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HRSA Project TeamUP Stipend Recipient Spotlight: Kim Tran

HRSA Project TeamUP Stipend Recipient Spotlight: Kim Tran

My name is Kim Tran and I am in my second year in the Marital & Family Therapy program. I will be graduating in 2020. I have been completing my practicum at Rady Children’s Hospital where I’ve gotten to work with a collaborative team of physical and mental health care professionals to address trauma and post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) in patients between the ages of 3 and 21. We have a lot of patients who are around 12 or 13 years old, so we see a lot of referrals. I have hoped to specialize in working with adolescents since I was in high school, so I couldn’t be happier with my experience at my practicum site! At my site, I have had the opportunity to work with a supportive and teamwork-focused staff.

Going into my practicum experience, I could never have imagined having this level of support from my site supervisor and the people who I would be working with, so that is something that I have been really appreciative about. Not only is there plenty of structured supervision and educational opportunities, but there are also so many professionals to bounce ideas off of or to ask a question when you aren’t sure about something. I have also benefited from some professional development opportunities on campus which I think have helped prepare me for my practicum experience and for my post-graduation experience. I was able to connect with a staff member in our department who worked with me on professionalism as it related specifically to the field of therapy and counseling.

Project TeamUP has also provided me with numerous training opportunities through things like seminars, workshops, and content-specific trainings. Those, I can never get enough of, because I understand as a clinician, you’re always going to be expected to continue your education. So, being able to do that while I’m still in graduate school is something that I am very appreciative of. Some of the workshops about working with underserved populations and Latinx populations have been so helpful for me because that is exactly the population that I serve! Following graduation, I hope to continue working with San Diego County in a role that works with people and families who have MediCal. Because of my culture, I am very big on community, so I love being involved in the community because I think that is the best way for me to learn what my community needs. Through that, my hope is that I can offer them the appropriate care and services and show them that are opportunities and services for them, and they don’t have to struggle to overcome these things alone. I think that is my driving force.

My advice for prospective students has a few pieces. The first piece is actually paraphrasing Dr. Hall when I interviewed for the program, and that is to offer yourself the same compassion that you offer to your clients. The second one is to be involved in the community because that is how you’re going to learn what your population needs. Finally, the third piece of advice is to reserve some time for yourself because it is hard to serve others if your needs aren’t served first!

begin quoteSome of the workshops about working with underserved populations and Latinx populations have been so helpful for me because that is exactly the population that I serve!
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