A Message from Sharon Green-Hennessy, Ph.D.,
Director of Masters Education, Practitioner Track
I would like to introduce myself as the (relatively) new Director of the Masters Practitioner Track. I am a child and adolescent clinical psychologist starting my tenth year here at Loyola. Prior to coming to Loyola I was an Instructor in the Departments of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute. Much of my time at Kennedy Krieger was spent in direct client care. Since coming to Loyola I have continued to practice, either pro bono or through the Loyola Clinical Centers, where I regularly supervise child therapy.
Given my focus on direct care, when the opportunity to direct the Practitioner Track arose last fall, I was excited to accept the position. The Practitioner Track is designed to produce the next generation of therapists and assessors, and I welcome the opportunity to help it in that mission.
This past year the program has focused on making itself more responsive to its students. To that end, elected Masters Program student representatives now regularly attended planning meetings of the Masters Committee to provide the student perspective on various issues. In the spring we held a widely attend, program-wide “Town Hall” meeting to receive student feedback on the program. In response to that feedback, we revised the new student orientation to make it more welcoming and created a voluntary mentoring program whereby incoming students are matched with current students.
Additionally, I have made some changes to the Masters Program webpage worth noting. Specifically, there is now a tentative listing of projected course offerings through Summer 2009 to assist students in course planning. Moreover, there is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Students who have specific questions about the program can electronically submit questions, and the program directors will post answers on the FAQ page.
These are just some of the changes that the Masters Committee has made in order to be not only a good training experience but also a welcoming environment for our students. In this next year, we will be extending our focus to solicit more detailed feedback from our externship placements (and other future employers) to ensure that we are providing our students with the skills that will make them highly competitive in the future. In this effort, I particularly welcome the input of alumni, who are uniquely able to speak on this issue.
Sharon Green-Hennessy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, Masters Practitioner Track