“My concerns were addressed, and my questions were answered,” she said. “I genuinely
felt understood by the faculty. I felt assured that the MAPP program at PCOM would
help me succeed and reach my potential.”
According to Dorvil, the application process was easy to follow and she received step-by-step directions from PCOM. The fact that
the program is offered entirely online was also very important to her.
“This made attending graduate school an option for me, as I had concerns about the
commute to and from school,” she said. “I appreciate the flexibility of the MAPP program;
it is accessible and convenient.”
Another strong point of the program for Dorvil has been the ongoing faculty support.
“The MAPP faculty is always available for assistance whenever needed and supports
all the students in navigating the courses and curriculum,” she said. “There is such
connectedness, joy, kindness, and warmth within the MAPP program among the staff and
students at PCOM that I have often forgotten I’m in a virtual classroom.”
As she has progressed through the program, Dorvil has also developed an appreciation
for how the courses connect, relate and build off each other.
“Everything I have been learning over the past months is coming together, and I have
had many ‘ah-ha’ moments, showing me that everything is making sense, which I have
genuinely enjoyed,” she explained. “I have learned tremendously from each course and
seen significant growth within myself, my interactions with others, and my environment.”
The MAPP program, Dorvil added, has helped her develop and grow her motivational interviewing and scholarly writing skills, and has widened her perspective on the importance of
a biopsychosocial approach.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about positive psychology interventions (PPIs)
and the research supporting their effectiveness,” she said. “Self-compassion is one
of my favorite concepts; as I continue my education, I am excited to use what I have
learned from the MAPP program as I get creative, create, and develop PPIs of my own!”
Upon completion of her degree, Dorvil plans to continue her education and pursue a
“I will forever be grateful to the MAPP program for educating me on the foundations
and application of positive psychology within institutions, workplaces, and among
diverse populations and communities,” Dorvil said. “The program has helped me improve
my critical thinking, communication, and scholarly writing abilities and recognize
and use my strengths. I feel excited about my future and my journey in positive psychology.”