Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 8/20}

Yes, this is a 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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112 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pawel Zawistowski
    Aug 14, 2020 @ 22:24:02

    1. Pawel Zawistowski
    2. UMass Amherst
    3. Something wicked cool about me is the fact that I was born in Poland and moved to the states in 2003 when I was 10 years old. I am also serving in the Army National Guard and it is a huge part of my life and a second career for me.
    4. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I was lucky to maintain my sanity by working with Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). It was part of my activation with the National Guard. We worked at a warehouse receiving and distributing PPE to agencies across the state. Besides working I also did a lot of hiking, running, and going to the beach.
    5. My initial thought about psychological measurements is that it is a very important tool in which a psychologist uses an assessment to measure the mental health, cognitive ability, or knowledge of a human being.
    6. I don’t have much experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy, just briefly covered it in some of my classes during my undergraduate studies. What I do know is that it is an effective psychological treatment that can help an individual improve on issues with anxiety, depression, problematic behaviors, among many other psychological complications. I personally prefer this and believe it is a more effective treatment in the long-term over dependency on medication.

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    • Abby Robinson
      Aug 15, 2020 @ 16:16:20

      Hi Pawel! That is very cool you lived in another country! I’ve never been to Poland but it is on my ‘bucket list’ to visit. Also that is super awesome you help distribute PPE to those who need it, it must be very busy. I agree with your statement about CBT as a long term treatment for psychological disorders because sometimes I feel medication, although effective, may not be enough in the long term and it doesn’t give any strategies to cope with tricky emotions. Although, I have heard that both CBT and medication together seem to work well too!

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 14:08:54

      It’s nice to “meet” you Pawel! I wanted to say thank you for your service. My boyfriend is also a member of the ARNG and was activated for distributing PPE throughout the state as well. I know this can include things like having to leave a civilian job, working long hours overnight, and traveling all across the state. So I appreciate you doing so much to help out the people in this state during the pandemic!

      I also noticed that you graduated from UMass Amherst. Although I didn’t go there for school, the research group I work for just transitioned from the Presiden’t Office to the UMass Amherst Campus, and it seems like a great institution to be a part of. Its find it exciting to see some things in common among our classmates.

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    • Connor Belland
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 21:07:22

      Hi Pawel! Very interesting to hear you come from Poland as my ethnicity is mostly Polish so I hope to visit someday. Thank you for your service and its interesting you worked in shipping in receiving. I have also worked in warehouses for 5 years now glad to be pursuing Counseling now like you. Can’t wait to get started and learn about psychological measurement.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:06:51

      Hi Pawel,

      Nice to meet you!

      Born in Poland and serving in the Army National Guard – very impressive!

      Dr. V

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  2. Abby Robinson
    Aug 15, 2020 @ 16:20:46

    Hi everyone! My name is Abby Robinson. I graduated from University of New Hampshire three years ago. Something interesting about me is that (pre-covid 19) I am/was a pre-k teacher to a group of fifteen five year olds! I was teaching at a private school and had an amazing class to keep me busy. I worked there for two years before they shut down from the pandemic. I had great experiences with my class and I learned a lot while teaching. My favorite part about that job was being able to watch all of my students’ progress throughout the year. We would make social/emotional goals and also academic goals for each student and it was amazing to see their accomplishments throughout the year. Another favorite part about that job was all of the hilarious things my students would say- it was quite entertaining.
    To keep my sanity during the pandemic I’ve been going on many adventures with my two dogs Dodger and Josie! We go for many walks and local hikes to stay busy and they are loving the attention. I also spend a lot of time at the beach when the weather is nice.
    My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are that it is very handy to help understand some of the qualities humans possess and it may be helpful for predicting behaviors that may occur in the future. Maybe psychological measurement can outline certain behaviors and why they occurred if there is a pattern to predict.
    I don’t know too much about cognitive behavioral therapy. I understand that it is used to improve an individual’s mental health by using coping strategies and help regulate emotions. In my abnormal psychology class in undergraduate school, we learned that a lot of common disorders have the best improvement with CBT and a medication. Although I don’t have any personal experience with CBT, it seems very effective.

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    • Tayler
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:13:36

      Hi Abby! I’m curious to hear some of the interesting things your students said – when I worked at a children’s counselling center, you never knew what would come out of their mouths! Do you plan on working with children? I think that is the route I want to take but haven’t been around too many very young kids, so I’d be interested to chat about your experience teaching young children. Also, my cat is named Josie, too!

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    • Alexa Berry
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 22:16:58

      Hi Abby! Your job sounded great, sorry to hear that it closed. I work with kids too and they always have the best commentary. Social and emotional goals are so important it’s awesome that you recognized those in addition to academic goals.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:58:12

      Hi Abby,

      Nice to meet you!

      Working as a pre-K teacher is great experience for the mental health field!

      Dr. V

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    • Nicole Giannetto
      Aug 25, 2020 @ 13:34:21

      Hi Abby! I think that is awesome that you worked as a teacher for pre-k kids. I have worked with kids for many years and I absolutely love it. I have considered extending what I want to do for my career into working in a school system with children. I know those kids were very lucky to have you.

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  3. Laura Wheeler
    Aug 15, 2020 @ 19:29:30

    Hi all!
    My name is Laura Wheeler and I graduated from Worcester State as an Urban Studies major. I have been working at DCF as a social worker for just over two years now, which has kept me very busy during COVID. Working remotely has been a huge adjustment, but being home with my 7 year old son and our amazing pup has been the best silver lining I could ask for. Although psychology was my minor during my undergraduate studies, I feel as though most of my experience has come from my professional and personal life. Last winter I sought a neuropsychological evaluation for my son; going through the process of testing and understanding the results was fascinating and pushed me in the direction of this program versus an MSW (which is strongly regarded in my field of work, naturally). As for CBT, this is again something I learned about following my sons diagnoses. I have quickly discovered that CBT is highly sought after and very difficult to access (year+ wait lists in this area!)
    Im not sure there is anything about myself that I would consider “wicked” cool but I have a massive collection of house plants that I think are pretty cool… though my son strongly disagrees.

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    • Beth Martin
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 00:25:37

      Hi Laura!
      I’m going to have to strongly disagree with your son, your houseplant collection sounds fantastic! I’m currently in a real “grow everything I can” phase as I finally have a garden, but I’m really struggling to keep basic herbs alive indoors – major props to you for taking care of so many! I’m so sorry to hear that the wait lists have been so long for your son, but fingers crossed he has found someone (or finds!) someone that works well for him.

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    • Anne Marie Lemieux
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 12:48:31

      Hi Laura! Thank you for sharing about yourself. I was previously a DCF social worker in Leominster. I’m now a school counselor but I’m curious to hear about how you’re doing working remotely. I also have a son about the same age, he just turned 9 yo. I hoping that we can work together. I’m looking forward to learning more about you.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:04:46

      Hi Laura,

      Nice to meet you!

