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Argosy University, Hawaii Holds Gottman Training
Argosy University, Hawaii Holds Gottman Training

Argosy University, Hawaii recently hosted the Gottman Method Level 1 and Level 2 training programs, provided by the Marriage and Relationship Counseling Institute of San Francisco. The Gottman Method is based on four decades of research with thousands of couples. Participants learned to use research-based, practical skills with couples to improve their relationship and manage conflict in a positive way.

 

Both Argosy University, Hawaii students and members of the community participated in the workshops. The training was presented by Salvatore Garanzini, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Gottman Therapist. Alapaki Yee, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, also presented, representing the Marriage and Relationship Counseling Institute.

 

Gottman Level 1 training focuses on providing insights into treatment for couples who struggle, and uses research-based assessments and effective interventions. The Level 2 training expands upon Level 1 and involves practice using interventions in group role-plays.

 

 

 

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Argosy University, Hawaii Participates in March Against Violence
Argosy University, Hawaii Participates in March Against Violence

In October 2016, 18 students, faculty, and staff members from Argosy University, Hawaii walked in the 22nd Annual Men’s March Against Violence. The walk started at the state capitol and ended at Honolulu Hale, with a motivational rally designed to raise awareness for the pervasive issue of domestic violence in Hawaii and beyond.  More than 1,000 people participated in the event.

 

The Men’s March Against Violence is an annual event that takes a stand against domestic violence, and features a short march and rally in support of non-violence. While men are asked to march, the community at-large is urged to support and attend the rally, which immediately follows the march and features motivational speakers.

 

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Argosy University, Online Programs’ Volunteers Make Holidays Brighter for Underprivileged Kids
Argosy University, Online Programs’ Volunteers Make Holidays Brighter for Underprivileged Kids

Argosy University, Online Programs' staff helped make the holidays a little brighter for more than 80 children from Pittsburgh who attend the CityReach Church. The school’s online staff and leadership purchased and wrapped gifts that included smart watches, Amazon Kindle Fires, tablets, bikes, rip sticks, dolls, video games, and much more—all from the children's wish lists. 

 

Participating in this event has become a tradition for the faculty and staff at Argosy University, Online Programs.

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Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses
Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan

2016, Doctor of Education, Pastoral Community Counseling, Argosy University, Online Programs

Director of Residential Services, The Drug Abuse Foundation


“Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

Patricia Mikulan is the director of residential services for The Drug Abuse Foundation. She’s also a Certified Addiction Professional—working in a non-profit setting that provides services to individuals who struggle with addictions and dual-diagnoses. Patricia oversees the programs, services, and community outreach for non-profit’s men and women's residential program. 


Prior to earning her Doctor level degree, Patricia completed a Bachelor's degree in Fitness Management/Community Health, a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Education Counseling & Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology.“My career path has afforded me [the opportunity] to work with various populations in various settings. This provided me with an abundance of experience and challenges in dealing with individuals who struggle with addiction, mental health, and homeless issues,” she says.


Patricia understands the value of networking and collaboration, and worked closely with local community agencies to implement a CIT (crisis intervention team training) program in her community that trained police officers to respond to individuals who suffer with mental health crises. Additionally, she worked during her dissertation to connect community church agencies with homeless services.


In addition to her work at The Drug Abuse Foundation, Patricia is involved as a ministry leader at her local church. “I am public speaker for the recovery and mental health field,[explaining] that recovery is possible.” She adds that while getting to where she is now took hard work and dedication, current students should stay focused and “follow the dream that you have in your heart.” 


Patricia’s experiences and challenges have made her stronger, she says. The most difficult challenge she’s faced was the death of her husband. “[That] propelled me forward and I dedicated my dissertation in his memory; I had an agency change their mind concerning completing my dissertation and I had to start all over.” But her hard work paid off and today she says that her coursework prepared her to deal the many personalities that come along with her line of work. 


Patricia, who in 2016 earned a Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University, Online Programs, says that her education helped her to grow and prepare for her future. “Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

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