The Big Give at the Karsh Center was an incredible event

Michael Manzo, Mike Manzo Jr. and Arezou Yashoua represent SCCC at The Big Give Each year, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Karsh Center assembles 1,000 complete Thanksgiving dinners-for-four and distributes them to families in need at an event they call "The Big Give."  This year, the Karsh Center invited their community collaborators to present their services to those lining up for their Thanksgiving dinners.  On November 19th, several members of the Southern California Counseling Center team headed to Koreatown to participate. "It was a humbling experien...

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The 2017 Holiday Feast Drive is here!

Since 2004, Outreach Services has spearheaded SCCC's annual Holiday Feast and Gift Drives which have been supported by the entire community at the Center.  The Holiday Feast Drive is the first in a 2-prong call-to-action. As we all know the social climate, both in spirit and in actuality, has become even more visibly hostile to many of our most under-served communities. We at SCCC serve a huge number of clients who are feeling the sadness, fear and confusion that is coming at them every day, on top of the almost insurmountable obstacles they already face every day ...

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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: Marni Glick, Syd Peterson and Arianne Groth (seen below) for putting together an amazing day! Marni Glick Syd Peterson & Aranne Groth And ...

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Newsletter, Fall 2017: Impact Edition

Click here to review SCCC’s 2017 Fall Newsletter: Impact Edition  

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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 ...

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Powerful performance by Logic at the VMAs exoplores the struggle of suicidality and alienation

Please check out this powerful performance from Logic at this year's MTV VMAs. Issues like suicidality, inequality and alienation are pervasive and know no cultural bounds.  We are pleased to see artists like Logic shining a light on them.  The Southern California Counseling Center believes that mental health care is a right, not a privilege.  If you or someone you know is suffering, give us a call at (323) 937-1344 - we are here to help. Marisa Ice Assistant Clinical Director Southern California Counseling Center

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SCCC thanks Melissa Monroe for Agastock 2017

Melissa Monroe with daughter Gracie On Sunday, July 23rd, musicians, family and friends of all ages gathered at The Echo to celebrate the life of Alice Ferguson during the 4th Annual Agastock concert.  Melissa Monroe, the event's organizer, brought together an incredible showcase of talent and support from across the United States to pay tribute to Alice. For the fourth year in a row, the Southern California Counseling Center's Trauma & Resiliency Program has had the honor of being named as sole beneficiary to all funds raised during the event.  Thanks to ...

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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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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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