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Updated 2/23/12

MFTs Needed to Test Online CE Classes in Positive Psychology (Free CEUs Available for Testers)

The Positive Psychology Lab at University of California Riverside We are seeking licensed MFTs to test/evaluate our new online continuing education classes and provide feedback to the presenters. Testers will get free CE units (based on having taken the class themselves and passing the quiz). Only California licensed MFTs and LCSWs are eligible for CE units. We're looking for around 5 testers, ideally with a good mix of experience in the field. Our topics will be on positive psychology. Contact joseph.chancellor@email.ucr.edu for more information.

Newport Psychoanalytic Institute Presents: Reel-Time on the Couch Movie Night

Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3pm – 6pm

The Village Apartments (Across Irvine Spectrum)

The Reels Theatre

25 Pacifica (Near the Fountain)

Irvine, Ca, 92618

Lars and the Real Girl

Director: Craig Gillespie

With: Ryan Gosling

This is a touching and amusing movie about a young man who is isolated, socially withdrawn and avoids fully embracing life. He orders a life-size female doll over the internet and treats her as if she is alive.

Lars goes through an emotional journey with his family, his friends, and the community that enables him to work through his issues which had confined him to a life of solitude.

Following the movie we will have a discussion accompanied by refreshments and facilitated by:

Ira Poll, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Ira is a clinical psychologist (since 1986) and a training and supervising psychoanalyst affiliated with Newport Psychoanalytic Institute (NPI) and the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP). She is also active as an instructor in both of these institutes. Ira has a private practice in Irvine. She specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and have difficulty forming meaningful attachments.

To Purchase Tickets Call:

(714) 505-9080/(626) 796-2776


Cost: $25 for CEU Units and Refreshments.

Free Play Therapy Workshop

The Los Angeles County Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy Invites you to join us at our next meeting and presentation “USING PLAY THERAPY TO ADDRESS ANXIETY IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS. ” A FREE 1.5 CE Workshop

Date/Time: February 25, 2012

               9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location:  Loyola Marymount University

               1 LMU Drive. Room St. Roberts Auditorium

               Los Angeles, CA 90045

(Parking is in University Hall. Please to enter off Lincoln Blvd. University Hall is located at the corner of Lincoln Blvd and LMU Drive.)

Workshop Description: This interactive workshop offers educational content that will aid the mental health professional in treating children and adolescents with anxiety. It will provide specific Play Therapy interventions that give clients coping strategies to use when overwhelmed with anxiety.

Participants will experience a relaxation tape made for children and then role play a Play Therapy intervention that reinforces the relaxation activity. The workshop will also address in detail the challenge of working with parents who are experiencing anxiety themselves.

Workshop Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify the symptoms of anxiety in children and adolescents.

2. Participants will gain new Play Therapy interventions that can be used with children experiencing anxiety.

3. Participants will gain valuable information on how to interact with parents who are anxious in order to maximize their child's therapy.

Presenter: Rachel Taylor is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. She treats children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of conditions including: Attention Deficit Disorder, Bi-polar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and conditions found on the Autism Spectrum. She has provided play therapy for developmentally delayed children in a preschool setting using peer coaching to aid in socialization and language acquisition. Prior to opening her private practice in 1990, Ms. Taylor treated traumatized children and their families at a residential placement facility and also worked as a Protective Service Worker for LA County Children’s Services.

Registration: Contact Jeanette Sanchez at lacalapt@calplaytherapy.org or 323.321.1694 to RSVP. There is no charge to attend. This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFT’s & LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #PCE 1007) and for 1.5 hours of continuing education as required by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). The California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT) is approved by APT to offer continuing education specific to play therapy (provider # 00-094). CALAPT maintains responsibility for the program. No CE credit available for partial attendance. The opinions expressed by the presenters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the CALAPT Board of Directors or membership.

PIPSA Irvine Graduate Campus Opening

Pepperdine Iranian Psychology Student Association

The Pepperdine Iranian Psychology Student Association needs an Irvine Campus Representative! Contact pipsa1390@gmail.com if you are interested!

Newport Psychoanalytic Institute in partnership with South Coast Repertory Theatre Presents:

THEATRE OF THE MIND 2011-2012: Psychoanalysis in Play


October 9, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.   Discussant:  Dr. Gabriele Schwab


November 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.  Discussant:  Dr. William Edkins

TOPDOG/UNDERDOG  By Suzan-Lori Parks

January 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.  Discussant: Dr. Don DeFrancisco

SIGHT UNSEEN  By Donald Marguiles

March 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Discussant: Dr. Glenda Corstorphine


April 15, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.  Discussant: Dr. Jeffrey Seitelman


Tickets can be purchased through Newport Psychoanalytic Institute

General Series Subscription $195    Student Series Subscription $110

General Individual Tickets $45        Student Individual Tickets $25

3 CEU per show $10/show if tickets are purchased through NPI

3 CEU per show $25/show if tickets are not purchased through NPI

To Purchase Tickets Call: (714) 505-9080


Mariposa 2011-2012 Bereavement Certification and CEU Training Program

Featuring Mike Meador, M.Div., LMFT

Mariposa announces its 2011-2012 Bereavement Certification Program featuring a sought-after speaker in that field, Mike Meador, M.Div., MFT.

