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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SCCC bids farewell to former Director of Development, Lizzy Beach

The staff, counselors, Board, alumni and many friends of Southern California Counseling Center, bid a fond farewell to Lizzy Beach, Director of Development.  Lizzy joined our staff for the second time four years ago and she has worked tirelessly to promote vital support of our work.  In addition, Lizzy has played a key role in the development of our strategic plan, branding and our fabulous new website (www.sccc-la.org). Her boundless energy and enthusiasm were catching for all of us and we will miss her daily presence in Room 9. Lizzy moved to Denver, CO on ...

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Newsletter, Fall 2016: Impact edition

Click here to review SCCC’s 2016 Fall Newsletter: Impact Edition.

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SCCC’s Rage Resolution group: Counselor Rolf Danner shares his experience

Each Friday, the Southern California Counseling Center offers a Rage Resolution group to those seeking to respond without violence when faced with stressful, frustrating or unfair situations.  The group focuses on empowering participants to act as their “preferred person”, or person they’d hope to be, when confronted by difficult scenarios. Counselor Rolf Danner, a long-time facilitator of the group, provides us with insight into his experience with the program below. “My father’s rare but explosive outbursts, simmering under the surface even in quiet ...

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SCCC’s School-Based program: counselor Dimitrios Gatsiounis’ persepctive

Each year, SCCC sends counselors to six nearby LAUSD schools to provide free on-site counseling to struggling students. In addition, an invitation is extended to come to SCCC where the entire family can engage in counseling at the Center — also for free. This service is made possible by the support of generous donors and grants. In the post below, Dimitrios Gatsiounis tells us a bit about his experience during his time as a counselor in SCCC’s School-Based program. “In my 10-plus years training in the field of mental health, few experiences have better challe...

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LA Times features SCCC alumnus Jonathan Vickburg

The Southern California Counseling Center is proud to share the Los Angeles Times recently featured article highlighting the work of alumnus Jonathan Vickburg. Jonathan, who completed SCCC's Trauma & Resiliency Training, works for Cedars-Sinai Psychological Trauma Center to bring the Share and Care program to LAUSD schools throughout South Los Angeles. Click here to read the article and watch the video featured on LATimes.com.  

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Newsletter, Summer 2016: Annual Report edition

Click here to review SCCC's 2016 Summer Newsletter: Annual Report Edition.

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SCCC Outreach Counselor Michelle Chong receives grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs

SCCC congratulates Outreach counselor Michelle Chong on her recent grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles to bring a photography workshop for teens in the Watts community. "With the city’s four goals as our guideposts, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is pleased to announce a program of community investments (grants) for independent artists to act as 'artists-in-residence' at non-arts sites of their own choice. This program seeks to fully support multi-week interactive projects that aim to stimulate: community dialogue, life-long learning ...

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SCCC thanks The Rose Hills Foundation

SCCC extends a special thank you to The Rose Hills Foundation for its recent grant in support of our work.  Thanks to The Rose Hills Foundation, SCCC will be able to continue training counselors and providing affordable mental health care to members of our community in need. Thank you for making a difference in the lives we serve.

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Trauma & Resilience Training – A narrative by Jim Holland

Jim Holland, a third year MFT intern, recently completed SCCC’s Trauma & Resiliency Training program.  Jim describes the pervasive impact the course has had on his practice below: Making connections Not long ago I was catching up with Owen, an old friend from New York, and the conversation turned to substance abuse.  Owen, an LMFT who specializes in addiction, was sounding over-worked from the current opioid epidemic inundating the United States. I, on the other hand, was enjoying the afternoon air, taking a stroll around the block during a break from one ...

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