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Dr. Parker

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tim Parker

Taking his father, husband, and professor roles seriously, Dr. Tim Parker upholds his legacy by serving his community and patients as a licensed marriage and family therapist and professor. Working as an integral member of the online Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) degree program, Dr. Parker has helped shape students and staff members … Continued

Why Become a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Therapy is one of the most sought after services within the past few years. More than 40 million Americans received mental health treatment, including 15.8% who have reported taking prescription medication and 9.5% who received counseling or therapy from a mental health professional in 2019. Throughout the years, the importance of therapy has left many … Continued

Halstead

Faculty Spotlight: Jackie Halstead

Known for her soft-spoken demeanor and love for people and their spiritual well-being, Dr. Jackie Halstead works diligently to provide assistance and training for families and members of the clergy who are interested in pursuing a greater understanding of what it means to be spiritually transformed. As a licensed marriage and family therapist and professor … Continued

Notice

Faculty Spotlight: Maxine Notice

Working diligently around the clock to assist her patients and manage her online classroom, Dr. Maxine Notice, assistant professor within the Marriage and Family Therapy program, has made her mark as a caring professor and licensed therapist focused on getting people to where they want to be. Whether it’s guiding them through coursework related to … Continued

Lori

Student Spotlight: Lori Ruiz

Highly interested in getting those around her to feel, look, and be their best, Lori Ruiz is the prime example of what it means to be actively encouraging her students while simultaneously juggling the hats of student, mom, and director of health services within Freer Independent School District in Freer, Texas. Completing her second bachelor’s … Continued

How to Prioritize Your Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health might seem like the latest buzzword floating around social media, but concern for worsening mental health in America is anything but a fad. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 1 in 5 Americans experience some form of mental health condition resulting in high depression, anxiety, loss, and disassociation. With worldwide issues like … Continued

Annette

Student Spotlight: Annette Watts

For students like Annette Watts, gaining an education goes beyond the title or degree. It hits something deeper and more satisfying – a personal goal to inspire others that it’s never too late to return to school. Having completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with ACU Online, Annette was eager to continue her education and … Continued

Sarah

Student Spotlight: Sarah Gerke

Therapy is more than just chit-chat; it’s about the relationship and bond built with someone willing and eager to listen. That ‘someone’ is someone like Sarah Gerke. From teaching elementary kids to running a camp, Sarah is a busy woman with a calming spirit. Full-time mom, wife, and now student, she has always found a … Continued

Child and Family

Child and Family Services: Bachelor’s Degree vs. Master’s Degree

Do you feel called to serve and support children and families as they seek greater flourishing in their lives? You’re not alone! Careers in child and family services are constantly evolving and rapidly increasing—providing an array of professional opportunities within the industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of child life … Continued

David

Student Spotlight: David Ha

Faith has always been an integral part in David Ha’s life. After a decade of working in ministry, Ha wanted to expand his counseling craft and committed himself to becoming better equipped to walk beside families in crisis. After enrolling in ACU Online’s Master of Marriage and Family Therapy program, he not only got the … Continued