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Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan
2016, Doctor of Education, Pastoral Community Counseling, Argosy University, Online Programs
Director of Residential Services, The Drug Abuse Foundation

“Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan is the director of residential services for The Drug Abuse Foundation. She’s also a Certified Addiction Professional—working in a non-profit setting that provides services to individuals who struggle with addictions and dual-diagnoses. Patricia oversees the programs, services, and community outreach for non-profit’s men and women's residential program.

Prior to earning her Doctor level degree, Patricia completed a Bachelor's degree in Fitness Management/Community Health, a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Education Counseling & Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology.“My career path has afforded me [the opportunity] to work with various populations in various settings. This provided me with an abundance of experience and challenges in dealing with individuals who struggle with addiction, mental health, and homeless issues,” she says.

Patricia understands the value of networking and collaboration, and worked closely with local community agencies to implement a CIT (crisis intervention team training) program in her community that trained police officers to respond to individuals who suffer with mental health crises. Additionally, she worked during her dissertation to connect community church agencies with homeless services.

In addition to her work at The Drug Abuse Foundation, Patricia is involved as a ministry leader at her local church. “I am public speaker for the recovery and mental health field,[explaining] that recovery is possible.” She adds that while getting to where she is now took hard work and dedication, current students should stay focused and “follow the dream that you have in your heart.”

Patricia’s experiences and challenges have made her stronger, she says. The most difficult challenge she’s faced was the death of her husband. “[That] propelled me forward and I dedicated my dissertation in his memory; I had an agency change their mind concerning completing my dissertation and I had to start all over.” But her hard work paid off and today she says that her coursework prepared her to deal the many personalities that come along with her line of work.

Patricia, who in 2016 earned a Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University, Online Programs, says that her education helped her to grow and prepare for her future. “Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

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