What others have said:
* "I loved this whole series! I look forward
to learning more from Mike in the future."
* "It has been a complete pleasure to learn from Mike, and the once-a-month session structure
has been great."
* "Thank you, Mike, for sharing your brilliance with us!"

Eight 2-hour seminars totaling 16 CEUs* and a Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counseling. For MFTs, LCSWs, MFT interns and trainees, and anyone working with trauma, grief and loss.

2011-2012 Seminar Schedule:

Bereavement I: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011
* Approaching Grief: Theories and Pathways

Bereavement II: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011
* The Interwoven Processes of Trauma and Grief

Bereavement III: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011
* Anxiety and Depression Issues in Grief

Bereavement IV: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012
* Cross-Cultural Issues in Working with Grief

Bereavement V: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012
* Working with Children, Adolescents and Families

Bereavement VI: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
* Working with Feelings and Affective Processing

Bereavement VII: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
* Telling My Story with Mindsight and Coherence

Bereavement VIII: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
* Working with Different Kinds of Losses

All seminars are from 10 a.m. to noon at Mariposa Women & Family Center, 812 Town & Country Road, Orange, CA 92868. Pre-register by calling (714) 547-6494. The cost for each seminar is $30 and includes two CEUs. You may pay by cash, check or credit card. Please note that make-up sessions will be limited to those missing no more than two sessions during the series.

Save money by pre-paying a discounted $210 for all eight seminars, and get one seminar free. Pay in advance with a credit card by phone, or a check which must arrive before Oct. 7, 2011. Cancellation policy: There will be no refunds after the first workshop.

For more information, call Mariposa Women & Family Center, (714) 547-6494

*Mariposa is an approved CEU provider (PCE 2698) by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Support Group for Pre-Licensed MFT Trainees & Interns
MAPS Counseling Center -- Led By Pepperdine Alums!

MAPS (comprised of Pepperdine alumni Patty Dies, Deanna Daniels-Jacinto and Rose Anderson - also PUCCC alumni) is pleased to offer a support group designed specifically for MFT trainees and interns on their journey to licensure.  "Pathways" will explore such topics as:

what is it like to finally sit with clients who are looking for answers?what are trainees/interns learning about this profession we call therapy?what are trainees/interns learning about themselves?what path to they think they may embark on with this knowledge and experience?

This is NOT a supervision group; the spirit of the group will be collaborative in an effort to foster a comfortable environment where we can learn from each other and grow as therapists and as individuals.

For more information, contact Deanna Daniels-Jacinto -- 714-726-3872.

Career Process Group for MFT Students
Saturdays 11am - 12:30pm

Katheryn L. Whittaker, LMFT
(714) 931-9331

950 South Coast Drive #225
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Fee:  $60 per session

Office Space Available
Laguna Hills
Part-time office available in beautiful, professional environment. First floor, furnished; large, inviting waiting area. Landscaped courtyard/fountain. Easy freeway access. Free parking, handicapped access. Large workshop/seminar space available within suite. Contact Mary (949) 376-1786, mcsoff@cox.net or Melanie (949)249-4544, mcoughlin@cox.net.

The Third Option
Relationship Skills Workshop
The Third Option is a group program to build better marriages. It is designed for all married couples and can be used as marriage enrichment for healthy couples who want to enhance their relationship, or as crisis intervention for couples who are separated or considering divorce. For a hurting couple, Option 1 is to stay miserable in an unhappy marriage, and Option 2 is to get out - divorce. The "Third Option" is to learn the skills needed to have a happy and healthy relationship. This ongoing class meets every week, and operates on a 14 week cycle that restarts after the last week, so it's continuous, making it OK to join at any time. There is no charge to attend. More info at www.camarriage.com or contact Sylvia Palda, LMFT at 949-244-5781, Sylvia@camarriage.com.

English - North Orange County - Tuesdays, 7pm - 9pm
Evangelical Free Church, North Campus
2904 N. Brea Blvd., Room NC-180
Fullerton, CA 92835

English - South Orange County - Wednesdays, 7pm - 9pm
Relationship Research Foundation
1400 Bristol St. North #100
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Spanish - Mondays, 7pm - 9pm
AMOR de Orange County, Oddfellows Building
309 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Intern Needed
Brentwood/West LA

GSEP Alum Susan Quinn is seeking an intern who has at least 3 clients and is looking to build a private practice. Susan's practice is in Brentwood -- for more information about her work, see http://susanquinn.net/. If interested, contact her at sq464@msn.com.

