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

Yes, it’s this again!  For most of you this is your second semester of graduate classes and it’s online (again).  Let’s continue to get to know each other.  Please answer the following about yourself (some same, some different): (1) Name?  (2) What college/university did you graduate from?  (3) How has your life changed the most since COVID-19 pandemic?  (4) What was your biggest take-away from your first semester of graduate classes? (5) What are your initial thoughts (or experience) about cognitive-behavioral therapy?!

 

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29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Madi
    Aug 11, 2020 @ 10:33:18

    1. Madi Goodrow
    2. Assumption college
    3. I’ve been working more, reading more for fun, and working out
    4. My biggest take-away from the first semester is that it was just generally more than I expected.
    5. I have been apart of the process of CBT.

    Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:18:19

      Hi Madi!

      Welcome back!

      So, what does “generally more than I expected” mean? Good or Bad?

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

  2. Eileen Kinnane
    Aug 12, 2020 @ 10:23:46

    My name is Eileen Kinnane, and I graduated from Clark University in 2018. I have been in the CCP program at Assumption for two years now, as I balance part-time school with a full-time job. Since COVID-19, the most my life has changed has been in regard to rescheduling a few trips that were planned, and transitioning to working from home. I have been lucky enough to continue working, and have been able to stay in touch with my family who have all stayed healthy so far. Since my first semester of classes was in 2018, I would say my biggest take away so far has been the importance of class discussion. There is so much that comes from participating in class. While it is a time to learn and discuss, it’s also a time to ask questions, get to know your peers, and even network with classmates and professors. I have built numerous relationships in this program just by participating in class discussion and I know that once I graduate, I will have a strong network of professionals to seek out whenever I might be in need. Right now, my current fascination with CBT is learning about the link between the mind and body, and where CBT can play a role in that.

    Reply

    • Allie Supernor
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 20:35:34

      Hi Eileen, I am happy to have class with you again! I hope you enjoyed a few short weeks off. I really liked what you said about having professionals to bounce ideas off of. In so many of our courses the professors stress the importance of supervision. I also like the idea of sharing ideas with one another because it doesn’t always require the need of a supervisor. Good luck this semester!

      Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:33:20

      Hi Eileen!

      Welcome back!

      Yes, class discussions are that best way to learn in graduate school! It will be especially helpful in this course.

      Dr. V

      Reply

  3. Allie Supernor
    Aug 12, 2020 @ 14:07:56

    (1) Hello, my name is Allie Supernor. (2) This is my fourth semester of graduate school at Assumption in the Clinical Counseling Program. I graduated from Worcester State University and took a number of years of working to figure out what I wanted to do! Then I went back to Worcester State to take all the pre-requisites for this program. I am going through this program part-time to juggle with working fulltime and being a momma. (3) COVID ‘19 has changed the pace of my life. I have gotten to spend more time with my daughter, who is my reason for everything that I do! It has also taught me to slow down at work. I am an Assistant Director of Program Operations for a mental health division and I am usually very hands on. This pandemic has forced me to work from home and be available and creative in my zoom approach to engage the managers and people we support. (4) My biggest take away from my first semester of graduate school was certainly that I finally found what I wanted to do and that I can do anything I set my mind to!!! (5) Lastly, I have always heard my supervisor talk about CBT but wasn’t until Dr. Stoner’s class that I fully understood the magnitude of CBT. I really love it and I’m so happy to broaden my skill set.

    Reply

    • Eileen Kinnane
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 11:13:11

      Hi Allie, I’m excited to have class with you again! I am also in the program part-time due to full-time work, but I don’t have a little one to take care of – I don’t know how you do it! I wish you the best of luck this semester!!

      Reply

    • Brigitte Manseau
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 23:12:51

      Hi Allie,
      I felt empowered as well finishing my first semester in the program. I agree, you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to! I hope you enjoyed the break. Best of luck this semester!

      Reply

  4. Francesca DePergola
    Aug 18, 2020 @ 19:13:34

    Hi, my name is Francesca DePergola! This is my second semester in the counseling program. I “graduated” last this past spring from Assumption University with a major in Psychology and two minors in Human Services and Theology. My life has changed a lot due to COVID because I live with my almost 90-year-old grandfather. It has been nice to stay inside and get closer to family, but I do miss working and hanging out with friends! I think my biggest take away from the first semester was a little bit of relief with a lot of excitement. I think I was extremely nervous I would not succeed for some reason or that I would find out that this was not the program for me, but quite the opposite happened. I feel so far that this is exactly what I love learning about and what I want to do in the near future. I think CBT is something I cannot wait to learn about. I know the basics of it, but I feel like this class will definitely broaden my view of what it is and how truly positive it can be for those who have experienced it.

    Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:22:04

      Hi Francesca,

      Welcome back!

      I’m glad you did well last semester and I’m glad that it is something that you are passionate about!

