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MFT Program Newsle!er Volume 5 June 2009 MFT Program Update As is the case with all healthy systems, which will help us fully prepare for our Inside this Issue our program is experiencing both change AAMFT reaccreditation in 2010. In addition to preparing for national Dr. McCahill: Reﬂections & Directions 2 and continuity. In terms of change, we welcomed four new part-time faculty reaccreditation, the full-time faculty is Practicum Corner: UCSD Family Medicine 2 members this year - Dr. Joshua Madsen discussing anticipated changes in (Research), Dr. Ellen Stein (Law & California MFT curriculum requirements, Congratulations MFT Class of 2009! 3 Ethics), Dr. Steven Jella (Child Abuse), which will likely require that programs and Jessica Fodor (Self of the Therapist) - expand to 60 units. In preparation for Graduation Reﬂections 3 and welcomed back Dr. Don Myers these changes, Ana will be teaching our (Assessment & Treatment of Child/ newly revised Human Diversity course in Practicum Corner: UCSD Pediatrics 4 Family). Saying hello to new faculty the fall, which is increasing to three units. Another significant change this year has Practicum Placements 2009-2010 4 members was accompanied by the sadness of saying goodbye to cherished been a new requirement that all MFT Dr. Stefanie Carnes: USD to Pine Grove 5 contributors to our program. Leita students have an international experience. McIntosh-Koontz, who brilliantly taught In April 2008, I took eight Family Studies Photo Feature: MFT Trip to Hong Kong 5 the Child course for so many years, has students to Hong Kong for a cultural left USD to devote more attention to her immersion with a specific focus on grief MFT Alumni Update 6 private practice and supervision of USD and loss in Asian culture. Ana is taking students at UCSD. Denice Davis, who her Diversity & Family Therapy students somehow made Law & Ethics both to Costa Rica in August. Welcome to our new engaging and less scary (my perspective), We continue to recruit and graduate students, who began has left USD to make room for her outstanding students – the heart and soul of our program. We had a record number this spring! growing divorce mediation practice. Although the roster of full-time faculty of applications this year and look forward • Erin Hanley members is intact, we’ve just completed to welcoming 32 new MFT students this • Kayla Jones three successive semesters of sabbaticals fall. Have a safe and happy summer! • Wendy Williams (Ana – Spring 2008, Lee – Fall 2008, Jo -Todd Edwards, PhD • Kristina Stanford Ellen – Spring 2009). Fortunately, we’ll Associate Professor • J o n i Woodburn be at full strength again in Fall 2009, MFT Program Director MFT Program Specialist: A Mantra For Change Change. It’s a word we use often as students have inquired about my personal unsettling, though the possibilities are clinicians. It’s a complicated term, often feelings towards the program. Without a inspiring. I am hopeful that despite my involving excitement and fear at the same doubt, my post-graduate service as the step away from the MFT program at this time. It can be so overwhelming that Program Specialist is a testament to how I time, my relationship with USD will we’ve developed a diagnosis to describe feel about the caliber of this program, the remain, as serving this program in a the potential effects it can have – quality of its faculty, staff, and students, professional capacity has certainly been a Adjustment Disorder. After all, as we and the weight of its mission - to help lead privilege. Thank you, to all the students, learn in our courses and witness in the the transformation of family therapy. faculty, and alumni, for the opportunities I therapy room, positive stress is still indeed But it’s not simply what I’m leaving have had to represent and serve you, and stress, packaged with more attractive behind that sparks multiple emotions; it’s for the many contributions you have made. wrapping. I write to you now as the the road ahead that provokes stirring I am confident in the incoming Program outgoing MFT Program Specialist, having dreams and sleepless nights. Having Specialist, recent alumna Gina Bongiorno, recently decided to embark on a transition obtained my MFT license in February, I who has a palpable passion for this of my own. I am grateful for the am eager for change – change in clinical program that will serve her well. opportunities I have had, meeting with and setting, change in responsibilities, perhaps Author Charles DuBois writes, “The interviewing prospective students, even change in geographical location. important thing is this: To be able at any collaborating with faculty and practicum With a strong conviction for working with moment to sacrifice what we are for what sites, and interacting with alumni and military service members and their we could become.” Perhaps this will be members of the surrounding community. families, and a deep yearning to work and my mantra for change. Simultaneously, I feel a sense of sadness in travel abroad (having recently submitted a -Brandina Morrison, '06 leaving a position that I have loved. Over UK work visa application, now pending Outgoing MFT Program Specialist the past three years, countless prospective approval), the ambiguity of my next step is Volume 5 Page 2 Dr. Margaret McCahill: Past Reﬂections and Future Directions !!!!!!"