The Power of Graduate School: A Professor’s Experience

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The Power of Graduate School: A Professor’s Experience

By Dr. Dean Aslinia

Tonight, (March 12, 2018) I experienced something I don’t think I had ever experienced at this level and with this emotional intensity. Teaching my Advanced Clinical Counseling Skills class, my students requested that I do a demonstration of an individual counseling session, as I would do in my private practice.

This required a volunteer to step up and share some content (real or fake). After some hesitation of who would want to go, one of the students stepped up, pulled a chair to the front of the class and faced me. As all of the other students observed, and we got started with me initiating a question of what he’d like to focus our session on. He began discussing his fears of inadequacy or mediocrity and how he feared failing in the eyes of his children. It became clear this was no longer a fake topic, and it was a topic near and dear to his heart. I was fully aware of the students watching us and knew in order for me to make this an authentic experience for us, I needed to block them out and focus only on my “client” in front of me.

We progressed and once I had a good cognitive understanding of his situation and thoughts, I slowed the pace of our conversation, as well as my tone of voice to allow him the opportunity to slow down and emotionally process what he was sharing with me. The ensuing dance became more powerful than I would have ever expected. He allowed himself to follow and become present in the moment, and reached the depth of emotion I had not expected.

We continued until we reached some tangible takeaways for him. Once we stopped, the class seemed speechless, having just experienced what they never thought was going to be possible with this otherwise strong willed, fully cognitive, intelligent male classmate. I asked the class to share their feelings about what they had just witnessed and unanimously the entire class responded with appreciation for the courage and vulnerability their classmate had just exhibited.

That yet again, brought tears to the young man’s eyes as that was one of his fears of being perceived weak. Altogether, the experience was unlike any other I have ever had in a classroom setting. To be able to earn the trust of a person, and for them to allow their guards down, and to go that deep in front of their entire class will forever be an amazing experience for me to remember.

It is moments like this, that not only teaches students how to learn their trade, but also allows for us to touch each others’ souls that keeps me going back into the classroom even though, there is so much more money elsewhere.

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About the Author:

Dr. Dean Aslinia is a Licensed Mental Health Expert and University Professor. He holds a license as a Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor in the State of Texas. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Over the past decade, Dr. Dean has been engaged in professional trainings, clinical mental health practice, graduate higher education teaching, research, writing, and advocacy for greater mental health access for all Americans. In 2011 he co-found and created New Horizons Center for Healing in north Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The clinic over a five-year span grew and became the most comprehensive mental health clinic in the State of Texas. Housing more than 30 licensed mental health professionals, ranging from adult, child, and addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency counselors, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapists, play therapists, and eating disorder specialists. His peers in the profession consider Dr. Dean a leader, as he is the Past-President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a member of the Texas Counseling Association’s Governance Council, and currently serves on the Texas Counseling Association’s Executive Board. He was also appointed by the Collin County (North DFW) Commissioner’s Court to serve on the Collin County Local Behavioral Health Authority (MHMR) Life Path System’s Board of Trustees. He has also on several occasions, testified in front of the Texas House and Senate Health and Human Services Committees as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for advocacy of mental health related bills. Dr. Dean’s passion, strong leadership, and desire to create a greater social interest with his work has led him to creating Ulead Ulearn Professional Training Company, to provide companies, universities, schools, and organizations with a better understanding of the impact of behavioral and emotional health in their environment. Furthermore, helping companies achieve their goals by fully understanding their work-force, and addressing their concerns. Dr. Dean is an engaging, fun, inspirational, and high energy speaker with expertise in business and leadership development, relational health and communication, team building and trust, mental health legal and ethical compliance, emotional intelligence, workplace environment, and anger and conflict resolution. Dr. Dean has researched and taught on topics that hold individuals, employees, and executives from producing at their ultimate capacity. He in a concise, clear, and highly motivational delivery method communicates and delivers his message to his audience and calls for them to begin to take action on their lives. Media & Press Requests Please Email: [email protected]

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