Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediation Training Programs
FAMILY MEDIATION TRAINING
March 14-18, 2018
Why Should You Become a Family Mediator?
Mediation Training Group is a recognized leader in this field training over 14,000 students since 2000. We provide you with an outstanding faculty, Manual and all the forms and access to software you need to begin your Practice! Albizu’s students, staff, and faculty receive a $50.00 discount.
Your Faculty: Prof. Susan Dubow – Allyson Tomchin, LCSW – Rand Lieber, Esq – Ken Gordon, Esq – Debra Beyer, CFP – Gen Master Barbara Beilly
To register for the March 14-18, 2018 Family Mediation Training, Ctrl + click on this link www.mediationtraininggroup.com. You can also browse through upcoming trainings at Albizu University, such as a Parenting Coordinator Training April 12-14, 2018. For additional information, email us at email@example.com or call at 561-852-1633.
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My name is Luis Sandoval and I am an undergraduate student at Albizu University. On November 29th, 2017, I conducted an informational interview of Mr. Gustavo Mejia, who recently graduated from AU and is now currently active and working as a Mental Health Therapist at Chrysalis Health. The interview begun by me asking Mr. Mejia how he decided to get into the mental health field. His response was, “I chose this field because I genuinely enjoy helping people get back on their feet and continuing with their goals.” Eventually, we began to speak about Mr. Mejia’s early leadership roles, which included president of the student body in his high school, leader of the troop of the Boy Scouts in the town of Palmira, Colombia, and much more.
When asked, “What training and credentials are needed for your current jobs,” Mr. Mejia answered, “Well, for everyone its different depending on work experience. In my case, I had to have experience in the field, a certain amount of volunteer hours at an internship, and of course a Master’s degree in Mental Health. I have helped develop programs to help others exceed in their ways of thinking and performing their given talents.” Then I asked, “Apart from what you’ve said, what other experience do you have working with people?” He explained how he had worked for the Archdiocese of Miami as a Youth Minister where he administered pastoral services to children, teenagers, young adults and even adults. He has created faith formation groups, which have rapidly increased in size over the past few years. Mr. Mejia also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from St. John Vianney College Seminary. This degree entitles him to teach religious education in public and private schools in the district. So much work and education experience had me going crazy. I had expressed this to Mr. Mejia and he said, “You’ll get there one day.”
Switching to less formal questions, I asked Mr. Mejia what a normal day of his looked like, to which he responded, “A typical day for me involves the gym of course. Since I was sixteen, I have never skipped a day at the gym in my entire life. That is essential to start my day. After that, I will usually see my first client. I see about 5-6 clients daily. I spend about an hour with each client. Some clients I see at the clinic, others I see during lunch break or recess in school and others I visit at their homes. After each client, I complete notes and develop treatment plans. I usually have lunch on the road or in my parked car. Sometimes, I stop to do my notes and treatment plans in a park or at a public place. Around 6:00pm or after I see my last client, I will head home to finish notes and have dinner before going to bed.” Then I commented, “What a day!”
I thanked Mr. Mejia for his patience and for sharing his valuable information with me. I then concluded the interview by asking, “What is the most valuable piece of information you can give to someone who is currently attending Albizu University and is also on the same career path as you?” Mr. Mejia answered, “My best advice is, keep up the good work. The field of mental health is in high demand. There are many people who truly need these services. This is a beautiful field and for the people who love doing this, it’s not a job; It’s a gift of selflessness. So keep it up, do not let anyone take you off track. There is a world of people who need your help to move on with their lives, people who require services to resolve past issues, traumas, abuses and violence. So keep it up.” After this, I thanked Mr. Mejia for his time and his valuable responses during this interview.
Luis Sandoval is an undergraduate student at Albizu University.]]>
My name is Luis Garcia and I am in my sixth and final semester for my Bachelors of Science Degree in General Psychology here at Albizu University. During my studies, I have met many faculty and staff members. Every one of my classes has been interesting and challenging, and my experience has been superb. During my fifth semester I completed a course called “Careers in Psychology,” taught by Professor Lezcano, who has been very supportive and helpful in all my endeavors. One of the assignments was to interview a professional currently working in the field of psychology to better understand the path the professional had taken to achieve their career goals.
