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Vivian Coeur

Vivian J. Coeur is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor's Degree (B.S.) in English Education from Western Illinois University in May, 1980 and a Master's Degree in Counselor Education (M.S.Ed.) in December, 1986. She began her career in Carthage, IL as a community mental health counselor at the Hancock County Mental Health Center in May, 1987. In 1989, Vivian became the Clinical Supervisor for the Mental Health and the Substance Use programs. When Hancock County Mental Health Center merged with Brown County Mental Health Center, and later with Pike County Mental Health Center, to become the Mental Health Centers of Western Illinois (MHCWI), she specialized in the substance use program and became the supervisor for the 3 counties. After completing 20 years of service from Carthage, Vivian came to Beu Health Center at Western Illinois University as the administrator for the Alcohol and Other Drug Resource Center in August, 2007. Beginning in the fall of 2018, the AOD Resource Center engaged in a collaborative arrangement with the University Counseling Center, and she now splits her time between AOD and UCC.

Areas of interest or counseling strengths include harm reduction concepts in substance use; family dynamics; grief/loss; emotional regulation; and creative expression such as art, music, movement; symbolism; or writing. A developing interest is in Internal Family Systems for treatment of trauma.

Something unique is that Vivian lived in Joy. While physically true (Joy, IL, population 550 in 1976) for the first 18 years prior to attending WIU, it is also philosophically true in that she strives to find joy in moments large and small.

Resources or Recommendations

"A couple of memorable books would be Claudia Black's It Will Never Happen to Me about the family dynamics growing up in families with addiction or other difficult circumstances and also Michael H. Popkin's So Why Aren't You Perfect Yet, for $4.95? which deals with our perfectionism, the effects of that, and how to think differently."

Vivian's favorite self-care activities would be interacting with her cats and playing the piano. Often those intersect as her 15-pound golden tabby insists on sharing the keyboard until they come to an agreement…

Favorite Quote

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly*, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou

What she is grateful for is a very long list that could be summarized as faith, family, friends, career opportunities and the occasional glimpse of her future butterfly*.