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National Board for Certified Counselors Names Northern Virginia Student NBCC Fellow
National Board for Certified Counselors Names Northern Virginia Student NBCC Fellow

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Taqueena S. Quintana, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). Quintana is a student in the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision program at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. As an NBCC MFP fellow, Quintana will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant first awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP will distribute $20,000 to Quintana and the 22 other doctoral counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Quintana is a graduate of Hunter College of The City University of New York, in New York City, Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, in New York City, and Medaille College, in Buffalo, New York. Quintana is currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education & Supervision program at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Quintana is currently interested in researching how school counseling impacts ethnically diverse students with disabilities, the relationship between school counseling and community mental health agencies in underserved communities, and barriers associated with mental health and educational disabilities that prevent non-English speaking families from seeking resources and services. She is currently a professional school counselor with the Prince George’s County Public School system, where in one of her roles she assists African-American and Latino parents and families obtain special education, Section 504 and community mental health services for students with disabilities. Quintana is also an internship student serving as a teaching assistant for emerging clinical mental health counselors in the area of assessment. This fellowship will help Quintana to become more involved in her research areas through direct service, community involvement, advocacy for underserved minority students with disabilities, education and training, and outreach activities. This fellowship will also help her to get involved with professional organizations and receive further training to competently provide services to underserved minority students with disabilities.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 30 $8,000 master’s-level fellowships through the MFP-Youth (MFP-Y) and 31 master’s-level fellowships of up to $11,000 through the MFP-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in September 2017. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit www.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.

ABOUT THE NBCC FOUNDATION
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

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Sonia E. Gooden-Alexis Awarded $20,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates
Sonia E. Gooden-Alexis Awarded $20,000 Counseling Fellowship From NBCC and Affiliates

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Sonia E. Gooden-Alexis, of Durham, North Carolina, for the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP). Gooden-Alexis is a student in the Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision program at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. As an NBCC MFP fellow, Gooden-Alexis will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations.

The NBCC MFP is made possible by a grant first awarded to NBCC by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in August 2012. The Foundation is contracted by NBCC to administer the NBCC MFP, as well as training and collaboration activities, such as webinars, that are open to all National Certified Counselors (NCCs). The goal of the program is to strengthen the infrastructure that engages diverse individuals in counseling and increases the number of professional counselors providing effective, culturally competent services to underserved populations.

The NBCC MFP will distribute $20,000 to Gooden-Alexis and the 22 other doctoral counseling students selected to receive the fellowship award. Gooden-Alexis is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston and of Cambridge College, in Massachusetts, and is currently a doctoral student in the Counselor Education & Supervision program at Argosy University, Northern Virginia. Gooden-Alexis is vested in amplifying cultural awareness within the counseling profession. Her research has been focused on increasing awareness in regards to community violence, the impact that community violence has on underserved populations, and how counselors are prepared to provide counseling services to clients that have experienced community violence. As a counselor, mentor, educator and supervisor, Gooden-Alexis stresses the importance of educating her colleagues, counselors-in-training and members of the community on the influences that affect one's cultural perception. The underserved population consists of many individuals that reside in high-crime communities. It is important that counselors are equipped with skills and alert to cultural factors that impact this population and subsequently the effectiveness of treatment that is provided. Since completing her master’s in mental health counseling in 2002, Gooden-Alexis has been committed to working with nonprofit agencies that serve individuals with limited resources, challenges with substance abuse, and trauma exposure within their inner-city communities. This fellowship allows Gooden-Alexis the opportunity to further explore and develop her research in this area. Gooden-Alexis can share the information she collects with others in the form of workshops, presentations and publications, and she will be able to increase community involvement by engaging in advocacy efforts. This fellowship will also support her in furthering her education and training to increase her competence as a counselor, educator and supervisor for those that work with underserved minority populations.

The NBCC Foundation has also awarded 30 $8,000 master’s-level fellowships through the MFP-Youth (MFP-Y) and 31 master’s-level fellowships of up to $11,000 through the MFP-Addictions Counselors (MFP-AC).The Foundation plans to open the next NBCC MFP application period in September 2017. To learn more about the NBCC MFP and its fellows, please visit www.nbccf.org/Programs/Fellows.

ABOUT THE NBCC FOUNDATION
The NBCC Foundation is the nonprofit affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina. NBCC is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 60,000 National Certified Counselors in the United States and more than 50 countries. The Foundation’s mission is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change.

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Argosy University, Twin Cities volunteer in Costa Rica with VIDA Volunteer Travel
Argosy University, Twin Cities volunteer in Costa Rica with VIDA Volunteer Travel

A group of Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology students from Argosy University, Twin Cities traveled to Costa Rica to with VIDA Volunteer Travel to help animals in need.

 

VIDA Volunteer Travel is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps provide free basic medical, dental, and veterinary assistance to needy communities in Central America.

 

The first day of the trip, students visited the VIDA Volunteer office in San Jose, Costa Rica and we were able to meet the veterinarian and the veterinary technician they would be traveling with. They spent two days in a small town named Quetzal working in a clinic. The students placed catheters, intubated, and pre-medicated surgical patients. In addition, they were able to assist in surgeries on the animals. In total, the students helped a total of 71 animals.

