Category: Mentors

Peer Mentor – Joshua Thomas

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Number of years that you’ve been in your specialty?

I am early career = < 15 years

Institutional Affiliation

Martin University

What I Really Enjoy About My Field

In the field of business I enjoy the aspect of meeting new people, and trying to observe the world through their eyes. Everything is observed as a transaction just not all involve a tendered currency

My Achievement Story in Brief

My motivation is the idea of running a successful business providing a good or service that no one else can.

The Biggest Challenge(s) Students Face

The hardest challenge that I have faced as a student is time management. Being able to balance regular life with student life.

Joe Nathan Zachery Jr., JD

Joe Nathan Zachery Jr., JDHighest Degree

J.D.

Earned Degree At

Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Number of years that you’ve been in your specialty?

I am full career = 15 years +

What I Really Enjoy About My Field

My field of expertise is in Operations Management. What I really enjoy about my field of expertise is the diversity of the responsibility (I generally have responsibility for human resources, budget/finance, information technology, and facilities management) and the fact that each day is different. I also enjoy the variety of people that I get to come into contact with: students, faculty, administrators, donors, community members, and business leaders.

My Achievement Story in Brief

My earliest experiences that motivated me were when I was in Junior Achievement when I was in High School. We had companies that we formed and I was always a senior administrator and I enjoyed producing a product, selling that product, and handling the administrative aspects of the company. Those experiences inspired me to pursue my B.S. in Finance and Real Estate Administration from Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis and my J.D. degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

The Biggest Challenge(s) Students Face

The biggest challenge that students face is getting the opportunity to diversify their skill set to be able to handle some of the challenges they will face in the work place. Therefore, I suggest that they volunteer with a social service agency where that opportunity will allow them to broaden their skill set and also give something back to the community.

Dr. Dennis Jackson, Ed.D., LMHC Chairman, Psychology Department Martin University

Dr. Dennis Jackson, Ed.D., LMHC Chairman, Psychology Department Martin UniversityDr. Jackson is Professor of Psychology and Chairman of the Psychology Department at Martin University.

He is past president of the Indiana Counseling Association. He served the counseling association for two terms.

He has served in numerous administrative roles at Martin over the past 15 years.

Appointed by the mayor of Indianapolis, Dr. Jackson served on the Board of “Smoke Free Indiana” for two years.

Dr. Jackson developed the Gerontology undergraduate program at Martin. He has professional expertise in the clinical area of child sexual abuse.

Education

Dr. Jackson earned his MS degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. He earned his doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University.

Licensure

Dr. Jackson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Indiana.

Achievement Advice:

“In the process of working toward their career goals, students need to be mindful to do all they can to reconcile their perception of reality with the objective reality out there!  Students need to deal with all the necessary things their graduate program requires. They need to get in this habit early on. The realistic orientation is a big advantage as it strengthens the likelihood of program completion and it aids successful entry into their future profession. Therefore students must deal with what is prescribed by their program. If they do this, their path to success will be facilitated.  Also, students should find faculty mentors whose advice they trust. I had great mentors with whom I formed good friendships both in my Masters program at Ball State and in my doctoral program at Indiana University – great professors such as Paul Monger and Ron Baker.”

Achievement Story:

“My story is straightforward.  I earned a Fine Arts degree in undergraduate school but I became interested in psychology. I applied to the Masters Psychology program at Ball State.  I was admitted after taking graduate admissions exams but I had no prior courses in psychology, I knew I had my work cut out for me.  This was hard I had to learn a lot of psychology is a relatively short time. I had to learn a whole new language. My advisor told me I needed to make A’s in the first three classes I took, to show my ability. I in fact did that and I kept going. After completing my master’s degree, I was admitted to the doctoral degree program in counseling psychology at Ball State along with two other friends but not long into the program our advisor passed away – a series of things happened but eventually with the help of Ball State I transferred to the doctoral program at Indiana University in Bloomington where I finished my degree work.  My motivation to go the distance, in part was because my Ball State Advisor took a chance on my success and with mentor’s encouragement, I saw it through.

