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Margaret LaughlinMargaret Laughlin

George Washington University
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Forensic and Correctional Counseling Area of Emphasis
Class of 2020

Dear prospective students,

I am a current student in the forensic and correctional cohort of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at William James College. I grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and completed my undergraduate degree in Washington DC at George Washington University. When I first began my journey of school, I was not sure if I wanted to do a pre-medical track to pursue psychiatry or arts track to pursue psychology. I realized that I am highly interested in people in general, especially in their thoughts and behaviors. I also really like hearing about people's stories and know myself as a helper. In 2018, I graduated with a BA in psychology with a minor in criminal justice and public health.

From my criminal justice classes and related volunteer work, I discovered my interest in the criminal justice system. I thoroughly enjoyed classes of sociology, criminal law, and youth and delinquency. Taking these classes inspired me to participate in a program that educates incarcerated individuals to help them receive high school diplomas and apply for further education. Being a tutor in this program opened my eyes to the value of helping stigmatized individuals in our system, and lead me to apply to a related, specialized psychology program to pursue my master’s degree. The forensic and correctional emphasis of the counseling program separated William James from other schools, and the welcoming community, impressive faculty, accredited (and interesting) course load solidified my decision to attend.

I am very happy with my decision to attend William James. I have greatly enjoyed being a part of the community and have learned a great deal in my classes. I have also received much guidance in finding my field sites and receive support throughout the experience in seminar. Further, I continue to meet both professors and students that inspire me greatly at WJC. I am looking forward to my second year internship and second year of classes here. My advice for a successful first year would be to work hard, practice time-management, and be open to self-reflection.

I will graduate in May, receiving an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and will continue on with supervision to receive my LMHC. I hope to work for a few years with my LMHC and then apply to a doctorate program at WJC.