Counseling Psychology Students 2016-2017 NAADAC Fellows

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Counseling Psychology Students 2016-2017 NAADAC Fellows

This year several students from the Morgridge College of Education Counseling Psychology Department have been selected as fellows for this year’s National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors ( NAADAC) Fellowship.

The fellowship is dedicated to increasing the number of culturally-competent Master’s Level addiction counselors available to serve underserved and minority populations, and transition age youth (ages 16-25). It provides tuition stipends, training, professional guidance, and mentoring to students enrolled either in an addictions counseling Master’s program or a Master’s program with a concentration in addictions counseling from an accredited institution.

NAADAC Fellows from Counseling and Psychology


Cochran Riley

Riley Cochran

Riley Cochran is a 27 year old male from Denver, Colorado. He enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, attending any local sporting event, many different forms of physical activity, and connecting with others, both professionally and socially. A graduate from the University of Colorado Denver’s Undergraduate program, Riley majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. He is currently anticipating graduation in June of 2017 from the University of Denver’s Counseling Psychology program with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health. After an adolescent experience full of challenges and character growth Riley developed a passion for wanting to help others facing the many different challenges and intersections of life. He has a specific interest in helping transitional aged youth involved with the judicial system and struggling with the many different facets of addiction. Riley currently holds a position as an Addiction Counselor at Arapahoe House, an organization providing multiple levels of ASAM care to a diverse population of clientele within the state of Colorado.

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Christelle Cook

My name is Christelle Cook. I have lived in Colorado most of my life, and hope to stay in state as I begin my career in the mental health field in the coming months. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology through the University of Colorado at Boulder, and I am currently finishing the second and final year of a Master’s program at the University of Denver in Counseling Psychology. Throughout this program I have worked in practicum and internship sites that focus on substance use treatment with adults and crisis stabilization with adolescents and have very much valued these experiences. I have been interested in substance use and addiction counseling as well as working with adolescents for many years, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to begin this journey in the coming months.

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Demi Folds

Demi Folds is a second year Master’s student at University of Denver in the Clinical Mental Health program with an Addictions specialization. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from University of Georgia. Before starting graduate school, Demi tutored student-athletes, worked at a Methadone clinic for a year, and traveled abroad. Demi is currently a student intern at a private practice center, providing psychotherapy and brief substance abuse interventions. In her first year of her Master’s program, she worked at a local Denver high school, with unserved youth. Demi is passionate about working with those struggling with and affected by substance use disorders and enjoys conducting research on addictions and underserved populations. Demi has hopes to eventually obtain her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, to continue counseling and serving disenfranchised populations.

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Megan Kenney

My name is Megan Kenney and I am from Maple Grove, Minnesota. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Child Adult and Family Services. Following graduation, I moved to Denver, Colorado where I am currently in my second year in the Counseling Psychology program in the Clinical Mental Health track working towards an addictions specialization at the University of Denver. Aside from school, I enjoy all Colorado has to offer. I love going to the mountains, snowboarding, hiking, running, and doing yoga. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family. Following graduation in June 2017, I am excited to pursue my passion of working with adolescents and underserved populations.

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Elizabeth Kidd

I am a second-year master’s student at the University of Denver and will be graduating with a degree in Counseling Psychology in June 2017. My concentration is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in addictions. I am an intern at Progressive Therapy Systems, which is a sex offender treatment provider. During treatment, I focus on the dysfunctional response cycle, anger management, and emotional regulation. I tend to utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy with clients. Prior to my internship, I was a practicum student at Dakota Ridge High School. I worked with adolescents who had substance abuse issues, social anxiety, and difficulties in school. I have also had experience in the Counseling and Educational Services Clinic at the University of Denver working with clients who identify as LGBTQ as well as couples counseling. I plan to continue seeking minority populations throughout my counseling career.

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Kathleen (Katie) Larkin

I am originally from Pittsburgh, but I am currently finishing up my Master’s at the University of Denver in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Addictions Specialization. My goal is to obtain a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) Level III licensure in Colorado. I have personal experience with the foster care system as my parents were foster parents. I saw first-hand the impact that addictions can have on both youth and families. It was through this experience growing up that pushed me towards a career in this field. I have clinical experience working in community mental health with the Salvation Army as a counselor for homeless men with addictions. I am currently working in a hospital setting in Denver on an acute psychiatric unit. It is an honor to have received this fellowship and I am excited for where it will take me in my career.

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Stephanie Nisle

Stephanie Nisle is pursuing her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Addictions at the University of Denver. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 2012 where she participated in a semester abroad French language immersion program in Aix-en-Provence, France. Previously, she has worked as a research assistant analyzing residential substance abuse treatment facilities. Stephanie has also worked in the addictions field providing group and individual counseling to adults and adolescents with co-morbid disorders. Additionally, she has spent the past eight years working and volunteering with at-risk and special needs students. The combination of her teaching and work experiences, have led to the formation of her research interests related to personal, environmental, and behavioral factors that contribute to adolescent development and substance abuse. In the future she aims to develop programs and interventions in hopes to create greater empowerment within these communities.

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Jessica Thompson

Born and raised in Colorado, I graduated with a BA in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I am a 2nd year Masters student at the University of Denver in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Addictions Specialization program. I worked four years for the State of Colorado caring for clients who are mentally or physically disabled, severely mentally ill, and disabled sex offenders. I completed my practicum at Creative Treatment Options as an outpatient addiction counselor. I am currently working at Arapahoe House, working with clients who suffer from addictions in withdrawal management and adult and adolescent inpatient units. Also, I am an intern at Jefferson Center of Mental Health, working as an outpatient clinician for adults and children. I am greatly passionate in the addictions field due to coming from a family that struggles with addiction and seeing the great need for treatment and prevention.

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