Introduction: Say a Little about Yourself! {by 9/2}

Yes, this is a 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 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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60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristin
    Aug 28, 2021 @ 13:52:34

    Hi there, my name is Kristin and I graduated from Worcester State with a B.S. in Psychology. I am a spontaneous person who loves adventure on a whim! Two years ago, my best friend and I had two weeks off from work and she joked with me about driving to California, then driving back! I immediately packed up some things and within 12 hours, we were in the car heading south on our journey! We stopped at many landmarks across the country. We stopped in Nashville and Graceland, drove through endless flat plains in the Midwest and Texas really does have the biggest sky you will ever see. We got real “boujee” in L.A. and Hollywood and lived like true celebrities for a few days. We kept that vibe going straight through the desert into Vegas and then trekked to Utah to hike Mt. Zion National Park (a true wonder of the world, if you ever get the chance…GO!) Lastly, off to Colorado, Nebraska etc… all the way back to Massachusetts. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I highly recommend it to anyone who has the ability!

    Sanity during COVID can come and go. It is better now than it was last year so, at least there is progress in the right direction. I do a lot more things outside than I did in the past. Especially last year when it felt much more “locked down” than it does now. I would simply look up places that were drivable and head there to explore.

    My initial thoughts about psychological measurement are the ways and techniques that one may use to observe and decipher the how’s and why’s of what people do and how they think. Measurements give readings, scores, or amounts of things. Psychology is, well, the study of the human mind and how it functions.

    Cognitive behavioral therapy/evidence-based practice seems to stray away from more “archaic,” monochromic ways of evaluating a wide array of patients and their unique needs. Everyone has a story, everyone has a past, and everyone has their own perceptions to the world and interactions within their own daily life. In using evidence that is observed with a specific patient, seems to be a much more tailored approach. This would make patterns much easier to recognize and potentially change over time, thus having a greater impact on helping more people.

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    • Mary Altomare
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 09:55:45

      Hey Kristin, I really enjoy reading briefly about your spontaneous cross country road trip to California. I have always dreamt of doing something like that, so I am jealous! I would love to hear more about your experience and the different activities you did in each state, specifically in Utah. More recently, I have wanted to venture out to Utah because the state looks beautiful and I have heard nothing but good things. I look forward to meeting you on Thursday!

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    • Vanessa Nichols
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 15:21:03

      Hi Kristin,

      Wow, I am so jealous of your road trip. That sounds like a life-changing experience, and I love how spontaneous it was. I imagine that seeing Mt.Zion national park had to be incredible. I have always wanted to do something like that but have never had the guts to do it. Before COVID, I had planned a campervan road trip around the entire continent of Iceland. Due to COVID, those plans had to be postponed.

      I agree that my sanity fluctuated during COVID. I like being home, but after so long, I think everyone goes a little crazy. I think it’s great that you could go out and explore new things while remaining safe from COVID.

      Very excited to meet everyone on Thursday.

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    • Tom Mandozzi
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 20:34:05

      Hi Kristin! Wow, that trip sounds like it was awesome! I love to travel myself and I am sure you made lots of memories on that spontaneous trip! I’d love to know what your favorite states were and what activities you did. I would love to do a similar trip one day! I’m sure the trip was much needed since the start of the pandemic after feeling so isolated. I traveled to visit my sister in Houston in June, and that alone felt so refreshing to get out of state for a bit! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lauren Pereira
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 10:45:50

      Hi Kristin! I also graduated from Worcester State!
      I loved hearing about your spontaneous trip. That sounds like such a fun opportunity that I wish I was brave enough to accomplish!
      Similar to you, I found myself outside more than usual during COVID. It honestly gave us time to explore and enjoy what is around us. I love driving around or just walking through new types of scenery as it has really helped me stay sane! I believe that I will continue to find time for myself to take more walks as it will help relieve stress during Grad School as well.
      I look forward to meeting you in class!

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    • Will Roche
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 16:13:40

      Hey Kristin, great story about your spontaneous trip across the United States. I would love to do that someday. I also love traveling and have been to quite a few places, but I typically am more scheduled and strategic about my travels. I’d love to be more spontaneous about my trips because it might make them more exciting! I’m also very interested in your take on CBT and how you said CBT strays away from the more archaic therapies of the past as you put it. I do find the methods of CBT intriguing in the same way because it is very different from other therapies that came before it. Great stuff!

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    • Bekah Riley
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 17:57:16

      Hi Kristin,

      I also graduated from Worcester State with a B.S. in Psychology! I am a spontaneous person as well and I absolutely love to travel and visit new places! Nashville is actually the number one place on my bucket list to go so it was cool to read that you have been there.

      I found that I went outside more frequently to maintain my sanity during the COVID-19 Pandemic as well. During the highest level of lockdown, I went on a walk or a hike almost everyday! I ended up finding a lot of new trails that I enjoyed hiking on!

      I look forward to talking to you in class! It is nice to know I have a fellow WSU graduate in the program with me!

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    • Teresia Maina
      Sep 04, 2021 @ 12:51:42

      Hi Kristin,

      That spontaneous drive to California, seems like a dream. It’s something my friends and I have always wanted to do but it seems like our schedules never seem to align. I would love to hear more about this trip and the activities you guys did. I also have to agree that covid made me go outside as much as possible. It made me realize how much we take simple things for granted.

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  2. Vanessa Nichols
    Aug 29, 2021 @ 11:45:01

    Hello, my name is Vanessa Nichols. I graduated from Keene State College with a B.S in psychology and a minor in Addiction studies.

    Something cool about me is that I have been working on an international research project involving a Hope Insitute in developing countries. I had the opportunity to work with people from the Netherlands, Africa, Columbia, Philippines, and Guatemala. The research involved Children participating in hope workshops and measuring a variety of variables before and after.

    Truthfully I am Homebody, so I have kept my sanity rather well during COVID-19. I read a lot and watched Television (Criminal minds is one of my favorite shows). I wish I were one of those people that could say I learned how to cook or speak a different language during COVID, but I mostly just hung out.

