Liz Schreiber, Psychology

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Liz Schreiber

Psychology Student

“I think we bring who we are to what we do in life,” says Liz Schreiber, “whether it’s business or education or medicine. I wanted an education that would challenge my intellect while it also broadened my personal growth, pushing me to look at things in a different perspective.”

Liz has worked as a counselor in several different organizations, and thought she had the training she needed to make a difference that the world needed. But she discovered that conventional psychological training is only really effective in conventional situations – and those weren’t the kind she wanted to address.

“I was working with middle-school children who had one or both of their parents in prison, and these kids didn’t even know how affected they were, at this crucial age, by the choices their parents and society had made for them,” she says. “I think that was the beginning of my trying to see the whole picture – not just seeing a child as being diagnosed with ADHD or with a learning disability, but to see beyond that diagnosis and what might be contributing to it.”

Too often, she says, “we were helping impoverished individuals, but not looking at what caused that poverty, or the cycle of it. So I decided that I needed not just to understand individuals, but their environments, and how people could move on from one set of environments into a set of healthier ones.”

That’s why she came to Saybrook to get an MA Psychology degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.

“I’ve found the professors to be open and I feel that I’m being mentored,” she says. “It’s a growing experience: you’re being shown empirical facts while at the same time incorporating your own values, your own way of being, into the profession. There’s a mentality that we will go through this together, and we will learn, we will grow of ourselves in a fulfilling way while also earning a paycheck.”

She plans to continue working with non-profits, potentially entering management as well as counseling. The one thing she’s sure she wants: for her work to make a difference – especially to kids in unconventional situations.