Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Congratulations to our candidates for 100% APPIC Internship Placement!

APPIC (Association of  Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Centers) is the primary national psychology internship placement program and matches students to programs each year in a competitive nationally based process.  In addition, APPIC reports yearly national matching statistics.  In 2013,  71% of the AUS PsyD, students that applied were matched; in 2014,  64% were matched. For the 2015 match which just occurred, of the 15 students who registered, 13 actually rank ordered to be considered for the match.  Of these 13, all 13 students were matched! This demonstrates how recognized and competitive AUS PsyD. students are in both local WA sites (9 positions) and national sites (4 positions).

Unique Offering/Advantages

  • Eligibility to seek licensure upon graduation
  • After completing the first year (the first year includes a residency defined as a minimum of nine credits per quarter for three consecutive quarters), students may pursue the program full or part-time
  • The PsyD curriculum promotes values of ethical practice, cultural diversity, and social responsibility, integrated with a Social Justice Practicum
  • The PsyD program prepares students with emphasis on generalist training as a clinical psychologist
  • The student may take elective courses in Forensic, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Child Clinical Psychology
  • Each student completes a doctoral dissertation
  • Opportunity to engage with faculty in research, publication, and other scholarly activities
  • Opportunity to engage in the nation’s only Institute of War Stress Injuries and Social Justice
  • On-site Community Counseling Clinic for supervised clinical training
  • Opportunities to present at state, regional and national conferences
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General Requirements For Admission

  1. A master’s degree in a mental health-related field within the last 10 years. Eligible master’s degrees include, but are not limited to: marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, clinical social work or art therapy. –OR–
    • A bachelor’s degree in psychology within the last 10 years –OR–
    • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in other fields with four prerequisite courses completed within 10 years with a minimum grade of B:
      • Theories of Personality
      • Abnormal Psychology
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Introduction to Statistics (One of the four prerequisite courses may be in progress at the priority application deadline)
  2. Completion of 100 hours of volunteer or professional experience in a helping relationship role in an educational and/or human services setting.
  3. Two letters of recommendation: one from a professional who supervised you in a human services setting; one from an academic instructor who can best assess your capabilities and readiness to enter a clinical doctoral program.
  4. Documentation of relevant professional and volunteer experience.
  5. Documentation of professional affiliations, publications and licensure.
  6. Quantitative and Verbal GRE scores that will be used as one of several factors for admission consideration.

Note Program requirements and course offerings are subject to change.

Length of Program

The PsyD program is designed to be completed in five years, with the fifth year consisting of a full-time 2000 hour Clinical Internship year. Students are required to complete the PsyD program coursework and dissertation within a maximum of eight years; and the 200 hour clinical internship must be completed within a maximum of ten years.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition: $810 per credit
  • Required fees: $145 per quarter
  • $7,435 tuition and required fees per quarter, full time (9 credits)
  • $29,740 typical annual tuition and fees

Annual tuition and fees based on 2014-15 rates for four quarters. Antioch University Seattle students typically attend classes all year.

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Career Opportunities

Antioch University Seattle PsyD Program in clinical psychology prepares students for professional and competitive careers in psychology.

  • Post-doctoral residency
  • Independent private practice
  • Academic positions in a university, college, and other educational institutions
  • Professional positions in school systems
  • Business and industrial psychologists
  • Community mental health counseling centers
  • Hospital and medical centers
  • Health Service Psychology
  • Assessment agencies
  • Forensic Specialists
  • Department of Corrections
  • Advanced Researchers
  • Program Administrators
  • Consultants
  • Authors

Welcome!

The PsyD Psychology program at Antioch University Seattle was founded in 2004, and offers doctoral education and training in clinical psychology to prepare students for the practice of professional and health service psychology. The PsyD program resides within the School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy (SAPCFT) at Antioch University Seattle (AUS) and is an integral part of the mission of AUS.

Accreditation/Licensure

Antioch University Seattle is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Antioch University Seattle is also committed to seeking APA accreditation for the PsyD program. The Doctor of Psychology program meets Washington’s state licensure requirements for clinical psychology.

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the AUS PsyD program fits harmoniously within the missions of the School of Applied Psychology, AUS, and Antioch University: The PsyD program at Antioch University Seattle prepares students for entry into the practice of professional psychology through doctoral education and training. The PsyD program educates students as health service psychologists and as scholars in psychology in order to promote health, education, social justice, and human welfare. Our curricula shall advance students in the broadest and most liberal manner, including conducting research in psychology. We seek to promote the highest standards of ethics, conduct, education, and achievement in a manner that balances traditional and contemporary perspectives in order for students to become responsible change agents in our complex world.

