Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 5/21}

Yes, this is a bit cheesy.  However, this is your first semester of graduate classes and it is online.  Let’s at least start to sort of get to know each other.  Please answer the following about yourself (the more, the merrier, but no pressure):  (1) Name?  (2) What college/university did you graduate from?  (3) Something wicked interesting/cool about you (it is okay to brag here)?  (4) What are you doing to maintain your “sanity” during the COVID-19 pandemic?  (5) What are your initial thoughts (or experience) about psychological measurement?  (6) What do you know about cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or evidence-based practice?

 

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49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madi Goodrow
    May 17, 2020 @ 13:24:55

    My name is Madi Goodrow. I graduated from Assumption College. Something that is interesting about me is that I studied abroad for three semesters during my undergraduate studies. To maintain my sanity during COVID-19, I’ve been doing daily yoga and continuing working at my job as a residential counselor at a group home for adults who are mentally ill. I came in contact with psychological measurements frequently during my undergraduate studies. I find psychological measurements to be a very difficult field of study because it focuses on objective measurements. But it is difficult to make psychological concepts objective since they exist in the realm of the person’s mind. With having a job in the field, I have become familiar with cognitive behavior therapy and evidence-based practices. Cognitive behavior therapy is where an individual will learn to rewrite negative though patterns. Evidence based practices are the practices that come from research but are applied to real like interventions.

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    • Haley Scola
      May 19, 2020 @ 16:18:24

      Hi Madi! I also studied abroad for a semester during undergrad, I went to Australia for 5 months.I also work as a residential counselor and am a bit nervous for this class. Your post was very informative about you! See you in class soon!

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    • Yen Pham
      May 20, 2020 @ 22:18:43

      I am very happy to be your classmate in three courses of theology in the undergraduate program and now we are classmate in and two courses in the graduate program. I wish we can share and learn from each other and together explore this course. Yoga is a good way to maintain your sanity during COVID-19, I totally agree with you. Sometimes, I do yoga too, and I really feel a peaceful of mind. I am happy for you because you have a job as a residential counselor at a group home for adults who are mentally ill. I believe this present job provides you a lot useful experiences which help you are more successful in future career.

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    • Francesca DePergola
      May 21, 2020 @ 16:02:49

      Hey Madi,
      It is so great to have a familiar face in the program. I cannot imagine the difficulty in a time like this to be an essential worker. I give you so much credit for the work that you do, especially with the schizophrenic population. I also believe psychological measurement to be a difficult field of study, but I am eager to learn more. I am excited to get to know more about your experiences!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 12:54:45

      Welcome Madi! It’s good stay active during times like these!

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  2. Yen Pham
    May 18, 2020 @ 12:09:49

    I am Yen Pham. I was born and grow in Vietnam. As a Roman Catholic nun of the Dominican Sisters Congregation of Saint Catherine of Siena, Buichu, Vietnam, I decided to dedicate my life to God to serve the Church, to help the poor, and to guide young people with their vocational decisions. Time flies, I have been in America for almost 6 years. I was accepted to Assumption College in August 2016 and have studied a double major in Theology and Psychology. I was blessed to be a former student of Dr. Adam M Volungis for a course Abnormal Psychology in last summer and am excited to get to know you all differently through this course.
    As a member of the Class of 2020, I feel a little sad because of the due of COVID- 19 so our class could not celebrate a Commencement in May 10 as my College has scheduled. I am looking forward to a conferral ceremony in August when we can gather in person for this Commencement ceremony.
    I’m finding peace of mind during the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic by prayers and have a good spiritual life. Every day I have attended Mass, spending my time to pray for everyone’s peace during this difficult time, for the pandemic to pass quickly. Also, I like to take a walk and jogging in the morning or at sunset. The feelings of silence on the roads that I take for a walk, the sound of birds singing, the rustling of leaves, the rays of the new day, and the sunset, they all give me peace and happiness. I am more aware of life and practiced slowing down life to better understand the meaning of life. Also, I am lucky to have a wonderful family- my dear father and mother, one sibling younger sister and two sibling’s brothers, one brother-in-law, one sister- in law, four nieces, and three nephews. My heart is full of joy and gratitude.
    My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are involved in informal tests, psychological inventories, checklists, scales, interviews, and observations. The degree to which counselors accurately assess clients will influence the effectiveness of their counseling. Thus, assessment is an integral part of the counseling process, and as such, counselors need to develop proficient assessment skills. I have experienced the importance of advising vulnerable young people when counseling them at retreats on spiritual, family, and personal matters. I also found that I could help counsel married couples when they were having a hard time understanding each other or just lost hope. I simply listened and gave them the benefit of my insight depending on the situation and context.
    I have known about cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or evidence-based practice is evidence-based methods to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and improve overall life satisfaction and functioning. They are informed by the most current psychology research, having repeatedly demonstrated to be among the most effective interventions for mood disorders and psychological issues. For example, exposure is a cognitive behavior therapy technique that helps people systematically approach what they fear. Generally, fear causes people to avoid situations. Unfortunately, avoidance of feared situations is what maintains feelings of fear and anxiety. Through systematic exposure, people master feared situations one-by-one, and then tackle increasing difficult exposure assignments. Exposure is one of the most effective psychological treatments that exist; having a 90% effectiveness rate with some anxiety disorders ( http://cogbtherapy.com/cognitive-behavior-therapy-techniques).
    I am looking forward to getting to know all of you
    All the best,
    Yen Pham

