Dahna Jacobson is a chemical health intern in Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in integrated behavioral health at the University of Minnesota.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in child psychology. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in integrated behavioral health (IBH) at the University of Minnesota. This degree program merges mental health and substance abuse education and training into a single, comprehensive and cohesive program. The IBH degree fulfills education and training requirements for two licenses: the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC).
How did you become interested in substance abuse counseling?
My initial goal when I entered college was to become a psychologist. During my college career I took many twists and turns first majoring in psychology, transferring to child psychology and graduating, then taking classes in nursing, and finally finding my home in addiction studies/integrated behavioral health. Although I bounced around quite a bit during my time in college, the one thing that was consistent throughout was my interest and desire to pursue a career in a “helping profession.” I am thankful that I found the addictions studies department at the University and feel that I have finally found what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland Center?
I was interested in interning at Vinland because of the specialization in clients with both substance use disorders and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). I felt this was a unique population and one that would be challenging but even more rewarding to work with. Additionally, I believe tailoring treatment to the client is essential in producing successful outcomes and this involves addressing all problematic areas of the clients life be it housing needs, job training, social skills development, stress reduction, etc. This is something I felt (and still feel) Vinland is strongly dedicated to providing.
What has been your most rewarding experience during your internship at Vinland?
During my limited time at Vinland I have learned a great deal from the team I work with and also my clients. I have learned about various types of brain injuries and how these injuries can cause, contribute, and/ or exacerbate addictions. I have become more aware of the importance of tailoring treatment interventions to all learning styles and levels. Also, and perhaps most importantly I have had the pleasure of witnessing first had the resilience and strength of the human spirit. It is truly amazing what an individual can overcome in the face of tremendous obstacles.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
EAT…I am a total foodie! Baking/cooking (if you know me chances are you have been subjected to sampling many of my baked goods), camping, biking, running, gardening, spoiling the worlds most perfect and beautiful pets my cat and dog, and anything that involves silliness and fun!
What is your favorite movie or book (or both)?
I have so many favorites my short list includes: “Chasing Amy”, “Before Sunrise”, “Empire Records”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate factory” (the original version not Tim Burton’s). Favorite book/s: Anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky.