Reality Check Fact #1:

Most PSU students “party” less than 2 nights each week (80%).

Fact taken from 2015 NH Higher Education on line Alcohol and Drug Survey at PSU


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Nancy Dyer


Credentials:Nancy Dyer

  • BS Defiance College Majors were Psychology and Social Work, 1972
  • MSW Ohio State University 1976
  • Licensure as Masters Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Professional Organizations include:
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • NH Alcohol and Drug Counselors Association
  • The NH Center for Excellence Expert Panel on Evidenced Based Practice in Alcohol and Drug Prevention


Nancy has lived in Plymouth NH and has worked in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment for over 20 years. During this time she has been astounded by the changes in our society that both promote and discourage mood altering substances. Nancy’s work is sustained by her curiosity about life and the human condition, and by what motivates young people to change behaviors that are both destructive and somehow, rewarding. In addition to her training as a social worker and addiction specialist, she has completed a 200 hour teacher training program in yoga and has had additional training in using yoga for the treatment of trauma.  Nancy joined the staff at the Counseling and Human Relations Center in 1992.

Counseling Approach and Areas of Specialization:

Nancy’s approach to counseling is empathetic and client centered. It is her belief that the relationship is primary to any progress in treatment, and that “one size doesn’t fit all” in regard to a therapeutic technique. She believes that in each client there is wisdom, a desire to be well and whole, and a natural tendency to move in a positive direction given the proper conditions. She utilizes Motivational Interviewing to help move her clients toward healthy behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is frequently practiced as clients learn new ways of thinking and acting to improve their feeling states and to avoid the use of substances. She incorporates her yoga practice through the use of relaxing or energizing breath work and meditation when clinically useful.


Nancy enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga, and all kinds of music, especially live performances. She has great respect for the spiritual growth she has seen in people she has known who are in Recovery from alcohol and other drugs.

In Plymouth Magazine

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Hope for Hypertension

Jennifer DuPont ’08 is investigating what triggers high blood pressure as we age Sixty-seven million Americans have it. Nearly a thousand people die from it each day. And in just one year, it can cost the nation more than $40 million. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, takes a tremendous toll on our country, both in […]

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The Best Job Perk Ever

 An Interview with Donald Hall ■ Diane Jeffrey ’97, Director of the Silver Center for the Arts When I tell people that I am director of PSU’s Silver Center for the Arts, they often say “That sounds like fun!” Not only do I confirm their suspicions, I often tell them about the fascinating people I […]

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Coach for a Day

Dean of the First-Year Experience Mark Fischler is a professor, mentor, and friend to countless students. But this past September, he was also a coach for the Panther football team.