MA Counseling, specialization in School Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential
What is your background? For example, where are you from, where else have you earned a degree, and where have you worked?
I was raised in San Diego and earned my BA in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. After graduating, I worked as a teacher’s assistant at a tutoring center, an English language instructor for international students. Currently, I am an office manager and behavior coach at Include Autism.
When did you begin your program, and when do you anticipate completing it?
I started my program Fall 2015 and anticipate graduating in Spring 2018.
How did you hear about SOLES, and why did you choose to enroll?
When applying to graduate school, I was researching programs that offered both school counseling and the licensed professional clinical counselor eligibility. I was attracted to the University of San Diego's small class sizes, emphasis on multiculturalism, and international experiences. I ultimately decided to enroll because of the welcoming impression I received during my interview.
What do you hope to do with your degree and/or credential, and why?
After graduation, I hope to work as a school counselor or in a clinical setting. At this time, I want to work with elementary and middle school students because I feel it is important to counsel and support those in need as early as possible.
Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?
I work part time at a nonprofit called Include Autism which provides community-based therapy for kids and teens with autism. I am the office manager, but I also work as a behavior coach doing direct therapy with our participants in community settings.
Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?
I just started my practicum at PRIDE, a K-8 school in Santee and I love it! I really enjoy working directly with my students and getting to know them while receiving support from my supervisor and peers. I am looking forward to doing guidance lessons, classroom observations, and tape presentations.
Which class has impacted you the most? Why?
The counseling skills class has made the biggest impact for me. The videotaped counseling sessions have shown me my strengths and areas that need improvement. Through extensive reflection, I learned a lot about myself and my personal counseling style. This class was a great introduction to the counseling skills foundation and I am looking forward to adding to it over the years.