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

Jun 27, 2015 by Kathleen Hawks, MS

Welcome back to the Clinicians’ Corner. This is the place to receive news and information relevant to the developing clinician.

CAMFT ConferenceDean Barbara Grimes and I had the pleasure of attending the 51st Annual California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Annual Conference May 13 – 17 in San Francisco, California. This provided an opportunity for us to interact with members of the CAMFT board, including Executive Director Jill Epstein; staff from the Board of Behavioral Sciences, including Executive Officer Kim Madsen; active CalSouthern learners and alumni; and other professionals in the field of marriage and family therapy. Highlights included celebrating newly licensed CalSouthern graduates along with other students at various stages in their degree programs, updates on potential legislation changes, the annual CAMFT membership meeting, and the annual MFT Educators’ Luncheon. The luncheon gave us the opportunity to interact with representatives from other California universities which provide degree programs in the field of marriage and family therapy and professional counseling.

Conference workshop presenters included CalSouthern Master Lecture Series alum Esther Perel; members of the CAMFT Legal Team Ann Tran-Lien, Mike Griffin, and David Jensen; and Dr. Rick Hanson, among others. Some of the informative topics included “Positive Neuroplasticity”; “Daddies and Daughters with Eating Disorders”; “Help Your Couples Move from Gridlock to Dialogue,” “Effective Strategies for Working within Military Culture”; and many more.

Each year, the location of the conference rotates from northern to southern California. Next year it will be in Los Angeles. I encourage any of you who are able to attend to do so.

On May 21, academic advisor and mentor Gia Hamilton and I attended a Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Meeting in Santa Ana, CA. Important activities included updates on the progress being made by the supervision committee, the upcoming 2016 licensing exam restructure for MFTs, proposed regulations for telehealth, proposed legislation regarding suicide prevention training and other important items. Our participation in such activities keeps us abreast of important information that may impact you. I strongly recommend that each of you become involved and informed on the activities of your state board. In the state of California, click here to subscribe to BBS communications for upcoming information.

Our May Master Lecture Series presentation on May 22, 2015 was both timely and informative. Dr. Joshua Taylor’s lecture “Inside the Mind of a Veteran,” nearly coinciding with Memorial Day, helped our learners gain a better understanding and appreciation of the culture, honor, tradition and sacrifice of our military service members. We appreciate their selfless dedication to country and we also appreciate Dr. Taylor’s insights regarding working with these heroes.

Dr. Taylor has expanded his collaboration with CalSouthern and is contributing to future research and our proposed pilot study on the treatment of PTSD with returning veterans via video conference. This project will be under the leadership of Dean Barbara Grimes, along with mentor Dr. Kate Andrews, academic advisor Dr. Eileen Paniagua and academic effectiveness coordinator Dr. Robert Weathers.

Did you know that the address you use on your BBS or BOP application automatically becomes public record as soon as your MFT/LPCC Intern Registration Number or your license is issued? It’s true. Through the BBS “Breeze” system, the address you use on your application becomes searchable to anyone, anywhere with a computer and an Internet connection. To protect you and your family’s privacy, you may want to use a business address, if possible.

2014 MA graduate Claire Babbitt already completed her MFT intern hours and recently passed her first licensing exam. She credits her CalSouthern coursework, the Taylor Study Method, and The Therapist Development Center prep program for helping her prepare for the exam.

Gary  Woods, MA2015 MA graduate Gary Woods began his clinical career working with incarcerated veterans in the Veterans Moving Forward program during practicum. His experience was so positive and his impact so powerful, that he has stayed on as an intern. Gary reported that since the program has been in existence, 77 veterans have been released from incarceration with no recidivism.

We’d love to hear from you, too. Please give me a call at (800) 477-2254, ext. 4257 when something exciting or noteworthy happens in your pursuit for licensure or in conjunction with your education here at CalSouthern.

Graduation is just around the corner. We can’t wait to see everyone, meet your families and friends, and celebrate your accomplishment. Be sure to register yourself and your guests. All the information may be found here, where you will also find videos and photos from last year’s commencement. Remember, all commitments, including financial, must be met before the ceremony.

Attention all alumni! Check out your CalSouthern alumni website and join your online alumni community.

Finally, I encourage you to watch your email and visit the Master Lecture Series page on our website for upcoming Master Lecture Series events. The summer and fall schedule is taking shape and promises to be truly outstanding!



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