    I think Psychological measurement is essential to the field of psychology. I enjoy the research aspect of psychology, so I have some familiarity with administering and scoring psychological measures. That being said, my undergraduate did not focus too intensely on counseling. So I am incredibly interested in learning more about psychological measurements and how they can make counseling a better experience for the client.

    I know the basics of Cognitive behavioral therapy. I had the opportunity to learn about Cognitive behavioral therapy from my addiction classes, and I am excited to learn more. From what I have learned about CBT, I know it’s a flexible treatment tool that can be used in group or private settings, and it is highly effective in treating addictive disorders.

    I am extremely excited to start this semester. Thank you.

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    • Kristin Blair
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 15:53:39

      Hi Vanessa!

      Wow, your work with the Hope Institute sounds really interesting and cool! Would your work ever need you to potentially travel to one of the developing countries?! Did you meet with people from these countries via Zoom during the research?

      Also, your campervan road trip plan sounds amazing and totally up my alley! That would have been so fun and so exciting! I really hope you don’t abandon that idea and you get to do it someday. I promise you you will not regret it!

      Looking forward to meeting you Thursday!

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    • Pilar Betts
      Sep 05, 2021 @ 00:08:54

      Wow Vanessa! your work with the Hope Institute sounds like an amazing experience. It is such a amazing experience to be able to speak with people who are from different countries and backgrounds, I know it’s something I definitely appreciated.

      I watched a lot of tv shows during the pandemic too! I have never watched Criminal Minds which is actually surprising considering I tend to watch shows within that genre. I’ll have to check it out.

      Great to get to know stuff about you!

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  3. Will Roche
    Aug 29, 2021 @ 13:33:39

    Hello everyone, my name is Will Roche. I graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminal Justice. I originally entered Quinnipiac University as a Criminal Justice major, but I eventually brought my focus towards Psychology as I found the education and career paths much more interesting. I really love to travel. I’ve been to many cities in the U.S. (NYC, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, etc.) and I love to compare and contrast cities as I see myself moving out of New England someday. Something interesting about me is that I played piano for ten years. My skills are a little rusty because I played a lot less during college but it’s something that people are surprised to find out about me after they know me.

    For the most part I feel like my sanity hasn’t been overly disrupted by the pandemic. I definitely don’t mind tapping into my introverted side as I enjoy doing things at home, but I do also enjoy having a social life and being able to go out with my friends. It was very nice to have the ability to do that this summer and I’m hoping we’ll be able to maintain some version of that in the future, but who knows at this point.

    I have some experience with psychological measurement, and it changed my perspective on research as a whole. Initially I was daunted by the prospect of conducting a legitimate research experiment, but I grew to enjoy the process of making operational definitions, conducting surveys, organizing data and making discoveries. After completing a group research experiment, my professor invited me to conduct an independent study with him, where I would work with him personally on his own empirical experiments. I was very excited about this opportunity, but this abruptly ended due to the beginning of COVID. So I will be excited to get back into this process and continue to learn about research and psychological measurements.

    A significant portion of my thesis as Quinnipiac was centered around the efficacy of CBT on Anxiety Disorders and treatments similar to CBT. I find the structured approach to CBT intriguing and I believe that CBT can be very efficacious, which is what intrigued me specifically to this form of therapy. As subjective as therapy can be, I do appreciate objective/evidence-based findings and I look forward to learning much more about different approaches in CBT. Overall, I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and beginning this new experience at Assumption.

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    • Tressa Novack
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 20:59:14

      Hi Will! I think that it’s great that you love to travel. I enjoy travelling as well, but there are many places I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet. I have been to Denver, and quite a few other places in Colorado, as I have family out there. I am hoping to explore many other states and cities in the West. It is really cool to go out there and see some open spaces and mountains, which is so different from the hustle and bustle of the northeast. It is really cool to see that you wrote your thesis on the efficacy of CBT on Anxiety Disorders. While I did not write a thesis, I did write a research paper on the use of CBT on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Nice to see an overlap in interests!

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    • Victoria Cestodio
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 11:08:07

      Hi Will, I also have been to a lot of cities (big city girl here). Which one has been your favorite to visit? My favorite city by far is NYC.
      Also, it is so cool that you play piano! I tried to learn how to play when I was younger and I found it extremely difficult, so that is impressive!

      Look forward to meeting you Thursday!

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    • Moises Chauca
      Sep 02, 2021 @ 13:48:36

      Hello Will,

      I saw you replied to my post. Thank you! I enjoyed your post. I also play an instrument for 10 years, I play acoustic and electric guitar. Back in high school, my friends and I created a band and played some songs together. My experience with my independent studies was similar to yours due to the pandemic. However, I am excited to meet you and everyone on Thursday!

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  4. Bekah
    Aug 29, 2021 @ 15:29:58

    Hi, my name is Rebekah, but I usually go by Bekah. I graduated this past May from Worcester State University (WSU) with a B.S. in Psychology, although I started off at WSU with a major in Occupational Therapy. I decided to switch my major to Psychology after completing my Level I Fieldwork at Worcester Recovery Hospital, where I fell in love with the mental health aspect of OT! I then decided that my passion lied in psychology and becoming a counselor.

    Something interesting/cool about myself is that I played two varsity sports at WSU! I played volleyball my freshman and sophomore years and tennis my junior and senior years. I switched sports due to an injury preventing me to play volleyball at a collegiate level, but I was able to become a member of the tennis team afterwards, allowing me to meet new people and make new friends! I love being a member of a team, so I was extremely lucky to be on two teams during my undergraduate experience!

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone, but it has been important to find enjoyable hobbies. To maintain my sanity, I have gotten more into working out in forms of lifting, biking, walking, running, and doing yoga! These different activities have helped make each day more enjoyable!

    My initial thoughts on psychological measurement is that it is an evaluation of how people think and why their thoughts lead to certain actions. I am curious to see if the statistical analysis potion of this course with align with some things that I learned in Psych Stats at WSU.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Evidence Based practice (EBP) are both things I have learned a little bit about both in my time as an Occupational Therapy and Psychology Major. CBT helps people change a negative thought pattern to alter certain behaviors. This form of therapy is something that I am very interested to learn more about! EBP requires clinical experience as well as evidence from various studies. I look forward to increasing my knowledge on both CBT and EBP!

