Several students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.
The scholarship recipients – Kattie Bachar, Micasha Desilva, Pallavi Kumar, 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.
“This is a fantastic opportunity, not just because of the scholarship funds, but also because of the unique training these students will receive from the Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association, in addition to their academic training in Healthy Aging at Antioch,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program at AUSB.
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. Kattie, Amanda, Cindy, and Bianca are receiving the award for the second time, while Pallavi and Micasha are first-time recipients.
“This program is 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 Dr. Wolfson.
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 August 4, 2016
Ross Brown, MFA, joins Antioch University Santa Barbara today as Director of the new Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program set to debut in December.
Ross has an extensive background in writing professionally, especially in television. His career began on The Cosby Show, and Ross went on to write and produce such TV shows as The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss?, and Step By Step. Over the course of his career, Ross has worked with many highly skilled comedy writers, performers, and directors and created prime-time comedy series for ABC, CBS, and the WB.
But after many years writing and producing material for the screen, Ross decided to change his career path.
“After I’d already been a professional writer for twenty years, I went to a low-residency MFA program to further my teaching career,” Ross said. “I thought it was just a practical move, but it turned out to be life-changing. I’m a much better writer and a spiritually richer person as a result of my low-residency MFA experience. As the director of Antioch Santa Barbara’s new MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media, I hope I can pass on my transforming experience and inspire the next generation of writers.”
After receiving his MFA, Ross spent 10 years as a tenured Associate Professor in the Film and Media Arts program at Chapman University before coming to AUSB. Ross also has taught at the University of Southern California and California State University at Northridge during his academic career.
In addition to his television writing work and academic pursuits, Ross’s career includes writing for theater. His stage play Hindsight was part of the Pasadena Playhouse’s Hothouse at the Playhouse series. Another play, Trapped, was selected for the 2011 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the historic Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia. Ross’s most recent play, Day One, was performed at the Lakeshore Theater Ten-Minute Play Festival in Minnesota and at The Road Theater Company’s Summer Play Festival in Los Angeles.
Ross also is the author of the book Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet based on courses he created at Chapman University. Ross earned his AB in Journalism from University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Ross and his wife live in Santa Barbara and have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
“Ross has had an extensive career in the industry as well as academia, and he is invested in mentoring the next generation of innovative writers and storytellers,” said AUSB’s Academic Dean Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD.
About the MFA program
In AUSB’s unique Master of Fine Arts in Writing & Contemporary Media program, students learn the craft of professional storytelling. Whether writing for the page, the stage, the screen, or the microphone, students will discover how to use the fundamental elements of narrative to craft stories for a wide range of media settings such as print, film, television, video games, radio, and Internet. Graduates of the MFA program will not only have a professional-level product in their chosen genres but will be prepared to apply their skills to any field that requires creative communication. Learn more and apply at antiochsb.edu/mfa.
Posted on August 1, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara has received a notice of continuation of their federal Title III grant. The campus was awarded a $1.6 million, five-year grant in 2014 to support college completion for students who are at risk of leaving college without a degree.
For its third year of operation, AUSB will receive $345,110 in Federal funds that it will match with an additional $101,980 to support the project.
In addition to one-on-one academic support, the grant, under the leadership of Project Director Catherine Radecki, is focused on creating a pathway to post-graduation career success. Through the College-to-Career program funded by the grant, students learn pre-employment skills such as résumé writing, networking, and employment interview skills.
Bachelor of Arts students at AUSB who participate in the program gain substantive résumé-building work experience in their field of study and are assisted in development of a long-term career plan. Local staff hired using the grant funds are working with community nonprofits and businesses to develop meaningful job and internship opportunities for which students also earn academic credit.
Lee Yarborough, AUSB’s Career Counselor, has been successful in placing almost 30 participating students into internships and jobs in the Santa Barbara area. The project is finding that students who receive career counseling and employment experience show a significant increase in their career self-efficacy.
