Meet Our Intern April

April Van Iseghem is an intern in Vinland’s residential chemical health program. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling from St. Cloud State University with an expected graduation date of August 2014.

How did you become interested in substance abuse counseling?
I think that people are more capable of change than they actually realize, so seeing people make an effort and learn new things about themselves is really rewarding.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I didn’t know what population I wanted to work with, but I have family members that have cognitive impairments so I knew this was an experience I wanted to be a part of.

What are your goals after graduation?
I’m hoping to find a job and eventually go back to school to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time, haha? I have two kids and full-time school that keeps me busy. :)

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Ireland

What is your favorite TV show or movie (or both)?
Movie: Crazy Stupid Love

TV Show: New Girl

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Base jumping

If you could witness any even past, present, or future, what would it be?
The knocking down of the Berlin Wall.

What is your favorite quote?
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. ” –Charles R. Swindoll

What is one question you wished more people asked you?
To genuinely ask how I am.

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Meet Our Intern Eric

DSC_0393Eric Shedd is an intern in Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program. He is currently earning a degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

What interests you about addiction studies?
That it involves working with people and making a difference in their lives.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I came down for a visit and liked the clientele and people that worked here. I thought it would be a great learning opportunity.

What has been your most rewarding experience so far at Vinland?
Seeing people gain some of their self-esteem back, walking taller, and talking more.

What are your goals after graduation?
Continue the mental health education track.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a big golf fan, so hitting balls on the driving range or playing.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Take a train up to Machu Picchu, and then hike back down.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Fight sharks or wrestle alligators.

What is your favorite book or movie (or both)?
Movie: Shawshank Redeption

Book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life & Business

What is your favorite quote?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. “–Henry Ford

What is one question you wished more people asked you? And what is your response?
“How much money do you need?”
What do you got?

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Meet Our Intern Megan

MeganMegan Boster is an intern in Vinland’s residential chemical health program. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

How did you become interested in substance abuse counseling?
I just wanted to help people with addiction.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I heard what a great place it was to intern, and working with the traumatic brain injury/specialty population would be great. Once I interviewed and toured, I knew it was the right place

What are your goals after graduation?
I would like to continue my career in probation and work with my new degree.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I pretty much spend time at home with my American Pit Bull Terrier, Lila.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Greece

What is your favorite book or movie (or both)?
Movie: Bridesmaids

Book: Great Gatsby

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
A lot of jumping off stuff.

If you could witness any even past, present, or future, what would it be?
The signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What is one question you wished more people asked you?
What is your story?

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Earn CEUs with Vinland’s Online Webinar Libary

Webinar IconYou can watch recorded webinars on Vinland’s website and earn CEUs for free. Webinar topics include substance abuse treatment for individuals with cognitive impairments, dual diagnosis, therapeutic exercise, and mindfulness meditation.

Vinland offers free webinars as a way to share our expertise with other health care professionals.

To view recorded webinars, visit VinlandCenter.org/Events.

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Meet Our Intern Angie

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Angie Haag is an intern in Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program. She is currently earning a  degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

What interests you about addiction studies?
I like the helping profession and I think that when it comes to addiction, there is a lot of hope.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
Because of my family, I have a strong connection with traumatic brain injury and addiction.

What has been your most rewarding experience so far at Vinland?
Last week, I got to help a woman celebrate her sober birthday. It was really cool!

What are your goals after graduation?
To get a job.

What do you do in your spare time?
I like to hang out with my cat and go camping.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Italy

What is your favorite book?
The DSM ;)

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Do a lot of cliff jumping in the Grand Canyon.

What is your favorite quote?
“Lead from the back and let other people believe they’re in the front.” –Nelson Mandela

What is one question you wished more people asked you?
“What are your favorite memories?”

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy a weekend full of fireworks, BBQs, and parades. If you are in recovery, remember to celebrate your freedom from addiction.

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What is Dual Diagnosis?

Drug and alcohol addiction affects 22.1 million people in the United States. For some addicts, their struggle is more complicated. Research shows that half of all addicts have at least one mental illness and are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol at the same time, which is called dual diagnosis.

The mental illnesses can vary from depression to schizophrenia and other conditions. Addicts may even use drugs or alcohol to try to treat their mental illness symptoms. Learn about dual diagnosis, what it means in addiction and how both addiction and mental illness can be treated.

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