PsyD Student Dalia Ruiz to Present at ISTSS Conference

Dalia RuizDalia 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 Presents at CCTE Institute

marianne d'emidio-castonMarianne 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.”

MACP Program Presents ‘Healing Trauma’ Seminar

W.-Elliott-Head-ShotAntioch 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:

  1. Gain understanding in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic experiencing, dance-movement therapy, and mindfulness based psychotherapy. 
  2. Understand the neurophysiology of emotions and behavior.
  3. Observe the connection between the nervous system, cognitive schemas, and emotional self-regulation. 
  4. Summarize how the stress response and unresolved trauma influence emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and body. 
  5. 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.

First Cohort Completes Women & Leadership Program

Women & Leadership celebrationThe 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).

Women & Leadership certificate presentation“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.”

Women & Leadership celebrationOne 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.

Women & Leadership panel presentations“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.

AUSB Kicks Off Fall Instagram Contest

AUSB Instagram Fall ContestWith 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!

The photos will be judged by a panel after the contest ends on Oct. 27, and the two winners will be announced on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter that week.

Start by following us on Instagram at antiochsb and be sure to check out the Be Social webpage to explore other social media.

 We look forward to seeing your photos – be creative, have fun, and good luck!

AUSB Offers Yellow Ribbon Tuition Support for Veterans

AUSB Yellow Ribbon Program 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.

AUSB Welcomes Brett Kia-Keating to PsyD Program

Brett Kia-KeatingDr. Brett Kia-Keating is the newest member of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

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.

Read Dr. Kia-Keating’s full bio and learn more about AUSB’s PsyD program at www.antiochsb.edu/psyd

AUSB Awarded $1.6 Million Title III Grant

AUSB awarded Title III grant 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 awarded Title III grantAUSB’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 latino_studentsemployers.

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.

New MACP Students Begin at AUSB

MACP new student orientation - Fall 2014Excitement 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.

View photos from the orientation on Facebook

 

Environment in Focus: ‘Arise’ Documentary – Oct. 17

Environment in Focus - AriseDr. 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.

Following the documentary’s screening, learn how you can get involved in many of the organizations mentioned in the film.

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.

Socially Responsible MBA Program Launches

150x150_MBA_062513On 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.

Relly Nadler, PsyD, presented at the first AUSB MBA Workshop.
Relly Nadler, PsyD, speaker at the first AUSB MBA Workshop.

“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.  

AUSB Adds Marketing Concentration to BA Program

marketing

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) has expanded its areas of focus in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program with the addition of a new Marketing concentration

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.

AUSB Names Mariela Marin as Core Faculty in MACP Program

Mariela MarinAntioch 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.

Mariela Marin“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.

Susan Gulbransen Joins AUSB Board of Trustees

Susan Gulbransen

Accomplished writer, tireless volunteer, and experienced board member Susan Miles Gulbransen has joined the Board of Trustees at AUSB.

Gulbransen co-founded the restoration project for the Granada Theatre, which re-opened in 2008, and served as President of the Board for six years. She also co-founded the Santa Barbara Book & Author Festival, which ran for eight years. Most recently, she served as President of the KDB/FM radio board, part of the Santa Barbara Foundation, and participated in the sale of the station in part to KCRW.

“We are so delighted to welcome Susan as a Trustee of AUSB,” said Board Chair Vicki Riskin. “She has been a tireless supporter of the Santa Barbara community for many years and brings a great deal of valuable board expertise to our team at a very important time for the University.”

In recognition of her dedicated community service efforts, Gulbransen was named the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Woman of the Year in 2004 and received the Santa Barbara News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

“We are so delighted that Susan has joined our Board of Trustees at Antioch,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “She has a stellar record of volunteerism and leadership in the Santa Barbara community, and her contributions will make a terrific addition to our already talented board.”

Gulbransen has served as an officer or member on numerous local boards, including CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation); Santa Barbara Foundation; Montecito Educational Foundation; Santa Barbara Public Education Foundation; and the University of California, Santa Barbara History Associates Board, a notable board as Gulbransen earned her M.A. in History from UCSB.

“AUSB offers astounding, rich resources for students and our community. Antioch is changing, growing, and making its visions for the future come true,” Gulbransen said. “When asked to join the board, it felt right and exciting. I find myself sharing the enthusiasm and passion for Antioch with other board members and supporters.”

Following 21 years of writing book reviews and a weekly literary column for the News-Press, when it was owned by The New York Times Company, Gulbransen currently freelances and teaches nonfiction writing at the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She pens the Beyond Books column for the electronic newspaper Noozhawk, continues to publish poems and short stories in small literary publications, and is currently working on a novel.

