From GED to PhD: You Can Do It At Any Age!

Capa, 27 de abr. de 2011 - 100 páginas
This little book is a must read for any person thinking of getting a General Equivalence Diploma (GED), struggling through life and thinking of quitting, and anyone who has ever thought about going back to school at any grade or any level ¿ from high school to college. This book is an inspirational and compelling look at one man¿s struggle to go from street-tug, gang member, and teen-heroin addict to become a Doctor of Medical Sociology (PhD). It demonstrates how he learned to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, street-level trauma, learning disabilities, and while in prison, learned to read and earned GED.

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W. Azul La Luz B., PhD, CCHt. Dr. La Luz (who likes to be called just “Azul") was born in Puerto Rico, but was raised in New York City’s Spanish Harlem. While Azul is now a PhD in Medical Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, and Criminology from the Department of Sociology at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, he did not learn to read until he was 19 years old. He specializes in mental health research with an emphasis on heroin addict and comorbidity in minority populations. His dissertation focused on evidence of mental health pathology and intergenerational patterns of heroin use in the Latinas and Latinos in Northern Central New Mexico, with accentuation of accidental drug overdose deaths as suicides. He introduced two new medical sociological concepts in his dissertation, Street-Level Trauma and Cultural-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Azul earned two masters’ degrees from Western Illinois University at Macomb, Illinois: One in Sociology (crime and gender), and the second in Geography (Rural and Urban Planning). Azul is also a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. After all these academic achievements, Azul says he is most grateful and proud that he earned a GED: It was the launching pad which allowed him to travel the extremely long distance from the streets of Harlem in the 1960s (where he was a heroin addict, gang member, and ultimately left Harlem to served a 12 year prison sentence) to the halls of academia in the 1990s.

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