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Clinical Psychology: Master of Arts Program

Providing a basic foundation in Clinical Psychology, our Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology program is a 48 credit-hour program that can be completed in as little as 2 years, but must be completed within 5 years. Comprised of coursework and practicum training grounded in the discipline and practices of professional psychology, our curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for further study of clinical psychology at the doctoral level.

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It is not unusual for someone who learned something about a disorder to begin looking at how one might fit the diagnostic criteria. The ‘medical student syndrome’ (where the medical student imagines he or she has every disease studied about) can affect us all. We can become overly burdened with the thoughts of having a psychological disorder. It is important to keep in mind that each mental disorder in the current diagnostic manual requires a precise number of symptoms, over a certain period of time, and under a certain intensity in order to be diagnosed by a trained professional. With this said, we all will possess a symptom or two for nearly all of the recognized disorders. This experiencing a couple of symptoms does not automatically result in a diagnosis for anyone.

Let’s look at anxiety as an example. We all experience anxiety throughout our lifetimes. Anxiety happens to be a helpful, naturally occurring human emotion. Anxiety is a genetically engrained mechanism that the entire animal kingdom utilizes to not only avoid danger, but also pursue life-sustaining activities. There is a normal level of anxiety that we all should experience when faced with life’s stressors. Anxiety is typically a stress response, and helps us take the necessary steps to accomplish the needs of each particular stressor. The proper response may be to run away from or run toward a particular stimulus. The proper response may be to speed up one’s reaction or slow down to think more clearly. Each of life’s important tasks requires a certain amount of anxiety to properly respond to it.

For some of us, our anxious reaction may be more than the situation requires for resolution. This would be considered an overreaction. This too is a common occurrence for many individuals under certain specific immediate life stressors. The occasional ‘overreaction’ still does not constitute the need for an anxiety disorder diagnosis.

There are some of us who perpetually feel a sense of being anxious. The common expression of these anxiety symptoms are reported as a combination of the following:

always feeling tightly wound up,
always on edge,
constant knee jerk reactions to most circumstances,
inability to fall asleep or get a good night’s sleep,
feeling stressed upon waking in the morning
overreacting to most of life’s circumstances

As you can read into the above mentioned symptoms of anxiety, it is the persistence of the feelings that can be of concern. If you experience these feelings persistently, then visiting with a mental health professional may be a good idea. You still may or may not have an anxiety disorder. If your life experiences are more alike what was mentioned in the first three paragraphs, then it may be that you are simply responding to life’s stressors from within the tolerable threshold of anxiety.

Written by Michael J. Maxwell, Ph.D., LPC-S, NCC, CSC | Associate Professor at Argosy University, Dallas

The information and opinions expressed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of the author, and do not represent the opinions and ideas of Argosy University.

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Accelerated Degree Programs: Gain Master’s Level Experience While Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree with MAP
You have goals to expand your education beyond a Bachelor’s degree—and you’re looking for the best route to compete your educational aspirations. Argosy University’s Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) allows qualifying undergraduates to take select graduate-level courses. These accelerated courses count toward completion of a Bachelor’s degree and can lead to advanced standing in one of Argosy University’s Master’s degree programs. Generosity

MAP is offered at 18 locations of Argosy University and through Argosy University, Online Programs.

Students in MAP will have the opportunity to learn from experienced graduate-level faculty. And the coursework you’ll take satisfies the requirements to complete your Bachelor’s degree. MAP is a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program, providing networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers.

Not everyone is eligible for the program—to take graduate-level courses, you need to be accepted into MAP and have a CGPA of at least a “B” (3.0). To apply for the program, current undergraduate students must have already completed between 60 and 105 undergraduate credits.

Students transferring into Argosy University who wish to join MAP must have completed up to 90 credits and meet all requirements for MAP acceptance—as well as the school’s admissions requirements. Applicants new to Argosy University may transfer from 60 to a maximum of 90 credits toward a Bachelor’s degree.

Once you’re accepted into the accelerated master’s program, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 12 graduate credits in one of the areas established by the University. These credits will apply toward your undergraduate electives.

MAP is a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program, providing networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers. Ready to learn more? Visit Argosy University’s MAP page for more information.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868 © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is
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Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Argosy University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by Argosy University.

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Dr. Crystal S. Collier, dean of clinical psychology programs at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, was recently named president-elect of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

Dr. Collier received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio. She has expertise and teaches in the areas of diversity, family, and child therapy. Dr. Collier’s theoretical orientation is primarily influenced by assimilative psychodynamics and family systems.

Prior to teaching at Argosy University, Tampa, Dr. Collier taught at Wright State University. She has researched the doctoral-level experiences of African-American females in clinical psychology, diversity training, and the prevention of conduct disorders in preschool populations. She is interested in working with diverse populations of children, adolescents, families, and parents.
Dr. Collier is professionally affiliated with the Association of Black Psychologists, NCSPP and the American Psychological Association.