      Working for DCF is no easy task… can only imagine what it’s like during COVID!

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

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  4. Anne Marie Lemieux
    Aug 16, 2020 @ 12:40:32

    Hi! My name is Anne Marie Lemieux. I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fitchburg State University. I studied both Human Services and School Counseling. The coolest thing about me is definitely the people around me. I have a wonderful husband and two kids aged nine and thirteen years old. I have a circle of friends and extended family that have helped me maintain my sanity during these crazy times. I work full time as a school counselor with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. I will be working in person this fall with the students and staff. All of the students I serve have an IEP and assessments are a big component to learning how to better serve their needs. I am looking forward to learning more about psychological measurements. To oversimplify my understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy is to say if you think it, you feel it, you act it. The process of changing people’s thinking can impact other aspects of their lives. Evidence based practice means that the practice has the data to prove its effectiveness.

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    • Zoe DiPinto
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 14:37:38

      Hey Anne Marie! As someone who just graduated from undergrad, I really admire all your experience. I was throwing around the idea of becoming a school counselor/ school psychologist because I love working with kids! The work you do must be tough, but rewarding. What I liked about school psychology is the focus on psychological assessment. I don’t know much, so school counseling may be different, but I have a feeling this class will touch on those assessment tools that are so important for child counseling.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:33:23

      Hi Anne Marie!

      Nice to meet you!

      You already have a lot of experience in the school systems – IEPs can be a lot of work!

      Dr. V

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  5. Elias Pinto-Hernandez
    Aug 16, 2020 @ 14:39:04

    Hi everyone! My name is Elias Pinto-Hernandez. I graduated from the University Of Puerto Rico for Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. I relocated to Worcester after the hurricanes Irma and Maria. An activity that I very much enjoy and miss a lot is night scuba diving. Something that I am doing through COVID-19 is working and gardening. My understanding of psychological measurement and CBT is limited to what was taught in undergraduate school, and that is one of the reasons that I am excited to be here.

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    • Beth Martin
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 00:30:12

      Hi Elias!
      Night scuba diving sounds so cool! I’ve heard about some areas setting up “night viewing” areas for night excursions that always sounded really interesting, but I’ve no idea if there are any in New England! Gardening is a great way of winding down and keeping you busy constantly, are you planting any veggies or sticking with flowers etc?

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      • Elias Pinto-Hernandez
        Aug 18, 2020 @ 21:04:09

        Hi Beth!
        The diving experience in New England is different from the Caribbean in many ways, one being the scenery. I prefer to plant more vegetables rather than flowers, but I plant both; we need the bees!

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    • Brianna Walls
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 20:43:13

      Hi Elias! I always wanted to visit Puerto Rico, their beaches look amazing! Also i’m very jealous that you used to go night scuba diving, that sounds like a blast! Scuba diving in general sounds like a blast and I hope one day I can experience it too! You said you moved to Worcester after the hurricanes, what made you choose this city?

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    • Viviana
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 00:32:25

      Hi Elias, I am curious to know how psychological measurements are utilized in the criminal justice field. I wonder how forensic psychologist for example clinically evaluate the mental states of people who break the law. Perhaps it could be something we address in this course. I hope you would adjust well to the New England weather which is nothing compare to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico.

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    • Karlena Henry
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:17:03

      Hi Elias!
      That’s really great that you were able to get established after those horrible hurricanes. I watched a lot of the coverage, and I was disgusted by the response.
      When I was in community college, I took a course on forensic psychology, and it was AMAZING. I couldn’t follow through with additional courses because my transfer school didn’t have any track for it.
      Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:56:30

      Hi Elias,

      Nice to meet you!

      Night scuba diving sounds wicked cool! My wife likes to scuba dive… I’m too scared to try (especially at night)!

      Dr. V

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    • Nicole Giannetto
      Aug 25, 2020 @ 13:38:15

      Hi Elias! Wow. Criminal Justice and forensic science sounds like a fascinating major. I have always been intrigued by the subjects, and also love all of those crime shows (Lol). Night scuba diving sounds super cool, but I think I would be to afraid to do it-maybe one day!

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  6. Zoe DiPinto
    Aug 16, 2020 @ 16:40:16

    Hi everyone!
    My name is Zoe DiPinto. I just graduated from Clark University in May with a major in Psychology.

    Fun fact about me is that I am trained in seven different types of dance! I’ve directed groups, choreographed college musicals, and teach at a dance studio for adults in West Boylston.

    To keep myself sane during the pandemic, I’ve been writing a few different theatrical play scripts (I minored in creative writing and theater). I had one of my plays produced and performed last fall and hope to do it again in the future.

    I’ve taken a few psychological measurement classes in the past that have exposed me to SPSS programming as well as quantitative and qualitative coding. Most of my research experience has been qualitative coding, so I look forward to refreshing my experience with quantitative measurement.

    I have heard CBT is a widely sought-after form of therapy! I don’t know much about how it compares to other forms of therapy, but I’ve always appreciated the theoretical priority of exploring brain cognition’s effect on behavior. I have a lot of interest in studying the neuropsychological functions of sleep, and believe CBT may be the future of effective sleep therapy. I’m looking forward to learning more!

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    • Abby Robinson
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 12:02:47

      Hi Zoe, congrats on graduating from Clark-that’s awesome! I agree with your statement about CBT being a very popular form of therapy! My brother recently went through a hard time trying to get an appointment with a LMHC. It was many months before he could get on their schedule. I too wonder about how CBT compares to other forms of therapy and wonder if it pairs well with other types of therapy. For example CBT and also a type of animal-assisted therapy? I wonder if there are benefits to doing multiple types of therapy? I hope to find out!

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      • Karlena Henry
        Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:22:20

        Hi,
        I have actually seen how CBT works incredibly well in conjunction with trauma based therapeutic treatments. The one I’m familiar with is EMDR. This is a treatment used with PTSD patients dealing with active flashbacks. I hope at some point to be trained in it.

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    • Carly Moris
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 11:43:38

      Hi Zoe! I think it’s amazing that you’ve had one of your plays produced. I was wondering what your favorite musical was and if that influenced what you wrote?

      I also think that the neuropsychology of sleep is really interesting but I never thought about how CBT could be used for sleep therapy. I think it’s really cool that you want to look into that. Especially considering how important sleep is for everyone!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:25:41

      Hi Zoe!

      Nice to meet you!

      Wicked cool dance experience! I learned square dancing in elementary school – does that count?

