The Bachelor of Arts students in Stanley Roden’s Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking class in Winter 2016 took on such weighty topics as homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, and more in their final films.
Their completed films were shown to the Antioch University Santa Barbara community on March 10 and most have been shared on the AUSB YouTube channel and embedded below.
The students in the class were Ruby Anwar, Kristianne Clifford, Nicole Cohen, Danny Francisco, Farokh Khan, Scarlett McDonald, Travis Spencer, Linda Sturesson, Genevieve Swords, Vegard Vaagnes, Howard Vega, and Maerta Waldrop Bergman.
Veteran political reporters Lou Cannon and Jerry Roberts spent two hours on Monday, April 11 detailing the intricacies of the 2016 elections and the role California plays in “Volatile Politics,” the latest event in the Antioch in Conversation series.
Moderated by The Honorable Susan Rose, a former Santa Barbara County Supervisor and a member of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Cannon and Roberts spent the majority of time discussing presidential candidates, focusing on front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While both agreed that Clinton was likely to clinch the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders, both Cannon and Roberts argued that Trump would have a more difficult time winning the Republican nomination and that Ted Cruz posed a significant challenge.
Cannon and Roberts, who are also both members of the AUSB Board of Trustees, peppered their remarks with insight and humor (or as Roberts called his style, “snarky”), and in addition to the presidential race, they also touched on state and local political topics.
The two journalists have impressive political backgrounds. Cannon is a veteran White House and political reporter for The Washington Post and the celebrated biographer of Ronald Reagan, while Roberts, the former managing editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and author of a biography of Senator Dianne Feinstein, founded the political website calbuzz.com and has covered politics and public policy in California for four decades.
Antioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world. The next event in the series is a screening of the documentary film Projections of America on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall. For more information, visit antiochsb.edu/projections.
Posted April 12, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara President Nancy Leffert was honored in the March 25 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times featuring the Top 50 Women in Business.
Dr. Leffert received the Editor’s Choice award in the category of Nonprofits & Health Care from the newspaper, which ran a full profile with photos in the issue. The profile focused on Dr. Leffert’s successes in increasing enrollment, expanding the program offerings, and raising awareness of Antioch in the community during her tenure at AUSB, which began in 2009. Dr. Leffert will retire as President of AUSB on June 30.
One of Dr. Leffert’s most significant accomplishments was moving the AUSB into its current building. “The move to this campus made us a lot more visible in the community,” she said in the article.
Renee Grubb, a member of the AUSB Board of Trustees, also was honored in the edition with the Editor’s Choice award in the Real Estate & Construction category for her work with Village Properties.
The full Top 50 Women in Business issue is available online to Pacific Coast Business Times subscribers.
Posted March 30, 2016
Five students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.
The five students – Kattie Bachar, Janine DeWitt, Amanda Lopez, Cindy Mayer, and Bianca Ruvalcaba – are all in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration.
The Caregiver Support Training Program is a collaboration between Family Service Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and AUSB that will address the shortage of caregiver services in Santa Barbara County. It is funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.
“The program will be the first in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that professionals already engaged in graduate education in healthy aging are on the front lines of providing support for those who care for elderly family members,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program.
Dr. Wolfson said the scholarships will help students who otherwise may not be able to pursue this course of study as well as encouraging MACP students to enroll in the growing Healthy Aging concentration.
For further information about the Caregiver Support Training Program, contact Cynthia McNulty at 805.965.1001 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org; students interested in participating should contact Dr. Wolfson at 805.962.8179 x 5155 or email@example.com.
About the Healthy Aging concentration
AUSB’s Healthy Aging concentration is unique in its focus on a strength based, holistic counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families. Students in the Healthy Aging concentration meet all course requirements towards MFT licensure while focusing on the psychological, physical, and social needs of the growing population of older adults and their families.
About the MA in Clinical Psychology program
The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives.
Posted March 11, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB), a private, nonprofit undergraduate and graduate institution, will begin its inaugural Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media (MFA) academic program this winter, aimed at developing tomorrow’s leaders in professional writing disciplines. AUSB’s MFA program is one of the only programs of its kind in the West.
