Christine Chasek

Assistant Professor

Office: COE B150   |    Phone: (308) 865-8361   |    Email: chasekc1@unk.edu

Christine Chasek

About Me

Chasek teaches Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders, Techniques of Counseling, Clinical Treatment Issues in Addictions Counseling, Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Addictions, Assessment Case, Planning and Management of Addictions, Research Methods in Psychology and Education, and Adult Development.

Growing up in Western Nebraska, Chasek’s goal was to become a hair stylist. But her high school began offering a psychology class – a class she thrived in. During her undergraduate studies, Chasek cleaned office buildings at night. One of the buildings that she regularly cleaned was a mental health center. She dreamed of someday working in a warm environment like that, helping people.

She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from UNK in 1992. After graduation, she got a job at the mental health center that she cleaned as a college student.

She earned her master’s degree in counseling from UNK in 1999.

For over 15 years, Chasek practiced mental health and drug and alcohol counseling as a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Before teaching at UNK, Chasek worked as a program director for a mental health care clinic and as Assistant Director of Counseling at UNK’s Counseling Care Center.

Chasek began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2006 and became a full time assistant professor in 2012.

She also earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision from the University of South Dakota in 2012.

Chasek specializes in mental health and addictions.

“Addiction is a disorder that encompasses mind, body and spirit. There is a point when your body becomes physically addicted and there’s a part where you lose a piece of your soul or spirit, but there’s also the psychological part. That’s fascinating to me. It’s complex and I love a challenge. Somebody who recovers from that is an inspiration and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Her research interests include addiction counseling, attitudes of providers about addictions counseling, counselor preparation and clinical outcomes.

Chasek became a teacher because she wanted to have a greater impact.  

“I like that feeling that I’m impacting people and seeing students move on in their professional career. Watching students succeed and seeing them excited about their career gives me so much joy.”

Chasek is a member of the American Counseling Association, is the membership chair and president-elect of the Nebraska Counseling Association, is on the State of Nebraska Board of Alcohol and Drug Counseling, is involved in the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and is a member of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors, the Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and Rutgers Alumni Association of Alcohol and Drug Studies.

PASSIONS:

  • Spending time with her children Ashley, 20, Jacob, 15, and Marshall, 13, and her husband, Jerry.
  • Reading
  • Watching sports, especially the Vikings, and coaching her son’s basketball team
  • Spending time outdoors