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April Young

Academic Coordinator

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Counseling

Degree Program M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. April Young is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and is Nationally Certified. She holds a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, a M.A. in Community Counseling as well as a MBA in Operations Management. During her Ph.D. and her M.A. program, her studies emphasized Marriage and Family Counseling.
Dr. Young has served as a Director of Marriage and Family Training Programs as well as an Assistant Professor. She is currently a Faculty Supervisor and the Student Support Coordinator for the School of Counseling at Walden University. In addition, she maintains a small private practice providing support to individuals, couples, and families. Her background is rich in serving verities of client issues including marital challenges, family disputes, crises, addictions, as well as grief and loss.
Dr. Young has a strong passion for the counseling profession evidenced by a rich history of activities in professional counseling associations. She has served as Treasurer, President-Elect, President, Past-President, and Faculty Advisor for Chi Sigma Iota. She served Newsletter Editor, Media Chair, President-Elect, President, Past-President for the Colorado Counseling Association. In addition she served as the Western Region Chair for the American Counseling Association. She frequently attends and presents at state, regional, and national counseling associations, often co-presenting with colleagues and students. She is always eager to collaborate with colleagues and students for research projects leading to presentations at conferences and publications. Her research areas include domestic abuse, trauma and recovery, resiliency, mindfulness practice, spirituality, supervision, and advocacy for the counseling profession.


BS, University of Northern Colorado

MBA, Regis University

MA, University of Northern Colorado

PhD, University of Northern Colorado

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Chapter Faculty Advisor Appreciation Award, 2013

Colorado Counseling Association Outstanding Member, 2011

President's Appreciation Award, 2011

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counselor Education, 2007

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Counselor Education, University of Northern Colorado, 2007


Stapleton, R. A., Young, A. J., Senstock, T. D. Coping Styles and Secondary Traumatic Stress in Direct Care Staff Working in Residential Treatment Centers. Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.

Matise, M., Young, A. J. (2013). The New Wave of Therapy. The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.


Young, A., King, J. (2018). Inovative Strategies for Identifying and Responding to Problematic Student Professional Dispositions. Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Slyter, M. J., Young, A. J., Senstock, T. D. (2014). Dealing with Student Conduct Issues in an Online Environment: What works? . RMACES.

Foster, L. H., Overton, S. L., Young, A. J., Falkner, J. (2017). Understanding poverty: reducing barriers and creating opportunities. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Young, A. J., Slyter, M. J., Senstock, T. D. (2014). Words of Wisdom from a Panel of Past and Present Program Chairs/Directors. RMACES.

Young, A. J., Rivas, B.,. (2013). Fostering Professional Identity and Counseling Efficacy in Classrooms and Supervision Processes.

Senstock, T. D., Young, A. J. (2013). Promotion and Tenure: How to Prepare and Succeed. . ACES.

Senstock, T. D., Scott, S. K., Young, A. J. (2013). Retention Strategies for Counselor Education Programs. ACES.

Law, J. D., Dahlen, P. L., Sage, M., Young, A. J., Elderidge, K., Rumsey, B. D. (2012). Trauma education: Meeting the 2009 CACREP standards and other key issues in counselor efficacy. . RMACES.

Cordeiro, J., Young, A. J. (2010). Fare Thee Well: Counseling for Pet Bereavement.

Houtz, C., Young, A. J. (2010). Gangs in Colorado.

Norem, K., Magnuson, S., & Young. A., Young, A. J. (2010). Leadership Training Workshop.

Young, A. J. (2010). Uncovering Myths About Domestic Violence.

Young, A. J. (2008). Myths About Domestic Violence.

Young, A. J. (2007). Using Labyrinths in Counseling.

Matise, M., Young, A. J. (2006). The New Wave of Counseling: Quantum Psychology and Implications for Counselors.

Young, A. J., Evans, J., Capps, J., Martinez, L., O'Malley, D., Baldo, T., Madani, Y. (2005). Self-Efficacy in Career Options: Revisited.