Careers in Psychology, Counseling, and Organizational Psychology Event & Open House

The “Careers in Psychology, Counseling and Organizational Psychology” Event and Fall Open House is a one-day conference presenting the many career options in psychology and counseling.  It is designed for current bachelor and masters degree candidates and holders in psychology, counseling and other disciplines considering a career change.  Attendees may choose from a variety of sessions listed below.  There will also be an opportunity to learn more about William James College and our academic programs and admissions process.  Refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions, please contact admissions@williamjames.edu.
 
Saturday, November 18, 2017
10:00 am-1:30 pm at William James College
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Choose from the following sessions:

Child - Adolescent and Family Psychology

Child, adolescent, and family psychology is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field that places understanding and treatment within the complex matrix of development and relationships (family, peer, school, community, society).  Children and families are consistently identified as underserved populations with diverse clinical needs.  Psychologists who are well trained to provide empirically based professional services across the lifespan but with deeper understanding of child development (clinical assessment, psychotherapy and other interventions, consultation, program development and evaluation) are in great demand in a variety of roles and settings including outpatient clinics, pediatric offices, medical and mental health services in hospitals, mainstream and special educational program in schools, private practice, juvenile and family courts, juvenile justice systems, child protection agencies, and social service agencies.

Mental Health Services in Schools

Are you interested in learning more about a career in school psychology, school counseling, social work, and applied behavior analysis? Mental health and behavioral services for children and adolescents are increasingly provided in schools and delivered at the individual, classroom, and whole-school level.  Counseling is just one of the many ways in which mental health professionals provide social-emotional and behavioral intervention for children and adolescents. Please join us to explore the expanded roles of mental health and behavioral professionals in the schools today.

Beyond CSI-What is Forensic Psychology

This session distinguishes forensic psychology from clinical psychology, emphasizing that solid practice in forensic psychology is based upon excellence in the practice of clinical psychology. Forensic practice for  mental health counselors is also predicated on the excellence in the practice of counseling.  This session will define “Forensic Psychology”, identify legal and organizational contexts in which forensic psychologists and counselors operate, and review the various career opportunities available to psychologists and counselors with forensic training.  The rationale for providing a Concentration in Forensic Psychology within the doctoral psychology program rather than a separate doctoral track will be discussed, as will the rationale for providing an area of emphasis in Forensic and Correctional Counseling within the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  The varied career trajectories of William James College graduates and the present opportunities for mental health providers in forensic settings are offered as illustrations of the many professional opportunities available to psychologists and counselors familiar with forensic issues, even for those who build careers primarily based on the provision of clinical and counseling services.

Psychotherapy

Helping individuals, couples and families to understand themselves is one of the main areas of psychological work and among its most rewarding. In psychotherapy, relationship difficulties, issues of self-esteem and identity, work problems, and difficulties with mood are discussed and plans made for change and growth.

Health Psychology and Medical Settings

There are exciting opportunities for psychologists and mental health counselors in medical settings, primary care, and health psychology.  Health Psychology draws upon psychological theory and research to build clinical applications for individuals and families with medical illness and physical challenge to live the most productive lives possible.  Counselors and Health Psychologists work in many different medical settings including psycho-oncology, in cardiac psychology, in neurology, in pediatrics, in women’s health and with chronic pain patients among many other patient groups.  They also work to prevent illness and to promote healthy lifestyles.  Counselors and Health Psychologists have the opportunity to work from an integrative perspective using the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and apply Behavioral Medicine interventions recognizing the mind-body connection, such as CBT, biofeedback, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness.

With organized American Medicine adopting a model of the Patient Centered Medical Home, and with recent federal legislation promoting integrated models in medical settings, there is now the opportunity for mental health counselors and psychologists to serve as the behavioral health specialist on collaborative health care teams.  The demand for mental health professionals to fill jobs in medical settings is predicted to steadily grow.

