Clinicians’ Corner: News for the Mental Health Professional

Mar 7, 2016 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Recently, the Orange County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OCCAMFT) hosted its annual CAMFT: State of the Profession update. CAMFT’s Executive Director Jill Epstein presented updates on news of import to the gathered marriage and family therapists. Ms. Epstein is extremely knowledgeable and we appreciate her keeping California MFTs in the know. We’re also grateful to have her representation in both Sacramento and Washington, DC.

It was exciting to note that a significant number of OCCAMFT board members are current CalSouthern learners or alumni. For example, current PsyD learner Terry Heptinstall is OCCAMFT’s current president, while former learner Tammy Shelton is event director and past president. Another former learner, Debra Solseng, is OCCAMFT’s secretary.

We recommend that all MA and PsyD learners and graduates consider membership in the appropriate representative professional organizations. It’s a great way to network, find practicum and internship placements, facilitate client referrals and to stay abreast of current legislation affecting your profession.

Terry Martin
Terry Martin, PsyD

2015 PsyD graduate Terry Martin has written another book, his second. The Journey Home from Trauma: A Study of Complementary Treatment will be available in May 2016. It includes a review and evaluation of recent empirical research concerning open, focused and transcendent meditation to determine their effectiveness in treating PTSD symptoms. Based on his research, he concludes that meditation is efficacious in treating veterans suffering from PTSD.

Claire Babbitt, MA

2014 MA graduate Claire Babbitt earned her MFT license in August 2015, passing on the first attempt. Currently building a private practice in San Diego, she stays in touch with fellow CalSouthern alumni and notes that doing so “reminds me of how grateful I am to CalSouthern and all who helped me while I was there.” She looks forward to continuing to interact with CalSouthern alumni at future Master Lecture Series events.

We want to make you aware of some upcoming events of interest to learners, alumni and faculty in the School of Behavioral Sciences:

MFT/LPCC Trainee and Internship Faire On Saturday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., CalSouthern, along with OCCAMFT and the other representative schools of the MFT Consortium of Orange County, will be holding the first joint Trainee and Internship Faire in Costa Mesa, California. Agencies and community mental health settings from around the area will be represented by clinical directors, supervisors and others, who will interact with students and interns looking for practicum and internship placements, as well as employment opportunities. Resume-building and interview tips, updates on issues related to the California Board of Behavioral Science, advice on working in public mental health and tips for building a private practice will be offered. If you are an MA graduate or current MA learner ready to begin your quest for placement, please join us at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3131 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. Register online here. You can also email or contact your CalSouthern academic advisor for more information. Come dressed to impress with resume in hand!

Doctoral Project Boot Camp

Dr. Linda Fischer

The Boot Camp, April 21-24, is an opportunity for learners to immerse themselves in the doctoral project process for four consecutive days. Attendees will make significant progress in completing drafts, as well. It’s a rigorous workshop that requires commitment; learners need to set aside the time needed to complete portions of the project with an assigned faculty mentor. Daily assignments will be submitted to the mentor, who will provide feedback on the draft to help guide progress in the project.

The Boot Camp is designed to support learners who have completed a prospectus and are working on drafts of chapters one, two or three, or have completed data collection and analysis and are drafting chapters four and five. Participation is limited to ensure quality interaction and feedback. Learner applications to the Boot Camp may be requested from Dr. Linda Fischer at

Upcoming Conferences The 2016 American Counseling Association’s 2016 Conference and Expo will be held March 31 – April 3, 2016 in Montreal. A highlight is the ACA Client-Focused Research Series. Here is some of the evidence-based practice research that will be presented: We Thought You’d Just Tell Us “Don’t Do Drugs”: A Substance Abuse Program for Athletes; Analysis of Policy Research on School-Based Counseling in the U.S.: 2000–2015; Body Image of College Students Revisited: Appearance of Muscle Dysmorphic Disorder; Career Workshop Series: Outcomes of a Postmodern Intervention for Ex-Offenders; Counseling in the Land of Religious Liberty: Competencies for Minority Religions; and Mindfulness-Based Compassion Training Research. For more information and to register, click here.

The California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors’ 2016 Annual Conference will be held at San Jose State University, Saturday, April 16. The conference’s theme is “Preparing LPCCs for a Changing World: Addressing Crisis and Trauma in the 21st Century,” and the event will feature keynote speaker Dave Feldman, PhD, who will present: The Possibility of Growth in the Face of Trauma. Sessions will be posted after March 1, and CEUs are available. For information and to register, click here.

Themed “The Future of Mental Health: Tools for the Therapist’s Toolbox,” CAMFT’s 2016 Annual Conference will be held at The Hilton Los Angeles, May 12–15. With four days of exceptional training opportunities, along with networking events and an array of useful resources, this conference can’t be beat. This year, in addition to the various individual CE opportunities provided, certificate tracks will include Sex and Therapy, Interns/Pre-licensed, Technology, Trauma/Crisis and Supervision. For more information and to register, click here.




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