Here is a description of my professional qualifications that are pertinent to helping others with their career exploration.
- I have completed a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, and B.S. in Psychology. My psychology training helps me better understand how people think, feel, and behave in healthy and unhealthy ways. This knowledge, training, and ten years of experience with talk therapy, testing and assessment, consultation, teaching, mentoring, and clinical supervision has helped me develop and refine the SCEA.
- I am a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (Licensure #173548). The pursuit and maintenance of licensure as a psychologist requires me to meet standards of competent and ethical practice in the provision of mental health services. I complete continuing education training in career counseling and vocational assessment.
- I redesigned and taught seven sections of a Personal Career Development course for undecided undergraduate students at Iowa State University. The SCEA development was heavily influenced by my use of student feedback to develop and refine the curriculum over the course of four semesters. In addition, in my role as an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky, I teach master’s and doctoral-level mental health professionals-in-training how to conduct career counseling and assessment.
- I have formal training and supervised clinical experience in career counseling, which is a historical strength of counseling psychology. I’ve provided behavioral and career counseling to a diverse range of clients at different stages of career development. I find that mental health issues and cultural identity are powerful forces that influence career exploration processes and outcomes for many clients.
- I have presented over 20 workshops to high school and college students, parents, and community members on best practices in career exploration and decision making. I enjoy making a compelling case to these stakeholders about the advantages of taking a systematic career exploration approach.
- I co-coordinated Career Exploration Services for Iowa State University during my doctoral training. By building upon some of the foundational career resources and protocols already in place at Career Exploration Services, I was able to develop an early iteration of what is now the SCEA. This early iteration was designed to be delivered to undergraduate student clients by trained undergraduate paraprofessionals.
As noted on the SCEA Fine Print page, all information provided on the SCEA webpages is for informational purposes only, should not be substituted for career/vocational advice or legal advice, is “not providing treatment” and does not establish a therapy relationship.
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