Alum Says Community Makes the Difference
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Andrew Ballew, Psychology ’06, describes his job as continually changing and unpredictable from day to day, “one day I could be ducking under the thrown toys of a 6 year old in the morning and in the afternoon helping a teenager and parent effectively communicate for the first time in years.”
A Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow in the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Diagnostic Clinic at Canvas Health, Ballew works with children and adolescents to help clarify a variety of diagnoses from developmental disorders to mental health issues. He also helps develop recommendations for each individual client.
“I feel like have reached success when I sense that a ‘light bulb’ has turned on with my clients and when they, or their parents, feel like I was able to identify their needs in an understandable manner and set them on a path of growth,” says Ballew.
Ballew contributes much of his success to the ability to work with others, “MNU was where I was first confronted with the need to be supported by others when faced with challenges. I found that my peers and professors taught me the importance of a community that could be both challenging and supportive.”
Immediately after graduating MNU, Ballew was accepted to the graduate program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology to obtain a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. He has moved from Kansas City, to Chicago, to New Hampshire (for an internship) before getting his first job at Canvas Health in Minnesota.
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