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

Dec 11, 2015 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner. This is the place to receive news and information relevant to the developing clinician.

I'll begin with some fantastic news. I am excited to be able to make the following announcements:

  • 2013 MA graduate and current PsyD learner Sepideh Bakhtiari recently passed both MFT licensure exams for California.
  • 2015 MA graduate Donna Hutcheson has earned her California MFT Intern Gary Woods, MARegistration Number.
  • 2015 MA graduate Rebekah D'Huet has earned her California MFT Intern Registration Number.
  • 2015 MA graduate Gary Woods has earned his California LPCC and MFT Intern Registration Numbers.
  • 2015 PsyD Graduate Dianna Troutt, LMFT, LPCC has become a certified Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) therapist.

Congratulations to all of you! And if others of you have recently earned your license, intern registration or reached a similar milestone using your education at CalSouthern, please let me know. I'd love to share your accomplishments with the entire CalSouthern community.

We have long encouraged learners to gather together, in person or online, to form study groups and to provide support and guidance to one other as you work through your academic programs. If you are interested in forming a study group, reach out to your classmates through the discussion forum! Now that everyone has access to Skype for Business, it is that much easier to bring learners together from near and far.

PsyD graduates! Ibemed, a professional psychological corporation treating patients whose health is affected by psychosocial factors, is offering a great opportunity for a post-doctoral internship. Qualified applicants need to have earned their degree, had it conferred and completed their pre-doctoral internship. The post-doctoral psychological assistant, behavioral medicine training program is now available. As part of this training program, psychological assistants will learn how to work within an integrated medical setting, providing psychological services. Please email your resume or CV to [email protected]

As you're all well aware, CalSouthern has gifted and dedicated faculty mentors. What you may not know is the variety of fascinating work many of them do outside of academia. For example, Dr. Su Hunter of the School of Behavioral Sciences is a former elite athlete who is active in NCAA track and field. She has also served as an official at the Olympic Trials. Recently, she swam 1.46 miles across Lake Washington in Seattle to raise money for Children’s Hospital Seattle. Way to go, Dr. Hunter!

Last month, students and educators from across Southern California gathered together at the first-ever American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, California Division (AAMFT-CA) Educator/Student Forum: Moving Forward Together: Preparing MFT Students for Careers in the New Systems of Care. Discussions included the Affordable Care Act and its impact on mental health services, as well as issues surrounding the Excellence in Mental Health Act. I will be serving on the AAMFT-CA Division Advisory Council to the Educators Collaborative Steering Committee for next year’s event. Please send suggestions to me at [email protected]

MA and PsyD learners are required to complete practicum training in mental health settings at the appropriate time during their degree programs. CalSouthern has practicum affiliation agreements in place with a number of entities, and more are being added every month. We encourage MA and PsyD learners to find a setting in their local communities where their newly acquired knowledge and developing skills can be of use. If you are at the point in your degree program where your academic advisor has indicated that you are ready to begin searching for placement, start looking around your community. Then, give your academic advisor a call and discuss the approval process. We’ll provide you with all the guidance and assistance you need!

Recently, CalSouthern was honored to have Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) speak as part of our continuing Master Lecture Series. As you may know, Dr. Johnson is the author of Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love; Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships, and her ground-breaking work The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection, now in its second edition. For those of you who are interested in becoming a certified EFT therapist, please go to the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy website at There, you’ll find a list of upcoming training opportunities; the one closest to CalSouthern will be in San Diego, January 11-14, 2016 and information may be found at

At CalSouthern, we are blessed to have learners and graduates worldwide. We enjoy having students and prospective students come on campus for a visit. We’ve had visitors from as far as Viet Nam and as close as down the street—we’re happy to see all of you! If you are in the Irvine, California area and you would like to spend a few minutes with your academic or enrollment advisor, please give us a call and make an appointment. We hope you’ll visit us soon!

Until next time, happy holidays!



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