Morristown, N.J. (February 24, 2015) – Being part of the Psy.D. program has a personal and professional impact on students. One such student is Robert Ruiz of Morristown, now in his second semester of the four-year program.
"The program is going great. I am really enjoying myself and it's fulfilling," said Ruiz, who is a behavioral health counselor at Saint Clare's Hospital in Boonton.
"I'm bringing my work experience into the classroom, and also applying my classroom work to my job."
He likes the program's diversity. The students have a range of professional experiences, as well as cultural backgrounds.
"Everyone brings something different and fresh to the table," said Ruiz, who also likes the closeness of a 12-student cohort program.
"It's very helpful, everyone gets a wide range of viewpoints. This gives the program more balance and eventually will make us more competent counseling psychologists."
Ruiz began his education at County College of Morris, continued on to finish his undergraduate program in psychology at Caldwell University, and entered the Master's program in Counseling Psychology at CSE in 2013. His goal is to eventually have his own counseling practice, partnering with other professionals from different disciplines at one location.
"My goal is to be a counselor who knows how to advocate for people who are having difficulty getting the help they require," he said. "That is one reason I especially like the College of Saint Elizabeth program. It emphasizes social justice and serving the underserved."