Clinicians’ Corner: Timely News and Information from the School of Behavioral Sciences

Apr 10, 2015 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner! I am Kathleen Hawks, an academic advisor with the CalSouthern School of Behavioral Sciences.

Each installment of the Clinicians’ Corner highlights clinically relevant news of interest to School of Behavioral Sciences learners, faculty and alumni. So come here to stay “in the loop” for any clinically oriented information.

First of all, I’d like to congratulate the following alumni on meeting licensure milestones:

  • MA graduate Laura Hout earned her California marriage and family therapist license.
  • MA graduate Joel Walton received his California MFT intern registration number.
  • MA graduate Michael Meister became licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Oklahoma.
Laura Hout, MA
Laura Hout, MA
Michael Meister, MA
Michael Meister, MA

We are so proud of you. We love to hear from our CalSouthern learners and alumni when good things happen or milestones are met as a result of your education at CalSouthern. Please continue to keep in touch so we can share your good news with the rest of our community.

In other news, in January of this year I was fortunate to have been invited to attend the EFT Externship in San Diego. It was an exceptional experience. Dr. Sue Johnson, primary developer of emotionally focused couples therapy and founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, provided each day’s instruction, along with co-trainer Scott Woolley, PhD.

Dr. Sue Johnson, author of well-known books such as Love Sense–The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships and Hold Me Tight–Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love is a “rock star” in the field of couples’ therapy. To be able to learn “at her knee” was an inspiring opportunity. The four-day externship included live couples therapy sessions witnessed via closed-circuit television, video clips, experiential exercises with peers and additional instruction. I also had the opportunity to meet with CalSouthern learners and alumni, as well as students and clinicians from all over the country.

This evidence-based model for couples’ treatment is highly effective and well worth your effort to master. It was a fantastic experience and I would encourage anyone to attend future trainings. More information is available at

The 51st CAMFT Annual Conference is coming to San Francisco, California May 14 – 17, 2015. The theme this year is “Bridging the Art and Science of Healing.” All information may be found at Please join our dean, Dr. Barbara Grimes and me at this fantastic event.


Joining and participating in membership organizations such as CAMFT provides an opportunity to interact with other students and clinicians. It provides wonderful networking opportunities which may lead to referral sources and potential practicum and internship placements. Each workshop is another opportunity to hone your craft, learn new skills and expand your clinical repertoire. Student membership is reasonable and includes free liability insurance coverage. You can’t beat that!

For those of you who worry that you will be out of your depth or feel intimidated, please read the recent CalSouthern Sun article by CalSouthern MA learner Cynthia Degryse. It’s a very candid and well-written reflection on the value of events such as the CAMFT Annual Conference—no matter your experience level. From the moment you begin your first course at CalSouthern, through your degree program, licensure and your professional career, CAMFT membership and events will be of value to you.

As most of you are probably aware, California has a relatively new license—the LPCC for professional clinical counselors—and its representative professional organization is the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC). Executive Director Dean Porter is exceptionally knowledgeable. She and her leadership team were intricately involved with the BBS in the development of the license. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better resource for all things LPCC than CALPCC.

I am honored to be a member of the CALPCC’s Counselor Educators’ Consortium. We consist of representatives from each of the major universities who provide LPCC educational programs in Southern California. This is just one of the ways we stay on top of current legislation, trends and requirements for our learners. Please go to for more information on all of their excellent resources.

Donna Hutcheson, California Educational MFT Stipend recipient
Donna Hutcheson, California Educational MFT Stipend recipient

Later this summer, information for the 2015 California MFT Stipend Program will be made public. Applications are expected to be available sometime in August and the deadline for submissions is set for October 7, 2015. We’ll announce more information as it becomes available.

The following important new legislation was recently passed in California and may affect you:

Assembly Bill 1775 amends Penal Code Section 11165.1 and makes downloading, streaming or accessing through electronic or digital media material in which a child is engaged in an obscene sexual act a mandated report under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).

Senate Bill 578 requires maintenance of patient records for a minimum of seven years from the date of therapy termination, or seven years beyond the age of majority for minors post termination; however, CAMFT and other agencies still recommend keeping client records for at least ten years for greatest protection.

Senate Bill 1012 increases the hours of weekly supervision that a MFT intern, trainee or LPCC intern may count toward licensure from five hours per week to six hours per week total. This applies (retroactively) to supervision hours gained on or after January 1, 2009. In other words, you may now be eligible for additional direct client contact hours in your practicum and internship due to this increase in supervision eligibility. The 5:1 ratio for MA practicum trainees still holds. Please speak to your academic advisor for details. (A special thanks to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFT Consortium of Orange County and the Orange County chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for information related to this updated legislation.)

We are regularly approached by organizations looking for PsyD- and MA-level practicum trainees and interns. Please keep an eye out for learner announcements and updates to both the PsyD and MA practicum handbooks for these new opportunities.

Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee
Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee

Finally, we are so excited about the outstanding slate of Master Lecture Series presenters scheduled for 2015. A great example was Friday, March 20, when Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee flew in from Oregon to present on “Therapy in an Age of Digital Attachment.” Hopefully, you participated in this informative lecture. If you missed it, check out the recorded version in the lecture archives. Our next scheduled presentation will be May 22, 2015 from 10:00-12:00 PST. Dr. Joshua Taylor of the County of San Bernardino’s Department of Behavioral Health will deliver a presentation titled, “Inside the Mind of a Veteran.” We hope you will plan to attend.



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