Clinical Counseling

From Thanatology to Counseling and Beyond

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WeinsteinElsie Weinstein was thrilled when Hood College developed its Counseling program, which she enrolled in as part of the first class in 2015. Born in Miami, Florida, Elsie has lived everywhere from Laramie, Wyoming to Richmond, Atlanta, New York City, and the Greek island of Corfu. She was accepted to Hood out of high school – she still has her original acceptance letter – but circumstances prevented her from attending. For most of her career, she worked as a paralegal for several law firms in Montgomery County. She was also active with the Maryland Land Title Association, helping to develop ongoing continuing education classes within the residential real estate world. She noticed that much of her energies were going towards counseling others, something that she had always been interested in, but hadn’t wanted to pursue due to policy and politics.

In 2013, Elsie got earned her Master of Arts degree in Thanatology at Hood and then came back for her counseling degree. She currently works for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. Elsie loves to travel and take photographs. She maintains a small side business, making note cards and matted prints of her photography and being hired to document small events; sometimes earning enough to pay those expenses. She looks forward to being able to apply what she is learning at Hood in a private practice. She plans to use her degrees in Thanatology and Counseling to help people dealing with grief and to help them move forward in a life that changes drastically from what one knows and believes. Elsie is a three-time cancer survivor and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Montgomery Hospice, Frederick County Hospice, and 4H Therapeutic Riding Center in Thurmont. She recently attended the American Counseling Association conference in San Francisco as a volunteer representing Hood College.

With two graduate degrees from Hood, we know great things lie ahead!

Outstanding Student- Counseling

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i-R7Tdn3g-L Meghan Davis is the recipient of our newest award, the Parrot-Anderson Outstanding Student Award for Counseling. She came to Hood in 2014 as a student in the Thanatology Master’s Program. She found a passion for supporting families struggling with death through her volunteerism with her local hospice and her own personal experience as a caregiver for a family friend. In 2015, she became dually enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program where she developed her enthusiasm for helping others.  Meghan added her insight and charisma to the classroom, always asking thoughtful questions. She particularly enjoys blending her knowledge of death and dying to the different theoretical concepts of counseling, which often directed her topics for research.

As the first counseling student from Hood College to intern for Linganore Counseling and Wellness, Meghan served as an ambassador for the school, paving the way for future counseling students to work with clients in a local private practice setting. Her experience at Linganore and in the Hood Counseling program has served to confirm her drive and clinical abilities to assist those in the community. She hopes to work with the bereaved and their families in either a hospice or private practice setting.

Alums Forge Careers in Thanatology Field

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Lynne Tobin

Lynne Tobin

Andrea Warnick

Thanatology students Lynne Tobin and Andrea Warnick left Hood with a commitment to making a difference in how people think, feel and communicate about death and dying.

Today, Lynne is a private-practice  licensed professional counselor based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She works with individuals and families during “end-of-life” journeys, facilitates group discussions and advocates for patient-directed care in the state legislature.

Andrea, who holds a master’s in Thanatology and is also an R.N., specializes is helping children who are experiencing the illness or death of a loved one. Based in Toronto, Canada, she counsels in person as well as via webinars, phone and Skype and is also a sought-after speaker.

Learn more about these alums.