I received some pretty amazing news this week. I've been accepted to study at Yorkville University in New Brunswick to study for my Master's degree in Counselling Psychology.
For anyone who doesn't know - between 2015 and 2017, I studied for my Master's-level Diploma in Art Therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I loved every minute of it and was employed later by the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC where I currently work as a Youth Addiction Counsellor for the Nexus Program. I've used art therapy so much in my career so far, but counselling has become a huge part of my professional identity. As I've grown in my job, I've yearned to learn more and be recognized professionally as a clinical counsellor. This degree is my first step in achieving that goal.
I begin work in September 2018 and it will be at least 2.5 years until I'm done. People have asked me how I plan to write and simply live on top of working and everything else. I don't even compare going to school to writing fiction. It's a different muscle in my brain, and I need to live in order to write stories that are worth reading. It all comes full circle.
I'll be blogging about my experiences as a graduate student along the way, and what I learn as both an academic student and a student of my clients at work.