Simpson University MACP Program Honors Graduates

For Immediate Release


2017 MACP Award WinnersLeft to Right: Eydgerd Nattestad, Robert Crowder, Camille Coulter, Sher Yang, Christopher Koller, Nicole Goens, Kelli Schoon, and Carlton Arias.

REDDING, Calif. - Eight graduate students were honored for achievements in Simpson University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program during a recent evening awards reception on campus attended by their family and friends.

The July 24 ceremony included a dessert reception, with presentations by Dr. Addie Jackson, dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies; Dr. Reg Watson, clinical training director for the MACP program; and Dr. Ashley Brimager, chair of the undergraduate psychology program.

The following students received awards:

  • Eydgerd Nattestad, for excellence in clinical practice
  • Keli Schoon, for professional promise

The following students received special recognition:

  • Robert Crowder, for capstone research
  • Camille Coulter, for teaching and learning capstone
  • Carlton Arias, for outstanding growth and development

The following students received special commendation:

  • Nicole Goens, for integration of faith and learning
  • Christopher Koller, for scholastic and clinical improvement

The following student received a special certificate:

  • Sher Yang, for commitment to work with marginalized populations

“You are and have been a special group of students,” said Dr. Jackson as she addressed members of the MACP cohort that started in fall 2015. “We are privileged to have been a part of helping you identify and begin to develop your own special gifts and talents and discover how you will help individuals and families or to embrace the next part of your educational journey.”

Simpson University’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology program began in January 2010. The program is designed to prepare students for licensure in California as marriage and family therapists or licensed professional clinical counselors. Learn more at



Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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