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Want to learn a new therapeutic skill or refresh your knowledge about a specific population? Take a class at the Southern California Counseling Center. We offer an ongoing series of continuing education courses for licensed therapists and SCCC counselors and alumni, plus certification classes that are open to everyone.

Stories that Sing: Beauty, Love, and Poetics in Narrative Practice

Led by Tom Carlson and Sanni Paljakka

Friday, May 18th
Plummer Park, West Hollywood

6 CEUs

Please join us on Friday, May 18th at Plummer Park for an exciting and moving training with Tom Carlson and Sanni Paljakka, who will be presenting their recent work in Narrative Therapy’s Insider Witness Practices.

SCCC and Larry Zucker, LCSW, have invited Tom and Sanni to Los Angeles both to feed the imaginations of local therapists and to help launch an SCCC Insider Witness Practices (IWP) Study Group in the fall.

Tom and Sanni describe the day as follows:

Over the course of the workshop, we will delve into the heart of narrative therapy practice; practices that are concerned with restoring the dignity, honour, and beauty of people’s lives. We will also highlight recent developments in narrative therapy that seek to bring forth stories that have literary merit; stories that counter damaged identities, stories that sing, and stories that love and beckon us forward. We will share examples of our own work and recent collaborations with David Epston including Insider Witnessing Practices and the use of poetry, art, and performance. Rather than being a “how to” only, we will offer participants an inside view of these practices through the use of videos, transcripts, and performances of the work. Our hope is that this event will re-ignite your sense of curiosity and passion for what is possible in this work.

Sanni Paljakka is a narrative therapist who works at Calgary Women’s Health Collective. Tom Stone Carlson is a faculty member at the North Dakota State University and draws on narrative ideas in his teaching, supervision, and therapy practice. Both Sanni and Tom have been captivated by narrative ideas and their capacity to restore honor and beauty to people’s lives. After a chance meeting at a narrative therapy conference, they discovered a shared interest in practices that seek to place beauty at the center of their work with others; Sanni through her innovative use of poetry and Tom through his use of art and performance. These ‘strange companions’ have discovered that their different backgrounds and contexts have lead to a spirited, playful, and enlivening energy that draws their audiences into a lively relationship with narrative ideas and with one another.

General Public: $125
SCCC alumni: $100
Non-SCCC Pre-Licensed: $75
Current SCCC counselors/supervisors:  Free – Email Robbyn to RSVP!

Gang Awareness Training: A Therapeutic Education (G.A.T.E.)

Saturday, June 23, 9AM-5PM

Taught by Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services  (7 CEUs)

GATE is designed for anyone who works with adolescents or adults who are impacted by gang culture or community SCCC_Icons_coretraining-gateviolence. 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 available)

Course to take place at: Southern California Counseling Center

Current SCCC supervisors are FREE to attend (contact Robbyn to register).

SCCC Alumni receive a 20% discount for this training, as they do with all training that have a fee.

For more information please contact: Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services, (323) 937-1344 x 3211

Approved by CAMFT


The Southern California Counseling Center is approved by CAMFT (Provider # 62299) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs.  All continuing education courses offered by SCCC meet the criteria established by the  California BBS for LMFT, LPCC, and LCSW license renewal.


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