My interview was of Ailema Frigerio, PsyD, LMHC. I chose Dr. Frigerio because I had previously taken her ethics course here at AU and I admired her professionalism, charm, and willingness to help and be accessible to her students. I felt at ease in her class and that I could approach her about any of my concerns relating to the assignments. Here are some excerpts from that interview.
How did you decide to go into your current field?
I was actually mentored into academics by one of my doctoral professors. While I am a psychologist and a mental health counselor, I found a passion in mentoring and advising students.
What is the title of your current position?
Assistant Director of Clinical Training for the PsyD program and an Associate Professor at Albizu University.
What training and credentials are needed for your position?
The position requires a license in psychology, knowledge of American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation guidelines, experience in teaching and mentoring, and program development.
Where did you go to school?
I received my BA in Psychology from FIU and my MS and PsyD degrees from Albizu University.
What skills did you acquire through experience that you didn’t learn in school?
While universities will teach you techniques, you can only gain knowledge in individual strengths through experience. I learned how to focus on the individual strengths of my students and mentor them accordingly through my years in the position.
What are the best features of your job? What are the worst?
I love to mentor students into the profession of psychology through selecting practicum sites that will refine their training. I also love teaching students and providing them with knowledge to grow in the field. The worst aspect of the position is the administrative paperwork. This is, unfortunately, an aspect of most mental health and psychology careers, no matter how lengthy.
What are some of the pressures and stressors you face in your job?
Most of the stressors come from the responsibility to train the students in the program to become exceptional professionals who are compassionate towards their patients. Also, client care when a student is providing services to a patient is also of concern as the Assistant Director of Clinical Training.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you can give to a student?
Engage in a career that you love! While any position will have its challenges, if you love what you do, these challenges are more tolerable and you will be creative in your position.
What was your biggest misconception about your profession?
That psychologists only work in the mental health field. There are many different avenues open to psychologists, including in academia.
What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier in your career?
I wish I would have known about the various subspecialties within the field of psychology, such as pediatric health psychology or juvenile forensic psychology.
What do you think the future holds for this field?
Psychology is so diverse and it has a wide variety of areas that are still untapped. I think with the advent of technology, psychology will be able to reach a wider audience and provide greater assistance to those in need.
I want to thank Dr. Frigerio for allowing me to interview her. It has helped me to understand that there are many subspecialties within the field and that I should research the ones that interest me before embarking on my Master’s Program. It also gives me hope that this field has a bright future with lots of potential.
Luis Garcia is an undergraduate student in his sixth and final semester for a Bachelors of Science degree in general psychology at Albizu University. He has served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Infantry Soldier specializing in arctic guerrilla warfare, obtained an associate’s degree with a focus in music education, taught Suzuki Violin at Miami Dade College South Campus, and worked in the information technologies field for over 20 years. Luis has also been a practicing yogi since 1994, while obtaining a Mastery of Yoga certification in 2012 and becoming a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher in 2015. Luis hopes to continue his education at Albizu University in pursuit of a mental health counseling degree.]]>
If you do a quick Google on “How to buy textbooks,” you’ll be flooded with sites that sell or rent used and new textbooks, opinion pieces on which method is best, and review upon review if you add the textbook name to your search. This can be totally overwhelming and lead you to simply purchase the newest edition of the textbook your professor requires from the first site you see. But before you do, consider these points in an attempt to save a few bucks:
Should you get the textbook at all?
If your professor lists the textbook as ‘required’ and readings and questions come straight from the text, it’s in your best interests to obtain the book. However, sometimes the textbook is listed as ‘optional’ or ‘recommended’ in your class. If the course is important to your career and you would greatly benefit from reading the additional text and referencing it in the future, you should err on the side of caution and get it. If the class is an elective or the text is more for pleasure than learning, you might want to save here and not purchase it. Also, consider who else is in your class – maybe you can go in 50/50 on the text with a friend and trade it off every few days.
Should you buy or rent?
