My name is Diandra J. Prescod and I was a student in the Professional Counseling Department at Monmouth University from 2008-2011. I received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling, a degree that greatly prepared me to enter into a Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program.
Monmouth's CACREP accredited Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to obtain a professional license as a counselor and/or pursue a doctorate in counselor education. This program taught me about the counseling profession as a whole. I learned about everything from effective techniques to owning a private practice. The small class sizes allowed the faculty to get to know the students; everyone felt accessible. I felt as though the faculty knew me by name and I was not simply another student. My time at Monmouth not only taught me how to become an effective counselor, but through the relationships I had with the faculty, made me consider pursuing a career in academia.
Towards the end of my time at Monmouth, I began asking about the doctoral degree and strongly considered obtaining my doctorate. After taking some time to seriously think about what would be ahead of me, I applied to doctoral programs and started as a first year doctoral student at the University of Central Florida. On May 2, 2014 I graduated with a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision. In the fall I will start my appointment as an Assistant Professor in a Clinical Mental Health Program at a university in Texas. If it were not for the wonderful faculty at Monmouth taking the time to build a relationship with me, I do not think I would have considered a career in academia. It was the faculty, Dr. Stephanie Hall in particular, who encouraged me to push my limits and go beyond what I thought I was capable of accomplishing.
Diandra Prescod, MS Mental Health Counseling 2011