Program Summary and Competency-Based Assessment

Antioch University Seattle’s PsyD program is a 140-credit doctoral degree program that is organized into an 11-week quarter system. The PsyD program incorporates a competency-based system to measure student  achievement of our program’s goals and objectives. Competencies are woven into all aspects of student assessment. The core competencies reflect psychologists’ multiple roles and Antioch’s broader mission by including advocacy for social change.

Ten core competencies are identified, each with six “benchmarks” or developmental levels deemed necessary for the student to achieve competency for the effective and ethical practice of clinical psychology. These competencies are derived from and informed by a combination of sources, including the mission of the AUS PsyD program; the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP); educational and experiential requirements for licensure of clinical psychologists in Washington State; and the 2007 American Psychological Association (APA) Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Workgroup. Students’ progress toward meeting these competencies is tracked and documented through an evidence-based electronic portfolio system: students post their approved performances as evidence of achievement in their electronic portfolios to be reviewed annually by their faculty advisors. The competency/portfolio approach allows PsyD faculty to assess how well the program curriculum and other requirements serve our mission, goals, and objectives.

Future Multiple Roles

In addition to providing psychotherapeutic interventions and assessment services for individuals and groups, many of our graduates will be involved in supervision, consultation, agency management, organizational planning, program evaluation, and public health activities during their careers.

Social Justice and Social Responsibility

Antioch University (AU) has a 163-year history of opening the doors of higher education to qualified traditional and non-traditional students. AU clinical psychology PsyD programs strive to provide high-quality mental health care to those who have been underserved as well. Multicultural competency training is a focus across the AUS curriculum; it is found explicitly in the two-course series in the first year, Social Justice and Cultural Competency I and II, in research training, courses in theories of psychotherapy, and all therapeutic skill training. Many of our graduates who responded to our recent Graduate Satisfaction Survey indicated that they are working with under-served populations and are engaged in social justice and advocacy work. Completed dissertations offer another window into our students’ commitment to psychology’s mandate to serve marginalized and underserved populations. For example, recent dissertations from our program include the titles “Psychological States and Behaviors Attributable to Slavery: A Contemporary African-American Case and “Psychotherapists Working with Homeless Clients: The experience of Stress, Burnout Symptoms, and Coping.

Cultural and Individual Differences and Diversity Training

Dating back to the 19th Century, Antioch University has a rich history of emphasizing the importance of cultural and individual differences, diversity and social justice. Racial and gender equality, intellectual freedom and independent thinking have been integral to Antioch’s core values and vision. The curriculum promotes values of ethical practice, social responsibility and cultural pluralism that is woven into all classes, supervisor evaluations, and other measures of student performance.

PsyD Student Council (formerly Student Government Association)

With members from each active cohort of our students, the student council elevates the student voice within the PsyD department. Our goals are to continually improve the experience of being a PsyD student at Antioch, and to help our program flourish.

Mission Statement:

The students of Antioch University Seattle elect the Student Council to serve as their representative body. The Council serves as the primary representatives, advocates, and liaisons to the University’s PsyD Community, including the administration, faculty, alumni, and students.

The student council has a two-fold mission:

  1. Student Advocacy: The Council strives to gather and express general student opinions, actively represent student views, appropriately address student concerns, and provide a forum for the student voice.
  2. Programming: The Council works to create and continue social traditions and programs designed to foster cohesiveness within the PsyD program community and with the entire University, as well as promote the general welfare of the PsyD program and mission of Antioch University.
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Curriculum

Antioch University Seattle (AUS) PsyD program in clinical psychology offers opportunities for students to develop their clinical, applied research, and assessment skills. There is an emphasis on multicultural competency, and social justice concepts are woven into the practical training experiences and placements. Practicum, pre-internship, and clinical internship placements may include working in the AUS Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic and/or a variety of community engagements. Supervision and mentoring are provided by qualified professionals.

Currently there are opportunities for placement in forensic, clinical child, clinical adult, therapeutic school, neuropsychology assessment, rehabilitation, college counseling centers, community mental health, and health psychology, and primary care behavioral health sites. Collaborative relationships with community sites are nurtured to provide ongoing opportunities for dynamic involvement in psychological services provision, applied research, and psychological assessment opportunities. These practical training experiences culminate in the clinical internship, which is a required full-time year or half-time two-year placement for advanced training in a particular setting in professional psychology. National and local clinical internship placements are available.

For clinical internship placement, AUS participates in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center’s (APPIC) internship match program and students are required to apply for APPIC member internships.

