As a second-year graduate student from Fort Wayne, Ind., Kyna Steury-Johnson wears many hats. While taking a full load of classes in the Huntington University Graduate School’s Master of Arts in Counseling program, Kyna serves as an assistant in the graduate school as well as interning at Hope Alive in Fort Wayne as a counselor. With her full course load and work schedule, Kyna is learning how to balance.
“I am wearing three different hats, and I find it’s not always easy to take off one hat and put the other one on,” she said.
Knowing the difference is important, Kyna says. There is a distinction between classes and real life. Her experience as an intern has taught her that every client is different and requires a different approach, unique to their situation.
“It was a humbling lesson to learn that hurting people don’t really care about my techniques or interventions that I know,” she said. “They just want someone who unconditionally cares about what they have been through and to really listen.”
But the techniques have proven useful for Kyna. Her education at HU has provided her with the theoretical foundations, the interventions, the listening and attuning skills and other basic counseling skills. Even though she is just starting out, she believes that HU has equipped her with the confidence to counsel any individual, couple or group.
Most importantly to her, the Christian-based learning environment at HU has given her an understanding of how to let God care for her soul as she comes along with others in their pain.
Her spiritual growth in this discipline was facilitated by the university in several ways, including classes that start with devotions, prayer, Bible studies or all three. Also, her professors have instilled the importance of scheduling times of solitude and re-focusing, or “re-filling her tank.”
“I can’t imagine receiving training at a secular university where Christ isn’t part of the equation,” she said.