It is with pride and gratitude that I am writing a comprehensive account of my enriching experience during my pursuit of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Psychology in this university. I am delighted to share insights into the academic, professional and personal growth that I have achieved throughout this transformative journey in the online learning environment.
Commencing my PhD studies in Counseling Psychology at AIU in January 2024, the online platform has offered me a flexible and dynamic space to engage deeply with the course material and connect with esteemed faculty members. The virtual format has provided me with the opportunity to balance my academic commitments with professional responsibilities, allowing for a seamless integration of theory and practice.
The online PhD program in Counseling Psychology at AIU has been marked by rigorous coursework, extensive research, and practical experiences that have significantly contributed to my development as a counseling professional. The curriculum, designed to meet the highest academic standards, covered a broad spectrum of topics, ensuring a well-rounded understanding of the field.
One of the highlights of my experience has been the unwavering support and mentorship provided by my esteemed admission counselor, advisor, mentor and even the finance department. Despite the virtual nature of our interactions, the faculty’s commitment to fostering a collaborative and supportive learning community has been evident. Regular virtual meetings, webinars, and interactive discussions have facilitated meaningful engagement with course content and provided a platform for addressing academic queries.
Engaging in research and clinical experiences within an online setting has been a unique and rewarding aspect of my PhD journey. The integration of theories, concepts from other disciplines, intensive readings and reflection writing has allowed for the practical application of counseling theories and techniques. The program’s emphasis on experiential learning has equipped me with the skills and competencies necessary for ethical and effective practice in the field of Counseling Psychology.
Furthermore, the online platform has facilitated collaboration with fellow students from diverse geographical locations, fostering a global perspective on counseling practices and enhancing my cross-cultural competence. Participating in virtual peer discussions, group projects, and online conferences has broadened my understanding of the diverse challenges individuals face, and how counseling psychology can contribute to positive mental health outcomes.
In addition to academic pursuits, I actively participated in online conferences, workshops, and seminars relevant to Counseling Psychology. These experiences not only exposed me to cutting-edge research and advancements in the field but also provided networking opportunities with professionals and scholars from around the world.
As I approach the completion of my online PhD in Counseling Psychology, I reflect with gratitude on the unique and valuable experiences that AIU has provided. The innovative approach to online education, combined with the dedication of the faculty and the diverse perspectives brought by fellow students, has contributed to a comprehensive and enriching doctoral experience.
I am confident that the skills, knowledge, and practical experiences gained through the online PhD program at AIU have prepared me to make meaningful contributions to the field of Counseling Psychology. I eagerly anticipate translating these experiences into professional practice and research initiatives, furthering the advancement of mental health and well-being.
I am particularly grateful for the years of mentorship that I have received during my time here. Your guidance, support, and expertise have been instrumental in shaping my academic journey and preparing me for the next phase of my career. Your commitment to my growth and development has not gone unnoticed, and I am truly appreciative of the time and effort you have invested in me.
As I embark on this new chapter in my academic pursuits, I carry with me the knowledge and skills that I have acquired at AIU, as well as the lessons learned from our interactions. I am confident that the foundation laid here will serve as a solid platform for my future endeavors in the field of Counseling Psychology.
Once again, thank you for believing in my potential and for your unwavering support throughout my time at AIU. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the field and more power to AIU.
Eranie V. Portillo, RGC
PhD in Counseling Psychology