household system will get disrupted, particularly the children.
“Throughout my Ph.D. program, I studied the neurobiology of the mind and the way substance use impacts the mind. Principally the mind is hijacked by the substances. Whereas substance use begins as a selection, for many individuals this selection is rapidly taken away because the mind chemistry adjustments. In my work, I get to know the individuals beneath the illness, and the way laborious it’s to dwell that life, even when it seems to be completely different from the surface.”
I’m so honored to be right here at UNO and proceed the good work that’s being performed within the division and the faculty.
– Tina Chasek, Ph.D., LIMHP, LADC
Q: What’s your imaginative and prescient for the division?
“I’ll proceed the division’s mission to coach high quality clinicians and psychological well being suppliers to serve the group. As a pacesetter, my focus is on two issues: college students and the school. College students go on to develop into practitioners like we’re, and I wish to prepare actually good colleagues. Additionally, our packages are so profitable due to the wonderful school. I would like our school to really feel supported, to really feel like they’re doing their finest work. No matter their analysis pursuits are, no matter their objectives are, I would like them to have the ability to develop and develop. For me, it’s at all times, how do I make it easier to be your finest self? That, in flip, helps me be my finest self. I’m so honored to be right here at UNO and proceed the good work that’s being performed within the division and the faculty.
“Because the Julie Hefflinger Professor in Counseling, I wish to honor Julie’s work as a instructor and steerage counselor by transferring the Group Counseling Clinic into an area the place youngsters and households could be served. We’re additionally engaged on getting our faculty counseling alumni to return to UNO and take lessons to develop into licensed clinicians, to allow them to use these expertise proper within the colleges, to sort out these powerful psychological well being points of their faculty atmosphere.”
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This story appeared in the newest difficulty of the School of Training, Well being, and Human Sciences Annual Report.