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Tamise Francois ’11

Therapist at South Bay Mental Health

Assumption College, Master of Arts in Psychology

Pine Manor College, Psychology Major

Coral Springs High School, Coral Springs, FL

Life After Graduation

After graduating from Pine Manor, Tamise attended Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Tamise decided to attend graduate school directly after graduating from Pine Manor because, “I’ve always known that I wanted to be a therapist, so right after graduating in 2011 I started the counseling program at Assumption College while working as a case worker at the Key Program in Worcester, and then became a therapeutic mentor at South Bay Mental Health.”

Tamise earned a Master of Arts in Psychology in 2014 and Dr. Mello-Goldner and Dr. Ramirez were both honored and proud to attend her graduation ceremony from Assumption College.

Tamise currently works as a “therapist at South Bay Mental Health providing outreach therapy to my clients and I work with a variety of individuals; children, teenagers, and adults. My youngest client is 4 years old and my oldest is 69 years old. I have many career aspirations. I’m currently working on becoming a licensed mental health counselor in the next year. To always remember why I chose this profession and work to make a difference in people’s lives. If I can change one person’s life then my job has been accomplished.”

How PMC Helped Me

Tamise graduated in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, spending two years at Pine Manor after transferring from a school in Florida. Although she may have spent fewer years at PMC than most of our graduates, she took full advantage of the time she was here and formed long lasting relationships with her professors. Her advisor, current Dean of the College Diane Mello-Goldner, still regularly receives emails and phones calls from Tamise and remembers her well, “after transferring to Pine Manor, Tamise enrolled in my Psychology of Adolescence course during the Fall 2009 semester. Almost from the beginning of the semester Tamise was a constant visitor to my office to ask questions about what we were discussing in class but most often to talk about graduate school. My immediate impression of Tamise was that this was a very determined and motivated young woman. It was clear that her goal was to attend graduate school and that she would do whatever it would take to achieve that goal.” Tamise also appreciates these relationships with our faculty as well, “Earning a psychology degree gave me the knowledge that I needed for my graduate education and well prepared me. Two faculty members Dr. Mello-Goldner and Dr. Ramirez were awesome, these two professors were always there for me and their office doors were always open and they taught me everything that I know. Those two professors allowed me to be myself and always supported me, without them my experience at PMC would have not been the same…I’m very grateful to have met them and they will forever be my heroes.”

During her last semester, Tamise wanted to improve her chances of being accepted into a graduate program and took advantage of our individualized Directed Study program. She worked with one of our faculty members in an individualized writing workshop course, intended to help improve her writing skills, as English was not Tamise’s first language. The course went so well, that Dr. Mello-Goldner has since incorporated a writing workshop module into the Senior Seminar Capstone course. This is a perfect demonstration of the “one student at a time” component of our mission statement, and how our students and faculty work together in a reciprocal fashion.

Tamise completed her senior internship at Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc (BAMSI), COPE (Community Outreach, Prevention, and Education) Center in Brockton, MA which provides education, counseling, and testing to individuals at highest risk for HIV. Tamise feels her “internship prepared me to be nonjudgmental to others and to strive to be the best therapist that I can be. And to never take it personal and always take care of myself mentally and physically because many people depend on me.” Tamise excelled at her internship and demonstrated her excellent work ethic, according to Dean Mello-Goldner, “I have rarely met a student as focused as Tamise. Tamise completed her senior internship at a mental health center located about 45 minutes from campus. When Tamise first told me about the site I thought it was a perfect fit for her and said it was a good thing she had a car to drive there. She then informed me that she did not have a car but would be taking a bus to and from her internship site two days every week for the entire semester. It took Tamise almost two hours to get to the site each day and required that she wake up at 5:30 a.m. in order to get to her site on time. For the entire time Tamise was at this internship, she never missed a day of work and was never late. I was incredibly impressed by Tamise’s commitment to her internship and her level of motivation and maturity.”