Katie Arnold

What are you doing now?

I am now a child development specialist for Professional Care Services. I provide a grant-based program called Project B.A.S.I.C. at Ripley Primary School. B.A.S.I.C. stands for Better Attitudes and Skills in Children. My job consists of teaching emotional literacy and providing individual and group counseling services at the primary school. I work with a wide variety of children. I have helped children deal with anything from grief of the loss of a loved one to the divorce of their parents. I have helped children who needed to learn how to express their feelings, specifically anger, appropriately. I have worked with children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders as well as children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and ADD. I am currently applying for admission to a master's program in clinical mental health counseling. I hope to become a licensed professional counselor and earn my registered play therapy credentials. My ultimate goal is to become a play therapist and work with children who have experienced abuse and trauma.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

The UTM Psychology program helped me get to where I am today in many ways! I am able to recognize signs of various issues and disorders in children because of abnormal psychology with Dr. Buckelew. Because of physiological psychology with Mrs. Connell, I have had several opportunities to answer questions of how things work and what is affected for many teachers and staff. The psychology program at UTM also prepared me for working with the public. In various group settings and research opportunities in classes, I was prepared to work with people from all walks of life. I believe, most importantly, that I learned how to engage people. In working with and simply observing professors, I learned how to bring people on board and help them to see the issues at hand and how they can provide support.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

If I were to give any advice, it would be to keep an open mind. In every aspect of your life, do not reject an opportunity for any reason. That is how you experience. That is how you learn. That is how you grow.

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