A former member of the CORE Lab, Sam Goldman, recently published a paper titled “Into the Fire: Using Process to Teach Undergraduate Clinical Psychology” in the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Journal on her experience with leading group therapy with Dr. William Sharp. Earlier in her career as an undergraduate at Northeastern, Sam had taken a course that utilized observational learning to teach about group therapy and then later returned to the course in her last year at Northeastern as a teaching assistant, during which she got the opportunity to lead a group in psychotherapy. During the semester, Sam had difficulty with the pacing of her group, eventually realizing that this stemmed from the group’s unwillingness to confront their emotions. Once she’d made this breakthrough, she was able to more effectively work with the group. She discovered that in clinical psychology, no matter much theory you learn, there’s no substitute for real-world experience. It takes hard work and a healthy dose of intuition to understand an individual or a group in therapy. Sam currently works as a senior research assistant at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, RI. You can read Northeastern’s coverage of Sam’s paper here.