The low-residency, semester-based program has a multi-genre approach to professional writing for traditional and contemporary media, including film, stage, television, adaptation, radio, integrated media storytelling, literary journalism, cultural criticism, interactive game writing and narrative design. The program will offer students a supportive writing community that encourages innovation and risk. Graduates will be empowered to make unique, creative contributions in their chosen fields.
“AUSB’s new MFA program was designed to meet the growing need for professional communicators,” said Steve Heller, chair of AUSB and Antioch University Los Angeles MFA programs. “In our rapidly changing economy, professional writing versatility is critical to engage audiences across the media spectrum. AUSB’s MFA program will prepare students to become confident, effective communicators by focusing studies in an area of interest while also developing a broader range of writing skills.”
The new low–residency academic program consists of the completion of 48 academic units distributed across four semesters of instruction. Each semester begins with a five-day residency on the AUSB campus and continues with Antioch University’s virtual learning environment for the remainder of the term.
AUSB’s renowned nine-member MFA advisory committee comprises a wide range of prestigious authors and award-winning producers and screenwriters. Their diverse and accomplished backgrounds will help give students an understanding of the real-life applications of their studies and connect them with the tools they need to be successful in their own careers. The advisory committee comprises Ann Bardach, journalist and non-fiction author; Lou Cannon, award-winning journalist and historian; Susan Gulbransen, freelance writer and writing teacher at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference; Jerry Isenberg, former TV and film producer and current chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors; Joe Medjuck, former professor and TV and film producer; Diana Raab, author, memoirist and philanthropist; Victoria Riskin, human rights activist, former TV screenwriter and producer, and chair of the Santa Barbara Committee of Human Rights Watch; Jerry Roberts, author, broadcast commentator and journalism teacher; and Ralph Thomas, Canadian film director and screenwriter.
The MFA program will engage the local community and the many talented and well-known writers and artists who call Santa Barbara home. In conjunction with the MFA program, AUSB also launched The Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series, a writers’ series that examines the work of contemporary writers and artists to inspire students and the community to learn and understand the transformative power of great storytelling.
More information about the AUSB MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media program is available online at www.antiochsb.edu/mfa.
Posted on February 24, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara has received the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT) 2016 Outstanding School and Agency Award. The award was based on the innovation of the Healthy Aging concentration within the MA in Clinical Psychology program.
“We are pleased that CAMFT has chosen to recognize Antioch University Santa Barbara as this raises awareness about our exceptional programs as well as Antioch’s commitment to inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, socially engaged citizenship, and unique dedication to community service,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of the MACP program.
The Outstanding School and Agency Award recognizes a school or agency in California, and any CAMFT member may nominate a school or organization for the award. The nomination form is submitted to CAMFT’s Honors Committee, which selects the winner.
AUSB’s program was nominated by Peter McGoey, LMFT, who earned his a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara in addition to a Masters in Social Science and a Secondary Teaching Credential. He has spent over 30 years providing counseling and support to Santa Barbara’s drug and alcohol recovery community. Since 1979, Peter has worked at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital and is currently the Primary Counselor for the Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (COPE).
“We are particularly proud that AUSB’s Concentration in Healthy Aging within the MA Clinical Psychology Program is being honored by CAMFT,” Dr. Wolfson said. “This concentration offers a pioneering model of education for future professional providers of mental health services to our country’s fastest growing and most underserved population of elders and their families.”
AUSB will be presented the award at the CAMFT 52nd Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 14. AUSB’s award also will be mentioned in the May/June issue of The Therapist.
The Masters in Clinical Psychology program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health. Learn more at antiochsb.edu/macp.
Posted on February 22, 2016
Antioch University is excited to announce a new merit-based tuition scholarship starting in 2016-17 for students in the PhD in Leadership and Change program.
The Ruth Weisman and Mayneal Wayland Scholarship enables the PhD in Leadership and Change (PhDLC) program to offer annual tuition scholarships in support of scholarship and practice in leading change that directly impacts and improves the lives of women and/or girls in the United States or abroad.
This scholarship was established by a generous gift from two donors as a way to honor their respective mothers, in the belief that women can change the world, and in honor of Dr. Alan Guskin and his leadership at Antioch University and his life-long commitment to “win victories for humanity.”
“Students and graduates of our program are doing amazing things combining scholarship and practice to improve the lives of women of all ages,” noted Dr. Laurien Alexandre, provost of the Graduate School of Leadership and Change. Examples include a student who is training teachers for girls’ schools in Afghanistan, another who focused on women’s empowerment in Ethiopia. Closer to home, the program has had a recent student convene diverse groups of women to build social capital to improve communities and another who is working on wellness programs for inner-city women to improve their lives and the health of their families. “This scholarship fund brings much needed financial support to our current and future doctoral students. We are so grateful to our donors for supporting students who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls,” said Dr. Alexandre.
Approximately $5,000 in support will be available each academic year for the life of the fund for deserving students in the program. Scholarships will typically be in the amount of $2,500, but may be smaller or larger at the scholarship committee’s discretion.
The application deadline is May 1st of each year and the application can be downloaded from the program website. A full description of the application process is also posted online.
To learn more contact Leslee Creighton at 937-769-1341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program incorporates a challenging interdisciplinary core-curriculum that focuses on leading change coupled with faculty-mentored, self-paced individualized learning, and is designed for experienced professionals who are committed to studying and leading change that improves the well-being of those they serve.
The PhD in Leadership and Change program is a doctoral program within the Graduate School of Leadership and Change of Antioch University, which is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education and innovative experiential learning. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With locations in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Seattle, and Yellow Springs, Ohio, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University’s mission is to provide learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Posted on February 11, 2016
Dr. Schwartz received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1991. He earned a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and spent a year studying Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. In 2003, Dr. Schwartz completed psychoanalytic training at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, a member institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dan Schwartz to our PsyD department,” said Ron Pilato, PsyD, Chair of the PsyD program. “He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and resources from his background in attachment theory and research at University of Michigan, UCSF, and Stanford. His professional training in psychoanalysis informs his specialized approach working with children and adults in private practice. His expertise in psychodiagnostic assessment adds breadth and depth to our faculty team.”
Dr. Schwartz was a Fellow in the University of Michigan’s Interdisciplinary Program on Child Abuse and Neglect, and completed a Traineeship at the Infant-Parent Program at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), working with low-income families and their infants. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University’s Medical School.
Both his doctoral research and clinical training were focused in the area of attachment theory. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked for two years in Professor Mary Main’s lab, studying the attachment relationships of infants and their parents, and looking across the lifespan using the data set of University of California, Berkeley Institute for Human Development.
For over 15 years, Dr. Schwartz taught and supervised residents in the Department of Psychiatry at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, ending up as a Voluntary Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He also taught for several years in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Miami Medical School, as well as teaching graduate students in the Departments of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. In addition, he taught courses to analytic candidates at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute. For seven years, as a Full-time Teaching Analyst, he directed the Institute’s two-year certificate program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
For over 20 years, Dan maintained a full-time private practice working with adults, couples, adolescents, and children in psychotherapy. Since 1999, he has worked intensively with individuals in analysis, a specialized treatment modality. Additionally, Dan conducted psychological testing with adults and children, focusing on projective personality assessment. His practice in South Florida enabled him to work with underserved populations – adults and children struggling with acculturation and diversity concerns.
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. For more information on the PsyD program, please visit antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted on February 10, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will co-present with Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown at the ninth annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology in San Francisco on Thursday, March 17.
The conference theme of Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare will explore topics that reflect the core issues of our time aimed at uniting people across differences and supporting humanity in its evolution. Dr. Wolfson and Dr. Rohde-Brown will present on the topic of Adults Giving Care to Adults: Existential Perspectives on What is Gotten, Given, and Given Up.
The presentation will reflect on what it means to be a “caregiver” individually and collectively in elder and/or partner care and/or in caring for a sibling with marked disability. The inter- and intra-personal challenges of caregiving along with systemic challenges and opportunities will be discussed. The balancing of the gift of giving with receiving will be addressed, including care for the self and the earth. Discussion will examine how the “cared-for” may also be viewed as caregivers for those facilitating their care. A framework of Humanistic Psychology will be offered to explore the unique needs of caregivers within a social system that is growing ever more reliant on mutual care.
In addition to serving as the Chair of the MACP program, Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson has over 30 years of experience in the clinical practice of psychotherapy, 16 years as an administrator in social services, 20 years teaching in higher education and agencies, and 6 years in faculty administration. Dr. Wolfson was a co-founder of Santa Barbara Village, a membership program supporting independent living for seniors. She developed a concentration in Healthy Aging in the MACP program and received the 2011 Intergenerational Effort of the Year Award from AARP and the Central Coast Commission for Seniors for this work. She has written and presented frequently on the topic of Mid-life Transition, Healthy Aging, and Caregiving. In addition to her academic commitments, Dr. Wolfson currently serves on the Board of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, California Chapter and has a private psychotherapy practice serving families and individuals of all ages in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and educator. Previously a faculty member at Antioch University Santa Barbara, she is currently a core faculty member and the Director of Clinical Training at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has a small private psychotherapy practice. She has written journal articles that have included such topics as forgiveness and family experiences in the context of disability, and she has presented on these topics in international academic and professional venues.
Posted on February 9, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara hosted a crowded public forum presented by the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with Ethan Stewart, a reporter with the Santa Barbara Independent, who reported from on the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December.
While at the conference, Ethan provided daily coverage through the Independent, covering official events as well as behind-the-scenes discussions and meetings with non-governmental organizations, officials, activists, and concerned citizens. Click here to read Ethan’s coverage at the Independent’s website. During the forum, Ethan displayed photographs by the Independent’s Kodiak Greenwood and recounted their experience covering the conference in Paris.
In addition to Ethan, the discussion will include a panel of community members with backgrounds in local government, business, education, faith-based organizations, and activism. David Fortson, CEO of LoaTree, served as facilitator for the panel, and Dr. Dawn Murray, the Chair of AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts program and a marine biologist, made remarks at the beginning of the forum. Dr. Murray’s Environmental Studies students attended the discussion.
“We are all a part of the solution,” Dr. Murray said. “Come and learn more about our community efforts and connect to the global movement.”
Video of the forum is available for those who wish to view it in full:
Posted on February 2, 2016
Anna Kwong, MBA, who has been involved with Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Business Administration program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership since it began in 2014, has been named permanent chair of the program effective immediately.
“I am honored to serve as the Chair of Antioch’s MBA program and particularly excited because this is my hometown,” Anna said. “My vision is to recruit students from a broad spectrum of disciplines and provide them with a supportive learning community and high-powered executive training without forgetting the duty to serve and the goal to make a difference for the betterment of our world.”
Anna was born and raised in Hong Kong during the time it was a British Colony and has lived in the UK and in Canada, and in 2002, she became a proud American citizen. Her professional background includes international business management, leadership, and trade. In 1985, she started her global computer firm and has picked up the leadership and management role in various types of overseas trading and joint ventures for over the last twenty years.
Anna has a deep knowledge of the MBA program and Antioch and has developed strong relationships with the MBA students and alumni.
“As many of you know, Anna has served as the Interim Director of the MBA Program since September 2015 and was an adjunct faculty member in the MBA Program since its inception,” said Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD, AUSB’s Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs. “Her dedication to students and the quality of their educational experience has been deeply appreciated by all of us.”
Anna is excited to build on her work in the MBA program and execute her vision for its future.
“Business educational programs such as the MBA must not be built in isolation. The program was developed with Santa Barbara County in mind with input from local business leaders,” Anna said. “Our goal is to provide businesses – whether they are non-profit, for-profit, large or small – with a new generation of business leaders. Antioch graduates will be equipped to solve problems, lead effectively, and produce astounding results as well as creating a positive impact in our community.”
Anna has taught in the California Lutheran University MBA program for 20 years as an adjunct faculty member and also taught at Santa Barbara City College for over 16 years. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and her two canine kids, Mighty and Koko. She spends most of her free time teaching, traveling, enjoying life, and pursuing meaningful and contributive engagements in society.
Posted February 1, 2016
A full house gathered at Antioch University Santa Barbara for “The Allure of Anais Nin,” an evening honoring the influence of writer, diarist, lecturer, and muse Anais Nin on Friday, January 29, 2016.
“The Allure of Anais Nin” was the inaugural event of the Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series and featured five artists – poets, writers, and scholars – honoring her writing and inspiration. Event coordinators Diana Raab and Steven Reigns were joined by Judith Citrin, Perie Longo, and Tristine Rainer for this unique evening as they speak about how Anais Nin inspired them, either as a friend or through her writings.
Born in Paris and growing up in Cuba and the United States, Anais Nin published journals spanning 60 years and also wrote novels, essays, critical studies, and erotica as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. She was deeply interested in psychology and was a frequent lecturer at many universities. Her original diaries are stored in the UCLA Library. In 1976, she was awarded the Los Angeles Woman of the Year Award. Nin died at the age of 74 in 1977.
The Diana & Simon Raab Writers Series examines the works of contemporary writers and artists in order to deepen our community’s understanding of the transformative power of great storytelling and creativity as a way to inspire positive change.
The Writers Series has been established in conjunction with AUSB’s upcoming MFA in Writing and Contemporary Media program, which will debut in December 2016. The MFA is designed to be a low-residency program with multiple focus areas, including film, stage, adaptation, and television writing; print and digital advertising; criticism and opinion writing; public relations, marketing, philanthropic writing and editing; radio broadcasting; and publishing. Learn more and get more information about this new program at www.antiochsb.edu/mfa.
Posted on February 1, 2016
Gissela Rosiles, Natasha Quintero, and Karina Gonzalez from Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology program have been awarded $18,500 each through the California Educational MFT Stipend Program.
The MFT Stipend Program is one of several incentive programs funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) in California that Masters in Clinical Psychology students can apply for each year. These programs promote the academic education and practicum training of students in the mental health disciplines within the principles and values espoused by the MHSA in addressing the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities.
Each year students from schools across the state apply for the MFT State Stipend, and AUSB is happy to congratulate Gissela, Natasha, and Karina, who have distinguished themselves as therapists in training that are committed to serving their communities.
“Each of these students came in to the Masters in Clinical Psychology program with a desire to learn and a keen interest in all that the world of psychology has to offer,” said Mariela Marin, Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Training in the program. “The MACP program has been a meaningful stepping stone for each of these recipients as it has provided the comprehensive education, enriching field experience, and supportive community to launch their careers in the mental health field.”
The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives. Learn more at antiochsb.edu/macp.
Posted on January 25, 2016
Veteran actors Carol Burnett and Brian Dennehy starred on Sunday, January 17, in a local one-day only sold-out performance of the play Love Letters, a beloved valentine to long-lasting relationships, at the New Vic Theatre. Carol and Brian reprised the roles they previously performed on Broadway as Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, two characters whose lives intertwine with varying degrees of intimacy from grade school through their senior years in this work by playwright A.R. Gurney.
Antioch University Santa Barbara produced the event and raised over $130,000 to benefit the university’s Susan Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. Susan Smith was an AUSB trustee and Brian Dennehy’s longtime agent and dear friend.
After the performance, both Carol and Brian mingled with the audience onstage while enjoying light snacks and wine.
For more photos from the event, please visit AUSB’s Facebook page.
Published on January 19, 2016
Audrey Horstmann, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts in Education program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, published an article entitled “Learning Through Gardening” in the Fall 2015 edition of the Journal for Christian Educators.
In her article, Audrey writes, “Gardening in the outdoor classroom yields a harvest of opportunities for students and teachers alike to acquaint themselves with highly effective strategies such as note taking, the use of graphic organizers, speaking, and listening. Learning in the garden gives students a unique advantage to grow beyond the traditional classroom.”
AUSB’s Graduate Education Department offers a variety of Masters and Credential Programs. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or an experienced educator, we have a program that is tailored to your needs. To learn more, please visit antiochsb.edu/gradED.
Posted on January 15, 2016
Antioch University seeks applications and nominations for the position of President of Antioch University Santa Barbara. The next President will have the opportunity to lead a growing beautiful campus, to expand enrollment and foster the development of cutting-edge curricula, and innovative approaches to education for adult learners, and be an active member in a vibrant, close-knit community.
The start date is expected in early summer of 2016. Please visit the Employment section on the website for full details.
Posted January 8, 2016