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    • Mary Altomare
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 09:49:18

      Hi Bekah! I too found sanity in working out and being outside during the pandemic! I also went to WSU, however I did not play any sports. I think its pretty awesome that you were willing and open to switch form volleyball to tennis! Although, I do not know much about volleyball my uncle and aunts are big into tennis and taught me how to play when I was younger, and its very challenging but fun! I look forward to meeting you on the Thursday!

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    • Lauren Pereira
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 10:52:49

      Hi Bekah!
      I also graduated from Worcester State. I was happy to read that you started off as an OT major because I did too! Right after my Freshman year, I realized that I fell in love with all my psychology courses so much more than my other classes. I found them so much more interesting and I now know that I want to help counsel young kids because that is what I am most passionate about.
      I am also more active now and have also played volleyball for many years. I really enjoy the sport but did not go through with it during my years in college. I sometimes still play for fun though as it is a great way to stay active. It sounds like we have a lot in common!
      I look forward to meeting you in class!

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  5. Mary Altomare
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 07:22:02

    Hi Everyone! My name is Mary Altomare and I graduated from Worcester State University in May of last year with a B.S in Psychology. Something interesting/cool about myself is that I love to do Yoga. I started my yoga practice two years ago at a studio in Worcester and I have not stopped since. I am by no means an expert, but that is why I enjoy yoga so much. Every day I am challenged to learn something new and be comfortable with failing. I hope to one day attend a yoga teacher training class at the current studio that I am practicing at.
    In order to maintain my sanity during the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been trying to do more activities outside, especially in the beginning of the pandemic. My mom and I live in an apartment, so we would try to carve out time each day to go for a walk. During the weekends, my mom and I would find different walking/hiking trails to adventure to for the day, which was a lot of fun! Another thing that has helped me maintain my sanity during the Covid-19 pandemic is my job. I work at Seven Hills as a Therapeutic Mentor/Therapeutic Training Support Staff, and being able to work with my coworkers, families and kiddos has been a blessing!
    I have had some experience with psychological measurements at WSU. As a senior, I conducted a research and had to utilize psychological measurements to understand the findings of the research. I did find conducting research fascinating, however it did pose a challenge to me. I do find it challenge to grasp the concepts, but I am excited to hopefully leave this course with more confidence in this area of psychology!
    At my job, majority of the clinicians that I work with utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients with challenging their negative automatic thoughts in order to change certain behaviors. Some of the ways in which the clinicians do this is by, utilizing interactive worksheets/play activities to assist clients with identifying positive traits and talents about themselves in order to replace those negative automatic thoughts/self-disparaging remarks. I am very excited to learn about CBT and further my understanding and knowledge!

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    • Kristin Blair
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 15:44:39

      Hi Mary! Yoga is something I have tried to get into as well. I seem to go though spurts when I do it, and then I don’t. I tried Buti Yoga and THAT was challenging! It had lots of loud music and “tribal/primal” movements which made it different and interesting! If you’ve never tried it, I recommend it!

      I also agree with you that some of the research concepts can be challenging! I had the same struggle at times.
      Your job also seems very interesting. I’m sure getting to work with the clinicians can be beneficial for you in your own personal journey in the field and getting exposure to things that you can relate to in your studies!

      I look forward to meeting you in class on Thursday as well!
      Let me know if you tried some Buti Yoga!

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    • Tom Mandozzi
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 20:28:58

      Hi Mary! I resonated a lot with how you explained the role as a TM/TT&S has helped you gain experience and understanding in CBT and the field as a whole. I do the same job and I completely agree! I have loved the opportunity to work so closely with Master’s level clinicians and absorb and learn so many new interventions and concepts. Very interesting about the yoga as well and the point you made about being “comfortable with failing”. So important!

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    • Olgena
      Sep 01, 2021 @ 20:22:40

      Hi Mary,
      Yoga has been in my “to do list” for such a long time and I cannot wait to try it. I would be the first one to sign in your new studio. During my vacation this summer, one of my friends told me about how amazing is to be able to set your mind and body free. I also remember from my Health Psychology class that meditation has always been one of most successful methods of alternative medicine. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    • Jeremy
      Sep 02, 2021 @ 13:12:25

      HI mary,

      I found the same relief from covid-19, the outdoors provides such a needed place to clear one’s head, its is therapeutic and a good was y to keep moving. Yoga is such a treat! I look forward to class together.

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  6. Victoria Cestodio
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 14:20:45

    Hi everyone! My name is Victoria. I graduated in May from Western New England University with a B.A. in Psychology. Something interesting or cool about me is that I danced almost all my life, and along the way I have met a lot of well known dancers/choreographers in the industry and have even gotten to take classes with them. People like Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Travis Wall, Cris Judd, etc.

    Some things I have been doing/have done to survive the pandemic is get a puppy! She is a mini goldendoodle. She has kept me well entertained this whole pandemic and has taken up a lot of my time which has been very needed. I have also spent a lot more time reading books, which in the past I wasn’t that fond of, but now I love reading and it makes me feel like I am doing something good with my free time.

    With the topic of psychological measurement I was fortunate enough to take a class on psychological measurement as one of my undergraduate classes. Learning all about different psychological tests given in the field was extremely interesting to me. Tests like this get to further our knowledge on psychology and the field and I think it is one of the most important aspects of psychology.

    I do have some knowledge on CBT. Last fall I took a counseling focused class at my university and we talked and learned a lot about Aaron Beck. We analyzed videos of him using CBT with his clients and this was beneficial to my education. The thing I love most about CBT is it can be used to treat a variety of disorders. I like how this type of therapy slowly makes steps to solve the problem at hand. Replacing those negative thoughts/affirmations about oneself or a situation and slowly changing and shaping them into more positive thoughts can really help make a great change for the individual. I look forward to expanding my knowledge on CBT.

