Dr. Salvador Treviño, Clinical Faculty and Director of Practicum in the PsyD program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, credits his parents for instilling in him the value of an education and the work ethic needed to achieve his goals.
“My parents were hard workers, and so they instilled that principle in me,” Dr. Treviño said. “They became the most influential people in my life.”
Dr. Treviño also credits the mentorship of his professors in shaping his career and life.
View the video interview with Dr. Treviño in English and Spanish below:
This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Sharon Woodlief (M.A. Class of 2005) in our spotlight on alumni.
Sharon Woodlief's interest in lifelong learning began in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After moving to Santa Barbara to pursue a graduate study program in Political Science she found herself drawn to Psychology.
Sharon researched graduate programs that could provide a course of study that was rigorous yet consistent with her personal philosophy of Social Justice and Experiential Learning. Once she found Antioch University Santa Barbara, Sharon knew she would be on the right course both academically and personally (an added bonus was the University was located around the corner from where she lived downtown).
"My classes at Antioch consisted of an array of diverse students, and the class environments were open to allowing all of those hungry and thoughtful scholars to think and challenge one another as well as being encouraged to challenge the brilliant faculty. I felt my knowledge base grow academically because the faculty was prepared to teach with skill and competence. Moreover, I felt my sense of intellect and self-confidence intensify, as I applied theories and ideas not only in my school work but in my community, and even with my family and friends."
"There is so much that I learned at Antioch that I still find myself routinely recalling themes and lessons, and in all manner of circumstances in my life. That is what education at Antioch is: taking what is learned in the classroom and applying what is learned throughout one’s life."
This month we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara graduate Melinda Kincaid (M.A. Class of 2008) in our spotlight on alumni.
Melinda Kincaid's passion for psychology stems from her belief in establishing a therapeutic bond in the working relationship between client and therapist. She has four years of experience in working interpersonally in the object relations, family systems, and experiential therapies.
Kincaid began her journey into the study of psychology with an interest in human behavior. She was intrigued with learning about how the brain works and why we do what we do. Kincaid learned that human behavior is varied and diverse, but there are certain commonalities. She found herself drawn to psychology in general from the need to grow personally. To learn more, understand and be content with herself were part of her goals and studies. Lastly, Melinda Kincaid knew that she wanted to help others.
"My Antioch experience was wonderful. They make it a priority not only to educate you, but also to prepare you for actually doing the job when you are done with the academics. Self-awareness, examination, and growth are also important aspects to the Antioch education. Especially in this profession, as a licensed marriage and family therapist, it is essential to challenge and know yourself very well."
"I chose Antioch SB for a few reasons. I wanted a very experiential program experience and Antioch Santa Barbara offered that. Also, the accelerated program and schedule worked for me. I was able to attend without having to move from my home in San Luis Obispo, given the one day/week with some weekends class schedule. The Antioch staff and philosophy offers a very well rounded educational experience."
Mrs. Kincaid is married to her husband, Aaron who is supportive and loving. The two met in high school and were married nine years later in Yosemite, Ca. Having lost both of her parents, Kincaid credits her husband for helping her stay grounded and balanced. The Kincaids recently welcomed the birth of their son, Aden. Since then Melinda has become adamant about living sustainably and consciously with respect to the planet.
Melinda enjoys spending time in nature: camping, running, hiking, biking, swimming, snowboarding, dance and Bikram yoga. Her volunteer work has included working with at risk youth, informing and inspiring them toward higher education (EAOP). She has also worked with children on their literacy and social skills in JumpStart.
Melinda Kincaid, MA, LMFT provides individuals, couples and family therapy. She specializes in relationship issues, trauma/PTSD and adolescents. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit her Psychology Today profile.
This week we feature Antioch University Santa Barbara Core Faculty Member: Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW (Chair of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) program in our spotlight on AUSB.
Dr. Wolfson comes to Antioch after heading the Jewish Family Services in Santa Barbara as Director for the past nine years. Wolfson has been teaching for over nineteen years including her time as an instructor at AUSB and New York's Columbia University.
Elizabeth Wolfson has background experience in psychodynamic, humanistic-existential, narrative, and systemic theories. Highlights from her professional career range from creating an innovative intervention program for youth who are at risk with Holocaust survivors to work on issues of diversity and violence among youths to being one of the creators of Santa Barbara Village, a community-based membership organization focused on empowering older adults to live happily, healthfully, and successfully in their own homes as they age.