Ms. Gail Franklin, MS, LMHC, CRC, Voc Expert

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Highest Degree

MSSW- University of Louisville

BS- University of Dayton

Licensure / Certification

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Any Internship or specialized training?

Lots of work experience

Number of years that you’ve been in your specialty?

Full Career > than 15 years

You practice one of 330 great occupations that require years of preparation. What things most helped you to succeed in training for your profession and in practice of your profession?

The University of Louisville Social Work Program was incredibly well organized and moved the student through a progression of classes that really maximized the learning process. Additionally, I had a personal mentor that helped me fully develop my skills in the rehabilitation field. Like any skill development, each step in the process built upon prior experiences and led me to have the ability to be successful in my field.

My Achievement Story

I think the turning point in my professional development was participating n a structural psychology class. This class emphasized the fact that each person exists within a group, and change to any single part of the group, impacts the whole. As a result, to develop effective treatment, you have to consider the impact of change on the entire system, or you won’t be successful. I used this as a foundation for both the mental health and rehabilitation services I provided and I think it allowed me to be more effective in providing services that moved the person forward within his natural support system.

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Dr. James Brooks, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

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Highest Degree

Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Internship at Indiana University Hospital – Psychiatry Dept.

Earned Degree At

Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Licensure / Certification

Indiana Professional Licensing Board – Psychologist

Number of years that you’ve been in your specialty?

Retired

Achievement Story

As a small boy I was witness to the mental health struggles of my father and in my late teens and early twenties I was frequently able to visit a large state psychiatric hospital where I was exposed to the mystery and wonder of “mental health patients”. This made a lasting impression on me and likely led to my decision to enter the field of psychology as a profession. It has been wonderfully satisfying.

You practice one of 330 great occupations that require years of preparation. What things most helped you to succeed in training for your profession and in practice of your profession?

I had strong family support during training. My success in my profession was a function of the pleasure and satisfaction I received from my clients over the years from whom I learned so much and who allowed me to be a small part in their struggles and achievement.

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Deborah Haskins, A.A., B.S., Behavior Interventionist

Occupation, Area of Specialty, and Institutional Affiliation

Social Security Vocational Expert

Number of years that you’ve been in your specialty

Full Career > than 15 years

Licensure/Certification/Registration

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Highest Degree Earned

MSSW- University of Louisville

Awards, Honors, & Certifications

Mentor Influences

You practice one of 330 great occupations that require years of preparation. What things most helped you to succeed in training for your profession and in practice of your profession?

The University of Louisville Social Work Program was incredibly well organized and moved the student through a progression of classes that really maximized the learning process. Additionally, I had a personal mentor that helped me fully develop my skills in the rehabilitation field. Like any skill development, each step in the process built upon prior experiences and led me to have the ability to be successful in my field.

Achievement Story

I think the turning point in my professional development was participating in a structural psychology class. This class emphasized the fact that each person exists within a group, and change to any single part of the group, impacts the whole. As a result, to develop effective treatment, you have to consider the impact of change on the entire system, or you won’t be successful. I used this as a foundation for both the mental health and rehabilitation services I provided and I think it allowed me to be more effective in providing services that moved the person forward within his natural support system.

Sign Up To Be A Mentor

Anyonecanachieve.com & Dr. Jack Thomas Invite You!

Anyone Can Achieve Red LogoAt Anyonecanachieve.com it’s so easy to be a mentor to college students. Complete and submit a mentor application online or fill out the PDF application and mail it in.

Upon approval you will receive an e-mail prompt that a question has been asked about your field of expertise.

Follow the link to a list of questions in your field, read the question carefully, answer the question to the best of your ability based on your store of knowledge & experience, and when you are finished press submit my answer.

If your answer is a general answer about your field the answer might be featured on the website for other students. When we feature your answer we’ll include your short bio on the website. If your helpful answer isn’t redundant (to another mentor in your field) it will be sent to the student through our site coordinator. Our coordinator might ask clarifying follow-up questions. We don’t imagine that mentors will be asked to answer more than a couple of questions each  month.