#$%&"'&"()$%*+&,-../$&0$-0)('"&.$1(12("$34$ I look forward to having even more time to care for the homeless and those who live ),($%56$4&*7.)8$&)$9:!/$344(";$"(<.(*)-30;$30$,("$ give to my work at USD, since I’ve in poverty, training professionals in many 1&08$8(&";$-0$1(=-*-0(/$&0=$,("$*30)-07-0'$"3.($ “retired” from full time service as a faculty health care disciplines and receiving many >-),-0$),($9:!$*31170-)8# physician at UCSD School of Medicine. teaching awards along the way. It has I’ve had the pleasure of teaching the My career in medicine has enabled me been a busy 30 years or so, and I’ll Psychopharmacology course in the USD to do many extraordinary things, including continue to do some of the teaching that Marital and Family Therapy Program those you would expect, like delivering I’ve done at UCSD, even in “retirement.” every semester since spring 2002. Getting babies, assisting at surgery, treating But the most exciting thing that I’m to know MFT students in the classroom, hospitalized patients and home-bound able to do today is to dedicate more time and then so often meeting them again in patients, as well as doing all the tasks that to the things that I love to do at USD – to clinical settings is a wonderfully a Family Physician does, plus those that a teaching, and to providing medical rewarding experience, since this “small Psychiatrist does. Since I am Board consultation to the USD Wellness Services world” often enables that to happen. Now Certified in both Family Medicine and team. I look forward to continuing Psychiatry, there have been some collaboration with USD colleagues I’ve Congratulations to additional things I’ve been able to do, such known for the last decade, and to Dr. McCahill for being as: providing care for both physical and developing new relationships with those honored by the mental illness to patients, as we sat on the whom I have yet to meet. Of the many CA Medical Board with floor of a Navajo “Hogan” in a remote part things it has been my privilege to do the 2008 Physician of the reservation; serving as a Psychiatrist professionally, USD will top the list! in a U.S. Naval Hospital; working as a -Margaret E. McCahill, M.D. Humanitarian Award, Consulting Physician, USD Wellness Services UCSD Faculty Physician, founding and recognizing her Lecturer, USD MFT Program directing a training program that enables Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family clinical work providing physicians to become Board Certified in Medicine and Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine free care for both Family Medicine and Psychiatry. I Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine, those in need.! Fellow, AAFP served as Medical Director at St. Vincent Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and de Paul Village’s medical clinic, providing Neurology, Distinguished Fellow, APA Practicum Corner: UCSD Family Medicine When Gary walked into his intake connected to. Gary’s entire tone changed depression so quickly. I couldn’t stop session at UCSD Family Medicine the first after that; he was more relaxed and better myself from reminding Gary that he never words out of his mouth were, “I’m going able to focus on himself, rather than being had a talk with me at the end of the third to give you three sessions and then I will concerned with me. session, to determine whether or not I was determine if you’re a good enough After eight sessions of interpersonal a “good enough therapist." He laughed therapist to help me out.” These are psychotherapy, it was time to terminate and said, “Oh Jenn, I had that figured out obviously not the words that a beginning with Gary. We reviewed his progress and after the first ten minutes the day we met. therapist wants to hear. Gary continued discussed his newly-found strengths. Gary Thanks for sticking with me.” Now that is his opening remarks by asking me very was impressed that talking about his recent what a beginning therapist wants to hear! direct questions about my credentials, role transition at work and addressing his -Jenn Mosher, '09 experience working with patients with his interpersonal deficits helped decrease his particular problem, and religious convictions (he made it clear it was important to him that he had a therapist who valued religion). My initial reaction was to search the databank in my head of all the advice I had received from our masterful instructors at USD, trying to recall what was said about working with clients who are defended and initially ask direct, personal questions. Then it came to me: what is he really saying to me right now? He’s asking, “Can you help me?” The only thing I could think to do in the moment was normalize the experience for him. I told Gary that most people want to find a therapist who will help them, a therapist whom they can trust and feel Volume 5 Page 3 Congratulations MFT Class of 2009! • Tanesha Adams • Minna Rogers • Jeehee Sung • Gina Bongiorno • Anna Santangelo • Vicente Vargas • Lindsay Cherevka • Sachiyo Shiraki • Theresa Viglizzo • Lara Chittum • Lindsay Simon • Monica Votaw • Kristina Davies • Rachael Souter • Emily Ferguson • Rebecca Grover • Alyssa Halberg • Philip Hewett • Mary Jimenez • Michaelle