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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Tickets to SCCC’s SPRING BASH are on sale now!

PLEASE JOIN US AT SCCC'S SPRING BASH!   We've been sowing seeds since 1966 - on April 6, we're celebrating all that has come into bloom!  Enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and a sensational silent auction hosted at Tiato's beautiful indoor/outdoor garden venue. Honoring The Steel Family, who, through the Albert and Bessie Warner Fund, supports community-based organizations that assist those in need in the fields of mental health, women’s rights and civil rights. All proceeds from the event will help fund SCCC's wide range of programs, which serve more ...

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Congratulations to the graduates of the 53rd Community Counselor Course!

Congratulations Graduates! "It wasn't about learning as much as it was about unlearning.  There is something that each individual has said in this class at some point that changed my perspective and that I'll carry with me forever." - Anonymous Graduate Every January and July, the Southern California Counseling Center offers a six-month Community Counselor Course (CCC).  CCC provides training, supervision and support for community members who are already involved, or are interested in helping high-risk populations and under-served communities.  The course ...

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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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SCCC’s Annual Retreat was Pretty Groovy!

On Saturday, October 20th, counselors, alumni, staff and members of the Board gathered at SCCC's Mid-City campus to reconnect and celebrate SCCC's past, present and future. The 70s themed event paid homage to the Southern California Counseling Center's history, celebrating 1974 - the year that 6515 W. Pico Blvd. became home. SCCC Ribbon Cutting Circa 1974 A big THANK YOU to Marisa Ice for organizing the event as well as counselors Adrienne Rusk, Karly Meola, Jaclyn Lieber and Syd Peterson for their hard work in planning the day.

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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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Oh, the places we went! GALA 2018 was a night to remember!

THE FINAL TALLY IS IN! On Saturday, April 28, SCCC's family of volunteers and supporters helped raise an astounding $184,000! Browse all the event photos A small army of volunteers transformed ALCHEMY's anything-but-ordinary printing facility (generously offered free of charge to the Southern California Counseling Center) into a magical space to share and celebrate.   Board members, volunteers, counselors and community supporters enjoyed a Silent Auction, dinner, drinks and a bit of dancing.   Marianne Diaz introduced Michael Manzo, who ...

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SCCC-Watts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a beautiful event!

On March 22, SCCC directors, supporters, counselors, staff along with LA community leaders braved the rain to celebrate the grand opening of the Southern California Counseling Center's new satellite facility in Watts.  While it was chilly outside, plenty of warmth was shared by everyone who made it to the event.  It was a landmark day in the history of the Center... and the foldies from Locol were pretty delicious as well.    

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Tickets for SCCC’s Annual Gala are on sale now!

Please be our guest on board the SCCC 2018 GALA Express! This event sells out - purchase your tickets today! We hope to see you there!! PURCHASE TICKETS

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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for SCCC-Watts!

View the Press Release SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COUNSELING CENTER OPENS  FIRST OF ITS KIND SATELLITE COUNSELING CENTER IN WATTS Sliding scale, trauma-informed individual, family and group counseling services for the community   [WATTS, CALIFORNIA, February, 2018] –  In an unprecedented development, The Southern California Counseling Center has opened a satellite counseling center in the heart of the Watts neighborhood of south Los Angeles. The Southern California Counseling Center, has been an innovator and supporter of mental health services for diverse ...

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Volunteer gardeners spruce up SCCC’s new Watts building with a succulent garden!

Beginning in January, 2018, SCCC began leasing a 6-room building on the WLCAC campus to function as a satellite counseling center in Watts.   The building is already busy with clients, counselors and groups.  On Sunday, February 18th, Kim Cookson, Director of SCCC's Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services program, lead a team of volunteer-gardeners in planting a succulent garden around the exterior of the new building. Don't let the familiar brick exterior fool you... this is not Mid-City Special thanks to Kim Cookson, Will Daniel, Melinda Vyvyan, ...

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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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It’s time for the Holiday Gift Drive!

  From Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services at the Southern California Counseling Center We are now in phase (2) of our effort for the families we gave thanks to with the Holiday Feast Drive. This is THE HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE and is focused on the children in the family. I have always felt, and I could be wrong, that The Feast supported the heads of household while the GIFT provides excitement directly to the youths. I hope we get a huge response because the youths in the communities we target are surviving against tremendous social injustice and ...

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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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Our annual Counselor Appreciation Retreat was a great time!

Each year, the Southern California Counseling Center hosts a Counselor Appreciation Retreat.  We invite counselors, alumni, staff and others in the community to enjoy a day of learning, socializing, food, fun and games.  This year, we had the treat of enjoying a presentation on "Why Therapy Works" by renowned psychologist and author Dr. Lou Cozolino. A special 'Thank You!' to the members of the Retreat Committee:  Syd Peterson and Arianne Groth (seen below) for putting together an amazing day! Syd Peterson & Aranne Groth And a hearty 'CONGRATULA...

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Congratulations to the graduates of the 50th Community Counselor Course!

Congratulations graduates! Every January and July, the Southern California Counseling Center offers a six-month Community Counselor Course (CCC).  CCC provides training, supervision and support for community members who are already involved, or are interested in helping high-risk populations and under-served communities.  The course provides students with the opportunity to build a solid base of counseling skills alongside case workers and staff members from local non-profits and government agencies. SCCC congratulates the January 2017 cohort of students who ...

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Alumni Workshop explored wide range of sexual interests and relationship models with Kayna Cassard

On Friday, June 2, SCCC Alumna Kayna Cassard presented a two-hour workshop titled Working with the Kinks:Fetishes, Fantasies & Ethical Non-Monogamy for SCCC alumni, supervisors and current counselors. Kayna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Sex Therapist.  The workshop provided definitions, guidance, and practical approaches to working with the wide range of sexual interests, behaviors and “alternative" relationships that contemporary therapy clients engage in.  Kayna works and teaches from a sex-positive and affirming approach, providing a ...

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