Putting Theory into Practice

“There is something about hearing someone’s story—and how they want to better his or her life—that inspires me to do a lot of work on myself.”

Thursday, November 3, 2016

With locations in Siloam Springs, Fort Smith, Rogers, and Little Rock, John Brown University’s C.A.R.E. Clinic is a counseling center that is designed to give JBU Graduate Counseling students an opportunity for training while providing affordable counseling for the community.

Alyssa Bane is a student of JBU’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She is currently in her second semester of practicum at the C.A.R.E clinic and plans to graduate in August of 2017.

Q: What does this part of your program look like for you?

A: Between my other site and the C.A.R.E. Clinic, I see roughly eight clients a week. If everyone shows up, that's eight direct contact hours, and I put in about 2-3 hours per week doing client notes. I am also enrolled in 12 credits worth of classes. We don't have any assignments from the C.A.R.E. Clinic necessarily, but as part of our program, we meet with a faculty supervisor and a small group of students every other week to process and discuss our journeys and growth, seek assistance, bounce ideas off of people, etc. The graduate assistants at the C.A.R.E. Clinic are incredible and help so much with scheduling, contacting clients, and any paperwork or other random questions we have. 

Q: What is this experience teaching you?

A: What a loaded question! I have personally done a lot of self-growth since I started seeing clients. There is something about hearing someone’s story—and how they want to better his or her life—that inspires me to do a lot of work on myself. I'm also learning how we are all so uniquely made; what may seem easy or hard for me is not necessarily easy or hard for others. I guess you can sum that all up in “uniqueness”, and it's been a constant process of growth and challenges!

Q: What you are doing can have a profound impact on someone’s life and well-being. How do your professors/supervisors support and equip you to help others in this way?

A: Our professors and supervisors are so incredibly invested in our journey and are constantly challenging and helping us. They have an obvious passion for the classes they teach, and they are genuinely interested in us as people and not just as counselors. They’re so receptive to any questions we have about how to help our clients, and they offer incredible advice.

Q: What is something about the program that is unique to JBU?

A: The main reason I chose to come to JBU was its emphasis on being a Christ-centered program. While therapy can be done effectively without a Christian emphasis, I knew that was something I wanted and couldn't imagine studying in a different setting. Our professors are free to talk about the joys and challenges associated with being a counselor to believers and nonbelievers, and they challenge us both spiritually and academically. I also appreciate the small class sizes; we are all able to form a bond and community within our program to support and challenge one another.

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