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Sample 1st 2 Paragraphs, Master’s Psychology, Working With Troubled Youth

I always intended to ‘make a difference’ with my life rather than to merely ‘make a living’. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by how the mind works and in the differences between individual reactions to similar challenges. Since I discovered that Psychology exists at the age of eight, I have wanted to study it. I have never wavered in this decision and have never regretted it. An initial goal of helping distressed adults has changed over time as I became increasingly fascinated by the criminal mind. I have undertaken significant private study in this specialism and feel that I can maximise my utility to society by acquiring the specialist skills and knowledge offered in this course of study. I am particularly interested in working with young offenders in order to help them to understand and overcome the urge to offend. I am employed in helping children to recognise and achieve their academic and personal potential and find this work highly satisfying and it has confirmed me in my ambition to work with troubled young adults.

I am particularly drawn to the program at XXU because of its excellent reputation in teaching this subject and the modules available which are so relevant to my goals, particularly ‘Young People in the Criminal Justice System’. I am also aware of the fact that the prestigious faculty includes many with professional experience in my area of interest. Friends who have studied at XXU have assured me that the program will provide the challenging but supportive academic environment that I seek. I obtained an excellent degree in Psychology which provides an assurance of my academic ability and potential, and is an excellent foundation for this specialist course. I have given significant time and effort to charitable endeavours. I was raised to believe that helping others is an obligation rather than a choice and I now seek to acquire the skills and knowledge to enable me to do this on a life-long and professional basis.

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Sample 1st Paragraph for the MA in Mental Health Counseling, Nurse Doula

My current position as a birth doula, the pregnant woman’s coach, counselor, and perhaps most importantly ‘advocate’, has resulted in the discovery of my calling in life. I enjoy the fact that the word ‘doula’ originated from the Ancient Greek δούλη meaning female servant or slave because this speaks to my total devotion to the women whom I serve, along with their families, before, during, and after delivery. I hope to make the role of the doula a central focus of much of my research in your Mental Health Counseling Program at XXXX College, unlocking secrets and intellectual treasures concerning her role across cultures and throughout history.

Masters Admission: Counseling Psychology

Sample 1st Two Paragraphs Masters Mental Health Counseling

As I approach my graduation next month, May 2014, I find myself increasingly animated and driven to continue on with my education in psychology at the graduate level. Throughout the course of working towards my BS in Psychology, while engaging passionately with a broad range of issues, I have found myself drawn, in particular, to our investigation into the nature of anxiety and the range of treatments that exist for this disorder. I hope to publish in this area at some point when my career advances.

I want very much to become a mental health counseling professional for a variety of reasons, especially my personal, intellectual fascination with psychology. Another factor has been wrestling with and making great strides towards the resolution of my own problem with anxiety. My profound disappointed and adverse reaction to anti-anxiety medication, in particular, has inspired me towards a thoroughgoing and dedicated search for creative solutions to this challenge in our field,  all of which I find extremely exciting.

The Humanitarian side of a Master´s in Counseling

Counseling in the developing world, or even closer to home if you live in the West is pretty easy to get involved with. There may be initiatives within your university or workplace, but there are NGOs that can help you organize a mission if not.

Yes, Counselors Without Borders exists. Doctors Without Borders also sends counselors to the different places across the planet that need counselors the most. They have also established lay counselor programs to support the great numbers of people that need care.

Rose was four months pregnant when she went to get antenatal care and was told she was HIV-positive. Peer mothers, another term for lay counselors who have had the same experiences as patients and offer their support, have been extremely important for patients in MSF's prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs.

In places with high HIV or tuberculosis (TB) levels and significant shortages of human resources for health care work, lay counselors play a key role in working for the community. They help patients get through difficult challenges in adhering to HIV and TB treatments.

Patients and lay counselors have provided many testimonials about their experiences with the program.

SOUTH AFRICA

“It was not easy when I was diagnosed with XDR-TB. The nurse didn’t even explain to me what was going on. I was so scared. I thought I was going to die. But when Buci, a DR-TB counselor, came the following morning, she explained to me what this XDR-TB meant. That made me feel a little bit better. More than once, nurses refused to give me treatment or listen to my story. That’s when I would call Buci again, and she would come and fight for me. My family lives far away, so Buci played a huge role in my recovery: she was my friend, my family, everything.”—Xoliswa Haarmans, former DR-TB patient, now DR-TB counselor in Khayelitsha, South Africa.

ZIMBABWE

“The counselors helped me with treatment adherence. Thanks to them, I was able to disclose my HIV status to my friends and family. Thank you!”—Ruth Dube, 25.

MALAWI

“When I was told I was HIV-positive, I was worried. I thought; ‘How am I going to tell my husband about this? What if he tells me this is the end of our marriage? How do I present condoms to him?’ I had great fear, for me and my unborn child. But then I was in contact with the peer mothers. They were the ones who gave me thorough counseling. They told me, ‘You don’t have to be afraid. There’s a program that helps mothers to prevent infecting their unborn babies.’ They told me it works, and I believed them. I went back when my daughter was two-years old. They tested her again. ‘Your child is definitely negative,’ they told me. ‘Thank you for your great work and care of this baby.’ I was extremely happy when they told me that.”—Edna Maulana, enrolled in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program in Thyolo, Malawi.

These lay counselors provide a unique variety of help, because they have lived through some of the same experiences as their patient counterparts. The reality of the situation, however, is that lay counselors of this type may not have many of the skills professional counselors are trained in.

What is certainly true, is that the need is there, and qualified counselors may be able to provide benefit to lay counselors like them, through training and educational missions.

Counselors Without Borders has a number of initiatives and a blog about their work. Doctors Without Borders also sends counselors into the developing world to assist. Local nurse counselors may need assistance and counseling themselves.

Juliana Nhamburo, a nurse counselor working within MSF's sexual violence project in Mbare, Zimbabwe, admits that her role is not easy. "Seeing victims of sexual violence crying in a session is not easy. It needs a person with a strong heart. It does not require one to have a heart of a soldier or a lion, but a humanitarian heart,” she says.