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Student and Law Enforcement Professional Fulfils Educational Dream

Graff is currently a student at Argosy University, Orange County and is pursuing a Doctor in Psychology in Clinical Psychology. In December 2000, while recuperating from an injury, Graff considered going back to school to study for a master's degree. Because of his past affiliation with joint law enforcement and education conferences, Graff was familiar with Argosy University, Orange County's College of Education and Human Development, and later, with its American School of Professional Psychology.

"I had always wanted to return to school and further my education, with a focus and goal on assisting emergency service professionals with mental health issues, preferably as a police psychologist," explains Graff. He was impressed that the curriculum at Argosy University, Orange County focused on the working professional, so he contacted them in his first step in achieving his goal.

Attending graduate school full-time and attempting to stay on track with a full-time job can be a tough balancing act, and Graff believes that Argosy University, Orange County's education delivery model has served him well. Time is not the only thing Graff must negotiate. His busy schedule includes serving as a hostage and crisis negotiator with the Ontario Police Department SWAT team, and he is actively involved in many professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Forensic Mental Health Association of California, the executive board of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators, and a peer support group with the Ontario, California Police Department.

As he finishes his course of study, Graff will apply for an internship with a specialty in forensic psychology. Upon completion of his Argosy University education, Graff wishes to pursue a career in police and forensic psychology, with an emphasis on providing mental health services to emergency service personnel.

"My experiences at Argosy University, Orange County have been rich and fulfilling, and I feel I have been given excellent training and education along the way. The school has afforded me the opportunity to pursue my dream, a dream that would have gone unrealized, if not for the school's focus on providing a quality educational experience for the working student."

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