Core Courses

For students who already hold a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or a related mental health field, some of the following “core” or foundational courses may be waived based on a syllabus review, to a maximum of eight (8) total credits:

  • PSYC705: Cognition and Affect (3)
  • PSYC720: Biological Bases of Behavior I:  Clinical Medicine (3)
  • PSYC721: Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC722: Biological Bases of Behavior II: Psychophysiology (3)
  • PSYC723: Psychopharmacology I (3)
  • PSYC724: Learning Theory (3)
  • PSYC725: Life Span Development I – Child (3)
  • PSYC726: Life Span Development II – Adult (3)
  • PSYC727: History and Systems of Psychology (3)
  • PSYC728: Psychopharmacology II:  Drugs of Abuse (2)
  • PSYC730: Ethics (3)
  • PSYC736: Social Psychology (5)
  • PSYC741: Individual Differences and Personality Theories I (3)
  • PSYC742: Individual Differences and Personality Theories II (3)
  • PSYC745: Advanced Ethics (2)
  • PSYC776: Psychopathology II: Developmental Psychopathology (3)
  • PSYC804: Community Psychology (3)
  • PSYC805: Professional Issues in Career Management (1)
  • PSYC806: Consultation and Supervision (5)
  • PSYC807: Advanced Professional Issues in Career Management (2)
  • WRTG700: Writing Seminar for PsyD (1)

Assessment Courses

  • PSYC735: Psychometrics and Lab (5)
  • PSYC711: Assessment:  Intelligence & Practicum (4)
  • PSYC713: Assessment:  Personality & Practicum (4)
  • PSYC717: Assessment:  Integration & Practicum (4)

Research Courses

  • PSYC810: Dissertation Seminar I (3)
  • PSYC820: Dissertation Seminar II (3)
  • PSYC731: Research Ethics, Quantitative Methods & Analysis I (3)
  • PSYC732: Quantitative Methods & Analysis II (3)
  • PSYC733: Qualitative Methods & Analysis I (3)
  • PSYC734: Qualitative Methods & Analysis II (3)

Clinical Training Courses

The PsyD program admits students with both Bachelor’s entry or Master’s advanced entry. In order to prepare all students for doctoral-level training, the learning experience is designed to be sequential, cumulative, and of graded complexity. All students, regardless of prior training, are required to complete a one-year, full-time residency to make sure foundational conceptual and experiential competencies are met.

The PsyD program curriculum and training plan is designed to ensure that every student receives a broad, generalist doctoral-level training based on current and evolving trends in the field of clinical psychology. For example, three first-year courses focus on developing basic clinical skills, professionalization, and multicultural competency while students engage in a social justice practicum:

  • PSYC701: Foundational Clinical Skills (2)
  • PSYC702: Social Justice and Cultural Competency I (3)
  • PSYC703: Social Justice and Cultural Competency II (2)

Basic Clinical Concentration (Second Year)

In keeping with the generalist training approach, all students will complete the Intervention series, which is designed to provide broad theoretical and scientific foundations of the practice of clinical psychology that is integrated with the existing and evolving body of knowledge, skills, and competencies of applied psychology. Students enroll in this series of three theoretical and conceptually-based courses with concurrent enrollment in Professional Seminars, which provide case consultation and training on clinical topics. In addition, students are placed for initial clinical training in the AUS Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic and, on a case-by-case basis, may be placed at an alternate suitable community practicum site.

Intervention Series

  • PSYC780: Interventions I (3)
  • PSYC782: Interventions II (3)
  • PSYC784: Interventions III (3)

Professional Seminars

  • PSYC791: Professional Seminar I (3)
  • PSYC792: Professional Seminar II (3)
  • PSYC793: Professional Seminar III (3)

Elective courses that may be selected

Elective courses may include Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Child Clinical Psychology. Newly developed curriculum will also include training in Integrated Primary Care Behavioral Health models, which will prepare the student for experience in one of the leading employment options for clinical psychologists in the healthcare field.

FAQ

What is the difference between a PsyD and PhD?

There are differences between a “Doctor of Psychology” (PsyD) and “Doctor of Philosophy” (PhD).  The PhD degree is the oldest doctorate degrees and has strong historical roots in traditional research-oriented academia.  PhD programs generally support a scientist-practitioner model, which places a greater emphasis on research coursework and practice. The PsyD degree is a relatively newer doctorate-level degree that embraces the practitioner-scholar training model, with greater focus on clinically-related curriculum and is designed to train practitioners who apply evidence-based theory and research to clinical practice. PsyD dissertations can be qualitative, mixed-methods, or in the form of a program evaluation.

What is the theoretical orientation of the program?