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

  5. Haley Scola
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 13:32:36

    Hi my name is Haley. I graduated from Worcester State in 2019. This i my third semester in the program. My life has not changed much because of the pandemic since I’m a full time worker as a residential counselor. The biggest change is probably how classes are all online now, and not seeing my grandma and friends. My biggest take away from my past two semesters is that a lot of time is needed to be allocated to each course to allow yourself to retain as much information as possible. Because of this I decided to only work part-time at my job so I could give as much time to each course as necessary. My initial thoughts about CBT is that I know how empirically supported it is in past research which makes me so excited to learn it and be able to help others in the future. I know the more broad view but I cant wait to learn about it in-depth.

    Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:39:54

      Hi Haley!

      Welcome back!

      We will definitely learn about CBT in more depth in this course (and hopefully many others)!

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

    • Selene Anaya
      Aug 26, 2020 @ 11:42:59

      Hi Haley!

      Having to be away from extended family and friends has probably been the hardest part of this all. Although not the same, we have gotten really creative with game nights and happy hour over zoom! After this summer, I also realize how much time is needed for graduate courses. I am excited to learn through your experiences as a residential counselor throughout the semester!

      Reply

  6. Selene Anaya
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 14:22:55

    Hi! My name is Selene Anaya. This is my second semester in the program, and I graduated in 2019 from the University of Minnesota with a major in Child Psychology. Covid really forced me to slow down and appreciate things in life that were often overlooked when life was so fast-paced. I have really taken the time to learn how to cook which honestly was the silver lining of this all because I am now living on my own here in Worcester and need to eat more than just microwaved popcorn and mac and cheese. I also had lots and lots of time with my family which was wonderful given that I was leaving soon. I would say my biggest take away from the first semester was that I need to work on my confidence about what I know. I went to a big university, so sharing my opinion was often limited to just my friends who were in classes with me and not in front of everyone else. I also was able to readily compare myself to others which put a lot of pressure on me to do well. The summer semester was difficult, but I ended up doing really well which has also pushed me to realize that I should be confident about what I know in this field. I have heard references to CBT and have read about some techniques, but I am really excited for this class so I can really learn what it’s all about! Also, I’m new to the area so if you have any recommendations let me know! 🙂

    Reply

    • Christopher LePage
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 12:46:37

      Hi Selene, I am glad to see you finally moved to Worcester and I hope all is well. In terms of eating in Worcester (I don’t know how it is with covid) my friends and I always enjoyed the Fix (mostly burgers), Via, the Boynton, Tastetea rolls (rolled ice cream), and Salt & Pepper (breakfast). Hope you enjoy your experience living in Worcester, and wish you luck in the upcoming semester!

      Reply

    • Brigitte Manseau
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 22:25:19

      Hi Selene,
      Welcome to Worcester! Prior to COVID, I was constantly on the go as well. I agree, the pandemic has allowed people to enjoy the little things they may have missed due to being too busy. As Chris mentioned, the Fix is a great spot if you like burgers. Some other delicious places for take-out are The Queens Cups (desserts and breakfast pastries), Nu Kitchen (smoothies and coffee), Loving Hut (Vegetarian/Vegan Chinese), and Pho Sure (Vietnamese food and bubble tea). If you want to go for a drive or get out of the city for a bit, the Wachusett Dam/ Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton is a nice place to go. It’s a good place to picnic, hang out, or catch a sunset. Best of luck this semester!

      Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:20:27

      Hi Selene,

      Welcome back!

      I’m glad you did well last semester! Being in graduate school and in smaller classes is definitely a different experience!

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

  7. Alison Kahn
    Aug 19, 2020 @ 19:23:57

    Hello!

    (1) My name is Alison Kahn. (2) I graduated from Worcester State University with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in sociology. This is my fourth semester in the clinical counseling program. (3) Regarding COVID-19, my life has changed most significantly when it comes to work. I actually went from being fully remote in my previous role to moving into a program director position mid-July and having to be at work every day. It has certainly been really difficult acclimating to the protocols and safety measures that are in place (wearing a mask for 8+ hours a day is completely miserable). Even more so, trying to explain to my students why they are unable to visit with their families or go into the community has been extremely challenging. (4) For me, the biggest take away(s) from my first semester were the skills I learned from faculty to help me balance my full time job with the clinical counseling program. Having been out of school for several years, it felt pretty overwhelming going back while working in a very demanding job. It was relieving to learn that this program accommodates individuals like myself, and that preparation, critical thinking, and effort go a long way. (5) I am somewhat familiar with CBT and previously worked in a DBT-based program in which milieu-based interventions focused on the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and the development of coping skills. I have also been fortunate to work closely with clinicians and have had the opportunity to see many treatment plans built on the cognitive behavioral model. My initial thoughts about CBT are positive, mainly because I am a big fan of evidence based treatment. I am excited to learn and practice a treatment model that has shown to be very effective. I also really value the goal-orientated and solution-focused nature of CBT.

