Amanda was born in Sault St. Marie, Michigan and was raised in Chisholm, MN. She received her AA degree from Hibbing Community College, her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at St. Cloud State University, and completed her Chemical Dependency Certificate from Mesabi Community and Technical College. Amanda has been working as a licensed chemical dependency counselor since 2004. When her 2nd child was born in 2010 she opened Mid-Range Chemical Dependency Services and has been the Owner/Clinical Supervisor and Chemical Dependency Counselor since. Amanda lives in the Hibbing area with her family.
- Motivational Interviewing certificate from MN DHS, in collaboration with Prairieland ATTC, Metropolitan State University, and Minneapolis CTC.
- Cognitive Behavioral Skills certificate from North Homes, Inc.
- Trauma-Informed Care certificate from Tearmann Trauma Informed Care
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment certificate from MN DHS, in collaboration with Prairieland ATTC, Metropolitan State University, and Minneapolis CTC.
- Gambling Counseling certificate from North American Training Institute
Boozhoo, my name is Syndy, and I am a descendant of the Leech Lake Reservation, where my mother’s side of the family is enrolled. I will be the provider/counselor for the Eveleth location for MRCDS. I bring with me knowledge and education in an array of backgrounds. I hold 3 different, yet similar degrees in the following areas: a 2 year AAS in Early Childhood Education from WITC-Superior (2007), a 2 year AAS in Human Services from DBU (2010), a 4 year Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in First Nation Studies from University of Wisconsin-Superior (2014), and lastly I have 2 certificates in Child Development from Itasca Community College (2004) and the other in Chemical Dependency from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (2020). I am also licensed through the Board of Social Work as a LSW since 2014 and through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy as a LADC since 2020. I have had the opportunity to serve many populations such as that of women, children, families, incarcerated, homelessness, etc. Some of my roles as a past provider have been that of working in crisis work-in youth and domestic violence/sexual assault shelters, case management in and out of treatment facilities, an early head start teacher, a CPS worker, a family supervised visits observer and now of a alcohol & drug counselor. I have also had the pleasure of being involved in my community serving on the Southern SLC DUI and Drug Courts along with Carlton County Drug Court.
I come to the table to educate and give the tools clients can use and need to be productive community members and be on their journey in recovery. I come from the prospective of a family member that has lived with addiction and the process that a family member of an addicted loved one goes through. I will educate the clients I work with on how to build connections to family and community, how to set boundaries, and how to see the addiction they have through a different view/lens. I often tell my clients that “This is your treatment or journey. You will get as much as you give. I am not here to make you stay sober. I am here to guide you and give you tools to succeed.” I look forward to working with the women that come through the doors at our Eveleth location.
Syndy Seliskar, BSW, LSW, LADC