The PsyD program has not adopted a specific theoretical orientation in terms of emphasizing one psychological school of thought over another (e.g., Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Cognitive-Behavioral, etc.).  Individual faculty members represent a broad swath of theoretical orientations in terms of their clinical training, scholarship, clinical practice, and teaching interests to include Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral, Humanistic, Hermeneutic, Integrative/Eclectic, and Multicultural, to name just a few. Students are taught a variety of theoretical models in the Theory coursework, which gives rich generalist background training as a foundation for clinical analysis and practice.

Do you accept transfers from previous Master Degree programs? And how many credits may I be able to transfer in?

You may transfer up to eight credits from your Master’s Degree if the faculty find evidence that a graduate course has at least 75% overlap with the doctoral-level course.  If you completed a 300 hour practicum or internship during the course of your academic Master’s degree, you may qualify to waive the clinical practicum during the second year and proceed into pre-internship training. Qualification for this requires a formal review of your prior practicum work by faculty and is done on a case by case basis. For further details, see the following link: http://antioch.localplacement.net/academics/psychology/psyd-faq.html

Can I start the PsyD program with only a BA? 

Yes. The PsyD program admits students who enter with a BA degree. Nearly 50% of students enter with a BA, and the other half enter with a MA degree.

How long will it take me to complete the program of study?

Students must complete all coursework within eight years and complete the clinical internship by a maximum of ten years. The average length to complete the program is five to six years.

How much time will I need to spend on the PsyD program?

Students must complete a residency, defined as at least nine credits for three consecutive quarters during the first year in the program.

Time demands of psychological assessments and report writing: Psychological assessment and testing is a primary professional responsibility and skill of clinical psychology. Specialized training in test construction, administration, and interpretation, and the ability to integrate psychological testing with other standard clinical data (e.g. interview, records, etc.), is a unique preparation and skill set for clinical psychologists.

Time demands of clinical training in the doctoral program: After the first year, most, students will start seeing clients in the Antioch University Seattle Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic as part of their practicum or pre-internship experience. This work is done in addition to coursework. Students are expected to be available at least five hours per week for clinical work, and another one to three hours in individual or group clinical supervision in a given week.

Time demands of the clinical training requirements: Every doctoral student needs to complete the following: (1) a 300-hour Social Justice Service and Clinical Practicum (or 80 hours of Social Justice Service Practicum for students entering the program with a clinical master’s degree and waiving the Social Justice Clinical Practicum); (2) at least 900 hours of “pre-internship,” which is an advanced practicum experience; and (3) at least 2000 hours of clinical internship in one year (if full-time) or two years (if part-time). The total clinical training requirement includes 3200 hours of practicum/pre-internship/clinical internship training.

Time demands of the doctoral dissertation. Students should review the PsyD Dissertation Manual as early as possible in order to get an idea of the basic requirements, such as identifying and researching a research question, forming and coordinating with your dissertation committee, scheduling three two-hour committee meetings, collecting data, writing, etc. Students must have their dissertation proposal accepted by the Dissertation Committee Chair (approved by the Committee) and obtain approval from the AUS Institutional Review Board before they can apply for clinical internship.

Are there any paid internship sites? 

All APPIC member and APA-accredited internships offer stipends. There are many local clinical internship sites that offer stipends and some that do not. Clinical internship sites are competitive and students will have the opportunity to carefully select those that meet their personal and professional goals. Part-time internships are usually available, but not as common as full-time internship sites. Financial aid is available during the Clinical Internship Application process and during the internship year.

How many credits is considered full-time and part-time study?

Full-time is defined as at least nine credits per quarter and part-time is defined as less than nine credits per quarter.

Are there online courses available to AUS students?

The PsyD program currently offers one course online: PSYC724 Learning Theories (3).  APA accreditation requires that the student comes in person to take their final exam for online courses and there are other standards that must be adhered to. The Dissertation Seminar  sequence (PSYC810-840) is a series of hybrid courses that will continue to be offered online along with PSYC724.  At this time, no other online course will be offered.

What kind of employment can you qualify for with a PsyD from Antioch University Seattle?

With the exception of certain government institutions, such as the Veteran’s Administration or Department of Defense, graduates from non-APA accredited programs generally enjoy the same employment opportunities as those from APA-accredited programs. For instance, graduates from the AUS PsyD program are employed in a wide variety of settings including independent practice, state and private hospitals, healthcare settings and general hospitals, community mental health clinics, teaching at universities (including at the graduate and doctoral level), medical or psychiatric groups or incorporations, state prisons, non-profit agencies, authoring books, conducting professional trainings and workshops, providing consultation services, Native American tribal agencies, forensic practice, working with children and adolescents in schools, clinics, and specialty centers.

