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SCCC’s Best Practice Parenting Program – Counselor Matthew Shima’s Reflections

SCCC offers a unique ten-week class called Best Practice Parenting that we developed to support parents with mindful awareness tools, child development knowledge and interactive explorations of the challenges of raising children in our society.  The curriculum is designed to help parents feel respected and valued, to honor their strengths and to help them feel safe to share their struggles.  Matthew Shima, one of our Best Practice Parenting facilitators, wrote the following piece about his experience in the class. -- "I begin every new Best Practice Parenting course with the introduction, “My name is Matthew, and I’m not a parent.”  I ...

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.

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 LBeach@sccc-la.org  -or-  323.904.3215  

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 trained and supervised paraprofessionals could provide affordable counseling on ...

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 families that needed assistance. Annually, we begin on the first day of ...

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.

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.  We ask: how do we care for ourselves when trying to support those who have such ...

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 our assumptions represent a privileged position or serve to disempower others; ...