      Dr. V

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  7. Beth Martin
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 00:22:10

    Hello everyone! My name is Beth, and I recently graduated with a degree in psychology from Arizona State. The most “interesting” thing about me is that I’m also not local: I’m English, and I’ve moved around the States and Canada over the past decade. The biggest lockdown knock to my sanity was feeling like I had no control over things going on around me, so I’ve been making an effort to give myself a feeling of agency I suppose! Encouraging myself to make better choices when it comes to food, or exercise, or how I spend my time has given me that feeling of control back.

    Regarding psychological measurement, I took a few clinical psychology/psychological testing classes during my ungraduated degree, which have touched upon it, but I’m looking forward to going in to more depth.
    As for CBT, I’ve had introductions to it through some classes, and through work I’ve grown to understand that it’s a gold standard/go-to in a lot of situations. I worked alongside domestic violence and special victims’ units to provide support and advocacy to victims of crimes within those departments, and our counselling unit always sang the praises of CBT – as did our clients. Evidence-based practice is something that’s been spoken about throughout my undergrad as an absolute must for any counsellor worth their salt, so I’m looking forward to learning more about both CBT and other practices that are backed by research this semester!

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    • Tayler
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:09:27

      Hi Beth, I definitely relate to the loss of agency! I wonder how this period of feeling out of control will change therapy techniques and understanding – I feel like people are more inclined to talk about mental health because of the nationwide trauma, and I’ve seen a lot more counseling-esque techniques in popular media and discourse. I am interested in your work with domestic violence victims and SVU. This year, I worked at a children’s advocacy center in Texas that focused on “restoring dignity, hope, and trust to children traumatized by abuse and neglect,” as a CPS intake intern. I’m curious how your experience compares to mine!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:47:55

      Hi Beth!

      Nice to meet you!

      It’s seems like you’ve moved around a lot – are you “settled” yet?!

      Dr. V

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  8. Bibi
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 12:16:37

    Hello everyone! My name is Bibiana but I go by Bibi. I just graduated from Trinity University in Texas this past May. I am originally from Denver and something interesting about me is that I have been snowboarding since I was 4. It is one of my favorite winter hobbies. The only thing really keeping my sanity right now is that I love to make art. I draw, paint, sew, and do digital art as well.

    In regard to my initial thoughts for psychological measurement, I expect it to be kind of similar to psych stats which I took in undergrad but way more in depth about different types of measurement and testing with far less SPSS. I was the TA for both psych stats 1 and 2 so I am really excited for this course because I think that measurement and stats are interesting.

    I took a course in undergrad that was focused primarily on evidence-based practices, so I know a decent amount about CBT. I think that it is a super interesting therapy and that there are so many different ways that it can be applied in practice through so many different activities.

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 14:16:26

      Hi Bibi! I think it is very interesting that you have lived in Denver, Texas, and are now going to school here. I’m sure living and going to school in various places has given you a lot of perspective and exciting opportunities.

      I also think it is very cool that you have been able to create art throughout the pandemic. I have never had much artistic ability at all, but have always been surrounded by artistic friends. I think things like drawing and painting are such a beautiful form of expression. It’s great that you have been able to use your time during the pandemic to create things.

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      • Bibiana Cutilletta
        Aug 18, 2020 @ 17:28:49

        Moving so much has definitely been crazy but I am consider this my opportunity to live in different places before I am forced to pick one place to live.
        Denver has definitely been my favorite so far though.

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    • Lilly Brochu
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 15:59:48

      Hi Bibi,

      I think it is awesome that you have a hobby of making art. As a kid, I had always loved to draw and paint, but I never kept up with it. What kind of art do you create? I think it would be so cool to see what you have created! Also, where did you learn to sew? I have always wanted to learn, but no one close to me in my family knows how to. It seems too tough to self-teach! Congratulations on your graduation and keep up with your hobbies!

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      • Bibiana Cutilletta
        Aug 20, 2020 @ 19:32:22

        If you want, I can teach you over zoom! My grandma taught me sewing, embroidery, and knitting. I mostly draw and paint but i also make digital art and other stuff!

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    • Pawel Zawistowski
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 14:00:33

      Hello Bibi! I think it’s so cool that you have been snowboarding since 4 it is a tough skill to learn. The mountains around here are nothing like Colorado has to offer but I hope that you get to enjoy snowboarding here in New England. I just learned to ski earlier this winter and it was a great experience!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:19:58

      Hi Bibi,

      Nice to meet you!

      I always wanted to snowboard… but that never happened! 😦

      Dr. V

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  9. Alexa Berry
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 17:43:00

    Hi everyone! My name is Alexa and I graduated from Assumption College. The coolest thing I can think of about myself is that I was recruited to work for the Bruins. Sadly I had to turn it down because the game schedule conflicted with classes- there’s always next year! To maintain my sanity during COVID I’ve been doing a lot of reading in addition to still working at my full-time job. I majored in psychology for undergrad, so I have a decent amount of experience with psychological measurement. It’s definitely not my favorite subject but I’m open minded and hoping this course can add something new to my prior knowledge. Regarding CBT, I know that this is a common treatment for most major mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and MDD. I was lucky enough to be able to take clinical psychology as my capstone course for undergrad so I have some practice with CBT principles as well!

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    • Cailee Norton
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 11:15:12

      Alexa,
      That’s super cool that you were recruited by the Bruins! Hopefully next year you’ll be able to make some time for it. Also congratulations on your graduation this year! I graduated from Framingham State this year as well, but thanks COVID no graduation until next year. I’m hopeful as well that this class will add a more clinical approach to the subject, as most undergrad courses just give you the basics.

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    • Brianna Walls
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 20:56:21

      Hi Alexa! You said you graduated from Assumption, are you originally from here? Also that is awesome you were offered a job to work for the Bruins, my brother is a huge fan of them. If you don’t mind me asking what was the job they offered you? I’m just curious! Thanks in advance!

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      • Alexa Berry
        Aug 19, 2020 @ 20:07:51

        Hi! Yes I am from Worcester, I’ve lived here my whole life. My position with the Bruins was supposed to be on their “promo team”- basically you go to all the games and do fan interactions and hang out around TD Garden and then attend charity and community events on behalf of the organization. They added the promo team when they got rid of ice girls.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:11:29

      Hi Alexa,

      Nice to meet you!

      Go Bruins! (Cool job by the way!)

      Dr. V

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  10. Tayler Weathers
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 18:02:24

    (1) Tayler Weathers
    (2) Trinity University
    (3) Something I feel is interesting about me is I double majored for fun in Ancient Mediterranean Studies and know a good amount of Latin. If I were to do a complete 180 and move to another country and career field it would be Greece or Italy to be an archaeologist/historian. I have an almost obsessive love of mythology and ancient history, but tend not to pay attention to anything past 400 CE. One of my favorite things to talk about is the development of religion and religious beliefs (modern and ancient).
    (4) To maintain my sanity, I’ve been working on DIY and embroidery projects!
    (5) Having taken an undergraduate course on personality assessments, as well as two statistics research and methods courses, I feel inundated with basic information. I am excited to see more clinical applications to the information, somewhat along the lines of my personality class, but with more practical/tangible parts.
    (6) What do you know about cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or evidence-based practice?
    I have studied different forms of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, which I understand to be one of the most evidence-based and results-driven therapies. As a very goals-based person, I like that CBT allows therapists and clients to actually understand the purpose and methods of each step of therapy, while not being strictly cookie-cutter.

