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Mick Cullen II
Instructor, Human Services

Specialties: Substance use counseling, human sexuality, and gender issues.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2006; previously worked as a CLC adjunct for one year; has also led seminars on group treatment for Lake County Health Department.

Subjects taught at CLC: Social work, human sexuality, drugs & society, gender studies, advanced addictions counseling skills.

Other professional experience: Prior to full-time teaching at CLC, Professor Cullen worked full-time for Centegra Health System, leading an intensive outpatient program for teens with substance abuse and dependence diagnoses. He maintained a part-time private practice from 2004-2012, specializing in individual and couples therapy, assisting clients with substance use, sexuality concerns, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. He has also worked at a residential treatment center for teens with a history of committing sexual offenses, and a therapeutic foster care program in Alabama.

Education: B.S.W., Troy University; M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago

What inspires me about my field: I love helping people to turn their lives around and become the people they strive to be. The ability to work with a diverse group of clients over the course of my career continually kept me on my toes and continued to educate me about people long after I finished my degree. The perseverance of the human spirit, the ability to overcome unthinkable challenges--I saw those traits in my clients, and I see them in my students now. Helping put those students in a position to make a difference in others' lives--that's what makes my job so rewarding.

Janet Mason
Instructor, Human Services

Specialties: Substance use disorders, community corrections, women’s issues, supervision/administration in social services.

Teaching full time at CLC since: 2001; previously taught as a CLC adjunct for five years; also has taught community workshops and seminars.

Subjects taught at CLC: Social work, group dynamics, introductory counseling skills, addiction counseling and treatment, assessment and diagnosis of addictive disorders, juvenile delinquency, codependency, human services practicum.

Other professional experience: Prior to full-time teaching at CLC, Professor Mason worked in the private, not-for-profit social services field for 20 years. Positions included direct service counseling and/or administration in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse/addictions, and community corrections/residential programs. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol/Drug Counselor (CAADC), the highest certification in Illinois. She serves on numerous community committees including SUSTAIN, Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force and the Lake County Human Services Alliance.

Education: B.A., Valparaiso University; M.S.W., Indiana University.

What inspires me about my field: I am passionate about inspiring new students to understand and embrace the rapidly changing knowledge base in the substance-use fields, particularly as it relates to new brain science, strength-based approaches for treatment and evidence-based practices. I am privileged to work with students who want to learn and dedicate their careers to reaching out to help others with empathy and positive regard.