Why I Refer: Developing a Multicultural Perspective

One alumna explains how Walden helped her become an open-minded clinician.

By Christine Van Dusen
January 2012

Anna SadowskiNAME: Anna Sadowski ’08

DEGREE EARNED: M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

CURRENT JOB: Licensed mental health counselor at a private practice in Glens Falls, N.Y.

HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT WALDEN? I had started another program, but I took a break because we moved to a new area and had our first child. When I saw a Walden TV commercial, it seemed like a good fit because it would allow me to pursue my degree while balancing work and raising a family.

WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT WALDEN WAS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU? After my first semester—and especially after I completed my first residency and met my faculty members face to face.

WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE WALDEN PROGRAM? The program trained me to be an open-minded clinician. I learned how to approach clients from a multicultural perspective and to take into account their environments and cultural histories. Walden also challenged me to explore how my own history would influence how I counsel clients and how I was going to apply what I was learning in these encounters.

WHY DO YOU REFER OTHERS TO WALDEN? Whenever someone expresses an interest in mental health counseling, but is hesitant to pursue a graduate degree, I recommend Walden. I had a great experience overall, but what really stands out is the level of attention I received from the faculty. I felt a real connection to them. They live all over the world and have worked in all areas of practice. There’s so much students can learn from them.

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