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Alexandra Katehakis Investigates Sex-Addiction in her New Book “Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment”

In her new book Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: A Neurobiologically Informed Holistic Treatment, SCCC alum Alexandra Katehakis investigates sex-addiction through the perspective of regulation theory.  Combining affective neuroscience—the study of how emotions actually grow the brain and nervous system—with tried-and-true cognitive behavioral addiction interventions, she takes us on a journey from looking at the history of sexual addiction to a call for sexual health, and sound public policy. By exploring the neurobiological underpinnings of sex-addiction, Katehakis offers a fresh take on the age-old debate on the topic. This book is ...

Second Annual PoMo Gathering

On Sunday, April 3, six from SCCC gathered at USC for the second annual PoMo Gathering organized by SCCC volunteer supervisor Kathie Adams, LMFT.  The meeting served as an opportunity for those interested in post-modern therapies such as Narrative, Solution-focused or Collaborative Language systems to meet, talk and make community. SCCC’s Clinical Director, Robert Mendelsohn, LMFT, led a conversation entitled “Teaching Post-structuralism – Beyond Powerpoint”, to discuss the challenge of conveying to therapists-in-training the powerful philosophical ideas about power, identity, and the social discourses around us that underlay our work.  ...

A Special “Thank You” to Cedars-Sinai’s Community Mental Health Grant Program

SCCC thanks Cedars-Sinai’s Community Mental Health Grant Program for their past generous support and for the grant renewal in 2016.  We are especially grateful that Cedars-Sinai has joined with us in support of our service to the families and individuals who come through our doors.  Together, we change lives every day.   

David Marsten has Co-Authored New Book on Narrative Therapy with Children

  For those interested in direct practice with children and families there is a new book by David Marsten, David Epston, and Laurie Markham.  Narrative Therapy in Wonderland balances theory with practice examples in order to support practitioners in stretching their own imaginations, developing new ideas for the therapy room, and strengthening their understanding of narrative therapy.  The spirit in which the work is taken up creates an atmosphere of fun for all and implicitly critiques many taken-for-granted ideas about children and therapy. Click here to learn more about the book, or to order a copy. David Marsten is a longtime ...

SCCC Visits the new Karsh Family Social Service Center

Earlier today, SCCC's Executive Director Gail Wilburn and Clinical Director Robert Mendelsohn paid a visit to the new Karsh Family Social Service Center  in the Wilshire Center District of Los Angeles. When fully operational it will offer a full range of services in Spanish, Korean, and English, including an expanded food pantry, dental and eye care, free legal aid, mental health services and a rooftop sports complex for neighborhood youth activities.  It is a project of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple and is a beautiful facility.

CARING CONNECTIONS: SCCC’s Collaborative Partnerships are Key to Maximizing Impact in the Community

--by Clay Crosby, LMFT, SCCC Associate Clinical Director Partnership and collaboration are highly valued concepts in today’s mental health field.  Agencies are actively seeking ways to work together to serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.  The Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) works with other organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles region in service of our stated vision, “to create empowered communities where mental health care is a right, not a privilege.” Our newest collaboration is with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC).  SCCC’s Outreach Program is providing both individ...

Gang Awareness Training: May 21 – Registration Now Open

Gang Awareness Training: A Therapeutic Education (known as G.A.T.E. at SCCC) is taking place Saturday, May 21, 2016,  9am - 5pm.  The course will be taught by Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services  (7 CEUs).  Click here to register. G.A.T.E. is designed for anyone who works with adolescents or adults who are impacted by gang culture or community violence. Grounded in a non-judgmental view of gang membership, the course introduces participants into the realities gang members face and provides effective methods of connecting and working with teens and adults with a history of violence and gang involvement. Tuition: $200 (Payment plans ...

SCCC Counselors Receive Training in Suicide Assessment and Intervention

Every week, clients experiencing distress seek help at the Southern California Counseling Center.  Often they are experiencing thoughts of suicide. On February 27th, 40 SCCC counselors and alumni received a 3-hour training on suicide assessment and intervention from Rick Mogil and Carolyn Levitan of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.  Didi Hirsch is the home of the Suicide Prevention Center, a nationally recognized organization that provides a 24-hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line (1-877-727-4747).  SCCC’s counselors found the information presented invaluable and the SCCC staff has decided to offer the workshop annually as a required ...

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Zero to Fifty & Onward – Celebrating 50 years of affordable mental health counseling

Tickets are on sale now for SCCC's 50th Anniversary Gala: Zero to Fifty & Onward at The Peterson Automotive Museum on April 30, 2016. Tickets are limited - click here to purchase yours today.  

Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services at SCCC

--by Dr. Kim Cookson, Director of Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services Any negative life event occurring in a state of relative helplessness – a car accident, the sudden death of a loved one, a frightening medical procedure, a significant experience of rejection – can produce the same neurological changes in the brain as do combat, rape, or abuse.  What makes a negative life event traumatic isn’t the life-threatening nature of the event, but rather the degree of helplessness it engenders and one’s history of prior trauma.                                   -Dr. Robert Scaer, neurologist   WHAT IS ...