PSYCHED!

Among the 500 Cal Lu students who work as interns each year, psychology majors regularly intern (or "co-op") at a variety of organizations helping people maintain good mental health. Some work with groups that treat autism or addiction. Senior Debra Goldman interned with Special Equestrian Rehabilitation Therapy, a group that uses horses to help children with special needs relax their muscles and gait. Senior Cindy Homel interns at both the Women's Resource Center, where she counsels young women facing unplanned pregnancies, and the Conejo Free Clinic as a patient advocate and counselor-in-training. These psychology major interns gain firsthand insight into the human condition as they lay the foundations for their future careers.


Kelly Cave

KELLY CAVE

Hometown: Los Altos, California
Professional Interests: Marriage and Couples Therapy
Internship: "Kids to Kids" Group Home



"I worked with girls who came from unhealthy living situations or juvenile hall, and acted as somewhat of a house mom, waking them up in the morning, taking them to school, making dinner, and taking them to counseling meetings.

Towards the end of my internship, one of the girls sat down with me and began asking questions about life and the future.

She wanted to know about job opportunities and going to college, what steps she had to take to get there.

I learned that everyone you meet has a different story in life and no one deserves to be judged."


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Kelly Cave

ROBERT DUFF

Hometown: Fulerton, California
Professional Interests: Autism and Child Development
Internship: Holdsambeck and Associates, Inc.



"At Holdsambeck, I worked on teams to help children with autism learn things that were geared towards mainstreaming them into the classroom.

I think the best experience I had was with my very first client who was also my very last client. It was amazing to look back and see how far we had come together.

When I met him, he was virtually non-verbal, but during my time with him, he would tell me stories about the zoo or say 'Robert, I want to go to mommy please!' Being able to watch children grow over time is an extremely gratifying experience and it helped me realize why I took the job in the first place."


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Kelly Cave

MELISA ESQUIVEL

Hometown: Oxnard, California
Professional Interests: Clinical Psychology and Addiction
Internship: Ventura Juvenile Probation Agency



"I work with inmates on different programs and each day is a new experience.

The job that I do helps give juveniles opportunities while at the same time teaching them ways to give back to society.

This internship has allowed me to grow and get to know myself, all as I've learned patience, how to flex my creativity, and how to develop my own social skills.

These things are more than just beneficial for my future jobs but also for my life as a whole."




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