Community Recovery Supervisor, Collegiate Recovery Program
The College of New Jersey
Christopher Freeman, LPC, LCADC, ACS was hired in 2015 to started a Collegiate Recovery Program at The College of New Jersey. For the past five years, Chris has worked to ensure that students in recovery have the resources they need to thrive while at TCNJ. Through his work, he has helped form and nurture a community of students committed to mental health and addiction recovery. Chris has been integral in creating a recovery family and a place for students to grow and thrive. In addition to building up the recovery community, he oversees programming for Lion’s House (recovery housing) and provides counseling services. Chris feels privileged and inspired to work with students that are overcoming significant mental health and addiction issues and loves seeing them achieve more than they ever imagined.
Prior to coming to TCNJ, he worked at community counseling agencies and even had a short stint working at the Mercer County Correction Center. They released him early for good behavior. Chris is a 2005 graduate of TCNJ’s Counselor Education Program and holds the Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor credentials.
Collegiate Recovery Programs and Recovery High School Panel Discussion
People in recovery from addiction face many challenges as they re-construct their lives and create a life-long recovery focus. This is not always supported by society and is less supported in the realm of the education experience. There is much focus on maintaining and mitigating the damages of the high school and college experience, which leaves little focus on creating a place within the education system for this people in recovery. While other groups of classically marginalized populations have begun to find a foothold and support within educational settings (e.g., LGBTQ, gender equality, ethnic identities), those in recovery have largely been left out in due to the fact that their needs run counter to the dominant narrative of the high school and college world.
Join us for a Panel Discussion with leaders in the High School and Collegiate Recovery Movement and within New Jersey and beyond. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about these valuable resources, the impact on communities and interact with the panelists.