Our annual Counselor Appreciation Retreat was a great time!

Each year, the Southern California Counseling Center hosts a Counselor Appreciation Retreat.  We invite counselors, alumni, staff and others in the community to enjoy a day of learning, socializing, food, fun and games.  This year, we had the treat of enjoying a presentation on "Why Therapy Works" by renowned psychologist and author Dr. Lou Cozolino. A special 'Thank You!' to the members of the Retreat Committee:  Syd Peterson and Arianne Groth (seen below) for putting together an amazing day! Syd Peterson & Aranne Groth And a hearty 'CONGRATULA...

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Congratulations to the graduates of the 50th Community Counselor Course!

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 2017 cohort of students who ...

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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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A tribute to Nancy Steiny – Gala 2017 Honoree

Below is a video tribute to SCCC Board member and supervisor Nancy Steiny for her lifetime dedication to strengthening families and transforming lives.  Nancy Steiny was the Gala 2017 Honoree.   A tribute to Nancy Steiny - SCCC Gala 2017 Honoree from SCCC.

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The Final Countdown to GALA 2017 has begun!

  Please join us for an out-of-this-world evening as we honor Board member and supervisor Nancy Steiny for her lifetime dedication to strengthening families and transforming lives. Renowned positive psychologist and best-selling author Renowned positive psychologist and best-selling author of The How of Happinness, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, will also share her insights. Rounding out the evening will include a stellar silent auction, music, cocktails and dinner. Click here to purchase tickets.      

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SCCC hosts a screening of the documentary film Resilience

Marianne Diaz, Jonathan Vickburg, LMFT, Dr. Kim Cookson, and Clay Crosby, LMFT, participated in a panel discussion following the screening. The Southern California Counseling Center hosted a screening of the documentary film Resilience at the Arhya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, February 8th.  Resilience, directed by James Redford explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the new trauma-informed movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. The screening was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with Dr. Kim ...

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Sue Johnson Brings EFT to SCCC

Clay Crosby, Margo Peck, Dr. Sue Johnson, Gail Wilburn On Monday, November 14th, Dr. Sue Johnson gave a very well received lecture on working with couples to SCCC counselors, supervisors and alumni at the Renberg Theatre of the LA LGBT Center. Dr. Johnson is internationally renowned for her work as the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT).  She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the ...

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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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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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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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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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