Name: James T. Noftle
Title: M.Ed., Ed.D., currently working on M.A. in MFT
School: Currently enrolled at Hope International University
How did you hear about Outreach? friend and colleague at Hope International University
What are some other roles you play in life you would like to share? Educator, Father, Researcher
What led to your decision to be a school counselor with us? Outreach Concern has a good reputation among MFT students looking for practicum sites. I was doing practicum hours at a private site, but wanted additional hours. I have extensive experience in the school setting, so working with Outreach Concern was a natural fit. Moreover, I enjoy observing student grow, mature, and learn.
What are some key elements needed while working with children and adolescents in this role? Understanding of child/adolescent development, Empathy, Authenticity, Good listener, Sense of humor, Supportive
How do you identify change in clients? When a student comes to your office excited about the fact that they have not cut in six weeks; When a student tells you the strategies and interventions put into place have worked; When students apply the study skills you have taught them and grades improve significantly, and they are no longer grounded
How can this practicum/internship experience help you in your future working in the mental health field? This practicum has been extremely significant in terms of opening my eyes to the issues of adolescents. In the future, I would like to focus on self-harm, bullying, and working with adolescents of divorced parents.
What words of wisdom can you share with future candidates of Outreach Concern? Be open to learning about a population you may not have considered previously. Be understanding to the needs, attitudes, and concerns of your students. Be authentic, students respect those who are real. Look for opportunities to make a difference.