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One idea we're considering is certifying this forensic psych fellows program so that you can have an extramural credential for the work you're doing.

If we can get our programitalic text certified, we can certify individual fellows after they complete 25 hours of tutoring. (That's why it's important to note time spent with your peers.)

You can find more information under International Tutor Certification Program at the College Reading and Learning Association Web site.

In a nutshell, our program has to provide at least 10 hours of training, 6 of it live. We have done 2 so far. We also have to have selection and evaluation criteria. Once you begin working with your classmates, make sure to write session notes and encourage your peers to fill out that online survey about the session.

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Profile: B.S. in Liberal Studies-Concentration in Psychology and Law from Marymount University 2010, I received a A.A. in Legal Studies 2004. I was a paralegal for over 20 years, and accustomed to writing legalese; drafting, editing and submitting all types of pleadings. As a non-traditional student I came to Marymount in 2005 to complete my undergraduate work and pursue the M.A. in Forensic Psychology. Along the way, I ended up as the Administrative Assistant in the Graduate Forensic and Counseling Psychology Department in the School of Education and Human Services. As a member of the Forensic Writing Fellows initiative I am available to assist anyone who needs a second pair of eyes. Writing comes easy for some and not for others. However, in graduate school one cannot survive or succeed without some writing skill. I continue to learn and hone my writing because the only way to become a better writer is to write, write, write! Not what you want to hear — the good news is that there is a process or method for everything. In writing I use a method that I call, mapping and of course there is APA, the actual required format for our papers. My writing method "chunks it down" and keeps me focused. I have great respect for every style—each style reveals the writers personality or voice. "No writing question too small — bring your draft." The best way to make an appointment with me is email: ude.tnuomyram|ocnarfed.ecnatsnoc#ude.tnuomyram|ocnarfed.ecnatsnoc

Sorry for the delay Sylvia! Please let me know if you need anything! Thanks!

Joanna Paredes Bio:

I am a first-year graduate student at Marymount University where I am receiving my M.A. in Forensic Psychology. I am the Graduate Assistant for the Department of Forensic Psychology, so you can usually find my on the 8th floor of the Ballston campus.

I’m from Dallas, TX (so yes I am a Cowboys fan!) and moved to Virginia in August. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Dallas in 2009, and wrote my Senior Thesis on the interpersonal relationships of serial killers. I waitressed for 5 years and worked at a coffee shop for 2 years. I also interned at the Legal Action Works Center in Dallas, TX. I mostly worked within family court, dealing with domestic violence and divorce cases.

My method of writing is flexible, and I’m a pretty visual person. Usually I start with an outline and notes to organize my thoughts because sometimes I can be a little scatterbrained before I write a paper. I am also a big fan of highlighting and using tabs! I’ve found that it really helps me remember where I read certain quotes or ideas that I want to incorporate into my papers. I am always open to learning new writing styles and new ideas too!

I am available all day Monday-Wednesday and on Thursday mornings until noon. I do have a pretty flexible schedule though, so I can meet with people on other days if those times are not convenient. I can be a pretty silly person and I like to joke around, but I know when it’s time to get down to business. I will be honest with my comments, but I always remain courteous. As long as anyone needs help, I will be here!

Re: Request for Bios by Joanna ParedesJoanna Paredes, 22 Mar 2010 17:31

Michelle Huffman Bio:

I am a second year grad student in Marymount's Forensic Psych program. I transferred from the University of North Dakota's program. I have a BA in psychology and philosophy from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. I have worked in several areas of mental health, including at a therapeutic preschool for behaviorally/emotionally disordered children, evaluating sex offenders for court, crisis mental health worker in hospitals, and I currently work in vocational rehab for individuals with mental illness.

I typically do not stick to one method of writing, but I always start with brainstorming and whittling down my idea once I have looked through a great deal of research. I am open to new methods for writing and organization. I have a very dry (and usually dark) sense of humor, and I love to incorporate it into work and school. I am available mostly on weekends and evenings, but I can be flexible with my schedule during the day.

Re: Request for Bios by Michelle HuffmanMichelle Huffman, 22 Mar 2010 02:44

Adrienne Hoffman-Lewis Bio:

I'm a first-year graduate student in Marymount's Forensic Psychology program. My undergraduate degree is a B.A. in Psychology from Cal State LA. I'm a returning student, after many years off, and am taking my time with this degree just as I did with my undergraduate. I currently work (almost) full-time at a small art studio in Silver Spring, after having worked the last 12 years in the transportation industry. Before that, I had lots of random retail and waitressing jobs; I've been working since I was 14 years old.

