Amberle Prater (Quackenbush)
VCHS Graduate 2007
Career: Licensed Professional Counselor
My Mission Possible: Most people enter my career with a desire to help people, as did I. After high school, I enrolled in classes at Ohio University with a psychology major, and I later added a minor in Social Services. After completing the 4 years, I applied to graduate school also at OU. I completed my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2013 then proceeded to get my doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. Currently, I am ABD (all but dissertation) for my doctorate and am working to complete those requirements. During my master’s, I worked part time at Hopewell Health Centers in Athens, OH which allowed me to gain some great counseling experience. Last year, I was hired as a Behavioral Health Therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital which feels like a dream job for me. Building a career takes a lot of time, hard work, and dedication, but it is SO rewarding when you reach your goals!
My words of advice: When I was in high school, I decided on a general plan for after graduation. This did not go 100% how I had thought, but I ultimately ended up exactly where I wanted to be in life. My advice would be to keep this in mind as you begin planning and executing your plans. You may change your mind or plans a bunch of times, and that’s okay to do, but at some point you have to stick to something. Sometimes things won’t go as you thought they would, but if you look around, there’s a door somewhere waiting for you. If you want to explore, do it early in your program and do some research. Don’t forget to reach out to professionals and other students in your interested field as well as ALUMNI with similar interests along the way. You’ve got this!