Bethany's Graduate Counseling Program Continues through Simpson
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. – Though Bethany University in Santa Cruz County closed its doors in August after a 92-year history, its graduate psychology program remains intact, thanks to a recent partnership with Simpson University, a private Christian university located in Redding.
After hearing of Bethany's closure, Dr. Addie Jackson, director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Simpson, contacted Bethany officials to see about offering a teach-out program. Now, 30 students are earning a master's in clinical psychology at the Scotts Valley extension campus.
"One cohort was just halfway through the program at the time, and it was important for us to keep the group of students together," said Jackson. "Our goal was to maintain the integrity of the Bethany program, keep the students connected with faculty they were familiar with and keep them on target for their completion date."
Simpson University Provost Dr. Stanley Clark said he is pleased that Simpson is able to serve the students of Bethany University by continuing to offer a graduate level counseling program. "It's a natural outgrowth of our desire to provide academic programs of excellence to all of Northern California," he said.
In addition to the current cohort, a group of nearly 20 students had just been accepted into the counseling program. The former director of Bethany's program and current director of Simpson's Scotts Valley program, Julie Carboni, said that the 7-year-old program lost some students in the transition, but a new group began this fall, continuing Bethany's tradition through Simpson's partnership.
"This group of students believed in us and held on," said Carboni. "Our counseling program is the only part of the original Bethany University to survive intact. We have a strong commitment to training future therapists that are knowledgeable, skilled, ethical and compassionate, and who appreciate the diverse population of our community."
The extension site is located in a newly remodeled building with quick access to Highway 17, about 2 miles from the Bethany campus. Students are enjoying the bright and airy classrooms and the site's proximity to the market and restaurants.
Carboni said that community members are pleased that a part of Bethany remains intact. City officials were very helpful and cooperative in the process of securing the necessary permits.
Scotts Valley Mayor Dene Bustichi said, "We are very happy to see a part of the Bethany University program staying here in Scotts Valley. While this may be a small part, it is an important one to our community. Julie Carboni and other staff members have worked very hard to keep the master's program viable here in our community and it is great to see her and others' hard work pay off. Keeping educators employed in our community, and filling vacant space in our community is a win-win for everyone."
Carboni said alumni have been doing counseling work and giving back to the local community for years.
"Our students enhance the community by working in schools, local non-profit agencies, the county jail and other Santa Cruz County mental health agencies," she said.
Simpson University has also partnered with Bethany to offer a two-year teach-out program to their education students. Over 20 students in the Scott's Valley campus are enrolled in the School of Education teach-out program.
Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson's recent curriculum expansion includes degrees in biology, nursing, outdoor leadership, and a master's degree in counseling psychology. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: SU Public Relations