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Meet the Professors

Mick Cullen
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; M.A., Arizona State University.

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.

Terence Hodges
Instructor, Human Services

Specialties: Substance use counseling, community health, ethics, diversity

Teaching full time at CLC: since 2021; previously worked as a CLC adjunct from 2006-2016.

Subjects taught at CLC: Drugs & Society, Group Dynamics, Health and Nutrition, Diversity/Multicultural Populations, Addictions Counseling & Treatment, Advanced Addictions Counseling Skills.

Other professional experience: Prior to full-time teaching at CLC, Dr. Hodges served as an assistant professor and Department Chair of Health Science at Methodist College and instructor of health science at Northern Illinois University. He spent nearly twenty years working in the human services field including nearly fourteen years with Lake County Government. Previous roles include substance abuse prevention specialist, substance abuse case manager, counselor, health educator, and medical social worker. Dr. Hodges has worked with children, adults, and persons with mental illness, HIV, substance use disorder, dementia, developmental disability, and dual diagnosis.

Education: M.A., Concordia University Chicago; M.Ed., Carroll University (WI); Doctor of Health Science (DHS), Midwestern University; CAS, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

What inspires me about my field: I am inspired by helping others to achieve their fullest potential as I believe there is something unique and special about all human beings. Though individuals have different skills and levels of intelligence, I think everyone is great at something, and it is the discovery of that “something” that makes us all better people. The health and human services field gives us professionals the distinctive opportunity to help individuals discover their talent and place in the world.