Teresa Eakman PhD, LPCC, LADC

Field Experience Coordinator, Full-Time Faculty, Student Advisor

A critical thinker and instructor utilizing Knowles' assumptions of Andragogy while setting the stage for multicultural safety and exploration, I am a constructivist instructor using students prior knowledge and experience as scaffolding to  transformative learning in students through incorporation of balance and imbalance and a variety of learning methods for best possible outcomes.

As a dually licensed practitioner (LADC/LPCC) in the field for 20 years, I have been in many roles and varied program types and intensities, which can be a rich resource.  I have been witness to the history of how we (the field) have traditionally treated addictions, moving towards the treatment of co-occurring disorders, and most currently landing on epigenetics and trauma on the brain as causation, through the lens of a practitioner, researcher and educator.  We have come a long way from treatment of addiction as a peer-led program.  

My goals for students at Adler are to have disseminated the most cutting-edge, current information available from which to learn; To challenge them to think critically about what they "know," where it came from, and if it's true as a way to both look internally as critical self-reflection, as well as teach it and/or utilize it with their clients; To begin or maintain the process of learning how to balance the life tasks now and in internship as a means of avoiding compassion fatigue and burnout; The underpinnings of these goals are for students to be the best counselors they can be given their education in life, in school, and in practice.

 

Education: 

PhD in Adult and Online Education from Capella University, 2017

MA in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School, 2004

BA in Human Services/Chemical Dependency Counseling from Metropolitan State University, 2001

Email address: 
Teresa.Eakman@alfredadler.edu
Office Phone: 
612-767-7057
Professional Membership: 
  • LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor)
  • LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) from the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
  • CADC-R (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Reciprocal) from The MN Certification Board of International Credentialing & Reciprocity Consortium
  • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors
  • Member of NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professional
Professional Practice: 

LADC since 2001; LPCC since 2004

Select Publications: 
  • Eakman, T. (2017) Education Level and Critical Thinking Skills Among Substance Use Counselors Nationwide: A Descriptive Comparative Study (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation) Link: https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/pqdtopen/doc/1972061341.html?FMT=ABS
  • Eakman, T. (2003) One & the Same: Connecting Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Candidiasis & Immune System Dysfunction: Trafford Publishing

 

Select Presentations: 
Areas of Interest: 

Families with Addiction Issues, Spirituality, Systemic Health and Intentionality

What I like about Adler Graduate School: 

It’s a very welcoming, intimate, encouraging, empowering environment.