Renting textbooks is now a pretty common option and could save you a decent amount of cash. Prices for renting should be less than buying outright, but you’ll have to give the text back at the end of the semester. You’ll also need to be careful with your rental, as there are often fees for damage, such as hardcover spine damage or coffee stains. And if you’re the type to write in the margins, renting may not be the best option. You’ll also want to consider the likelihood of wanting to keep the textbook, if it’s important for your career as mentioned above. And if you rent, won’t be able to try reselling the textbook, as you can if you purchase it (be careful here, though, as reselling a textbook once a new edition comes out becomes difficult; plus, a lot of textbooks these days have supplemental online material that requires a one-time user access code).
Should you buy new or used?
Most of your professors will require the newest edition of a textbook, but is it always necessary to buy this edition as opposed to an older version? Textbook companies tend to come out with new editions frequently, since they don’t make money on resales of old editions. However, these editions vary in terms of the amount of new material actually included (how much new material could be added to a textbook on Shakespearean plays?). It’s a good idea to speak with your professor before you purchase the required text to see if it would be all right to purchase an older, and less expensive, edition. If your professor doesn’t mind, there are plenty of places to shop around for the best price. If your professor requires the most recent version and you don’t mind some wear and tear, you could save a good percentage off the sticker price if you can find it used online. Just be sure you’re purchasing the correct version by matching the ISBN your professor lists in the syllabus.
Should you buy a physical copy or the electronic version?
A lot of current textbooks are available in an electronic version, resulting in fewer books to lug to class. However, these can actually be more expensive than purchasing the physical version of the text. Plus, a lot of students find it easier to read, take notes, and study from an actual book compared to whatever program they use on a computer or tablet. This may be your only option, however, if your professor makes the electronic version the required one due to online assignments built into the text.
For further reading on this topic, take a look at this New York Times article by Ann Carrns: “A Quandary Over Textbooks: Whether to Buy or Rent”.]]>
Meet Dr. Amy E. Ellis, AU’s Junior Research Associate with the Institutional Center for Scientific Research and past Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Psychology Program. Learn more about her below.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Long Island, New York. I moved down to Florida to pursue my doctoral degree about eight years ago. I was hooked immediately on the warm weather and can’t foresee myself going back, though I’ll always feel like a native New Yorker.
Where did you go to school?
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University in NY, my Master of Arts in Preclinical Psychology from Adelphi University in NY, and both my Master of Science in Psychology and my Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in FL.
What brought you to Albizu University and what do you hope to accomplish while here?
A good friend and colleague, Dr. Scott Hyman, recommended that I apply for a position in the undergraduate department at AU. Since coming to AU, I’ve focused my efforts on teaching research methodology and abnormal psychology, advising undergraduate students, and developing and writing research. I hope to continue guiding students in their journeys as emerging professionals, and to bolster my own career by focusing on research.
What are some of your hobbies/leisure activities?
So much of my leisurely activities are built around my profession, because it’s what I’m most passionate about. Outside of my time at AU, I have a thriving private practice, dedicate time and efforts towards leadership activities at APA, and act as a reviewer and consultant for APA journals and other professionals. A lesser known fact about me is that I am the Editor of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy website which has challenged me in more ways than one as running a website is a bit outside of my comfort zone! But, I’ve found a true love and passion for that site, and division, and encourage any and all students interested in psychotherapy to join.
What advice do you have for students to maximize their success at AU?
Lesson 1: Think in terms of learning and process, not outcome and grades. It can be frustrating to work hard on an assignment, sometimes spending hours on it, and end up with a grade that you feel is disproportionate to the effort placed. It feels defeating. Hard work is not something that should be overlooked and your perseverance will pay off, but hard work alone is not enough. Knowing and grasping content is also essential. For example, if you were in medical school and you lost a patient due to an error on your part or not knowing how to do a procedure, the response would not be “but you tried hard.” You may have tried, but you have to learn from those mistakes and grow from them.
