Joining the Mental Health Army
The graduate students spend 20 hours a week for two full semesters at the facility. Graduate students are able to work with patients in therapy, evaluate new patients and work hand in hand with the therapists and psychiatrists on treatment plans for patients. A licensed Social worker, who is part of the staff, supervises them. The focus is to see patients and learn the art of being a mental health therapist.
Many interns have expressed what a positive experience it was interning at Freedom From Fear. They feel the experience was educational and that it motivated them to want to pursue a career in the mental health field. Several of the graduate students now work full-time as therapists at Freedom From Fear.
Hello, my name is Lauren and I am currently a second year graduate student at Baruch College where I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. I was fortunate enough to be accepted at Freedom From Fear for my internship placement this past Fall and my experience has been an extremely positive one thus far. I am truly enjoying all of the learning opportunities that this organization has to offer. What interests me the most about Freedom From Fear is the vast population of individuals who seek out mental health services.
The opportunity to be able to work with such a diverse and challenging population on a daily basis has been both rewarding and challenging at the same time. This experience so far has allowed me to gain the expertise and confidence I will need to be the best counselor I can be. One important reason as to why I have chosen to become a Mental Health Counselor is to end the stigma that comes along with having a mental illness. Also, to be given the opportunity to shed some light onto others about the importance of mental health services for everyone in need.
My journey in training to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) has been an enthralling one. Interning at Freedom From Fear has helped navigate me towards my goals in becoming a CMHC. After graduating with my Master’s in CMHC and completing my internship hours, I plan to work with adolescents and young adults in my career. While interning here, I have worked with several adolescences and young adults. Eventually my primary goal will be to work with adolescents and young adults suffering from eating disorders. Living in a world that revolves around objectification has notably increased the number of women and men living with eating disorders in the past several years, which is why I have become so passionate about helping others with this. I have gained a lot of experience and insight from interning at Freedom From Fear that will shape me into the best clinician I can be.
-Alexa, Graduate Intern, 2015-2016
Here are some statements from past interns, expressing their feelings towards the program:
“For me, the most beneficial aspect of interning at Freedom From Fear was learning the interdisciplinary approach to mental health, in which therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, and psychologists worked together to provide for clients.”