Paula Heller Garland, MS, LCDC recently became the nineteenth individual inducted into the Texas Counselor Hall of Fame since it was founded in 1990. This award recognizes the body of work of an individual in the field of addictions counseling and is awarded based on the many facets of their contributions over an extended period of time, the varied scope of services provided, and the populations these services reached.
“I am honored to have been invited into such a prestigious group of people I admire, respect, and aspire to be more like,” says Heller Garland. “I love working in the addiction treatment and recovery community because each day I get to see people digging into themselves in order to live a life of purpose. What other profession can say that?”
Heller Garland was nominated by the Dallas Chapter of TAAP to recognize her nearly twenty-five years of service in the addiction treatment, recovery and education profession. She has served as a board member on the Dallas Chapter of TAAP, the State TAAP organization and on committees of the national association.
Awardees must have a minimum of ten years of experience in the field and as a member of The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), and must have have provided significant contributions to the profession and the organization. The award is not presented annually but instead when a worthy candidate meets the full spirit of the award.
Heller Garland is a senior lecturer and addiction studies coordinator in PACS’ Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation department. She teaches addiction courses and advises students who want to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Heller Garland is the Subject Matter Expert for the Recovery to Practice grant and serves as faculty advisor to Eagle Peer Recovery, a student organization for students in and who support recovery.