Amy Liechty

MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Hometown

Olympia, Washington

Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2019

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

After graduation, I plan to work in San Diego County as a professional school counselor. I am also interested in pursuing doctoral studies in counselor education to continue the conversation about why and how we support students.

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

I initially learned about SOLES when I searched for CACREP accredited counseling programs and highly ranked schools of education. I chose to enroll because the program-wide emphasis on social justice matches my commitment to advocate for students. I was also drawn to the opportunity to graduate with a PPS credential and eligibility for the LPCC license.

Any outside obligations (family, military, volunteer work, student organizations, etc)?

I am a first year representative for the USD chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling honor society that champions academic excellence, professionalism, and community engagement. Over the past year, we raised money to send a group of students to the American Counseling Association conference in San Francisco. Hearing Dr. Yalom speak at the conference was a highlight of my semester! Additional interests include supporting the research of Dr. Lonnie Rowell, surviving the Triple Crown half-marathon series, and exploring the hiking trails and beaches of San Diego County.

Which class has impacted you the most? Why?

My counseling skills course with Gina Bongiorno deeply impacted my development as a counselor. Gina brings profound presence to her work as an instructor and clinician. She not only modeled the concrete skills of counseling but also the qualities that build strong therapeutic alliance. I felt well prepared to work with students at my practicum site after taking her class.