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

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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.

Over 55 AUSB students receive President’s Access Grants in 2014

A group of Antioch University Santa Barbara students recently attended a reception in their honor on campus as recipients of the President’s Access Grant in 2014.

AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert was on hand to chat with the students and several offered their stories on how Antioch has helped them grow both in and out of the classroom.

“My experience has been great so far. It’s been life-changing,” said Kim Li-Palmgren, a BA student with a concentration of Business & Entrepreneurship. “I’ve been able to interact with such a diverse variety of people, and that has really brought the best out of me.”

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AUSB President’s Access Grant recipient Kim Li-Palmgren in class.

Tresor Bayibsa, who is a BA student with a concentration of Communication & Media, had high praise for the faculty. “The faculty are really engaged with their students,” he said. “I feel you can reach out to them, you can talk to them, and they really try their best to understand me as a student.”

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BA student and President’s Access Grant recipient Tresor Bayibsa chats with other AUSB students.

The President’s Access Grants are merit-based grants of $2,500 available to domestic and international students who are starting an academic degree program. Visit antiochsb.edu for more information on applying for the President’s Access Grant. 

The grant helped Karla Hernandez free her time to focus on her studies and family. “Thanks to the President’s Access Grant, I’m able to not work during the time that I’m coming to school so I can really focus on my education,” she said. “And when I go home, I get to take care of my children. I get to volunteer at their school and be a part of their day.” Karla is a BA student with a concentration in Applied Psychology.

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AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert talks with BA student Karla Hernandez at a President’s Access Grant reception.

The 57 recipients of President’s Access Grants in 2013-14 are:

Bachelor of Arts: Austin Bartoo, Tresor Bayibsa, Mariela Bravo, Albert Breton, Michael Brown, Cindy Calderon, Hannah Cooper, Di Elman, Christopher Faenge, Melanie Gordon, Ashley Grant, Araceli Hernandez, Karla Hernandez, Channing Hogue, Johni Hull, Anthony Jackson II, Rebecca Ketner, Kim Li-Palmgren, Liliana Mariscal, Robert Marquez, Crystal Martinez, Cameron Morreale, Devin Nigh, Claudia Orona, Susana Ortega, Amy Patten, Kevin Rowlands, Isabel Ruiz, Cody Sabo, Bridget Salisbury, Nicholas Salsbury, Judith Soleto, Travis Spencer, Shannon Stark, Suzannah Taylor, Arielle Valenzuela, Rachel Walsh, David Warrick-Kilmer.

MA in Clinical Psychology: Laura Cardenas, Guadalupe Clark, Carrie Faulkner, Harrison Heyl, Tracey Hill, Jenn Kennedy, Linda McGee, Laurel O’Connor, Keely Paola, Christopher Pike, Janessa Radford, Kaylie Reynolds, Calais Yee.

MA in Education: Alejandra Martinez.

MEd Credentialing: Meghan Cannon, Magda Flores, Marlen Limon, Cary Young.

PsyD in Clinical Psychology: Richie Garcia.

Learn more about the President’s Access Grant and other grants and scholarships available to AUSB students. For more information, contact the AUSB Admissions Department.

Laurence Tribe Video Now Online for Viewing

Morgan Chu and Laurence Tribe
Morgan Chu and Laurence Tribe

No seat was left unoccupied in the New Vic Theatre Friday, June 27, for AUSB’s hosting of Laurence Tribe, one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, as he shared his fascinating perspective on today’s Supreme Court as part of our Antioch in Conversation series. Tribe was introduced by Victoria Riskin – chair of AUSB’s Board of Trustees – and fielded questions from interlocutor Morgan Chu – President of the Harvard Board of Overseers and 
attorney at Irell & Manella, LLP – and at the end of the conversation the audience engaged with him in a lively question-answer period.

In case you missed Laurence Tribe, or were present and would like to share the conversation with a friend, we have provided full video coverage from this Antioch in Conversation event. You can watch the video here.

To see photos from the event, you can view our Flickr Album.

Q&A with Laurence Tribe
Question & Answer Time with Laurence Tribe

Tribe’s discussion elucidates the ways in which today’s Supreme Court has the power to redefine the future of our nation, including the following areas: privacy
, free speech
, voting rights, marriage equality
, presidential power
, and political contributions.

Afterwards, the audience got to meet Tribe as he signed copies of his new book that he co-authored with Joshua Matz called Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution.

We are grateful to our co-sponsors of this event, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.

We look forward to seeing you at our next Antioch in Conversation event!

Antioch in Conversation is a new AUSB community event series designed for public engagement and dialogue about the social issues that affect us all on a local, national, and global basis.

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L-R: Chair of the AUSB Board Victoria Riskin, Laurence Tribe, Morgan Chu, and AUSB President Nancy Leffert

Colleen Million Becomes Principal of OAS

Colleen MillionColleen Million, veteran Progressive Educator and affiliate faculty and supervisor of AUSB’s Teacher Education programs, has been confirmed by the SB Unified School District Board of Trustees as new Principal of Open Alternative School. OAS is AUSB’s partner school for professional development of Progressive educators.

