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

Mar 31, 2014 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Kat Hawks at Graduation

Happy spring, CalSouthern learners, faculty mentors and alumni. Welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner. I am Kathleen Hawks, academic advisor for 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.

The next few months hold great promise, wonderful events and opportunities:

  • Be sure to regularly visit the Master Lecture Series events page for the schedule of upcoming events and descriptions of the exceptional speakers slated to present. You can also view past presentations or register to attend upcoming events live at our Irvine, California campus or via real-time webinar.
  • This is a great time of year to secure practicum placements. The following entities have expressed a need for trainees:

Outreach Concern Santa Ana, CA Connie Kingsland, MA, MFT,  Regional Field Supervisor 714-319-7672 or [email protected]

Salvation Army USA Western Territory Anaheim, CA Linda Quaranta, MS, LMFT, Director of Rehabilitation/Clinical Supervisor Adult Rehabilitation Centers Command 714-512-3452 or [email protected]

 

  • Community and county mental health practicum placements provide excellent opportunities to support and care for our often underserved client populations. These placements provide a great foundation of experience for clinicians, as well. Trainees learn valuable skills in providing clinical services and completing appropriate documentation, all while giving back to their communities. The California MFT stipend program annually awards $18,500—by county—to individuals who commit to a one-year placement at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county mental health department. Previous experience and community/county mental health practicum placements reflect favorably on MFT stipend applications. Click here for more information on the MFT Consortium of California and its various stipend program opportunities. You may also find it informative to review the following information from last year’s 2013-2014 MFT Stipend. Information for the next (2014-2015) application period will be available in September, 2014.
  • CAMFT, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! As part of the celebration, the CAMFT annual conference is coming to Palm Springs May 1-4, 2014. Last year’s conference was phenomenal, with informative workshops, opportunities to interact with potential practicum placement representatives, networking events to support the psychological community and, best of all from my perspective, the chance to spend time with CalSouthern learners, alumni, faculty and staff. I so enjoyed spending time with each of you who attended and I look forward to seeing many of you again this year. For more information about what’s sure to be an enjoyable and productive event, please go to www.CAMFT.org.
  • Speaking of the CAMFT annual conference, CalSouthern will be hosting a “meet and greet” for our learners, faculty and alumni on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Please watch your learner announcements for more information coming soon. I hope to see you there!
  • Great news: Among all the other terrific membership benefits, student members of CAMFT are now eligible for free liability insurance! Learn more at CAMFT free student liability insurance.
  • AAMFT, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, has chapters nationwide, and student membership in this professional organization also includes free liability insurance. For this and other great member benefits, please go to AAMFT member benefits.
  • The California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) will be holding their inaugural conferences in Northern California and Southern California. The Southern California event will be held on April 12, 2014 at Pepperdine University’s West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. The date for the Northern California conference is to be determined, but networking events will be held in the Sacramento area on April 2nd and 3rd. Please visit this link for additional information on these and other CALPCC events. Events are nearing capacity, so please act quickly!
  • The American Counseling Association (ACA) is a nationwide membership organization with a wide variety of valuable benefits and activities. Go to counseling.org for more information.
  • It is always wonderful to hear that our learners, faculty and alumni are doing great things and giving back to their communities. CalSouthern PsyD learner Katheryn Whittaker is a wonderful example. As a licensed MFT and LPCC, she is already an experienced clinician and sought-after speaker. Soon she will be adding “doctor” to her resume! In the meantime, she has recently been nominated for a position as CAMFT Board Member-at-Large. We wish you well in your nomination Katheryn. And we ask you all to remember to vote for your CAMFT representatives.
  • CalSouthern is pleased to announce that the course Introduction to Forensic Psychology (PSY 2103) has been extensively revised. The enhancements include a focus on the production and application of psychological knowledge and research findings in the areas of the civil and criminal justice systems. Enrolled learners will explore criminal profiling, crime scene investigations, and serial murders. Based on this applied approach, the course also investigates police psychology, legal psychology, psychology of crimes and delinquency, “victimology,” as well as victim services, psychological assessments, mental disorders and correctional psychology. Enroll now!
  • Finally, Mariposa Women and Family Center is not only an excellent community mental health practicum placement opportunity, but it also provides continuing education courses of great value. Currently, they are offering a Bereavement Certification and CEU Training Program. Bereavement expert Mike Meador, MDiv, LMFT provides exceptional training and resources. The program is offered in four separate four-hour seminars, totaling 16 CEUs, and a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counseling is provided. The seminars begin in March, but make-up sessions are often offered upon request. Contact them at (714) 547-6494 for additional information.

Until next time, I ask you to consider this quotation from scholar, stockbroker(!) and man of letters, Henry Stanley Haskins:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

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