The Nancy Steiny Legacy Fund for Clinical Excellence

Nancy Steiny It is with deep respect and gratitude for Nancy Steiny and her long dedication to the work of the Southern California Counseling Center that we announce the creation of the Nancy Steiny Legacy Fund for Excellence in Clinical Training. It serves as a lasting tribute to her clinical wisdom as well as her efforts to build a remarkable program of training and support for counselors over more than four decades. The Legacy Fund is supported by individuals and organizations committed to life-long learning and professional development for those ...

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SCCC-Watts Flourishes!

In March 2018, the Southern California Counseling Center opened the doors to its first-ever satellite location in Watts on the campus of Watts Labor Community Action Committee or WLCAC. Today, six months in, SCCC-Watts is thriving. “When we signed the lease at the start of the year, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services (photo). “We were told that the community would not be willing to pay for mental health services and that local residents wouldn’t be interested in non-court-ordered counseling. Turns out, not only is ...

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National Suicide Prevention Month: What to do when you or someone you love is feeling suicidal

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  In the wake of recent high-profile celebrity suicides, suicide is being discussed frequently in the media.   A piece that is often left out in these conversations is what to do when you or someone you love is feeling suicidal. The following resources are available to those in need:   NYT article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/07/health/depression-suicide-helping.html Didi Hirsch: http://www.didihirsch.org/spc

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Paraprofessional Counselor Mike Manzo offers some insight into his life prior to being introduced to SCCC [Part 1 of 3]

Community Counselor Course graduate and current SCCC Paraprofessional Counselor Michael Manzo offers some insight into his life prior to being introduced to the Southern California Counseling Center [Part 1 of 3].

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Newsletter, Summer 2018: Annual Report Edition

Click here to review SCCC’s 2018 Summer Newsletter: Annual Report Edition

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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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Newsletter, Spring 2018: Honor Roll Edition

Click here to review SCCC’s 2018 Spring Newsletter: Honor Roll Edition (more…)

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A Message from the Board Chair & Executive Director

As 2017 comes to a close, we pause and consider some of the events that unfolded throughout the year. With sadness, we acknowledge the violence and fear that affected us both as a community and as individuals. It is times like these that the need in our community is the greatest.  Following the tragedy in Las Vegas, the Southern California Counseling Center was given as a resource and referral to anyone affected by the horrific events of that day.  We experienced a significant spike in phone calls and visits, and our trauma-trained counselors provided help and ...

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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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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’s FAST FACTS – the Center in a nutshell

    Given all the programs, services, trainings and groups on offer at the Center's multiple locations, it can be difficult to grasp the full scope of SCCC's activities as an organization.  To help, we put together a Fast Facts page which highlights and summarizes some of the more interesting statistics and information about the Southern California Counseling Center.  Take a look.  

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New Assistant Clinical Director for Southern California Counseling Center

Marisa Ice, LMFT, who has served as our Client Coordinator and School-Based Program Director for the last several years has been promoted to Assistant Clinical Director of the Southern California Counseling Center effective July 1, 2017.  Starting in 2009, Marisa trained at SCCC before she was licensed and then came on staff in 2013.  She has brought innovation and efficiency to the client assignment process, helped to expand our LAUSD School-Based Counseling Program and has demonstrated excellent clinical judgement. Marisa will be taking on the Assistant Clinical ...

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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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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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Newsletter, Spring 2017: Thank You Edition

Click here to review SCCC's 2017 Spring Newsletter: Thank You Edition

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Southern California Counseling Center celebrates the 49th graduating class of the Community Counselor Course

The Southern California Counseling Center proudly celebrated the graduates who completed the Community Counselor Course.  On behalf of the counseling center administration, Associate Clinical Director Clay Crosby congratulated the graduating class.  "You are a brave group," remarked Clay.  Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach and founding counselor of the class noted "this is the 49th graduating class for this course, which the counseling center holds twice a year."  "This class came about after the Los Angeles riots in 1992 with the sole purpose of healing communiti...

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Welcome to SCCC’s new Director of Agency Advancement, Maral Chalian

We welcome Southern California Counseling Center, Director of Agency Advancement, Maral Chalian to our staff.  Maral comes to the Center with a great deal of energy, experience and passion for our work.  We look forward to working with her and introducing her to you, our friends and supporters. Gail Wilburn Executive Director

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Agastock 2016 is around the corner! July 24th from 3-8PM at The Echo

SCCC is grateful to share that we are the beneficiary of Agastock, the annual benefit concert put on by a former SCCC client to support our efforts in addressing trauma recovery.  The concert also commemorates the life of Alice Ferguson. Cash or check can be taken at the door or you can make a donation here and bring your receipt.  All are welcome - see you at The Echo!  Take a look below for more details.  

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SCCC congratulates our Community Counselor Course graduates!

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 2016 cohort of students who ...

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What a night! SCCC Celebrates its 50th anniversary at the Peterson Automotive Museum

Thank you volunteers! On April 30th, SCCC held its 50th Anniversary Gala: Zero to Fifty... and onward at the Peterson Automotive Museum.  By all measures the event was an incredible success!  With the support of 50+ volunteers, SCCC was able to raise more than $230,000! A huge THANK YOU to our generous donors!  Your contributions enable SCCC to continue pursuing its mission: to change lives and strengthen communities by providing affordable mental health care to people in need.  YOU are changing lives.  Also, a very special THANK YOU to the volunteers who ...

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