“Being able to guide and encourage students to follow and pursue their professional dreams is inspiring on many different levels,” Lee said about her role at AUSB. “These students are our future leaders and will pave the way for innovation, creativity, social justice and improvements in the community. Through internships, part-time employment, job shadowing, and exploring career options, our students are gaining real world experience and confidence before they graduate.”
Tony Urban, hired as AUSB’s grant-funded Academic Success Advisor, has taken a proactive approach to ensuring that students stay enrolled at AUSB through the completion of their degrees. Whether students would benefit from a one-time meeting to refresh study or presentation skills, multiple meetings to master time or stress management skills, or even weekly check-ins to help keep them on track, Tony is available to help meet their needs. He also assists with financial aid, scholarship searches, graduate school applications, essays, and résumé writing.
“The college environment presents unique opportunities for students to put their knowledge to the test and develop their skill set,” Tony said about his work with students. “It is my desire to make sure they are well-equipped to tackle these challenges head-on with all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom as well as in life.”
The Title III Grant also enabled AUSB to hire Allison Adelman, Director of the Writing Center on campus, and Abby Pasley, English Language Learner Tutor, to help students in these areas of development.
All domestic students in the AUSB Bachelor of Arts program are eligible to participate in the College-to-Career program.
Posted on July 29, 2016
Led by Perie Longo and featuring local poets David Starkey and Chryss Yost, this two-day workshop will spend time on all aspects of the practice of poetry: crafting, writing exercises, discussion, publication advice, and the art of reading your poems.
As a special offer to AUSB students, the workshop fee is discounted to $175. To enroll, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-687-1619.
The Summer Poetry Workshop is an opportunity for participants to grow their poems with thoughtful attention from three poets laureate who combine their approaches for students to hone their skills and go deeper into their own creative process.
Perie Longo will focus on finding the hook of your poem – considering voice, emotion, and language – to bring it “home.” David Starkey will emphasize identifying strong lines and eliminating weak ones to help your poem achieve its full potential. And Chryss Yost will speak about what every poet can learn from a sonnet and other formal structures to help craft tension, rhythm, music, and breath so it will stand out as one to be remembered.
For more about the workshop, its leaders and full schedule, visit sbpoetryworkshop.com.
Posted on July 27, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara is pleased to introduce Friends of Antioch, which will form a bridge between the school’s external programming and academic departments and the community at large. Members of the new organization will have V.I.P. access to all happenings at the university and serve as a sounding board for its leadership.
The Friends will help shape such events as Art@Antioch, a series of themed exhibits, openings, and artists’ talks. They also will be invited to special receptions following the university’s popular, intimate dialogues, Antioch in Conversation… Members will be key players in the exciting activities being planned to celebrate AUSB’s 40th anniversary in 2017. This yearlong exploration of “The Future” will culminate in the gala, “Fly me to the Moon.” Finally, Friends will get exclusive briefings by incoming Associate Vice Chancellor and Provost Dr. William Flores and provide support to the school’s individual academic departments.
“Friends of Antioch promises to provide a dynamic framework for robust community engagement,” said AUSB’s Director of Institutional Advancement Barbara Greenleaf. “The new organization will be a true two-way street. It will enable us to draw even more fully on the vast storehouse of knowledge and myriad talents of Santa Barbara’s residents and help us create programming that’s even more responsive to their needs.”
Posted on July 21, 2016
Dr. Dawn Murray, Chair of the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, has been invited to teach at the Royal Thimphu College in the Kingdom of Bhutan for a year as a visiting professor. Dawn, a marine biologist who started the Environmental Studies concentration in AUSB’s BA program, will be the only American female scientist teaching at the school.
Dawn is taking a leave from AUSB at the end of July, when she will move to Bhutan and join RTC’s Environmental Studies Department teaching courses on ecology, biodiversity, management, and conservation. Her two sons, aged 13 and 11, will leave their Santa Barbara schools and immerse themselves in a new culture and school in Bhutan. Dawn will return to the BA program at AUSB in August 2017.
