SAC in Haiti

 

Dr. Arellano has written an analysis of this experience that can be seen in the attached link:

A Humanitarian Outreach Immersion Experience

Dr. Carmen Arellano, PsyD, Professor and Coordinator of Psychology and Director of Clinical Practice, shared that the first generation of graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in

Psychology program at SAC have improved their employment options. “Several of them have been promoted at the institutions where they work, others are already doing their internships, and some are going to start their masters’ program very soon,” she said. “But above all, many are discovering that not only are they able to obtain employment in mental health centers as therapists, but in other areas they did not imagine.”

She reported that psychology graduates are highly sought for other positions related to the profession. These areas include, but are not limited to: Director of activities, admissions evaluator, student director, army mental health specialist, benefits administrator, career and employment counselor, professional information specialist, social worker, child development specialist, claims supervisor, trainer, public information officer, community recreation worker, correctional treatment specialist, corrections officer, criminal investigator (FBI and others), customer service supervisor, database administrator, disability policy worker, employee health maintenance programmer , Employee relations specialist, health care facility administrator, human resources professional, police officer, polygraph examiner, probation officer, psychiatrist, psychiatric technician, psychological stress evaluator, psychosocial rehabilitation specialist ( PSR), recreational therapist , Research assistant, substance abuse counselor, veterans contact representative, victim advocate, etc.

Dr. Arellano emphasized that the academic training of SAC graduates has considered the experimentation of real-life situations to compare them to the academic doctrines. She gave an example of the trip that professors and students of SAC made between April 17th and 23rd to Haiti. They visited the Escuela del Niño Jesús with donations, and they taught English, Spanish and art therapy to children and adolescents. The trip was organized by her as part of SAC’s Humanitarian Extension/Immersion Service Program. The main objective of the trip was so students could experience firsthand the needs of the population of Haiti. SAC students had the opportunity to interact and practice the skills learned in the Transcultural Factors in Mental Health course.

In regards to this, Dr. Arellano has written an analysis of this experience that can be seen in the attached link: ” A Humanitarian Outreach Immersion Experience”.

Dr. Carmen Arellano, PsyD

Professor and Coordinator of Psychology and Director of Clinical Practice

” A Humanitarian Outreach Immersion Experience”