Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), Clinical Psychology program alumni breakfast: Fostering collaboration and connection

By Alumni Relations Department

On February 3, the Alumni Relations Department together with the Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, co-hosted alumni from the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D), Clinical Psychology program for a breakfast event aimed at nurturing collaboration and connection between the alumni and the university. The Psy.D alumni group was led by USIU-Africa faculty Dr. Charity Waithima, the Program Lead, and Dr. Mercy Njeru, the group’s coordinator. Other participants who graced this event included Ms. Christine Nzyoka, Internship coordinator and Mr. Michael Malenya, Chair of the Academic Committee in the Alumni Association (representing the Chair of the Alumni Association).

The event commenced with warm greetings and introductions, setting the tone for an atmosphere of camaraderie and professional networking. Alumni engaged in insightful discussions, sharing experiences and insights from their diverse journeys in private practice and academia. During the event, Mr. Michael Kisilu, Head of Alumni Relations, presented an overview of the Alumni Department’s activities and discussed potential areas of collaboration for alumni engagement. This presentation sparked discussions on various collaboration opportunities, further enriching the dialogue among attendees.

Notably, the Alumni Association was recognized for scooping the prestigious title of ‘Alumni Association of the Year’ for the second year in a row during the East Africa Employability Summit & Uongozi Career Awards, 2023-24 organized by the Corporate Career Academy (CCA). Discussions centered on the benefits offered by the Association, including access to resources such as the library, gym facilities, counseling services, and career support. The launch of an alumni medical insurance program underscored the Association's commitment to supporting alumni beyond graduation. Plans for future events in Nairobi and Mombasa, including webinars and sports tournaments, garnered enthusiasm as attendees expressed eagerness to engage with students and alumni across Kenya. As the event concluded, sentiments of gratitude permeated the room, affirming the enduring bonds forged within the clinical psychology community.

In their remarks, both Dr. Waithima and Mercy Njeru emphasized the importance of fostering engagement and collaboration among alumni and undergraduates, highlighted mentorship and networking as fundamental pillars of success in the field. Undoubtedly, this event exemplified the spirit of collaboration and comradeship that defines our alumni community.

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