The 2019 Holiday Feast Drive is here!

The following letter is from Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services: Since 2000 Outreach Services has spearheaded and has been supported by the entire SCCC community with our Holiday Feast and Gift Drives. The Holiday Feast Drive is the first phase of a 2 part “call to action” here at the Center. As we all know the social climate both in spirit and in actuality has become even more visibly hostile to many of our most under-served communities. We at SCCC serve a huge number of clients who are feeling the stress, fear and confusion that is coming at them every ...

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The Agastock Trash-A-Thon Party is around the corner!

Melissa Monroe and her daughters Grace and Alice Ferguson.   Trash-a-thon Party in Celebration of Alice’s Life Hoover Parks and Rec 1010 W 25th Street LA, CA 90007 Saturday, November 16, 2019 From 3-5 PM Join us for clean up, snacks, and songs! It is our great pleasure to announce that the 6th Annual Agastock celebration is coming up!  This year, Melissa Monroe and her daughter Grace have organized a Trash-A-Thon to honor what would have been Alice Ferguson's 8th year of life.  The party, being held on the afternoon of November 16th (details below), ...

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Join SCCC for a Screening (& Panel) of the HBO film “O.G.”

Join us for a special screening of HBO's feature film O.G.  Director Madeleine Sackler and Actor Kevin Jackson will join SCCC's Director of Outreach Services, Marianne Diaz for a Q&A panel following the screening. Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6:30pm WLCAC - Tell It Theater 10950 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90059 O.G. takes an intimate and unflinching look at the journey of one man as he prepares for release and re-entry back into society after almost 25 years in prison. Filmed almost entirely at Pendleton maximum security prison it's the first film of it's ...

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The 2018 Holiday Feast Drive is here!

The following letter is from Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services: Since 2004, Outreach Services has spearheaded and has been supported by the entire SCCC community with our Holiday Feast and Gift Drives. The Holiday Feast Drive is the first phase of a 2 phase “call to action” here at the Center. As we all know the social climate both in spirit and in actuality has become even more visibly hostile to many of our most under-served communities. We at SCCC serve a huge number of clients who are feeling the stress, fear and confusion that is coming at them ...

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The 5th Annual AGASTOCK is coming up!

Purchase Tickets! We are excited to announce that the 5th annual AGASTOCK benefit concert is coming up! Sunday July 29, 2017 3:30PM – 8:00PM Free admission for kids aged 16 and under The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 Agastock is an annual benefit concert produced by Melissa Monroe to celebrate the life of her two-year old daughter, Alice Ferguson, who passed away in 2013. This is the fifth annual concert, as well as the fifth anniversary of Alice’s untimely death. Melissa credits SCCC’s Trauma & Resiliency Training & Service...

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Tickets on sale now to MUTT HOUSE: The Musical!

We are very excited to announce that tickets are now on sale to: MUTT HOUSE: The Musical A New Musical about being lost... and found.  A huge THANK YOU! to Kim Cookson, SCCC's Director of Trauma & Resiliency Services & Training for organizing this fundraiser. Kim's husband, Tony Cookson, is the creator of MUTT HOUSE and author of the book. Bullied all of his life, quirky outsider, Eddie Corbin, has finally found a place to call home in a neglected downtown animal shelter. When the city threatens to close the shelter, Eddie must do something he’s never ...

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They Call Us Monsters – Screening & Panel with Director Ben Lear

RSVP HERE The Southern California Counseling Center is hosting a screening and panel discussion with Director Ben Lear of the award winning documentary film, THEY CALL US MONSTERS. Ahrya Fine Arts Theater 8556 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Thursday, February 15th at 7:30pm. THEY CALL US MONSTERS takes viewers behind the walls of the Compound, the facility where Los Angeles houses its most violent juvenile criminals. To their advocates, they’re kids. To the system, they’re adults. To their victims, they’re monsters. In California, violent juveniles ...

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The Holiday Feast Drive delivered Thanksgiving Dinner to 20 families

Living up to its name - the Holiday Feast Drive delivered full-fledged feasts to 20 families throughout Los Angeles A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year's Holiday Feast Drive, an annual event organized by Marianne Diaz and Outreach Services at SCCC!  The event was a great success thanks to the generous support we received from our community. Many hands make light work The Holiday Gift Drive is kicking off now!  Stay tuned for ways you can contribute.

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The Big Give at the Karsh Center was an incredible event

Michael Manzo, Mike Manzo Jr. and Arezou Yashoua represent SCCC at The Big Give Each year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Karsh Center assembles 1,000 complete Thanksgiving dinners-for-four and distributes them to families in need at an event they call "The Big Give."  This year, the Karsh Center invited their community collaborators to present their services to those lining up for their Thanksgiving dinners.  On November 19th, several members of the Southern California Counseling Center team headed to Koreatown to participate. "It was a humbling experien...

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The 2017 Holiday Feast Drive is here!

