By Marietta (Mary Beth) Barrett
The pyschology department of Northwest University has two new additions to their faculty this year: Dr. Katherine Winans and Dr. Leanne Schamp.
Winans hails from the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Wash. Thankfully, she was not an inmate; her position was Chief of Psychology Services. She has now transitioned to being the Clinical Training Director of psychology. Her job at NU includes teaching the master and doctoral classes in the psychology program, which utilizes her PhD in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
The college campus is not the working environment Winans is used to.
“It’s a lot different than being in prison,” Winans jokes. “It’s really lovely to experience the positive attitude and energy and faith of the students.”
She says that her work, whether in prison or on campus, has always been about serving. She has served her family, her community, her coworkers and now her students. Likewise, she wants her students to serve by caring as deeply as they think. An education in psychology is not just about brain knowledge. It is about heart, too. That is important to keep in mind, because her students are entering a world with a “growing pandemic of mental health concerns.”
Since beginning teaching for the first time in January, Winans has already discovered some things she enjoys about it. She finds cultivating relationships with her students brings joy. One of her other joys is gardening. Winans describes herself as an “avid gardener.” She also appreciates cooking, travel and men’s college basketball.
Meanwhile, Schamp teaches counseling online from her home in Corvallis, Ore. and is the new Director of Clinical Training for the online counseling program. Her PhD in counseling was received at Oregon State University. No matter the location, though, Schamp promises to be a successful professor. Her ten years of teaching experience in four schools and heart for her students make that clear.
“I love watching students come in with a desire to help people,” Schamp said.
In addition, she likes seeing them become great counselors. The pursuit of being a good counselor is not easy, though, Schamp explains. It requires immense skills in listening and the ability to offer a safe space for clients to talk about difficult topics they can’t share with anyone else.
Besides her love of counseling, Schamp also admires the ocean, forests, coffee and her yellow Labrador, Duncan. She has also recently rediscovered a love of golf, a resurgence from her days in college.
Schamp asks that students not give up in this time. “Don’t lose heart. Be encouraged. God is with us,” Schamp said.