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    • Maya
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 19:49:05

      Hey Tayler!

      It sounds like you have such a passion for history especially in the Mediterranean, that is very unique! I hope you fulfill your passions even if you don’t do a 180 hahaha. Also I love the way embroidery looks, I have so many shirts with it on it so that’s really cool you can do that to any outfit you want! Lastly, I agree with what you said about CBT and it definitely has had a lot of research on it and proves to be one of the most effective treatments for depression and other disorders. I look forward to class with you!

      – Maya

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:02:06

      Hi Tayler,

      Nice to meet you!

      The development of religion/religious beliefs is definitely very interesting (and appears to be even more relevant today)!

      Dr. V

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  11. Maya
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 19:37:06

    (1) Hi I’m Maya
    (2) I just graduated a year early from Umass Amherst!
    (3) I am adopted from Guatemala!
    (4) To keep my sanity I have mostly just been keeping busy with taking classes and I just repainted my whole room yellow and rearranged things so that it was a more peaceful place, I also have been trying to work on my book in my free time.
    (5) I have taken a methods and stats course in undergrad and it was a struggle for me… hoping this class will go a lot better since the professor seems to be organized and that is helpful to my learning.
    (6) I actually just took a course over the summer about theories and different types of therapy. Another course I took was about emotional dysregulation in different disorders so through those 2 classes I have learned a great deal about CBT and other proven ways of practice.

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    • Cailee Norton
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 11:11:10

      Hi Maya,
      Congrats on your graduation! My graduation was moved to next year, did you have one virtually or are you moved to next year as well? I think it’s great that you’ve made your space more peaceful, and that can definitely foster a more positive and welcoming environment throughout this insane time. What’s your book about? I love to read so I’m sure that writing a book has been a great way to cope with the quarantine as well!

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      • Maya
        Aug 19, 2020 @ 10:33:58

        Hey Cailee,

        Thanks for responding to my post! I haven’t had a graduation virtually or not, nor heard about any plans for one since I graduated in the summer because I took summer courses to finish so.. oh well. That sucks yours was postponed :(. And my book I’m writing is a poetry book! I am about 80% of the way done so far.

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    • Elias Pinto-Hernandez
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 21:24:46

      Hi Maya!
      Anything to keep your peace and sanity during this time. Writing a book, exciting! It looks like you have a strong background in CBT, which definitely would be helpful for the course.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:46:16

      Hi Maya!

      Nice to meet you!

      Writing a book – can you share what it’s about?!

      Dr. V

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  12. Christina DeMalia
    Aug 17, 2020 @ 22:55:09

    1. Hi everyone! My name is Christina DeMalia.
    2. I graduated from Nichols College in 2019.
    3. I was able to finish my bachelor’s degree in three years instead of four. During that time I also worked full time as a clinical counselor at a residential program, so I was able to get a lot of real life application and practice for the material I was learning in my psychology classes.
    4. I have been able to remain working full time (remotely) throughout COVID which has kept me decently busy and distracted. Buying lots of new books has also kept me sane throughout my down time, but I am definitely going to need a new bookshelf next.
    5. For my undergrad senior capstone, I was able to conduct a research project/experiment of my own throughout the course of the semester. This gave me some minor practice with psychological measurements. My current job is working as a Research Analyst for the UMass Donahue Institute Applied Research and Program Evaluation group. Although the work isn’t always based around psychological measurements, I have gotten practice using SPSS, doing statistical analysis, learning about qualitative and quantitative measurements, and looking for reliability and validity in assessment results. I think that it will be exciting to take the skills and experience I have with measurement and data, and apply them in a counseling setting.
    6. I learned about both of these therapeutic approaches in my undergraduate courses, as well as in my job as a clinical counselor. I worked at a residential program for at risk youth for three years. This program was part of YOU Inc., and many EBP models were used by the clinical and floor staff there. The most commonly used was CBT and TF-CBT. Throughout each shift I was expected to work with the clients towards one of the goals they had discussed and created with their clinicians. I was then given the opportunity to write shift notes each night detailing what goal was addressed, what intervention I used, and how the client reacted. This nightly routine gave me a lot of practice to work with and understand CBT in a practical setting.

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  13. Cailee Norton
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 11:08:44

    Hi all! My name is Cailee Norton, and I just graduated from Framingham State University this past May, although without a graduation it doesn’t really feel real. It’s pretty hard to think of something interesting about me, but perhaps it could be that I’ve travelled to over 11 countries or that I did an internship and volunteered as a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor with an amazing organization called Voices Against Violence last year (up until COVID, which made it very difficult). Trying to maintain my sanity during the pandemic has mostly been found through excessive amounts of baking (breads, brownies, cookies, you name it), painting, reading, and watching Netflix. My experience with Psychological Measurements has been fairly limited, but through my internship and my thesis to complete my program at Framingham State I’ve been able to see some of the basics of evaluating and measuring various characteristics of survivors, students, and others I’d interviewed over the course of my college career. I also took a class called the Psychology of Learning and was given basic instruction about the tools and ways in which therapies can help people to learn new behaviors or change old ones. I found that class to be super interesting, and have high hopes that this class will be no different.

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    • Zoe DiPinto
      Aug 18, 2020 @ 14:31:06

      Hi Cailee! Your experience working with interpersonal violence sounds very interesting! I’ve been interested in that field for a while and have been working as a peer educator in teaching students the warning signs and responsible actions associated with partner violence with the “Bringing in the Bystander” and “One Love” training programs. I’ll have to look up Voices Against Violence!

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      • Cailee Norton
        Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:24:55

        Zoe,
        I can’t say enough good things about Voices Against Violence. If you ever need a foot in the door they are always looking for volunteers and have plenty of learning opportunities!! They’re very involved in community learning opportunities and worked closely with my school in providing campus talks and events that talked about sexual and domestic violence and how we can work together towards educating everyone and debunking a lot of myths that surround it.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:54:15

      Hi Cailee!

      Nice to meet you!

      Travelling to over 11 countries is wicked interesting! Did you have a favorite? (Great volunteer experience, too!)