    See you on Thursday!

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    • Vanessa Nichols
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 15:11:41

      Hi Victoria,

      It is so cool that you have had the opportunity to work with people like Travis Wall. Just out of curiosity, do you think you will incorporate dance into your therapeutic technique or treatment one day? I had a roommate during my undergrad that was in graduate school for dance therapy. She found it to be beneficial, especially for children and adolescents.

      I also spent a lot of time reading books over COVID (sadly, I did not get a puppy). I think it is excellent that covid gave you a new passion that is something positive like reading. I love reading, but I have found that as a psychology major, sometimes I am exhausted from reading and don’t always enjoy it in my leisure time.

      I look forward to meeting you on Thursday!

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    • Kelsey McGinness
      Sep 01, 2021 @ 08:25:13

      Hi Victoria! I also danced for most of my life and think it’s incredible that you got to meet Mia Michaels!! She’s absolutely amazing as a choreographer. I have a two dogs myself and although they are 3 and 5 years old they definitely still act like puppies. Dogs are the best and make your day to day that much better with all their love. I look forward to having class together!

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  7. Moises Chauca
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 18:30:17

    Hello everyone! My name is Moises Chauca, and I graduated from Worcester State University in December of last year with a B. S in Psychology. Something interesting about myself is that I do youth work in Worcester. I work with the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University. I lead a youth program called Enlace, an all-male program that focuses on academic enrichment, personal development, and cultural enrichment. Working with youth is something I enjoy because they see me as a role model, mentor, and big brother figure.

    To keep my sanity during the pandemic, I have gotten more into certain activities, like playing guitar, video games, and hiking. I have also tried new things like camping, cooking new foods, and playing card games. I have learned so much about my cooking skills during this time.

    My initial thought about psychological measurements is that it is a psychological task/ evaluation that measures scores that represent a characteristic of a person. Psychological measurements are used to measure things like personality and emotion. I look forward to learning about the different evaluation and scores.

    My knowledge in CBT is that it is a treatment that targets thinking and behavior to improve a person’s well-being. I learned a few things about CBT in my abnormal psychology course, and I look forward to learning more about it.

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    • Tressa Novack
      Aug 30, 2021 @ 21:12:39

      Hi Moises! I think that it is great that you have worked with youth. It’s awesome to see people who are enthusiastic about helping kids. What got you interested in working with the youth? I noticed that you said that you tried cooking new foods during the pandemic. I really enjoy cooking as well. During the pandemic I learned how to make a loaf of bread! What foods did you learn how to make? I’m trying to expand my cooking skills. It’s awesome that you have gotten into hiking. My family is really into hiking, but I have never been able to get into it myself even though it is a great physical activity!

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      • Moises Chauca
        Sep 02, 2021 @ 13:29:32

        Hello Tressa,

        Thank you for replying. I got interested in working with youth after reconnecting with a mentor from the program. I found out that I participated in a program seven years ago, and I felt that I need to give back to the Worcester Latino community. My first experience was being a mentor in the program, and now I lead the program. Every time we meet, we have a blast.

        I learned to make two traditional Peruvian dishes Lomo Saltado, a stir-fry dish with sirloin steak, french fries, and tomato accompanied by white rice. The other dish was Arroz Chaufa, a fried rice dish with pieces of eggs, steak, and chicken. I am from Peru, so I love Peruvian food!

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    • Will Roche
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 16:18:30

      Hey Moises, that is a great cause you’re working for. I’m sure everyone involved appreciates the help that you bring to the table. Similarly, I volunteered at a youth program during my undergrad at Quinnipiac University. It was an after school program for children who needed after school care and children with developmental disabilities. It was a great experience and a rewarding one as well, as I’m sure you know. It always feels good to help others out and feel a sense of pride in doing so. Great stuff and can’t wait to meet everyone on Thursday.

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    • Jordan Ellis
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 16:45:41

      Hi Moises,
      Thank you for sharing all that you did about yourself. You sound like you really love your job, and I can see why. I think it’s great that you work with a specific niche, because it sounds like you really know how to help this population.

      I think it’s really cool that you play guitar. I bought an electric guitar at the start of the pandemic and told myself I would learn to play. I never followed through on it, though. I hope to sign up for lessons sometime soon. If you have any tips for beginners, let me know!

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  8. Tom Mandozzi
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 20:21:13

    Hi everyone! My name is Tom and I graduated from Assumption College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Graphic Design.

    My “go-to” fun fact has always been that I am an identical twin (though I am not sure how truly interesting that is). Like many others, I love to travel as well, and did a semester abroad during my undergraduate education at Assumption’s Rome Campus. There are many countries and cities I still wish to travel to! Otherwise, I love finding new places to walk, hike and explore.

    To stay sane during the pandemic, I have been playing word games (the app wordscapes and boggle-type games are my favorite), watching true-crime YouTube videos, going for walks and hikes, and exercising. I also enjoy reading and writing poetry from time to time!

    My limited experience with psychological measurement comes from my undergraduate education and taking statistics and research methods classes, as well as research seminar where I had practice developing a research study with classmates. My initial thoughts are that psychological measurement is both fascinating and critically important; being able to make more concrete sense of human behavior in measurable and quantifiable ways is crucial in a field that can often feel vague or ambiguous. I look forward to learning more about these forms of measurement and concepts throughout this course!

    I currently work as a Therapeutic Youth Support as a bachelor’s level staff in both the Therapeutic Mentoring and In-home Therapy service lines through Advocates in Framingham. I have been in this role for over two years now and have found the experience extremely valuable as I begin my education in the field of counseling. I have seen many different clinicians in various contexts implement interventions and treatment plans that heavily incorporate CBT concepts and practices. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow in the field and develop CBT skills!

    I am very excited to begin this semester and meet you all!

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    • Madelyn Haas
      Sep 01, 2021 @ 23:20:32

      Hi, Tom!

      I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to Rome. Studying abroad can be an extremely fulfilling experience. I have also visited Rome with the University of Dallas and had an incredible time. Here’s to hoping that things continue to get better with the pandemic, and we can all return to traveling. I know I would love to go back to Europe in the future.

