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HRSA Project TeamUP Stipend Recipient Spotlight: Lauren Flynn

HRSA Project TeamUP Stipend Recipient Spotlight: Lauren Flynn

Hi everyone, my name is Lauren Flynn and I am a third-year student in the CMHC program at USD. I am graduating this May 2020! I have had a wonderful experience at USD. The SOLES faculty and staff have been incredibly supportive of me. Professors like Dr. Cameron, Dr. G and Dr. Hall have been instrumental in helping me grow both personally and professionally. They have supported me as I developed post-graduation plans, and have always been available when I have questions outside of the classroom. That is one of my favorite things about this program.

I’ve been placed at Veterans Village of San Diego for my practicum site over the past year. I work predominantly with military veterans with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I have wonderful relationships with my clinical and on campus supervisors, which has made all the difference in my learning process. Although I have faced challenges in my work, the support and guidance of my supervisors, advisor, and faculty have helped to shape me into a confident and competent clinician.

As an OWEP stipend recipient, I have received wonderful opportunities to further my professional development. As a result, I have been able to attend training opportunities both at my clinical site, and through HRSA and Project TeamUP. The stipend itself has also relieved a financial burden that has allowed me to direct more time to my clinical and academic work. I’ve also been able to invest more energy into professional development opportunities, such as being a graduate assistant, research assistant, and attending multiple trainings and conferences throughout my time as a student. 

Following graduation, I will be moving to Atlanta, GA where I will be attending Georgia State University to earn my PhD in Counselor Education and Practice. My long-term goal is to be able to combine my passion for research and academia with my love for clinical practice. Earning a PhD at GSU will help me do just that. My research interests are trauma related; specifically, male veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. There is a large overlap with sexual trauma and substance use. I know that SUD and OUD are areas that I will always have to be competent in in order to be a successful counselor, researcher, and educator.

Finally, my advice for prospective students would be: take advantage of the opportunities available to you through USD. There are so many out there. Whether it’s a training, research opportunity, conference, or getting an extra consultation from a professor, it will make you a more well-rounded counselor and student. Put yourself out there, and you won’t regret it!

begin quoteAs an OWEP stipend recipient, I have received wonderful opportunities to further my professional development. As a result, I have been able to attend training opportunities both at my clinical site, and through HRSA and Project TeamUP.
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