Since 2004, Outreach Services has spearheaded SCCC's annual Holiday Feast and Gift Drives which have been supported by the entire community at the Center.  The Holiday Feast Drive is the first in a 2-prong call-to-action. As we all know the social climate, both in spirit and in actuality, has become even more visibly hostile to many of our most under-served communities. We at SCCC serve a huge number of clients who are feeling the sadness, fear and confusion that is coming at them every day, on top of the almost insurmountable obstacles they already face every day ...

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SCCC thanks Melissa Monroe for Agastock 2017

Melissa Monroe with daughter Gracie On Sunday, July 23rd, musicians, family and friends of all ages gathered at The Echo to celebrate the life of Alice Ferguson during the 4th Annual Agastock concert.  Melissa Monroe, the event's organizer, brought together an incredible showcase of talent and support from across the United States to pay tribute to Alice. For the fourth year in a row, the Southern California Counseling Center's Trauma & Resiliency Program has had the honor of being named as sole beneficiary to all funds raised during the event.  Thanks to ...

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SCCC Alumna Sheva Rajaee gives a TED Talk: “Addicted to the Answer – Anxiety in the Age of Information”

Sheva Rajaee, MFT is a Southern California Counseling Center alumna who specializes in the treatment of variants of Pure Obsessional OCD (“Pure O”), with a focus on Relationship OCD (ROCD).  We are thrilled to share the video below, in which Sheva presents a TED Talk at TEDxUCLA which explores anxiety in the information age.  

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Agastock 2017 is around the corner!

Purchase Tickets! It is our great pleasure to announce that the 4th Annual Agastock concert is around the corner! Sunday July 23, 2017 2:30PM – 8:00PM Free admission for kids aged 16 and under The Echo 1822 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 Agastock is an annual benefit concert produced by Melissa Monroe to celebrate the life of her two-year old daughter, Alice Ferguson, who died of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in August of 2013.  This is the fourth annual concert, as well as the fourth anniversary of Alice's untimely death.  Melissa credits ...

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SCCC hosts a screening of the documentary film Resilience

Marianne Diaz, Jonathan Vickburg, LMFT, Dr. Kim Cookson, and Clay Crosby, LMFT, participated in a panel discussion following the screening. The Southern California Counseling Center hosted a screening of the documentary film Resilience at the Arhya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, February 8th.  Resilience, directed by James Redford explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the new trauma-informed movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Kim ...

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Sue Johnson Brings EFT to SCCC

Clay Crosby, Margo Peck, Dr. Sue Johnson, Gail Wilburn On Monday, November 14th, Dr. Sue Johnson gave a very well received lecture on working with couples to SCCC counselors, supervisors and alumni at the Renberg Theatre of the LA LGBT Center. Dr. Johnson is internationally renowned for her work as the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT).  She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the ...

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The Karsh Family Social Service Center extends resources to all SCCC clients

The Southern California Counseling Center is collaborating with the Karsh Family Social Services Center to bring SCCC’s affordable mental health care to Koreatown.  As part of this collaboration, the Karsh Center is extending access to all of the Karsh Center’s core offerings to SCCC clients.  These resources include: Food Pantry, Dental Care, Vision Care, Legal Aid, Book Distribution, ESL and Civics Courses, and Child Care Referral Services To make use of these resources, SCCC clients simply go to the Karsh Center and let the front desk staff know that ...

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SCCC’s School-Based program: counselor Dimitrios Gatsiounis’ persepctive

Each year, SCCC sends counselors to six nearby LAUSD schools to provide free on-site counseling to struggling students. In addition, an invitation is extended to come to SCCC where the entire family can engage in counseling at the Center — also for free. This service is made possible by the support of generous donors and grants. In the post below, Dimitrios Gatsiounis tells us a bit about his experience during his time as a counselor in SCCC’s School-Based program. “In my 10-plus years training in the field of mental health, few experiences have better challe...

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LA Times features SCCC alumnus Jonathan Vickburg

The Southern California Counseling Center is proud to share the Los Angeles Times recently featured article highlighting the work of alumnus Jonathan Vickburg. Jonathan, who completed SCCC's Trauma & Resiliency Training, works for Cedars-Sinai Psychological Trauma Center to bring the Share and Care program to LAUSD schools throughout South Los Angeles. Click here to read the article and watch the video featured on LATimes.com.  

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SCCC Outreach Counselor Michelle Chong receives grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs

SCCC congratulates Outreach counselor Michelle Chong on her recent grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles to bring a photography workshop for teens in the Watts community. "With the city’s four goals as our guideposts, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce a program of community investments (grants) for independent artists to act as 'artists-in-residence' at non-arts sites of their own choice. This program seeks to fully support multi-week interactive projects that aim to stimulate: community dialogue, life-long learning ...

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A Day with a Master of Family Therapy

Robert Mendelsohn, Clinical Director at SCCC, met with Celia Falicov on May 20th at the Pepperdine Malibu campus to discuss issues of difference, culture, immigration, etc. as they relate to clinical work.  He describes his experience below. Celia Falicov, Ph.D., met with us last Friday, May 20, at the Pepperdine Malibu campus for an amazing day, going in depth into how and what we talk about in our clinical work around issues of difference, culture, immigration, etc., with our clients and in our supervision groups.  There is literally no encounter with our clients ...

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