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"Staying Young" - Argosy University Graduate Aids Troubled Teens

Communicating with teenagers can sometimes be difficult. However, connecting with juvenile delinquents can seem like an impossible task. Argosy University, Dallas graduate Dr. Kerri Tom finds it rewarding to create positive relationships with teens who are often labeled as bad kids. "I find it motivating to work with kids who others find difficult to like," says Tom.

Working as psychologist with the Texas Youth Commission, Tom makes good use of her opportunities to find the good in kids who are usually noted for all the mistakes they have made. "A lot of these kids have been identified as bad kids, and it is so easy for people to reject these kids," explains Tom. "However it is my goal to develop a healthy relationship with these kids so that they can have a healthy relationship with themselves."

Tom's love for working with troubled youth inspired her to pursue her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree. After seeing an advertisement about the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program at Argosy University, Dallas, she decided to enroll. "Argosy University has such a core faculty. They were like a source of stability, and it helped so much to have such a unified faculty while going through the program," says Tom.

The training Tom received while attending Argosy University, Dallas provided her with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in her career. "Argosy University, Dallas has prepared me. Going through the program, I wasn't sure how much it would prepare me, but once I got out there and compared the training I received to that of other schools, I realized that I was more than prepared," states Tom.

After graduating with the honor of becoming one of the first three students to graduate from the Doctor of Psychology program at Argosy University, Dallas, Tom accepted a teaching position at Argosy University, Dallas where she taught bachelor's degree students. Currently, her full-time job is working with juvenile delinquents, where part of her responsibilities include conducting risk assessments and psychological evaluations.

Tom's long-term goal is to open a multi-disciplinary treatment facility to provide alternative treatments such as body psychotherapy, nutritional therapy, and massage care. Tom encourages other Argosy University, Dallas students to step outside their comfort zones because growth is not possible unless we do.