Once Jayne Kim decided to pursue a career in the mental health field, she knew that Gallaudet was at the top of her list of Universities that would provide her the academic excellence, professional skills and experience necessary for the work she would later pursue.
Jayne now works at an organization called Five Acres, the only community-based deaf services program in Los Angeles County. She works as a therapist in the Deaf Services department. This program provides many outstanding services in ASL such as in-home counseling, outpatient therapy, parent education, and perinatal services in areas of child abuse treatment, prevention, and child mental health services to Deaf children. Jayne’s clients also include hearing children of Deaf Parents and their families in the greater Los Angeles Deaf community.
Jayne reflects on her experience in Gallaudet’s Counseling department, “The faculty of the Mental Health Counseling program challenged and prepared me on a great scale. The experience was nurturing to my professional and personal growth, which ensured that I am armed with the right tools to face the challenges that I might experience after graduation. Little did I know, I was perfectly capable of my job as a therapist and encountered situations where I was able to offer solutions on many levels. This would not be possible without support and confidence from the faculty! I am eternally grateful for their time and dedication, and all the essential skills that were instilled in me during my time as a graduate student.”
A few years ago, the state of California required all of mental health providers/agencies to undergo the transformation from the traditional therapy model to a specific and efficient therapy model called Evidence Based Practice (EBP). Under the new practice, Jayne’s agency aimed to focus on family therapy called Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT). Only thirteen therapists, including two deaf therapists, were selected to receive intensive training. Upon completion of the training, Jayne is now one of only two therapists currently recognized as Deaf-certified Brief Strategic Family Therapists in the nation. Jayne states, “With this achievement, this is indeed a great honor for me to represent my agency and the Counseling program at Gallaudet University.”