Student Ambassador: Rebecca Waters
Student Ambassador, Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA
|College||Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology|
|Program||Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA|
|Concentration||Forensic and Correctional Counseling|
Hello and welcome, prospective students!
I am a full-time student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, with an emphasis in forensic and correctional counseling, graduating in May 2022. I am originally from Massachusetts, living roughly an hour outside of Boston. As an undergraduate student in rural Ohio, I studied Psychology with a Philosophy minor and a Legal Studies concentration, and then I made my way back to New England. I spent two years working as a DBT Clinical Educator with adolescents in a residential program before starting my next chapter in higher education.
My graduate applications were guided by my long-term passion for correctional rehabilitation. I applied and received admittance to several programs with my desired emphasis, but William James College was the clear winner. I valued its focus on social responsibility, experiential education, and personal growth. The faculty were all welcoming and supportive, and the program seemed like a place where developing professionals could thrive.
The fieldwork training has been very rewarding. I worked as an In-Home Therapy intern with families and children at Y.O.U., Inc. and then as a Personal Care Counselor intern with prisoners at the MCI-Concord and NECC facilities. Both placements taught me lessons about my character and made me a better clinician.
It was unexpected to navigate graduate school during the Covid-19 pandemic, but I am grateful for William James College's departmental leadership and faculty for responding swiftly and effectively to meet the diverse needs of students. Faculty show an abundance of care and concern for their students, which in turn teaches us to become nurturing counselors to our clients and ourselves.
This, too, would be my advice for incoming students: know your limits and boundaries, practice giving compassion and care to yourself (including through your own therapy), and dive deep into the resources, social support, learning opportunities, and professional network awaiting you at William James College.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I spoke with multiple student ambassadors before deciding on a graduate program, so I am grateful to pay it forward.