Newsroom

Recent News   |   Upcoming Events

Recent News

Uses Blended Approach: Psychodynamic, Existential/experiential and Humanistic Therapy to Assist Patients
Uses Blended Approach: Psychodynamic, Existential/experiential and Humanistic Therapy to Assist Patients

Summer Schneider
2014, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University
Psychologist III at Arizona State Hospital

“[My] education prepared me for a career as a licensed clinical psychologist with coursework that included both emerging research and foundational classic texts, relevant clinical training experiences, faculty accessibility outside of scheduled classes and quality role modeling from expert educators.”

Uses Blended Approach: Psychodynamic, Existential/experiential and Humanistic Therapy to Assist Patients

Dr. Summer Schneider is a psychologist at Arizona State Hospital where she provides forensic programming services to patients. “My primary responsibilities include forensic evaluation and report writing, general psychological evaluation for diagnostic clarification, co-management of two forensic units, treatment planning, individual therapy, group therapy, supervision, consultation and training of direct care staff,” she says.

Schneider works with many populations at the hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility. These include civilly committed men and women with serious mental illness, forensically committed men and women who have been adjudicated Guilty Except Insane (GEI) for the commission of a violent crime, pre-trial men and women in the Restoration to Competency (RTC) program and adult males committed to the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center (ACPTC) due to Sexually Violent Person (SVP) status.

Schneider earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2014. “I quickly became aware of the limitations associated with my undergraduate degree. Working in proximity to various master’s and doctor level mental health professionals clarified my aspiration of becoming a licensed psychologist. I was especially drawn to their leadership and seemingly broad repertoire of competence in therapy, psychological evaluation, supervision and research,” she adds.

She chose Argosy University because of its well-respected program, training and education, small class sizes, caring faculty and proximity to family. Schneider is a first generation college student and did not have an educational “roadmap” to follow. She says, “it was difficult to turn down family gatherings in favor of endless studying. I am eternally grateful for my family’s patience and cheerleading along the way.”

Schneider’s education at Argosy University included comprehensive academic coursework including emerging research and foundational classic texts, relevant clinical training experiences, faculty accessibility outside of scheduled classes and quality role modeling from expert educators.

She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2012 and completed her “ultimate goal” of completing doctor level studies while training in community mental health, at the county jail and Arizona State Hospital. “This further informed my passion for instilling hope and providing care to underserved inpatient populations. Following an incredible internship, I was hired into the psychology department and completed an additional year of informal post-doctoral training [at Arizona State Hospital],” she adds.

While working at the hospital, Schneider strengthened her blended therapeutic approach in private practice. This approach includes psychodynamic, existential/experiential and humanistic therapy.

Schneider is an advocate for policy reform to improve protections for gender diverse patients and employees. “Consistent with these efforts, I am developing a mandatory training module to educate direct care staff about best practices for the treatment of patients who identify as transgender,” she states. Schneider was selected to pilot a psychologist-run unit at the hospital’s forensic campus, leading multidisciplinary treatment team in serving 15-20 forensic patients. “The role of treatment team leader has traditionally been reserved for psychiatric staff. Reimagining this role to include psychologists represents an important milestone in the evolution of the psychology department from consultative staff to fully integrated treatment team members,” she says.

She recommends that current students get a head start on studying for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). Schneider states, “the longer you wait to rip the tape off the box and begin studying, the harder your experience will likely be. There is a unique element to the EPPP which separates it from any other exam. You must meaningfully commit the information to memory and learn the artfully complex language of the EPPP. The questions are uniquely worded. Learn the language so you do not get lost in it.”

Schneider also works part-time as a private contractor conducting forensic evaluations for the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and providing disability evaluations for the Department of Economic Security (DES). She appreciates the meaningful relationships built at Argosy University. “The committee chair of my dissertation is one of my greatest mentors. I often reflect upon the magnitude of his positive influence [and am] grateful for his role in introducing me to my preferred therapeutic approach, his guidance in developing my observational skills, his ongoing friendship, wisdom and support,” she states.

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, Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Read more...
Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University hosts continuing education workshops for supervisory psychologists
Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University hosts continuing education workshops for supervisory psychologists

The Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (ASPP) hosted a continuing education workshop in March for approximately 70 professional psychologists who provide supervision to ASPP Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology practicum students from the Phoenix, Tucson, and Prescott areas. 

The continuing education workshops focused on:
•    Human trafficking with a presentation from a representative of the Arizona Attorney General’s office
•    Child abuse with a presentation by Dr. Maylin Griffiths, assistant professor of clinical psychology at ASPP
•    “Supervision in a Language Other than English: Ethical and Legal Obligations” by Drs. Louise Baca and Ana Luisa Bustamante, professors of clinical psychology at ASPP
•    Medical marijuana by Dr. Larry Sideman, professor of clinical psychology at ASPP,
•    “An Ethics Update:  Changes in AZ Law and Telepsychology” by Dr. Cindy Olvey, executive director of the Arizona State Board of Psychologist Examiners.

The workshops were offered at no cost to participants and as thanks for their time and dedication in supervising practicum students from ASPP.


 See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Read more...
Phoenix’s Dr. Harrison Selected as Peer Reviewer for Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding
Phoenix’s Dr. Harrison Selected as Peer Reviewer for Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding

Dr. Sheryl Harrison, associate professor and clinical psychology faculty member at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, was recently selected to serve as a peer reviewer for The Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding, a publication of the Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International.