Elizabeth received her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University School of Social Work. In addition to teaching and overseeing the traineeship of students in the MA in Clinical Psychology Program, Dr. Wolfson operates a private practice of psychotherapy in Santa Barbara.
Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson answers the question "How is the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MACP) Program designed to set students up for success in the professional field?":
"We are an expanding yet relatively small program so that that the unique interests and needs of each one of our students is attended to by faculty and staff. Our class sizes remain small and our instructors are experienced, knowledgeable professionals most of whom are currently practicing in their fields. This means that what is current in professional practice is brought directly into the classroom along with live case material and extensive knowledge of the settings in which students themselves are placed for their learning. The academic program itself is carefully designed to prepare students for California state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists so that, we have an impressive success rate for our graduates. Finally, because of our stellar reputation in the community, Antioch graduates are welcomed into community agencies and tend to be hired as clinicians who eventually grow their career paths as supervisors and managers as well as private practitioners."
When asked,"What do you think is the difference between Antioch University Santa Barbara and other universities?" Dr. Wolfson said:
"In addition to Antioch's standards for excellence and dedicated focus on supporting students' success, I see some essential differences between Antioch Santa Barbara and other universities which are the reasons I am proud to be affiliated with Antioch. Foremost among these is AUSB's commitment to social justice, not just in theory, but in the practice of embracing diversity, inclusivity and multiculturalism in all aspects of what happens here. Related to this, is the Antioch's rootedness within the community which sets it apart from other "Academic" institutions. This is reflected in ongoing collaborations with community organizations, educational programs reflective of the needs of our community and where students and alumni are significantly represented as professionals in organizations throughout the community. Finally, our commitment to a small group experiential education model, which we all know has been demonstrated to be the most effective means of learning, provides a unique and memorable experience for our students."
Elizabeth shares this message to prospective students looking to claim their education at AUSB:
"The opportunity to study at AUSB is a rare educational experience unlike any other. You would be most fortunate to have that opportunity for all of the reasons described above."
Last year the California legislature authorized a new counseling license at the Master’s level. The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) was added as a Master’s level license to make California the 50th state to provide this license. Recently the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences) decided to offer licensed MFT and LCSW professionals a short window of opportunity (until December 2011) to apply for grandparenting for LPCC licensure.
The application process requires submitting information about academic coursework completed, which is then reviewed by the BBS for eligibility. Many of our alumni will find that as graduates of our MACP program, you have already completed most of the requirements, but will likely be asked to take a 4.5 unit Career Counseling course. Other current licensed MFT’s that completed their degree at another institution may also be eligible.
If you have not already taken this course within our program or another academic setting you will be delighted to know that we will be offering the course: Career Theory and Practice this Fall beginning October 15, 2011. While decisions regarding eligibility are determined solely by the BBS, this course has been designed by Antioch University in accordance with criteria specified by the BBS as part of the LPCC licensure process.
This is a 4.5 unit course requiring 45 contact hours. The course will meet consecutive Saturdays from 10/15-12/3, 2011. Students will meet for six 6-hour sessions in class and conduct nine hours of community field work to meet the 45 hour requirement. The schedule and content outline are as follows.
10/15 Intro and Developmental Theories
10/22 Cognitive Theories and Self Assessment
10/29 Trait and Factor Theories And Career Assessment
11/5 Community Field Experience – 9 hours
11/12 Career Exploration and Decision Making Theory
11/19 General Career Counseling Techniques
This course aimed at helping licensed graduates seeking grandparenting for LPCC will fill up quickly and registration is limited. The tuition for Antioch University alumni is $340 per unit (4.5 units $1,530) or for other professions, $603 per unit ($2,713.50)
To register, download the Special Student Registration form, complete the information and send to the Office of the Registrar (address information on form.)
- For registration questions contact Julia Dubiel, Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 805.962.8179 x5105.
- For questions about the course, contact Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair MA Psychology Programs, email@example.com, 805.962.8179 x5155
- For questions about the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license, contact the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences), http://www.bbs.ca.gov/
Tamie Beeman-Gangloff, M.A. in Clinical Psychology Class of 2009, often refers to herself as “The Wounded Healer” after having overcome her own battles with an eating disorder. Tamie’s approach in helping others recover is eclectic, one that includes work on relationship and personality issues, cognitive behavior, and feminist perspective.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2009 Graduate received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Since her graduation, Tamie has been working with men, women and adolescents in treatment for severe eating disorders in an inpatient and outpatient level. Tamie Beeman-Gangloff also has experience in treating clients with substance abuse, sexual identity issues, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
As a “recovered professional”, who leads her practice in Pennsylvania, Ms. Beeman-Gangloff has facilitated many scale bashing events. These events inspires clients to do away with the negativity associated with the numbers on the bathroom scale. Tamie ensures a safe environment where clients can began the healing process through discussion and action. Women bring in clothing articles and even food scales. Hammers are provided for the bashing!
