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

Oct 20, 2014 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

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.

ISSTD Annual Conference   -  The 31st Annual ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) Conference will be held October 23 – 27, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. The title of this year’s conference will be: Exploring and Learning Together: What We Now Know about Trauma and Dissociation. Choose from exceptional learning opportunities including “ASCH Training: Fundamentals of Hypnosis” and “Dissociation 101: For Student and Emerging Professionals.” For more information, stop by the ISSTD website.

   - Now is the time to knock on doors for upcoming practicum placements. When seeking placement, approach it as you would any other job interview. Here are a few suggestions for the application process and interview:

  • Dress professionally.
  • Carry yourself with confidence.
  • Prepare a well-written CV or resume, including any relative work, educational or professional experience.
  • Print a copy of your degree plan from the learning center. Use it to show areas of background knowledge/academic competency, as well as your overall preparedness for the position.
  • From the Practicum Handbook, review and print copies of the BBS Responsibility Statement and the CalSouthern Practicum Site Agreement.
  • Obtain liability insurance coverage and bring the liability declarations page, showing coverage, established and expiration dates in this file. Low cost liability coverage may be obtained through one of the links in the handbook, or at no cost in conjunction with AAMFT or CAMFT student membership.
  • Place all of these materials together in a black binder and have it for reference during your interviews.

Now, during the interview and when the placement is offered, you will have everything together for reference and all forms will be easily accessible for signatures. For more tips, contact your academic advisor.

   - The following Orange County, California entities have indicated that the following practicum trainee openings may be available. Speak with your academic advisor to ascertain your readiness for practicum before contacting the potential placement provider directly.✓ The Salvation Army may have openings in Orange County at the end of October and again in January. Contact [email protected]. A national organization, it may also have needs in other regions. Please see www.salvationarmy.org

Milton Erickson Foundation   - The Milton H. Erickson Foundation is bringing the Brief Therapy Conference to Anaheim, California this December 11-14, 2014. Student and intern volunteers can attend at a discount. This year’s focus will be on treating anxiety, depression and trauma. Advance registration discounts are now available. Please go to the conference website for more information.

   - This issue, I thought it would be nice to close with a word or two about CalSouthern’s global outreach. As you know, it is our pleasure and honor to speak to and work with learners and alumni from nearly every corner of the world on a regular basis. Through the power of technology, we are able to bring these global members of the CalSouthern community together via our Master Lecture Series. The lecture series is truly remarkable and reminds me how small our world really is.

There are other intricate and fascinating ways our learners and graduates cross paths. I thought I would share a couple examples.

CalSouthern communityOur first example comes to us from San Ramon, California. One of our MA learners interviewed at Community Presbyterian Counseling Center (CPCC) and discovered that one of our CalSouthern MA Graduates was on staff there! Terry Kendrick, MA, LMFT, CSAT joined CPCC in 2009. He began by facilitating men’s addiction/compulsive behavior self-help groups. He graduated with his Master of Arts degree from CalSouthern in 2010. Since then, he has built a thriving practice specializing in men, women, teens and couples addiction, codependency and marriage/relational issues. He earned his marriage and family therapist license in February 2014 and has become a certified sexual addiction therapist. Terry told me CalSouthern was the preferred option for him because he worked full time and did not have time to sit in a classroom all day. He said that he learned a great deal during the clinical case conferences and throughout his practicum, and still remains in touch with fellow graduates he met through these and other interactions at CalSouthern. Terry reports, “I work as much as I want and still enjoy my life!”

Our second example was also discovered through a conversation with an MA learner who had just completed an interview for practicum placement. She was very excited to possibly have an opportunity to work with the practicum site supervisor who interviewed her. She recited a whole list of impressive attributes of the individual she had met with. Finally, she exclaimed, “And she is a CalSouthern PsyD graduate!” While this was exciting to hear and a coincidence in itself, the most extraordinary part of the story is that they are both located in Cairo, Egypt! And yes, the learner did earn the placement!

Remember always: you may think your circle of influence is relatively small—your family, friends, co-workers, clients, etc.—but you never know the extent of the impact you might make. Dream big and strive for excellence!

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