Reality Check Fact #2

Over 50% of PSU students report having 4 or fewer drinks each week, if they drink at all.

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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In Good Hands

No one would question Athletic Director John Clark ’71, ’73G if he said he was ready to retire after serving PSU for more than four decades …

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A Life Unfolds in Letters

Norton Bagley’s life reads like the script for a Hollywood movie …

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Teaming Up for Service

There’s more to PSU’s student-athletes than excellent grades and athletic prowess. There’s a desire to make a difference in the world. Plymouth State men’s hockey coach Craig Russell ’09 encourages his team to serve as often as possible. Through the nonprofit organization Team IMPACT, which pairs children with life-threatening or chronic illness with local college […]