Teresha Taylor

MA Counseling, specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Hometown

Apple Valley, California

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2019

What do you hope to do with your degree, and why?

I hope that once I graduate, I will be able to start helping prisoners in our prison and jail systems with rehabilitation programing center on talk therapy. I feel that most inmates in our justice system have some form of a mental illness that they are either not aware of or do not gain proper treatment for, in which I will aim toward advocating those better opportunities.

How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?

I heard about SOLES at a graduate forum held at my undergraduate school two years ago. I chose to enroll here because of how connected students are to the community and the international experience. My undergraduate school was very small and I grew up in a small town, so I found that being in a tight knit community that was very supportive of each other was very important to me. I also LOVED the international requirement for this program because this gave me the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and take the chance to experience new adventures outside of the states.

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

I am currently working part time as a Behavioral Therapist for autistic children. I work with children one-on-one multiple times during the week aiding with learning and demonstrating adequate social skills.

Have you completed an international experience? What did you do?

I will be completing my international experience in the Summer of 2017, and will be traveling to Ecuador. We will be working with a shelter located in the capital of Quito, learning how this organization aids families with multiple resources such as food, shelter, education and job training.