That’s all we ask of you!  It’s so simple and so straightforward!  No phone calls.  No get acquainted meetings. No unwanted student e-mails or phone calls to your work or home.  Our system has one big purpose, which is to get good solid field specific information to students from ultimate mentors and peer mentors.

We know the power of caring & knowledgeable advice & guidance. Such shared knowledge has the power to transform lives! For minorities who have less access to social capital your sage advice is like water on parched earth yielding fruits. Won’t you help us in this important transmission of knowledge?  Your help is warmly appreciated!  Thanks so much!

Attorney, Robbie Lee Flippin, J.D.


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Occupation, Area of Specialty, and Institutional Affiliation

Attorney-At-Law

J.D. from IUPUI Law School, 2014

Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication; Minor in Political Science/ Paralegal Certificate 2011

Licensure/Certification/Registration

Admitted Indiana Bar

Highest Degree Earned

J.D. – Indiana University/ Purdue University Indianapolis

Tennessee State University

You practice one of 330 great occupations that require years of preparation. What things most helped you to succeed in training for your profession and in practice of your profession?

Interning at Fox 17 News and The Onyxtn, An African American culture based magazine, watching my parents work for the betterment of our lives. I enjoy writing from my perspective as a young African American woman. I encourage more minorities to enter my field because everyone must have strong speaking skills to succeed in the professional world, no matter their trade.

The biggest challenge students face in preparing for my field is possibly getting over the fear of public speaking. A lot of Americans share this apprehension.

I would encourage those that want to be in this field to make as many connections as possible and to intern for free if possible.

In order to achieve, one must be persistent. Life is full of pitfalls and those that cannot adjust will be left behind.

 

In Honor of – Rev. Donald Ferguson, M.S.

Rev. Donald Ferguson, M.S.Affiliation

D & E. Counseling and Community Services, LLC

Field:

Therapist – Counseling & Community Psychology

Number of years you have practiced your profession:

Full Career > 15 years

Degrees:

B.A. Martin University

M.S. Martin University (Community Psychology)

Specialization:

Outpatient Counselor with focus: Children, Adults and Families

Pastor of “The Word Is The Way Christian Church”

Certifications: Certificate of Ordination:

Helpful Life Experience:

I learned how to be disciplined in the United States Navy and Army Reserves.

What I Enjoy About My Field:

I enjoy helping people through counseling and seeing them gain knowledge about themselves – acquire new and helpful behavior to better deal with the problems they face. I respect clients’ dignity and encourage more adaptive belief systems that promote mental health.

Challenge Students Face Working In This Field:

The biggest challenge students will face is learning to separate themselves from over identification with clients in treatment. It is also important for counselors to remind themselves that no two clients are alike even if they have the same diagnosis and similar histories. They will not exhibit the same behavior in the same way or setting.

Helpful Hints for This Field:

Study hard, be diligent and make sure before you jump-in that this is the field you really want.

Some General Goal Advice:

1. Set goals and limits for yourself and

2. Prioritize what you have to do (from the most to least important)

Mr. Michael Blankenship, M.A., CRC

Mr. Michael Blankenship, MS, CRCSpecialization

Vocational Expert SSA / ODAR

Institutional Affiliation

Private Practice – Rehabilitation Counseling

Highest Degree Earned

Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology

Michael Blankenship, M.A., CRC, LMHC is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He is a member of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA) and holds Diplomat status. Michael earned his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.  He works as a vocational expert. He has expertise related to vocational preparation including vocational school, college undergraduate, graduate and professional program training.  He is very knowledgeable about the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and he is knowledgeable about civilian Occupations by kind and number in the State and U.S. economy. Michael knows the ins and outs of the job market. He knows in which categories jobs are growing and likewise which categories jobs appear to be shrinking.  Michael has consulted for individuals, attorneys, insurance companies and for judges in his area of expertise. In a significant part of his practice he advises U.S. Federal Administrative Law Judges regarding vocational matters. These are a few of Michael’s certifications: CRC-Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; NCC-National Board Certified Counselor; CCM-Certified Case Manager.