      Dr. V

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  14. Brianna Walls
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 18:28:48

    1. Hi all! My name is Brianna Walls and I am 23 years old.
    2. I graduated from Worcester State University in May of 2020 with a BS in psychology, a concentration in mental health and a minor in sociology.
    3. Something interesting about me is that I have had type 1 diabetes since I was six years old. I don’t really consider this to be cool/ interesting but maybe some of you will!
    4. I am maintaining my “sanity” during the COVID-19 pandemic by not paying too much attention to the news/media. It can be so overwhelming! I also have been watching a lot of Netflix at night and hanging out by my pool during the day.
    5. During my undergrad studies I did take an intro class to psychological measurement but unfortunately my professor had her baby in the middle of the semester so we switched to an online format and it was very difficult for the class and I to learn this way.
    6. During my undergrad studies I learned a lot about CBT. For instance I was able to take a class in clinical psychology and intro to counseling where I was able to learn the basics about cognitive behavioral therapy and how it is used in a clinical setting.

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    • Lilly Brochu
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 15:53:58

      H Brianna,
      I thought you looked familiar considering we both just graduated from Worcester State University and are Psychology majors! My younger brother, Angelo, also has Type 1 Diabetes and he was diagnosed about two and a half years ago when he was ten. It changed our entire family so much, but each day, he seems to understand how it works better and better. You are so strong and such a fighter – it is not an easy thing to live with. What kind of shows have you been watching on Netflix? I am currently binging Outlander! I highly recommend if you enjoy drama and romance. I hope you are staying healthy and sane during these unpredictable times. 😊

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:00:08

      Hi Brianna,

      Nice to meet you!

      I definitely understand about not watching too much news/media – not helpful for the mental health of many (I find reading the news a little less distressing than watching)!

      Dr. V

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  15. Viviana
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 00:14:46

    My Name is Viviana and I received my undergraduate degrees in education and psychology from Worcester State University in 2011. Then, I studied in Spain a master degree in special education and psychological intervention. I currently work as a protective supervisor at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in one of the offices in Worcester. My community of supports such as my family, husband, three lovely children, and close friends have been helping me to keep my sanity during these unprecedent times with COVID-19 pandemic. Also, I do practice daily meditation and mindfulness in addition to having a personal, organized, and daily routine. I presently have access to psychological measurements through parent psychological evaluations, IEPs, psychological evaluations, and neuropsychological tests, which are extremely important in decision making in my line of job as we do take daily decisions based on these results that can affect the stabilization of children and their families. I know that CBT is a well-known art of therapy and highly effective with individuals with mental health diagnosis and my hope is that more professionals get trained in the field for individual to have more access.

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    • Tanya Nair
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:53:07

      Hi Viviana! It is so nice to meet you. That is so cool that you studied in Spain. I have always wanted to visit! I think it is interesting to study in various locations as it broadens your perspective on the topic that you are studying. As a mental health counselor, it will also make you culturally competent which is always a great skill to have. It is great that you are still chasing after your dreams and striving for more. Good luck with the semester!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:05:20

      Hi Viviana!

      Nice to meet you!

      Your job at DCF must keep you busy!

      Dr. V

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  16. Anna Lindgren
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 10:24:54

    Hi everyone! My name is Anna Lindgren and I graduated from Emerson College in 2014 with a major in Writing, Literature and Publishing and a minor in Psychology. Something cool about me is that I spent the last three years managing an overnight outdoor education program on Cape Cod, and before that I worked three summers at a summer camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado as a horseback riding counselor. I’m from the Worcester area originally, so it feels good to be back home. To keep my sanity during COVID-19, I have been spending a lot of time outdoors hiking, swimming at the beach, and practicing yoga.

    My initial experience with psychological measurement comes from my undergraduate psychology classes, where we interacted with and discussed different surveys and inventories. I also designed a research project during my senior year that utilized a survey and an in-person interview. I’ve found psychological measurement tools to be an effective way to not only yield and analyze results, but the process of taking one can be reflective and therapeutic.

    My understanding of CBT is that it is an effective way to become more aware of thought and behavior patterns and can help people become more empowered in their lives when they are struggling with any number of issues related to mental health or life stressors. I’m looking forward to learning more about CBT and evidence-based practice with you all this semester and throughout the program!

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    • Connor Belland
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 21:36:12

      Hi Anna! Very interesting to see you were also in writing and publishing thats very cool! And im sure those writing skills will be very helpful for you in this field of study. Your camp experiences also sound very cool and it sounds like you have gotten to see some neat places and travel. I agree that psycological measurement tools can be extremely useful and its interesting to hear how you have used them in previous work. I hope to learn how to utilize them more in this course!

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    • Pawel Zawistowski
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 14:09:25

      Hello Anna Lindgren, that’s so great that you got to work at Cape Cod and the Rockies. Quite the scenery at both of those locations although very different in nature; much different from Worcester. You have very good hobbies to help maintain your sanity during COVID. The beach, hiking, and yoga are all very good for your mind, body, and spirit!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:44:24

      Hi Anna!

      Nice to meet you!

      That’s a lot of outdoor education/summer camp experience!

      Dr. V

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  17. Elizabeth Baker
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 14:57:36

    Hi everyone! My name is Elizabeth Baker. I’ve graduated from UMASS Lowell, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Disability Studies.
    Something interesting about me is, I write fictional stories based on my dreams. I’ve been writing stories since middle school, and I really enjoy escaping to my imagination and making wacky and sometimes serious stories. I used to be a crazy vampire fan, so my older stories were generally about vampires haha. I haven’t had any crazy dreams lately, so my writer’s block is quite intense right now. The last dream I had had Tom Holland in it, but I doubt I can make a story with him in it.
    Anyways, I do enjoy the idea of psychological measurement, I think it’s a fun way to measure constructs. These types of measurements have definitely been helpful within many fields, including Psychology. On the less professional side, these measurements are fun to do with friends or when you’re bored. If you’re trying to find your personality type, you can hop on a website and take a quick quiz, for example. I’ve taken plenty of these tests for fun, and have come across plenty when creating a research paper back in undergrad. My teammates and I had to find tests that measured levels of social connection, social media usage, and self-esteem.
    Onto CBT, I don’t have any professional experience with this type of therapy, but I know it’s a very important type of therapy. Those who struggle with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, or those who have a life coach (etc.); CBT is a real life saver for these individuals.

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    • Cassie Miller
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 16:11:43

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing. I find it so fascinating that you record your dreams and turn them into fictional stories. I have always wanted to do that, but am usually too tired when I wake up at night and then forget them in the morning! I have also taken many psychological quizzes and think that it is amazing that we can measure so many aspects of personality. It will be interesting to learn how to do that in this class. CBT is also such a useful tool in so many individuals lives, so it will be great to study this in further depth.

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:08:37

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Using dreams to inspire writing sounds so interesting! One of my favorite parts of undergrad psychology was looking at the different theories of dreaming, but have yet to decide which one I most agree with.