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    • Haley Scola
      May 19, 2020 @ 16:22:27

      Hi Sister, I thought your post was very informative and inspiring. I find your passion for religion to be very interesting and motivational. I also enjoy walks and the sounds of nature and find them to be very peaceful. I look forward to getting to “meet” you and hear more about your experiences.

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      • Michelle McClure
        May 20, 2020 @ 22:48:07

        Hi Haley! I am friends with lots of mental health workers who are working during this crisis, I have taken a personal leave because of how much covid 19 affected me and my family. I find it interesting how for some people this crisis has brought them closer to their loved ones and others it has been very difficult for them personally and taken a tole on their relationships as well. I think its great that you are continuing to help people through this difficult time.

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    • Michelle McClure
      May 20, 2020 @ 22:51:51

      Hi Yen, I really appreciate your love for the church. Spirituality is so important and can help us overcome so many things, including this covid 19 crisis. My spirituality has helped me so much during this difficult time. I have always found its the small things, like a walk in nature on a beautiful day that make life more meaningful. I always try to appreciate those times when I am living in the moment instead of living in my head, which I am a thinker so I tend to do that a lot.

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    • Christopher LePage
      May 21, 2020 @ 14:08:43

      Hi Sister, I am so sorry to hear that you were not able to finish out the remainder of your senior year, and having your commencement be postponed this year, but I am glad to see you are still continuing your education! I am happy that you are finding peace in these trying ties, and I wish you the best of luck for this semester!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 12:56:08

      Hi Sister! Good to “see” you again! Great outside activities – good for the body and mind!

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  3. Francesca DePergola
    May 18, 2020 @ 18:49:19

    Hi, I am Francesca DePergola! I just finished my undergrad at Assumption a week or so ago. I majored in Psychology and minored in Human Services and Theology. Something “wicked” interesting…. I am the first generation on my dad’s side to be born in America and the second generation on my mom’s! Both families were from Italy. I try to maintain my “sanity” by going for runs, zooming friends frequently, and binge-watching all the Netflix shows I have wanted now that I have the time. Psychological measurement sounds intimidating at first, but I am confident with the extra time the quarantine has blessed us with, that I will be more focused! Cognitive-behavioral therapy is something I am passionate about and feel very motivated and interested in learning more about. It can be as effective as medicine and typically shows immense improvement with cognitive disorders especially relating to anxiety and depression. I am very excited to start this semester and learn more about this class! I will see you soon!

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    • Madi
      May 20, 2020 @ 10:48:12

      Hi Francesca!

      I think it’s really cool that you’re first and second generation! My family is so removed from our roots! I also share you excitement about CBT! I’ve seen first hand the wonders it can work.

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    • Trey Powers
      May 23, 2020 @ 13:38:54

      Hi Francesca!

      I agree that this course sounded intimidating upon first hearing its name. I thought it would be more statistics-based, and for a person who is not good at math, I was a bit concerned. After reading the first chapter, however, it seems like this won’t necessarily be the case. I look forward to having you in class this semester!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 12:58:38

      Welcome Francesca! It’s good to continue staying social – keeps us connected!

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  4. Haley Scola
    May 19, 2020 @ 16:11:00

    Hi, my name is Haley Scola. I’m in my second semester of this graduate program. I previously graduated my undergrad at Worcester State in 2019. At Worcester State I was a 2 year captain for the softball team there, so this is my first year without sports since I was in first grade. As a mental health counselor, I’m an essential worker during this crazy time. I continue to spend my days off spending time outdoors, reading, and resting as much as I possibly can. Since I’m an essential worker my life has stayed basically the same despite the pandemic. My initial thoughts about psychological measurement is intimidation. I’m not positive what to fully expect but I look forward to finding out. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be described as the process of creating new neural pathways through repetition, in order to overcome mental illness. I look forward to class!

