M.A. Psychology Professional Development Events

MA Professional Development & Clinical Training 2016 Event Recap

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Irvine Graduate Campus

To kick off the Fall 2016 semester, Kathleen Wenger and team hosted a Professional Development & Clinical Training: Open House, where students were invited to obtain information about the department and all of the events being held for their professional growth.

Our first Clinical Connections event for the semester Following the Fall kickoff, the department partnered with the Latino Student Psychological Association hosting an event that focused on Managing Time as a Student & Working Professional.  Students were provided resources that helped them to find ways to balance school, family, and work.  Dr. Rogelio Serrano was the presenter.

Following the time management workshop, students met with Rachel Coleman, LMFT via Coffee Talk and discussed eating disorders and the career opportunities available within the LMFT field.  Rachel, a Pepperdine alumni, facilitated discussions about treatment options as well.

Another exciting Clinical Connections topic that our department highlighted in the fall was the introduction of Liberation Psychology to Navigate a Client’s Religious & Psychological Journey facilitated by Sister Linda Buck, MA, LMFT.  Sister Linda Buck challenged students to have stronger cultural awareness when treating their clients.  Being that the material presented was somewhat provocative, Linda encouraged attendees to be aware of their reactions.  By the end of the session students were requesting that Linda Buck provide a part two.

In addition to the Clinical Connections our department hosted two private practice visits.  Keri Prathers, a Pepperdine alumni opened the doors of her practice in Orange, CA to an intimate group of students and she introduced the students to the different ways she utilizes her therapy dog, Beckett and the benefits of being on an insurance panel.

Towards the end of the semester students gathered in Laguna Beach, CA to meet at the Private Practice Visit of Dr. Lori Aleknavicius.  Dr. Aleknavicius, a popular adjunct faculty member opened her practice up to an intimate group and shared her experience building practices in Minnesota and California.  Also, she discussed the ways she utilizes telehealth for her client’s convenience.

As we do every semester, we held the Practicum Tips Meeting, Pep Pro Demo and the Intern Registration Meeting to help MACLP students along their practicum journey.

The MFT Consortium of Orange County continues to be held at the Irvine Graduate Campus on the third Wednesday of every other month. The next scheduled meetings are scheduled for March 15 and May 17. For the past 20 years, I have been the host and co-chair of the MFT Consortium. This is a collaborative setting that brings together mental health agencies and universities with MFT graduate programs in an effort to foster community partnerships. The meetings serve as a networking opportunity for agencies to be connected with key personnel to discuss MFT employment and practicum training opportunities, programming and clinical training concerns.

West LA Graduate Campus

The fall semester started with QuickMeets and a New Student Meeting, where new students are introduced to the resources available to them, and gave them a chance to see an overview of the MACLP Program, as well as their future practicum process.  The students seemed appreciative of knowing where to go and who to ask when future questions came up.

The first “Clinical Connections” featuring Natalie Moore, MA, focused on Bringing the Body into the picture: Integrating Somatic Experiences into Therapy. Students learned about Somatic approaches to psychotherapy in order to provide clients with the opportunity to connect with their experience of feelings, sensations and memories that underlie the issues they face.  Some comments from students include: “I learned how to guide my clients through their sensation-healing”, “Natalie was very insightful on her approach to somatic experiences. She followed through with many relevant examples”, “I liked how interactive this workshop was.”

This second Clinical Connections event helped students to learn how to refuel after a burnout: what it means to find compassion in fatigue. The workshop addressed the need for awareness of secondary trauma, like compassion fatigue and burnout and to further address the importance of self-care. Participants identified the signs and triggers and developed self-care skills. There were two speakers at this event: Dain Kloner, PsyD, IMFT, and Irene Yaymadjian, PsyD. One student described Dain Kloner and said “he had great charisma about his speaking style. It was entertaining and absorbing for us”. Another student really enjoyed Irene Yaymadjian’s more factual and historical approach to the causes and effects of burning out.

