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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SCCC Counselors Receive Training in Suicide Assessment and Intervention

Every week, clients experiencing distress seek help at the Southern California Counseling Center.  Often they are experiencing thoughts of suicide. On February 27th, 40 SCCC counselors and alumni received a 3-hour training on suicide assessment and intervention from Rick Mogil and Carolyn Levitan of Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services.  Didi Hirsch is the home of the Suicide Prevention Center, a nationally recognized organization that provides a 24-hour Suicide Prevention Crisis Line (1-877-727-4747).  SCCC’s counselors found the information presented invaluable and ...

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Zero to Fifty & Onward – Celebrating 50 years of affordable mental health counseling

Tickets are on sale now for SCCC's 50th Anniversary Gala: Zero to Fifty & Onward at The Peterson Automotive Museum on April 30, 2016. Tickets are limited - click here to purchase yours today.  

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Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services at SCCC

--by Dr. Kim Cookson, Director of Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services Any negative life event occurring in a state of relative helplessness – a car accident, the sudden death of a loved one, a frightening medical procedure, a significant experience of rejection – can produce the same neurological changes in the brain as do combat, rape, or abuse.  What makes a negative life event traumatic isn’t the life-threatening nature of the event, but rather the degree of helplessness it engenders and one’s history of prior trauma.                   ...

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Newsletter ~ February 2016

We hope you enjoy reading our Newsletter -- this edition features our 2015 Honor Roll!   Thank you to all -- your support means the world to us.

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SAVE THE DATE: Zero to Fifty & Onward — 4.30.16 at The Petersen Automotive Museum

We hope you will join us as we celebrate 50 years of changing lives and strengthening communities by providing affordable mental health counseling to people in need! Details and ticket purchasing information will be updated as we move closer to the event.  Stay tuned! For questions about the event or for information about Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lizzy Beach, Director of Development at [email protected]  -or-  323.904.3215  

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2016 – Celebrating 50th years of affordable mental health counseling

This year marks our 50th anniversary celebration – and what a year it will be! As we begin this year, we are grateful to those who paved the way and made it possible for us to be here today. SCCC has been meeting the mental health needs of the diverse communities of Los Angeles since 1966. Founded by psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Weininger and psychologist Hans Hoffman, we remain dedicated to the belief that all people, regardless of income, must have access to quality mental health services. The Center was established with a model that supported the belief that carefully ...

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Center ‘drives’: giving back for 13 years!

For some, the holiday season can be the most stressful time of year.  Each year since 2003, the counselors, staff, Board, supervisors and alumni of the Southern California Counseling Center,  have worked together to provide two holiday drives for families who are part of SCCC Outreach Services – a Thanksgiving Feast Drive and a Holiday Gift Drive. For the past two years we have not only provided for families at our mid-city location but also have included Watts Los Angeles. Our partners at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) provided the names of 10 ...

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SCCC Board of Directors shine!

Our approach, with so much respect and understanding of the systemic oppression that this and many other communities have faced, has opened up relationships that have proven to be long reaching in a distrusting community.

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Community Counselor Course begins Jan. 15th

Since 1992, Southern California Counseling Center has been offering the Community Counselor Course (CCC) to the people of Los Angeles twice a year, with classes beginning in January and July.  This course (if we can honestly call it a course, because it is more of a journey) is a learning process and much of the learning is about you: what impacts you, how you react to those around you/your ‘clients’, and how you impact the relationship with those around you, especially those you work with.  We believe that in order to support others, you must feel supported. ...

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2015 Fundraiser raises more than ever before!

May 2, 2015:  an ABSOLUTELY SMASHING good time was had as almost 400 people gathered at Smashbox Studios to raise money for affordable mental health counseling at SCCC.   Many guests came to celebrate with Miriam Muscarolas and Grant Abramson, honorees, and collectively we raised over $397,000! Grant, Board Member and chair of the Strategic Planning committee created a powerful moment in his thank you speech while engaging with the crowd...  Attendees were invited to put on two wristbands when they entered the event, a clear one on the left, and a grey and ...

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The Role of Social Justice in a Learning Community

Our SCCC mission states that we seek to “strengthen families and empower communities.” How do we do that? In our view, that task begins within: Do we live our values in our work with clients? In our training programs? With our staff and supervisors? And how does empowerment occur? As a learning community, we believe it begins with honoring the history, values, wisdom, experience and cultures of those around us, particularly those whose cultures have been historically marginalized; with never, ever imposing our values on others; with continually examining ways in which ...

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