Southern New Hampshire University
Forensic and Counseling Psychology program
My name is Emma Whisner and I am a student in the MA in Forensic and Counseling Psychology program. I grew up and currently reside in Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate degree at Southern New Hampshire University with honors where I obtained my Associates degree in Justice Studies and received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a forensic concentration. During my time in undergrad, I was an intern at the Boston Police Department within the Crime Scene Response Unit. It was fascinating to see the other end of the spectrum relating to law. From that moment, I wanted to make law and psychology as part of my profession.
I have a great deal of passion for the field of psychology and I have found that William James College has the same passion and expectations for its students. William James College fits all of my needs in regards to obtaining my degree and future career goals. One thing that appealed to me over other schools was that William James College is a practice and theory based program. You not only experience the classroom interaction with colleagues and faculty members but, you experience the field education aspect of the profession as well.
As a first year student, I had the opportunity to work with adolescence with emotional and behavioral issues at Stevens Treatment Programs. This practicum was the perfect fit for me as it was my first time interacting with clients in this field. I was able to run group therapy, attend treatment plan meetings, and learn about psychoeducational curriculums for adolescence. This year my internship will take place at a medium-security prison for adult male inmates at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA. Here I will be assigned to participate in one-on-one therapy with clients with mental illnesses, run group therapy, and create treatment plans for my clients. These field education experiences have completely exceeded my expectations as far as opportunities for a graduate student. Furthermore, my career interests include working for the Department of Corrections or in a residential treatment program after I graduate from William James College as a LMHC.
I would recommend new students to take the time to form relationships with colleagues and faculty members. This can be very beneficial for networking and especially being new to the program and wanting to find support. I would also advise new students to put themselves out there, try new experiences, and make a commitment to school work. If you work hard, it will pay off, and feel extremely rewarding in the process.