• 40012 Clinical Interventions in Substance Use Disorders
  • 44501 Clinical Research: Using Evidence in Clinical Decision Making

Job Experience

  • Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs, Thresholds
  • Co-Owner/Founder, Roots Counseling & Training Solutions Co.

  • Consultant, Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence

  • Consultant, Midwest Harm Reduction Institute

  • Director (past), Chicago House & Social Service Agency

Fields of Special Interest

  • Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care
  • Co-Occurring Disorders & Integrated Treatment

  • Harm Reduction

  • Evidence-Based Practic
  • Gender Responsive & Trans/GNC Affirming Treatment
  • LGBTQIA+ Responsive Treatment
  • Family-Based Treatment
  • Intersectionality
  • Cultural Humility
  • Prison Industrial Complex
  • Homelessness
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership

Publications or Presentations

  • “Cultural Humility in Leadership & Administration” SAMHSA, 2017

  • “Trauma-Informed Care: Principles & Practice” Public Health Institute of metropolitan Chicago’s Illinois Reentry Conference, 2017

  • “Trauma: Who, What, When, Where & How” Public Health Institute of metropolitan Chicago’s Illinois Reentry Conference, 2017

  • “Integrated Group Therapy for Co-Occurring Disorders” Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence, 2017

  • Women’s Committee of the Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency (2016).“2017-2019 Women’s Plan and Practitioner Toolkit” Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

  • “LGBTQIA+ Responsive Treatment” Women’s Services Network, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), 2016

  • “Harm and Risk Reduction Counseling at the Crossroads of Intimate Partner Violence, Substance Use, & Sex” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s 2015 Conference

  • “Working Together: Housing & Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders” Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence’s 2015 Symposium

  • “PATHway (Providing Alternative Transitions to Housing): Peer-Led Housing Placement Services for Highly Vulnerable Homeless Populations” Housing First Partners’ 2014 Conference

  • “Supporting Staff in a Harm Reduction Setting” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute Annual 2014 Conference











Skylar Cole

Skylar Cole, AM ’14

Cole has quickly advanced to a leadership role that includes training staff and supervising social work interns. She developed a professional development plan that emulates what she learned at SSA regarding policies, practices, and perspectives. She also believes that SSA prepared her very well to work on teams, both professionally and in the community.