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Community Mental Health: Then and Now
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The community mental health movement in America began in the 1960’s as a grass roots effort to meet the different needs of evolving regions. In the Midwest, workshops were provided to lessen the stress of unemployment, manage life adjustment issues, and to beat the ‘holiday blues’. In the Southeast and larger metropolitan cities of the East and West Coasts, community mental health centers (CMHC) focused on diversity issues and teen pregnancy. While in the far Southwest, CMHC worked with Native American populations on economic oppression and the impact of tribal segregation.
What do all of these have in common? They reflect awareness of society’s effects on every member of a community. They possess a shared perception of clients as whole persons with a range of personal strengths, resources and limitations. CMHC’s reflect a desire to prevent debilitating problems in schools and communities. They strive to understand unique needs from diverse cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. Lastly, CMHC’s strive to empower people and communities in order to become strengthened when counselors’ help clients learn ways to help themselves.
Imagine a snowball, cold and wet and compacted between your hands. Now, imagine that you roll that same snowball down a mountain. As the snowball starts rolling down the mountain, it begins to gather more speed. It also gets much larger, as more snow is packed onto its surface. By the time the snowball reaches the bottom of the mountain, it is no longer small, fluffy, and innocent. Instead, it is quite large and possibly dangerous. That is what has and is happening in communities across America. From political unease, sexism, racism, domestic violence, addiction, and other mental health concerns community mental health centers have evolved to help communities that are suffering from psychological or social discord.
So how are community mental health centers meeting this challenge? What does it take to be a community counselor (CC)? Community counselors must display excellent communication and leadership qualities. These counseling professionals connect with and better understand the problems and causes of problems that some communities may face. Leadership skills are important, because they help community members feel more trusting and willing to follow the advice of community psychologists.
The assumptions of CC’s are that environments nurture or limit the people in them. To nurture a community they must be positive, rich in opportunities to learn, supportive, and offer opportunities to interact in a positive way with each other. Negative environments limit the member’s development and stunt their growth. Therefore, it is not enough to counsel individuals; to promote well-being we must influence contexts where they live.
The goals of CC’s are to facilitate individual and community empowerment in a multifaceted way. This is a new vision as we play multiple roles with multifaceted and a culturally sensitive approach; a multifaceted approach is more efficient than any single-service approach can be. This new counseling approach focuses on:
• Group counseling
• Psychoeducational interventions
• Alternative strategies
• Making changes in environment to foster well-being
• the counselor as an architect to structure opportunities (within bounds of culture).
Ultimately, prevention is more efficient that remediation and with the multicultural nature of development central to planning and delivery of services, today’s community mental health centers and counselors are having a direct positive impact on their environment.

Written by Dr. Joy Guinn Shabandar
Dr. Joy Guinn Shabandar is the department chair for the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences at Argosy University Los Angeles, CA.

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Educators, Administrators, and Leaders!
Argosy University is pleased to announce the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership non-certification degree program, offered through the university’s College of Education and designed for those in California preparing for or advancing their careers as educational leaders in professional positions as school district, regional, state, or national administrators.
The EdD in Educational Leadership degree program is a 60 credit hour program with goals that include demonstrating professional competence, using personal growth and interpersonal effectiveness to effect positive change in the lives of candidates and students, developing ethically and culturally responsive practices that acknowledge all facets of a pluralistic society and developing learning community practices that reflect an awareness of social issues and a commitment to social justice.

The program is offered at Argosy University’s Los Angeles, Orange County, and Inland Empire campuses.

Argosy University (, with 28 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students. With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in psychology, behavioral sciences, business, counseling, and education.
For more information about the program, visit or call 855.690.5043.
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.

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It’s not too late to complete the degree you want! No matter what happened when you were a student in the past, we can help you get back on track toward becoming a graduate of Argosy University.

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Education that fits your life

At Argosy University, we offer flexible learning options so you can complete your studies in a way that fits your schedule. We’ll work directly with you to understand your needs and to develop a schedule that will help you to balance your personal, professional, and academic life so that you can successfully reach your educational goals.

Return to Argosy University

Congratulations on deciding to finish your academic program! If it has been more than one year since you last attended Argosy University, request information here and we’ll be in touch soon. If you attended Argosy University within the last year, please contact the Argosy University location at which you were most recently enrolled to discuss your return.

After speaking with you and receiving any necessary readmission documents, we'll review your records and work together to ensure that your transition back to Argosy University is a smooth one. Students returning to a campus location are encouraged to meet with us face-to-face. We’ll either call you to discuss what time works best for you, or you can select the day and time you’ll be stopping by using our online appointment scheduler. After you make an appointment, we’ll send you a confirmation email about your scheduled visit. It’s that easy!
Transfer to another Argosy University location

We can help you transfer between Argosy University campuses or transfer to an online program. To get started, contact your academic advisor or counselor. To learn more about this process, visit our Transfer and Prior Learning Credits page.
We’ve got answers to your important questions.

