Fall Update from Kathleen Wenger, LMFT — Manager, M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training

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It’s hard to believe that fall is in full swing already! We’ve been hard at work in the MA Psychology Department of Professional Development and Clinical Training to create a great lineup of events for our students this fall and I’m writing to tell you about a few of them. For our faculty members: if you have any guest speakers planned for your classes and would be willing to open them up to students who are not in the specific class, please let me know! Also, if this is your first or second semester teaching at Pepperdine, I’d like to meet you and share with you what our department does in more detail.

We were honored to welcome Dennis Lowe, Ph.D., to the Irvine campus on October 17th for the fall semester’s first special event, an introduction to and discussion of the changes with the DSM 5.

As it has for the past six years, our monthly Clinical Connections speaker series will bring a fascinating and inspiring lineup of speakers and topics to our students this fall. In November, Dr. Edward Shafranske, Psy.D. Program Director, will host at the Irvine campus and explore mentalization. Diann Wingert, LCSW, BCD will talk at the West LA campus about emotional freedom technique. Irvine’s December event, presented by Dr. Bob Weathers, will cover up-to-date, evidence-based concepts in neuroscience for addiction and recovery treatments. West LA will host alumna Bobbi Jankovich, MA, LMFT, to speak about treating the “invisible client” with sex addicts: their partners. Encino will host Dr. Helena Cerny in October to discuss treating traumautized children, and in November will have Barbara Calvi, LMFT, offer advice for building a successful private practice and Kent Touissant, LMFT, LPCC, present the 1-2-3s of working with resistant teens.

Our Private Practice Visits continue this semester, allowing students to gain a glimpse of their potential future by touring the private practice of a Pepperdine alum or faculty member with a small group of their classmates. On November 14, I will open up my practice for our students and we are planning another Private Practice Visit during the semester. Jenny Bowen has invited West LA students to tour her practice. Many students have come back to us after graduating to tell us that these visits are among the most rewarding experiences of their Pepperdine careers and we are pleased to be able to continue to offer them several times each semester!

I will be hosting an informal Coffee Talk this semester on October 6 to discuss the LPCC licensure in California, and Alice Richardson will do the same at the West LA campus on October 16 and the Encino campus October 7th. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to attend Preparing for Practicum Meetings, Practicum Site Presentations, Intern Registration Meetings, and Mentor Fair, all designed to guide our MFT students through the practicum process and prepare them for their intern experience after graduation.

Sudents that are interested in attending a Doctoral Roundtable with two of our PSY.D. students, should attend the ones scheduled in Irvine October 2nd and October 13th. Also, Dr. Shafranske will meet with interested students for a PSY.D info session on Oct. 23 at IGC.



Advance Your Professional Opportunities

Enrich your knowledge of psychology while you advance your professional opportunities through the Department of Professional Development in the Master of Arts in Psychology program.

The following free programs are available to students and alumni at all three evening format graduate campuses:

  • Clinical Connections
    There are many clinical issues trainees and interns become aware of only after entering the field and interacting with clients. Clinical Connections gives you the opportunity to network with licensed and pre-licensed MFTs and Psy.D.s from other universities in order to discuss clinical issues, learn from other’s experiences, and gain support and insight for your career in psychology. For more information on past and upcoming events, click on the campuses to the left.
  • Private Practice and Agency Visits
    Visit the successful practices of Pepperdine faculty and alumni to learn about the business aspect of running a private practice in the therapy profession and for a sneak preview of your possible future. In addition to practice visits, we also feature visits to mental health agencies that employ MAP and MACLP track students.
  • Coffee Talk
    Discuss MFT issues and professional opportunities with Kathleen Wenger (IGC), Rebecca Reed (WLA) and Alice Richardson (EGC) of the M.A. in Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Departments. Coffee Talk also features occasional guest speakers.

  • MFT Consortium of Orange County
    The Consortium represents mental health clinical training agencies throughout Orange County. The Consortium meets on the third Wednesday of every other month to discuss programming and training issues.
  • Focus on Psychology Blog
    Our new department blog features information on psychology associations, chapter and campus meetings, events, workshops, opportunities for licensure hours, and professional opportunities in your area. It also includes feature articles such as faculty profiles, information on locating a practicum site and licensing requirements as well as student success stories. You can sign up for a monthly email summarizing the month’s new posts.
  • Annual Career and Practicum Fairs
    Get a jump start on your search for a practicum site or job at the annual Career and Practicum Fairs. Here’s a list of attendees confirmed for the upcoming Irvine fair on March 26.
  • Practicum Mentor Program
    Connect with “seasoned” practicum students to answer your questions and increase your confidence concerning the practicum experience. Our mentors are students who have a semester or two of practicum already under their belt and who would be happy to offer some friendly advice as you get started at your site!
  • Clinical Training Meetings
    For more information on the MACLP New Student Meeting, Preparing for Practicum Meeting and Intern Registration Meeting, visit Pepperdine’s Practicum website.

As always, on behalf of Rebecca Reed, Alice Richardson and Sheila Sayani, and our wonderful graduate assistants, we thank you for your support of everything we do for our students in the M.A. Psychology Department of Professional Development and Clinical Training!

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