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Fall 2017: A Voyage Around the World

Fall 2017

A Voyage Around the World
Counselor

Pam McCracken

Cheese head by birth, however she has high altitude blood in her veins, Pam is an avid road cyclist, animal rescuer, and lover of the Colorado mountains where she and her two children Evan 16 and Molly 20 reside.  Having spent time living on the island of St Kitts, and traveling to Costa Rica and Nicaragua she is excited to be part of the Semester at Sea family.

Ms. McCracken served as director for the Center for Drug and Alcohol Education at CSU from 1993 through 2010 before moving into the role of Senior Staff therapist through counseling services at the CSU Health Network. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and obtained her Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCCAP).  She currently provides therapeutic services through DAY (Drugs, Alcohol and You) programs as well as crisis intervention and general counseling.  In addition, she trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) through the Linehan Institute for Behavioral Tech.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in social work at Colorado State University in 1991 and her Masters in Social Welfare Administration at the University of Kansas in 1993.  

She has a strong background in community mobilization, group facilitation, program planning and social norms marketing.  She has supervised students, and staff extensively in the field of program and event development and implementation, social norms marketing, and drug and alcohol education.  Her teaching experience includes First Year Seminar classes, Introduction to Residence Life, Live Safe 101 course, Question, Persuade and Refer Suicide Prevention Training and numerous guest lecture appearances. She has served on the board of directors for TEAM Fort Collins, (a community substance abuse and prevention community coalition), Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Fort Collins Campus and Community Coalition on substance abuse, the Responsible Alcohol Retailers Initiative and was co project director on a Department of Education grant.   She has presented at ACHA, National Outreach Conference for Counseling Centers, Getting to Year Two, Residence Life Seminars, and the Professional Development Institute.