My writing style is pretty flexible and mostly visual. I don't do outlines very well, as I normally have to kick ideas around in my head for a bit before I put them on paper, but I admire those who can work from them. I've been writing creatively since I was quite young, and am an avid reader when on break. I have a wicked sense of humor but am serious when I have to be and when it counts. I'm honest, but not brutally so; I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Most likely I'll be available on the weekends to meet with students that need assistance, but am willing to do what I can to help if someone needs it.

And I agree with Sherrie & Natalie…anything else you need? :)

Re: Request for Bios by Adrienne LewisAdrienne Lewis, 17 Mar 2010 21:32

Natalie (Tallie) Armstrong:

First year graduate student at Marymount University, receiving my M.A. in Forensic Psychology. I'm currently working in the Graduate Admissions Office as a G.A. so if you can't find me elsewhere, that's probably where I am, haha.

Academic/Work History: B.S. in Psychology and B.S. in Creative Writing (Self-Designed Major) from Centre College in Danville, KY (not really sure how I earned a Bachelor of Science for a Creative Writing major but, that's what it says on my diploma so, I'll roll with it). Post-graduation (2007), I interned with the Developmental Neuropsychology Lab at the University of Louisville. Was then hired by the Early Childhood Research Center (also University of Louisville) to work as a Research Analyst for 2 years. While there, I co-wrote parts of manuscripts, published a book review, attended and presented at various conferences, and was enrolled part-time in graduate courses (Justice Administration and Statistics). I also co-taught high-school summer courses in analytical writing and organizational skills/vocabulary building for two summers while an undergrad.

Writing Fellow Related: I've got a flexible writing style and collaboration method. I'm always looking to learn from new methods and ideas. I will be upfront with you regarding my comments, but I will be tactful about it. Respect is a big deal to me :)

Random Facts: Since it looks like I'm a total bookworm let's jazz it up a bit…I was a waitress for 5 years as well as a sports photographer. I'm also terribly accident prone, and my enthusiasm is often mistaken for being a spaz. I've got a "unique" sense of humor, but I'm serious when it counts. I love a funny story. No one has called me "Natalie" in 7 years, so if I don't respond right away, my bad…it's taking some getting used to!

  • I second Sherrie - Sylvia, please let me know if I need to add/change/drop anything! My worst nightmare is that I've come off sounding like an elitist moron.
Re: Request for Bios by Natalie ArmstrongNatalie Armstrong, 16 Mar 2010 03:50

Sherrie DiFronzo: Biological blurb

First year graduate student in Marymount University's Forensic Psychology program. Undergraduate degree: B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. Work experience: Air Force Intelligence Officer; Substitute teacher; Bartender. Not in that order.

Pretty good sense of humor. Willing to work hard to help anyone who is willing to put forth honest effort.

(Not sure what else you are looking for here, Sylvia! Please advise if you need more/other/different info.)

Re: Request for Bios by Sherrie DiFronzoSherrie DiFronzo, 15 Mar 2010 23:49

You'll find the PP from Sunday's training on the Training Materials page—click on "Files." Please leave the Jeopardy! for another day.

What's New by Sylvia WhitmanSylvia Whitman, 15 Mar 2010 18:56

Please take a moment to document each session. Contact your professor or Sylvia (ude.tnuomyram|namtihw.aivlys#ude.tnuomyram|namtihw.aivlys) with any questions or concerns beyond the scope of the note.

I suggest that we use the writer's initials as the "thread"—and each time someone meets with that writer, you'll add a new post, aka your session notes.


FELLOW: Sylvia Whitman

DATE & TIME: 2/7/10, 3:30-4:15 pm

STUDENT: Mary Marymount MM (in training we decided initials would be better … and we'll just let students know that you'll share information about the writing-related content of the session for supervision purposes)



WHAT WE DISCUSSED: Mary asked me if I could edit her paper. I explained that fellows don't edit, but I'd be happy to look over it with her. She said her grammar is atrocious—and she's right!!! But I noticed that her paper didn't really have a thesis, so we spent some time talking about that, and I had her try to come up with one. It sort of clicked. She realized she'd have to reorganize some of her ideas, so I had her make a quick outline without looking at her paper, and then we went back to see what she could pull from where. She left a bit worried that she couldn't do this all before tomorrow, but I encouraged her. As for the grammar, she's going to have her husband read it, and next time she's going to start earlier.







Sample by Sylvia WhitmanSylvia Whitman, 15 Mar 2010 18:46

Thanks so much for participating in Sunday's training. You strike me as a very professional group of fellows!

Please post your biographical blurbs here so that I can write a flyer for Dr. Lindahl to circulate. If you have trouble posting, let me know. I'm out of town Wed.-Sat. for a conference, so the sooner you can do this, the better. ~Sylvia

Request for Bios by Sylvia WhitmanSylvia Whitman, 15 Mar 2010 18:43
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