Organizational and Leadership Psychology

The 21st century requires leaders, teams, and organizations adapt to constant change and increasing complexity in the market environment. William James College prepares leaders, executive coaches, and organizational development psychologists and human resources consultants to meet these challenges through its doctoral program in Leadership Psychology, 11 month master’s programs in Organizational Psychology, and graduate certificate program in Executive Coaching.  These programs prepare you to deploy yourself within for profit, NGO, not for profit, government, and educational settings to create positive change. Our students are leaders and individual contributors who learn to go beyond technical solutions to find adaptive solutions that address the culture, values and beliefs as well the design and structures of organizations.  All our programs provide a foundation in organizational and leadership psychology as well as methods of assessment and practice giving our students a critical skill set that allows them to identify the underlying issue and intervene to ensure effective and sustainable change in their client system.  Our students include a multinational cohort of professionals and career-changers looking to build and develop expertise within the following sectors:

  • Organizational Psychology and Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Change Management
  • Leadership/Followership Psychology
  • Group Psychology and Team Dynamics
  • Human Resources and Talent Management
  • Executive Coaching
 
Applied Behavior Analysis

For decades, Applied Behavior Analysis has been a consistently growing field. The professionalization of ABA (certification and licensure) in recent years have further increased the demand for qualified (and now, credentialed) practitioners. This presentation will review the growth of the field of ABA over the past several decades and related factors. Also, fields in which ABA practitioners are most in demand, the type of work-activities behavior analysts are called on to conduct, and the status of professional credentialing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and neighboring states will be discussed.

Multicultural and Global Mental Health

Survivors of war, persecution and human trafficking as well as immigrants and refugees often feel the devastating effects of traumatic experiences for many years, whether in their communities, displaced within their own home countries, or as refugees in a foreign land (i.e., United States).  Many historically marginalized groups are at high risk for mental disorders due to discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantages.  However, psychiatric symptoms are frequently undiagnosed, under-diagnosed, or misdiagnosed among those groups.

The Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health (CMGMH) offers concentrations that are designed to increase students' awareness and knowledge of how sociocultural factors influence the development, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders; promote students' understanding of major sources of disparities, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and immigration status; and provide the skills necessary for students to work competently with diverse groups.

This presentation will outline various ways in which mental health providers can be agents of social justice by serving culturally diverse individuals and communities locally and across the globe. We will address effective strategies for students to actively engage in reducing mental health disparities and serve historically marginalized populations.  We will discuss local and international immersion programs and service learning opportunities for our students and faculty (e.g., Guayaquil/Ecuador, Haiti, Guyana, and Kenya).

Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment

In the past, fiscal, political, economic, and service-delivery forces hoped to minimize the professional psychologists’ role in the delivery of direct clinical services.  Many in our field were coping by denying or despairing.  Others were urging “cognitive reappraisal”, viewing this crisis as a way of expanding our scope of practice (e.g. prescription privileges).  The wisest of our guild looked “back to the future” to reestablish the primary role of psychological assessment within professional psychology training and practice.  This discussion will examine the current robust state of assessment within professional psychology.  Special emphasis will be given to elucidating the current marketplace as it impacts training and practice.  Current models will be introduced that have been responsible for reestablishing the seminal role of psychological and neuropsychological assessment both within professional psychology and at William James College.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Clinical Neuropsychology is a recognized specialty area within the field of psychology that focuses on the applied science of brain-behavior relationships.  Utilizing a thorough understanding of how various internal and external factors impact brain functioning, clinical neuropsychologists evaluate and treat individuals across the lifespan with a variety of known or suspected neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric problems.  It is one of the fastest growing specialty areas within the field of psychology, with opportunities available across multiple settings and populations.  This session will provide an overview of the field of neuropsychology, including potential careers within this specialty, as well as review the current training requirements for becoming a neuropsychologist.

Agents of Change-Working with Families and Community

Family Therapy has its roots in community based treatment models that were designed to address the economic and social disparities that are present in many of our communities. Now more than ever, community clinicians are practicing family therapy, and other strength based models in very diverse community settings, including community health centers, social justice based programs, court mandated casework, and international NGO (non-governmental organizations). This presentation will provide participants with an overview of these models as well as information about the many employment opportunities for family/systems trained clinicians.

Healing Power of the Trauma Sensitive Approach to Arts and Counseling

This presentation will include a brief introduction to some aspects of a trauma sensitive expressive arts therapy framework, along with a brief arts based experiential. Discussion and exploration about the way this approach can be helpful to clients not as able to benefit from verbal interventions, especially in cross-cultural collaborations. No previous expressive arts experience required.

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