Dr. Annette Schonder

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Dr. Annette in Dubai: A Success Story

“I am very happy in my profession and enjoy a good reputation and respect within the community,” reports Annette M. Schonder, Dr. AD, M-RAS, and Licensed Counselor in Dubai, UAE. “My education with Breining Institute and experience have given me the skills, understanding and confidence to be an effective counselor.”

With her Bachelors and Masters degrees in hand, Annette Schonder enrolled in and completed the Breining Institute Doctor in Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) Degree program (Class of 2012), a challenging distance-learning program, successfully completed only by individuals with the maturity and self-discipline to stay on track without needing to sit in a classroom under the close supervision of an instructor.

After earning her Dr.AD Degree, Dr. Schonder then applied for and was awarded the Masters Level – Registered Addiction Specialist (M-RAS) Credential, the highest level of the RAS Career Track credential system, which has been earned by credentialed professionals located in 47 U.S. States and 18 countries.

The M-RAS Credential was one of the “critical components” to her being awarded the Licensed Counselor designation in Dubai. “What gave the credential a great deal of validity was the academic curriculum, the careful documentation of the internship hours, and the RAS test,” explained Dr. Schonder, “and with the online registry, it was easy for them to look up this credential.”

She has become known as “Dr. Annette” in Dubai, and receives positive feedback from clients and professionals within the community that she is well qualified to perform in her role as an addictions counselor, and that they respect a counselor with a good educational background.

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Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Dubai has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East, and is a major transport hub for passengers and cargo. The city has become iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Distance Learning: Not easy, but a better result.

Distance learning programs are not easy, but a recent U.S. Department of Education report concluded that adult distance learning students “performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” (A copy of the U.S. Department of Education report is available here: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning.)

Why do distance learning students do better? Because distance learning requires a more disciplined student.

Breining’s experience for over 30 years suggests that distance learning students are successful post-graduation because they need to have the maturity, motivation and discipline to complete assignments outside of a closely-monitored classroom environment.

“We are pleased to hear when our graduates are successful, especially when they are enjoying the work they do in this important profession,” said Kathy L. Christopher, Dean of Academic Affairs at Breining Institute. “Dr. Schonder’s success is due to her hard work, competence and diligence, which were very apparent during her enrollment in our Doctorate degree program.”

Well done, Dr. Schonder. Keep up the good work.

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