University of Florida
Clinical Psychology PsyD
Latino Mental Health Program
Class of 2015
Hi all! I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at William James College. I am originally from New Jersey, earned my bachelors degree in psychology from The University of Florida, Gainesville and later earned my masters degree in urban education and English as a Second Language at Jersey City University. Before deciding to apply to William James College, I taught Spanish and ESL at both the middle school and high school levels. I made the decision to seek a PsyD because I was sure that I wanted to solely focus my training in the clinical arena rather than in research.
Upon beginning my research on PsyD programs I noticed William James College’s concentration in Latino Mental Health and immediately knew that the program was a perfect match for me. I wanted to continue using my Spanish language skills in combination with my studies and eventual practice in psychology. I attended an open house last fall and had the opportunity to sit in on two classes during that visit. I felt extremely welcomed by both faculty and students. The best way I can describe the culture at William James College is one of “family.” The faculty at the school is supportive, readily available and genuinely invested in the personal and professional development of each of its students.
William James College is unique in that its students immediately begin clinical training in their first year. My first-year practicum was at The Latin American Health Institute, a community mental health agency in Brockton, Massachusetts. Working with both English and Spanish speaking clients, I was given the opportunity to do intakes, assessments, treatment plans and individual therapy with adults. The experience has been invaluable in my early development as a clinician. Although I am not one hundred percent sure of my career path, I have recently developed an interest in psychological assessment and hope to have the opportunity to do more testing at my second-year practicum at a school setting. At William James College, through a wide variety of coursework and the opportunity to work with diverse populations in multiple clinical settings, you will certainly find your niche.
A commitment to community service also is a big part of William James College’s culture. In early August I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to a part of western Massachusetts that was seriously impacted by a devastating tornado. Along with other students, I helped a family clear rubbish from the yard they had been planning on using for their daughter’s wedding. It was probably one of the most rewarding experiences of my life!
Your first year at William James College will be challenging, exciting and at times overwhelming. The best advice I can offer is to budget your time (and money!), stay organized and make sure you set aside time to take care of yourself. Although you may feel that there’s no time in the day for things like exercise and socializing, it’s essential that you strike a balance. Best of luck! Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.