Alumnus Profile: Josh Mears
WHAT YOU DO • • • I am an outpatient mental health therapist with Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services (WLCFS). My clinical work focuses on clients who have concerns within my areas of specialty. Those areas are: psychological assessments, child and adolescent behavioral disorders/family conflict, and addictions issues. I also offer educational presentations to community groups, schools, and other agencies. Prior to working for WLCFS, I worked at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater and Dakota County Social Services.
HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE • • • I plan to continue to work with Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services to expand the clinical operations in Minnesota. Additional satellite clinics and expansion of the current services that are offered are some of my career goals. I am interested in looking for additional opportunities where I can mentor other aspiring Christian psychologists either in the role of clinical supervisor or perhaps as an educator in the classroom setting.
HOW BETHANY HAS PREPARED YOU • • • Bethany instructors provided me with a solid foundation in psychological theory and biblical integration of those theories. I am certain that without that firm foundation there are additional concerns that could have arisen during my graduate school training both in my own faith and my professional practice.
WHAT YOU REMEMBER MOST • • • My time at Bethany was filled with many blessings including the forming of many lifelong friendships and meeting my wife. Although I have additional degrees in psychology beyond my training at Bethany, I consider my training there as the most important time in my life. I believe that my time at Bethany was important not only to develop my academic training, but also to form my identity as a Christian.
ADVICE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS • • • Students in the psychology program should educate themselves about the variety of different ways that their Christian worldview will be attacked by a secular world. The program at Bethany does an excellent job of preparing you for those difficulties, but this is an ongoing process. I also highly recommend that students become very knowledgeable about the intricacies of the psychology field including questions about licensure, internships, and accredited graduate school programs. Identify a mentor in the field who can help you navigate the many different professional hurdles that you will need to overcome during your professional development.