Addictive Behavior/Addictions, Children/Youth Issues, Drugs, Ethics/Ethical Studies, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issues, High-Risk Youth Issues, Human Services, Psychology/Mental Health, Sex, Social Work
Ethics, LGBTQ issues, High-risk adolescents and youth, Gang issues, Gang culture, Gang indoctrination, Transition from gang life, Addictions and recovery, Drugs and school districts, Underage drinking, Addictions (Substance abuse and behavioral addictions such as gambling and sex), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (a trauma therapy), Grief, Domestic violence, Dating violence, Multicultural
Degree: M.A., L.P.C., CAC III
Title: Chair and Professor, Director of the Center for High Risk Youth Studies
Department: Human Services
Office Phone: 303-615-0243
Mobile Phone: 303-915-8183
Alternate Phone: 303-691-0225
Interviewed by: The Denver Post
Lynann “Annie” Butler is chair and professor In the Human Services Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Addictions Counselor Level III and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Denver.
She founded Professional Counseling Services, Inc. in Denver in 2002, providing a six-week intervention program for students facing suspension from high schools in five different school districts. She has worked in the field since 1991, and has shared her “wisdom, mistakes and humor with students” at MSU Denver since 2002. In 2012, she was the Human Services nominee for the US Professor of the Year Award, and has also received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Faculty Senate at MSU Denver.
On her recent sabbatical, she traveled to Laos to research Hmong refugees and the Hmong Cultural Center in St. Paul, MN, the largest comprehensive museum about the “secret war” in Southeast Asia, which began in 1963. She has recently completed and submitted Walking With Tigers, a book about a Hmong refugee whom she first met while recruiting guest speakers for her classroom.