Dr. Ronald Pilato Joins AUSB as Chair of PsyD program

Ron PilatoAntioch University Santa Barbara is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Ronald Pilato as the new Chair of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.

With over 15 years of teaching, clinical, and research experience in higher education, Dr. Pilato most recently served as Interim Chair and Director of Clinical Training at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California. A licensed psychologist who practiced privately in San Francisco, his expertise includes spiritual competencies for clinical psychologists, prevention of clinician burn-out, the integration of cultural diversity in clinical training, and mindfulness-based approaches.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Pilato join our faculty and lead our doctoral program in Clinical Psychology,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “His professional background makes him the ideal person to ensure that we are able to build on our program’s excellence and develop new areas of study that will meet the needs of our community.”

Dr. Pilato has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of California, San Francisco Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. In 2005, he developed Pronto Seminars to provide continuing education on self-care for healthcare professionals.

Dr. Pilato earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute’s highly regarded program in 2002. His dissertation explored potential links between genetics and alcoholism as part of a larger study at the UCSF Department of Neurology. He completed his post-doctoral work at at the UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute providing treatment and coordination in behavioral health clinical trials funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Antioch University’s PsyD program integrates a sound theoretical basis with clinical practice. Students have the opportunity to integrate cutting-edge psychological training, theory, practice, and research, while sharpening and applying the skills of a true clinician – observation, analysis, intervention, and evaluation – for the benefit of their clients. AUSB PsyD graduates are prepared to become licensed psychologists providing essential services to today’s diverse population.

Antioch University PhD in Leadership and Change Announces New Healthcare Focus

Antioch University PhDLC graduatesAntioch University’s university-wide PhD in Leadership and Change program (PhDLC), a nationally recognized doctoral program, now offers two distinct pathways toward the degree — a continuation of the highly successful interdisciplinary curriculum in leadership and change and a new pathway specifically designed for those leading change in the healthcare field.

The program will begin enrolling students for the PhD in Leadership and Change program for Healthcare, with its first cohort starting in July 2015. With the same unique low-residency model, students can still live and work anywhere, coming together for three face-to-face residencies a year.

The new concentration offers an opportunity for those in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare organizations and a range of healthcare professions to engage in meaningful study and applied research that impacts and improves their practice. Aligned with Antioch University’s mission to further social, economic, and environmental justice, and consistent with the program’s decade-long success in educating scholar-practitioners, students in the healthcare concentration will address topics such as relationship-centered care, community access, education and advocacy, socially responsible and ethical decision making, and leadership for navigating ongoing changes in healthcare environments.

“Healthcare systems in the U.S. and globally are in the midst of cataclysmic changes. Current approaches to financing, delivery, service, and organization are facing innumerable challenges,” said Dr. Laurien Alexandre, director of the PhDLC. “Many healthcare professionals are daunted by the tasks ahead while millions face the stark reality of lack of access and/or insufficient care. Based on these challenges, the PhDLC recognizes the importance of bringing our socially engaged mission, distinctive pedagogy, and unique delivery to those that are leading change within the rapidly evolving healthcare field.”

Healthcare leaders will be able to choose which of the program’s two pathways better suits both their style as a learner and their interest as a practitioner.

PhD in Leadership Grads“Students in the healthcare concentration will immerse themselves in the program’s interdisciplinary focus on the research and practice of leading change and apply it to the healthcare field within the context of a cohort learning community of other healthcare leaders,” Alexandre said.

The PhDLC for Healthcare will:

• Highlight the theory, research, and practice of leading change rather than the management of human and financial resources that is prevalent within traditional doctorates in healthcare administration.

• Offer an integrated curriculum in which learners move seamlessly between face-to-face and virtual activities and between peer team-based learning and individualized self-paced progress.

• Emphasize research approaches that are both traditionally accepted and those that are challenging to the field as “evidence-based” is grounded in both quantitative and qualitative ways of knowing.

• Focus on the expertise of students and integrate their professional experiences into the ongoing curriculum.

• Hold an international residency to examine and learn from healthcare delivery systems in other countries.

• Engage learners with an experienced team of senior-level full-time leadership and change professors coupled with field-based affiliate faculty from the healthcare sector.

• Bring healthcare ‘change agents’ together three times a year for three-day residencies, primarily held at the Ohio-based location of Antioch University.

More information regarding the program as it becomes available will be announced on the PHDLC website at www.antioch.edu/phd. For inquiries, contact the program at 937-769-1341 or by email: admissions.phdlc@antioch.edu.