      As for your job, I am impressed by what you and other students have been doing career wise. Your work sounds incredibly interesting, and I would love to hear about your experience in class. I hope things continue to go well (or get even better) during our time in graduate school.

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    • Jordan Ellis
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 16:24:41

      Hi Tom,
      I’m jealous that you got to study in Rome! That sounds like an amazing experience. I have always loved to travel, but covid has changed the way I feel about it. The idea of going anywhere now gives me anxiety. Hopefully I’ll get over that once we’re allowed to travel again.

      It sounds like you really enjoy your job. I bet it is very rewarding for you to help kids who are struggling. I can imagine that it can be emotionally draining as well. I have thought about applying for a similar position with Vinfen, but I’m afraid of it interfering with school. I would love to hear more about your job, and if you think it is manageable while being a student.

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  9. Tressa Novack
    Aug 30, 2021 @ 20:39:09

    Hi everyone! My name is Tressa Novack and I graduated from Assumption University last May with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Something cool about me is that I really enjoy cooking. As soon as I moved into housing with a kitchen my junior year of college I would make one large meal a week for my friends and me to enjoy. Some of my friends’ favorite meals were my slow cooked ribs, cooked low and slow for 10 hours, my oven baked mac and cheese, and my beef tacos, made with a homemade taco seasoning. Most of the things I make are very simply as I am currently restricted by the time commitments of college life and sharing a kitchen with five other people. Some cookware that I simply cannot wait to obtain in the future once I have the money for them are a Le Creuset Dutch oven, a KitchenAid stand mixer, and a high end food processor.

    To maintain my sanity during the pandemic I have been running a lot. Part of this is for my own enjoyment and also because I run cross country and track for Assumption. Not only is running an activity that I love, but having to run provided structure to my day during quarantine. I am extremely happy to be back on campus and running with my teammates again. Something else that I have been doing is watching a lot of baseball. Being from New Jersey, every New York Yankee’s game was either on the tv or the radio as I was growing up. I never paid much attention as a kid, but now sitting down after a long day to watch a baseball game with my dad is my favorite part of the day.

    My thoughts on psychological measurement are that it is necessary to be able to draw conclusions on the observations we make during research and that I find it a bit daunting. My experience with psychological measurement goes as far as the psychology statistics course I took during my undergraduate years, as well as a research methods course, and a group research project I completed my junior year. I have always found the statistical side of psychology to be a bit scary, but I understand it’s importance. I look forward to deepening my understanding and working to form a firm grasp on psychological measurement topics.

    I have learned about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) during my time as an undergraduate at Assumption. I learned about how CBT has techniques that help clients identify and challenge negative thought patterns. I wrote a research paper my senior year about CBT’s effectiveness in treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which was a very interesting paper to write. Not only was I able to take a look at how CBT can be used in the case of someone with GAD, but CBT can be used to treat a wide range of disorders, which is really cool.

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    • Victoria Cestodio
      Aug 31, 2021 @ 11:21:55

      Hi Tressa,
      I love that you cooked for all your friends in undergrad, it actually reminds me of my friend who used to make us a big Italian dinner every Sunday (I will miss those). The oven baked Mac and cheese definitely interests me (I love Mac and cheese).
      On topic of your research paper you did involving CBT and its effectiveness in treating GAD, what was the most interesting thing you found (or something that shocked you) when doing the research paper. I also think that it is so cool how CBT can be effective treating a variety of disorders and I think that is a reason why it is so great and widely used!

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  10. Lauren Pereira
    Aug 31, 2021 @ 10:37:07

    Hello, My name is Lauren Pereira and I recently graduated from Worcester State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology along with a concentration in Mental Health Services.

    Something interesting about me is that I come from a big Portuguese family and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in high school. This is an interesting combination because Portuguese families are all about eating lots of food, including bread and fried foods, which I can no longer eat. It has taken a few years for my family to understand this concept and why I can not eat gluten without getting sick but it is something about me that makes me stand out and I have grown a lot from these life changes.

    COVID has been around for awhile now, and I have noticed how much more active I have become. It was difficult in the beginning of it all, feeling locked in your own home. I found myself outdoors much more frequently than usual. I like to take time to myself and go on walks around my neighborhood or drive to parks and new destinations where I can still be safe and cautious while taking in new scenery. I have kept up with this new changes and it has made me appreciate nature a lot more. This new tasks of mine have definitely kept me more sane through tough times.

    In my opinion, psychological measurements sounds like a very interesting class that I am excited to learn more about. My main curiosity is how individual’s think because everyone has their own perception to things. This then affects everything they do going forward and what kinds of choices are being made. These are important aspects to learn about in the psychology field when having to evaluate different measures.

    I had the opportunity to learn a bit about Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in courses from my undergraduate years. It is a great form of treatment. CBT is very popular as it can have positive impacts on those who may struggle with Depression or Anxiety, etc. Everyone has their own struggles that they cope with in different ways and these types of therapies are specific to their own needs. This is so beneficial as it ties in with Evidence-Based Practice and it is important to see how each strategy is proven to work. I look forward to learning more characteristics of these therapies and treatments that will help benefit thousands of individuals around us.

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    • Kelsey McGinness
      Sep 01, 2021 @ 08:34:11

      Hi Lauren, I think its really cool that you pick up doing more outdoor activities. I agree with the pandemic and forced to being indoors getting outside to take a walk or go for a hike alone a trail, or simply sit at a park taking in nature brings peace and serenity. Being in nature is a great way to stay sane with all we have been through during the pandemic. I look forward to meeting you in class!

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    • Bekah Riley
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 18:14:18

      Hi Lauren,

      I also graduated from Worcester State with a B.S. in Psychology! I was really interested in having a concentration in Mental Health Services, but I switched my major from Occupational Therapy my junior year so I was unable to complete all of the courses the concentration required and graduate on time. I saw on your comment to my post that you also started as an OT major! The psychology portion of the major was always my favorite as well!