 

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/5350 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Join Argosy University Dallas for Live! In the Park 5K and Health Festival on Saturday, April 29
Join Argosy University Dallas for Live! In the Park 5K and Health Festival on Saturday, April 29

 

Join Argosy University, Dallas as we sponsor and support the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Live! In the Park 5K and Health Festival on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 8:30 am – 1pm.

 

The Festival will kick-off with a 5K run/walk that will take participants from the Oak Cliff neighborhood, across the Trinity River and into downtown Dallas. The 5K will end at Lake Cliff Park where the Health Festival will come alive with free healthy activities and entertainment for kids of every age.

 

Lake Cliff Park

The Live! In the Park 5K Run/Walk will start and finish at Lake Cliff Park, 300 E Colorado Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203. Lake Cliff Park is one of the most historic Dallas parks, and offers a beautiful course. The 5K will take participants from the Oak Cliff neighborhood, across the Trinity River and into downtown Dallas. After the 5K there will be food, music, kid’s activities and entertainment until 1 PM.

 

Health Festival

Learn about fun and easy ways to stay fit as a family, while you enjoy face painting, crafts, giveaways, music, and fitness activities throughout the park.

 

Schedule

    7:30 AM – Registration 5K Walk / Run

    8:30 AM – 5K Walk/Run & Health Festival

    Noon – FREE Main Stage Entertainment

    1 PM – Event Ends

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Press Releases

Online Programs' Jenny Evans Featured in “School Arts” Magazine
Jenny Evans, who is working toward a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University, Online Programs is featured in the April 2017 edition of “School Arts” magazine.

The article “Managing the Art Room: Take Action with Action Research” discusses a technique to better assess teaching methods than simply through student test scores. She encourages planning, teaching, analysis, and reflection at the end of each lesson—and making changes when necessary.

Read the full article here:
http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/795573-apr-2017/20?m4=

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3478 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

 

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In the news

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  • Online Programs’ Newbold-Coco Helps Parents Talk about Autism with Children

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Alumni Success

Assistant Professor, Teaches and Coordinates Internships for Students in the Health Information Management Program

Sabine Simmons
2015, Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership, Argosy University, Online Programs
Assistant Professor, Alabama State University

“The information I learned [in the program was] key to my current position and will [prepare] me to successfully navigate through the upper levels of education administration and organizational leadership.”

Sabine Simmons is an assistant professor at Alabama State University. She teaches a wide range of courses within the curriculum and participates in faculty development activities, student advisement, curriculum updates, student recruitment, and planning.  Sabine also gives interdisciplinary lectures for allied healthcare students—and utilizes Blackboard LMS to facilitate online and traditional instruction. She helps to secure affiliation agreements with accredited healthcare institutions for clinical placement and practicum experiences for students in the school’s Health Information Management program. 

Additionally, she meets with clinical instructors to gain insight on improving outcomes of the internship process and experience—while assessing the quality and success of the internship program. She started her career working as an instructor in health information management. “At that time, I had a Master’s [degree]. Once I realized that it was necessary to further my education in order to be promoted in the field of academia, I began [pursuing a] Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership because of the flexible and supportive environment at Argosy University, Online Programs,” she says.

Her professional accomplishments include being awarded the "Outstanding New Professional" award from the Alabama Association of Health Information Management (AAHIM) in 2011. She’s also been invited to co-author a text book on ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) coding by Paradigm Publishing, which is set for release in December of 2017. Sabine is also a member of the Parent Teacher Association at E. D. Nixon Elementary School, serves as a faculty senate member at Alabama State University, and as the student relations committee chair on the AAHIM board. “I am also a volunteer mentor in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).”

She recommends that current students absorb what they’re learning—“do not commit it to your short term memory [just] to pass a class. Integrate your learning into your life and future endeavors.” Sabine adds that in school, quantitative statistics class provided a real challenge to her. “Although I did fail the first time, I worked closely with my professor to overcome the challenge.” 

In 2015, Sabine earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, Online Programs. She chose to pursue the degree because of the school’s supportive environment—and she knew that she needed a Doctor level degree to advance in her occupation. “The admissions and financial aid representative made many processes go smoothly, and there was a ground campus nearby so that I could participate in graduation.”

She adds that learning online allowed her to conveniently earn the degree, while gaining “volumes of content related to leading an organization, including conflict management and change management. The information I learned was key to my current position and will [allow] me to successfully navigate through the levels of education administration.” With her degree, she’s now qualified to teach graduate courses as an adjunct at other Universities. 

In addition to the knowledge gained at Argosy University, Online Programs, Sabine says that her instructors made lasting impacts upon her. “My dissertation chair and first writing professor [really made a difference]. The professor of my first writing course taught me the skills I needed to write scholarly material. My dissertation chair help me to utilize this skill and guided me through one of the toughest processes I have ever encountered (the dissertation process).”

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See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/665  for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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