      I’ve noticed that many people, including myself, have actually seen a spike in weird dreams since quarantine started. Maybe your lack of crazy dreams recently is (fingers crossed) a sign that some things are getting back to normal.

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      • Elizabeth Baker
        Aug 22, 2020 @ 16:32:44

        Hello Christina,

        It’s funny you say that about things probably getting back to normal haha, because my mom always told me that I have a psychic sense. Sometimes my dreams become a reality, but I like to think that it’s more a coincidence than me actually being able to dream about the future.

        I do hope that things get back to normal very soon, but I don’t want to get my hopes up. I remember when 2020 first started, I felt like something was going to go wrong and that my classes were rushing me. I don’t know how to explain it, but I felt off about the whole year. The dreams I had at the beginning of the year were more funny than werid, so maybe that means we’re going to get something good out of the end of all of this haha. But anyways, it’s nice to meet you! I hope we have a wonderful semester together!

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    • Lina Boothby-Zapata
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 22:46:27

      Hi Elizabeth, I think it’s great that you write fictional stories based on my dreams. Keep doing it and become a great writer 🙂 Have you read The Interpretation of Dreams from S. Freud? I am thinking if Dr. V is having a chock right now, hahaha. Well, at least this was the path for Beck to initiative his theory.

      Also, I have not had personal experience with CBT either but the references from other professionals and as a case manager in my DCF cases I can witness the success of the therapy. I believe assessments and tests support the clinician in the diagnosis making it objective and given the status of credibility and also as Dr.V said in class instruments can be used throughout the process. I am eager to learn about all these tests and applying them to the clinical field.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:08:06

      Hi Elizabeth!

      Nice to meet you!

      Fictional stories based on dreams – interesting!

      Dr. V

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    • Destria Dawkins
      Sep 02, 2020 @ 16:36:31

      Hi Elizabeth. Nice to meet you! I love to write as well and have always thought about writing my own book one day.

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  18. Lilly Brochu
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 15:48:03

    Hi everyone! 😊

    My name is Lilly Brochu. I recently graduated from Worcester State University in May 2020. I majored in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Processes and minored in English and History. A weird combination, right? When I started college back in 2016, I had wanted to be a history professor. However, that quickly changed after almost completing my entire History major because I had felt a disconnection from that career path. My experiences, both personal and work related, have led me to where I am now. I am looking forward to this program and hope to be working with children, couples, and families to work together to create and build healthy relationships in the future. I have over four years of childcare experience working at both the Oxford Public Schools and the Spencer-East Brookfield Public Schools at their before-and-after school programs. Currently, I am not working directly with any children or families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, I recently got a job temporarily to make some sort of income. However, it requires working directly with people and the healthcare system. My mom was able to get me a job at her office taking temperatures and asking COVID-19 screening questions to every patient that comes through their doors. I was a little nervous at first to be so close people, but so far so good!

    Since March, I have been home taking care of my two younger brothers since they did not have school anymore nor did they have anyone else that could take care of them during the day. During this time, I spent a majority if not my entire day at home, so I started cooking and baking more than usual and discovered so many new recipes and a greater love for cooking. Regardless of how hard it’s been not to work, see family members, etc., I am thankful that I was able to focus more on things in life that make me happy that I normally do not have enough time to do (video games, bonding with my siblings, being in nature, yoga, and so on).

    As for my initial thoughts about psychological measurement, I was worried that there was going to be math involved (ha-ha), but Professor V’s introduction video eased my anxiety about that. I think that through undergrad, we touched upon a lot of topics regarding psychological measurement, and that this class will be a more in-depth overview of topics I may have learned previously. Lastly, I have learned a good amount about cognitive-behavioral therapy through a few of my undergrad courses. I think that it is one of the best therapeutic approaches that therapists can use and that it really does make a difference for those suffering with anxiety, depression, etc. Additionally, the main bulk of CBT focuses on isolating and changing negative thoughts and helping to overcome how those negative thoughts influence their behavior and emotions. I look forward to this semester with you all!

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    • Cassie Miller
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 16:21:26

      Hi Lily! It sounds like you have a lot of work experience under your belt! I would be interested to see how you liked working in a school system, since I am currently trying to figure out what demographic I would like to work with. I will be in a school setting for this fall semester, but am also open to families and couples like you discussed (I just lack experience). I am jealous of your improved cooking skills; I told myself I was going to improve on my baking knowledge but unfortunately that did not happen. I totally agree with what you said about CBT, as it is such an important therapy that helps provide individuals with goals to overcome negative patterns of thinking.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:15:54

      Hi Lilly,

      Nice to meet you!

      That is an interesting combination of minors! Not much math here (just some)!

      Dr. V

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  19. Tanya Nair
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 17:50:54

    Hello everyone! My name is Tanya Nair and I graduated in May 2020 from Trinity University which is in San Antonio, Texas. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Special Education. I was born and raised in Tanzania and have only been in the United States for 4 years for education purposes. I love to scuba dive and I was certified at 13 years old. My favorite spots that I have been scuba diving have been in Zanzibar, the Maldives, South Africa, and Egypt. It has been difficult being away from my family as well as the beautiful beaches back home. To maintain my sanity during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been learning Spanish. It is a beautiful language and I would like to be able to communicate more with my boyfriend’s extended family. During my undergrad I took two statistic and methods classes which exposed me to a variety of different concepts. The classes were heavily based on SPSS and I am glad that this class will not be 😊. I have learned about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy however, I have not had any experience with it. I know that it is a very effective type of therapy. I am excited that this program specifically focuses on CBT so that I am able to understand more.

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    • Christina DeMalia
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:02:38

      Hi Tanya,

      I think that it is amazing that not only have you been doing something as interesting as scuba diving for so long, but that you’ve been able to do it in so many different locations. As someone who has still never been out of the country, I am definitely impressed with all of the places you’ve been to.

      I also commend you for using your time during the pandemic to learn Spanish. I’m sure learning a new language isn’t the easiest thing to do with all of the overwhelming things going on right now, but it is definitely a valuable skill to have!

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    • Anna Lindgren
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 13:03:58

      Hi Tanya! That is so cool that you have so much scuba experience! What’s the most amazing thing you’ve seen on a dive?

      That’s great that you’ve been learning Spanish as well. It is such a beautiful language, and I’m sure would also be a great asset to your clinical practice one day!

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    • Elizabeth Baker
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 16:23:57

      Hello Tanya,
      It’s so cool that you scuba dive! And you were certified at 13 years old?? I don’t know what I was doing at 13, but it definitely wasn’t something as cool as scuba diving. I’ve always wanted to go scuba diving, so hopefully one day I’ll be able too 🙂 I’m sure the underwater view was absolutely amazing, I want to see a coral reef.

      Also, I laughed when you said you’re glad this class won’t be heavy on SPSS, because I’m also happy. Although SPSS wasn’t that awful in my experience, it still was annoying to operate. Especially if the professor didn’t give good enough directions to get whatever data we needed. I hope we have a wonderful semester together, and I hope you enjoy yours. Nice to meet you!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:52:50

      Hi Tanya!

      Nice to meet you!

      Scuba diving sounds cool! My wife loves it… I’m too scared to try!

      Dr. V

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  20. Connor Belland
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 21:20:20

    Hey everyone! My name is Connor Belland and i just graduated from Umass Dartmouth in May with a major in Psychology and a concentration in counseling. For something cool about me I would just say I love dirtbiking. I also recently just built a Koi pond at my house and have many new Koi fish, it is very relaxing to watch them. I live about a half hour from Assumption and plan on commuting from home once in-person classes start back up. I try to do a lot of outdoor activities to keep my sanity,especially fishing and hiking. I worked alot too at an HVAC supply company which kept me very busy during this hot summer.
    I took one undergraduate Measurement class and enjoyed it so I am excited to get more in-depth understanding of it. I have observed multiple school Psychologists administer the Weischler and it is very interesting to see the process and scoring of testing on children. I want to work in a school someday as a counselor and i think CBT is a great tool to help students. Learning about a students behaviors and working with them to make them more aware of it and helping to correct it is very important for some of the more troubled students. I want to be able to help these students as much as possible. Im Looking forward to learning more about it and to starting this course!

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    • Carly Moris
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:30:39

      Hi Conner! I think it’s really cool that you built a koi pond at your house. My parents have had a koi pond at our house since I was little, and I agree with you they are really relaxing to watch. What type of koi fish do you have and where did you go to get them? I was also wondering what kind of fishing you were into? I enjoy going for blues and bass, or occasionally offshore for shark and tuna.

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    • Tanya Nair
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:38:48

      Hi Connor! That is awesome that you already have some background experience in counseling from your undergraduate year. I am sure that it will help a lot and you will be able to use the skills you learned throughout this program! I too love Koi fish and they really are peaceful and pretty to look at! Sometimes it works out more fun and cheaper to build your own stuff at home. Good luck with your semester!

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    • Viviana
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 20:38:47

      Hi Connor,

      It’s great you are thinking of becoming a school adjustment counselor and plan to support students with their challenging behaviors. You will have the opportunity to not only work with students but also with their families. I believe there is a need of school professionals that integrate a student’s culture into their variety of assessments and getting the family involved and observing students not only in the school environment but in the family environment as well, would significantly be more accurate or would bring more reliable results.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:09:53

      Hi Connor!

      Nice to meet you!

      Koi fish – nice way to relax and be mindful!

      Dr. V

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  21. Carly Moris
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 11:17:03

    Hi everyone! My name is Carly Moris and I graduated from Assumption College in 2019 with a major in psychology. Something cool about me is that I have my brown belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate. To stay sane during COVID I’ve been going on a lot of long walks with my German Shepard. Luckily I live in the middle of the woods so I rarely run into other people when walking. I have a little experience with psychological measurement from my ungrad capstone project. Where my partner and I had to create and score our own recognition and recall tasks, then run SPSS analysis on data we collected. I actually really enjoyed going through and finding which parts of the data were statistically significant and what it meant for out hypothesis. My understanding of CBT is that it helps clients identify negative or maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and teaches them skills and strategies to help deal with or change them. I’ve also heard that CBT is especially effective in treating mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

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    • Anna Lindgren
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 12:52:27

      Hi Carly! That’s awesome that you live in a good area for lots of nature walks with your pup! I’ve personally found time spent in nature to be incredibly therapeutic, especially this year.
      That’s really interesting about the data collection and analysis experience you have already. It seems like that will be really helpful going into this course and semester!

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    • Anne Marie Lemieux
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 12:57:28

      Hi Carly! I find it very impressive that you have a brown belt in karate. That level takes consistency and perseverance. I’m equally awed that you like data and statistics. While I understand the importance to the work we hope to do, it’s not my favorite part. I do however, love my dog. She is a golden retriever named Lady. Although, German shepards are my favorite breed! I look forward to getting to know more about you.

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:51:13

      Hi Carly!

      Nice to meet you!

      Brown belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate – wicked cool!

      Dr. V

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  22. Karlena Henry
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 15:00:02

    Hi! My name is Karlena Henry, and I graduated from Smith College in May 2019. I was a Psychology/Religion double major (which surprisingly gels pretty well!).
    So, something unique about me? I have been singing publicly since I was 10. I started singing at church, and have been involved in many choruses throughout the years. When I graduated from high school in 1995, I originally wanted to teach music at the high school level…but, well, life got in the way!
    I’ve been working direct care throughout the pandemic at a recovery house for women. Along with that, I started my own Tupperware business! Mostly everything is online, but it has been surprisingly profitable. If any of you are interested in looking, give me a yell!
    Okay, back to school…I’ve always been interested in Psychological Measurement. I think that having the ability to get more quantifiable data is important in a fully developed diagnosis. I tend to form my own opinions, (which is why school is so important), but having an outside measure to verify my initial view validates my observations and helps me feel more confident.
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has played a significant role in my life. I’ve always had issues with a lack of self-esteem , and when I first was exposed to CBT, it was in a therapeutic setting. It made a huge difference by helping me see how I can help myself rather than relying on validation from others. I’ve wanted to understand more about the theory, which led me to this program.
    Thanks for reading, and see you in class!

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    • Timothy Cody
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 17:30:29

      Hi Karlena! Wow that’s really cool you’ve been singing and been involved with your church since you were young! Very inspiring! Also, very impressive that you were able to start your own Tupperware business! Seems like you’ve been busy during the quarantine. Sounds like you have a passion for all that you do and that will drive you in this course and learning at CBT!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:30:41

      Hi Karlena!

      Nice to meet you!

      Singling publicly since you were 10 is very impressive! (I would have been too shy at that age…)

      Dr. V

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    • Destria Dawkins
      Sep 02, 2020 @ 16:04:54

      Hi Karlena. Nice to meet you! I heard from many people that Smith College is a great college! Seems like you are a very confident person who has a lot of experience.

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  23. Cassie Miller
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 16:05:04

    Hi! My name is Cassandra Miller, but you can call me Cassie. I “graduated” from Assumption College this year with a masters in Psychology and a double minor in ABA and Philosophy. As an undergraduate I received my license as a Registered Behavior Technician and worked as an intern in Worcester for Open Sky’s Stepping Stones Program. A fun fact is that I was a part of the Assumption College track team and my main event was the 400hurdles. During the COVID pandemic I have been attempting to workout more and have been playing lots of corn-hole with my family! I also was able to set up a job for myself starting at the end of August working as a TA in a school for children with behavioral disorders (which I am very much looking forward to).

    I am excited to learn about Psychological Measurement, but am a little nervous about the math/statistics part. However, you addressed this in the introduction video and I am sure I will feel better about it as the class progresses. I did take a Psych of Stats course which was very tough for me, but I just made sure to spend a lot more time on the material and ended up doing well. I have a good amount of experience with Applied Behavior Analysis since I worked over the summer of 2019 as an RBT, which should help me in this course (since we had to make a statistical analysis for every target behavior). I also have experience with CBT and Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy. I learned about CBT in a few of my psych classes and got some experience using the latter while working with adolescents with Schizophrenia at Open Sky. However, I look forward to learning much more about CBT and other evidence based practices; there is always room to grow and I know that there is much more for me to learn!

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    • Timothy Cody
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 17:26:12

      Hey Cassie,

      Glad to see a familiar face in class! Definitely gonna be a challenge but nothing we haven’t faced before! Personally, I am glad we did some work in Research Seminar last Fall with SPSS, so I feel a bit more prepared than if we didn’t use it since Sophomore year. Good luck with your TA job! That sounds really exciting!

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    • Alexa Berry
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 22:22:22

      Hi Cassie! I’m an RBT too! Did you get your RBT through the company you mentioned? I had the hardest time applying for it because it had to be through an agency and since Massachusetts doesn’t require RBT for ABA services a lot of places won’t pay for it. Luckily I got assigned a client who needed an RBT!

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    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 20:49:53

      Hi Cassie!

      Nice to meet you!

      That’s great experience working for Open Sky! (I’ve was exposed to too much corn-hole while I was in Indiana…)

      Dr. V

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  24. Karlena Henry
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:23:36

    Hi,
    I have actually seen how CBT works incredibly well in conjunction with trauma based therapeutic treatments. The one I’m familiar with is EMDR. This is a treatment used with PTSD patients dealing with active flashbacks. I hope at some point to be trained in it.

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    • Lina Boothby-Zapata
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 22:28:37

      Hi Karlena, I have not heard before about this specific type of CBT treatment EMDR. I am just curious about your experience and what you have learned.

      I recently did an online training about TF-CBT Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training with the University of South Caroline, I was amazed about the techniques and the treatment. I liked how they included the parents in the therapy process and how the clinician educated them to understand the children’s behaviors and how the parents need to respond when the children are acting out. I see this TF-CBT as the family working together to overcome a traumatic experience.

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  25. Timothy Cody
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 17:25:18

    My name is Tim Cody. I graduated from Assumption College this past May. Something about me is that I like to play volleyball. I played on the Men’s Club Volleyball team at Assumption and I was the captain for the past 3 years. My position on the court is the setter. This summer I have been keeping my sanity by working at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Manchester, NH. I was a groundskeeper, so I spent a lot of time outdoors doing maintenance and yardwork. It was very fulfilling work. Now I am living on my own for the first time ever and I am exploring different ways to cook my meals. I am nervous about taking graduate courses in general, but I am as prepared as I can be for this course and I am excited to see how the semester unfolds. I have only really learned about Cognitive-behavioral therapy in some of my undergraduate courses. I have learned that it is one of the best forms of therapy and counseling practices, but I am interested to see how it compares to other forms of therapy and what makes it a more preferred method.

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  26. Destria Dawkins
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 20:37:07

    1.Destria
    2.Fisher College
    3.I’m not really sure
    4.Practicing self-care: resting, music, food, exercise
    5.This is my first time taking this course
    6.I know that cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on helping the patient improve certain behaviors that are unwanted/unhelpful

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  27. Lina Boothby-Zapata
    Aug 23, 2020 @ 20:51:57

    Hi all, this is Lina.
    I am a Hispanic Latino female originally from Colombia and mother of two kids that made my life busy and happy. I immigrated ten years ago to Massachusetts. I have two bachelors’ degrees, one in psychology, and the other in philosophy and a Specialization in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health from my country. I have diverse experience as a professional beginning in Colombia. I was a therapist and worked with clients with complex medical diagnoses such as; hemophilia, multiple sclerosis, arthritis rheumatoid, and cancer. Colombia has a different educational system, and you can do clinical work without having a Master’s Degree nor a License; hence there is a lot of froot loops who named themselves psychotherapists professionals. Living in the United States allowed me to work as an infant/toddler teacher, family resource worker, and currently DCF social worker for the last 4 years. I have been in the field as a protective social worker, an emergency response worker, and now, an adolescent social worker. I have gained experience with families with substance abuse problems, domestic violence, and mental health, and I have supported children and youths exposed to traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, and chronic neglect. As you all know, Social Services is not a voluntary service, and working with the families is a challenge, especially when you have to remove children from their care and the family doesn’t recognize their addiction or DV. These situations take a significant toll on the social workers, but at the same time, it is a huge reward to know that as an agency we change the children’s lives and offer them to have a new loving and safe environment when they are adopted, or another family member take guardianship of the child. I have gone to these processes so many times with children in my caseload and these specifics moments are the reason why I continue doing my job.
    Also, I know that I have a profound connection with Clinical Psychology, and I want to return to my original field to specialize in CBT – Trauma Therapy for children and youths. I have the opportunity to work with Trauma Therapists from agencies like Children Friends and YouthInc for Children that are in DCF custody and they are diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder or ODD. I have observed the positive outcome of these therapies.
    About assessments, I feel familiar with reading Neuropsychological assessments and IEP. Also, as a social worker, recommendations made by the psychological evaluations are incorporate in DCF Action Plans for the children and the family as goals and tasks that the family needs to comply with DCF.

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  28. Nicole Giannetto
    Aug 25, 2020 @ 13:26:39

    (1) Hi! My name is Nicole Giannetto

    (2) I graduated from Merrimack College this past spring! I originally started school at University of Loyola in Chicago, but transferred to be closer to home.

    (3) I have sectoral heterochromia–a big word for when one quarter of your eye is a different color. I have blue eyes, but in my left eye a quarter of my iris is brown.

    (4) To maintain my “sanity” during the COVID-19 pandemic I try to take a lot of walks and stay active. My family has a garden so I have been working on that a lot this summer.

    (5) My initial thoughts and experience about psychological measurement is that I find it very interesting, however, it can be a bit daunting when dealing with statistics.

    (6) In many of my undergraduate courses we discussed cognitive-behavioral therapy and evidence-based practice. We were taught how clinicians can piece together a triangle consisting of thoughts, behaviors, and actions, and then try to walk through the experience and feelings of the client when these patterns or behaviors occur, and to try and come up with a good treatment to help them work on their own goal whatever that may be.

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