      Celiac Disease actually runs in my family so I know a lot about it! I have a gluten intolerance which goes hand in hand with the restriction of many breaded foods, so I can relate to you on that! I have a lot of great gluten free recipes that I’ve accumulated over the years and I’m sure you do as well! Maybe we could exchange some!

      During the intense lockdown portion of the COVID-19 Pandemic, I also went on many walks around my neighborhood and drove to various destinations while taking in new scenery!

      It looks like we have a lot in common! I am looking forward to talking to you in class and having a fellow WSU alum in the program!

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  11. Kelsey McGinness
    Sep 01, 2021 @ 08:20:49

    Hi my name is Kelsey McGinness and I am very excited to be in class with everyone! I graduated from Worcester State in 2017 with my B.S in Psychology then went on to attending Bay Path University where I graduated with my M.S in Applied Behavior Analysis. Something interesting about me is that I currently work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as a BCBA. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with my clients and their families helping to provide the foundational tools for communication, social, behavioral, and developmental growth needed.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic I have maintained my sanity by binge watching a lot of Netflix, but more recently I have gotten into working out and found joy and relaxing through working out and creating a new healthy habit.

    My initial thoughts about psychological measurement is that is provides a way to provide quantitative assessment results to better the lives of clients. I am very interested in learning more about this area within the field.

    My understanding of cognitive-behavioral therapy is that it aims to help alter one’s emotional and mental state of mind. It is a way to challenge and push the individual to understand and unpack past trauma or experiences to better understand and grow within their mental health and day to day triggers and challenges.

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    • Emily Barefield
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 20:42:26

      Hi Kelsey! I would be interested to hear more about your work as a BCBA and what influenced you to go back to graduate school for counseling. I just got a job as a behavior technician and will be working in the ABA field while I am in school.
      I also tried out new forms of exercise during the pandemic and have found maintaining those habits to also be very rewarding.

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  12. Jeremy
    Sep 01, 2021 @ 12:37:47

    Hello, I am Jeremy, I graduated from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield ct. With a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in theology. Although I started at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia for marketing. A fun fact about me is That I love hiking, Having section hiked Parts of the Appalachian trail in CT, MA, and VT. It is so relaxing being in nature, especially camping under the stars on the mountainside.

    My sanity ebbed and flowed during the pandemic, I Spent more time hiking during the early months and began to practice and learn about meditation during the winter months. Of course, the biggest help was connecting with people, I started a Virtual D&D game with my friends so we had some form of social connection.

    Psychological Measurement is the practice of using tools, typically self-assessment, and interviews, there are multiple inventories used for nearly all forms of mental illness and several distinct inventories for the different age groups

    My Initial exposure to CBT was through my abnormal psychology professor, She had a private practice that dealt primarily with anxiety disorders she would walk us through the steps and provide examples of how CTB has been effective in her work and its limitations.

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    • Emily Barefield
      Sep 03, 2021 @ 20:36:50

      Hi Jeremy! I also love hiking, and have spent lots of time hiking in Texas, but am excited to start exploring the Northeast. I would love to hear more about trails you would recommend in the area. I minored in religion in college and am interested in the connections between faith and psychology.

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    • Sandra Karic
      Sep 04, 2021 @ 18:50:13

      Hi Jeremy! I also love hiking, and like Emily, would love to hear any recommendations you have for nearby trails. Marketing to psych and theology seems like quite the switch, what made you change your mind? I’ve actually been really wanting to get into D&D for a couple of years now but haven’t been able to gather enough interested friends to start a campaign. Virtual D&D sounds like a fantastic way to pass the time.

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  13. Olgena
    Sep 01, 2021 @ 20:15:25

    Hello
    My name is Olgena Pano and I graduated from Worcester State University with a B.S in Psychology. I do love psychology because there is no better feeling that being able to help someone to overcome difficulties and mental struggles. Something interesting about me is that I am a music lover and a pianist. One of the things that I love to do as a therapist, is incorporating music on my clients treatment plans. (seems to work well).

    Pandemic period made me more reflective and selective when it comes to things that matter. Fortunately, I had to spent it with dear my grandparents who are amazing, super funny, and great cooks. However, it was hard to keep a healthy psychological state, watching all the terrifying news on TV and being afraid for your loved ones.

    First thing that I thought when I heard Psychology of Measurement was “oh no, math again”. However, during my undergraduate studies I learned and educated myself how important and necessary research is, to develop beneficial treatments. I think that empirical evidence is what makes most people trust their therapists, clinicians, doctors and other professionals in mental health fields.

    I believe that cognitive behavioral therapy is the key element to treat mental health disorders through methods that help people improve their emotional, psychological states. Based on evidence through cognitive behavioral therapy, those who are affected by mental health issues are treated and directed to understand their feelings and emotions.

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    • Madelyn Haas
      Sep 01, 2021 @ 23:14:08

      Hi, Olgena!

      I enjoyed reading your comment. As a fellow music lover, I appreciate that you want to include a passion into treatment plans. That sounds wonderful and can help your clients feel both at ease in therapy and can open up new paths for them as well.

      As for your initial feelings about psychological measurements, I completely understand. I was initially worried about taking courses in math because calculus and geometry were never my strong suits in high school. I was relieved to learn that I comprehend statistics better. Plus, I actually enjoyed the classes and learned a lot that will help me in both graduate school and in my career!

      I look forward to seeing you, the professor, and the other students in class.

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  14. Madelyn Haas
    Sep 01, 2021 @ 23:06:10

    Hi, my name is Madelyn Haas. I attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and double majored in Psychology and Spanish. Prior to my graduation, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain as an English teacher. I worked with kids from the ages of 2 to 12, writing lesson plans, creating written assignments for the older children, and speaking with them one on one. My time in Madrid, especially the time I spent at the school, is one of my favorite memories.

    As for how I maintained sanity during the pandemic, I would mostly attribute that to spending time with my boyfriend and cat. I also picked up cooking and baking more. My favorite meal I made was shredded beef flautas with an avocado crema.

