Please join The Writers’ Exchange in congratulating Richelene Cesar in the successful completion of their dissertation:
I researched whether mental illness and criminality self-stigma would reduce among correctional psychiatric patients within a prison setting after engagement in Narrative Enhancement and Cognitive Therapy (NECT). I also explored whether NECT would have a beneficial impact on self-efficacy and self-esteem over the course of the treatment.
WEX is always interested in learning from successful writers about their process. Here, Richelene Cesar shares a few pointers:
How has WEX professional coaching/editing support promoted your academic and/or professional success?
I found WEX’s attention to detail to be extremely helpful during this process. There were little things I hadn’t realized I missed while completing this dissertation, and with the help of WEX, I was able to put forth the best version of my work. I really appreciated their dedication to helping me!
What advice would you give to others writing a dissertation?
Take your time, and get support where you can. This is a difficult process, but it’s not impossible, and you never have to do it alone.
What are your next steps in your academic/professional career?
I am currently a psychotherapist and consultant at a group practice in Boston, MA called, And Still We Rise, LLC. We specialize in decolonizing mental health and making mental health care accessible to routinely marginalized individuals.