By: Sharon Findlay, MS
Admissions and Communications Manager
Pacific Quest is excited to announce that our students now have the opportunity to complete seven academic courses for a total of four (4) high school credits! Most recently, we have incorporated an elective credit with the addition of a Psychology Course. This additional course provides our students with methods for understanding biopsychological, developmental, and cognitive functioning in humans, as well as individual and group variations in behavior. By the end of the course, students know through their own experience this psychological truth, articulated by Abraham Maslow: “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” This course is aligned with Pacific Quest’s therapeutic curriculum, the Common Core Curriculum and the National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula.
Pacific Quest’s Academic Coordinator, Janna Pate comments, “Pacific Quest is pleased to offer high school credits in the content area of psychology. Perhaps more than any other, this course reflects the knowledge our students come here seeking. Experiential learning takes places around the clock, and the content of our psychology course is at the heart of that work. Throughout the day, students have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their understanding by doing things like participating in horticultural therapy activities, practicing healthy coping skills, trying out different mindfulness practices, practicing nonviolent communication, and establishing and maintaining healthy relationships.”
All PQ academic coursework is accredited by AdvancEd and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, allowing credits to transfer and students to grow their academic skills and knowledge while participating in integrative and daily therapeutic work.