Alfred Hoppert earned his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University in 2017. “I would highly recommend Avila’s MSCP program over others, mainly due to the growth you achieve in the program being very personalized,” said Hoppert who is now using his degree as a Substance Use Disorder Program Supervisor.
How did Avila prepare you for your career?
The coursework centered on psychological science allowed me to apply the things I learned towards an internship. I felt like I was already ahead of my peers when seeking employment after graduation because I knew where I wanted to focus and how to work towards my goals.
Graduates are immediately ready for practice due to the rigor of Avila’s program, and that is why, as a supervisor in the field, I and others consider this when interviewing individuals for employment.
What professional goals do you have for the future, and how is your Avila education preparing you to pursue these goals?
I want to grow as a clinician and help educate and facilitate the growth of the next generation of clinicians. This is something that Avila’s MSCP program holds as a value and was passed down to me when I was a student. Avila’s program doesn’t just educate, but it fosters a way of finding meaning in the things with which I am engaged.
Who at Avila did you form an inspired relationship with, and how did they assist you?
Dr. Wagge, Dr. Noble, and Dr. Staves impacted me immensely, but so did all of the faculty. Dr. Wagge helped me see that if I’m not challenging myself, I’m not growing. Dr. Staves showed me how to learn from my mistakes and not dwell on them. As for Dr. Noble, I learned how to create space for myself and others to grow, by being genuine in the things I do.