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    • Christopher LePage
      Aug 20, 2020 @ 12:55:15

      Hi Alison, I definitely understand the struggle of getting used to all the safety measures as my work is in-person as well and wearing the masks for 8+ hours can be brutal. I am glad to hear that you have found the program to be accommodating to your experience as balancing everything can be extremely difficult at times. I wish you the best of luck in the upcoming semester!

      Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:24:10

      Hi Alison,

      Welcome back!

      Congrats on your promotion to program director! Is this a good thing?! 🙂

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

    • Selene Anaya
      Aug 26, 2020 @ 11:40:02

      Hi Alison!

      I understand how difficult it has been to navigate the work setting with COVID. At my job this summer, we all (including the kids) had to wear masks the entire summer while at camp and it was difficult, but I was impressed by how great they were with their masks given that they were preschoolers! I think your work experience is super cool and relevant to this program and I’m excited to hopefully learn through your experiences throughout this semester! 🙂

      Reply

  8. Christopher LePage
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 12:34:12

    (1) Hi guys, my name is Chris LePage (2) and I graduated from Assumption College in 2019. (3) In terms of how my life has changed since COVID, I am usually one to go out all the time, but with everything I am stuck being a homebody. (4) In my first semester of grad school COVID became rampant so we were forced to transition into remote learning, so that was definitely my biggest takeaway, just getting adjusted to how to change my style of learning. (5) With CBT, it has been interesting to learn the different aspects of it in my work placement along with gaining some knowledge in different classes. I am excited to broaden my view of CBT as it is so commonly used in our field.

    Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:34:52

      Hi Christopher!

      Welcome back!

      I understand about wanting to go out and being stuck home… I’m very similar. It’s been very difficult for me, too!

      Dr. V

      Reply

  9. Trey Powers
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 15:41:14

    Hi! My name is Trey Powers, and this is my third semester at Assumption. Previously, I graduated from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI with a B.A. in psychology, and a minor in education studies. For the most part, my life has not changed very much because of Covid. I work at a small museum in Concord, MA, and even though we are closed currently due to the virus, I am still able to do office work and maintenance, so work has largely stayed the same. I’m also an introvert, so going out frequently was never really something I did anyway! Probably the biggest inconvenience for me has been obsessively sanitizing everything we bring into the house. My biggest take-away from the previous semesters is that it has mostly been review from my undergrad experience, but I am sure now that I am further along in the program that I will be exploring new territory. My initial thoughts on CBT are that it can be an effective tool for providing therapy for clients. The fact that it has been empirically proven to work makes it a credible practice, and its structured nature makes the job of the counselor easier, and lifts some of the burden of worrying whether they are providing effective help for their clients.

    Reply

    • Eileen Kinnane
      Aug 21, 2020 @ 11:09:41

      Hi Trey, I am excited to have class with you! I grew up in Tiverton RI and lived relatively close to RWU. I also am quite introverted an haven’t seen much change in my daily routine as a result of covid. I wish you the best of luck this semester!

      Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:38:23

      Hi Trey!

      Welcome back!

      It is common for some students to say that part of the first semester was similar to their undergraduate experience. I hope at least this course will be new to you!

      *Don’t forget your replies.

      Dr. V

      Reply

  10. Brigitte Manseau
    Aug 20, 2020 @ 21:51:03

    Hey y’all,
    My name is Brigitte. I graduated from Framingham State University fall of 2018. This is my second semester in the clinical counseling program. COVID-19 has drastically impacted the pace of my life. Before the pandemic, I was constantly on the go either working, going out with friends, or traveling. I was laid off in March and live with someone who has an underlying medical condition, so I have spent most of my time at home. Staying home has allowed me to slowdown, spend quality time with my family, and learn some new skills such as playing the ukulele. The biggest takeaway from my first semester was understanding the magnitude of work and effort that is required. I underestimated the adjustment of being a student again and taking graduate level courses. I knew being a full-time student in the program would require the majority of my time, but I was unsure as to what that exactly looked like. As time went on in the semester, I was able to gauge the workload and create new expectations of myself as a graduate student. The main thing I know about CBT is that it is empirically supported. I was drawn to Assumption’s clinical counseling program because CBT is integrated throughout the program. I wanted to learn skills that would allow me to effectively treat clients. I am excited to learn about CBT in depth.

    Reply

    • Allie Supernor
      Aug 22, 2020 @ 20:38:13

      Hi Brigitte, I completely understand the pandemic impacted the pace of your life. Although I am still working on-site everyday, the nature of my work has slowed down so much! It was really refreshing in the beginning, but I am certainly looking forward to some normalcy once again. Good luck this semester!

      Reply

    • Dr. V
      Aug 24, 2020 @ 21:36:29

      Hi Brigitte!

      Welcome back!

      I’m glad you were able to make the necessary adjustments to the expectations of graduate school – it’s not easy!

      Dr. V

      Reply

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