Giving Hope to Prisoners, Addicts, and the Homeless

For Joshua Neri, forensic psychology is a calling that led him to The Chicago School and helped define the difference he wants to make in the world. It was at his first job that he was introduced to the people whose lives he became committed to changing: prisoners, addicts, the mentally ill.

After a few years helping substance abusers complete court-mandated addiction treatment and assisting ex-offenders transition from prison back into the community, Joshua knew it was time to take the next step. He says The Chicago School's mission of diversity and helping the underserved resonated with him.

Joshua is already applying his education to the real world. For his first class project, he interviewed a homeless man and was able to build trust and offer encouragement.

"He gave me a fake name when I first approached him," Joshua recalls. "But when I was leaving, he said he wanted to tell me his real name."

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