Student Spotlight | Rhiannon Bennett Receives New Counseling Scholarship

Rhiannon Bennett

Hood College counseling graduate student, Rhiannon Bennett, is the first recipient of the new Sally Oros Counseling scholarship.

Rhiannon Bennett, M.S. Counseling

Program

  • Counseling, Clinical Mental Health (M.S.)
  • Counseling, School Counseling (M.S.)

Department

  • Psychology & Counseling

Can you provide a quick bio?

 

I grew up in Maryland and graduated from Gaithersburg High School. I went to Montgomery College before transferring to Antioch College in Ohio. I graduated with my B.A. in psychology and took a job working at the Abused Persons' Program in Montgomery County, MD. I then took a position as an outreach counselor for the Family Crisis Resource Center.

Next I worked at Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents in Rockville, MD with youth with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities. I also had the opportunity to work as a special education teacher in Baltimore, MD with 4th and 5th graders, again with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities. I then completed my first M.S. in psychology at Hood College followed by a M.S. in investigative psychology from the University of Liverpool in England.

Now I'm working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness as I work toward completion on my second Hood master's program in clinical mental health counseling.

Why did you choose Hood College’s counseling program?

I chose to apply to Hood’s counseling graduate program because it seemed like most of my professional opportunities were related to counseling. I wanted to develop my skills in this area with the idea of either working at a mental health agency or going into private practice.

Since I had already completed one master’s degree at Hood, I knew the experience would be a good one so it was an easy choice to return to Hood College for a second master’s program.

You are the first recipient of the Hood College Sally Oros Counseling scholarship – how has this scholarship helped you?

 

The Sally Oros scholarship allowed me to take an introductory course in eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing or EMDR which is a technique for treating trauma that has proved to be very effective.

While I will need to take more coursework and training to be able to use EMDR with clients, the introduction has allowed me a better understanding of how this modality works and left me excited to learn more about it.

What do you enjoy most about being at Hood College?

What I enjoy most about being at Hood College are the small class sizes. It allows me to get the individualized attention I need to fully understand the concepts. It also allows me to build social and professional contacts with my classmates. Not only have I made close friends during my time at Hood, but I believe I will now be in a much better position to search for jobs in the counseling field.

Any other information/fun facts that you would like to add?

A fun fact: I used to be a firefighter/paramedic.

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