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The College of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University Attends 125th APA Conference

The College of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University will be attending the 125th Annual APA (American Psychological Association) Convention August 3rd through 5th. We are in booth 501 through Saturday, August 5 at 5pm.

Celebrate APA's 125th anniversary by attending the annual convention in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Last-minute attendees can register for the convention in person at the convention center.

Come learn about The College of Clinical Psychology at Argosy University and our ten locations nationwide. Classes start soon! You can speak with clinical admissions advisors at our booth, too!

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology program prepares individuals to provide therapeutic and assessment services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. The Master of Arts (MA) degree provides a basic foundation in the principles of Clinical Psychology. Training in a variety of theoretical orientations and specialty areas are represented across 10 individualized programs. Common to these training programs is a large network of shared university resources, a common set of training principles, and legacy of over 30 years of professional school training.

Our programs are academically challenging while encouraging your development as a person and a professional. Our graduates are prepared to provide ethical and quality services in a variety of settings, and many of our alumni are engaged in work that has expanded the impact of psychology on the world.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 601 S. Lewis Street, Orange, CA 92868. © 2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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How to Raise Kids with an Attitude of Gratitude during the Holidays


Are kids naturally greedy? Or is there something about the holidays that brings it out? How seriously should we as parents take this attitude?

The holiday season represents a special and unique time of the year for adults and children alike. For many adults, the holidays can bring about feelings of pressure and stress when too much focus is placed on the numerous tasks which must be accomplished in order to have a successful holiday. For these adults, a conscious shift in perspective that refuels an attitude of gratitude can help tremendously in bringing back the joyous feelings of the holidays. The same goes for our children. It is quite easy, as a child, to become encapsulated by the material nature of our holidays as depicted by the numerous presents under the tree, or the gift-based classroom celebrations occurring before the holiday break. The enjoyment experienced when receiving and opening a gift is a very reinforcing feeling for both adults and children. This feeling is natural. An attitude of gratitude is a higher-order emotion that is learned behavior. Teaching kids to be grateful is an important lesson that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

· What (if anything!) can parents do to prevent greediness popping up in kids around the holidays?

The most important thing parents can do to prevent ungrateful children around the holidays is to model appreciation and provide children with the opportunities to experience this emotion first hand. Provide children with opportunities to learn what it means to be thankful, thoughtful, and giving in ways that they will relate to such as taking toys and baked cookies to homeless shelters that house families. Another idea is to host family nights that center around themes of generosity by watching inspirational movies that teach gratitude (i.e. Pay It Forward, The Blind Side, The Ultimate Gift, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, etc.).

· If you've got a Veruca Salt on your hands who is asking for more, more, more, is it too late? What can you do to tamp down the gimme gimmes? How do you deal with an ungrateful child?

It is never too late to teach your children about gratitude. Tampering down the gimme gimmes requires helping children shift their perspectives to become more aware of what they have, possibly in relation to others less fortunate, or in relation to what it took to receive what they currently have. This requires us, as parents, to also be mindful of our response to the holiday season. When we start becoming overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle of to-do lists, we can remind ourselves of the same lessons we are teaching our children.

· What about kids who wait to show this ugly side until the gift opening has begun? Any tips for parents when their kids display jealousy over siblings' or friends' gifts?

This too, is not uncommon. The event of gift-opening can be the epitome of materialistic encapsulation for a child. Shifting that hyper-focus from materialism to gratitude can be done through gentle reminders of what was learned during recent gratitude events (such as family movie night, baking cookies for the homeless, taking toys to children, etc.), by talking about the history or story behind the holiday (such as “The Story of Christmas”), or teaching gift etiquette. One way to do this is to focus gift-opening on giving rather than on receiving and allow each gift-giver a moment to tell each gift-receiver how special he or she is and share gratitude for him or her prior to presenting a gift.

Written by Dr. Andria Hernandez

Dr. Andria Chatfield-Hernandez is the Director of Clinical Training for the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Science at Argosy University Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Chatfield-Hernandez is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Private Practice in Yorba Linda, California.

Feel free to contact her at or

The information and opinions expressed herein represent the independent opinions and ideas of Dr. Andria Chatfield-Hernandez and do not represent the opinions and ideas of Argosy University.

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Student Feature | Argosy Testimonial | Duyen Nguyen


“During my sophomore year of high school I knew I wanted a career in psychology I just did not realize how broad that the psychology field really was. While in community college, I contemplated a criminal psychology degree, and even took a few Criminal Justice courses. I became interested in helping, not only victims, but also criminals and offenders because everyone has a story to tell and in need of help.

While attending University of California, Riverside (UCR), there was a guest speaker that spoke about domestic violence; something sparked inside of me and I was inspired to work with the domestic violence and rape/sexual assault population. It is a tough population that very few people want to be involved in, but someone has to and some have to. After UCR, I was adamant about taking a year off from school to relax and decide on the next chapter of my life. Even though I told myself to take a break, my mind was intrigued about all the different master degree programs that are offered. I luckily came upon Argosy University and reached out with questions; a week after meeting with my admissions representative and seeing the Los Angeles campus, I found myself applying to the Master of Arts (MA) in Forensic Psychology degree program (MAFP). I became extremely fascinated and impressed with each class that I took because they were completely different from my undergraduate studies. The classes were very hands on, it was many applied concepts, and were relevant to the field I wanted to work in. I was most impressed with how all of the professors that I had, worked in the field; they seem to have applied what they were teaching to how they dealt with that same situation in their practice – a great and another way to learn “outside of the book.” I finished and graduated from the MAFP program in 2014, with a 3.75 GPA and was selected and honored to be a student speaker at the 2014 commencement.

That was not the end of my journey with Argosy University; with the support of my family and friends I started the Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology program (MACP), right after my MAFP program, in hopes of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Six months after starting the MACP program my world changed; my dad was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. I had every reason to quit school to take care of my dad, but I knew that was the last thing he would have wanted for me. For the next year and a half I juggled two jobs, my MACP program, taking care of my dad, and trying to find time for my relationship. With the support of everyone at Argosy University, I was able to get through my program knowing that they were always so accommodating and understanding of my situation. I finally made it to my last year of the program where I would be starting my practicum and work experience; unfortunately, my dad passed away June 2016 just two months before I started my traineeship. I was surprised by all the love and support I received from not only the students, but also from the professors and administration at Argosy University during my grieving process.

I am currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA with less than one year left and gaining experiences at my practicum site where I am working with high school teenagers. My career goal is to eventually become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and not only build my own private practice, but to also open a youth center for teens and adolescents where I can continue to raise awareness in our youth regarding dating violence in hopes of preventing them from being victims of domestic violence. I not only want my story to inspire young girls, but also young boys. My story is not about how a Vietnamese girl overcame her obstacle; it is about how an individual with heart, dedication, and passion drove her to overcome such struggles and loss at a young age.”

                                              Written by Argosy University alumna, Duyen Nguyen

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