Success After College – Shanta Williams

After graduating Cum Laude from Christian Brothers University in May 2008, I took a year to join AmeriCorps. After my year was done, I was able to finally attend graduate school at The University of Memphis. My major during my graduate studies was Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. After many days and nights of worrying, studying, more worrying, working, more worrying and finally completing an awesome internship, on August 12, 2012 I happily graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master’s of Science in Counseling. Subsequently, I landed my first REAL job as a Crisis Specialist at the Crisis Assessment Center. My job includes assessing mental health consumers for possible psychiatric care, outpatient treatment, or detox treatment. Let’s just say I have seen a lot in my time as a Specialist, so there is never a dull moment. During my never-boring time at work, I was able to get the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, which is the first step into being a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider credential (LPC-MHSP). Suffice to say, I have my work cut out for me. Nevertheless, I am truly blessed to have started my higher education with the AWESOME Psychology department at Christian Brothers University. Starting there with my future career was one of the best decisions I have ever made!