Healthy Child and Adolescent Psychology Workshop Faculty Bios

al_munoz_floresAlbert “Al” Munoz-Flores, PsyD Albert “Al” Munoz-Flores, PsyD, is a Core Faculty member and the Director of Clinical Training in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program. Dr. Munoz-Flores also oversees the program’s Latino Mental Health Concentration and is adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program. Before joining the AUSB faculty, Dr. Munoz-Flores worked as a school-based and crisis staff therapist at Child & Family Center in Santa Clarita, California. Bicultural and bilingual in Spanish, his primary clinical interest is in working with Latino families to strengthen their parenting skills. He holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Forensics from Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California. Dr. Munoz-Flores has completed an APA-certified Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology from Casa Pacifica Residential Treatment Center in Camarillo. During his internship, he treated children and adolescents who were diagnosed with a severe emotional disturbance. Dr. Munoz-Flores also completed advanced studies in chemical addiction and crisis evaluation at Tarzana Treatment Centers. He is the Host of the Central Coast Region of the California Marriage and Family Consortium, serves on the Consortium’s Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee, and is a member of the Consortium’s Leadership Collaborative

nancy_letffert_1-200x3001Nancy Leffert, PhD Dr. Leffert is President of Antioch University Santa Barbara and a nationally known scholar, speaker, and consultant on child and adolescent development. Her more than 35 years of experience has included administrative positions at non-profit community agencies for children, youth, and families, as well as public and private institutions of higher education. Prior to joining AUSB, Dr. Leffert served as Associate Dean for Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. She authored the Developmental Assets Framework—a widely used and cited paradigm of positive youth development that delineates 40 internal and external positive factors contributing to the healthy development of children and adolescents, which have been demonstrated to contribute to the reduction of risk behaviors and foster thriving among children and youth. The scientific work that contributed to its development inspired the “Healthy Communities • Healthy Youth” movement, that has contributed to re-shaping the national dialogue and manner in which we approach adolescent development, prevention, and education. As the author of numerous scientific books and articles, books and training materials, Dr. Leffert is frequently invited to give nationwide scientific keynote and community presentations. She received her BA and Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and her PhD in Child Psychology from the renowned Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

violet-oaklander-phdViolet Oaklander, PhD Internationally recognized for her groundbreaking approach to working with children—which combines Gestalt Therapy theory, philosophy, and practice with a variety of expressive techniques—Dr. Oaklander has received several awards for her lifelong contributions to the mental health field. She is the author of the seminal book, Windows To Our Children: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Children and Adolescents (available in thirteen languages), and the recently published Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self. Dr. Oaklander spent many years as an instructor for the University of California extension programs of its Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Diego campuses, and has been an adjunct faculty member of the California Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara and Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria. She has traveled extensively worldwide presenting training seminars on her approach to working with children and adolescents. Besides her own books, she has contributed chapters to several therapeutic compilations, written numerous journal articles, and developed video and audio training programs. Dr. Oaklander has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling; and a Master of Science in Special Education with emotionally disturbed children. Now in her 80s, she has focused her work on training, teaching, supervision, and writing since 1999, with rare public appearances.

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Salvador D. Treviño, PhD Dr. Treviño is Director of Practicum for AUSB’s PsyD program and a clinical faculty member. He has taught graduate level professional psychology for 13 years and lectures extensively on the theory and practice of family/couples therapy, child and adolescent psychology, character disorders, clinical skills development, Latino mental health, and psychoanalytic therapy. His additional interests are in the areas of mental health and special education, and mental health and juvenile justice. Dr. Treviño is dedicated to the advancement of community mental health and to increasing the pool of well-qualified Latino professional psychologists. A full clinical member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, he has been licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California since 1986. Dr. Treviño earned his Doctor in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, his MA in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and his BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Marlene ValterMarlene Valter, PsyD A licensed psychologist since 2001, Dr. Valter is a faculty member of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s PsyD program. After earning a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pepperdine University in 1996, her early career research and training in child development and child abuse led to a focus on forensic psychology with a specialization in child custody and other juvenile and civil matters. Dr. Valter worked for Los Angeles Superior Court Family Court Services from 1998 to 2004, and now maintains an independent clinical-forensic psychology practice for Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. She has presented at various psychology-law workshops including trainings sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Dr. Valter’s research interests include the use of Limited Assessments in Child Custody matters and Child Testimony in Family Law.

RadhuleWeininger-250Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD Dr. Weininger is adjunct faculty for AUSB’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology program and has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1992. She uses her 30 years of formal mindfulness meditation practice and training with Bante Kashepa/Sri Lanka, Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., Alan Wallace, Ph.D. in conjunction with psychodynamic and depth-oriented psychotherapy. Dr. Weininger has spoken internationally on related topics and she was given a Legacy Award by the Santa Barbara Psychological Association for her contributions to the community, running twice weekly guided mindfulness meditation groups as a free service to the community as well as her other volunteer efforts. She received her medical degree from Friedrich Wilhelm’s University/Germany in 1985 and her PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies in 1990. Other trainings have included a three-year Gestalt Therapy program in 1988, a Dream-tending certificate in 2002, and a three-year Embodied Imagination program in 2010. Her current area of research is on the use of her own Emotional Awareness Process Guide as an adjunct for psychotherapy in the context of mindfulness training.