STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel Johansson Graduates From William James College

Below is an announcement from William James College via Merit:

NEWTON, MA — Rachel Patricia Johansson, of Wilmington, has successfully graduated with a Master of Arts in Psychology as a member of William James College’s class of 2022.

Students at William James College, a leading school of psychology in Newton, MA, train to become culturally responsive professionals in the fields of psychology, counseling, human services, and leadership. The graduating class of 193 students will enter these behavioral health fields at a time when they are needed more than ever as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to unravel the mental health consequences of the pandemic, these culturally responsive, highly trained students are prepared to support a world so desperately in need of effective leaders and behavioral health professionals,” Dr. Nicholas Covino, president of William James College said of this year’s graduating class. “They have shown themselves to be compassionate and adaptive, ready to address these challenges while promoting inclusivity as advocates for all of those in need. We are proud and grateful that these students are a positive reflection of our College, which will continue as they enter the field as William James alumni.”

The College held Commencement proceedings on June 12 for students and their families at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Joseph D. Feaster, Jr. Esq., who became a mental health champion after the tragic loss of his son by suicide, served as the Commencement Speaker. He was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters alongside Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka and Michael Carroll, photojournalist, and non-profit founder.

Founded in 1974,William James College is an independent, not-for-profit institution and a leader in educating the next generation of mental health professionals to support the growing and diverse needs of the mental health workforce. Integrating field work with academics, the College prepares students for careers as organizational leaders and behavioral health professionals who are committed to helping the underserved, multicultural populations, children and families, and veterans. William James College alumni can be found making an impact in a variety of settings, including schools, the courts, clinical care facilities, hospitals, the community and the workplace.

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