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Cassie Fleck


Cassie agreed to be interviewed about her experience in the Counselor Education program

What brought you to the field of counseling?

Cassie knew she wanted to be a school counselor since she was a freshman in high school. The school counselor at her school was “awful.” There was an emphasis on course selection as opposed to counseling and concern for emotional development. In fact, one of Cassie’s friends wanted to go to a specific prestigious school; the counselor told her friend “You’re not going to get in there.” Well, her friend did get in after all. Cassie sees many draws to school counseling, having the opportunity to empower students and make positive changes in lives is an important aspect.

What are your specific areas of interest?

Cassie plans to bridge to Mental Health and the issues she is passionate about happen to coincide well with counseling. For one, there was a counseling taboo in her family, particularly around getting help and the stigma of suicide. She is interested in suicide prevention and awareness, teen dating violence, and the neurological and emotional effects of PTSD trauma. She is also interested in resiliency, how people bounce back from trauma. She is planning to get here substance abuse certification (CASAC-T).

What projects that you have done?

Cassie is working on bringing an “Out of the Darkness Walk” to Brockport’s campus. The walk aims to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention efforts. Brockport’s Prevention and Outreach Services is now a main sponsor. Additionally she is a Research Assistant for a study on critical thinking, deep learning, and online learning. She is the membership co-chair and social media chair for Nu Chapter, volunteers for a Rochester City School District reading program, and is very involved with ACA-NY (New York’s branch of the American Counseling Association).

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Cassie plans to counsel in a school initially and then get a license in Mental Health counseling. Cassie plans to graduate in December 2015.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Share something personal about you that makes you who you are!

Cassie enjoys reading, ever since she could pick up a book. Even 15 minutes of reading can be relaxing. She also enjoys running and kayaking. Cassie finds the support from her husband, as well as students and faculty in the program.

Cassie had a hard time sharing during the Self & Society course. Still, “the fact that it terrified me made me realize I had to do it.”

Michael Morde

Emphasis: Definitely mental health.

Estimated graduation year and semester: December 2016

What brought you to the field of counseling?

Therapy! I had a secret love of seeing my therapists for a decade before it hit me—via some assistance with a counselor—that I could turn my secret into a career at Brockport. That happened in July of 2011 and I haven’t looked back since.

Specific areas of interest?

Professional issues, LGBTQ issues, Group Work, substance abuse, depression, and corrections populations.

;What do you plan to do after you graduate?

I’d really like to be an adjunct and teach some undergrad classes, like “Intro to Counseling.” If that goes well, I’ll consider pursuing an EdD or PhD. I’d also like to work in a community clinic for a few years and eventually join or start a group practice. However, if the state of New York still won’t allow LMHCs to officially “diagnose” clients by that point, I’ll move to another state that is more counselor-friendly. Oh, and I’m also going to marry my beautiful girlfriend Annie. She’s the greatest. And then I will buy a puppy.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I’m a student of classical guitar and also play far more iPad games than I care to admit.  I also really enjoy being active in the counseling community outside of school, hanging out with friends, and ignoring my emails.

Anything personal about you that makes you who you are!

Being trustworthy and honest is really important to me. I don’t care much for rumor mills and grapevines so I’m careful when I’m around them. Also, “Self” class and Privilege, Power, and Difference really raised my awareness about making judgments and assumptions about groups of people. In some form or fashion, I work on those things almost every single day. I’m really grateful for this program. You guys changed my life. Thank you.

Last Updated 10/1/18

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