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    • Madi
      May 20, 2020 @ 10:50:24

      Hi Haley,

      I’m also an essential worker, so my life hasn’t really changed all that much with the pandemic. I actually started working more hours! Can’t wait to talk more throughout the semester!

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    • Dawn Seiple
      May 20, 2020 @ 19:52:09

      Hi Haley, It is nice to have a familiar face for this second term! I am a little intimidated by the class as well. There is a lot of material to cover this semester. It was interesting to learn you were a college athlete. It explains why you are so good at managing your time. I completely understand how hard it is to all of a sudden not have organized sports in your life. My whole family has always participated in organized sports and we all managed that transition to regular life differently. It seems like you are making the transition beautifully. I look forward to seeing you in Zoom throughout the summer!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:00:45

      Welcome Haley! It’s good to find time to be outdoors, especially if work is stressful1

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  5. Selene Anaya
    May 19, 2020 @ 22:49:25

    Hi all! I am from a west suburb about 20 minutes from Chicago and I graduated from the University of Minnesota last May with a major in Child Psychology and a minor in Applied Psychology in Educational and Community Settings (long name). During this past year, a.k.a my gap year, I lived with my Aunt in Leon, Guanajuato, MX for 3 months to brush up my Spanish and get to know my family and culture some more. This is where I guess the wicked cool part comes into play. My family is huge (all 4 of my grandpa’s siblings had 10 kids, including him) and it feels like I meet someone new at least once a year. When I came back this past January, I spent time substitute teaching in 2 districts here in IL. One specifically filling in for a vacant TA spot in a special ed preschool, and the other at my old elementary school which were both super awesome until Covid-19 hit. However, the time without work allowed me to focus extra on my applications for grad school. To maintain my sanity, I’ve been working on my cooking skills and spending a lot of quality time with my family since I feel like I have been coming and going a lot throughout the past 4 years. At first, Psychological Measurement honestly struck me as another statistics class mixed with more legitimate personality/emotional assessments. Once I processed my classes that I would be taking, however, and came to terms with the fact that I am starting graduate school, I realized that this class is crucial to becoming a counselor. I am very eager to strengthen my knowledge of the topics that this course will provide. Many children experience some degree of anxiety. That being said, I have known for a while that this is the population I would mainly love to work with. My undergraduate degree covered more of the development of children and adolescents, so briefly was CBT touched upon, but I have heard that it seems to be the most effective for children with anxiety. As for evidence-based practice, my degree focused heavily on research and most topics were covered with this approach. I know it is important to look at research that will provide professionals with real-life outcomes as well as opportunities for adjustments and improvements of the strategies that were used. I am really looking forward to this virtual summer term! It is especially comforting that I will get to know you all a little before I move out to MA on my own in the fall. And yes, I think I’ve mastered the pronunciation of Worcester!

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    • Dawn Seiple
      May 20, 2020 @ 19:30:10

      Hi Selene, It sounds like you made great use of your gap year. Being able to combine time with extended family while improving your Spanish in an interesting place sounds great. I am glad you embarked on that at the beginning of your time off. No Covid-19 to interfere with your plans! My time away from studies was more like gap decades. While I have a lot of passion for learning, I am a little rusty. I look forward to learning from my younger classmates and hope to bring a little life experience to the class. If you need anything when you are moving out to Massachusetts, let me know. I have lived in the area for a long time and would be happy to assist. I agree with the consensus that Shrewsbury is a good town to check for rentals. It has services, but is a nice town.

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    • Christopher LePage
      May 21, 2020 @ 14:01:18

      Hi Selene, I also was a TA for a short period of time during undergrad and it will be interesting to see how that will factor in for this course! I also think that it was great to brush up on your Spanish, as it may very well become useful when counseling people in the future. Best of luck!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:02:34

      Welcome to Worcester, Selene! That’s a very large (impressive) family!