“I am very excited to be the principal of OAS,” Million said. “I have always been a leader in innovative pedagogy where students are at the heart of learning and construct their knowledge of themselves and the world through hands-on differentiated project-based learning, place-based education, and public service. At OAS, we have a unique opportunity to create exceptional learning experiences for children as the result of the special relationship with Antioch University.”

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AUSB’s community congratulates Million on her new role, which began July 1, and looks forward to working closely with her in the next school year. 

 

Students to Speak at AUSB Commencement – June 20

Audrey Horstmann
Audrey Horstmann

Audrey Horstmann, Hattie Husbands, and Shannon Stark – three of AUSB’s graduating students – have been selected by a faculty panel to speak at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony on June 20, 2-4pm, to share their stories of how they have been empowered by their experiences at AUSB.

Shannon Stark is graduating form the BA program with a concentration in Environmental Studies, and Hattie Husbands and Audrey Horstmann (a.k.a. Mrs. H) are both graduating from the Master of Arts in Education program.

Graduate Speeches are judged selected by a panel of faculty representing each program. The faculty readers do not know the identities of the authors. All graduates are invited to submit speeches on the following theme:

Hattie Husbands
Hattie Husbands

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?

Shannon Stark
Shannon Stark

We invite you to come hear these students stories and celebrate their achievements. The Commencement Ceremony will be held at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort hotel in Santa Barbara on Friday, June 20. Tickets are required for all guests. Due to space constraints, each graduate are allotted a limited number of tickets.

Congratulations Class of 2014! We are proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.

 

 

2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series Concludes

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The 2013-2014 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series successfully wrapped up last Saturday, June 7, with a well-attended seminar “The Road Not Taken: 
Mining Nostalgia for the Riches of Mid-Life.”

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Presented by Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, the Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program, this seminar discussed the ways in which nostalgia can serve as a resource for inspiring creativity and cultivating life satisfaction in the second half of life. Practitioners gained tools to help clients access latent dreams, goals, and aspirations associated with nostalgia to cultivate creativity, meaningful productivity, while increasing life satisfaction.

This was the fifth and final seminar of the series. The other four seminar topics covered in the past several months include the following: “Navigating the DSM-V: 
There is Life After the DSM-IV TR,” “The Power of Compassionate Self-Inquiry: 
A Unique Clinical Approach to Addiction,” “Returning Home: 
Treating Veterans and Their Families,” and “Pacing the Work with Trauma: 
Assessing Activation and Resiliency in the Therapeutic Process.”

This year-long series for professionals and community members provides continuing education units and features experts in a variety of fields related to psychology, relationships, healthy living, and healthy aging – to name a few. 

The upcoming 2014-2015 AUSB-NASW Seminar Series is being finalized and will be announced shortly; it is slated to begin in November with a Saturday workshop on Healing Trauma Through Somatic Approaches.

Keep an eye out for the new series and registration information.

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Frank Rust Honored With Excellence in Teaching Award

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Dr. Frank Rust

Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) faculty member Frank Price Rust III, PhD, will be honored with the 4th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at AUSB’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 20. 

Dr. Rust has taught research methods and statistics for over 10 years in both the BA and MA in Clinical Psychology programs. He is dedicated to student learning and success, bringing into the classroom innovative learning techniques that make statistics comprehensible.

“Frank is an incredible teacher who is able to make difficult subjects accessible to students and to address multiple learning styles,” said AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert. “We are so lucky to have him as a member of our AUSB community. Frank brings a very personal touch to his craft that is reflected in the commitment of his students. He goes the extra mile in making certain every student has the opportunity to succeed.”

Dr. Rust received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from UCSB in 1985. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and reports in the area of mother/child health. He started as Adjunct Faculty at AUSB in 1992 teaching statistics, research methods, and psychology courses in both the Undergraduate and Masters programs and consistently receives glowing evaluations from his students. Dr. Rust has previously received the Judith M. Lewis Outstanding Educator Award from California State University (1997) and the Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching from the United States Distance Learning Association (1997).

AUSB’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is an annual recognition of a faculty member by his/her faculty peers based on the following criteria:

1. Excellence in teaching in general, particularly in teaching AU’s core purposes
2. Excellence in instruction design to achieve the school’s and the student’s goals
3. Engagement in teaching, stimulating, and educating students
4. Passion for inspiring students, “above and beyond the call of duty”

The first award, in 2011, recognized John Forhan, JD, Adjunct Faculty in the BA program. In 2012, the award was given to Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD, Core Faculty and Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). Last year the award was given to Dawn Murray, PhD, Core Faculty in the BA program.

Congratulations, Dr. Rust, on this achievement!

Comments from AUSB faculty about Dr. Rust: 
– “Frank addresses multiple learning styles effectively and brings a very personal touch to his craft that is reflected in the commitment of his students.”
– “His dedication to teaching and learning is above and beyond what can be expected of any faculty member as he goes the extra mile in making certain every student has the opportunity to succeed.” 

Comments from Dr. Rust’s students: 
– “To keep our attention in this subject takes a master—Frank is the best.”
– “He makes learning fun!”
– “Frank is by far the best teacher I have ever had.”