One computer click can change your life. Late one evening, Giovanna Cooper Peacock, ’13, MA Counseling Psychology, was researching graduate programs from her home in Union, N.J. when an advertisement for the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) popped up. Clicking on that ad started her journey to Morristown, N.J., and to a graduate degree in counseling psychology.
“I had been out of school over 10 years and was looking to go back,” said Peacock, who wanted to build on her undergraduate degree in psychology earned at The City University of New York. “I investigated CSE’s program and found it was a good fit for me…class times allowed me to continue working at night and watch my children during the day.”
“I admit at first I was a little intimidated, since I had been out of school a while, however,” she added, “it has been an invaluable experience in which I can honestly contribute to my relationship with my professors who challenge and encourage me to do my best. I know that if I have an academic or personal issue, I can go to any one of my professors and know that they can help. It is also comforting to know that I am being trained by professors who have vast experience in the field and can convey it to real-life experience.”
Peacock started at CSE in spring 2010, when she enrolled in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program for which she is currently finishing an internship at Kawameeh Middle School in Union, N.J. In May, she will complete both the school counselor and mental health tracks for the program – for a total of 60 credits. She has taken 2-3 courses per semester and, at graduation, she will have completed all of her academic requirements to become a licensed professional counselor – LPC. Once she lands a job in that area, she will be on track to fulfill New Jersey’s requirement for 4,500 supervised professional hours and state licensure.
“Eventually, I would like to have my own practice,” she said. “My experiences at CSE have shown me that it is never too late to achieve your goals.”