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Internship with the Center for Children and Families, Summer Treatment Program at Florida International University
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Doyoun Kim

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

How did you learn about this opportunity?

A psychology professor mentioned this program during our course together.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

“This experience has encouraged me to continue my education at a higher level, so I plan on enrolling in a graduate school program for Clinical counseling.”

I would like to share with other Psychology majors that my experience at a real treatment site for two months taught me more than three years of Psychology courses all put together. I learned so much about the intensity of working with individuals who are mentally disabled and what it means to pursue a career in the field of Psychology. In working as an Academic Assistant for the Summer Treatment Program at Florida International University, I assessed the intelligence level of students with ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Learning Disorder, Mental Retardation, and Callous Unemotional traits and recorded their daily behavioral functioning level based on the point system. The Point System, developed by scholars from the Florida International University, is similar to a type of behavioral modification system, and it is compatible with the Token Economy theory that is taught in regular Psychology courses.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Gaining the hands-on experiences on some of the concepts that I learned from classes gave me a strong urge to continue my education in this field, and now I am looking at different graduate school programs related to clinical/counseling Psychology. This experience showed me a different perspective in approaching certain disorders, and it was breathtaking to witness the symptoms of such disorders being displayed right in front of my eyes.

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

This experience has encouraged me to continue my education at a higher level, so I plan on enrolling in a graduate school program for Clinical counseling. I plan on getting my license as a clinical therapist so I can work as a family and marriage counselor.

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