2008, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
2006, Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University, Phoenix
Director of Trauma, Intern and Outpatient Services at Calvary Healing Center
“Argosy University had a good reputation in the behavioral sciences. It really prepared me to put theory into practice.”
Supervises Trauma Therapists at Addiction Treatment Center
Jennifer Mathis is the director of trauma, intern and outpatient services at Calvary Healing Center, an addiction treatment center in Phoenix, Arizona. Mathis brought structured trauma based therapy to the center and now supervises the organization’s full-time trauma therapists. She also oversees 8-10 interns and manages 15 outpatient staff members. Additionally, she has a private practice focused on trauma that predominately serves women.
Mathis states that she took a long route to her career. She was interested in becoming either a therapist or lawyer after graduating with her bachelor’s degree. Mathis continued her education—even starting law school and a master’s degree in counseling program through a different school—while working full-time. Still, she felt something was missing in her career and education and ultimately settled on psychology.
Mathis decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix because it offered a mix of both law and psychology. The blended format of on-ground and online learning allowed her to complete her master’s degree in one year. She took a break from her studies for one year but decided to go back and complete a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the school all while working full-time, taking classes through the blended format and fulfilling her internship requirements.
“Argosy University had a good reputation in the behavioral sciences,” she added. “There were two classes that stood out to me because we did so much role-playing. It really prepared me to put theory into practice.” She mentioned that the one-on-one preparation for practicum helped her with real-world examples of what she’d experience on the job.
She cites her instructor, Dr. Hawkins, as a valued mentor. “Her ability to give examples helped me tremendously to put it all together,” Mathis said. Hawkins provided inspiration because she was working toward a Doctor of Psychology while working full time, teaching and caring for her family.
Mathis is now working toward her own Doctor of Psychology in General Psychology and is proud to have remained focused on her studies—even while going through life’s trials and tribulations. “It was so rewarding to not quit or drop out,” she stated. She just submitted chapter two of her dissertation for approval.
Mathis recommends that current students take care of themselves. “Deal with your own stuff,” she added. “If you haven’t, take a break. It makes you a better therapist if you have moved through things.” She mentioned a favorite inspirational quote for those in the midst of their studies. “With great power comes great responsibility. Hold yourself accountable and do the best of your ability,” she said. In addition to her work at Calvary Healing Center, Mathis is an adjunct professor in the behavioral sciences department at Grand Canyon University.
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