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  6. Dawn Seiple
    May 20, 2020 @ 20:24:56

    Hi, My name is Dawn Seiple. I graduated from Dartmouth College back in 1989 with a degree in psychology. At that time, I wasn’t ready for graduate school and found my way into business. After an initial job in management consulting, I began working in my family’s manufacturing and distribution company and ended up stay there 28 years. It was a wonderful experience that allowed for a great work-life balance. I got married and raised 3 children who are now 25, 23 and 15. When our company was sold 2 years ago, I decided I wanted to return to the classroom and finally pursue a counseling degree. While it is hard to start back after so much time away, it is great to be in school solely because I have a sincere desire to learn. I have minimal experience with psychological measurement, but am very interested in learning more. In my past life, decisions were typically driven by data and I am intrigued to learn the ways in which psychological assessments can be made using standardized measurements. I became interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as it is goal oriented and focused on solving problems collaboratively with clients. This is similar to my past work, but has more meaning and purpose as it is focuses on helping people improve their lives. It seems so obvious to say that how we think and feel leads us to behave in a certain way, but through experience I know this is easy to miss and can be hard to change.

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    • Yen Pham
      May 20, 2020 @ 22:56:29

      Hi Dawn Seiple,
      Thank you for sharing interesting information about you and your family. I really admire your passion for learning. You give me more motivation to learn better. I see my pictures in your story. I graduated from high school in 2001, because of family’s finance circumstances, so I could not go to college. But 15 years later, I had the opportunity to learn again. Many challenges welcomed me at the first year College because of my limited English, different culture, and homesick. But I finally finished my undergraduate program last May. I am lucky to have all the professors and friends who I met. They are always here to help me and support my studies.
      You are a wife and a mom; you have more experiences in life than I am. I believe that you will be successful in this course. I am looking forward to learn many interesting things from you.

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    • Francesca DePergola
      May 21, 2020 @ 15:56:35

      Hi Dawn,
      I think it is amazing how you are a mom with 3 kids and pursuing a graduate degree! I can’t imagine the anxieties you might have, but it seems like this is a real passion for you. I am excited to get to know you more and learn from your personal experiences working for many years!

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    • Selene Anaya
      May 21, 2020 @ 19:17:31

      Hi Dawn! I am so happy that you are pursuing what you desire! I also can’t thank you enough for offering to provide me with information about Massachusetts. Moving somewhere new can be scary, but it is comforting to know I have you all willing to help me. It sounds like you are choosing a degree that is perfect for you and I think it’s wonderful you are willing and able to offer some real-life experiences with the class. I have come to learn that experience is such an important factor in learning and understanding. I look forward to this semester with you!

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    • Althea Hermitt- McPherson
      May 25, 2020 @ 01:58:55

      Hi Dawn I really enjoy seeing you in these classes and you wouldn’t know this but you are a source of inspiration, whenever I feel like i’m not able to do this after being away from formal schooling for so long I remember your story and realize I got this, so thanks for being you and always sharing.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:05:56

      Welcome Dawn! And, welcome back to school! I hope things haven’t changed too much…?

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  7. Michelle McClure
    May 20, 2020 @ 22:38:51

    Hello everyone! My name is Michelle McClure. I graduated from the University of Southern Maine. I worked for over 3 years as a family service provider at South Bay Community Services. My favorite thing about the job was coming up with interesting interventions for the kids and their families. I enjoy working with children slightly more then I like working with adults because kids are just more fun and if they trust you more open and honest. I enjoy working with families because I find that inter relationship dynamics are very interesting to me. This virus has affected me very personally, with the death of my father and it has been a very hard time for me over the last few months. Aroma therapy is a hobby of mine and I buy and sell essential oils and I quit enjoy making my own perfumes, soaps, bath salts, ect. I make all kinds of aroma therapy concoctions mostly for my own enjoyment and for family members. I enjoy video games, reading, and now that the weather is warming up I enjoy being outside in the sun and going on walks with my bichon puppy Moppet. I remember taking a psychological statistics class as an undergrad and having to get data about how many people came to a complete stop at a stop sign. I took workshops on cognitive behavioral therapy at South Bay as I worked mostly with cognitive behavioral therapy with my clients.

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    • Selene Anaya
      May 21, 2020 @ 19:27:05

      Hi Michelle! I could not agree more about working with kids over adults. Even though I know it cannot be completely avoided, it is still definitely more enjoyable! Family dynamics are super interesting and it’s cool that you have been a family service provider and can provide the class with some experiences from that. I am so very sorry about your father. I know we don’t really know each other yet, but I am really here if you need anything like notes or something! Over quarantine, I actually bought an aromatherapy book to try and get familiar with essential oils and what they are used for! It includes remedies from tendinitis to even warts! How wild is that? Looking forward to learning from and with you in class!

