About Teresa Eakman

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.

Recent Courses Taught

  • 512 Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio
  • 582 Psychopharmacology
  • 584 Best Practices in Co-Occurring Disorders
  • 585 Integrative Seminar - COD
  • 930 Introduction to Field Experience Seminar
  • 931 Practicum for COD, MHC and MCFC
  • 936 Introduction to Field Experience - Mental Health Counseling
  • 938 Internship in Mental Health Counseling
  • 986 Introduction to Field Experience - Co-Occurring Disorders
  • 987 Practicum in Co-Occurring Disorders
  • 988 Internship in Co-Occurring Disorders
  • 989 Individual Clinical Instruction - COD

Research Interests and Specialties

Families with Addiction Issues
Spirituality
Systemic Health and Intentionality

Distinctions & Associations

  • 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

Selected Publications and Presentations

Eakman, T. (2017) Education Level and Critical Thinking Skills Among Substance Use Counselors Nationwide: A Descriptive Comparative Study (Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation)

Eakman, T. (2003) One & the Same: Connecting Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Candidiasis & Immune System Dysfunction: Trafford Publishing

Educational Background

Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
PhD in Education Specialization in Postsecondary and Adult Education
Adler Graduate School, Richfield, MN
Masters in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy