Dalia Ruiz, a student in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been chosen to present at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ (ISTSS) 30th annual meeting.
In a poster format, Dalia will present “An Application of Developmental Theories to Understand the Impact of Trauma on Latino Children.” The presentation will center on understanding the effect of trauma and interpersonal violence on Latino children based on age, motor and cognitive abilities, and cultural factors with the goal of developing more effective treatment approaches. She is scheduled to present on Friday, Nov. 7 at the conference in Miami, Florida.
“I have always had a love for children, and it was my initial interest in children and my curiosity on childhood trauma that pushed me to enroll in a doctoral program,” Dalia said. “At Antioch, I have been taught that contextual/systemic influences are crucial factors in lifespan development. Ultimately, it is this perspective that has led to my idea of exploring the specific factors for Latino children as they relate to witnessing interparental violence.”
The overall theme of the ISTSS meeting – “Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span” – is a perfect fit for Dalia’s area of study, and she said AUSB’s intimate environment is helping her prepare.
“Being able to participate in small classes has helped sharpen my communication and presentation skills and has given me the confidence needed to be able to undertake this,” Dalia said. “In the end, however, it has been the instructors’ support and emphasis on fostering every student’s own special interest that has made this possible.”
For more information on the ISTSS meeting, visit www.istss.org.
Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, Acting Chair of the Graduate Education Program at AUSB, presented “Educating Teachers to Inspire Moral Development through the Arts” at the California Council on Teaching Education’s Fall 2014 conference in San Diego on Oct. 25.
“(The presentation) supports AUSB graduate education and credential programs’ mission to advocate for elementary school classrooms as caring learning communities where children reach their full potential as self-motivated, resilient learners,” Marianne said. “Creativity through the arts energizes learning with self expression.”
The conference described Marianne’s presentation further: “Even without explicit instruction, influences on moral development are inescapable in school contexts because of the powerful relationships that occur throughout schooling – relationships that may or may not foster a strong sense of caring and fairness. This institute will explore classroom teaching for moral development as an inherent function of public schools, using various artistic media. Participants will engage in thoughtful inquiry into the moral side of teaching Common Core State Standards (CCSS) using graphic and performing arts, as well as linguistic forms of artistic expression. Teacher educators will leave the institute with a more explicit notion of how integration of the arts can be used in course settings to engage teacher candidates in thinking about the important role they can play in the moral lives of their own students while they are addressing the CCSS.”
Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program presents “Healing Trauma Through the Body-Mind Connection” on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Hall on campus.
Wendy Elliott, MA, LPCC, SEP, BC-DMT, will lead the seminar, co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Santa Barbara chapter, which will focus on how to heal trauma through the body-mind connection.
Drawing from the emerging field of somatic psychology and interpersonal neurobiology, this workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of how awareness, body, breath, mindfulness, and movement are integrated in the therapy session.
Participants in the workshop will:
- Gain understanding in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic experiencing, dance-movement therapy, and mindfulness based psychotherapy.
- Understand the neurophysiology of emotions and behavior.
- Observe the connection between the nervous system, cognitive schemas, and emotional self-regulation.
- Summarize how the stress response and unresolved trauma influence emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and body.
- Learn to integrate awareness and movement techniques with other psychotherapy approaches.
Presenter Wendy Elliott is a licensed counselor, board certified dance movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner. She is an adjunct faculty member at AUSB and also has a holistic psychotherapy practice in Ojai. She offers professional trainings that focus on how the mind-body connection may be supported within the psychotherapeutic context.
Space is limited so please click here to register. General admission to the seminar is $110. The cost for NASW and CAMFT members as well as AUSB alumni is $90, and the cost for current AUSB students is $60. The cost includes snacks and six Continuing Education Units. Please pay at the door by cash or check payable to NASW Santa Barbara.
Learn about future events in the AUSB-NASW Seminar Series.
The first cohort of 16 students from Antioch University Santa Barbara’s inaugural 10-month Women & Leadership Certificate Program graduated on Saturday, October 11, 2014.
Certificates were presented by AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD, and Program Director Judy Bruton, JD, MSW, in a ceremony on the downtown Santa Barbara campus’ rooftop, following several groupings of student panel presentations. Visit AUSB’s Facebook page to view photos from the panels, certificate presentation, and celebration.
AUSB’s innovative W&L Program supports career advancement through Values-Based Leadership across professional and community contexts, with a hybrid curriculum that combines virtual learning and three on-campus weekend residencies (which took place in January, May, and October of 2014, for this cohort).
“I’m so impressed by the passion of the students who completed this program,” said Dr. Leffert. “They already have begun to apply the skills and knowledge they gained to projects in their communities and careers to help foster leadership and confidence in women.”
Throughout the year, each student collaborated with peers, faculty, and community mentors to develop and implement an Experiential Leadership Project, which were presented during the graduation reception panels.
In her introduction, project faculty Polly Chandler, remarked, “As [the W&L students] worked on their projects, they discovered their leadership style and their leadership voice.”
One graduate, who attended W&L from Fairfax, VA, created a program targeted at female high school seniors in her area to encourage careers in law enforcement. The first group of students completed the program to rave results, and it is now serving as a model for other programs in nearby cities. Another graduate created a leadership program for women at her place of employment, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, which attracted close to 150 women for the first event. A third student created a program similar to W&L supporting the empowerment and leadership of girls in Thousand Oaks, CA.
“The Women & Leadership Program helped me discover my next career move and gave me the confidence that women look out for each other and do great things in each other’s light,” said graduate Sonia Barbey.
During the graduation reception, many of the students shared that they were initially apprehensive about the program; some saying that they hadn’t worked well with other women in the past, while others lacked confidence in leadership positions going in. However, every single graduate said that they received immeasurable value from their experience. Among the assembled guests were several women from the community who had been invited by graduates to consider participating in a future cohort.
“Perhaps today instead of a glass ceiling, we have a more porous ceiling,” said Dr. Leffert. “But as long as there is any type of barrier at all, there is a need for this program, and I’m thrilled that this first group of students are working for positive change.”
The program’s inaugural graduates were: Esther Aguilera, Bonnie Baranoff, Sonia Barbey, Lisa Cardoso, Jill Dumain, Sarah Ettman-Sterner, Jean Flanagan, Cassie Gibson, Keri Goldberg, Kim Heidt, Alisha Holley, Phyllis Krekel, Nicole Louderback, Julie McGloin, Trudie Olsen-Curtis, and Tracey Ryan. While a majority of students came from a corporate environment, several were from the political and non-profit arenas.
“The W&L program taught me that leadership is more than just being a good leader,” said graduate Kim Heidt. “Leadership is how you show up in life, it is part of your DNA and refining it becomes essential as we build our communities, our families and our careers. Now I am more present, a better listener, more empathetic, and I learned how to set healthy boundaries with my time and my schedule.”
For more details about the Women & Leadership Certificate Program, or to register for an upcoming Information Session, visit www.antiochsb.edu/wal.
With the beginning of Fall Quarter, we want you to show off your Antioch pride with the launch of AUSB’s new Instagram contest!
Take your AUSB items – water bottles, sweatshirts, reusable bags, etc. – to your favorite Santa Barbara spot and post a photo to Instagram with the hashtag #antiochsb by Monday, Oct. 27. We’ll pick a favorite to receive a $25 gift card from Book Ends Cafe and the runner-up will get a $10 gift card from The French Press. We’ll repost some of your shots to our Instagram account throughout for inspiration!
The contest is open to all AUSB students, faculty, alumni, and staff.
Need some AUSB swag to enter? Just drop by the Admissions Office and one of our friendly advisors will be happy to hand some out!
We look forward to seeing your photos – be creative, have fun, and good luck!
The Antioch University Santa Barbara MEd program hosted “Professional Conversations” on Sept. 20, an updated formulation of the more traditional master’s thesis defense.
Four students – Danielle Dzoga, Lauren Fernandez, Marlen Limon, and Amy Rosen – presented their year-long Inquiry Projects to an audience of faculty, graduate students, and professionals from the Santa Barbara community who work within the fields examined by each. Presentations were interactive, lively, and demonstrated a developed “Theory of Practice” and mastery of the field.
The next series of Professional Conversations will be held on Saturday, Nov. 1. Those interested in attending should contact Dr. Damian Corbin Jenkins or Dr. Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, as space is limited and by invitation only.
Titles and Abstracts of MEd Inquiry Projects:
Danielle Dzoga: How Can I Help Students to Develop a Life-long Love of Learning?
The thesis was created while attending the Antioch University MEd program. During this program I was a full time student as well as a Student Teacher at two different alternative schools on the Central Coast. I was able to both teach and observe in these classrooms. I have drawn the conclusions presented in this project by synthesizing the work of theorists with my observations and experiences in the classroom. This project has allowed me to more clearly define my teaching practice. I have found that in order to foster a life-long love of learning in students, it is crucial to make the classroom as well as the student’s experiences more appropriate for children. This manifests in many ways including creating a safe and inviting environment, teaching by providing context and encouraging self-guided inquiry, and maintaining a fun environment where students have the opportunity to explore their interests.
Lauren Fernandez: Making Connections: An Inquiry into How Technology Can Differentiate Instruction and Connect Students with Learning
This inquiry project explores how technology can be utilized in the classroom to differentiate instruction and connect students with the learning. I have come to see firsthand (through extensive literature review and action research) how effectively technology can differentiate instruction with multiple intelligences and learning styles in mind. If utilized with a clear objective, in the hands of the student, and addressing multiple intelligences and learning styles, technology can be a very effective tool for student engagement and learning. Students will become autonomous, self-directed learners, and will be prepared to thrive in the 21st century workplace.
Marlen Limon: An Inquiry on How Different Teaching Approaches Inform My Practice as a Teacher in the Making
In this project, I examine traditional and alternative teaching approaches to inform my practice as a teacher in the making. Evidence from educational research, action research, collection and analysis of artifacts, and collaboration with community members reveal similarities and differences amongst these two teaching approaches. Some of these differences include the effects on the type of school environments found in both teaching approaches, attitude towards students, types of community building in the classroom, and classroom structure and layout. Interviews with community members showed the overlap in the teachers’ values for education and teaching however, their philosophies are enacted differently in the classroom in both traditional and alternative settings. The results of this inquiry project helped me focus the strategies and methods that I will use into my own practice as I begin my first year teaching. My Theory of Practice includes the teacher being the facilitator in the classroom, creating an active and positive learning environment, using subject matter as a tool for life-long learning and students learning to apply the content to the world beyond the classroom.
Amy Rosen: Strategies for and Outcomes of Creating a Sense of Community in the Classroom
Throughout this project, I explore the strategies for and outcomes of creating a sense of community within a contained classroom setting. Evidence from educational research, action research, collection and analysis of artifacts, and collaboration with community members reveals that taking the steps to create a sense of community within the classroom is an essential part of student wellbeing and learning. Strategies include providing choice, autonomy, responsibilities, collaborative projects, recognizing individuality within the group, maintaining a communal space, and fostering open dialogue. Findings show that the outcomes of these strategies are students who develop empathy and interpersonal skills, better their academics, and decrease problem behaviors and substance abuse.
Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) is proud to announce its participation in the Yellow Ribbon GI Bill Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, an initiative established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program helps fund expenses that exceed the tuition and fees payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, allowing eligible veterans to attend AUSB at a reduced cost.
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides men and women who have served honorably in the United States armed services with a tuition reimbursement stipend at private educational institutions. As a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, AUSB will make additional funds available for student-veterans’ education through direct tuition grants, without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement. Credit is given for military service, and attendees have the ability to transfer up to 80 college credits.
“While Antioch already has a solid track record of providing educational programs to veterans, our status as an official Yellow Ribbon school will increase our reach and visibility into the veteran community and make it easier for them to make an Antioch education a reality,” said Nancy Leffert, PhD, president of AUSB.
“The Yellow Ribbon Program broadens student’s higher education choices by eliminating or softening what is often the number one barrier: cost of attendance,” said Sharisse Estomo, director of admissions at AUSB. “With cost being less of a factor in the decision-making process, students can base their decision to attend a private school like AUSB on the institution being the best all-around fit.”
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program at AUSB, including eligibility requirements, visit antiochsb.edu/yellowribbon or contact Sharisse Estomo at 805-962-8179, ext. 5113 or sestomo[at]antioch.edu.
Dr. Kia-Keating received both his doctorate in Human Development and Psychology and his Master’s degree in Developmental Research Methodology from Harvard University and earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. For his postdoctoral training, he focused on understanding genetic and environmental contributors to mental health at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.
Prior to joining Antioch University Santa Barbara, Dr. Brett Kia-Keating taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara and National University.
Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) has been awarded a Department of Education (ED) Title III grant in the amount of $1.6 million for the establishment of a five-year initiative supporting low-income and minority student retention and degree completion.
Title III grants are allocated to support educational institutions in the expansion of their capacity to serve low-income and minority students by providing funds to improve and strengthen academic quality and institutional management. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, AUSB was eligible to compete for Title III funds. The institution was among 35 higher education institutions nationally, and one of only four in California, to receive funds under the U.S. Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program.
The Federal funds, totaling $1.6 million over the next five years for AUSB’s College-to-Career initiative, represents 73% of the program’s $2.2 million cost; the remaining 27% will be paid with non-Federal funds.
AUSB’s successful grant application is consistent with President Obama’s priorities to increase the number of Baccalaureate degrees awarded to lower-income and Hispanic students and to prepare them with the job skills necessary for employment after graduation, and thus enabling the U.S. to compete more successfully in the global job market.
“This grant reflects AUSB’s dedication to increasing diversity and access to higher education,” said President Nancy Leffert. “I’m incredibly excited that AUSB will be able to strengthen the things we already do well and provide the additional supports that will assist our students in launching their careers after graduation.”
The innovative and multi-faceted College-to-Career program will offer additional student services support for those students who may be at-risk of not completing their degree as well as enhancing academic success and degree completion through proactive advising and accessible writing and math tutoring.
“The Title III grant award will also enable us to emphasize the development of job skills and the employability of our graduates through a cooperative work education program,” said College-to-Career program director Dr. Catherine Radecki.
To enhance the career readiness of AUSB’s graduates, the program will include the development of community worksites and internships that offer students relevant work experience, job skills, and career mentoring. In addition, it will feature career assessment and advising and training in employment skills, such as resume preparation, job interview practice, and networking with potential employers.
AUSB serves a diverse student body, the majority of who have transferred from Santa Barbara City College and other regional community colleges in order to complete their Bachelor’s degree. The program will utilize best practice strategies to increase degree completion among students of whom English may not be their first language.
“As a Trustee of AUSB’s Board of Trustees’ and chair of its Hispanic Outreach Committee, I am extremely proud that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized our efforts to serve underrepresented, low-income students,” said Patricia Chavez Nunez. “This grant will enable us to provide more services and promote even greater student success.”
AUSB will initiate the first phase of the College-to-Career program immediately. For more information about AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts Completion Programs, scholarships, and admissions, visit www.antiochsb.edu/admissions or call the Admissions Office at (805) 962-8179.
Excitement was in the air on Tuesday as almost 50 new students began their journey in the MA in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara.
When program chair Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson asked the students to introduce themselves along with one word to describe their feelings at the moment, “excited” was one of the most-used. “Eager,” “determined,” and “ready” were also common, while one student’s response of “weird” generated laughs throughout the room.
Dr. Dawn A. Murray explores women around the world who are leading movements in environmental protection in the latest installment of the Environment in Focus series at Antioch University Santa Barbara on Friday, Oct. 17 from 7-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public at AUSB’s campus.
Actress Daryl Hannah narrates “Arise,” a powerful documentary that captures the portraits and stories of extraordinary women coming together to heal the injustices against the earth and honors them as protectors, nurturers and activists. Learn more about the film and watch the trailer here.
Presented by AUSB’s BA program and co-sponsored by The Fund for Santa Barbara, Environment in Focus events are part of Antioch in Conversation, an event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about environmental and social issues that affect us on a local, national, and global basis.
For more information, please contact Susan Gentile at 805-962-8179 ext. 5178.
On Friday, September 5, AUSB proudly welcomed its first cohort of 22 students to campus for the start of the new socially responsible Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program, the only one in southern California to focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. By applying traditional business principles to societal responsibility, AUSB aims to graduate leaders who will make a positive difference in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds of today and tomorrow.
The end of the first day of class was followed by an an evening leadership workshop featuring guest speaker Relly Nadler, PsyD. Nadler is a consultant, author, and speaker who wrote – among other books – Leading with Emotional Intelligence. The workshop was attended by our students, faculty, and members of the MBA Advisory Group.
“We are very excited to welcome the first MBA cohort to campus, “ said AUSB President Nancy Leffert, PhD. “The program fills an important need in our community and furthers Antioch’s commitment to providing adult students with an innovative yet practical education that has relevance in today’s world.”
The program includes guest speakers, classroom instruction, and networking opportunities. Virtual coursework will take place in between the on-site sessions. The MBA curriculum will be taught by adjunct faculty ranging from experienced academics to business executives, attorneys, and financial and economics experts. All are leaders in their respective fields and well-known for their community engagement. An integral part of the MBA curriculum is the Integrative Strategy Project (ISP), a “living case study” developed for an existing organization selected by each individual student.
According to MBA program director Judy Bruton, JD, MSW, “The program was developed with extensive input from business and community leaders to bridge the gap between private and public-sector management. It fits in with the growing trend among start-ups to meld non-profit missions and for-profit bottom lines.”
To learn more about the MBA Program in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership, visit www.antiochsb.edu/mba.
Attention Antioch University Santa Barbara alumni! Dr. Nancy Leffert, President of AUSB, invites all alumni to a cocktail party on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m., located on the upper patio on campus at 602 Anacapa Street.
All AUSB alumni are invited for an evening of wine, cheese, and networking with your fellow AUSB grads from all programs.
Please RSVP using the form below by Saturday, Sept. 20. And make sure to keep updated on all AUSB happenings by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter. For more information on the AUSB alumni association, visit www.antiochsb.edu/alumni.
The BA concentration in Marketing equips students with innovative tools to help businesses succeed in a competitive marketplace, through the development and implementation of effective, customer-centric marketing strategies. The curriculum explores the core concepts of contemporary marketing management – from market segmentation and product positioning to distribution channel design and communications – and presents newer online technologies such as internet marketing, ecommerce and analytics, which are critical factors in modern marketing.
“Marketing-related job titles are projected to grow significantly over the next eight years and beyond by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,” said BA Program Chair Guy Smith. “By offering a concentration in Marketing, we are preparing future graduates with the skills and tools to thrive in this expanding field while contributing to the success of their organizations.”
Graduates of the BA Marketing concentration will have the capability to excel in a variety of careers, including: sales and sales management, retail, advertising, product development, brand management, promotion, distribution, supply chain management, marketing research, e-commerce, purchasing, planning, customer relations, and many other related fields.
“With the BA Program’s new Marketing concentration, Antioch continues its commitment to providing a practical education that has relevance in today’s world, yet is still grounded in the fundamentals of a strong Liberal Studies curriculum,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert.
Current students at Santa Barbara City College or other accredited colleges may be eligible for AUSB’s innovative BA-to-MBA Pathway Program, which locks in advance admission to the BA Completion Program, followed by the MBA in Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership. Students on this academic track to grad school can also save on tuition with a Pathway Grant and high transfer credits.
Learn more by attending an upcoming BA Information Session on Sept. 17 or call our Admissions Office at (805) 962-8179. Classes for the fall quarter begin October 6 and applications are due by Sept. 15.
Antioch University Santa Barbara has named Mariela Marin as a Core Faculty member and Director of Clinical Training for the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program. She also will oversee the Latino Mental Health Concentration.
Marin is well-acquainted with AUSB’s MACP program, having served as an Adjunct Faculty since 2006. Marin also earned her Masters in Clinical Psychology from AUSB in 2005.
“Joining Antioch is an exciting opportunity for me as I genuinely believe in the values of social justice, empowerment, and transformation that Antioch embodies,” Marin said. “Effecting growth and change in students and the community is inspiring work, and I am thrilled to be a part of that.”
While an adjunct, Marin has taught a variety of courses, including many in the Latino Mental Health concentration she now directs, and has been lauded consistently by her students.
She has worked as co-director at the Community Counseling and Education Center in Santa Barbara, which allowed her to work with the community as well as with talented trainees and interns from the MACP program.
“We are very fortunate to have Mariela join the MACP program in her new capacity as a Core Faculty, Director of Clinical Training and Latino Mental Health Mentor,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, chair of the MACP program. “Mariela has been a valued instructor since 2006, teaching a range of courses including those in the Latino Mental Health concentration. She is much beloved in the larger Santa Barbara community, and we are delighted to have her work with our students here in her new role.”
Marin has worked with other non-profit organizations in the Santa Barbara area serving abused and neglected children and the LGBTQ community. Marin has a strong passion in the area of multicultural competence and is dedicated to combating power, oppression, and privilege through the empowerment of her students.
“Presenting my research and areas of interest at national and international conferences offers opportunity not only for interchange with knowledgeable and respected colleagues of all backgrounds and psychological orientations, but also to showcase the work we are doing at Antioch University Santa Barbara,” she said.
Dr. Wolfson will present a talk called “Developmental Perspectives and Clinical Interventions at the Crossroads of Midlife” at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s 2014 annual convention on Saturday, October 18 in Culver City. Dr. Wolfson will discuss how the life experience gained by one’s midlife creates an opportunity for personal growth and creativity. You can pre-register online until October 13.
“I am delighted to share my research on midlife with this gathering as it represents a component of what is addressed through the Concentration in Healthy Aging within our Master’s in Clinical Psychology program,” she said.
In November, Dr. Wolfson will travel to San Francisco to present “Reading, Writing and Winnicott: Reconstructing the Story of ‘I’ in the ‘Good Enough’ Space” at the 25th annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education. Her presentation will use the works of D.W. Winnicott to compare psychotherapy to reading a story.
“I am particularly excited to talk with attendees about the creative, relational aspects of psychotherapy, which is so much of our focus in the MACP Program here at Antioch University Santa Barbara,” Dr. Wolfson said. “The presentation will address the nature of the therapist and client relationship as a reconstructing of the client’s personal narrative. In this sense both therapist and client are readers and writers, reshaping the client’s personal narrative, world view, and life experience moving forward. Is this not the purpose of psychotherapy?”
To register for this conference, which will be held November 6-8, visit www.ifpe.org.