I came to AUC in January 2009 as the Training Director for the Lake Michigan Internship Consortium. The LMIC is a group of internship sites dedicated for AUC ISPP students. Its grown from 5 interns that year to 12 currently at 10 different sites. I get to work with all of the interns each week in group supervision and arrange for faculty and professional psychologists from around Chicago to offer didactic training to them.
I teach Advanced Therapy Seminar and Consultation in Diverse Settings. In September 2009, we opened the AUC Psychological Services Center. As the Director, I am involved in the training of diagnostic and therapy externs, a pre-doctoral intern, and two post-doctoral fellows. In two years, we have provided services to over 300 clients. We serve students in all of the AUC programs other than Clinical Psychology. We also serve all of the students in the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago.
Prior to coming to Argosy, I worked for the Chicago Department of Public Health for ten years. The first year, I worked in two different community mental health centers on the south side of Chicago with low-income and chronic mentally ill clients. I then had an opportunity to move to an HIV/AIDS Primary Care Clinic. In graduate school, I had worked as a neuropsych research assistant on the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study at Howard Brown Health Center. I loved working with the HIV population and was thrilled to have an opportunity to do so as a psychologist. I worked in clinics on the north side, west side, and south side of Chicago, which represented diverse ethnic and racial groups. I became an expert in HIV care and with working on identity issues with gay men. During those years, I also went to a train-the-trainer conference for APA's HIV Office of Psychology Education. I learned how to train mental health professionals to provide services to people with HIV/AIDS. I also discovered during this time that I loved training students. At one of my clinics I had the opportunity to bring in AUC therapy externs and teach them about providing therapy in an HIV primary care setting. This is one of the reasons that I decided to pursue a career in training students in a clinical psychology program. I am also in the process of starting a joint research project with two other clinical psychology programs. I hope to be able to assist many ISPP students with their Clinical Research Projects by giving them access to our archival data from the Psychological Services Center.