Mark Hagene is a graduate student and a non-traditional student in the Master’s Degree in the Social Work program, Health/Mental Health Track at SIU Carbondale. He is currently interning at the Big Muddy River Correctional Center (BMRCC) Substance Abuse Therapeutic Treatment program located in Ina, Illinois. At BMRCC Hagene does assessments, facilitate educational groups, lead a Men’s Health/Help group, do one-on-one counseling, and provide services to clients. Hagene is also in a Trauma Behavioral Fellowship Training for children and adolescence at SIU. Furthermore, he is taking classes to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.
In November 2014, Hagene interviewed for the web.coehs.siu.edu/ journeys/Dec14/ about my intern at BMRCC. He is an active member of the Social Work Student Alliance (SWSA) and with the Phi Alpha, Xi Rho Chapter. Hagene was previously involved with the Delta Epsilon Iota and the LifeSavers RSO at SIU. He participates in the Knights of Columbus activities and has been involved with Alzheimer's Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness walks. He also volunteered at a nursing home to work with the elderly on their memory functioning.