The Kingdom of Bhutan is a landlocked Asian country located between India and China in the midst of the Himalayan Mountains. The country has a self-imposed mandate to keep at least 60% of its land forested and is also known for its Gross National Happiness index, which revealed that 91% of its residents considered themselves happy. Earlier this year, Bhutan became the world’s first carbon-negative country, absorbing more carbon in its heavily forested lands than it produces.
This won’t be Dawn’s first visit to Bhutan. She visited in December 2015 while leading an eco-cultural trip with The Tribal Trust Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving indigenous cultures at which Dawn serves on the board as Vice President. During her year in Bhutan, she plans to help preserve the culture and ways of the indigenous Monpas people living in the remote mountains.
“I am excited to return and offer my expertise for a year contributing to their environmental studies curriculum, working with future leaders of ecological stewardship,” Dawn said. “My passion for ecological literacy, cultural conservation, and climate change education and awareness is my asset and my communication expertise enhances coalition building.”
While in Bhutan, Dawn said she will research opportunities and benefits that develop from sustainable management of natural resources and innovative eco-friendly practices and also impart AUSB’s emphasis on learner-centered education and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.
“My intention is to educate, inspire, and motivate people to become actively involved in eco-cultural preservation issues,” Dawn said. “I will be witnessing and participating in a way of life that has been sustained for thousands of years, living as part of the natural order, not above or separate from it. My learning will help me more effectively teach students at Antioch when I return and encourage ecological activism, focusing on environmental issues, indigenous people, their art and culture, and organic farming methods.”
Posted on July 19, 2016
Antioch University Los Angeles was featured this week in a New York Times article for their Psychology program providing specialized training for LGBTQ-affirming therapists. This unique training is in keeping with the overall Antioch mission of commitment to social justice in preparing future practitioners for multicultural competence and focusing on under-served populations.
“Here on the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus, the MA in Clinical Psychology program is deeply committed to this mission by preparing therapists for working with two of the largest and most under-served populations in our country: Latino communities and elders,” said MACP program chair Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson.
To this aim, AUSB offers students in the MACP the opportunity to pursue concentrations in Healthy Aging or Latino Mental Health. Students enrolled in the program meet all requirements to become California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and, can also opt to focus on either these areas of specialization at no extra cost. Full time students in either concentration can complete the Program with an MA in Clinical Psychology within two years.
The concentration in Healthy Aging offers a cutting edge, preventative-wellness model in counseling older adults, their families, and caregivers. Students completing the program with a specialization in Healthy Aging are entering a market in critical need of experts in the fast growing field of elder health and mental health services. The concentration in Latino Mental Health provides knowledge and skills needed to work with Latino individuals, families, and communities and meets the growing demand to fill the shortage of qualified, licensed for bilingual therapists.
Posted on July 14, 2016
Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, and chair of the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will be presenting a talk on “Late-Life Love, Creativity and Wisdom” at the 2016 Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawing from the poetic and musical creative expression of the iconic 75-year-old singer songwriter, Bob Dylan.
Dr. Wolfson’s talk discusses the evolution of Dylan’s career with a focus on his later works, offering a unique window into contemporary perspectives on aging. Drawing from Dylan’s poetry and performance, the presentation discusses how the nostalgia and longing dovetail with late-life wisdom to offer rich opportunities for enriched love, creativity, and well-being. The topic of late-life opportunity is of increasing importance and interest as world culture is being shaped by one of the world’s fastest growing populations.
The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m. In addition, on Wednesday, July 20 at noon, Dr. Wolfson will present a preview of the Santa Fe talk for the AUSB community in Community Hall on campus.
“My presentation will demonstrate how Dylan’s creative journey toward the twilight of his life has taken him back to his musical and emotional roots while offering poignant observations on late-life opportunity,” Dr. Wolfson said in a video interview about her presentation.
