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

Aug 28, 2013 by Kathleen Hawks, MS
From left to right: MA learner Judy Hails, MA learner Mindy Chung, MA learner Sonal Dani, former learner and OC CAMFT President Tammy Shelton, CalSouthern faculty mentor and Past President of CAMFT James Sanders, PsyD learner Terry Heptinstall, and former learner Debra Solseng.


Welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner. I am Kathleen Hawks, academic advisor for the School of Behavioral Sciences here at CalSouthern.

Each issue of the Clinician’s Corner will highlight 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.

  • We’re excited to announce that Michael Meister—a 2012 graduate of CalSouthern’s MA program—has passed the LPC NCE (Licensed Professional Counselor National Counseling Exam) for the state of Oklahoma. As he noted in a FaceBook post, “I owe it to the education and preparedness I was given by CalSouthern and all of its great mentors!” Congratulations, Michael. The entire CalSouthern community is happy for you and very proud of you, as well!
  • This month’s Practicum Spotlight is Able Family Support. Able Family Support is a drug and alcohol treatment facility. They are currently looking for learners interested in obtaining experience hours for CAADAC. This would be ideal for learners in the addiction studies certificate program, and for MS and PsyD Learners with a special interest in chemical dependency and compulsive disorders. Reach out to Ricardo Luna at (818) 830-9500.
  • Our amazing research librarian, Ms. Jennifer Hill, MSI, has been at it again. There are many fantastic new offerings in the CalSouthern Library. With a click of a mouse, hundreds of videos, journals, databases and eBooks are all at your fingertips! Please stop by the CalSouthern Online Libraryto check out the latest offerings.
  • I had the privilege of attending the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Annual Conference in Sacramento, California. As usual, it did not disappoint. It was very exciting to get better acquainted with some of the CalSouthern learners and alumni in attendance. I also had the opportunity to connect three students in the MA program with potential practicum placement representatives. All of the workshops were very informative and delivered by outstanding presenters. For example, I spent all day Sunday in a DSM V workshop, presented by an individual who attended the APA unveiling the day before. CAMFT always puts on an enjoyable and extremely informative event. I highly recommend that you attend next year. For more information on CAMFT’s low-cost membership for students, please go to
  • Speaking of CAMFT, the Orange County chapter’s Celebrate Everything MFT Luncheon was a wonderful event. I was able to visit with a number of local CalSouthern MA program learners. It was a great opportunity to answer all of their questions in person. We discussed the practicum program, personal therapy and a variety of courses. I was also able to connect with many licensed MFTs who have taken additional courses at CalSouthern to earn their LPCC licenses; some are even members of the OC CAMFT Board! The afternoon concluded with a roundtable discussion of ways to apply MFT/LPCC Licensure to various avenues of clinical practice. As usual, it was an afternoon well spent. For more information about OC CAMFT, go to




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