Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down

I love you, Gabby! You are an amazing woman and you continue to inspire me everyday.

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Just as an interesting aside, I would like to bring up something about my own path in relation to the Gabby Giffords case…

I often feel like I have to defend my reasons for choosing to become a forensic psychologist. My friends and family cannot bring themselves to understand why I would want to sit around and talk to psychopaths or pedophiles all day -as if that is all I will ever do. Everyone always asks me -as if to dissuade me from becoming a forensic psychologist- : “How could you defend, look at, or give treatment to someone like Jared Loughner after what he did to Gabby?!”

First of all, I wouldn’t be able to treat Mr. Loughner. My political relationship/personal ties to Gabby/the case make me the least desirable candidate as a treatment provider for Mr. Loughner. Simply put, it would be a conflict of interest. Although, to pacify my friends, I tell them that if I had no personal interest in the case or those involved I certainly would be able to take him on as a patient. It is not my job to agree with what he did and love him unconditionally. My job is to make sure that I do the best I can in treating my client. Clearly, what he did is repulsive, horrifying… whatever other drastic adjective you want to throw in there. However, he is still a human being. If I were horribly sick (with a mental or physical disorder) I would want someone to help me. Wouldn’t you?

About jgarciamspp

Hello! My name is Jessica Garcia. I am an Arizona native and have moved to the greater Boston area to attend graduate school at MSPP. I graduated, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University (the Barrett Honors College). I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I am currently a 1st year Clinical PsyD student, doing my practicum at FMC Devens. On a more personal note, I love music, theater, reading, learning new languages, and my little dog.
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One Response to Gabrielle Giffords Steps Down

  1. Yes I feel VERY BAD for people with disorders like this. Life can be so unrewarding for certian people. :(

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