Impact Stories

We Are All Connected: Interns & Trainees

March 31, 2021

Post-Graduate Trainees: Joy Arthur-Windsor (l), Sam North (c), and Hannah Lewis (r)

March is National Social Work Month. As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to help them live to their fullest potential. Since starting our internship and postgraduate trainee programs over a decade ago, Judi’s House/JAG Institute has trained a range of behavioral health professionals seeking licensure in the fields of social work, psychology, and counseling.

“In order to work towards our vision that no child should be alone in grief, we believe it is important to train individuals from diverse educational backgrounds to competently provide grief and trauma-informed care to the communities they serve. Through training, we are able to expand our reach and get one step closer to developing a more grief-informed society.” – Liz Bogen, LPC, RPT-S, Assistant Director of Clinical Training

We asked a few of our 2020-2021 postgraduate trainees about their chosen field and how they plan to help those grieving find hope and healing in the future.

Joy Arthur-Windsor, pursuing her Doctorate in School Psychology and becoming a Licensed Psychologist (LP)

“I’m currently working towards becoming a licensed psychologist. I received my master’s in 2019 and will be graduating with my doctoral degree in school psychology in May. When I graduate, I will immediately be eligible to receive my Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential and can become a licensed clinical psychologist after another year of post-doctoral work. It’s certainly been a long ride.

After graduating, I am looking forward to utilizing my Judi’s House training to better build rapport and support families, regardless of the setting I am serving them in. I feel so fortunate to have received such comprehensive training and feel confident that the skills I’ve learned will continue to be applicable even outside the realm of grief.”

Sam North, pursuing her Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) and becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

“Achieving licensure allows counselors to contribute meaningfully to society and support the mental health of others independently. It provides the skills and training needed to provide a range of services from individual therapy to someone grieving the death of a loved one to responding to a global crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Earning my LPC means another chance to show why mental health matters.

I have been at Judi’s House for just under two years, first as an intern while completing my master’s in International Disaster Psychology and currently as a Post-Graduate Trainee working on my doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I plan to use my Judi’s House training to be a voice for children’s grief awareness. Despite grief being a universal experience for people, training in this area is often limited in psychology programs. I will also take with me the lessons of resiliency and strength that I learned from the children and families I worked with who are a constant reminder of the healing people are capable of.”

Hannah Lewis, pursuing a Marriage and Family Therapist licensure (LMFT)

“I am currently a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate on track to become licensed. With this license, I am excited to be able to provide care from a system perspective to couples and families. I believe we are made for relationships with others and want to provide the best support for those seeking healthy relationships!

With my Judi’s House training, I am hoping to continue to provide excellent grief support for the community through individual, couple, family, and group work.”

2020-2021 Intern Class

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