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Graduate works to meet the mental health needs of Native American children

Christine Colburn wanted to make a difference in the world, so at the age of 30, she decided to go back to school to work on and complete her college education. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Colburn  enrolled at Argosy University, Phoenix to pursue her master’s degree in Behavioral Health Counseling.

“My education at Argosy University, Phoenix changed my life for the better,” she says. “I was taught how to be a great counselor and to be open to new techniques and ways to approach different scenarios.”

Christine earned her master’s degree in Behavioral Health Counseling in 2009. She became an outpatient counselor at NDNS4Wellness in 2010. She works with Native American children between the ages of 4 and 18 years old on the Gila River Reservation. She has also been accepted as a board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) — Arizona Chapter along with accepting a position as the Phoenix mental health examiner for

“My career took off pretty fast after graduation,” Christine says. “I had to learn how to maintain all of my new positions and still balance being a mother of two teenage boys.”

Although balancing her career did not come without its challenges, Christine says her education from Argosy University, Phoenix helped her prepare for  a variety of opportunities. “The professors I had at Argosy University, Phoenix prepared me for the real world of counseling by challenging me with difficult scenarios, questions, and most of all, challenging my thought process — to think bigger than I was when I started the program,” she says.

Christine says the faculty at Argosy University, Phoenix showed personal interest in her learning. “I would have to say the professors believing in me gave me faith in myself,” she says.

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