    While it has been a few years, I do have some experience with psychological measurements. I took two statistics and measurement classes for psychology. In the second class, I conducted an experiment and did a research project on the effects of mindfulness meditation in individuals with low levels of anxiety versus individuals with high levels of anxiety. At Trinity, I also worked in a professors lab and assisted him and other students on various research projects. I am looking forward to refreshing my knowledge on psychological measures and learning more this semester.

    I first learned about cognitive-behavioral therapy in my psychopathology class and was encouraged by my professors to consider researching the method further. What I know about CBT is how the practice is goal oriented and is backed in research. These two facts are what attracted me to both CBT and to Assumption. I like how it is a form of therapy that incorporates the client learning skills that will help them outside of therapy sessions. I value how versatile and effective CBT is, and I am excited to expand my knowledge of it over the next two years.

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    • Moises Chauca
      Sep 02, 2021 @ 14:11:21

      Hello Madelyn,
      I enjoy reading your post. I also graduated with a minor in Spanish. Your experience in Madrid sounds so cool. I also write lesson plans and activities for kids from the age of 12. Your study on mindfulness is fascinating. What were your results? What was your experience with the study? Lastly, shredded beef flautas with avocado crema sounds fire! Excited to meet you and everyone on Thursday!

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  15. Teresia Maina
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 11:16:57

    Hi Everyone, my name is Teresia Maina and I graduated from Fitchburg State University with a B.S. in Psychology. I started out as a Biology major but after my Intro to Psy course I fell in love with the field and switched my major my sophomore year. Something interesting/cool about me is I started my bachelors degree one week after I turned 17 years old and graduated at 20 years old.

    To maintain my sanity during the Covid-19 pandemic I really got into working out. At the beginning of the pandemic when almost everything was closed my family and I loved taking walks at our local park. Since things have started opening up I got a gym membership and try to go to the gym at least 4 times a week. I took a break from the park after seeing a snake. I’ve also gotten into cooking and trying out new recipes.

    I have limited experience with psychological measurement. My experience in psychological measurements goes as far as my research method courses where we practiced designing a research study. I am excited to learn more about this topic.

    I have also had limited experience with CBT, my only exposure in through my Abnormal Psychology course during my undergraduate. From what I can remember CBT it’s a treatment that challenges clients’ unhealthy thinking habits and uses self-help methods to improve quality of life.

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    • Jeremy
      Sep 02, 2021 @ 13:16:48

      Hey Teresia, I remember early in the pandemic when the day was a combination of walking in the park and baking, I’m sure you shared that same experience. Those are hobbies have carried on even to now, I’m sure you’ve improved as a chief and athlete since the beginning of the pandemic

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  16. Lexi
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 12:23:28

    Hi! My name is Lexi. I graduated from Fitchburg State University with a bachelors in Professional Communications in 2017. My greatest passion and joy in life is travel, and I was lucky enough to spend 2 months in Germany this summer despite COVID travel restrictions. I survived COVID with a combination of long Zoom calls with friends, drinking wine, and re-watching The Office several times. In past coursework I was exposed to a few different scales and surveys used to measure characteristics and I find the concept fascinating. I am looking forward to learning more about the methods that exist and the thinking behind these measurement tools. I will admit I don’t know much yet! My undergraduate work was outside of psychology and so I am approaching the program with open eyes. Excited for the semester

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    • Teresia
      Sep 04, 2021 @ 13:05:46

      Hi Lexi,

      I also graduated from Fitchburg State University. I also enjoy traveling and have always wanted to go to Germany. I realize you travelled during covid and there were someplace in lock down but I would love to know what is your favorite memory from your trip.

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  17. Emily Barefield
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 14:17:22

    Hi, my name is Emily and I graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. I majored in psychology and minored in religion. I really enjoy being outside. I grew up in the Austin, TX area, and my family spent a lot of time hiking, camping, and mountain biking together when I was growing up, and those things are still very much a part of my life. My goal for 2020 was to visit at least one state park in Texas each month, which turned out to be a well-timed goal. I spent a great deal of time hiking in the central Texas throughout the pandemic- sometimes with my family, sometimes with my college roommates, and sometimes by myself. On my most recent outdoor adventure, my dad and I backpacked in Olympic National Park and hiked 40 miles.

    To maintain my sanity during the pandemic, I picked up a few new hobbies and continued some old ones. I learned how to do calligraphy, paint with watercolors, and do yoga. I crocheted again for the first time in many years and added way too many plants to my plant collection. Being able to spend lots of time with my family, especially at the beginning of the pandemic, was a blessing. We played lots of bored games, made extravagant recipes together, and watched lots of NCIS reruns.

    I learned a little bit about psychological measurements in undergrad through my statistics courses and through my time working in a social psychology lab. I look forward to learning more about psychological measurements that pertain to mental health and to learning how to use them well. One of my professors in undergrad emphasized cognitive behavior therapy and the importance of evidence-based throughout my psychopathology course, so I do have somewhat of a background from that course, though I am sure I have much to learn. Because of her influence, CBT was something I looked for when applying to graduate schools.

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  18. Jordan Ellis
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 14:17:45

    Hi everyone,
    My name is Jordan Ellis. I graduated from Bridgewater State University, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice. I hope to be a cognitive behavioral therapist for women with ptsd, and can’t wait to get started in this program.
    I was unable to work during the pandemic, so I placed all of my attention on school. I took summer classes, and I also got field experience during this time. I volunteered remotely with the Samaritans of Cape Cod. I was a part of their Caring Connection program, and I also worked on the crisis line. The Caring Connection program was created to support individuals who had just been discharged from the hospital following a suicide attempt. The program was created for adults, but I was paired with a high school girl who had called the crisis line. The program directors were worried about her, so they bent the rules for her. I talked on the phone with her regularly for half of a year. It was amazing to witness her grow as a person and see her take action to better her situation. I also did 180 hours on the crisis line. I never actually spoke to someone who was in imminent risk of hurting themself. For the most part, I had conversations with regular callers who were lonely and needed someone to listen to them. I am truly grateful for my experience with the Samaritans. I never expected to be able to connect with so many people who I never even met in person.
    I actually do not have any experience with psychological measurement. However, I am excited to be introduced to it. Finally, my interest in cognitive behavioral therapy comes from my personal experience with it. Hopefully I am not oversharing, but my therapist is a cbt. I have seen how effective this method is in my own life. I hope that I can help others heal through this technique. I am looking forward to this semester and getting to know everybody. 🙂

