Teri Wilkins

Life-long learner. Educator. Thinker.


Her ideas, information, and positive approach were inspirational and motivating.

–ACHS Faculty Member


Immersed in the Data

June 19th, 2013

Well, I am getting closer and closer to the end goal. At Loyola University Maryland, I have three defenses I need to pass in order to complete my dissertation and obtain my Ph.D. The proposal defense consists of a presentation before my committee, where I justify why my work will make a difference. I passed that in April. It was a bit nerve-wracking, but my committee members are wonderful and provided me with some great suggestions. The next defense will be in the fall; that is the data defense. I am currently analyzing the data and am grateful for the many statistics courses I had to take. After the data defense, I will face the final defense where members of the pastoral counseling community will be invited to my presentation. I have attended many final defenses of my classmates, and I have had the opportunity to see them hooded at graduation (via live feed). As long as I am successful at the next two defenses, I will be the one being hooded next May!

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October 24th, 2012

In the alphabet soup that follows my name, I now have two additional endorsements: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Basically, that means I can practice without supervision, and I can provide supervision. Now for the last of the changes: I am hoping to change the ABD to Ph.D. ASAP!

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September 2nd, 2012

I am happy to report that I have finished all of the required coursework for my Ph.D. in pastoral counseling so I can legitimately call myself a doctoral candidate. I have only to complete the dissertation (thus ABD: All But Dissertation). I have to submit a proposal to the faculty, and I hope they will approve it. My committee chair is a hard taskmaster, but I think I will have a fantastic final product due to his high expectations. This may be the last post for a long time because I anticipate I will be inundated with my writing. Stay tuned for the title changing from ABD to PhD!

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The Final Semester

January 25th, 2012

I am finding it surprisingly bittersweet to be in my last semester as a student at Loyola. By the time May arrives, I will have completed all of my academic coursework. While I will be very happy without homework assignments, I will miss the stimulating discussions and the warm atmosphere of the classrooms. Of course, I will be immersed in the work needed to write and defend the dissertation. If all goes well, perhaps I can claim the title of “Doctor Wilkins” by the end of this calendar year.

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Doing the Research

November 26th, 2011

This is an exciting time for me. The semester is winding down, and I’m really grateful because it has been intense. In addition to my classes, I have had the opportunity to co-author some publications, and now I’m involved in some intriguing research. Because I’m studying pastoral counseling, spirituality and religiousness are part of the package when considering aspects of human functioning. The latest research will examine the association between business-related variables and spirituality/religiousness. I’m eager to see where this will lead.

If you are willing, please participate in the survey we are using to accrue the data:

It is a bit long, granted, but your willingness to contribute will help us to examine the relationships among all the variables. Thanks in advance!

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Back to the Grindstone

September 10th, 2011

September has begun and so has my school schedule. As I begin my final year of coursework, I am having some mixed feelings. While it is exciting to be nearing the end of my doctoral program, it is also a little scary. I am looking forward to interacting with my professors and classmates, but the thought of the huge pile of required readings is a bit overwhelming.

In addition to taking classes, I will continue to work at Key Point as a psychotherapist and to work at Loyola as a graduate/teaching assistant. Weekends will be spent with my nose in a book (or pdf file) or writing papers. My apologies to my family and friends, but the fall semester will be over in December. That’s the month (or perhaps January), when my newest grandchild will arrive!

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