American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California

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Our Clinical Psychology programs are designed to prepare practitioner-scholars whose scientific, theoretical and practical foundations enable them to meet the challenges of the diverse settings, populations and communities in which they serve.

We are Non-Profit.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Personal and Professional Preparation

The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California is located in Orange, California, minutes from major freeways and less than an hour away from Los Angeles, Long Beach and Riverside. We are proud to offer a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, with both programs encouraging personal and professional growth while providing opportunities for faculty mentorship and supervised training experiences in the field.

Argosy University, Orange County

601 South Lewis Street,
Orange, California 92868
Phone: 714-620-3700

Clinical Admissions Director

Ellen Shiffman
eshiffman@argosy.edu
714-620-3738

Transcripts and education verifications

Amanda Olmos
aolmos@argosy.edu
310-531-9645

Local Training Sites

Our students are placed in clinical field sites according to their individual interests and needs, and, over the years, we have established connections with a number of regional organizations. Approved sites may include agencies such as:

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Schools & College Campus Counseling Centers
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • Court-ordered Programs
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Medical Centers
  • Correctional Facilities

Recent News

Argosy University and Best Buy Announce Partnership to Advance Education and Training for Best Buy Employees
Argosy University and Best Buy Announce Partnership to Advance Education and Training for Best Buy Employees

ORANGE, CALIF. (May 15, 2018) — Argosy University has partnered with Best Buy to offer its employees more ways to advance their education.

All full- and part-time Best Buy employees, regardless of how many hours they work and including seasonal employees, can receive a 20 percent savings on the tuition rate when they attend one of the programs offered at Argosy University. The partnership tuition rate will apply to eligible students who are employees of Best Buy and who apply to, are accepted to, and attend one of the undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Argosy University after January 1, 2018. Employees who are already enrolled at Argosy University are also eligible on classes moving forward. Additionally, Best Buy offers tuition assistance for employees who pursue higher education.

Argosy University (www.argosy.edu), with 26 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private, nonprofit academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its eight colleges: College of Clinical Psychology, College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design and Western State College of Law at Argosy University.

Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in the areas of psychology, behavioral sciences, business, computer animation, counseling, and education.

“Argosy University is committed to advancing the education and training of today’s workforce,” said Argosy University Chancellor Dr. Cynthia Baum. “We are pleased to partner with Best Buy to make advancing education for their employees more affordable.”

About Argosy University 

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, 601 S. Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868 © 2018 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.   

 

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Private Practice Clinical Psychologist with a Specialty in Sex Therapy
Private Practice Clinical Psychologist with a Specialty in Sex Therapy

Dr. Maggie Dancel

2016, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California

Clinical Psychologist at Nassau Psychology, P.C.

 

 

Dr. Maggie Dancel is a full-time clinical psychologist at Nassau Psychology, P.C. in Long Island, New York. She works in a private practice that serves people of all ages and cultures—but her specialty is individual and couples sex therapy. She also has a part-time position at Bleuler Psychotherapy Center, a community mental health center in Queens, New York. Once she acquires the necessary hours, Dancel will take the exam (EPPP) to become licensed in the State of New York.

 

Dancel earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California in 2016. She chose Argosy University’s program because of the clinical emphasis, comprehensive course of study and accreditation. “The program was focused, and I wanted to earn the highest degree available in the field from a reputable institution,” she said. Dancel completed her degree in five years.

 

“I saw the benefits of the education program after my first year,” she shared. “During my practicum experiences, clinical supervisors recognized that I was well-prepared and knowledgeable. I had the confidence to work in the field and a strong foundation to excel and cultivate my skills.” She noted that the faculty pushed her to succeed. “They saw my potential, they believed in me and encouraged me.”

 

To complete her pre-doctoral hours, she applied to positions across the country and settled on a community mental health center focused on Asian-Americans in San Jose, California, close to friends. She recommends that current students rely on their support systems to help them through the challenges of higher education. “Complete one semester at a time and remember that you are not alone,” she stated. “You have classmates that easily become your best friends.”

 

Today, Dancel is excited to be living in Manhattan, an area that attracted her because of its strong roots in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic theory. She described the city as welcoming and supportive, and while it was a challenge moving across the country, she is pleased to be a member of the city’s professional community. “When I initially moved to New York, I was proactive in cold-calling psychologists, networking and attending events to get my foot in the door,” she mentioned. “Professionals in the city were willing to help and guide me.”

 

Dancel is a member of the following organizations: American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association and the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists. She is working to become a certified as a sex therapist and attends monthly trainings to attain credits toward certification. Dancel was also recently selected as a “Top Healthcare Provider” in Forest Hills, New York by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals.

