October 03, 2011

Paula Emerick

MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy ’13, professional mentor with Friends of the Children
MA in Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy  ’13, professional mentor with Friends of the Children

Tell us a little about yourself.

I have worked with youth for almost ten years. It’s my life; my passion. My current profession is being a mentor to Portland’s most underserved and marginalized youth.  The relationships I have with the girls I mentor are what inspire me to not only expand my knowledge in the field of family therapy, but to also continue living as a social justice advocate. I strongly believe that connecting with youth and families on an equitable plane that addresses inclusive and affirming space, focuses on holistic healing, and honors communal growth and empowerment is the foundation to my life work.

What’s the most important lesson you learned in graduate school?

You must look inside yourself and face what you carry around before you can even begin to help others.

What’s your favorite class you took at Lewis & Clark?

I have loved and greatly appreciated all the classes I’ve taken at L&C. Specifically because of the diverse perspectives and knowledge that my classmates bring with them to class.

What’s your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place is actually on the way to campus. Taking the Terwilliger Blvd. exit off of I-5 south, you round the corner and there is a line of trees in front of the old Blockbuster. These trees turn the most beautiful shades of fire during the fall and every time I drive to school I am astounded by the beauty of nature.


Learn more about the Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy program.