Ashley Catanyag is a full-time student at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. She currently works in two field placement settings with the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc) and the 18th Judicial District Probation Office. For RMvlc, she provides intake assessments for victims of crime and completes assessments on legal needs, providing clients with basic legal information, referrals, and advocacy as needed. At the 18th Judicial District Probation Office she provides supervision to probation clients, keeps accurate records of client contacts, writes court reports, evaluates client needs, develops community referrals accordingly, and more.
In addition to her field placement work, Ashley is on a research team with University of Denver's Institute for Human-Animal Connection where she studies the effects of animal- and horticultural-based interventions in complex treatment and special education settings. She also works part-time at the University of Denver Library's Research Center and volunteers as a Crisis Counselor with the Crisis Text Line, a global non-profit organization that provides a free mental health texting service.
Ashley is particularly interested in crisis intervention, forensic immigration evaluations, and victim advocacy. From taking calls on her local crisis hotline to providing need-based legal support to victims of crime, Ashley hopes to foster meaningful, healing relationships with people from all walks of life. During her graduate career, she seeks to gain firsthand experience working in culturally diverse and specialized settings.