TIFFANY RUSH-WILSON: I've always been interested in eating disorders and helping women find a voice, or girls, or sometimes even men and boys. When they don't know how to speak their concerns, they will use their bodies symbolically to express whatever is going on with them. And that is incredibly interesting to me.
I generally teach the skills-based courses, techniques of counseling, and I do residencies. So when we talk about how you use reflection of feeling and why you would use it, I will give examples about-- of what I do in the classroom, of what I do when I do community speaking and even presentations at conferences and let them know how this particular skill, whatever it happens to be, is relevant in working with clients and how those particular skills help clients feel more at ease, help them give you the information you're attempting to elicit, and how they are beneficial in overall work across what we do as counselors.
As a counseling student, there's something that brought you to this field. You know that you're a social person. You know that you know how to interact with people. You know how to have conversations with other people. Those same skills and those same interests that brought you into the field are the things that you will use when you're working with clients.
So this is already there. You already have a seed planted that will make you an effective counselor. All you have to do is have the confidence to bring that out and use it in the classroom, in your tapes, in your residency exercises and practices. It's already there. So what my job is is to help you figure out how to access that and bring it out and show it to us in an academic setting.
One thing that I really like to do with students is to look at research ideas. So far, I've had a couple of really, really great interactions with students where we got to go present at international conferences. So if you're interested in the kind of work that I do or the kind of work that any of the instructors identifies as specialty area, go ahead and don't be afraid to contact us and let us know what it is that you're interested in and ask how you can help. I am Dr. Tiffany Rush-Wilson, and I teach in the master's of science and mental health counseling program at Walden University.