“The natural path for me to take career-wise was to pursue a degree in Marriage & Family Therapy,” he says.
So, Jonathan pursued a bachelor’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. While working for this degree, he learned about the U.S. Army Chaplaincy and the role of the family life chaplain.
“These are the chaplains who are sent to school to get a master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and this then becomes their specialty within the Army Chaplaincy,” he says. “I decided to stay on the route I was going to get my Marriage & Family Therapy degree and license and complete the other religious requirements to become a chaplain.”
Jonathan received his master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Argosy University, Salt Lake City in 2010. He is currently a chaplain candidate in the Utah Army National Guard.
Jonathan chose Argosy University, Salt Lake City because it was set up in such a way that would enable him to work on both his Marriage & Family Therapy degree and his Religion degree at the same time. “Argosy University helped me to pursue my dream of getting my Marriage & Family Therapy license and to fulfill the requirements to become an Army chaplain.”
Some of the highlights of Jonathan’s career have already been realized within the chaplaincy. “During my initial training, many of the chaplains looked to me as the expert when it came to counseling,” he says. “I was able to actively participate in trainings that the chaplains received in counseling and answered their questions as they came to me.”
Jonathan says the faculty at Argosy University, Salt Lake City helped prepare him for his career. “By the end of my degree, I could look at each teacher and feel confident in the quality of training I was receiving from them,” he says. “Because of their teachings, their examples, their experiences, and the research that they drew from, I feel like they set me up for success.”
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