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Initiatives with Community Partners

Urban Fellows Program  — A selective training program in which graduate students are integrated into service centers to gain experience and develop professional skills.

Community Counseling Clinics — GSEP manages three counseling clinics, which offer support to the Pepperdine and external communities.

Multicultural Research and Training Lab (MRTL) — A forum for psychology doctoral students engaged in multicultural research to discuss and receive feedback on their clinical dissertations topics, as well as foster the creation of professional relationships.

Culture and Trauma Research Lab  — Conducts research on the cultural context of interpersonal trauma recovery, including analyses of partner abuse, sexual assault, and racism among the American Indian, African American, Latina, Asian American, Jewish American, Liberian, and South African populations.

Social Justice Collaborative (SJC) — Inspired by the GSEP Diversity Council to promote conversations around integrating social justice in clinical psychology.

Pepperdine Resource, Youth Diversion, and Education (PRYDE) — A prevention, intervention, and counseling program for at-risk youth and their families in Orange County, staffed by graduate and post-graduate interns from GSEP.

Professional Development School Programs — A deepened urban preparation program for pre-service teachers conducted in several Los Angeles area schools, enabling professional learning in a real-world setting.

Union Rescue Mission — Under the supervision of faculty, psychology students provide for the mental health treatment needs of homeless persons in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles. The project is researching new forms of therapy for homeless populations.

Hope Gardens Family Center — Psychology students assist with counseling at this transitional living and permanent supportive housing facility for women and children.

Village of Hope — Master's students and alumni from the marriage and family therapy program provide counseling services to residents at this transitional living facility in Orange County, California.

Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative (UPTEC) — A cohort in the Master of Arts in Education and Teaching Credential program that focuses on the social and cultural foundations of education and engaging urban parents and community members in the education process.

Teacher Research Centers— A development of school-based action research projects designed to improve student achievement. These centers have the potential of transforming partnership schools into nationally-recognized centers for action research in urban education.

LaMotte Elementary  — A comprehensive plan to actively engage parents into the educational experience of their elementary age children by working with families and communities in a comprehensive holistic manner using a bio-psycho-social model to assess and assist families in complex urban environments.