Dr. Wolfson’s talk will touch upon many of the topics taught in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration, which focuses on a strength based, integrative counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families.
“The presentation will refute commonly held notions that creativity and passion fade with age,” she said. “In fact, the opposite is true. Dylan’s contemporary work demonstrates how late-life awareness of mortality converges at a crossroads of wisdom, nostalgia, and longing. And it is at this crossroads that creativity flourishes.”
Dr. Wolfson will talk about how mental health professionals can use this insight to help clients of all ages as well as in later life.
The MACP program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. Students 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 July 11, 2016
Over 150 new graduates of Antioch University Santa Barbara celebrated their achievements at this year’s Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort.
For the first time, AUSB offered simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish for the entire ceremony.
Student speakers Märta Waldrop Bergman from the Bachelor of Arts program, Lena Moran from the MA in Education program, and Megan Kain from the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program all told of their rewarding journeys through their programs while a 2015 PsyD graduate – Dr. Dalia Ruiz – spoke of her accomplishments in the past year while accepting the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award.
After a warm introduction by Dr. Barbara Lipinski, AUSB’s Provost, Gina Bell, MA, an adjunct faculty in the BA program, displayed her emotions and her students cheered loudly for her before she received the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.
Retiring President Dr. Nancy Leffert spoke at her last Commencement as did Marcia Cohen on behalf of the AUSB Board of Trustees and Elsa Luna for the AU Board of Governors.
In all, 156 students received their degrees on Monday:
- 63 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
- 8 Master of Arts in Education
- 8 Master of Education
- 45 Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
- 8 Master of Arts in Psychology
- 17 Master of Business Administration
- 7 Doctorate in Clincial Psychology
Video of all featured speakers is available here in this playlist:
Posted June 22, 2016
As part of their final project, students from the Ecopsychology class in the Bachelor of Arts program at Antioch University Santa Barbara shared their newly acquired knowledge about Ecopsychology concepts, as well as stand as ambassadors for the Earth by developing a compelling ecological video.
Using the core values that AUSB utilizes – such as critical thinking, diverse perspective, social justice, applied learning, communication, and self-awareness –students created their videos to enhance and reinforce these values in which they believe.
“Students supported Antioch’s marketing initiatives through social media outlets and word-of-mouth efforts,” said Ann-Marie Charest, PhD, Teaching Faculty in the BA program. ”As you may know, video marketing is the rising star of marketing. According to Syndacast, 74 percent of all Internet traffic in 2017 will be video.”
Have a look at the students’ work below:
Lin Coleman, Jordan Robinson, Isa Oestman Olai, Linda Sturesson:
Katelyn Boisen, Cesiah Koris, Dom Ventura:
Henriette Skådinn, Alicia Marie, Anniken Tronstad:
Posted on June 15, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara students in the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program create posters and presented their research on Friday, June 10 to the campus community at the program’s annual Scholar’s Day.
Scholar’s Day is a forum for advanced doctoral students to present posters depicting the research they are proposing and conducting. The campus is invited to browse all of them and discuss the topics with the students. The research conducted by the students often form the basis of their dissertations.
“It fills me with pride to see our students presenting their research at Scholars’ Day,” said Brett Kia-Keating, EdD, Teaching Faculty in the PsyD program. “Witnessing what they have done and hearing their mastery of the research not only affirms how much they have learned, but also their commitment to social justice.”
The students who presented and their topics are:
Peter Achenbach: Do Low Income Families Experience More Anxiety?
Rocio Andrade: Understanding the Non-Offending Parents of Sexually Abused Children
Nicole Auckerman: Pet Ownership and Life Satisfaction
Samuel Ballou: Factor Structure of the Socrates A & D Questionnaire Among Participants in a Community Mental Health Setting
Merushka Bisetty: Culturally-Conscious Psychosocial Efforts for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer
Kyle DiFulvio: Equine Facilitated Therapies
Talon Edson: The Influence of Eyewitness Memory Factors on Attorney Plea Bargaining Decisions
Christina Espindola: Relationships with Standardized Testing, Non-Native English Speakers and Students with Disabilities
Suzanne L. Frost: Living on the Edge: The Mental Health Effects of Nature on Low-Income Single Mothers
Jake Gladstone: Martial Arts and Self-Care: An Effective Practice to Reduce Burnout?
Jack Hills: The Influence of Age on Rates of Drug Abuse or Dependence Among Non-Affective Psychotic People
Douglas Johnson: Group Therapy and Alcoholism
Maz Karandish: Mindfulness and Well-Being
Itay Kohane: Satisfaction in Relationship Balance Among Orthodox Jewish and Gender
Ali Madrid: Global Index Severity Responses Affected by Childhood Neglect
Peter Louis Narbonne: Cortisol as a Biomarker for Anxiety and Depression
Francisco Ramirez: Quantitative Analysis of Susceptibility Risk Factors Associated with PTSD
Steven Razo: Collegial Support and Burnout: Special Considerations for the Marriage and Family Therapist
Ray Sullivan: Exploring the Relationship Between Parental Attachment and Anxiety in Children
Reed A. Vierra: Effect of Physical Health at Age 16 on Later Mental Health
Patricia Zadeh: The Experiences of Women Married to Partners with Narcissistic Traits
AUSB’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. To learn more, visit antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted on June 10, 2016
Para demostrar el compromiso de la Universidad de Antioch en Santa Barbara hacia la inclusividad y la justicia social, servicios de interpretación simultánea entre inglés y español se ofrecerán en la ceremonia de graduación esta año, para crear un espacio multilingüe e inclusivo.
Mientras la idea de ofrecer interpretación en la ceremonia comenzó como un proyecto teórico de parte de dos estudiantes que se gradúan con su Maestría en Educación, Lena Moran y MaryLou Hernandez, las dos trabajaron con la organización local, no- lucrativa Comunidades Justas para convertir la teoría en realidad. Comunidades Justas patrocinó dos talleres para la universidad, llamados “Un Salon, Muchas Voces”, y el equipo de interpretación. AUSB contratará a dos intérpretes profesionales, quienes proveerán interpretación simultánea durante la ceremonia completa, que se llevara acabo el lunes, 20 de junio en el Hotel de Fess Parker. Esto marca la primera vez que AUSB incluye un servicio de interpretación oral en su graduación
“Es emocionante ser una de las primeras universidades en la área que ofrezca acceso lingüístico a través de la interpretación simultánea en un evento tan importante,” dijo Morán. “Es un testamento a la misión de Antioch y el ambiente que la escuela crea, que permite que los estudiantes florezcan como líderes y realicen su aprendizaje en práctica”
“Ser la primera persona en mi familia que obtenga una licenciatura es un honor,” dijo Hernandez. “Y cuando camine por el escenario, y vea los ojos de mis papas, sabré que ellos tuvieron la oportunidad de participar y comprender la ceremonia porque nosotros ayudamos a crear un ambiente inclusivo.”
Mientras su proyecto comenzó a tomar forma, Moran y Hernandez buscaron la asistencia de la Presidente Nancy Leffert, que se jubila este ano. Ella estuvo de acuerdo inmediatamente, y ofreció apoyo para contratar a los intérpretes.
“Estoy encantada que Lena y MaryLou tomaron la iniciativa para hacer esto una realidad. Son maravillosos ejemplos de estudiantes de AUSB, y demostraron el corazón de una educación de Antioch,” dijo la Dra. Leffert. “Estoy especialmente contenta de que podremos hacer esta ceremonia de graduación inclusiva y especial, y establece un precedente para tener disponible el servicio de interpretación en futuros eventos de la universidad.”