Our Third Fall Clinical Connections focused on Gottman Method Couples Therapy Basics, presented by Adrienne Clements, MA. Adrienne specializes in women’s issues, trauma and couples. She is trained in Level 3 Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy. This workshop was about the struggles couples face with pain and conflict and the assumption that the clinician will referee fights and fix the partners. However, Adrienne’s approach uses a more holistic and positive approach while utilizing Gottman Therapy techniques. One student was quoted as saying, “this has been a very transformative presentation for me. I was not familiar with Gottman Therapy but I’m glad I learned about it. It is helping me in personal matters as well as professional.”  

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                    Alice Richardson hosted a Coffee Talk which gave students a chance to come by the GSEP Office and relax with a cup of coffee and cookies while asking questions about the program and LPCC licensure. Sheila Sayana, LMFT and Andrew Benkendorf, LCSW co-hosted a private practice visit to Andrew’s private practice office in WLA. The purpose was to provide students with an informal discussion on how to build and succeed in a private practice Rebecca facilitated a PowerPoint meeting in Pre-Practicum class to go over the “Tips for a Successful Practicum Experience” as well as a “Practicum Sites Powerpoint” showcasing about 15 of our most popular training sites.  In addition, WLA has a powerpoint presentation for the students getting ready to graduate called the Intern Registration Meeting. This meeting gave students step-by-step instructions on how to register for their licensure intern numbers.

Encino Graduate Campus

The fall semester started with QuickMeets and a New Student Meeting, where new students are introduced to the resources available to them, and gave them a chance to see an overview of the MACLP Program, as well as their future practicum process.  The students seemed appreciative of knowing where to go and who to ask when future questions came up.

The first “Clinical Connections” featuring Curt Widhelm, LMFT (Pepperdine Alum) focused on Starting and Maintaining a Successful Private Practice.  Students learned about some of the challenges and benefits of running your own private practice.  Curt spoke about various aspects of the business side of private practice, as well as self-care, professional growth, marketing, networking, fees, and specialties in the field.  Some comments from students include:  “I like how he talked about overcoming his obstacles” “Curt was very realistic, practical and honest about his advice” “Curt was an upbeat person and I appreciate his advice on boundaries and humoring yourself” “He really gave some great insight in building a private practice”

This second Clinical Connections event helped students learn as Sheila Sayani, LMFT, Perpperdine Faculty and Staff, demonstrated how to Incorporate the Science and Theory of Attachment into Individual & Couples Therapy.  Sheila gave an overview and history of Attachment Theory, and talked about how attachment styles define a relationship and often become the focus of therapy.  Student comments were: “Informative and useful information to use with all clients and also helpful for self-understanding.” “Handouts, examples and techniques were very helpful”

Our Third Fall Clinical Connections focused on Divorce Mediation, presented by Howard Leavitt, LMFT and Yardenna Hurvitz, JD.  With over 30 years of experience. This presentation covered a short history of mediation, a description of their style of “Team Divorce Mediation” and the business opportunities available to LMFT’s in the field of mediation. In addition, students left with a general overview of the process of divorce in the State of California. Student comments included “Very informative and professional speakers” “This was the best presentation I have seen in a very long time.  I liked their team approach and learning about all of the laws revolving around divorce in California.”

    Additional Resources

                    Alice Richardson hosted a Coffee Talk which gave students a chance to come by the GSEP Office and relax with a cup of coffee and cookies while asking questions about the program and the MFT profession. Alice also facilitated a PowerPoint meeting in Pre-Practicum class to go over the “Tips for a Successful Practicum Experience” as well as a “Practicum Sites Powerpoint” showcasing about 15 of our most popular training sites.  In addition, Encino has two PowerPoint Presentations for the students getting ready to graduate.  “The MFT Exam Process” and the “Intern Registration” meeting.

Irvine Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Irvine Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

MFT Consortium of Orange County: Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Practicum Mentor Fair: Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:15 pm in Psy. 661 class.

Guest Speaker w/Dave Jensen, J.D.: The Psychotherapist as Creator of Outcomes: Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Law & Ethics presentation by CAMFT Staff Attorney, Dave Jensen, J.D., hosted in Melanie Coughlin’s Law & Ethics class.

