"Helping with patient care and observing evaluations and therapy gave me a good sense of the more hands-on side of the field of psychology."
"One of the most difficult things I had to grapple with this summer was not seeing the direct effects of my work. While I enjoyed most of the work I was doing prepping for a study and collecting data, it was hard to see how I was helping people. I have learned to think of service as anything individuals or groups can do to help others. In other words, even if my work didn't involve directly counseling suicidal adolescents, it did help pave the way for research about the protective factors for suicidal youth, which may be useful to mental healthcare professionals who treat this vulnerable population.
"The Summer of Service experience has definitely enhanced my understanding of community. I have never been able to do such meaningful work for a community and be so close to that community. While I was not living in Philadelphia, I was able to spend a lot of time there. It was exciting to know that each vendor or salesperson with whom I interacted and even the strangers I passed on the streets were somehow, whether directly or indirectly, affected by my work. Community is not just the group of people you work with; it is also the people you help."
Note: Danielle's internship was a result of her participation in the Bryn Mawr College Summer of Service 2009 program, a funded opportunity for students to live, serve and learn together in the Bryn Mawr community.
Thomas Jefferson University's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior provides psychiatric care to patients in the Delaware Valley, educates medical students and has a strong focus on clinical research. The department is made up of a large number of skilled physicians, psychologists, a social worker, a nurse practitioner, researchers and dedicated support staff. Faculty and staff have family, psychiatric and mental health specialties.
Danielle worked under psychologist Dr. Matthew Wintersteen, whose current research focuses on suicide prevention and intervention for youth and young adults. As part of her work with Dr. Wintersteen, Danielle spent time at Philadelphia's Children's Crisis Response Center in Germantown, collecting data for a study.