I'm interested in taking on a bunk leader type of role at Ramapo for Children, but would my psychology major actually prepare me for this in any way?

I'm interested in taking on a bunk leader type of role at Ramapo for Children, but would my psychology major actually prepare me for this in any way?
2018-11-15T21:27:15Z 1
2018-11-15T21:27:15Z

Former Bunk Leader at Ramapo for Children

over 1 year ago
While my major certainly influenced how I worked with the campers, what is more important is the actual hands-on experience that books can't teach you. I was a very diligent student, but it simply is not the same as being at camp. My knowledge of learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and coping strategies was the most helpful. Although Ramapo seeks out psychology students, be aware that Ramapo is NOT diagnosis-focused. You will mostly be addressing situations in terms of behaviors rather than diagnoses (partly since the majority of counselors are not qualified to make diagnoses or treat patients). There were a few times where I successfully explained brain processes (mostly about the amygdala and frontal cortex) in simple terms to help children manage their emotions. I did use a few skills that I picked up from counseling classes while talking to the campers one-on-one. Overall, the background knowledge from my major was nice, but the experience was more important.
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