OC CAMFT & MFT Programs Trainee and Intern Fair: Saturday, April 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clinical Connections w/Sheila Sayani, LMFT: Attachment Theory in Working with Couples: Saturday, April 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Intern Registration Meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 4:15 p.m.
As you wind down your time in the MFT/LCC program, your Clinical Training Coordinator will lead a special edition of your PSY 642 class to help you transition from being a student to a registered intern with the BBS.

 

Encino Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Encino Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

Practicum Mentor Fair: Wednesday, March 23, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Psy. 661 class.
A chance to talk with current Encino students about their practicum sites and experiences.

Clinical Connections Panel: Life After Pepperdine: Saturday, March 5, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
A special presentation by three Pepperdine Encino alums who have explored three different paths in the field of psychology.

Intern Registration Meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., Psy. 642 class.

 

West LA Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the West LA Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

Tips for a Successful Practicum: Tuesday, March 8, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 661 class.

Clinical Connections w/Hasmik Arkelyan, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.: Charming Monsters: Inside the Minds of Sociopaths & Psychopaths: Friday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: Monday, April 4, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 642 class.

Private Practice Visit w/Jody Echegaray: Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. at her practice in Brentwood.

Clinical Connections w/Alana Route, Psy.D.: Technology and Therapy: How to Deal with Ethical Dilemmas: Friday, April 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coffee Talk w/Sheila Sayani, M.A., LMFT: Q&A Basics About Couple’s Therapy: Friday, February 26, 11:00 a.m

 

Encino Graduate Campus November and December Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Encino Graduate Campus for the rest of the fall semester!

Clinical Connections: How I Became a Specialist in Eating Disorders: Saturday, November 7, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Don’t miss out on this amazing presenter as she shares her training, education and experience. Presented by Alli Spots-De lazzer

Coffee Talk w/Alice Richardson: Thursday, December 3, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A casual discussion format. You bring the questions, we’ll provide the answers, and you’ll leave with some coffee and treats!

Intern Registration Meeting: Wednesday, December 16, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Psy. 642 class.
As you wind down your time in the MACLP program we will show you, step-by step how to transition from being a Student Trainee to becoming a registered intern with the BBS.

Irvine Graduate Campus November and December Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Irvine Graduate Campus for the rest of the fall semester!

Clinical Connections Panel: A Vignette from Three Different Theoretical Orientations: Thursday, November 12
Come understand how three differing theoretical orientations treat the same clinical vignettes.

MFT Consortium of Orange County: Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: Thursday, November 19, 7:15 p.m.
As you wind down your time in the MFT/LCC program, your Clinical Training Coordinator will lead a special edition of your PSY 642 class to help you transition from being a student to a registered intern with the BBS.

Coffee Talk w/Kathleen Wenger, LMFT: November (Date TBA)
Come with your questions to this casual discussion and leave with answers, coffee, and treats!

Doctoral Roundtable: Monday, December 7 (Time TBA)
Are you interested in applying for a Ph.D. or Psy.D. Program? Not sure what you need to do, how to prepare for the application process, costs, financial aid, research requirements, what programs are best for you? Find out what programs best fit your needs…and more!

 

West LA Graduate Campus November and December Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the West LA Graduate Campus for the rest of the fall semester!

Tips for a Successful Practicum: Thursday, November 5, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 661 class.

Clinical Connections w/Oliver Viboolkij, M.A.: Behind Bars: Working with the Forensic Population: Friday, November 6, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: Monday, November 16, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 642 class.

Private Practice Visit w/Cindy Shadel, M.A., LMFT: Friday, November 20, 11:00 a.m. at her practice in El Segundo.

Clinical Connections Panel w/Jacqueline Pinn, M.A.: Your Encounter with the Black Woman’s Psyche: Friday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coffee Talk w/Sheila Sayani, M.A., LMFT: Q&A Basics About Couple’s Therapy: Tuesday, December 8, 11:15 a.m