I am a practicum student completing my Masters of Counselling degree through working at The Third Academy. I came to The Third Academy because of my previous experience working with people with special needs and the supportive atmosphere developed by all of the staff. Having a younger brother with autism, I understand a lot of the difficulties and frustrations people with special needs and their families face. I believe that the vast majority of youth are good at heart, and that everyone has value. I hope that in my work at The Third Academy I can help the students believe this for themselves.