Lesson 2: Do not wait until the last minute (even the last week) to begin assignments. I suggest this for two reasons. One, you never know what life will throw at you. Even those assignments that are relatively benign can prove to be major obstacles when your car gets a flat tire, your boss is calling extra meetings and requiring overtime, and you forgot about your great Aunt Sally’s 75th birthday party. Build in some added time so that you get the assignment done and out of the way, and leave room for life to do its thing. Two, much of your education will require intense thinking, forethought, and planning. These are not things that can be rushed. It shows very clearly when someone has not put in effort or thought. Some tasks can be completed with 80% effort, and it’s up to you to figure out which ones they are, and which ones require you to put in 100%.
Lesson 3: Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me. (You can replace “me” with any professor, boss, or colleague). The sooner you connect with people and either let them know you’re having a rough go at an assignment or task, or talk to them to consult and get an exchange of ideas flowing, the better. Talk to me during class when we review the assignment, or when I ask “any question on the article?” Talk to me at the end of class when I ask “any final questions…about…anything?” Talk to me after class when we’re packing up and you’re needing more support. Email me your questions and concerns. The sooner you come to me, and the more dialogue we have, the better your conceptualization and assignment will be.]]>
For thousands of years, people have been making resolutions in hopes of accomplishing personal goals. These new year’s resolutions are why gyms become so crowded in January. Resolutions can focus on any aspect of your life, so have you considered academic-related ones? Here are some ideas:
Earn a specific GPA this semester
When setting your resolutions, it’s important to break them down into smaller increments so they’re more achievable and provide gratification along the way. Deciding you want to earn a specific GPA for an entire semester is a great idea, but be sure to break it down farther by focusing on what grades you want to earn in each class—or even on each assignment or exam. Choose a GPA that’s higher than you’ve earned in the past, but be careful not to set your expectations beyond what is achievable, as that could lead to discouragement.
Spend more time studying
Going to class is important, but spending time studying outside of class is the real key to learning the material. Decide how much time you should be studying each week for each class and then schedule those times into your planner. It’s much easier to accomplish your goal if the time is blocked off and you get in the habit of studying each week.
Use a planner
Speaking of planners, you really should be using one! It doesn’t matter if you use a paper or electronic version, but keeping close track of your classes, study times, job schedule, appointments, and other tasks will keep you focused. You’ll find having a planner not only helps you with your academics but will improve many other aspects of your life as well.
Read the assigned textbook
It’s impossible for professors to teach everything about a subject during the short class times they spend with you. That’s why they assign textbooks written by experts for you to read outside of class. The professor is supposed to help you understand and implement the material you read in the textbook, not teach you everything you need to know from scratch. If you’re the kind of student who doesn’t see the point in textbooks, try reading the assigned chapters for one of your classes before you go to class and then see how much more sense the class makes to you. You’ll thank us later!
Build a professional relationship with a professor
We previously wrote a post about getting to know your AU professors and how this can be a huge opportunity for you. Out in the real world, your success can depend on whom you know as much as on what you know, so it’s very important to take full advantage of being around professors who work in your desired field. Talk to professors you admire after class and ask if they would be willing to meet with you to discuss their interests or research. A solid professional relationship can go a long way in terms of enhancing your professional development and helping you land good internships and jobs.
Apply for a scholarship
Attending a college or university can be very expensive, and it can be stressful and exhausting to work at the same time in order to cover your expenses and your tuition. The good news is that there are a lot (seriously, A LOT) of scholarships you can apply for to help cover your tuition expenses. The first step is filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) so you can receive any available federal grants (you don’t have to pay back grants), followed by talking to the Financial Aid department about available scholarships (the Financial Aid office can be found between the Provost’s office and the Student Affairs office on AU’s Miami campus and can be reached by calling 305-593-1223, ext. 3271). If you’ve already tried these steps, you can also search online for scholarships geared to your background, achievements, and interests.
Use the student services on AU’s campus
College isn’t easy, but there are many different services on campus that are here to help you succeed. For a listing of these services and what they can provide to you, visit our Student Success Resources blog post here: http://students-success-blog.albizumiami.com/2017/12/04/au-student-success-resources/
Ring in the new year with the right resolutions, and you’ll find yourself on a path to success!]]>
Know the Details
The last thing you want is to show up for your final exam only to realize you missed it because you got the date, time, or location wrong. Check with your professor to be sure you know where and when the exam will take place. You should also find out what materials are needed to bring to the exam. Do you need pens or pencils? Can you use a calculator? Are you allowed notes or your textbook? Being prepared when you walk into the exam allows you to focus on the test material.
