Professor Heidi Gjefle’s initial therapeutic work experience was with survivors of trauma, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. She counseled students at MSU-COT in Great Falls, with individuals and groups in a private practice setting, and now serves as a student counselor at the University of Montana Western in Dillon. Professor Gjefle joined the faculty at the University of Providence in 2014. She finds inspiration in the energy, creativity, hope, and perspective that college students bring to a class or to a counseling session.

When not teaching or visiting with students, she enjoys spending time at home, cooking, reading, knitting, or exploring Montana and researching new places to travel. She also serves as the Administrator for the Montana Mediation Association, and volunteers with the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council.

BA, University of Providence
MSC, University of Providence

“Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind. Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger? Know that you yourself are essential to the World. Believe that! Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You yourself are desperately needed to save the soul of the World. Did you think you were put here for something less?”
-Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Sioux Chief and 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe