Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 9/1}

Yes, this is a little cheesy.  However, this is your first semester of graduate classes.  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 did you do (or are 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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94 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tiana Faulkner
    Aug 27, 2022 @ 12:55:48

    My name is Tiana Faulkner, I graduated from Stonehill College. I started playing rugby in college and now I play for a semiprofessional team in Worcester. I actually worked during most of covid to keep myself out of the house however, I worked out a lot. My father owns a small gym so when we had to close it to the public, we just cleaned it and used it ourselves pretty much every single day.
    When it comes to psychological measurements, they are great tools, but honestly, they make me a little nervous. I was never the best at statistics, so I am not too sure what to expect out of this course. I know they are great treatment tools used with a copious amount of research to back them up. Cognitive behavioral therapy is about learning about and reshaping thinking patterns, behaviors, motivations, and building coping skills. It is about helping the individual to be able to live their lives efficiently and no longer need someone to help them recognize their unhealthy behaviors and thoughts.

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    • Taylor Poland
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 16:21:25

      Tiana, I think it is so awesome that you play rugby. I have always wanted to try it out but always chickened out or came up with excuses to get out of it. I hope to discuss rugby with you over the course of this semester! Statistics also make me nervous but I hope this class relieves our stress about it.
      I look forward to meeting you.

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    • Melissa Elder
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 16:55:20

      Hey Tianna,
      I also worked throughout covid, what did you do for work? That’s awesome about your family having a gym, are you into yoga or pilates at all? I also am not great at statistics, and I am also nervous about this course, we are all in this together.

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      • Tiana Faulkner
        Aug 29, 2022 @ 18:40:24

        I was in a residential facility so luckily those did not close! I am a fan of yoga but I have to say, as a personal trainer heavy lifting is my all time favorite type of exercise. I’m happy I’m not alone in the nerves!

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    • Grace Ling
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 21:09:41

      Hey Tiana! I think its awesome that you’re in a semiprofessional rugby team in Worcester. I would love to come out and watch one of your games (only if you’re okay with that) because I think rugby is such a cool sport.

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    • Jack Halliday
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:06:33

      Hey Tiana,

      I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only person who used working as a coping mechanism during Covid. I don’t know about you, but I found it to be surprisingly effective! It’s also super cool that you pay rugby because for me it’s such a foreign thing (mostly meaning that I know next to nothing about it), and although it’s grown in popularity in this area I still feel like it’s not the most common sport one could choose to play. It’s not a competition (of course) but it seems like you already know more about CBT than I do so although you say you’re nervous you got this!

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  2. Rebecca Boucher
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 10:33:42

    Hello, my name is Becca. I graduated this past May from Fitchburg State University. I minored in art and would like to someday possibly explore Art Therapy. To maintain my sanity during the pandemic I focused on being creative by learning about different ways to be creative and I tried a few new art mediums. I am excited to learn more about psychological measurement. Assessment is very important and in psychology, can be quite difficult, so I’m excited to learn more about the process. I know that cognitive-behavioral therapy works to change behaviors through work on changing how you think.

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    • Melissa Elder
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 16:48:02

      Hi Becca,
      I think that is so awesome you are interested in art therapy, although I am not great at art I believe that that type of approach to therapy is so interesting. I am also excited to learn more about psychological measurement and the uses of assessments.

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    • Lucy Rising
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:27:16

      Hey Becca, I’ve also been very interested in using art as a mode for therapy since I took a class my senior year called Psychology and/as Art, where we looked at art psychologically, psychology artfully, and the possible importance of art in therapy. While I am not much of a physical artist, I do spend a lot of my time writing. What sort of art do you create/experimented in doing during the lockdown?

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      • Becca
        Sep 01, 2022 @ 15:48:40

        Hi Lucy, that class sounds so cool, I wish I could’ve taken one like that. I like drawing and painting, but during lockdown I tried punch needle, embroidery, and digital art. I was not very good at any but the punch needle because it’s incredibly easy haha! What do you like to write?

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    • Abby Sproles
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 09:54:49

      Hi Becca,
      I am also interested in art therapy and had the opportunity to use it at a children’s bereavement center in Texas. It was really cool to see how children were able to work through their grief by painting, music, and role-play.

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    • Brenna Stewart
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 08:46:59

      Hey, Becca! Super neat that you want to potentially explore art therapy. I’ve become a little more familiar with it since my nannying gig and I think it’s such a creative and effective way to promote mental health, and it’s something I have considered exploring as well! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Maria Nowak
      Sep 04, 2022 @ 01:09:57

      Hi Becca!
      Art therapy sounds so fun! Not everyone is great at expressing their feelings but if someone is able to use something like art to express how they’re feeling I think it would be a really helpful tool! I don’t have much artistic skill but I do occasionally like to use adult coloring books. It’s so nice to meet you!

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  3. Abby Sproles
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 12:44:34

    Hi all! My name is Abby Sproles and I attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. I graduated with a major in Neuroscience so I love learning about the neurological correlates of psychological disorders. I am specifically fascinated with the bidirectional relationship between the gut microbiome and psychological disorders.

    To maintain sanity over the pandemic, I have taken up hiking as a stress relief. I have enjoyed exploring state parks and connecting with nature. Admittedly, I have not adjusted yet to the hilly terrain of Massachusetts.

    I am very excited for Psychological Measurement because this will be my introduction to the specific assessments used in counseling. I am only familiar with a few standardized assessments, but I am excited to learn how they can be administered and how to interpret results.

    I am very interested in cognitive-behavioral therapy because it is backed by evidence and provides structure to psychotherapy. I appreciate the elements of psychoeducation, accountability, and collaboration. I am interested to see how psychological assessments are used within the context of CBT.

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    • Stephanie Lugo
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:11:28

      Hi Abby! It’s so cool that you studied Neuroscience. That must have been so interesting to learn about. I also have a huge fascination for how the gut microbiome does affect the majority of our mind and body. I have done so much research on this exact topic just because it is so interesting to learn about. I also love hiking. I feel so at peace when I go hiking, especially if it is some place with pure forest and water.

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    • Ashley Millett
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 20:09:07

      Hi Abby!

      I find it really cool that you studied neuroscience in undergrad. I took something similar to neuroscience in undergrad and thought it was interesting. I also find hiking a really good stress relief. With fall coming and the leaves changing, I definitely will be hiking much more.

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    • Becca
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 15:52:13

      Hi Abby! I’m so impressed that you mastered in neuroscience, that’s amazing. I also think it’s so cool that you’re interested in how psychology and the gut microbiome interact. My family has a lot of health issues, especially stomach issues, and I’ve really noticed the impact between their illness and mental health. I can’t tell you how many times a day my mom reminds me that your stomach and brain are connected! You have such a unique area of interest, I think that’s so cool!

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    • Brenna Stewart
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 08:55:40

      Hey Abby! I’m also super fascinated with the gut-brain connection!! There have been so many developments around this and I’ve become a pretty big advocator around it the past few years. We live in a country that doesn’t exactly prioritize prevention and its refreshing to see people challenging that. I’m sure I’m not the only aspiring therapist who strongly believes in a holistic approach and I believe understanding the gut-brain connection is a key element to do so. Welcome to MA, just wait until winter 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Ashley Millett
    Aug 28, 2022 @ 18:36:24

    Hello! My name is Ashley. I graduated from Rivier University. Something interesting about me is that I used to play softball for a very long time. Though I did not play in college, I played for a majority of my life. Some things that I did during the COVID-19 pandemic was mainly being on Pinterest and being outside to watch the birds. Pinterest has always been a way for me to destress and continues to be one to this day. For psychological measurements, I know that there are different tests to determine someone’s mental and overall functioning. The main idea that I get from cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it is very common among therapists. It allows the client to reconstruct their brain into thinking something or a behavior differently. Throughout its creation, it has become highly effective towards clients and their mental state.

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    • Stephanie Lugo
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:05:29

      Hi Ashley! So cool you played softball for so many years, what position were you? I too love spending time outside, especially hiking. There is something so peaceful about being in nature. I can’t say that I ever really use Pinterest, but i’m happy it brought you so much joy during the pandemic!

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  5. Melissa Elder
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 13:17:08

    My name is Melissa Elder. I graduated with my Bachelors of Art in Psychology with two minors of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. Something that I think is interesting about me is that I have traveled to every state along the east coast. To keep my sanity during the pandemic I have started doing pilates and picked up a hobby of caring for houseplants. My initial thoughts about this class are that I’m excited to expand my knowledge on psychological measurement, in my previous studies this topic was not discussed all too much, after reading the first chapter I realized I have lots of new information to learn. I know that CBT usually involves skills to change one’s thinking patterns and I believe that evidence based practice is a practice based upon the best available scientific evidence/research.

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    • taylor poland
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 16:25:54

      Hi Melissa, I think it’s really cool that you have visited every state on the east coast. Which state was your favorite to visit? Which state did not live up to your expectations? After reading the text, I too realized that I have many new terms to familiarize myself with. I am excited to learn these new concepts and apply them outside of the classroom.

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    • Tiana Faulkner
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 18:44:41

      I also had a minor in Criminal Justice! I’m jealous your school offered a minor in forensic psychology. Traveling sounds amazing, I wish I could do it more!

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    • Rena Yaghmour
      Aug 30, 2022 @ 21:51:17

      Hi Melissa,
      Traveling to every state across the east coast is super cool! Was it a road trip or trips throughout your life? I’ve also been thinking about getting into pilates but the idea kind of intimidates me, i’d love to hear about your first experience.

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    • Megan VanDyke
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 15:58:21

      Hey, Melissa! I almost picked up criminal justice as a minor, but I waited too long and would’ve graduated too late. I did have social work as a minor, though. What made you choose that as your minor?

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  6. Taylor Poland
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 15:14:57

    Hi everyone, my name is Taylor Poland. I graduated from Assumption University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. For my interesting fact, I was initially going to say that I am a Graduate Assistant in Student Accessibility Services on campus, but I realized that the fact was neither wicked interesting nor cool. My new fun fact is that I can do a loud bird call by using my two hands. Until this point in time, I have only found one other person that is able to do the bird call. During the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, I began to embroider small designs on tee shirts and sweatshirts. This activity kept my mind busy and distracted from the pandemic while also limiting my screen time. After about a year, I stopped embroidering because I did so much of it in a small amount of time. However, I recently started to embroider again to help pass time. Hopefully, I can continue this activity without getting burnt out from it again.

    Psychological measurement is very interesting to me because one can learn so much from the history behind it. Reading about history is sometimes tiresome, but when it comes to the development of psychological techniques and measures, it is crucial to understand the advancements made over time. During my undergraduate career, I was a student researcher with Professor Leamarie Gordon. Through this experience, I learned how important it is to have psychological measures that are high in validity and reliability. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that aims to help individuals change their thinking patterns and behaviors which in turn will help the person take control of his or her own perception of those circumstances. CBT has been proven to be the most beneficial treatment for several mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I hope to learn more throughout this semester.

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  7. Esther Konadu
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 15:45:04

    Hi everyone, my name is Esther Konadu and I graduated from Worcester State University. Something interesting about me is that I was in the newspaper a few months ago! To hold on to my sanity, I sometimes put on some tv for background noise, but if not, I will paint if there is time or read.

    My first thoughts about psychological measurement are that it requires statistics and talks about psychometrics. Regarding CBT, I know it is a common kind of therapy, and evidence-based practice is a keyword to see if certain methods are valid and reliable.

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    • Rena Yaghmour
      Aug 30, 2022 @ 21:46:30

      Hi Esther!
      I also graduated from Worcester State which makes me believe we must have had some classes together! I’ve been trying to find a good book to read if you have any suggestions.

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      • Esther Konadu
        Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:12:13

        Hi Rena,

        Yes I think we had a few classes together! Did you just take behavior management techniques with Raftery-Helmer?

        Some of the books I loved reading recently were The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. If you are into (or unsure) about gothic horror, any books by Silvia Moreno-Garcia are pretty amazing. The only one that does not fit into gothic horror is her book Untamed Shore, it is more of a mystery and keeps you reading to figure out what happened.

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        • Grace Ling
          Aug 31, 2022 @ 21:13:05

          Hi Esther! 7 Husbands is one of the best books I have ever read. I had to lie in bed and cry after finishing haha. I would love to talk more about books if you’re down 🙂

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  8. Jack Halliday
    Aug 29, 2022 @ 17:41:58

    My name is Jack Halliday and I graduated from Fitchburg State. I haven’t structured my entire personality around it, but I did recently (two days ago) get a very cool book/galaxy tattoo. I’m not sure if this is a positive or a negative but since covid started I have been working at jobs that were completely unaffected by the pandemic (grocery store, residential facility, and now an alternative elementary school), so I was much too busy to lose my sanity. Especially during the beginning because at the height of everything I was managing a produce department so it’s easy to stay sane when you’re working 60+ hours a week. My initial thought about psychological measurement is that I’m excited to learn more about it, especially the application of the various tests and measurements in the field. My undergraduate studies felt like they were just the tip of the iceberg for many psychological ideas, which includes psychological measurement, so I’m excited to dive in and learn more about them. As for cognitive-behavioral therapy I really don’t know a whole lot, besides its general covering in some of my undergrad classes and a couple brief google searches, but I do know that it is one of the leading forms of therapy for many adolescent/child deficits, which is the population I currently work with and plan to continue to do so. Evidence-based practice seems to be, generally speaking, the golden rule for psychological practices. It just makes logical sense, all practices that are used should be evidence-based because if they’re not evidence based then what are they based off?

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    • Tiana Faulkner
      Aug 29, 2022 @ 18:37:40

      Hi Jack! I also worked in a grocery store and residential facility during Covid (it was a nice internship I had for course credit). Two of the best places to keep busy during Covid I definitely agree. I’m glad you are excited for the course, I am all nerves!

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    • Chandal Powell
      Aug 30, 2022 @ 18:26:36

      Hi Jack!
      I’ve also worked in a residential facility as well as Foster Care. I’m happy you’re excited about the course, I’m a bit nervous as I’ve been out of school for sometime.

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    • Stephanie Lugo
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:02:13

      Hi Jack! Just like you I also worked majority of the Covid-19 pandemic. Which you are 100% right its impossible to be bored when your working constantly. Definitely keeping busy at work helped me stay sane as well. Also your book/galaxy tattoo sounds pretty cool!

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  9. Megan VanDyke
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 10:20:56

    Hi everyone! My name is Megan, and I graduated from Bridgewater State University. Something wicked cool about me is that I am a Research Fellow at Assumption University, and I will be starting my work on false memory development this semester! Ironically, I started working as a residential counselor in a DMH group home for adolescents to stay “sane” during the pandemic. It is no secret that many people suffered from mental health problems when the pandemic started, and with adolescence already being a confusing time in one’s life, I wanted to help others in any way I could. I have since transitioned to working in a DMH group home for adults with dual diagnoses (mental health and substance abuse). After reading chapter one of the textbook, I understand that psychological measurement plays a critical role throughout the entire counseling process, whether providing an accurate diagnosis or altering a treatment plan as the client’s needs change. In addition, I know that CBT involves cognitive restructuring and behavioral interventions, and we implement CBT interventions during our group sessions in the adult GLE

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    • Esther Konadu
      Aug 30, 2022 @ 13:10:47

      Hi Megan!

      First off, congrats on the research fellowship! False memory is such an interesting topic, and I feel like it does not get enough attention sometimes. When you were a residential counselor, what is something that you learned/realized about the job?

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    • Gitte Lenaerts
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 17:47:53

      Hi Megan!! So cool that you are doing a fellowship! How has that process been for you?

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    • Whitney Andrew
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 09:40:20

      Hi Megan! That is wicked cool about the work you are doing as a research fellow! I’ve always found memory to be such an interesting part of psychology and would love to hear more about the work you are doing to understand false memory and how it is comparable to memory as a whole. The work you did over the pandemic sounds intense! I hope some of the work you did with the adolescents also helped you stay sane during the pandemic and an intense work place.

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  10. Lucy Rising
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 11:03:34

    Hello all, my name is Lucy Rising (they/them). I graduated from Holy Cross in 2020 having majored in psychology and philosophy. After graduating I took some time off from school and have been working as a supervisor in a gym for the past two years. I have also attempted to keep up my academic pursuits over that time as well: I presented a paper I wrote during lockdown at BC’s Psychology and the Other conference last fall. I spend most of my free time reading and writing.

    My understanding of psychological measurement is very limited. At HC the focus of our psychology degree was centered more around cognitive neuroscience and less around counseling practices and measurements, so I am really coming into this program knowing very little about counseling (but if you need to know anything about neurons, I’m your person lol). As for CBT, I know the basic information: it is an integrated form of therapy where you work to help a client’s cognitive functionality as well as helping correct their behavior in response to certain stimuli. Maladaptive thoughts lead to maladaptive behaviors and we seek to help people break out of this vicious circle. I’m really excited to be starting school again after a two year break and am looking forward to learning more about the aspects of psychology that drew me to the discipline to begin with (all the cognitive neuroscience and research experiments kinda turned me off of psychology for a while).

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    • Esther Konadu
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:20:13

      Hi Lucy,

      It was lovely to meet you yesterday in class!

      Philosophy is something I have not had a chance to be properly introduced to, what would you recommend to read as a first-timer? I do also enjoy writing – primarily poetry – but any genres where I have full creative reign are fun too.

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      • Lucy Rising
        Aug 31, 2022 @ 10:40:14

        Hello Ester!

        Very nice meeting you (and anyone else who may be reading this rn) yesterday. If you’re interested in reading some philosophy I always recommend novels to people because they are just so much more fun to read than essays (and often say the same things essays do but in a much more understandable and even better way). Notes from the Underground by Dostoyevsky is a great introduction to existentialism. Camus’s The Plague is another (especially after having lived through our own plague, it just makes the novel so much more potent in emotionality and philosophical ‘validity’ I guess could be the right word lol). Simone de Beauvoir’s The Woman Destroyed is a great piece of existential feminist literature. I will stop at that because once I start talking about books it is hard for me to stop.

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    • Jack Halliday
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:12:45

      Hey Lucy,

      I know you’ve discussed philosophy and Plato in some of our previous classes, but I’m curious what other types of books you like to read? I too am an avid reader and I’ve always been interested in philosophy but from the outside it is an incredibly daunting topic to get into so I’d love to chat about some “entry level” books I could read to dip my toe into the ideas so to speak. It’s also nice to know that I’m not the only one coming off of a break from education who is excited (although a bit nervous too) to jump back into the swing of things.

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    • Magdalen Paul
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 22:53:30

      Hi Lucy! I am interested to know what your paper was about that you presented? I think it’s awesome that while taking some time off, you continued to fuel your interest in the academics/psychology/neuroscience. Seems like you will bring an interesting and valuable perspective to our discussions, as I would love to know more about neuroscience myself! Also, as you worked in a gym, is there a particular type of exercise that you most enjoy? Looking forward to getting to know you more in our classes!

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  11. Chandal Powell
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 18:11:42

    Hi my name is Chandal, I graduated from the University of the West Indies. Something interesting about me is that I was born and raised in Jamaica, relocated and started working in Human services until I recently went on maternity leave. Spending time with family by taking trips and going for walks has been my sanity during Covid. Even though I’m not sure you can have sanity with a newborn.
    My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are, it’s essential because without someway to actually measure different variables how can we effectively carryout research/experiments or even improve interventions.
    Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment method that is collaborative, as the therapist works in conjunction with the client to examine their thought processes and together they identify biases in thinking that can be an obstacle in their treatment.

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    • Wendy Fernandes
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:28:54

      Hi Chandal! You mentioned that you worked in HR – is that what your undergrad was in? Having a newborn is hard work! I hope you have good support and are able to take breaks every once in a while.

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    • Whitney Andrew
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 09:43:56

      Hi Chandal!

      Graduate school and a newborn? You are such a rockstar! I hope you are able to get enough sleep between class and the baby.
      You mentioned you worked in Human Services before taking maternity leave, what did you do for work?

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  12. Ariannah Zagabe
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 21:33:42

    My Name is Ariannah Zagabe (I also go by Ari). I recently graduated from Nichols College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. A fun fact about me is that I was born in Boston but when I was seven years old, I moved to small country called Malawi which is in Africa and lived there for seven years before moving back to Massachusetts. As a way to maintain my sanity during the pandemic I started exercising more (going on runs etc.) it made me realize how working out is a great stress release. I also got into the habit of meditating. I find the topic of psychological measurement fascinating and hoping that from taking this class I can learn more about the topic. What I know about cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it helps alter a person’s way of thinking as well as help them develop necessary coping strategies.

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    • Emily Forde
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 08:14:26

      Hi Ariannah! I also started exercising more during the pandemic and loved how I felt after doing it, both mentally and physically! What kind of exercise do you like to do? I also like that you pointed out that CBT can help develop coping strategies, because I think that is such an important set of skills to learn, especially for individuals that struggle with their mental health.

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  13. Rena Yaghmour
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 21:35:50

    Hello, my name is Rena! I graduated from Worcester State University. Something interesting about me is that I’m an aunt to a 3-year-old girl and another girl that’s ready to be born! One thing that I’m doing to maintain my sanity during the pandemic is partaking in hot yoga. When it comes to psychological measurements my initial thought is that it has to do with some sort of math, statistics specifically. One of the things I know about CBT is that it is typically used to help change thinking patterns and turn negative situations into more positive ones.

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    • mikayladebois
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 09:31:24

      Hi Rena! It is so exciting that you’re an aunt! My best friend recently had a baby so I’m in a similar position. Did it take a while to get into yoga (hot or not)? It is an idea I have been throwing around for a while but I don’t know the specifics of what it would require.

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  14. Stephanie Lugo
    Aug 30, 2022 @ 23:15:54

    Hello everyone! My name is Stephanie. I graduated from Nichols College with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. I am currently a Behavioral Therapist working for the company HMEA.

    One cool thing about me is that while I was in college I actually had the opportunity to be an intern at my local police station. I was an intern for the lieutenant and deputy chief. I also worked closely with the detective bureau and got to see how crime scenes were processed.

    During the pandemic, the biggest thing I have been doing to keep sane is reading. I have always been a big reader, but during the pandemic, my love for reading only grew.

    I actually took a class as an undergrad called ‘Statistics of Social Sciences” and it was all about psychological measurement. We learned quite a lot about the different assessments and how important it is when it comes to diagnosing and treating psychological conditions.

    I have learned bits and pieces about Cognitive behavioral therapy in my undergrad, but definitely not everything. I do know that CBT is incredibly common and used quite a lot in different therapy practices. CBT is most commonly used as a talk therapy type of treatment that helps the client think about and manage their problems by focusing on changing the way they think and behave. CBT is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but has also been used to treat other similar mental conditions. I look forward to learning more about CBT and Psychological Measurement as this semester continues.

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    • Wendy Fernandes
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:20:59

      Hi Stephanie! What kinds of books did you read during the pandemic? I used to read a lot and everyone once in a while I try to get back into it. When I find a book or series I like I’ll binge on it, but I’m not consistent with doing a bit everyday.

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    • Ariannah Zagabe
      Sep 03, 2022 @ 09:43:28

      Hello Stephanie,
      I also went to Nichols College! I wonder if we had any classes together. I feel like I also learned a lot from the ‘Statistics of Social Sciences’ class although it was a little challenging. Hopefully the skills we learned will help us in this class.

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  15. Vic White
    Aug 31, 2022 @ 11:29:18

    Hi I’m Vic! I graduated from the University of Bolton which I am aware means not a lot given it’s 3,000 miles away in England and my undergrad was in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling.
    Something cool about me is that I only need to complete one more certificate back in England and I can practise as a counsellor (As long as I pass the exam)! Within my degree they integrated certificates awarded by the BPS (British Psychological Society) which gave us the opportunity to graduate with a degree and 2 additional certificates in counselling.
    During Covid I started making paper flower bouquets to keep myself busy. I learnt by watching Youtube and its fun making new and different flowers with my favourite so far being a sunflower!
    I am excited to learn about psychological measure, some of my friends did it as part of their undergrad and their lectures always sounded interesting. CBT is all about our negative thought patterns and how we can turn them into more positive patterns usually by breaking it down and finding the route cause of the problem.
    P.S. It was nice putting names to faces yesterday! 😊

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    • Gitte Lenaerts
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 17:46:28

      Hi Vic! That is so cool that you went to study in England!! And that you are so close to being able to practice! How was that experience for you? I have always wanted to study aboard!

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      • Vic White
        Sep 07, 2022 @ 14:21:18

        Hi Gitte, so I’m from England so I’m now currently studying abroad so I’ll have to let you know how its going after the first semester!

        If it’s something you’re interested in and would to do then I say go for it! And try a new experience!!

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    • Ashley Millett
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 20:13:10

      Hi Vic,

      I think it is amazing that you only need one more certificate to practice as a counselor (you definitely pass the exam 🙂 I also love that you made paper flower bouquets during COVID. I am curious on how the idea popped into head?

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      • Vic White
        Sep 07, 2022 @ 14:23:13

        It’s nice you have faith in me Ashley haha! Exams are definitely not my favourite, as most people would probably agree.

        I got the idea from being gifted a paper flower bouquet and they were all of the same flower, so I wanted to learn to do different flowers and make it a bit more interesting and colourful!

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    • Grace Ling
      Aug 31, 2022 @ 21:04:30

      Hi Vic! I would love to see some of the paper bouquets that you have created. What is your favorite flower?

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      • Vic White
        Sep 07, 2022 @ 14:25:55

        I’d love to show them sometime!

        Favourite flower to make is definitely a sunflower, but favourite “real” flower has to be tulips!! How about you?

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  16. Gitte Lenaerts
    Aug 31, 2022 @ 17:42:37

    Hi guys! My name is Gitte and I graduated last December 2021 from Worcester State University with my BS in Psychology and a concentration in Mental Health Services.
    Something interesting about me is that I was born in Belgium and moved to the states when I was about 1 year old. But all my extended family still lives in Belgium. I actually just returned from a 2-week vacation to Belgium to visit my family since it had almost been 3 years since I returned due to the pandemic.
    During Covid, I started to practice mindfulness and get in touch with my spirituality more. I practiced meditation and yoga, along with collecting a lot of crystals. I spent time outside, reading and being with my immediate family in Massachusetts and my boyfriend.
    In undergrad, I took Psychometrics and really enjoyed what the class had to offer. Unfortunately, I was taking this class when Covid first hit, and it was moved online. We were asked to make our own measurement which mine was on Self Esteem. There were some aspects to the class we had to skip because of the pandemic so I am excited to be taking this class again, as it will be a helpful refresher.
    Lastly, I know cognitive behavioral therapy is a therapeutic technique and is what enticed me about this graduate program. When I took Clinical Psychology in undergrad we learned about CBT and it stuck with me. CBT is a practice that many counselors use in treatment and has many different types of techniques. One is cognitive restructuring which helps look at negative thinking patterns. I remember in class I learned about making a list of the best people in the whole world and then a list of the worst people in the world and then having to place myself somewhere on that list. I also use CBT techniques at my work with my clients, more of which are mindfulness and DBT based.

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    • Megan VanDyke
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:10:49

      Hey, Gitte! I never took psychometrics, that’s so cool! What kind of instrument did you use to measure self-esteem? What CBT techniques have you used in your workplace?

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    • Vic White
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 14:59:08

      Hi Gitte!

      Such good news that you were able to visit Belgium and your family after so long due to Covid restrictions, I can imagine how amazing it was. I’m currently here from England so I’m about to experience being away from my family but hopefully Covid doesn’t provide any hurdles along the way.

      I see you like spirituality, what’s your opinion on star signs and horoscopes? Even though sometimes they are very general, I still love reading mine on occasion and seeing if its accurate!

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    • Alysha Benoit
      Sep 03, 2022 @ 21:03:47

      Hi Gitte! I also took Psychometrics in undergrad and I agree with you that taking this class will be a nice refresher. I am interested/excited to see what I will remember and what will be new material. I think it’s super interesting that you are from Belgium and are just returning from your trip there. I also think it’s cool that you have started to explore your spirituality more. Taking time to understand yourself and try new hobbies is so important especially during these uncertain times.

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  17. Grace Ling
    Aug 31, 2022 @ 20:59:10

    Hi y’all. I’m Grace and I went to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX but I’m originally from Houston, TX. Since I had to move up to Mass, I had to make a 32 hour drive starting in Texas but something cool is that I had to make the drive twice. The first time was awful because my partner and I were sleep deprived for a majority of the drive. The second time, however, was a lot more enjoyable because I was able to spread the drive out across 5 days instead of 3. My cousin and I were able to see a bunch of cool and interesting things like the hot springs in Arkansas and the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

    As for maintaining my sanity during the pandemic, I raised a 6 week old puppy. Though I will say, she did (and still does) drive me crazy. Despite this, she has helped me go outside and be more active during this isolating time. In addition to raising my dog, I was also able to read more for enjoyment and I increased my 2022 reading goal to 50 books.

    When it comes to psychological measurement, I think I am a little bit intimidated because the last time I took a stats class was about 2-3 years ago. I feel like I forgot a lot of my stats knowledge and I do not like SPSS despite it being an important program to analyze data. I understand that CBT is a form of therapy that involves restructuring behavior to help patients/clients.

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    • mikayladebois
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 09:34:15

      Hi Grace! I think it is awesome that you have read so many books, what is your favorite genre? I go across the board when I’m reading but am always willing to add titles to my “To Be Read” list.

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      • Grace Ling
        Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:17:28

        Depending on my mood, I really enjoy fantasy and sci-fi but recently I really enjoyed an autobiographical book by Cathy Park Hong called “Minor Feelings.” I definitely recommend if autobiographical books are interesting to you!

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    • Abby Sproles
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 10:01:06

      Hi Grace,
      My drive from TX to MA was also interesting! There were a few problems with the U-haul and we were exhausted, but it was nice to drive through states I’ve never been to before.

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      • Grace Ling
        Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:19:28

        I think that drive was one of the most stressful experiences I’ve ever had. I’m just glad we both made it here safely!

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    • Maria Nowak
      Sep 04, 2022 @ 01:06:09

      Hi Grace!
      It’s amazing how many books you were able to read ! I keep telling myself I want to read for enjoyment again, and still keep buying more books that I haven’t read yet. What kind of puppy did you get? Also I give you props for being able to do that long of a drive because I don’t think I would make it!
      It’s nice to meet you!

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  18. Wendy Fernandes
    Aug 31, 2022 @ 22:30:49

    Hello everyone. My name is Wendy Fernandes. I graduated from McMaster University in Canada with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. For the last year I have been taking psychology courses at Worcester State University so that I could apply to this program.
    Something interesting about me is that I once drove through six countries in one day (France, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy).
    During COVID I spent a lot of time gardening. Green therapy was very therapeutic for me. Also, when COVID happened we had just moved, and it was a way of spending time with people outdoors in a socially acceptable way.
    My initial thoughts of psychological measurement were that there would be quite a bit of statistics, although after reading the first chapter I think the statistics will be mostly related to assessments and how to perform those analyses.
    My understanding of CBT is that it involves an analysis of the client’s thoughts and behaviours, assessing any negative patterns that require change, and using established strategies to change those thoughts and behaviours. Evidence-based practice consists of using the findings of empirical research in clinical settings. I think the link between the two is that CBT has been a highly researched and corroborated method of therapy giving a lot of support and credibility to clinicians who use CBT in their practice.

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    • Emily Forde
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 08:09:15

      Hi Wendy! That’s awesome that you took up gardening during the pandemic, I wish I had a green thumb! What were you favorite things to garden?

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      • Wendy Fernandes
        Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:16:09

        Hi Emily! I’m not sure my thumb was green but I enjoyed trying! I mostly grew flowers and some vegetables. Because we had just moved was still learning about what could grow in that environment and it was a bit different than what I was used to.

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    • Becca
      Sep 01, 2022 @ 15:57:11

      Hi Wendy! I wish I could garden! I sadly have killed upwards of 20 indoor plants and have switched completely to fake plants for the time being. I do want to have a nice outdoor garden someday though, so I’m lucky my boyfriend has a green thumb so it has a chance! What kind of plants do you like to grow?

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      • Wendy Fernandes
        Sep 02, 2022 @ 12:51:00

        We just moved her last year so I’m growing a variety of things to see what survives depending on where the sun ends up in my yard. Also, we have a lot of animals that eat my crops. I’ve had some flowers do ok, but not much luck with the vegetables yet!

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  19. Emily Forde
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 08:06:37

    Hi! My name is Emily Forde and I graduated from Seton Hall University with a double major in Biology and Psychology. I am very interested in the connections between the mind and body! Something interesting about me is that I love doing crafts, like painting and crocheting (grandma activities). During the pandemic I started working out to maintain my sanity and fell in love with the way that it helped me! It not only helped me physically feel better, but it helped my mental health significantly as well. In regard to psychological measurement, I am excited to learn about it and take this class because I have not yet taken a psychology class like this. In addition to being excited to learn about it, I am interested in learning about the significant advancements that have been made in this field over time. I know that CBT is a type of talk therapy that aims to change thought and behavior patterns. I also know that CBT can help the client to feel like they are in control of their struggles and mental health. CBT also makes clients more aware of their negative thoughts, which helps to later eliminate them. I like cognitive behavior therapy because it focuses on the person’s ability to change, which I believe is a fundamental area for both personal and social growth.

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    • Alyson Langhorst
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 18:40:24

      Hi Emily!

      That’s great that working out helped you during Covid! I also started to workout more because of the pandemic. Are there any workouts that you prefer doing? Like weightlifting, cardio, or specific sports? Also, it’s so cool that you can crochet! How long have you been doing it?

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  20. mikayladebois
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 09:36:14

    Hi everyone! My name is Mikayla DeBois, I graduated from Assumption last year. An interesting fact about me is that I once was in 4 different countries in one day. My main activities during the pandemic have been reading and hiking, and I am lucky enough to be from an area with a lot of great mountains.
    My thoughts about psychological measurement are pretty general; I spent most of my internship last year inputting testing results into online systems for a residential facility. Those tests focused on trauma scales, adult functioning skills, and severity of symptoms for a variety of disorders. I worked with the raw data and the analyzed output but definitely lacked context as to what a lot of it meant. During my undergraduate statistics and research methods classes I had a harder time fully understanding the concepts than in some of my other classes, but hopefully now that I have a bit more experience, I will be more prepared. I again have a general knowledge of CBT from my psych undergrad classes, and I know that it is pretty much the go-to treatment for a lot of diagnoses, but I’m excited to learn more about it.

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    • Vic White
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 15:09:12

      Hi Mikayla!

      Interesting about being in 4 countries in just 1 day! Very interested to know which countries and the reasoning?

      I did a lot of research methods in undergrad too – I think at least 1 research methods class each year actually! At first I struggled with the stats and analysing graphs etc. But by my final year I really enjoyed it! And I’d even say I’m excited to study it later in the course. I’m sure with your experience that it’ll click better this time round and you’ll be more prepared for stats of any sort!

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  21. Maria Nowak
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:23:26

    Hi! My name is Maria. I Graduated from Westfield State University. I graduated with a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a minor in psychology. I originally wanted to be a nurse and started at Rhode Island College on a nursing track. I soon realized after taking chem and Bio both with labs that it was not my specialty. I knew I wanted to help people and counseling is how I can have the most direct effect with guiding individuals back to a functional life.

    Over the pandemic and throughout my schooling, I have worked full time. In November of 2020, I was promoted to be the General Manager at the McDonald’s on Grafton Street. I even won rookie of the year for the year of 2021! While I wouldn’t say this kept me sane, it definitely kept me distracted.

    I am not too familiar with the content of this course, although I did see some math when browsing through the textbook (haha). I know Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps you become aware of negative thinking patterns. This will help an individual view more challenging situations in different lights. In turn, it will hopefully allow the individual to respond to negative stimuli in a more effective way.

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  22. Magdalen Paul
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 16:54:01

    Hi everyone, my name is Magdalen (Maggie) Paul, and I graduated from Saint Anselm College. My middle name is actually Snow, and I absolutely love to snowboard! To maintain my sanity during COVID, I enjoyed adding yoga to my daily routine and taking day trips to “hidden” beautiful spots, like beaches and parks.

    I am excited to learn about psychological measurement, as many of my undergraduate courses introduced me to various tests and assessments. I have always wanted to know how to administer assessments and properly evaluate results, and therefore I am very excited for this course.