Dr. Harrison joined the Clinical Psychology faculty at Argosy University in 2003. She earned her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. She has provided consultation and worked in a range of clinical settings including adult psychiatric inpatient hospitals, a rural mental health clinic, a medical clinic, the Superior Court of Arizona, and Child Protective Services units. Prior to joining the faculty at Argosy University, she had a full time private practice for over 25 years. She continues to practice part-time.

Read more...
Graduate and faculty published in Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Graduate and faculty published in Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University 2015 graduate Amy White (Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology) and faculty members Dr. Gregory Schrader and Dr. Jared Chamberlain, published an article titled “Perceptions of law enforcement officers in seeking mental health treatment in a right-to-work state” in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, (31)2, 141-154

The abstract of the article states:

“The high stress environment of law enforcement places officers at risk for a variety of mental and physical health problems; however, officers are reluctant to seek out treatment. The purpose of this study was to identify which factors associated with law enforcement officers had predictive value in the level of stigma perceived in seeking mental health treatment by currently employed, certified peace officers in Arizona. The factors included sex, age, race/ethnicity, years employed as an officer, size of the department, current rank/position within the department, the type of government operating the agency, and payment of union dues. The study included 454 participants. Participation included the completion of demographic data, the Self-Stigma of Seeking Psychological Help (SSOSH), and the Perceptions of Stigmatization by Others for Seeking Help (PSOSH). Using standard multiple regression, the most significant finding was the relationship between the size of the department and levels of stigma (p =.014); such that, the size was inversely related to the levels of perceived stigma. As the agency size increased, the perceptions of stigma decreased. Such a finding has several implications for law enforcement agencies related to preparedness and training.”

 

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Read more...

Upcoming Events

STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

STUDENT PANEL DISCUSSION IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WHERE: ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY (ASPP)

2233 WEST DUNLAP AVENUE | PHOENIX, AZ 85021

Please join us for this opportunity to hear from, and speak with, students currently enrolled in our APA accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program. This is a great way to hear first-hand, what it takes to be a successful student. We look forward to seeing you!

Refreshments will be served

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, CONTACT:

Michael Hohenstein, Director of Clinical Admissions

Phone: 602.216.3137 | Email: mhohenstein@argosy.edu

ASPP at Argosy University offers an APA accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology* (PsyD) and is committed to offering opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students of diverse backgrounds and training.

ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY

2233 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85021

602.216.2600 | 866.216.2777 | ASPPPhoenix.com

To request accommodations for this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 866.216.2777.

*The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University 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: apa.org/ed/accreditation. Argosy University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, www.wscuc.org). 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, Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021. © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu. | AU-101710

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info

Read more...
INFORMATION SESSION IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY (ASPP)

INFORMATION SESSION IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
WHEN: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY (ASPP)
2233 WEST DUNLAP AVENUE | PHOENIX, AZ 85021


Please join us to learn more about our graduate degree programs in clinical psychology. Get an overview of our curriculum and clinical training opportunities and discuss admissions information. This is a an opportunity to learn more about ASPP and how it is preparing its students. We look forward to seeing you!


Refreshments will be served


TO REGISTER FOR THIS INFORMATION SESSION, CONTACT:
Michael Hohenstein, Director of Clinical Admissions
Phone: 602.216.3137 | Email: mhohenstein@argosy.edu


ASPP at Argosy University offers an APA accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology* (PsyD) and is committed to offering opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students of diverse backgrounds and training.

ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY
2233 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85021
602.216.2600 | 866.216.2777 | ASPPPhoenix.com

To request accommodations for this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 866.216.2777.

*The The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University 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: apa.org/ed/accreditation. Argosy University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, www.wscuc.org). 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,
Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021. © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu. | AU-081709


See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info

Read more...
CHALLENGES FACING PSYCHOLOGISTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY - Phoenix

WHAT: OPEN HOUSE EVENT IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 12 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY (ASPP)
2233 WEST DUNLAP AVENUE | PHOENIX, AZ 85021

Please join us as our faculty members discuss the challenges facing psychologists today. This is also an opportunity to learn more about ASPP at Argosy University and how it is preparing its students.

Presenter:
Dr. Greg Shrader, Professor
Dr. Shrader is a graduate of the University of Arizona and received his master’s & doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. He has worked in community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and was the Assistant Director & Interim Clinical Director of Counseling and Consultation at Arizona State University where he worked for many years prior to teaching full-time at Argosy University in 2006.

Refreshments will be served.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS INFORMATION SESSION, CONTACT:
Michael Hohenstein, Director of Clinical Admissions
Phone: 602.216.3137 | Email: mhohenstein@argosy.edu

To request accommodations for this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 866.216.2777.

ASPP offers an APA accredited Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology* (PsyD) and is committed to offering opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students of diverse backgrounds and training.

ARIZONA SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
AT ARGOSY UNIVERSITY
2233 West Dunlap Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85021
602.216.2600 | 866.216.2777 | ASPPPhoenix.com

*The The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University 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: apa.org/ed/accreditation. Argosy University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, www.wscuc.org). 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, Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021. © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu. | AU-051704

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/971 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Read more...
University of New Mexico Graduate School Fair

Stop by the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University booth at the University of New Mexico Graduate School Fair on October 28, 2016.

For more information, contact Michael Hohenstein at +1 (602) 216-3137 or mhonenstein@argosy.edu.


Read more...

Media Resources


Members of the media are invited to contact Argosy University's Communications Department for assistance with a story or interview request.

Media Contact: 888-597-7665 | newsroom@edmc.edu