Our graduates have been licensed and found employment outside of Washington State, including Oregon, California, Illinois, and New York; as well as outside of the United States such as Canada, Guam, and Japan. Societal demand for mental health services continues to trend upward, particularly (but not limited to) working with children and adolescents, primary care behavioral health settings, substance use disorders, war veterans, rural areas, the elderly, and culturally and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Are there online courses available to AUS students?

The PsyD program currently offers one course online: PSYC724 Learning Theories.

How much assistance will AUS devote to helping students achieve licensure?

The PsyD program is designed to meets the requirements of the Washington state licensing board. Students will be provided documentation when applying for licensure that indicates which courses correspond with specific licensure requirements. Students should keep track of their course syllabi and all clinical logs and site documentation for assistance in preparation for licensing.

If the student wants to get licensed in another state/country, they are responsible for finding out what the local licensing board expectations are.

What does Practitioner-Scholar mean?

Our education and training model is that of Practitioner-Scholar, which is based on the model developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and articulated by Kenkel and Peterson (2010). The highlights of the model are:

Local Clinical Scientist Approach.  We train our students in evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP), defined as “the integration of the best available research with clinical expertise in the context of patient characteristics, culture, and preferences” (APA, 2005). To help students identify “the best available research,” our curriculum includes four research courses designed to teach students the continuum of research designs and data analytic approaches and aspires to help them recognize and think critically about the ways such approaches are applied within mainstream psychology literature.  More specifically, we value learning how to understand clients and their presenting issues within a systems context that includes the social, psychological and political. Among other things, this means being able to consider the complex and nuanced ways in which a client’s and clinician’s background – their family, work, culture, spiritual tradition, and social class contribute to the interpretations and understandings of themselves and the ways in which they live in and interact with the world around them.

Integrative Pedagogy.  Historically AU is well-known for what is known as andragogy (acknowledging the experience adult students bring), integrating theory with practice, drawing from various disciplines, and considering the framework of power and privilege when studying individuals and social institutions. AUS is proud to continue that tradition, and the PsyD program works diligently to apply it to the field of psychology.

Competency-Based Assessment. Students are asked to demonstrate the theoretical content they learn through applying knowledge to practice. By using small, seminar-type classes and assignments that require reflective application of concepts to real cases and problems, instructors are able to assess student performances. Competencies are the framework woven into all classes, supervisor evaluations, annual reviews of student performances, and the Clinical Oral Examination.

Future Multiple Roles.  In addition to providing psychotherapeutic interventions and assessment services for individuals and groups, many of our graduates will be involved in supervision, consultation, agency management, organizational planning, program evaluation, and public health activities during their careers. For instance, services required during international crises, including trauma care, are roles that our students may assume in the future. Thus, we concur with the NCSPP model: we train our students for the roles they are likely to take on in their communities.

Faculty

Read about adjunct faculty who teach in the School of Applied Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy.

 

Cheryl R. Azlin

PsyD Clinical Psychology
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
Director of Clinical Training, PsyD Program

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Jude Bergkamp

PsyD Clinical Psychology
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
Program Co-Chair, PsyD Program

Steven Curtis

PhD
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

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Phillip E. Cushman

LMFT, PhD
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

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Suzanne Engelberg

PhD Clinical Psychology
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

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Bill Heusler

PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

206-441-5352

Jane Harmon Jacobs

PhD in Applied Educational Psychology
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

206-268-4822

Mark C. Russell

PhD Clinical Psychology, ABPP
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

206-268-4810

Alejandra Suarez

PhD Clinical Psychology
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

206-268-4810

Liang Tien

PsyD
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

 

Dana Waters

206-268-4865

Mary Wieneke

PhD
School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
PsyD Program

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Britta Bergan

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2006, PsyD Clinical Psychology, 2015,

Having attended Antioch University Seattle for my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, I was again drawn to their social-justice and advocacy based curriculum when I decided to return for my PsyD in Clinical Psychology. During my time in the doctoral program, I was able to complete extensive training and coursework in child psychology, health psychology and psychological and neuropsychological assessment.

Cami Hayes

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2009

She remembers in particular the bonds made with faculty and other students and how that created a learning environment conducive for the honest exchange of academic ideas and observations.

Mike Archer

PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2007

Antioch University Seattle’s first PsyD graduate, he chose the University because of its focus on clinical work rather than research. His work centered on the underdeveloped field of male body issues.

Nicola Mucci

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, current student

As Mucci moved through the program, she noticed Antioch’s growing reputation in the professional community. “When I work with outside organizations or with students from other universities, they often seek out Antioch students for the critical perspective they bring,” she says.

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