    I have been intrigued by cognitive-behavioral therapy ever since switching my major to psychology, as I believe in the power of changing thoughts to thereby produce new behaviors. By becoming mindful and recognizing negative/unhelpful thought patterns, and then working to reshape those thoughts, I believe that new behaviors can blossom and lead to a more fulfilling state of being for an individual. I am very excited to learn more!

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    • Ariannah Zagabe
      Sep 03, 2022 @ 09:53:09

      Hi Maggie,
      I think it’s so cool and unique that your middle name is snow! This is random but I think you and I have a mutual friend (she went to Nichols College). I am also very excited for this course and to learn how to administer and analyze assessments.

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  23. Whitney Andrew
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 18:52:06

    Hi! My name is Whitney Andrew and I graduated from Clark University last year! An interesting fact about me is that I work in a bakery currently! During the pandemic I read a lot for pleasure and mostly just worked.
    I think I have a very similar thought capacity for psychological measurement as my other classmates and hope to expand them more with this course!
    I have worked with CBT briefly in my job as a behavioral therapist and also as a support advocate in a home with intellectual disabilities.

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    • Alyson Langhorst
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 18:48:42

      Hi Whitney!

      It’s really cool that you work at a bakery! Does the bakery you work at specialize in specific pastries/desserts? Also, that’s great that you’ve been able to read more! I’ve been trying to read outside of class/work more but am struggling to find time lol. What’s your favorite genre to read? And is there a book that really stuck out to you?

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  24. Alysha Benoit
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 22:47:10

    Hi everyone! My name is Alysha and I graduated from Worcester State back in May of this year as a psychology major with a concentration in mental health and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Something “interesting” about me is that I am a twin (we are fraternal and are very different in terms of personality). A few things I like to do in order to maintain my sanity during the pandemic are going for long drives and listening to music or spending time with my sisters. My initial thoughts and experiences with psychological measurement and CBT is that it is significant for psychologists in understanding behavior, emotions, and thoughts and is very complex. Cognitive-behavioral therapy as a whole has always interested me, in part because I have been on the client end of the therapy from about the ripe age of 7 because being in and out of foster-care, is something that they required us to do. Trying to measure these three things can be challenging and this is definitely one of the sides to psych that you really have to study and think about as it doesn’t always come to understanding in an innate way.

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  25. Alyson Langhorst
    Sep 01, 2022 @ 22:59:10

    Hi! My name is Alyson, and I recently graduated from Worcester State University. Something interesting about me is that over summer, I went to a Big Time Rush Concert. To stay sane during Covid, I listened to a lot of music and played tennis (both recreationally and competitively). My initial thoughts about psychological measurement were that it seemed very complex and interesting. Especially how psychological assessments have changed/been modified over time. I know that cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Evidence based practice focuses on what the literature is currently in favor of. It looks at what seems to be helpful/working and what doesn’t seem to be working and tailors treatment based on that.

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    • Magdalen Paul
      Sep 02, 2022 @ 22:38:53

      Hi Alyson! One of my closest friends actually went to a Big Time Rush concert over the summer, too! What other kinds of music do you enjoy? I also found music very therapeutic during COVID, but really I find it therapeutic no matter the circumstance. I think there is endless power in the arts as related to mental health and wellness. Also, I played tennis in high school! Were you playing singles or doubles?? I look forward to getting to know you more in our courses!

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      • Alyson Langhorst
        Sep 07, 2022 @ 17:09:01

        Hi Magdalen!

        That’s awesome that your friend got to go too! Honestly, one of the best nights of my life lol. I listen to a bit of everything, but I gravitate more towards kpop, country, and pop music. What kind of music do you listen to? Also that’s really cool that you played tennis too! I mainly played singles (but very much prefer doubles)! When you played, did you have a preference?

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  26. Brenna Stewart
    Sep 02, 2022 @ 08:43:20

    1. Hi! My name is Brenna Stewart. I graduated from Umass Lowell back in 2018. I consider myself a wicked cool person in general (you said to brag, so..) but to be specific, something wicked cool about me is that I’m a photographer. I’ve always loved photography and I got my first dslr camera back in 2017. Last year, I finally gained enough confidence to start building up my own business, woot woot! I love it and I have the best support system cheering me on. I for sure fell victim to the pandemic blues (who didn’t?? I’d love to know your secret) so my sanity has definitely ebbed and flowed since the start of the pandemic. I focused a lot on connecting with the important people in my life- the pandemic forced me to really focus on being present and intentional, which was insanely hard at first and I’m still learning. My initial thoughts on psychological measurement… I believe it can be a super helpful tool for someone to understand and break down their experience, as well as help professionals better assist their clients. I see it as an important first step in someone’s journey to understand and befriend their mental health. I am a strong believer in CBT and it’s effectiveness especially as the goal of therapy is to empower your clients to shift perspectives/utilize coping skills effectively on their own, and I believe CBT is the most effective way to achieve that foundation. I was fortunate to learn a lot about CBT in undergrad and gain full-time experience in the field in the following years. I’m just going to go full nerd-mode and say I’m really excited to keep learning and growing through this program!

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    • Alysha Benoit
      Sep 03, 2022 @ 21:07:54

      Hi Brenna, I love to hear that you have built up the confidence to start your own business. That takes a lot of guts especially because of the unknown in doing so, so congrats! I really liked that you spoke about being intentional. I think many of us can lose sight of that when going about our day to day tasks. Being intentional not only with yourself but with others as well is so important to one’s well-being.

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