For more information, contact the admissions office at one of our Argosy University locations. For financial aid questions, see our list of financial aid contacts here.
Readmissions FAQs

Q: Who would I contact at my former campus to inquire about returning?

A: If you have withdrawn from all of your classes and would like to return, follow the readmissions process described above.
You can also your contact the Argosy University admissions office to assist you with your questions about returning to classes.

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Q: Will all my credits I previously earned at Argosy University still be valid?
Q: I’ve attended another school/college since I last attended Argosy University. Will those credits transfer back to the Argosy University location I want to return to?
Q: I was dismissed from campus and now desire to return. How should I proceed?
Q: If had a scholarship when I previously attended, would it still be valid if I choose to return?
Q: Are there any fees in returning to Argosy University?
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Did you know that modern dental drills can reach speeds of 800,000 revolutions per minute? Yikes! On this day in 1875, a dentist in Kalamazoo made dental history. On January 26th, George Green received a patent for his new-fangled electric dental drill. We hope our Dental Hygiene program students will appreciate this bit of trivia!

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Pursuing a Career in Criminal Justice: It’s More Than Just CSI

With crime scene television shows continuing to sustain viewership, it’s no wonder that pop culture has coined the term the “CSI Effect” to describe the influence TV shows are having in courtrooms across the country. Even NPR covered the phenomenon, quoting a Nevada coroner as stating,” [Shows like CSI have] caused some problems. And some of those problems are [that] people expect us to have DNA back in 20 minutes or that we’re supposed to solve a crime in 60 minutes. It doesn’t happen that way.”

So what is it really like to work in Criminal Justice? The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth outlook will increase by 4% through 2024, meaning that over 33,000 new members will be added to the country’s police and detective forces.

In positions for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists, the job growth outlook is also 4% through 2024.

Preparing for a Career: A Solid Educational Foundation in Criminal Justice

Argosy University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice that is designed to provide criminal justice practitioners and those wishing to enter the field with enhanced critical thinking, communication, research, and professional skills for career development, promotional opportunities, and specialized assignments.

The program is offered online and at campus locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hawaii, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Sarasota, Tampa, Twin Cities, and Washington DC.

Depending on the location where you take classes, you may select concentrations that can include corrections, forensic psychology, homeland security, management, police, security management, and substance abuse.

What You Can Do With Your Criminal Justice Degree

The Criminal Justice program at Argosy University incorporates theories and methods that prepare graduates for possible jobs working for federal, state, and local government agencies, security companies, private investigation services, business and retail stores, law firms, and in private probation.

Careers in criminal justice include working as a criminal investigator, corrections officer, legal assistant, customs agent, court administrator, detention deputy, detective supervisor, juvenile corrections officer, security manager, safety coordinator, or clerk of court.

Ready to learn more? Visit Argosy University’s Criminal Justice program page to choose a location where you’d like to study. Then contact us and get working toward your future in Criminal Justice.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868 © 2016 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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Argosy University Grad Promotes Teamwork Through Special Olympics Arizona

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio promise to bring attention to the world’s greatest athletes. But back in the United States, athletes of all abilities will be playing together to promote the value of sports and a healthy lifestyle through Special Olympics Arizona’s #PlayUnified campaign. It’s an initiative supported by the work of Argosy University, Online Programs graduate Brittany Doud.

Brittany is the Director of Support Programs for Special Olympics Arizona. She plays a part in promoting the organization’s health programs and is raising awareness for Unified Sports®, athlete and youth leadership, and social inclusion through the #PlayUnified campaign—in which people with intellectual disabilities (athletes) and people without disabilities (partners) are encouraged to stay healthy and build friendships through Unified Sports ®.

Unified Sports® promotes social inclusion and healthy living by pairing teams of similarly aged and skilled Special Olympics athletes and partners to #PlayUnified. The goal is to make sports and social inclusion a common theme in their lives. Brittany adds that Unified Sports® and Healthy Athletes® screenings are offered free of charge to Special Olympics athletes and partners, as a way to provide the most optimal and quality athletic experience.

Special Olympics Arizona is making an impact on the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities—providing them with sports training and access to health care in a supportive and socially-inclusive environment. Brittany says that her education taught her how to discuss sport anxiety and athletic psychology. “We wrote papers on identifying levels of anxiety before, during, and after athletic competitions. I love that we have Clinical Directors using similar documents with Special Olympics Arizona when we meet with our athletes in Sport Psychology screenings during state competitions, like the Summer Games.”

Special Olympics Arizona is also excited that its Gilbert Roadrunners Unified Soccer Team is in Rio to showcase Unified Soccer® in Brazil. The team even received local news coverage to showcase its trip to Brazil.

Brittany earned two degrees from Argosy University, Online Programs. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and in 2015, she earned a Master of Arts in Sports & Exercise Psychology. Learn more about Special Olympics Arizona and the types of programs that Brittany supports by visiting and following on social media!

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. Argosy University, Online Programs 2233 West Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 ©2016 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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