When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Tamie Beeman-Gangloff said:
“I chose Antioch because of the small classroom environment and the focus on the experiential process. Antioch focuses on what is important – the true experience with the client – face to face, learning the detailed skills that you cannot learn from a book. We didn’t focus on memorizing material for tests, but we were pushed to the limit to study cases and come up with the best treatment for our clients. The education was also of a very personal nature – forcing us to look inward and to rediscover ourselves. Of course, it is a requirement to attend therapy while in the program, however – with each new class and subject, I started to look more at myself and began to grow and change more personally and professionally. The teachers at Antioch helped to provide a safe environment for learning and self-exploration.”
Tamie shares this message of her own self-growth for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:
“I was referred to as a wounded healer due to my own personal recovery and experiences. As you can see from my website – this is an identity I have grown into. In school, we learn that self-disclosure is to be very limited and focused on what will help the client. I do this but in a more personal way. All of my clients know that I am in recovery – I feel that this helps us to connect and relate to one another on a level that could not otherwise be facilitated. My own pain and healing has become one of my tools for helping others.”
Tamie Beeman-Gangloff, M.A., provides individual, group and family therapy. Her treatment is very individualized for each client. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tamie-gangloff
USA Today has named Antioch University one of the “Top 20 Colleges Most Committed to Community Service,” the second such major honor the college has received this year.
“Civic engagement is a key component of our educational values and deeply-held philosophy,” said Dr. Leffert. “We teach our students the importance of service learning in the classroom and the community. Being recognized as an educational institution for our service commitment is especially meaningful to us.”
Kandace has a special way of encouraging young women to feel more confident about who they are inside and out.
The Antioch University Santa Barbara 2008 graduate received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Since her graduation, Kandace has been a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern specializing in individual psychotherapy, and is currently practicing under the supervision of Shannon Miles, MFT. As a therapist, Kandace has helped young people to live happier, more fulfilling lives. She believes that therapy is a positive, growth-oriented process. Kandace works with patients on a variety of life's challenges including self-esteem issues.
As an adolescent Kandace Overgaag knew that she wanted to work with people. She always liked public speaking, communication and learning new things. Naturally the field of Mental Health was a perfect fit. Kandace's work with sororities is a large portion of who she serves in her private practice. She also does a significant amount of volunteer work in the group setting, specifically during Eating Disorder Awareness month every February. Every session is tailored to the needs of the participants, and may include topics including transitions, coping skills, communication techniques, assertiveness, self-esteem and relationship issues. Overgaag really enjoys her work with young women in the sororities as well as students from SBCC and UCSB.
Mrs. Overgaag has presented at national conferences and to general audiences on topics including learning disabilities in children and adults, promoting self-esteem, and disordered eating. She teaches classes for Carp Cares for Youth during the Summer and is studying for her licensure exams with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Kandace currently resides in Santa Barbara and enjoys the sense of community and the small town feel that this area is best known for. She has two puppies and was recently married to her wonderful husband. They both enjoy traveling and visited Japan, Mexico and Italy together last year.
When asked about her experience at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Kandace Overgaag said:
"The University focused on the clinical experience piece, which was really important to me. I knew my ultimate goal was to be self-employed in a private practice. The professors encouraged me to explore traineeship sites and obtain the experience that I needed for my specific goal. Small class sizes helped with the one on one instruction each of us needed, as we all had different goals after graduate school. Not to mention, Antioch University is conveniently located in Santa Barbara, the most beautiful town in the world."
Kandace shares this message for prospective students of Antioch University Santa Barbara:
"Grad school is a life changing experience. Regardless of your age, this is a time where you will grow as a person and discover who you are going to be for the rest of your life. The Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University is a unique and fascinating method to earn the degree of a lifetime and meet some fascinating people along the way."
Kandace Overgaag, MA, MFT Intern provides individual, couples, group and family counseling. For more information on this Antioch Alumni please visit therapeuticbenefits.com.