Mark Blagen, Ph.D.

  Assistant Professor
  708-534-4913 ext. 4913
  Office Location: G 110
  College: CHHS
  Addictions Studies and Behavioral Health

The most rewarding aspects of academic work is the opportunity to contribute to the intellectual and personal development of students and experiencing how academic work contributes to society. Arguably the biggest challenge and most destructive force in the addictions field is the stigmatization of those who are addicted by a large segment of society including those who are trying to help. Designing experiential and constructivist learning activities can begin to meet this challenge.

Undergirding my teaching is that each human being must be respected and each individual can make a difference in the world. I work hard in helping students understand that it is who they are in conjunction with what they do that is the basis for facilitating change in themselves, their clients and in society. We are doing more than training students to be competent and ethical addictions counselors; we are also helping them to find their passion and purpose for working with addicted individuals. I want each student who takes a course I teach to leave a better person for the experience. I view academic work as a calling that requires passion, dedication and seriousness. 

I spent 21 years in the United States Navy and I have been teaching in higher education for the last 23 years (that is why my picture looks so old). I was a certified addictions counselor from 1990 until 2009. I have published 10 journal articles and book chapters, I am currently under contract to write an addictions textbook with Oxford University Press, and I have presented addiction-related topics 48 times at national and international conferences and workshops in the last decade.   

Since 2006, I have traveled to Taiwan six times to conduct addiction-related workshops and presentations. Taiwan is a highly developed country that is just beginning to grapple with addiction problems. Those who come to the presentations and workshops are eager to understand all they can concerning the etiology and treatment of addictions. Although addictions are also stigmatized in Taiwan, there is an openness to learning of the origin of these views and a desire to think differently. Although Taiwan is not a small country — with a population of over 23 million residents — it is easier to impact change due to a reasonably strong central government that in most ways is helpful in developing strategies to prevent and treat addictions. After each trip to Taiwan, I feel confident that my work and this service matters outside the university.



Blagen, M.T. (manuscript in preparation) Understanding addictions: Destigmatization and helping strategies. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Blagen, M.T. (2015). Substance Use and Addictive Disorders. In Sperry, L. & Carlson, J. (Eds). Psychopathology & Psychotherapy: DSM-5 Diagnosis, Case Conceptualization and Treatment, (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.   

Yang, J. and Blagen, M.T. (2013). Individual Psychology in Taiwan: Promises and Challenges (accepted for Publication). Journal of Individual Psychology, special Edition.  

Blagen, M..T. (2013). Overcoming the Stigmatization of Addictions: Implications for Teaching and Supervision. (accepted for publication) in Waltz, G, Bleurer, J, Yep, R. Vistas 2012. Alexandria, VA: ACA.

 Yang, J., Milliren, A., and Blagen, M.T. (2010). The psychology of courage: An Adlerian manual for healthy social living. New York: Taylor & Francis.  

Blagen, M. T. and Yang, J. (2009). The psychology of courage: Courage as a facilitative factor for client change. In Waltz, G, Bleurer, J, Yep, R. Vistas 2009. Alexandria, VA: ACA.  

Keckler, W.T., Moriarty, G. and Blagen, M.T. (2008). A qualitative study on comprehensive missionary wellness. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 27, 18-28.  

Vuncannon, J., Parker, S.E., Rehfuss, M.C. and Blagen, M.T. (2008). The perceptions of attachment style and forgiveness in romantic couples. Virginia Counselor Association Journal, 30, Fall, 2008.  

Blagen, M. T. and Yang, J. (2008). Courage and hope as factors for client change: Important cultural implications and spiritual considerations. In Waltz, G, Bleurer, J, Yep, R. Vistas 2008. Alexandria, VA: ACA.  

Blagen, M. T. (2007). A researched-based, experiential model for teaching a required addictive behaviors course to clinical counseling students. In Waltz, G, Bleurer, J, Yep, R. Vistas 2007. Alexandria, VA: ACA.   

Blagen, M.T. (2002). The birth and growth of a student assistance program: A case study.   In McAuliffe, G. (Ed.). Working with troubled youth in schools: a guide for all school staff. Westport, CT:Greenwood Press.  

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