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After a rewarding 20 years in Law Enforcement Victoria J. Pearson graduated in May 2006 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology. Retired Captain Pearson was a BA/MA Scholar remaining on the Dean’s List, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Victoria was also the recipient of the CUNY Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence and she was indoctrinated into the PSI Chi Psychology Honors Society. After graduation Victoria was immediately hired by Project Samaritan Inc.(PSI), counseling individuals with the co-occurring disorders HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse. As a Masters Social Worker at PSI’s outpatient day treatment program in South Jamaica Queens, Victoria developed a program that focused on maintaining healthy lifestyles living with HIV/AIDS and Addiction. While worker at PSI Victoria became an Adjunct Psychology Professor at the College of New Rochelle and was subsequently offered a full-time faculty position as an Assistant Professor. During her 10year tenure at the College of New Rochelle, Victoria created an Addiction studies curriculum that was accepted by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). This program allowed undergraduate students to graduate with both a Bachelor’s degree and NYS Certification as Substance Use Disorder Counselor (CASAC-T). Victoria is also credited for orchestrating a five-day Mental Health Symposium for 20 of the NYC Department of Corrections top uniformed staff members working in Mental Health areas throughout Rikers Island. The symposium, given at the NYC Correction Academy, was a 40-hour training, specific to basic theories and techniques in Mental Health Crisis Intervention and Mental Health First Aid. As an Assistant Professor, student advisor and Adjunct supervisor at the College of New Rochelle’s Bronx extension site, Victoria found her niche in providing clinical services and continued to hone her clinical skills at Project Create on Lenox Ave. in Harlem. Project Create is an outpatient program for newly released parolees with co-occurring mental disorders. Victoria also worked at Faith Mission Crisis Center, a faith-based, behavioral health care organization specializing in crisis services for adults affected by substance abuse and homelessness. In the fall of 2008, Victoria entered Hunter College’s highly competitive Mental Health Licensing Program. In addition to providing individual and group counseling, Victoria became a consultant and NY State Certified Trainer for Exponents personal and professional development program. Exponents is based in the Wall Street area of Manhattan and provides the skills and training necessary for the NYS Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Trainee certification. Victoria is currently working at “Help To Adjust” with a culturally diverse team of Mental Health clinicians. “Help To Adjust” is a private practice in Valley Stream NY, that provides a cadre of counseling services including: anger management, substance abuse counseling, family counseling, relationship counseling, individual counseling and working with troubled children and adolescents. Victoria’s research and professional interest include co-occurring mental health disorders in women, bridging the gap between law enforcement and mental health staff, and adult learning in marginal communities.