2012, Master of Science in Management, Argosy University, Online Programs
Jennifer Atencio is a Family Advocacy Counselor for the United States Marine Corps. She provides assessment and treatment for service members and their families when there has been an allegation of domestic violence or child abuse. "I also work with the team on prevention and outreach events to raise awareness of domestic violence and child abuse," she says.
Jennifer grew up as a military child, which motivated her goal to work with military families and service members. "Through my internship [while earning a Master’s degree], I worked with clients charged with domestic violence incidents or substance abuse problems. I wasn't sure how this would lead to working with the military, but I kept at it and kept up the job search."
She discovered a job that matched her career goals and her desire to work with military service members. "I continue to learn every day of the struggles of military families, and the intensity [these behaviors cause] on an active duty member."
Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and says that peers reach out to her for assistance. "I also have been appointed by the installation commanding officer to stand in when the supervisor is out," she adds. Jennifer believes that staying focused on her end goal allowed her to achieve her current position. She encourages current students to do the same. "Think about what type of counseling you want to do, but keep an open mind about what avenues it might take to get you there."
She selected Argosy University, Denver, because she needed a program where she could go to school while working full time. Jennifer commends her instructors for the knowledge and insight that they brought into the classroom. "I felt confident in my abilities and I was prepared and able to get my license fairly quickly. I moved away from my family and comfort zone because I knew my knowledge and abilities would give me the confidence to be good at my job."
Jennifer completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Denver in 2011. She states that her instructors helped her to see her true potential. "The level of self-awareness that they cultivated was at such a level that even when I have struggled through personal situations, I fall back on the things they taught me and come out stronger. I use this to help clients as well."
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