Thursday, July 10, 2014

Douglas College Applied Psychology student finds a focus

                                                                 David Denofreo Photo

Having grown up around family members with mental illness, Hailea Williams wants to support others facing similar mental-health challenges. Hailea is getting a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology degree from Douglas and plans to become a counsellor.

She had planned to transfer to university after completing her associate degree at Douglas, but then the new Applied Psychology program started. The degree allows students to focus on one of six specializations where Psychology is applied in the work world. That appeals to Hailea, who plans to take the pre-counselling specialization. 

“Getting that kind of applied experience will give me an edge when I start looking for work,” she says. As a tutor with the Douglas College Learning Centre and Psychology Society President, she’s staying right where she is. “When I started, Douglas was just this place that I would go to and take my classes,” she says. “Now I feel like this is my second home.”

Learn more about the Applied Psychology program at douglascollege.ca/bapsych.