SCCC’s FAST FACTS – the Center in a nutshell

    Given all the programs, services, trainings and groups on offer at the Center's multiple locations, it can be difficult to grasp the full scope of SCCC's activities as an organization.  To help, we put together a Fast Facts page which highlights and summarizes some of the more interesting statistics and information about the Southern California Counseling Center.  Take a look.  

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SCCC Alumna Sheva Rajaee gives a TED Talk: “Addicted to the Answer – Anxiety in the Age of Information”

Sheva Rajaee, MFT is a Southern California Counseling Center alumna who specializes in the treatment of variants of Pure Obsessional OCD (“Pure O”), with a focus on Relationship OCD (ROCD).  We are thrilled to share the video below, in which Sheva presents a TED Talk at TEDxUCLA which explores anxiety in the information age.  

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Newsletter, Summer 2017: Annual Report Edition

Click here to review SCCC's 2017 Summer Newsletter: Annual Report Edition  

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SCCC’s School-Based Program – counselor Lindsay Sullivan’s perspective

Each year, the School-Based Program here at SCCC provides mental health services for about 100 LAUSD students. Faced with constant budget cuts, schools are often forced to eliminate mental health services, and these students may not otherwise have access to much-needed counseling. Our counselors have the opportunity to be a consistent presence in a student’s life, and this resource can be life-changing, as Lindsay speaks to below: "This year I had the incredible opportunity to work as a counselor at a local high school in Los Angeles. The teenagers in our communities ...

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New Assistant Clinical Director for Southern California Counseling Center

Marisa Ice, LMFT, who has served as our Client Coordinator and School-Based Program Director for the last several years has been promoted to Assistant Clinical Director of the Southern California Counseling Center effective July 1, 2017.  Starting in 2009, Marisa trained at SCCC before she was licensed and then came on staff in 2013.  She has brought innovation and efficiency to the client assignment process, helped to expand our LAUSD School-Based Counseling Program and has demonstrated excellent clinical judgement. Marisa will be taking on the Assistant Clinical ...

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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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Gala 2017 was out-of-this-world!

GALA 2017 PHOTOS Together with your help, we raised over $180,000! On Saturday, April 29th, friends and family of the Southern California Counseling Center gathered under the Space Shuttle Endeavour in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center to celebrate SCCC's mission, and to honor Nancy Steiny for her lifetime of commitment (click here to view the Nancy Steiny Tribute video). It was an out-of-this-world celebration which would never have been possible without (a lot of) help!  We would like to thank all of the donors, volunteers, vendors ...

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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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Saturday Workshop Series – Self Care: Building Resiliency, Hardiness, & Post Traumatic Growth with Mark Mitchell, LMFT

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 Mark Mitchell, LMFT presented a timely workshop for the SCCC community entitled “Self Care: Building Resiliency, Hardiness, & Post Traumatic Growth.”  The event was part of our ongoing Saturday workshop series for SCCC counselors, supervisors and alumni. Mark is a longtime SCCC faculty member and is always appreciated for his lively and interactive presentation style.  He shared his extensive experience and helped workshop attendees develop skills to avoid burnout and build resiliency while working with traumatized clients.   In ...

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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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Newsletter, Spring 2017: Thank You Edition

Click here to review SCCC's 2017 Spring Newsletter: Thank You Edition

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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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Southern California Counseling Center celebrates the 49th graduating class of the Community Counselor Course

The Southern California Counseling Center proudly celebrated the graduates who completed the Community Counselor Course.  On behalf of the counseling center administration, Associate Clinical Director Clay Crosby congratulated the graduating class.  "You are a brave group," remarked Clay.  Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach and founding counselor of the class noted "this is the 49th graduating class for this course, which the counseling center holds twice a year."  "This class came about after the Los Angeles riots in 1992 with the sole purpose of healing communiti...

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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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The Karsh Family Social Service Center extends resources to all SCCC clients

The Southern California Counseling Center is collaborating with the Karsh Family Social Services Center to bring SCCC’s affordable mental health care to Koreatown.  As part of this collaboration, the Karsh Center is extending access to all of the Karsh Center’s core offerings to SCCC clients.  These resources include: Food Pantry, Dental Care, Vision Care, Legal Aid, Book Distribution, ESL and Civics Courses, and Child Care Referral Services To make use of these resources, SCCC clients simply go to the Karsh Center and let the front desk staff know that ...

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SCCC’s Outreach Services Annual Holiday Feast Drive is underway!

For the last 15 years, SCCC’s Outreach Services program, in coordination with CleanSlate, has organized a Holiday Feast Drive to provide support for 20 families in need during the Holiday Season. “As a community we come together to provide a Holiday Feast for 20 families in SCCC’s Outreach programs. We will be selecting 10 families from the Mid-City Center and 10 families from the Watts Community through our work with families at (WLCAC) counseling/trauma services provided by SCCC,” says Marianne Diaz, Director of Outreach Services. The Holiday Feast ...

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Welcome to SCCC’s new Director of Agency Advancement, Maral Chalian

We welcome Southern California Counseling Center, Director of Agency Advancement, Maral Chalian to our staff.  Maral comes to the Center with a great deal of energy, experience and passion for our work.  We look forward to working with her and introducing her to you, our friends and supporters. Gail Wilburn Executive Director

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“How EMDR at Southern California Counseling Center Saved Me” – Melissa Monroe, former client

  On July 24th, former SCCC client Melissa Monroe hosted the 3rd annual Agastock Music Festival at The Echo to benefit SCCC's Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services program.  This year, the event raised nearly $9,500 to help ensure those in need can access these highly effective services and support.  The event also celebrates the life of Melissa's daughter, Alice Ferguson, who died just 11 days after her second birthday, due to SUDC (Sudden Unexpected Death in Children).  Melissa credits the Trauma & Resiliency Training & Services program ...

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