Advanced Standing Clinical Psychology PsyD, Class of 2017
Latino Mental Health Program
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) Concentration
Counseling Psychology and Primary Care, Class of 2014
Bonjou! ¡Hola! Hello! My name is Fabiola and I am an Advanced Standing doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program here at William James College. I am from Milton, Massachusetts. I attended Northeastern University for my undergraduate education, obtaining my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. I achieved my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Primary Care at MSPP and I am currently in the Children and Families of Adversity and Resiliency program here at William James College, with a secondary concentration in Latino Mental Health.
I chose William James College because I was and continue to be impressed with the standard of clinical training offered here. William James College's practical training model is integral to the application of coursework and theories in the field, as well as gaining an in depth understanding of real world clinical experience as a graduate student. Additionally, the dedication to multiculturalism, diversity, and social justice here at William James College is most admirable. WJC also offers clinical training and immersion programs abroad, giving students a multidimensional perspective of diversity in mental health and different mental health systems.
I am a student within the Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health, gaining clinical training in Latino Mental Health. As a student in the Children and Families of Adversity and Resiliency (CFAR) concentration I serve as a mentor for incoming CFAR students. In this capacity I assist new students in orienting to a new graduate program as well as navigating CFAR specific questions or concerns. I also offer cognitive testing translation and collaboration for Haitian immigrants in need at William James College's Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation.
I am an active member of various student organizations and serve as a student representative for a range of groups within the Student Coordinating Committee. In my first and second years at William James College I served as a student representative for the Counseling Psychology and Primary Care concentration. Currently, I am the student representative for the ALANAA Student Committee, which is the African American, Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Arab American student group for the inclusion of diversity.My personal interests in social justice drive my passion, involvement, and leadership roles in various professional organizations. I am also the American Psychological Association's student representative here at William James College, for the APA's Division 45, which is the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race. Additionally, I am a participating member of the Haitian Mental Health Network, a Boston-based organization working to improve access for Haitians to culturally sensitive mental health services. I am impressed with William James College's dedication to clinical training in Haitian and Latino Mental Health, offering coursework and conferences specifically targeted to clinical training for working with these populations.
My interests include humanitarianism, ethnic and cultural issues, human and civil rights, public health and healthcare disparities, and learning the best practices in support of underserved populations. Clinically, my specific interests include the promotion of positive interventions that serve as protective factors for historically marginalized groups, specifically children and families managing disparities in care and complex traumatic stress. Though I have a range of experiences supporting diverse populations, it is important for me to continue learning culturally oriented supportive practices when working with historically marginalized populations. William James College offers the finest clinical opportunities for me to advance in pursuit of these specific interests.
My advice to incoming students for how to create a successful first year is to make the time to absorb your first year experience. The first year comes and goes quite quickly. The second year comes and goes just as swiftly (and so on). The education, clinical training, and the connections formed here at William James College are invaluable. Enjoy the experience whenever possible and don't forget to have fun. Deyè mon, gen mon.