Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students office is here to help you make the most of your time at William James College.  Whether you’re seeking academic support, increasing your involvement in student life, career services, or searching for personal support and self-care – our team is here to assist you.  Our office works to support individual students, collaborates with student leadership and organizations, and creates community and social programming for the William James community.

Our team focuses on five main tenets in our goal to serve students.  We strive to support and create opportunities in the best ways to compliment your classwork.  This work is done around:

  • Academic Support
  • Career Development
  • Community Building
  • Mental Health and Self-Care
  • Social Programming

Through these goals, we provide students a variety of services, programs, and activities.  Students can receive academic tutoring, career counseling, attend one of our many professional and academic enhancement programs, get involved in student leadership, participate in diversity events, socialize across departments, and receive personal assistance for any type of concern.

The Dean of Students office is here to ensure students have a dynamic, supportive environment needed for success.  We invite you to explore our services in more depth below, learn about our team, stop by our offices, and join us at events and programs throughout the year.

Wishing you success,

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper, MEd, JD
Dean of Students
josh_cooper@williamjames.edu

Fall 2018 Events and Programs

Events are subject to change so please come back to check for updates including dates, times, and locations. This list is also not complete. More will be added as we continually plan for our community!


Student Game Night!
Thursday September 6, 2018
6:00 pm in Rooms 334/5/6

Get to know your classmates and have some fun! Dinner is included and it’s all free!!


Virtual Student Group Fair
Week of September 10, 2018, online all week

A great opportunity to learn about the exciting and enriching student organizations at William James College, and sign-up to be a member!


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
September 17 & 20, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

Immigrants and refugees are experiencing more barriers in their quest to come to the U.S. Please join us as students, faculty and staff get together to discuss ways of supporting those affected by recent developments in this area. Dr. Nilda M. Laboy will be there to facilitate and lend her expertise to the conversation.


Alzheimer’s 5K Walk To Remember – William James College Team 
September 23, 2018

Did you know that every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease? It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country and currently more than five million Americans are living with the disease. Further, there are an estimated 16 million caregivers of people living with ALZ. The Gero Volunteer Corps and the Dean of Students Office invite you to participate in this year’s Boston ALZ walk. 


Suicide Assessment & Prevention Training Program
Presented by Dr. Larry Berkowitz, a Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm in Rooms 335/336

Pizza and beverages will be provided.


APA Style Workshop
October 1 & 4, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in Room 127

Many students are asking for a review of APA style conventions. This lunchtime workshop will review those quirky APA conventions for in-text citing, reference lists, grammar and word usage. Bring your lunch; bring your questions.


Snackable Learning
October 2 & 3, 2018
12:15-12:45 pm in the Atrium

30 Minutes, Bite-Size Learning, With Snacks!

How Can You Affect the Big Picture as a Mental Health Professional?  Mental Health and Public Policy. Your voice matters during this voting season. Conversation led by Dr. Jodie Kliman.


Voter Registration Drive
October 9 & 10, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the First Floor Lounge


National Coming Out Day Celebration
October 11, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the First Floor Lounge

Everyone is invited for cake to celebrate


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
October 17 & 18, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

Students don’t fit neatly into boxes. Not all students come to William James directly from college. What is it like to come back to school later in life? Or from military service? Or from a different profession? Please join us to talk and hear about the experience of being a nontraditional student at WJC. Joan Axelrod will be there to facilitate and lend her expertise to the conversation.


Belongingness: Where do you fit in?
November 5, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm in Rooms 230/231

Join us to explore concepts of identity and belongingness humorously addressed in the Netflix show Dear White People.


Clinical/School PsyD: Psychology Health Service Provider Career Expo
November 8, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm in Room 336

Current Clinical PsyD and School PsyD students and recent alumni who are pursuing the HSP licensure credential are invited to meet employers and learn about career paths, organizational cultures, and potential postdoctoral and professional opportunities. Students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their CV/resume to give to employers. Business Casual Dress.


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
November 5 & 7, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

"Dichotomous Women and Men“ Breaking down gender roles, stereotypes, and redefining what it means to be good at one's gender role. Please join us to discuss such questions as can women have successful careers and embellish femininity? Can men be masculine and caring fathers? What does it look like in our culture to be both? Facilitated by Gabrielle McPhee, Clinical PsyD Student.


Community Time
November 27, 28, & 29, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

Join us as we decorate lunch bags for local Meals on Wheels programs that serve the needs of the elderly and disabled. Plenty of treats and hot chocolate will be provided!

Spring 2018 Events and Programs

Events are subject to change so please come back to check for updates including dates, times, and locations. This list is also not complete. More will be added as we continually plan for our community!


Immigrant Stories: A Student Panel Student Inter-Professional Event
January 22, 2018
6:30–8:30 pm in rooms 334/335

Four William James College students from Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and Poland will tell their stories in an evening dedicated to a deeper understanding of the immigrant experience. Co-sponsored by Dean of Students Office & Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health.


