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President of Practice, Provides Face-to-Face Therapy for Individuals and Groups
President of Practice, Provides Face-to-Face Therapy for Individuals and Groups

Dr. Jada Jackson, LMHC, LPC
2016, Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision
Argosy University, Sarasota
Licensed Mental Health Counselor and President for Total Life Counseling

“I had excellent [instructors]. I still have great relationships with a few of them. They were, and are, great mentors.”

President of Practice, Provides Face-to-Face Therapy for Individuals and Groups

Dr. Jada Jackson is a licensed mental health counselor and president at Total Life Counseling - DFW, overseeing company management and business development while performing face-to-face therapy with individuals and groups. She’s a licensed mental health counselor in Florida, a licensed professor counselor in Texas and is also an author, talk show host, life coach and communicator.

Jackson said that earning her degree accelerated her career pace. “So many doors opened,” she stated. “I am one of the health education trainers for the National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players’ Association. Additionally, I have the pleasure of providing health education training for the Major League Baseball Association.” Jackson asserted that the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision that she earned in 2016 positioned her to cover a variety of mental wellness topics ranging from depression and anxiety to relationships and sexual health.

She chose to attend Argosy University, Sarasota because of the program’s Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation*. Flexible learning allowed Jackson to combine online and on-ground education. “I had excellent [instructors],” she added. “I still have great relationships with a few of them. They were, and are, great mentors.”

Jackson adds that she received a proclamation from the City of Orlando for outstanding work in urban communities and was recently featured as a psychology professional on a Weather Channel program. She admitted that going to school while working full time was a challenge but encouraged current students to stay focused and complete their degrees.

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, Sarasota, 5250 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/761 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

*The Argosy University, Sarasota EdD in Counselor Education & Supervision degree program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs can be contacted at 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 535-5990 www.cacrep.org.

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Prepares Tissue Slides for Microscopic Examination by Pathologists
Prepares Tissue Slides for Microscopic Examination by Pathologists

April Brown-Janis
2016, Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology
Argosy University, Dallas
Histotechnician, Alliance Health Sciences

“I previously worked in the field for years, but there were so many things I was lacking. Argosy University definitely prepared me for the real world by teaching me embedding, grossing and microtomy.”

Prepares Tissue Slides for Microscopic Examination by Pathologists

April Brown-Janis is a histotechnician for Alliance Health Services, responsible for preparing tissue slides for microscopic examination by pathologists to either diagnose or dismiss disease. “I am responsible for embedding tissue specimens, microtomy of paraffin-embedded tissue and operation of the automated stainer and coverslipper,” she said. Brown-Janis also manages equipment maintenance and record retention.

She began her career as a laboratory aid and embedding technician for Dr. Clay Cockerell. “I then moved on to the cytology department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,” she added. “I would take my cell blocks down the hall to be cut by the histotechnicians. One day, I realized how much I missed working in histology.”

Brown-Janis decided to follow her passion and return to school to study histotechnology. In 2016, she earned an Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology from Argosy University, Dallas. She graduated magna cum laude and, after passing the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam, became a certified histotechnician in early 2017.

She said that school was challenging, but the support of instructors and fellow students helped her to succeed. “The best advice I have for current students is to put their best foot forward and never give up, no matter what,” mentioned Brown-Janis. “Nothing worth having comes easy in life.”

Brown-Janis stated that her education at Argosy University focused on hands-on learning. “I previously worked in the field for years, but there were so many things I was lacking,” she said. “Argosy University definitely prepared me for the real world by teaching me embedding, grossing and microtomy.” Her education also led to career advancement, including better pay and more opportunities. “I have gained so much respect from my family and friends—they now look up to me,” she said.

She added that her instructors took the time to push her when she needed extra encouragement. “I earned a 70% on a class assignment after making mostly As and Bs,” stated Brown-Janis. “[Instructor] Hood [pushed back at me]. It was because she cared so much about her students and their education.” Brown-Janis also cites her [instructor]Kennedy for his enthusiasm, humor and passion in the classroom. “I was pregnant, [worn down] and told him that I was withdrawing from the program—even though I only had a few months left. He wouldn't let me do it. He went the extra mile to make sure I completed my assignments—and my degree.”

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, Dallas, 5001 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Heritage Square, Farmers Branch, TX 75244. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3637 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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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Leads Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital
Leads Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital

Amber Rochelle Salvador
2009, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
2012, Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California
Clinical Psychologist at Sharp Healthcare

“The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California provided the foundation from which I am building my career. I will always be grateful for the knowledge I received and the incredible mentors I observed and learned from during my graduate experience.”

Dr. Amber Rochelle Salvador is a clinical psychologist, leading the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP, DBT Skills IOP) at Sharp Mesa Vista, a psychiatric hospital in San Diego, California. “I am responsible for the entire process of a patient's treatment from admission to discharge. This includes marketing the program, facilitating referrals, scheduling and conducting intake evaluations, completing administrative duties and case management to ensure insurance coverage, as well as orienting new patients.” Salvador also teaches a DBT skills group, provides individual DBT therapy, and offers couples and family sessions. She co-facilitates the DBT family support group, conducts suicide risk assessments and treatment plans for patients, participates in weekly treatment team case presentations and coordinates discharge planning.

Salvador began her service with the Sharp Healthcare system after earning her doctorate degree. “I completed my postdoctoral fellowship at Sharp Healthcare, where I worked in the Cognitive Intensive Outpatient Program and the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (DBT-IOP, DBT Skills IOP). I was then hired on as a full time, licensed clinical psychologist,” she said. Salvador also has a private practice in La Jolla, California where she assists adults suffering from major mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and personality disorders. “I utilize mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and spiritual principles to inform the treatment I provide,” said Salvador.

Salvador earned two degrees from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California. In 2009, she completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. In 2012, she earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology. “[My education] taught me the power of discipline and gave me the tenacity to work tirelessly towards my goals,” she said. “[It] shaped my work ethic, my ability to organize, manage time effectively, and develop professional relationships. I learned the importance of serving the community and living according to my values. [My education] provided the foundation from which I am building my career. I will always be grateful for the knowledge I received and the incredible mentors I observed and learned from during my graduate experience.”

She adds that her instructors prepared her well to be a competitive intern and eventual clinical psychologist. “I consider many of the professors to be mentors and I greatly appreciate the heart, expertise, and dedication they exemplified. The faculty modeled what it looks like to pursue numerous passions and provide ultimate value and service to their students.”

She chose to attend the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Southern California, located in Orange County, because she’s always had a natural curiosity for understanding why people do what they do. The school provided the educational program that she wanted—and was situated in her desired location of Southern California. Today, she sees the benefits of that decision when she’s assisting patients and receiving recognition from her peers. “I was nominated for the leadership development team within the Sharp Healthcare system and was asked to conduct an informal study within the DBT department and present it at the leadership conference,” she said. “In addition, I am building my speaking career and have been given opportunities to present at Sharp's Grand Rounds and the annual women's conference two years in a row.”

Salvador has served as a media expert on the subjects of grief and loss, seasonal affective disorder during the holidays, and the loss of the Chargers football team in San Diego. She is currently writing a book that will focus on the evolution of the soul as it pertains to aligning your life with your soul's mission and purpose. “I am excited to continue building my career as an author, professional speaker and psychologist, inspiring others in total mind/body wellness,” she said.

Salvador’s perseverance has opened doors within her profession, and showed her that she can accomplish her goals. “With the knowledge I obtained [in school], coupled with my clinical practice and life experience, I feel empowered to serve others in ways that align with my values and specific career aspirations to be a professional speaker, author, and psychologist,” said Salvador.

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

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