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    • Casey Cosky
      May 23, 2020 @ 11:49:30

      Hi Michelle! I completely agree with you on preferring to work with children. I’m currently finishing up my job as a preschool teacher to move on to being a counselor working primarily with younger kids. They’re so fun and it’s nice to feel like you’ve really made a difference in their lives. I am so sorry to hear about your father. I’m glad you’ve been able to stay busy doing things you enjoy during this time! I actually looked into making soaps and such too recently and even bought ingredients to make bath bombs. It seems fun!

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:08:40

      Welcome Michelle! I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My mom passed away this past February (not related to COVID-19). This pandemic can make such losses more difficult to process.

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  8. Brigitte Manseau
    May 21, 2020 @ 11:17:12

    Hi y’all, my name is Brigitte. I graduated from Framingham State University fall of 2018. Something interesting about me is that I went to a technical high school and became a certified welder. While most of my classmates were interested in joining the work field, I enjoyed the creative aspect of welding. I spent most of my free time in the workshop creating sculptures and art. To maintain my “sanity” during this time, I listen to music, spend time outdoors, and FaceTime with friends. Also, I am learning how to play ukulele which has been entertaining. During undergrad I took a couple research courses which touched upon psychological measurement. I remember feeling challenged and fascinated by the material. Also, I completed an undergraduate thesis course which required my partner and I to search, evaluate, and administer assessments for our study. From my understanding, cognitive-behavioral therapy is the process of changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. It is especially effective for individuals with anxiety and depression. I look forward to this semester!

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    • Casey Cosky
      May 23, 2020 @ 11:56:56

      Hey Brigitte! That is so awesome that you’re into welding. It’s a really cool form of art that you can get so creative with. I don’t know many people who are welders but the few friends I do have who do it absolutely love it. Learning how to play a new instrument is a really productive way to spend this time and the ukulele was a fun choice! I’m in the process of trying to get the hang of the guitar myself.

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    • Trey Powers
      May 23, 2020 @ 13:47:07

      Hey Brigitte!

      It sounds like your undergrad experience has prepared you well for this class! I had a similar experience with my capstone project where I created a questionnaire comprised of several peer-reviewed scales and measures, as well as a few that I came up with on my own. It was fun seeing the data begin to come in and then to be able to interpret it and find meaningful results that you can then discuss and eventually implement changes based on.

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    • Althea Hermitt- Mcpherson
      May 25, 2020 @ 02:12:25

      Hi Bridgette, wow you are a welder that’s great, I have always enjoyed construction and hope to one day get some formal schooling in that area. I enjoy singing and music as well but there are not enough hours in my day at the moment to experience all the things I would like to do. Nonetheless I look forward to on campus classes so I can get to know everyone.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:11:11

      Welcome Brigitte! Welding and art sounds very interesting!

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  9. Casey Cosky
    May 21, 2020 @ 13:38:41

    Hello! My name is Casey Cosky. I graduated from the University of New Haven in 2018 with a degree in psychology as well as a degree in criminal justice. I initially went as a cj major because I wanted to be in the FBI but as I began taking classes I fell in love with the psychological aspect more, which is why I took up the second major in psychology. Something interesting about me is that I have my own art/jewelry business that I’ve been working on! It started off by just selling prints of my drawings and such on social media but I’m now in the process of setting up an online shop which has been fun. During this pandemic I’ve been finishing up my job as a preschool teacher and helping them prepare for reopening as well as babysitting one of my students every day. I’ve also been taking advantage of this extra free time to focus on art. My initial thought on psychological measurement is that it seems like it can be pretty difficult. I took one or two classes in undergrad that focused on it and that required the most time and effort for me to process. However, I do recognize how important it is and I look forward to gaining a better understanding from this class. I know a lot about cognitive behavioral therapy firsthand because I actually went through it growing up! CBT is a form of therapy that is designed to change one’s thoughts and behaviors by helping them identify the problem and practice coping skills to overcome them. It involves a lot of self-reflection which is important. I’m a big fan of CBT and believe it’s an incredibly effective form of therapy.

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    • Brigitte Manseau
      May 21, 2020 @ 22:44:00

      Hi, Casey! Sounds like you’re staying busy between working as a preschool teacher and creating art. That’s awesome you are setting up your own online store. What kind of jewelry do you make? I agree that psychological measurement seems complex and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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      • Casey Cosky
        May 23, 2020 @ 11:59:17

        I make a little bit of everything! I started off making really simple necklaces just with charms I ordered online and now I’m a big fan of making earrings. I’ve also recently gotten into making charm bracelets and chokers and I’ve developed a slight addiction to buying way too many beads. I like to focus my style around Halloween stuff so there are a lot of bat, pumpkin, skull, etc charms.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:13:05

      Welcome Casey! Preschool teacher and big art interest – nice combination! Good luck with the business!