Brown Bag Discussion Series
January 24 & 25, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Hacking Your DP
Tuesday Group: January 30, February 27, March 27 and April 24, 2018
Wednesday Group: January 31, February 28, March 28 and April 25, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm

Writing a DP can be a challenge, particularly when you are trying to complete courses, do your field work, travel to and from your field site, and have a life. Then, there’s the DP… not knowing exactly what you are expected to be doing …and assuming everybody else does know what they are supposed to be doing. The ARC is offering a series of monthly lunchtime DP groups where you can get help researching or thinking about your project, get tips on writing a DP and get encouragement. Students can attend the group on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. To participate in a group, students should sign up here


Brown Bag Discussion Series
Ferbruary 13 & 15, 2018
12:00–1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Starting A Private Practice presentation
February 26, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm in rooms 334/335

Employers and WJC alumni share their words of wisdom on how LMHCs and licensed Clinical PsyDs can start a private practice.   


Using Library Resources for A Literature Review
March 5 & 7, 2018

Students often find themselves frustrated about how to use EBSCO and other library resources to find relevant articles for a research paper or literature review. This workshop will offer tips and demonstrations to optimize your literature search.


Brown Bag Discussion Series
Week of March 12, 2018
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Social Event—TBD
Week of March 19, 2018
6:00 pm

A creative and fun evening with food too – still TBD!


MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Career Expo
March 26, 2018
6:00-7:30 pm in rooms 334/335

Current MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling students and recent alumni are invited to meet employers and learn about career paths, organizational cultures, and potential professional opportunities for aspiring and new LMHC’s. Students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their CV/resume to give to employers. Business Casual Dress.  Co-sponsored by Dean of Students Office and Counseling Department.


Championing Social Justice Dinner
March 29, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm in rooms 334/335/336

Celebrating student leaders with a strong commitment to social justice, as well as the induction of new scholars into the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy. Hosted by Black Mental Health Academy and Co-Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office & Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health.


Community Time
April 10 & 11, 2018
11:30 am-1:30 pm in the Atrium

De-stressing with therapy dogs and ice cream – an annual College favorite!


LGBTQ Youth: Magnifying the Splendor of the Rainbow – One Day CE 
April 28, 2018
8:00 am-4:30 pm in rooms 334/335/336

Sexual orientation and gender are vital pieces of a young person’s identity. Developing and understanding these aspects of identity present a unique journey for each individual. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth experience a variety of challenges and risk factors because of how others react to the development of their sexual orientation and/or gender expression/identity. This conference builds an awareness of the challenges and adversity that LGBTQ youth face, while exploring ways to address these challenges and celebrate their unique talents, strengths, and gifts of resilience. Available resources for families, schools, faith groups, and communities will be identified. REGISTRATION through CE Webpage Required.

Co-Sponsored by: Dean of Students Office, Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health, Admissions, Concentration on Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience, Counseling Department, Department of Community Engagement, and School Psychology Department  

Fall 2017 Events and Programs

Events are subject to change so please come back to check for updates including dates, times, and locations. This list is also not complete. More will be added as we continually plan for our community!


Paint Night Event for New Students 
September 7, 2017
6:00 pm in the Atrium

A creative night spent painting with new classmates while you enjoy some food and conversation with students, faculty, and staff.


Virtual Student Group Fair 
Week of September 11, 2017
Online all week

A great opportunity to learn about the exciting and enriching student organizations at William James College, and sign-up to be a member!


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
September 18 & 20, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Samaritans 5K Walk/Run – William James College Team 
September 23, 2017
10:00 am at Artesani Park, Brighton

Suicide is a taboo subject for many, yet it touches our clients, their loved ones, and their communities. Join the William James College community to raise awareness, reduce the stigma, and demonstrate with our participation that we want to and can make a difference. 


Research Workshop with the ARC 
Week of September 25, 2017

Students often find themselves frustrated about how to use research tools to find relevant articles for a research paper or literature review. This workshop will offer tips and demonstrations to optimize your research.


National Coming Out Day 
October 11, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm in the First Floor Lounge

Everyone is invited for cake to celebrate coming out as LGBTQ or as an ally.


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
Week of October 16, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Prospectus Workshop 
Week of October 23, 2017

A preview of strategies to organize and write a successful prospectus.


Organizational & Leadership Psychology: Professional Development & Career Enhancement Expo 
November 2, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm in rooms 334/335/336

Life-long learning and professional development is a hallmark of the Organization & Leadership Psychology field. Join alumni, students and professionals for a buffet dinner and networking, as we hear from several regional and national professional organizations which provide ongoing opportunities for career enhancement, development, and networking. Business Casual Dress.


Clinical/School PsyD: Psychology Health Service Provider Career Expo 
November 9, 2017
12:00-1:30  pm in rooms 335/336

Current Clinical PsyD and School PsyD students and recent alumni who are pursuing the HSP licensure credential are invited to meet employers and learn about career paths, organizational cultures, and potential postdoctoral and professional opportunities. Students and alumni are encouraged to bring copies of their CV/resume to give to employers. Business Casual Dress.


Brown Bag Discussion Series 
Week of November 13, 2017
12:00-1:00 pm in the Atrium

This series is an opportunity to join students, faculty, and staff for timely discussions about society and culture that affect our personal and professional lives.


Community Time 
Week of November 27, 2017
12:00-2:00 pm in the Atrium


Blood Drive with Boston Children’s Hospital 
December 7, 2017

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