Preparing You for a Career in Helping and Healing
Are you fascinated with the human mind and human behavior? Do your friends and family come to you when they need to talk because they say you’re a terrific listener? Do you desire a career that enables you to help others on a daily basis? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a psychology degree might be the right career path for you.
The American Women’s College offers two main paths for students in the psychology program:
- A bachelor’s in psychology degree, which prepares students to go into any field with a knowledge base in human behavior, social dynamics and all aspects of human psychology.
- A focused major, offering a counseling degree, child psychology degree, human services and rehabilitation degree, and drug and alcohol counseling degree for students wishing to enter a specific helping profession.
The desire to enter into helping professions is strong across the United States. There are multiple reasons you might express an interest: perhaps you experienced something in your own life and want to help others who may have a similar experience; perhaps you have just always been a helpful and insightful person and want to turn those gifts into a career.
"What we see is that people who are interested in psychology, they have always been the person other people come to talk to, or maybe they experienced something in their life, and in turn they’ve been able to make those connections to how psychology has influenced their life," explained Mireles. "A lot of it is theory and practice, but a lot of it too is the right kind of personality to connect with other people. Many of our students come in with that base personality and we are able to give them the skills to be successful with that."
What sets the AWC program apart for these students is the flexibility of fast paced, accelerated courses and the ability to take them online anywhere in the U.S., or in person in the Massachusetts area.
The online psychology program is also focused on teaching in a way that benefits adult learning students specifically.
“We really focus on practical learning and emphasizing what students need to know to help them get the job opportunity and to really apply what they’re learning to their professional life and personal life,” said Mireles.
A big aspect of that focused training depends on educators who are also practitioners in the field. This not only enables the educators to pass on real time knowledge of what’s happening in the field, but it also helps students to build a network of connections that will serve them as they seek recommendations and find jobs in the future. “The field is constantly changing,” said Mireles. “We want to provide that up to date, cutting edge knowledge and we have people in the field who know because they’re living it and doing it day to day.”
So how do you know which psychology program option—general or focused on a helping profession—is for you? Mireles explained that students are given a series of questions to help lead them to the right individual path. With this base idea of your core interests, you can explore multiple options within the area to find the right fit.
“So for example, if someone knows they want to work with children, in any way, then we’ve designed the curriculum to introduce them to all the different ways they can work with children through psychology—whether it’s in an educational setting, a counseling setting, or in the criminal justice field, etc.,” said Mireles. “Then we give them opportunities to work with kids in areas where they might have job opportunities.”