Afg Guidance Center offers an intensive 11-month training program for doctoral students in clinical psychology who are completing their Ph.D. or Psy.D. graduate educational requirements. Students completing their Diagnostic and Advanced Externships, under the direct supervision of the licensed psychologists at our practice, conduct clinical interviews; administer, score, and interpret neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment measures. The trainees also work collaboratively with their supervisors to prepare psychological evaluation reports; and provide feedback to parents, clients, other members of the treatment team. Additionally, students completing their Advanced externship provide therapy services, again under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist within the practice. Outside of the clinical work that they complete, trainees participate in a weekly team-led meeting designed to advance their developing assessment, therapeutic, and professional skills.
Our doctoral students this year, from left to right, are Raquel Manalich, Rebecca Brewster, and Maggie Inman Riener.
At AFG Guidance Center we also offer Master’s students who are currently in training a place to hone their skills and develop meaningful relationships with our patients. This year our Masters’s student is Megan O’Brien, pictured below.
I am currently a Masters student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am active President of my college’s honors society Chi Sigma Iota. I also volunteer my time in a Social Justice Leadership Academy, and mentor first year students through my graduate school.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology from Western Michigan University. I also hold a second bachelor’s degree with honors in Gender and Women’s Studies from WMU. These programs gave me the unique ability to understand the societal context of mental health, and factors that may influence mental illness. They also provided me extensive learning opportunities on multicultural awareness in relation to diversity and inclusion.
During my undergraduate studies, I spent a year in Cape Town, South Africa. I was able to work with children and adolescents experiencing a wide variety of mental health issues. I gained an understanding of how to meet patients where they’re at and to help them with where they want to go. A deeper development of counseling was gained through my years after working as an applied behavior analysis at The Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. I found a deep appreciation for the mental health field by being a part of the growth and development of the patients I worked with.
In my spare time, I enjoy trying new restaurants, skiing, and spending time with friends and family along Lake Michigan.