As both an adjunct faculty member in the College of Undergraduate Studies and a current doctoral student in the Counselor Education program at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. Stephanie Dailey knows full well the challenges and rewards of being both student and professor.
Dailey began her studies at Argosy while a full-time employee. “My first job after obtaining my undergraduate degree was working for a successful management consulting firm. I didn’t want to leave so I began classes at Argosy in the evenings and on the weekends,” she says. “Taking classes at nights and on the weekends I was busy but fell in love with counseling.”
Dailey completed her master’s degree at Argosy and landed her first job in the field as a community mental health counselor. “I was definitely out of my element, I loved it,” she says. “I stayed at that job for three years while I obtained licensure. I worked as a residential counselor, clinical supervisor and, finally, the director of a group home.”
“While working on my master’s degree, I was impressed by the faculty at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. The inclusion of practical experience in the classroom really struck me and inspired me to want to teach myself. I entered the Counselor Education and Supervision Program in 2006 with the long term goal of teaching others how to be competent and effective professional counselors. Since entering this program I have had amazing experiences, not the least of which is being able to teach in Argosy’s undergraduate program,” she says.
“Although there are many things about my career path that I am grateful for, my experience with the faculty at Argosy has (by far) been the most influential in my success,” she states. “I have been mentored and, probably more importantly, taught how to mentor others. I have always been given just what I need at Argosy and have been able to excel because of it!”
Ms. Dailey holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia, A National Certified Counselor and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Association for Spiritual Ethical Religious Values In Counseling, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Ms. Dailey devotes her professional talents to the community serving as Commissioner for the Arlington County Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission (EPAC), an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Disaster Assistance Team (DAT) volunteer and a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer.
She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation at Argosy University, Washington, D.C., entitled “Shelter-in-Place and Mental Health: An Analogue Study of Well-being and Distress.” She intends to finish by March 2011.