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    • Olgena
      Sep 04, 2021 @ 14:37:00

      Hello Emily,

      I truly enjoyed reading about your hiking adventures. I come from a country where high mountains are everywhere and a very important element of green tourism. I couldn’t agree more when you say that most of the information related to this class comes from the statistics and research classes during our undergraduate studies. I felt so much better after our first lecture, because so many of the subjects spoken are things I apply in my every day job as an ABA therapist. It is very helpful learning about different methods of treatments, and also when and how to best use them with your clients. Another favorite moment to me was listening and getting more information on how important is to establish a healthy relationship with your client. I think that this is a key factor not only to choose the best treatment methods, but also understand, reflect and improve yourself as a therapist.

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    • Sandra Karic
      Sep 04, 2021 @ 18:30:30

      Hi Jordan! Your work with the Caring Connection program sounds very cool and fulfilling! I bet it really was incredible to watch that girl grow. Though I do imagine such a position came with some mental pressure. I am also very interested in criminal justice and even came close to applying to law school, but I eventually decided that clinical psychology was a better fit for me. I also have some personal experience with CBT from when I was a teenager. While I was probably a very frustrating client (I almost never did any of the homework assigned), the treatment did have a strong impact on me and I still follow some of the stuff I learned.

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  19. Monika Dhamale
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 14:54:57

    Hi everyone, My name is Monika and I am from Pune, India. I completed my bachelor’s and my masters in clinical Psychology from Pune University, India. Something cool about me is that I was a traditional folk dancer back in school and I enjoy cooking.

    During the pandemic I managed to stay sane by keeping myself busy. I was working full time as a school counselor at an Army school in Pune. Our team managed to set up a resource room for children with special needs from scratch. I was also studying for my GRE and TOEFL and preparing to apply to Universities abroad. Also, I started taking cooking classes online and try out different types of Indian cuisine.

    I have interned as a school counselor for Teach for India where I got to work with children from lower socioeconomic background and it helped me develop a different perspective towards counseling and realize the need of therapists especially in my country. I have also interned at a private clinic in Pune during my last year in masters.

    Spending all my years in Pune, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and explore different opportunities available in the field of psychology and gain in depth knowledge about counseling and practice. And so I decided to move to United States. It’s been an amazing experience so far. Massachusetts being an educational hub, I see a lot of young and energetic people here.

    I had the opportunity to learn a little about CBT during my master’s. But I am really excited to learn more, different techniques and skills and continue to grow in the field.

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  20. Sandra Karic
    Sep 02, 2021 @ 17:03:35

    Hi everyone, nice to meet y’all! My name is Sandra Karic and I graduated from Trinity University with a degree in psychology and human communication. Something interesting about me is that I grew up moving a lot and have lived in six different countries. Throughout COVID I’ve been maintaining my sanity mostly by playing video games and spoiling my cat. Some of my favorite video games are Witcher 3, Breath of the Wild, and Skyrim. I also really enjoy reading and am currently reading Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan. Prior to the pandemic I thought my cat could not get any more spoiled, but at this point I have to carry her to bed and tuck her in each night or she starts crying…so that’s where we’re at now.

    I took several statistics and research methods courses in college where we heavily discussed psychological measurement, though I could definitely use a refresher (especially when it comes to some of the math involved!) Two of the classes involved designing and conducting a research study. The first study examined the relationship between financial stress and intent to binge drink in Trinity students, the second looked at personal religiosity, parental religiosity, and the use of illicit substances in undergraduate students across Texas. Many of the existing measures of financial stress involved questions regarding rent/mortgage payments or one’s ability to pay for utilities. However, since Trinity students are required to live on campus for their first three years these items were not relevant to the majority of my sample. Therefore, I decided to create my own measure of financial stress for that first project.

    Most of what I know about CBT stems from my undergrad psychopathology and clinical psychology classes. In these classes we discussed how CBT is a structured, goal-oriented therapy that involves homework assignments as well as identifying and challenging cognitive distortions. It is my understanding that CBT is also a relatively short therapy compared to interventions like psychoanalysis.

    I’m looking forward to seeing you all in class!

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    • Pilar
      Sep 05, 2021 @ 00:53:11

      Sandra! I’m so glad your reading Brain on Fire it is a fascinating story and I have met very few people who saw the movie or read the book. I stumbled upon Brain on Fire the film my sophomore year and it became one of the reasons I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the psychology field. I loved the movie so much I later did a presentation my junior year in my neuroscience course about the condition Susannah suffered from, Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, and how it attacks the brain. I definitely need to read the book!

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  21. Pilar Betts
    Sep 04, 2021 @ 23:43:02

    My name is Pilar, I graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts. During undergrad I had the opportunity to plan and execute an event for the WNE campus to celebrate Native culture.
    It included authentic food, dancers and display of a shelter space. The event meant so much to me because I was able to share my love of my own Native culture with the campus. Maintaining my “sanity” during the pandemic has definitely been really hard, especially because I am a hypochondriac. However, spending time with family, listening to music, and watching tv definitely takes my mind off things. My initial thoughts about Psychological Measurement were that it reminds me of a mix of my Research Methods and Industrial/Organizational courses in Undergraduate because I recognized concepts from those two courses. I look forward to learning measurement in a way that is more directed towards counseling, by way of examples. Based on what I know about Cognitive behavioral therapy it combines aspects of both cognitive and behavioral approaches cognitive therapies seem to work best with another type of therapy such as a behavioral therapy, because once the person is able to confront their thoughts and emotions they may be able to practice more positive coping mechanisms and by changing the way they think they then can change negative behaviors. The use of talk based therapy in CBT allows for the client, with the therapists guidance to make realizations about their thoughts and behaviors rather than being told what to change or what to do.

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