University of Phoenix Launches Military Families Counseling Certificate

  University of Phoenix Launches Military Families Counseling Certificate

 The University’s College of Social Sciences offers specialized training that
                   addresses the needs of military families

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PHOENIX -- August 19, 2014

The College of Social Sciences at University of Phoenix, Inc., a subsidiary of
Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), today announced it is launching a
new Military Family Counseling Certificate program that will help military
families better cope with a variety of elements and challenges associated with
a military life.

The strain on the military to provide essential services to military families
has increased as a result of recent global conflicts, and as more service
members return home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, the
Military Family Counseling Certificate program is designed for mental health
practitioners who want in-depth information and training to prepare them for
working with the unique challenges these military service members and their
families face. The University’s 18-credit certificate program includes two
foundational courses in family counseling and addictions, and four courses
that focus on military family life, military culture, major issues and
concerns that military families face, and assessment of and appropriate
interventions for working with military families.

“There is an undeniable need for counseling services that are specialized to
serve the families of our military,” said Constance St. Germain, Ed.D.,
executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences.
“Understanding the military culture and the unique challenges presented to
families of service members is the first step in addressing issues and
providing a greater and more effective level of services to those who need

Dr. St. Germain recently joined University of Phoenix and brings a unique
perspective to the College and the military families counseling profession. A
former Major in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Dr. St.
Germain understands the challenges many families face. In addition to her
military service, she is a mother and military widow and understands the
unique demands on service members and their families when it comes to
balancing family life with military responsibilities.

“The everyday logistical challenges Military families face are complex and
multi-faceted,” added Dr. St. Germain. “Training that exposes the Counseling
profession to the nuances of military culture provides it with a deeper
understanding of the challenges these families are experiencing today. Many
people don’t understand the complex issues that come with being a military
family. From active duty and permanent change of stations to losing a loved
one, all members of the family are affected in very different ways.”

To learn more about the Military Families Counseling program or University of
Phoenix, visit

About the College of Social Sciences

University of Phoenix College of Social Sciences offers programs in human
services, psychology and counseling. The college’s curriculum seeks to empower
individuals who wish to enhance their skills for career entry or advancement
in the helping professions. Curriculum is regularly updated to meet
accreditation and/or national and state professional standards. University of
Phoenix College of Social Sciences faculty members are experienced
professionals, holding advanced degrees. Many sit on state licensure and
accreditation boards as well as professional committees. For more information,

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move
efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible
schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help
students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while
balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc.
(Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population,
offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from
campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the
world. For more information, visit

This certificate program is available to Master in Counseling program
graduates or current mental health professionals.This program does not lead
to professional certification or licensure as a mental health provider.

For more information about each of these programs, including on-time
completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the
program and other important information, please visit:

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Jennifer Marshall, 847-476-2734
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