Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Masters in Counseling with a Specialization in Children & Adolescents

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in every 5 American children between the age of 3 and 17 experiences a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of these children and adolescents receive treatment. To meet the mental health needs of today’s youth populations, the psychology department is now offering a Masters in Counseling with a Specialization in Children and Adolescents beginning Fall 2019!

Focused Study and Practice on Youth

Unlike other counseling programs, our Masters in Counseling is intensively focused on developing the clinical skills necessary to specialize in serving youth populations. Graduates of the program will be ready to pursue LPCC licensure in California and work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Public and private mental health agencies
  • Public school mental health programs
  • Private practice
  • Hospital-based practice
  • Juvenile justice-based practice

Program Highlights

  • APU faculty-mentors bring expertise and experience working with youth health and mental health needs, including best practices for treatment, childhood substance abuse, trauma & recovery
  • Full and part-time options available for flexible completion time
  • Evening and online courses to fit your schedule
  • Learn through practice in a variety of settings, in collaboration with a fieldwork mentor

To learn more about the program and apply, visit www.apu.edu/counselingpsych

Minor & Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Interested in becoming an entry level Substance Abuse Counselor? Our new minor in Alcohol & Drug Counseling is available Fall 2019. It is 24 units and open to all APU students. It aligns with all educational courses required for certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Students who complete the minor will be given a certificate of completion from our CCAPP approved program. Students with the minor will be eligible to complete the final components necessary for certification as an entry-level Alcohol and Drug counselor as determined by the CCAPP.

For more information about the minor in Alcohol & Drug Counseling, click here.

Child Life Updates

To kick off Child Life Month, follow apu_childlife on Instagram! You’ll see pics of our students, faculty, and what’s trending in the world of APU child life. You can see the latest successes of our child life graduates and support children’s psychosocial needs by buying them toys while in the hospital! Check out our toy wish list and consider buying some kiddos at our partnering hospitals and programs some presents before March 29th! Feel free to share our wish list, drop some children’s gifts off at the psych office, and encourage friends and family to participate. If you are curious about what child life is and what child life specialists do, visit: Association of Child Life Professionals. Or, chat with one of our many child life faculty.

What else is going on in the life of child life? We are gearing up for a short-term study abroad program with 10 undergraduate and graduate students. The study abroad experience includes child life practicum at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. The program will include pre/post orientation, daily group supervision, and debriefing following hospital service each day. We’re excited for this opportunity to learn and explore Cape Town, South Africa and develop our appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism!


Regional Campuses Making an Impact in Community

APU’s psychology major is not only offered at the Azusa campus. It’s offered at several regional campuses, including San Diego, Inland Empire, High Desert, Murrieta, and Orange County, to better serve professional students. We are incredibly proud of our professional programs’ impact in their local communities. For instance, members of the psychology club at the High Desert Regional Center are actively engaging with their local community to better serve county mental health programs, private practices, and the local court system.

In February 2019, 35 APU students were led by psychology faculty member from the Murrieta campus, Paul Bernard, to help the community of Paradise, CA. Professor Bernard founded “Paradise Rise,” to help the Paradise community sift through the rubble of its homes lost in the Camp Fire. To learn more about their trip and hear students describe their transformational experiences, check out paradiserise.com

Faculty Corner: What does psychology have to say about politics?

APU psychology professor, Dr. Brian Collisson, reminds students that, “in a chaotic political environment, it is comforting to know that people’s thoughts and behavior are remarkably predictable.” Within Political Psychology (PSYC 420), a newly created course, Dr. Collisson applies psychological theory to various political phenomena, including political identification, voting behavior, nationalism, terrorism, social movements, and revolutions. If you’re interested in political psychology and want to earn GE credit for Civic Knowledge and Engagement, consider enrolling in Collisson’s PSYC 420 class in the Fall!