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Reflecting on the Graduate School Journey: Finding Meaning in a Mix of Suffering and Success

Reflecting on the Graduate School Journey: Finding Meaning in a Mix of Suffering and Success

Faculty and students from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University recently presented at the Minnesota Psychological Association annual conference. The presentation, titled “Reflecting on the Graduate School Journey: Finding Meaning in a Mix of Suffering and Success” was given by the following:

  • Mark Carlson-Ghost, PhD – faculty member
  • Daryl Holloway, MA – student in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at the campus
  • Steven Charpentier, MA– student in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at the campus

The description of the workshop is as follows:
Pursuing a graduate degree in psychology involves many challenges and related stressors along the way. It is easy as a student to begin to view it as something to just plough through or endure. This panel and resulting discussion will explore ways to garner meaning and perhaps reframe the graduate school experience to enhance personal resilience and satisfaction through the use of personal experience and narrative, dialectical and existential frameworks.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be better able to:

  1. Recognize common sources of emotional distress in graduate school
  2. Apply existential and dialectical methods to minimize their own or student’s distress
  3. Recognize narrative strategies of reframing and finding new meaning in school stress