PhD Journey: Online Learning and Social Change

 

Hello, lovelies!

For those of you who don’t know, I am working on my doctorate degree.  I am going the non-traditional route and completing my degree online.  Initially, I had my reservations about getting my degree online because of the assumption that online learning is easier and is not credible.  I did a lot of research and talked to professors in my master’s program who completed their PhDs online.

I was told that online learning can be very challenging and demanding compared to going to a traditional brick and mortar campus.  I must say that my coursework is demanding and requires a lot time managment.  However, getting a PhD is not suppose to be easy but it is doable.  I took my time to find a program that interest me and would help with my career goals.  I wanted to do Psychology but my heart was not settled on being a psychologist.  So, I did more research and chose to purse my doctorate in Human Services with a specialization in Family Studies and Intervention Strategies.  FYI, if you decide to pursue a doctorate do something that you are passionate about or truly enjoy doing, because the process is expensive, time consuming, and ultimately an investment in your career.

I have truly enjoyed this journey so far.  The one thing that sold me in to selecting my program and university is that the school has a mission to impact social change throughout the world in various capacities.  I’m all about equality and equity for every person.   I love seeing people be empowered and my goal is help others become empowered.

So, I’ll be sharing this process along the way.  Here’s a picture of me, some the ladies in my program, and one of our professors (blue shirt) back in May for one of our Residencies.

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I went to the Georgia Aquarium during one of my breaks at my residency in at Atlanta.

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Thanks for reading!

Brandi

 

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Autism Awareness

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Hi everyone!

I  am super excited about sharing some information and resources about autism.  When I first started my training as marriage and family therapist, I worked primarily with children who were diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder during my graduate internship.  In graduate school we had an opportunity to learn about this disorder, but we never got a chance to really go in-depth.  For me, the best way to understand more about autism to actually get experience working with children autism and I did tons of  research.

Back in the day, not long ago, autism related disorders were all grouped as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Some of theses disorders were called Asperger Syndrome, autistic disorder, and childhood disintegrative disorder.  There has been a recent change in the name for autism in the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5)  that has now grouped all of these disorders into Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Over the summer, a young lady named Kathleen saw my blog and reached out to share her story and online resources.  Kathleen was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and she is a part-time high school student and volunteer-intern-extraordinaire  at EducatorLabs. For more info about Asperger Syndrome click here. Thank you, dear, for sharing resources and I applaud you for all of the hard work you are doing to educate us about Autism Spectrum Disorders.  I would like everyone to educate and familiarize yourself with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  If anyone else knows of any other resources, please reach out.  I enjoy spreading awareness about mental health!

Talk to you soon,

Brandi

Recommended Resources

Autism Speaks Resource Guide

http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide

Career Assistance for People with Autism

http://www.hloom.com/career-assistance-for-people-with-autism/

National Center for Autism Resources & Education

https://www.disability.gov/resource/national-center-for-autism-resources-education-ncare/

Autism Educational Materials

http://www.autismweb.com/materials.htm

AutismNOW Transition Planning

http://autismnow.org/in-the-classroom/transition-planning-for-students/

Aquatic Therapy for Children with Autism

http://www.saveonpoolsupplies.com/landing/aquatic-therapy-for-children-with-autism.aspx

Autism

http://healthfinder.gov/FindServices/SearchContext.aspx?topic=81

Guide to Flying with an Autistic Child

http://www.e-aircraftsupply.com/aircraft_products/file/guide-to-flying-with-a-child.aspx