Newsletter, Summer 2016: Annual Report edition

Click here to review SCCC's 2016 Summer Newsletter: Annual Report Edition.

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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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SCCC thanks The Rose Hills Foundation

SCCC extends a special thank you to The Rose Hills Foundation for its recent grant in support of our work.  Thanks to The Rose Hills Foundation, SCCC will be able to continue training counselors and providing affordable mental health care to members of our community in need. Thank you for making a difference in the lives we serve.

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Trauma & Resilience Training – A narrative by Jim Holland

Jim Holland, a third year MFT intern, recently completed SCCC’s Trauma & Resiliency Training program.  Jim describes the pervasive impact the course has had on his practice below: Making connections Not long ago I was catching up with Owen, an old friend from New York, and the conversation turned to substance abuse.  Owen, an LMFT who specializes in addiction, was sounding over-worked from the current opioid epidemic inundating the United States. I, on the other hand, was enjoying the afternoon air, taking a stroll around the block during a break from one ...

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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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Men’s Anger Management at WLCAC in Watts – an SCCC Outreach program

The Southern California Counseling Center has partnered with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) to offer Anger Management programs to men and women in the community.  We asked two of the group’s facilitators, Michael Manzo and Lance Tango, to share a bit about their experience with the group. “The class itself is of great benefit”, confirms Michael. “Most of the men come from a rough upbringing consisting of violence, drugs and negative behavior.  I think as men, opening up and sharing feelings is something that is not presented to them as a ...

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SCCC’s Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) group in Watts

The Southern California Counseling Center’s Outreach program, in partnership with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, offers a Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) group to the community. The program provides youth with a positive alternative to at-risk and destructive behavior. Funded by the City of Los Angeles,  GRYD combines youth and parent leadership training to create a comprehensive violence, crime, substance abuse, dropout, absenteeism, low academic and vocational achievement prevention program. Raquel Serrano, one of the group’s facilita...

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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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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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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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Maria Berbeo describes her experience with SCCC’s Best Practice Parenting course

The Southern California Counseling Center offers a unique 10-week parenting class called Best Practice Parenting.  In this post, one of the facilitators describes her experience with the program and why it is meaningful to her.   Best Practice Parenting By Maria Berbeo, SCCC Counselor and Best Practice Parenting facilitator Having come from a childhood of abuse, divorced parents, and six other siblings, when I had my daughter, and on top of it all, being a single parent, I knew it would take effort to feel comfortable with my parenting skills. I found ...

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A Morning with Lee Mun Wah

Robert Mendelsohn, Clinical Director at SCCC, attended a training session lead by Lee Mun Wah at the yearly conference of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in Los Angeles.  He shares his experience below. An internationally known psychotherapist, filmmaker (‘Color of Fear,’ ‘If These Halls Could Talk’) and diversity instructor, Lee Mun Wah led a training at the yearly conference of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists in Los Angeles this week.  The theme:  meeting each other in personal conversations ...

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A Special “Thank You” to the Max & Pauline Zimmer Family Foundation

SCCC thanks the Max & Pauline Zimmer Family Foundation  for 16 years of generous support and for their grant  in 2016 in support of our Trauma & Resiliency  Training &  Services Program.  Thanks to the Foundation, we are able to train our counselors who bring trauma work to those in Los Angeles who would have nowhere else to go for this service.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those we serve. Max & Pauline Zimmer        

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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.   

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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