Seasonal Migrators in Santa Barbara – Our Environment In Focus Series

Seasonal Migrators in SB
Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-6:00pm
Antioch University Santa Barbara, 602 Anacapa Street
Come learn about animals that seasonally migrate to our central coast region. We’ll view beautiful pictures of these special migrators as we discuss their habitats, migration routes, and lifecycles. We’ll also examine current environmental issues affecting the Santa Barbara coastline and these animals.

Harbor Seals & Monarch Butterflies
Saturday, February 25, 9:00am-1:00pm
Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve
Attend this exciting fieldtrip to watch miracles in our own backyard. We’ll first visit a harbor seal rookery – you may even see a new pup being born! We will then visit Ellwood’s Monarch Butterfly Preserve. Take the 101 South to the Bailard Ave. exit. Turn towards the ocean and park in the lot on the bluff – meet there at 9am and we’ll walk 1/2mile to view the rookery.
Each quarter, AUSB sponsors a collaborative lecture series on
Contemporary environmental issues affecting our world. Please join us!
For information, contact Dr. Dawn Osborn, BA Program Faculty at

MACP Students Awarded Educational Stipend

Maritza Garza and Laura Guanill, two of our soon-to-graduate MACP students, are recipients of a MFT Educational Stipend! They were chosen during a competitive application process where there were 155 eligible applicants in the MFT Consortium of the Greater LA Region and only 20 were awarded! Congratulations Laura and Maritza!

The California Department of Mental Health (State) initiated the MFT Educational Stipend Program to award educational stipends to MFT students to address the statewide workforce need for mental health practitioners in underserved communities. The State’s stipend program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The MFT Consortium of California is the administrator of the program. Sixty stipends of $18,500 each will be awarded statewide during the 2010-11 academic year. Recipients of the State stipends will be required to commit one year of employment at a mental health service agency operated by the state, a county, or an agency contracted by a governmental entity to provide mental health care.

AAMFT – Distinguished Eating Disorder Professionals Panel

American Association for Marriage & Family Therapists – CA

Santa Barbara Networking District & Reasons Eating Disorder Center at BHC Alhambra Hospital is proud to sponsor the

Distinguished Eating Disorder Professionals Panel

March 5, 2010

The panel is professionals who would make up a treatment team for someone seeking help for an eating disorder. The panel will also include a young woman who has struggled and sought treatment for an eating disorder and continues to create a meaningful life for herself.

Buck Runyan, LMFT, LPC, CEDS, CEO
Eating Disorder Division of Center for Discovery
Angela R. Wurtzel, LMFT, CEDS, Private Practice
Marjorie Gies, MD, Psychiatrist
Betsy Reynolds, MS, RD
Melanie Elkin, Guest Speaker
Galen Gabarino Wilson, LMFT, Full Spectrum Recovery, Moderator

Location: Antioch University, 801 Garden Street, Conference Room Floor 2

Time: 8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast of Starbucks coffee & danish

9:00- 11:00 Panel Discussion & Q & A

Cost: $20 for professionals earning 2 continuing education units
$10 for students and the general public

Registration:     Online: AAMFT-CA Santa Barbara Meeting or at the door

RSVP:              Is greatly appreciated at by March 3, 2010

Help for the people of Haiti

It is difficult to know how to respond to the devastation and tragic loss of life that has just occurred in the capital city of Haiti.  It is hard to comprehend such desperate situations especially when they take place at some distance removed from us but it occurred to us that we in the AUSB community have a direct link to a major relief organization that is right here in town and is already involved in earthquake relief.

Direct Relief International is one of the premier relief agencies in the world.  It is located right here in Santa Barbara and one of the members of the AUSB Board of Trustees is Thomas Tighe, the President and CEO of DRI.

The earthquake in Haiti has caused a staggering human tragedy.  Even before the quake, the depth and breadth of poverty, disease burden, and a variety of other circumstances combined to make a very difficult environment for Haitians.

Direct Relief International has been working to support basic healthcare efforts at individual clinics and hospitals in Haiti for many years.  We work in partnership with great organizations, including Partners in Health, who have been in touch with us and relaying both information and requests for specific medical material needs, which we’ve already begun addressing.

Because we have had ongoing efforts with these facilities and groups – all of which are thankfully functioning after the event – our efforts now involve a rapid expansion of our program to supply medicines and medical supplies so they can care for the victims.

We will keep our website updated as new information arrives and explaining our activities and plans.  It’s hard to see any bright spot in the face of such a widespread loss of life.  But if there is one, it has been the genuine expression of concern and generosity that the tragedy has sparked, such as the kind note from Antioch and its wonderful community.


Check out their website – – to see how they are already involved in earthquake relief for the people of Haiti and please consider supporting their work financially and/or volunteering at DRI.  Direct Relief has a 99% efficiency rating so any help you provide gets directly to those who need it.  The people of Haiti need our help and this is one way the Antioch community can be involved.

Marianne D’Emidio-Caston & Dick Morrow & Shara Keller for the Antioch University Santa Barbara community.

Freedom's Wings a performance in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.

Clandis Payne, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Doctorate Program student will perform and facilitate “experiential moments” on the topic of cultural diversity, Monday, January 18, 4 – 6 p.m.. This is part of the “Dialogue & Diversity through the Arts” series at the Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center. This series is co-sponsored by Antioch University Santa Barbara,  the Jewish Family Service of Greater Santa Barbara, and the Anti-Defamation League. For more information and to RSVP for this event you can go to the Jewish Family Service of Greater Santa Barbara website or call 805.957.1116.

AAMFT-CA Santa Barbara Presentation Jan. 11

Join AAMFT-CA Santa Barbara Networking District on January 11, 2010, when Licia Ginne, MFT, provides a presentation discussing the particulars of creating a web presence, insurance panel inclusion, developing a referral network and creating marketing materials that will get you the results you want in 2010. This is a timely presentation as we enter the New Year and are re-evaluating our goals and how to achieve them.

The presenter, Licia Ginne, has been a licensed clinician for 24 years and has worked in the mental health and addiction field for 30 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her workshops that have made her stand out in our profession as a well guided and informed presenter and coach.

AAMFT- Santa Barbara would like to thank Antioch University Santa Barbara for their gracious offer in providing us space for our presentation event.

Location:          801 Garden Street, Conference Room Floor 2

Time:                8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast of starbucks coffee & danish
9:00- 11:00 Presentation & Q & A

Cost:                $20 includes 2 CEU’s

Registration:      Online or at the door

RSVP:              Is greatly appreciated at by January 9,  2010

Register at:

Arts for Humanity!

ah2Arts for Humanity! is an arts outreach organization in Santa Barbara that celebrates humanity through the arts with programs that cultivate creativity and empower people with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, the elderly and others in partnership with local artists and the Santa Barbara community.  Founded in 1997 by AUSB Alum, Karsen Lee Gould, MA,CDT, Class of 1989, Arts for Humanity!’s performing and visual arts programs benefit individuals and build community by giving a voice to the underserved through the power and beauty of the arts.


Dear Friends, I hope this note finds you well and enjoying this Holiday season. I am really thrilled to share Arts for Humanity!’s year of accomplishments with you .  Please feel free to send us comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you.  Thank you and all the best to you and your family from all of us at Arts for Humanity!

Karsen Lee Gould

Karsen’s work continues the traditions of Antioch and AUSB’s commitment to community service. The AH! website has more information about the organization, programs, events and how you can become involved with this organization. Their 2009 Holiday Newsletter is shown below.

Arts for Humanity 2009 Holiday Newsletter