Samuel Landa, M.A.
Candidacy Exam Portfolio
Welcome to my portfolio! This is a page where I select and reflect elements from my education that represents significant milestones indicative of my development as a counselor leader.
I have always been a teacher. From teaching class for kids/teens, to Sunday School for adolescents and college students, to running my own classroom, to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level, it seems to me that God has made it abundantly clear that he wants me in some form of a teaching role.
I am currently working on a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. My ultimate goal in completing it is to teach at the graduate and undergraduate level as a Faculty Professor. God willing, I'll be able to do so in a couple of years.
September 2019 - Present
Providing individual counseling services for graduate and undergraduate students, often addressing issues with anxiety, depression, faith, trauma, relationships, and stress management
Scheduling up to 20 clients weekly, inputting notes for each session, and connecting them to other resources we have on campus for better overall care
Utilizing and learning counseling practices and approaches that can help me better serve my clients: CBT, ACT, attachment-focused therapy, trauma and shame-informed therapy, solution-focused therapy, Gestalt therapy, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, and skill-building
Leading a process group for student leaders to help them learn how to manage their own mental health and help them process the challenges they face as they lead others
Preparing for and providing psychoeducation for students via workshops, enrichment series, and presentations.
Continuing education in areas of trauma, attachment, shame, and EMDR to provide specialized and enhanced treatment and care for my clients
Continually researching my areas of interests which include anxiety, trauma, interpersonal relationships, God attachment, resilience, role dynamics, pornography, and shame
Resident and Online Adjunct Instructor
September 2012 - Present
Teaching as a resident and online adjunct for the Psychology department, specifically the following courses: Honors courses for PSYC 101 (General Psychology) and PSYC 210 (Human Development), PSYC 231 (Psychology of Adolescence), PSYC 312 (Social Psychology), PSYC 420 (Psychology and Christianity), and CCOU 201 (Christian Counseling)
Have taught classes in the following graduate level counseling classes: and
Have taught two classes for the PSYC 150 () class of 600 students
Assisted with planning and execution of all classroom activities and assignments, including creating new exams and assignments, grading, and providing feedback on student assignments
Responsible for leading and managing a team of 9 GAs for a class of 1800 students by overseeing their workload, providing information on classroom management, helping with grading assignments, and leading discussion in team meetings
Coordinator of GSA Programs
March 2016 - September 2019
Implemented a vision and created a working infrastructure for the training of and professional development of more than 250 graduate students
Developed an infrastructure that focused on CAPSS-development for all GSAs and TAs – Commitment to Academic, Professional, Social and Spiritual development of graduate and doctoral students
Established a training program that contributes to the overall development of our Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs) and Teaching Assistants (TAs), which includes organizing orientations and trainings for GSAs
Implemented processes where liaisons from graduate departments would handle the processing of paperwork for their GSAs and TAs
Led meetings with the department liaisons and supervisory professors to determine the roles and responsibilities for their department GSAs and TAs
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.
MY COUNSELING PHILOSOPHY
2 Corinthians 1:3-7