Job Opening for LCSW in Los Angeles (Venice)
Clinical Coordinator at St. Joseph Center

St. Joseph Center (SJC), a multi-program community based social service agency is recruiting for the full-time position of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the Monetary Advisory Program (MAP), funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  This program provides office and field based Representative Payee, Case Management, and Mental Health Services to adults and/or older adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and often, co-occurring substance abuse disorders.  Under the administrative supervision of the MAP Program Manager, the Clinical Coordinator will:

  • Provide initial assessments for the Monetary Advisory Program, using DMH documentation
  • In conjunction with other MAP program staff, update all Monetary Advisory Program clinical documents for consumers on a yearly basis
  • Provide ongoing treatment/case management services to a small caseload of MAP clientsProvide necessary documentation for billing Medi-Cal and Medicare
  • Provide quality services to ensure that all clinical records/documentation meet medical necessity for the DMH contract
  • Provide clinical supervision to MSW students and BBS registered interns working on the DMH contract
  • Initiate clinical internship program in conjunction with local MSW/MFT programs

If interested, contact Nick Maiorino - 310-396-6468 x330

Office Space Available Part Time
Corona del Mar
Contact Elisa Dombrowski, LMFT

Office Space Available
Los Alamitos
Contact Mary M. Read, Ph.D.
5152 Katella Ave., Suite 201
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Group Therapy for Therapists
Based in part on concepts from HELP for the Helper

Enhance self-awarenessSelf-care in session and afterReduce burnout and vicarious trauma through preventionProtect and maintain your own inner balanceImprove boundariesIncrease stress resistance

$35.00 per session; 10% discount with student ID
Mondays 10-11:30AM and Thursdays 8-9:30PM
beginning October, 2009

Please call for more information: 310.967.6070
Facilitated by Kendal Evans, M.A.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFC 18694

Open Paths Counseling Center
12655 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Interns and Trainees can count hours of participation toward BBS requirements of their clinical training hours. It is highly recommended participants read HELP for the Helper by Babette Rothschild.

Check out the GSEP Urban Initiative!
Reaching out to Underserved Urban Communities
The Urban Initiative is an umbrella program developed by GSEP to establish a national model for preparing education and mental health professionals to work effectively in underserved urban communities. The Urban Initiative's goals are to develop a new generation of education and mental health professionals with the skills and will to work in culturally and ethnically diverse urban settings for the long-term, as well as impact future legislation affecting education and mental health services. Please visit https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/urban-initiative/ to learn more.

CAMFT Intern/Student Chapter:
Committee Members Wanted!!

Katie Rivkind, M.S., LMFT
OC-CAMFT Membership Chair

515 E. First St. Ste. D

Tustin, CA 92780

Contact: 714-324-2929

Adults Abused As Children Group
Family Resource Counseling Center

Roni Weisberg-Ross LMFT
11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 420  Contact: 310-479-9798 x10

Online Continuing Education Credits from AAMFT

The AAMFT is pleased to offer a new opportunity to earn Continuing Education credits in the comfort of your home or office. Our new Online CE Testing Center is an easy to navigate website offering up to 31 credits just for reading the latest literature on topics that matter to you and your clients. Simply click here to register at the Online CE Testing Center.  With more tests being added regularly, the AAMFT Online CE Testing Center is your new home for easy continuing education credits.

Pep Pro - Online Career Services: The Ultimate Resource for Job Postings!

For your PepPro username and password:  

   * Check your Pepperdine email account for the PepPro welcome message

   * Deleted the email?

   * Contact Career Services for your log-in information:

   * gsep.careerservices@pepperdine.edu or 310-568-5666

Need Help with your writing and editing? Interested in a workshop for APA writing styles? Meet Regina Meister, GSEP Writing Support Manager, Pepperdine University Student Services

Contact: Regina Meister

Email: regina.meister@pepperdine.edu              

Phone: 310-258-2815

Web: gsep.pepperdine.edu/studentservices

GSEP Career Services Department Information

Interested in taking a career assessment test? Looking for career guidance? Need help writing a resume? Are you nervous about an upcoming interview? Need a job? Well worry no more!

GSEP offers CAREER SERVICES SUPPORT for all students attending any of our four campuses and for all alumni. There are various special career events you can attend throughout the year.

For more information, visit the Career Services Website: https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/career-services/

To schedule an appointment, please contact Sadaf Mayet: sadaf.mayet@pepperdine.edu.

Learn how to conduct a job search: https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/career-services/students-alumni/psychology/

To obtain directions on how to view more jobs through PepPro, please click https://gsep.pepperdine.edu/career-services/students-alumni//. This opportunity is free to all psychology students & alumni.

On PepPro you can: search for job opportunities, set up a job search agent, post your resume, and learn about job openings specific to Pepperdine students and alumni!

If you have questions about PepPro or need assistance setting up an account: Contact Career Services: psycareer@pepperdine.edu or call 310-568-5780.

Also: check campus bulletin boards and the E-Newsletter for Career Services Campus Visits.