Bittersweet Experience

Having the opportunity to teach Abnormal Psychology this semester has been a very bittersweet experience. I truly love teaching. I deeply enjoy supplementing the lecture material with clinical examples of psychological disorders that I have encountered, derived from my many years of experience as a licensed clinical psychologist.

This afternoon’s class was especially rewarding. My students delivered group research presentations. I was enormously impressed by how professional their presentations were; they thoroughly examined each of the psychological disorders that had been assigned to them.

Nevertheless, knowing that this adjunct position will end next month makes me feel very disappointed. I deeply wish that I had the opportunity to teach Abnormal Psychology again next semester. I do believe that, at some point, there will be additional opportunities to teach a variety of college courses again.

Having this teaching experience has been bittersweet, since it’s given me but a brief portal into the type of career that I might have had, as an academically-oriented psychologist. Of course, my multiple chronic illnesses severely disrupted all of my career plans. Regardless, I’m deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to teach Abnormal Psychology again this semester.

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