Mas de 150 estudiantes de los programas de AUSB: Bachillerato de Arte, Maestría en Psicología Clinica, Doctorado en Psicología Clinica, Educación y Credencializacion, recibiran sus titulos. Se les honrará también a los primeros graduados del programa de Maestria de Administracion de Negocios, quienes completaron sus estudios en diciembre.
Posted June 8, 2016
To demonstrate Antioch University Santa Barbara’s commitment to inclusivity and social justice, simultaneous interpretation services between English and Spanish will be offered at this year’s Commencement in order to create an inclusive multi-lingual space.
While the idea of offering interpretation at the ceremony began as a theoretical project by two graduating Master of Arts in Education students, Lena Moran and MaryLou Hernandez, the two worked with local non-profit Just Communities Central Coast to turn theory into reality. Just Communities sponsored two workshops on campus entitled “One Room, Many Voices” and the interpretation equipment, and AUSB is hiring two professional interpreters who will provide simultaneous interpretation of the full commencement ceremony on Monday, June 20 at the Fess Parker Resort. This marks the first time AUSB has been able to include a language interpreting service at Commencement.
“It is exciting to be one of the first universities in the area to offer language access though simultaneous interpretation at such an important event,” Moran said. “It is a true testament to Antioch’s mission statement and the environment the school creates that allows students to truly flourish as leaders and implement their learning into practice.”
“Being the first in my family to earn a graduate degree is an honor,” Hernandez said. “And when I walk across the stage and look my parents in the eyes, I will know that they had the opportunity to participate, engage, and understand commencement because we helped create an inclusive environment.”
As their project began to take shape, Moran and Hernandez sought the assistance of retiring AUSB President Nancy Leffert, who immediately agreed and offered to support the hire of the interpreters.
“I am thrilled that Lena and MaryLou took the initiative to make this a reality. They are wonderful examples of AUSB’s students and displayed the heart of an Antioch education,” Dr. Leffert said. “I’m especially happy we’ll be able to make this Commencement ceremony such an inclusive and special one, and it is precedent setting for making interpretation services available at future campus events.”
Over 150 students from AUSB’s Bachelor of Arts, MA in Clinical Psychology, Doctorate in Clincial Psychology (PsyD), and Graduate Education and Credentialing programs will receive their degrees. The first graduates of the Master of Business Administration program, who completed their degrees in December, will be honored as well.
Posted June 7, 2016
Antioch University Santa Barbara proudly announces the election of Steven E. Zipperstein to its Board of Trustees. As chief legal officer of BlackBerry Ltd., Steve is responsible for the company’s worldwide legal, government relations, and public policy affairs. Prior to joining BlackBerry, Steve served as general counsel for Verizon Wireless. He has taught at Loyola Law School and published several law review articles. In addition, he has testified before Congress numerous times on telecommunications policy issues. Steve has long been a proponent of higher education as a lever for social change.
“I am honored to be chosen for the board of AUSB,” he said, “because I admire the university’s commitment to academic excellence and its mandate to provide access to higher education for all qualified students. As one surveys Santa Barbara’s schools, institutions, and businesses, it readily becomes apparent that Antioch graduates are the problem-solvers of our community.”
A graduate of UCLA and the UC Davis Law School, Steve worked for more than nine years as a federal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles. He also served as a special counselor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1995 congressional hearings regarding events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Steve and his wife, Diane, live in Santa Barbara and have three grown daughters.
“With his vast business acumen, great intelligence, and even greater heart, Steve Zipperstein will be an enormous asset to our Board and the entire university,” said AUSB Board of Trustees Chair Vicki Riskin. “We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.”
Posted on June 2, 2016
Congratulations to the 15 students in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) who have secured internships. Every student seeking an internship was successful in securing one. These students have completed their coursework on campus and are moving to the next step, the pre-doctoral internship. Here are four examples of what the PsyD students will be doing at their sites:
Michelle Greenspoon Barrett will head to the other side of the country to work in the Adult Corrections Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Raleigh.
