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

Oct 16, 2013 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Happy fall, everyone, and 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.

  • MA graduates continue to progress toward licensure and beyond. Four MA graduates recently took the MFT written exam—and all four passed! Non-degree learners coming to CalSouthern to fulfill additional licensure requirements continue to pass the LPCC Exams as well. Congratulations to all of you! We would love to hear how you are progressing in your clinical career so that we may celebrate each and every milestone with you. Please keep in touch with your academic advisor.
  • Our Practicum Spotlight for this issue is on New Dawn Treatment Centers. New Dawn Treatment Centers have multiple locations throughout Northern California. They specialize in chemical dependency and detoxification, gender-specific transitional living homes located discretely in residential neighborhoods, partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient for both chemical dependency and eating disorders, and adolescent chemical dependency treatment options. If these opportunities are of interest to you, please email New Dawn at [email protected] or check out their website for more information.
  • Get to know the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM V) and become familiar with the latest information about CPT codes. The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) are joining forces to present an amazing workshop on these topics. Our own Master Lecture Series alumnus Katheryn Whittaker and AAMFT California president-elect Dr. Naveen Jonathan will present everything you need to know about the new DSM V in an engaging and informative format. This workshop will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday October 26, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 S. Bristol Street (at the 405 Freeway), in Costa Mesa, CA. Please go to or for reservations and more information.
  • The countdown to the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference continues! CalSouthern is co-sponsoring this world-renowned event—the largest and most influential conference devoted to the practice of psychotherapy—held in Anaheim, California December 11 – 15, 2013. Conference organizers have graciously offered learner and faculty mentors a special discount of 30-percent off of the registration fee. To receive the discount, just reference the promo code SCAL30 when registering.

Also, a limited number of spaces have been reserved for graduate students in accredited programs, interns and professionals with financial limitations to assist as volunteers.  Quite a few learners are planning to volunteer, so don’t miss out—the application deadline is November 15. In addition, the conference will make continuing education credit available for sessions worked/attended (see conference website for details).

Professionals with financial limitations who are interested in volunteering should contact Karen Haviley at [email protected] or [email protected]. Please include basic information regarding your reasons for needing financial assistance and your desire to attend as a volunteer. If you cannot meet all the requirements to volunteer, please contact [email protected]. For more information or to register to attend, please go to

In case you missed it, please read the incredible story about MA graduate and current PsyD learner Freddie Williams’ journey of resiliency and giving back in A Destiny Delayed. We hope you’ll read his story, and be sure to watch the video, too. Freddie was the winner of the 2013 CalSouthern Difference Award, and he continues to move and inspire us all!



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