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  10. Christopher LePage
    May 21, 2020 @ 13:52:33

    Hi guys, my name is Chris LePage! in 2019 I graduated from Assumption College where I majored in psychology and minored in human services. An “interesting” fact about me, is that during my time at Assumption I was picked to be the groom at the annual “5’s” wedding. To help keep myself distracted during the pandemic I usually spend my time either playing video games, walking my dogs, and continuing to go into work (mental health counselor at Tuft’s Medical Center). My initial thoughts about psychological measurement, is that it will be somewhat similar to statistics, in the sense that it will help us gather data. Cognitive-behavioral therapy to me is extremely important in the sense that it can be a foundational piece in helping someone with their disorder. More specifically with more nurture-based disorders, CBT can be even more useful than the medication for some patients.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:15:40

      Welcome back Christopher! Already working in the field – keep staying active outside of the job, especially during the pandemic!

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  11. Trey Powers
    May 21, 2020 @ 14:52:55

    Hi, everyone! Although my formal name is Nelson R Powers III, I always go by the nickname of Trey (for “the third”). I graduated in May of 2019 from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI with a major in Psychology, minor in Education Studies, and research interest in stress, identity, and resilience in peer tutoring. I did take a little time off before starting graduate school, so this is actually my second semester here at Assumption. Some things that could be considered “cool” about me are that I was homeschooled until age 12, and that I live next door to a historic house museum – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, MA – where the book Little Women was written. Both of my parents work there as administrators and also serve as caretakers of the site. I have been volunteering or working there for most of my life as well, so it’s a bit of a family affair! During these “quarantimes,” I have been trying to maintain the normalcy of my life as much as possible, albeit without the human contact I’m accustomed to. The abrupt shift to remote learning last semester was quite jarring, but those of you who were in classes with me made the best of it! Starting off the summer session online will hopefully provide a more stable structure that will likely help keep my days from blurring together as much. My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are that it is a useful tool for more objectively determining not only what a person is suffering from, but the degree of severity as well. It can be difficult for someone unfamiliar with psychology to adequately express exactly what symptoms they are experiencing, let alone process how they are feeling. Utilizing measures that are straightforward and pose easily understandable questions to patients therefore go a long way toward eliciting more accurate responses, and can ultimately help advance the therapeutic relationship. In terms of CBT, I do know the re-working of neural pathways through challenging negative or maladaptive thinking is empirically proven to be a highly successful treatment approach. I look forward to understanding more about the possibilities of psychological measurements and their impact on treatment options, and to getting to know all of your better, too!

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    • Brigitte Manseau
      May 21, 2020 @ 23:01:03

      Hi, Trey! That’s really cool your parents are caretakers of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. I find it fascinating you live next door to a museum. You made a great point that individuals may struggle to communicate their emotions and/or experiences. It highlights how important it is for professionals to understand and use psychological measurement according to each client. I look forward to this semester with you.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:17:49

      Welcome Trey! Caretakers of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House – now that’s interesting!

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  12. Althea Hermitt- Mcpherson
    May 25, 2020 @ 01:51:00

    My name is Althea Hermitt-McPherson. I went to the University of the West Indies Jamaica. I work with at risk youths and I am passionate about helping the most vulnerable. I am not doing so well with maintaining my sanity in this COVID-19 to be honest i’m an essential worker and there is a lot that comes with that title especially in this time. I am also not a fan of remote learning because I’m super old school and this is a difficult time for me in that regard, therefore I’m taking it one day at a time in order to maintain what’s left of my sanity. I automatically think mathematics when I hear measurement and it’s not something I’m fond of. I know that cognitive behavior therapy has to do with restructuring one’s thoughts, attitudes and behavior by changing one’s distorted perception of the world. While evidence based practice is associated with scientifically proven substantiation based on research.

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    • Dr. V
      May 25, 2020 @ 13:22:03

      Hi Althea! I’m not a big fan of the COVID-19 transition either. My wife is an essential worker, and it has dramatically altered our lifestyle. I’m also not a big fan of remote learning, especially for graduate clinical-counseling classes. Hopefully, we’ll make the best of it!

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