 

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.  Argosy University, Orange County, 601 S Lewis St, Orange, CA 92868. ©2017 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu.

 

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/679 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

 

 

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Argosy University, Orange County is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Orange County Psychological Association Convention
Argosy University, Orange County is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Orange County Psychological Association Convention

Argosy University, Orange County is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Orange County Psychological Association Convention

Convention Theme: Multicultural Psychology
October 8th, 2017
Convention Location: Argosy University, Orange County

Agenda

9.00-10.30am: Keynote Speaker Address - Dr. Miguel Gallardo, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University - Are we Political Animals? The Role of Psychology and Psychologists in Addressing Sociopolitical Issues

10.30-10.45am: Break

10.45am-12.15pm: Dr. Anne Swanson-Leadbetter, Director of Medical Simulation and Standardized Patient Program Western University of Health Sciences - International Psychology: Trauma Treatment Across the Globe with GAP community

12.15-1.15pm: Lunch

1.15-2.45pm: Dr. Bina Parekh, Associate Dean, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Southern California - An Examination of Historical and Methodological Trends in Diversity Research

2.45-3.00pm: Break

3.00-4.30pm: Current and Future Trends in Multicultural Psychology Panel Discussion (Drs. Gallardo, Swanson-Leadbetter and Parekh) and question and answer sessions

Panel Discussion Chair: Dr. Gary Bruss, Program Dean, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Southern California

4.30-5.30: Poster session and social/refreshments hour

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Founded Mental Health Clinic Specializing in Treatment for Children and Teens
Founded Mental Health Clinic Specializing in Treatment for Children and Teens

Albert Knapp
2012, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California
Founder/CEO of Albert Knapp & Associates

“I chose the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California because I wanted an American Psychological Association accredited* program and because I knew I wanted a respected degree that came with practical experience.”

Dr. Albert Knapp is the founder and CEO of Albert Knapp & Associates, a mental health clinic that specializes in providing treatment to children and teenagers both on and off the autism spectrum. “We provide psychological testing, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, applied behavior analysis and individualized education program advocacy services. I have a team of mental health interns at various levels of training whom I supervise along with an applied behavior analysis department that I oversee administratively,” he states. Knapp is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 25873) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA).

Knapp earned his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California in 2012. It was the culmination of work begun as an undergraduate when he worked as a paraprofessional in a special education school for children with autism. “During that experience, I learned about applied behavior analysis and what a BCBA was. I then moved to California to pursue my Master of Arts in Psychology and BCBA. During that time I worked at agencies that provide applied behavior analysis treatment to children—first as a behavior interventionist, then at a supervisory level,” Knapp adds.

He adds that he chose to earn a doctoral level degree because “selecting a terminal degree in a field of study is one way to distinguish yourself as an expert. I chose the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California because I wanted an American Psychological Association accredited* program and because I knew I wanted a respected degree that came with practical experience.”

Knapp was—and continues to be—particularly influenced by his instructor and mentor, Dr. Kim VanderDussen. “She is always receptive to taking my phone calls and emails to provide support and offer her expertise. Additionally, my clinical research project chair, Dr. Steven Berger, was instrumental in helping me to complete my clinical research project in only nine months. He helped me to realize how [much easier] it is to complete a goal when you have a team of people helping you,”mentions Knapp.

Knapp continued working in applied behavior analysis while pursuing his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. He says, “during my pre/post doc training, I worked with adolescents and teens with mental health and substance issues, and very much missed working with individuals with autism. Once I became licensed, I started an autism spectrum disorder diagnostic testing clinic at the job where I held during my doctoral studies. After one year the agency decided to no longer offer psychological services and I decided to start my own clinic at that time.”

He mentions that his education allowed him to focus on child and adolescent therapy and testing. “This taught me how to effectively work with child and adolescents who do not have autism. I have started to create online content to help other therapists provide effective treatment to children. I am also starting to be sought after as an expert in autism from lawyers, medical doctors, school administrators, and other mental health professionals,” he says.

Knapp recommends that current students identify and pursue their passion. “Find what population you are passionate about as early in your schooling as possible. Then be deliberate about finding opportunities to learn more about the population and work with the population,” says Knapp.

In addition to his clinical work, Knapp is a founding board member and clinical director for the Redondo Beach non-profit Our Village, a social learning community, which provides low to-no cost evidenced-based social skills training to individuals with social difficulties in childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.

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. Argosy University, Orange County, 601 South Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/627 ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/679 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

*The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

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