Prepare Your Mind and Body
When’s the last time you successfully completed anything the day after you pulled an all-nighter? To mentally and physically prepare yourself for your exams, you need to stay on a consistent sleep schedule so you can be well rested. When your brain and body are fatigued, you won’t be able to recall the material you spent so long studying. This also includes eating well, staying hydrated, and exercising. And don’t forget to eat before your final – taking a test hungry is a recipe for disaster.
Avoid Social Media
During finals week, you should keep your brain focused on the task at hand and avoid filling it with social media distractions. Study sessions can easily become derailed when your phone is constantly calling for your attention, and your brain can only focus on so many things at one time. This can also be said of video games and other fun diversions. Instead of getting carried away with them, try using these in short snippets for positive reinforcement after you’ve spent time studying.
Reduce Your Stress
Stress can creep up from a lot of places and can seriously hinder your finals week performance. Try to surround yourself with friends and family members who don’t add stress to your life. Plan your week out in advance so you’re not stressed over transportation or because you’ve overslept. You should also be careful not to stress yourself out over your exam scores. Your finals are an important part of your grade, but learning the material should be your primary goal, and at the end of the day, grades don’t define who we are.
Finally, don’t forget about confidence. You’ve made it this far and we’re all rooting for you! Best of luck!]]>
The Academic Advising department is composed of AU’s own full-time faculty members. These advisors assist students with registering for required coursework, considering a change or addition of a minor, tackling future career plans (such as applying to graduate school), deciding on the appropriate curricula for a desired career path, and enrolling in independent studies. Each student is assigned an advisor and is welcome to schedule an appointment through Kimberly Sanchez, the administrative contact.
Location: Suite 504
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3282
Career Services Office
The Career Services Office assists students in developing and exploring their career options and empowers them with the necessary skills to successfully enter the job market in their chosen fields. Services include help with resumes, CVs, cover letters, job searches, employment applications, and interview skills. You don’t have to wait until your last semester before visiting the office! Set up a meeting with Dr. Dolinsky today to prepare for your future.
Location: Room 195-I
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3135
Office of Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid guides you through the financial aid process during your time at AU. We understand that funding your education is a significant financial investment for you and your family. Financial aid comes in the form of scholarships, federal work-study, federal and private loans, and grants. We are committed to your success and to helping you on your educational journey.
Location: Suite 174
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3271
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar assists you with everything related to your academic records. Their services include course registration, transcripts, certifications, graduation eligibility, degree verification, leaves of absence, withdrawals, and course add/drops. Stop by the office and make sure you’re on the right track for graduation.
Location: Suite 111
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3274
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs is here to make your life on campus an enjoyable and memorable one. The office can provide information on campus life and events, student organizations, and student resources and referrals, while also assisting with student concerns and appeals, reasonable accommodations (ADA), and disability services. You are welcome to reach out to the office through Monica Estopinan, the administrative contact.
Location: Suite 165
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3286
Title V Student Success Office
The Title V Student Success Office provides academic and personal guidance and support for undergraduate students and serves as the hub for the AU Peer Mentoring Program. The office cares about you as both a student and as a person and wants to see you succeed at both. The Activities Coordinator and e-Learning Specialist, Elena Zablah, oversees the redesign of undergraduate online and hybrid courses. The Student Success Specialist, Jeff Ellis, oversees the Peer Mentoring Program and the Starfish student retention platform.
Location: Room 132
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3198 or 3294
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Tutoring Center offers students the opportunity to obtain additional assistance with challenging course material that may hinder their satisfactory academic progress. Qualified and friendly peer tutors are available to work with students on an individual or group basis in areas such as writing (such as APA style, grammar, and lesson plan preparation), psychology (including theory, research methodology, test construction, and qualifying exam preparation), and mathematics (including statistics, algebra, and geometry). Both on-site and online tutoring services are available.
Location: LAB 406 or Room 195-I
Phone: 305-593-1223, ext. 3265
These resources are here for you – your success awaits!]]>