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Helping People Through Grief at My Place for Peace

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Posted on April 12, 2018 by Amelia Vanden Berghe ’18, Delaware Valley University counseling psychology major.

Courtesy: Amelia Vanden Berghe Amelia Vanden Berghe ’18, a Delaware Valley University counseling psychology major.

During the spring 2018 semester at Delaware Valley University, I interned with My Place for Peace, with a psychologist who specializes in dealing with grief, both in adults and children. I chose this position because post-graduation I would like to pursue a career as a child life specialist, working with pediatric oncology patients. I am confident that this internship will give me some of the tools necessary to help parents and children cope with their feelings of grief.

In 2012, my cousin passed away from leukemia. This experience not only changed my career goals but also my outlook on life. Originally, I planned on majoring in education and being a preschool teacher, but after I saw the impact that the child life specialists at CHOP had on not only my cousin but also the rest of family I immediately knew that career was for me. This experience brought my family together, made me more thankful for my life, and also reminded me that life is short.

 I found the position with My Place for Peace by networking. I mentioned to one of my coworkers at another job that I was looking for a position working with a counselor and that I eventually want to work with pediatric oncology patients. My contact immediately said she knew just the right person and that she would call her right away. She explained all of my now supervisor’s credentials, how she knows her through their kids, and that she used to be a grief counselor at my old high school. She called my supervisor and told her what I was looking for, how I have a passion for helping grieving children, and some of my other strengths.

Networking is a really important and easy way to connect yourself with people in your field and build long-lasting relationships. By sharing my goal of helping grieving children with the people I know, I found an internship that will put me one step closer to my career goal. 

About the Author
Amelia Vanden Berghe ’18 is a Delaware Valley University counseling psychology major.