This wellness, strengths and skills-based program balances a theoretical foundation with applied, hands-on learning to make you work ready.
Service-based field trips help you build connections with service agencies that lead to practicums, internships and jobs.
Apply coursework to professional certifications for Chemical Dependency (CDC), Behavioral Health (BHC) and Behavioral Health Aid (BHA).
Whether you are a behavioral health professional needing a bachelor’s degree for career advancement or a veteran wanting to apply your military service and experience to a career in counseling, Counseling Psychology at APU is uniquely designed for Alaskans seeking a program focused on knowledge and skills that prepare them to move immediately into careers in behavioral health, addictions treatment and other, related helping fields. In addition to a traditional daytime schedule, courses are offered in module and elearning formats to support working adults with busy lives. Students needing to pursue their degree on a part-time basis are also welcome to apply to this program. Up to 32 credits of relevant learning gained through work or other experience prior to admission can be applied toward required degree credits.
Mindfulness: Exploring Mind-Body Psychology
addresses the use of “mind” in promoting healing and prevention of “disease” in its broadest sense. Students will also look at how mindfulness is used as an adjunct to the cognitive based therapies and work on their own mindfulness program.
explores human strengths–our own and others’. Human strengths are the qualities and processes that promote life satisfaction and well-being while preventing dissatisfaction and mental illness. The course covers the role that strengths play in a variety of areas, including personality, aging, gender differences, intimate relationships, creativity, and decision-making.
Community Psychology and Sustainability
explores and applies concepts of psychology to living in a communal setting. The course reviews the research and processes related to building relationships, developing sustainable systems of living, the interrelatedness of people and the natural environment, the impact of climate change, and the expression of oneself within diverse groups.
The minor in Counseling Psychology can be tailored to individual student interests and career directions with attention to areas of study such as personal growth, counseling, applied psychology, and advanced research. Students work with an advisor in the Counseling Psychology Department to design the most appropriate combination of courses and academic experiences for the minor.
Institute & Program Area
The Institute of Health & Wellness promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Counseling Psychology, Health Sciences, and Nursing. Honoring Alaska’s complex and distinctive histories, health care services, and systems of care, the Institute prepares students to address and engage in stewardship of our peoples and communities to promote community health and wellness for all.
Renee Georg, Associate Professor:
People are fascinating! In Counseling Psychology we study people, what they do, how they think, and how experiences impact their lives and attitudes; we study ourselves. Upon graduation, students are prepared to advance through the helping professions and to apply what they have learned about people to a wide variety of career and life goals.