Encino Graduate Campus Spring 2014 Calendar

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Clinical Connections w/Carla Elia, Ph.D.: “Psychosocial Implications of Living with HIV/AIDS”: Saturday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Clinical Connections w/David Wadman, LMFT: “New Information on the MFT Exams”: Date TBA

Clinical Connections w/Patrick Madden, M.A., LEP: “The Magic of Metaphor”: Saturday, April 5, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

West LA Career & Practicum Fair: Tuesday, March 4, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., West LA Campus

Coffee Talk w/Alice Richardson, LMFT: “LPCC Information Meeting & Powerpoint”: February 10, 18, 24, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (3 dates at the same time)

New MACLP Student Meeting: January 21, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Practicum Meeting: February 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: April 17, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.


West LA Graduate Campus Spring 2014 Events

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Clinical Connections w/Ilona Strasser, LMFT: “Working with Teens: Techniques & Strategies for Individuals, Dyads & Groups”: Friday, February 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Clinical Connections w/Lara Garibian, LMFT: “Navigating the World of Community Mental Health: Developing Clinical Skills, Practicing Self-Care and Getting Appropriate Training”: Friday, March 7, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Clinical Connections w/Petar Sardelich, LMFT, PT, MAC: “Therapists & Clients: Why and How You Should Care About Legitimate Suffering”: Friday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coffee Talk w/Sheila Sayani, LMFT: “Preparing to be a Trainee”: Friday, February 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

New MACLP Student Meeting: Wednesday, January 23, 5:30 p.m.

Practicum/Career Fair: Wednesday, March 5, 12:00 p.m.

Tips for a Successful Practicum Experience: Thursday, March 20, 5:00 p.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: Monday, March 31, 7:15 p.m.

Irvine Graduate Campus Spring 2014 Events

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MFT Consortium of Orange County: Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Rm. 324

New MACLP Student Meeting: Thursday, January 23, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Rm. 333

MAPS Student Meeting: Thursday, January 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Rm. 332

Practicum Tips Meeting: Monday, February 10, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., Rm. 332

MAPS Student Meeting: Thursday, February 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Rm. 332

Clinical Connections w/ Steven Sultanoff, Ph.D.: “Deliberate Practice Training: Transforming Theory Into Practice”: Friday, March 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Rm. 324/326

MFT Consortium of Orange County: Wednesday, March 19, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Practicum Site/PepPro Presentation: Tuesday, March 25, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Rm. 333

Career Connections Career Fair: Wednesday, March 26, 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Pepperdine Psy.D. Program Information Session: Thursday, March 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

MAPS Student Meeting: Thursday, March 27, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Rm. 332

Clinical Connections w/Linda Buck, LMFT: “Spirituality, Religion & Psychotherapy”: Friday, March 28, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Rm. 324/326

Special Event w/ Kathleen Wenger, LMFT, Alice Richardson, LMFT, and Sheila Sayani, LMFT: “Life After Pepperdine for Psychology Students”: Tuesday, April 1, Time/Room TBD

LPCC Conference: Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Pepperdine West LA Campus

Intern Registration Meeting: Wednesday, Date TBD, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Rm. 318

CAMFT Conference in Palm Springs (Join Kathleen Wenger there!): May 1-4

Clinical Connections w/Rachel Coleman, LMFT: “Eating Disorders”: Date TBA

Coffee Talk w/Kathleen Wenger, LMFT: Date TBA

Private Practice Visit: Date TBA

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

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Greetings MAP and MACLP Students!

I hope that you are enjoying your graduate education at Pepperdine University GSEP.  As a ‘92’ alumna of our program I often think that next to meeting my husband Rob, attending Pepperdine and becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist was one of the best decisions in my life.  The psychology field is truly one of the most rewarding professions you can choose.

I’d like to welcome you to our new blog. For those of you who have been coming to our department’s events for a while, this is basically a combination of two prior publications: the biweekly e-newsletter and the once a semester Focus on Clinical Training hard copy newsletter. Like the e-newsletter, we will keep you updated on psychology events at the Pepperdine graduate campuses and elsewhere in southern California. Additionally, the features you used to love in Focus on Clinical Training — Faculty Spotlight, Trainee Talk, and all the rest — are making their return on this blog.

We work very hard in the MA Clinical Training and Professional Development Department to help you have a positive practicum experience, and provide workshops that will help inspire you to learn more about the opportunities in the profession. Be sure to also check out our websites   http://gsep.pepperdine.edu/psychology/professional-development-workshops/ and MFT Clinical Training: http://community.pepperdine.edu/gsep/student-services/mft-practicum/ .  We have a wonderful staff in the MA Clinical Training and Professional Development department, consisting of alumnae Rebecca Reed “92” and Alice Richardson, LMFT ‘2005’ who assist students at our West LA and Encino campuses.

To be updated weekly on new posts, please email psyprofdev@pepperdine.edu. We hope you enjoy this new site, and look forward to hearing your comments, suggestions, and letting us know if you come across an important event that our students might like to attend!

Warm regards,

Kathleen Wenger, MA, LMFT
Manager, M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Your Local Chapter of CAMFT: A Great Place to Network!

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The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is a great way to get involved if you’re new to the MFT field! Not only is there a student membership discount to make it easy for you to join, but you can dive right in with monthly networking events throughout southern California! There are topics appealing to just about every aspect of mental illness and opportunities to network with leaders in your field, students, and seasoned professionals. Here are some pictures of Pepperdine students at recent events put on by the Orange County chapter of CAMFT. We hope to see you at one soon!

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December Clinical Connections with George Nalbach, Ph.D. — The Future of Psychotherapy: The Primacy of Empathy and the Seduction of Evidence Based Treatment

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For the December 6 Clinical Connections at the Irvine Graduate Campus, popular long-time Pepperdine faculty George Nalbach, Ph.D., presented on the history, present status, and future of psychotherapy. Dr. Nalbach, the Associate Executive Director of Santa Anita Family Service, discussed his concerns regarding the current standardization of therapy inevitable with third party reimbursement. He also critiqued the plethora of “evidence based treatments” research and literature and the evolving standardization of graduate education. In contrast to these issues, Dr. Nalbach reintroduced the prioritization of empathy as the indispensable tool of psychotherapy fact finding and the central aspect of psychotherapy effectiveness.


Upcoming CAMFT Chapter Events

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Orange County

“Adoption and Genetic Separation Trauma”
with Karl Stenske, M.A.
Friday, December 13, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa

Los Angeles

Holiday Extravanganza Potluck Party
Sunday, December 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Clearview Treatment Programs
911 Coeur D’Alene Ave., Venice

Long Beach/South Bay

Grief is Like a River – Grief and Loss: Lessons Learned
w. Claire Towle, LCSW
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Thelma McMillen Center
3333 Skypark Drive, Suite 200, Torrance

San Fernando Valley

Annual Installation & Membership Meeting – Reviving Rhythm: Music Medicine for Mind, Body, and Soul
w. Christine Stevens, MSW
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Rd., Woodland Hills