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Lisa Harmon Mollicone, LLC
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Natalie Angelo

Major: Psychology
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies, Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies
Hometown: Freehold, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this experience through a college near my hometown, Monmouth University. Lisa Mollicone has her own private practice and usually takes students from MU but was open to letting me intern with her.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

During my experience this summer, I was able to see the logistics behind running your own practice. There is a lot more that goes into it than I originally thought. I was shown how to budget, how to apply for grants and funds, and how to manage clients' payments. I also learned how to complete bio-psycho-social assessments for clients. Mrs. Mollicone taught me the importance of confidentiality and how to act when a client oversteps the boundaries. I also was in charge of doing questionnaires with clients over the phone either before they came in for a session or for the purpose of grants.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, I felt as if I kept my mindset in that of school mode. I wrote assessments which improved my language skills and helped me become a better critical thinker. Having this internship kept me organized and helped me understand what I want to do career wise. It is very easy to lose track of all of this during the summer when we are not in class, but having an internship prevented this from happening. It can be really challenging for some students to return to school after the summer, but I did not have this trouble this year.

I wrote assessments which improved my language skills and helped me become a better critical thinker.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I have always known I wanted to be a therapist of some sort helping clients who have mental illnesses. I have always thought I wanted to work with children. However, after this internship I may want to work with adults who have substance abuse issues. After having a luncheon with Mrs. Mollicone and her colleagues, who range from drug and alcohol abuse counselors to therapists for children, I was guided in ways I never would have received otherwise. They each gave me their advice about their profession and what they do. This internship helped me see that there is possibly another route I want to take with my psychology degree.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes I would. I learned a lot from this experience.

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