During her time there, Michelle will have the opportunity to work in several roles, including outpatient services, inpatient mental health services, and specialized sex offender treatment. She will be working with male and female inmates with mental illnesses, substance use disorders, on Death Row, and with the general inmate population. “My family and I are looking forward to moving to Raleigh for this new adventure,” Michelle said.
Divina Johnston will begin her internship at the University of Nevada in Reno on August 1. She will be working with college students doing individual and group therapy and conducting psychological assessments. Divina said she is most excited about the opportunity to train in a program that places high importance on multicultural diversity while also giving her the experiences that she desires.
“While I’m looking forward to this next exciting chapter in my educational journey, I will miss Antioch and my cohort,” she said. “I hope that we will continue to stay in touch with each other.”
Brandon Maynard will travel to Casper, Wyoming, to work at the Rocky Mountain Psychology Internship Consortium conducting individual therapy, group therapy, psychological evaluations and assessments, and didactic trainings throughout Wyoming. He will be working with all types of patients but will have a focus on children and families, mostly of low socio-economic status. Brandon is looking forward to relocating to the frontier state of Wyoming and working with an extremely different population than he has previously.
“I graduated with my MA in Clinical Psychology in 2013, and am honored and excited to graduate with my PsyD from AUSB as well,” he said. “I’ll continue to carry on the precepts of social justice and excellence in standard of care for the duration of my career, with Antioch as the launching point.”
Lissa Pratt will be working for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her internship will include various types of assessment and testing, including cognitive, language, developmental, personality, adaptive, neuropsychological, learning disorder, gifted testing, and psychodiagnostic while also working with social skills groups.
Lissa will be working mostly with children and adolescents and some adults, many with autism or other developmental disabilities. “The program directors have so much knowledge and experience and seem highly supportive,” Lissa said about her internship site.
Sofia Murillo will be working at The Northern California Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium’s (NCDCRC) internship program at the California Men’s Colony. NCDCR offers a broad range of clinical experiences with a diverse patient population to pre-doctoral students seeking well-rounded training in the field of psychology.
As an intern, Sofia will have the opportunity to work with a diverse population of inmate-patients housed in one of the California prisons, which offers a unique opportunity for interns embarking on the journey of becoming culturally competent clinicians. Also within the frame-work of the scientifically-informed practitioner model, the training programs emphasize the incorporation of psychological science into the practice and delivery of culturally competent services.
Other AUSB PsyD student internship sites are:
- BHC Alhambra Hospital’s Adult PHP Program in Santa Barbara
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Elderly Behavioral Wellness Services in Los Angeles
- Pasadena City College’s Counseling Center (2 students)
- San Luis Obispo Community Counseling Center
- Southern California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Consortium
- Sovereign Health of San Clemente
- The Wright Institute’s Los Angeles Counseling Center (2 students)
AUSB’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. To learn more, visit antiochsb.edu/psyd.
Posted on June 1, 2016
Märta Waldrop Bergman from the Bachelor of Arts program, Lena Moran from the MA in Education program, and Megan Kain from the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program will be the three student speakers at the 2016 Commencement at the Fess Parker Resort on Monday, June 20.
Students graduating from all programs were eligible to submit speeches for review. A panel of faculty from all programs reviewed all without knowing the identity of the author for fairness. Speeches and were rated on writing quality, interest to a general audience, evidence of critical thinking, and consistency with the following theme:
Antioch University’s mission is to provide “… education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.” How has this mission been manifested in your experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara?
In addition to these three students, Dalia Ruiz, a 2015 PsyD graduate, will speak and receive the 2016 Distinguished Graduate Award, and Gina Bell, an adjunct in the BA program, will receive the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award.
In 2015, the student speakers were Linda Hoover from the PsyD program and BA graduate Miranda Rich.
Posted on May 26, 2016