Donna Deffke

Donna G. Deffke

970-619-0428 · · 3323 Mountain View Avenue, Longmont, CO 80503

Substance Abuse Counselor 

Compassionate and progress-driven professional with experience providing residential treatment services for individuals suffering from substance abuse and codependency. Certified Addictions Counselor with proven abilities in needs assessment, individualized treatment planning, and life skills development; knowledgeable in both faith-based and secular recovery programs.

Sound understanding of diverse therapy models including cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step, and criminal thinking/thinking errors reeducation. Encouraging attitude combined with strengths in writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication. Proficient in Spanish. Key skills include:

Individual & Group Therapy · Community Outreach · Progress Reporting · Intake Assessment

Case Management · Relapse Prevention · Family & Provider Relations · Discharge/Re-entry Planning

Documentation · Client Empowerment · Service Coordination · Intervention · MS Office Suite

Professional Experience & Achievements

1st Alliance Treatment Services – Westminster, CO                                                                                 2012 to 2016

Addictions Counselor

DUI Education and Therapy for court-ordered clients in Ft. Collins and Greeley, CO.  Up to three groups per day four days per week.  Curriculum uses Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy theories to guide change in thinking and behavior for traditional outpatients within communities. 

GEO Corrections, Inc. (formerly Cornell Companies, Inc.) – Hudson, CO                                            2009 to 2011

Substance Abuse Counselor

Managed caseload of 18 Alaskan male inmates at a given time in therapeutic community program within prison. Completed intake interviews to determine needs and develop individualized treatment plans. Increased clients’ awareness of their own negative self-talk and belief patterns.  Conducted one-on-one therapy sessions with focus on codependency and relapse prevention.

  • Guided 45 clients through entire program over course of tenure, with some progressing in as little as 5 months; improved participants’ overall outlook and understanding, enabling them to readjust to life outside of prison, and thus address recidivism and reoffending. 

  • Effectively handled escalated and confrontational situations with consistent, patient manner.

Central Wyoming Counseling Center – Casper, WY                                                                                         2008

Addictions Counselor, Men’s Residential Unit

Served as primary therapist for 10 individuals completing 2-month program in community mental health center. Led group sessions with 12 step and relapse prevention strategies. Monitored daily activities and updated client charts, reviewing status with interdisciplinary team on biweekly basis.

  • Implemented requirement for all clients to participate in good-natured joke telling and at least one whole-hearted laugh each day, resulting in improved confidence and acceptance of self and others.

  • Utilized multimedia in therapy sessions, assigning movies and instructing clients to answer questions and document reactions to subject matter.

Casper College – Casper, WY                                                                                                                           2007

Instructor, Anthropology Department

Led Social Science course, designing curriculum and lecturing for 2-hour periods twice a week. Prepared, administered, and graded exams. Evaluated essays on assigned readings and posted student grades on online portal.

  • Brought in community resources and industry professionals to supplement course materials and provide real-world perspectives for students.


Winter Memorial Presbyterian Church – Casper, WY                                                                           2004 to 2006


Held part-time position for small community church, preparing and leading weekly worship services, bulletins, and sermons. Moderated monthly Session Meetings and planned special events.

  • Participated in weekly free lunch programs, including lunches for senior citizens at local senior center; organized and spearheaded MLK Day event and march with notable speakers.

  • Achieved grant from Presbyterian Church to revitalize congregation and northern Casper community in general; orchestrated and conducted door-to-door surveys to determine interest.

First Congregational Church UCC – Casper, WY                                                                                  2001 to 2003

Interim Minister

  • Key member in congregation’s shift to more open and affirming body that welcomed gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons; improved communication between members and inspired attitudes of service, care, and compassion.

France Memorial Presbyterian Church – Rawlins, WY                                                                          1997 to 2001

Interim Minister

  • Contributed to bridging gap between church members, state penitentiary employees, inmates, families, and community at large; initiated ministry to Rawlins prison population and family members.

Additional Positions:

Hospice Chaplain (PRN) – North Platte Home Health & Hospice, Casper, WY

Pastoral Counselor Intern & Clerk – University Hospital, Denver, CO

Pastor – First & Deshler Presbyterian Church, Hebron and Deshler, NE

Pastor – Hawick & Belgrade UMC, Brooten Presbyterian, Various Cities, MN

Education & Professional Credentials

Certificate of Addictionology, Casper College, Casper, WY

Completed internship with Access to Recovery, Casper, WY

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), University Hospital, UCHSC, Denver, CO, 1 unit  

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Wyoming Medical Center, Casper WY, 3 units

Master of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities/Religious Studies, Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Certified Addictions Counselor II, State of Colorado, #6995

Ordained Minister, Presbyterian Church USA

Member: NAADAC – The National Association for Drug & Alcohol Counselors



  • ID#: 134454
  • Location: Longmont, CO , 80501

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