Jinnette • Nancy Kassel • Julie Kraft • Anna Lee • Jenn Mosher • Jennyanne Parr • Natalie Pearson • Ashley Pinkeney • Kiley Ray Reﬂections upon Graduation from USD As we approach the end of our graduate experience of feeling connected to my from the homeless to the wealthy, we have career, I am both proud and appreciative of peers, my professors, and to the material I each had a hand in affecting their lives. our journey here. From orientation to was learning sparked a metamorphosis in Had it not been for the wealth of commencement, the two years in between me - a growth, both personal and knowledge we gained from our professors, have been defined by hard work, professional, which was nurtured by a year the hours of therapy videos we reviewed, commitment, and remarkable of clinical experience unlike any other. and the exams and papers we completed, relationships. I remember arriving from When you think about the scope of we could not have become the highly- Canada, wondering if I had made the right individuals we, as a graduating class, have skilled professionals we are today. As we decision to move so far from home. counseled in our practicum year alone, you move our tassels from right to left, let us Would USD turn out to be more than cannot help but be in awe of the magnitude not forget that the foundation of our future manicured lawns and immaculate of our reach. Combined, we have touched lies in the education we received here - the buildings? From the first week of class, the lives of hundreds of clients. From fundamental values, ethics, and skills that though, I knew there was something about those suffering with depression and will forever set us apart from the rest. this program that set it apart from the other anxiety, to those living with abuse and Congratulations Class of 2009! MFT programs across the country. The isolation; from children to the elderly; -Gina Bongiorno, '09 "Events and circumstances have their origins in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown." - Henry David Thoreau Volume 5 Page 4 Practicum Corner: UCSD Pediatrics The most rewarding experience in my rarely would I interrupt, and when I did, I practicum year has been the opportunity to acknowledged the interruption and asked conduct cotherapy with my fellow trainee, for permission. "Being effect i v e i n Mika Nakamura. The practicum Cotherapy gives you the opportunity to experience itself is a trial by fire. David assume differentiated roles. One a cothera p y Schnarch, in Passionate Marriage, has a cotherapist can lead, while the other relationsh i p chapter entitled “Nobody is ready for cotherapist pays careful attention to non- requires a marriage.” I wonder if the same is not true verbal communication and gains a deeper for doing therapy. In my experience, it is view of the process. Cotherapy allows you willingness t o b e certainly true of cotherapy. to model a respectful relationship to your vulnerable a n d There’s not a lot written about doing clients. You can show clients how to acknowledge o n e ' s cotherapy and what is written isn’t about apologize, how to listen, and how to shadow." trainees doing cotherapy, though some regard one another. Cotherapy also basics do apply. In doing cotherapy, provides you someone with whom to share tending to the relationship between the experiences and offers avenues to give and cotherapists and their process provides the receive validation and support. foundation for effective therapeutic work. Before session, Mika and I would our observations, and our hypotheses, and Being effective in a cotherapy review where we had ended in the sharpen our sense of where we are and relationship requires a willingness to be previous session and where the therapy how we might proceed. vulnerable and acknowledge one’s shadow. might be headed. We would also agree The best and most fulfilling work I did Yes, I am thinking about how I will be upon our roles - who would be the lead, this year was in collaboration with Mika, viewed by my cotherapist. Yes, I feel like and who would be more of an observer. and I am grateful to her and for having had I’m competing with her sometimes. Yes, These were not hard-and-fast decisions; this opportunity. I have gained the utmost my insecurities get triggered in session. rather, they would provide a starting point. respect and admiration for my cotherapist No, I don’t feel very competent right now. After session, we would tend to our and feel a lasting bond forged with her that These are all things that need to be shared process and experiences of the therapy I will carry with me. I wish that every in the debrief; otherwise, they are likely to first. We would begin every debrief with practicum student could have such an leak out in and/or undermine the treatment. our personal reactions and any issues that opportunity. If you should find yourself in Being effective in a cotherapy came up for us during the session. Here, a cotherapy role, consider consulting The relationship requires a willingness to listen we would take ownership of art of co-therapy: How therapists work and follow. Five times out of six, when “unacceptable” feelings, such as jealousy together, by Bill Roller and Vivian Nelson Mika was leading a line of inquiry and a or pique, and acknowledge our anxieties, (New York : Guilford Press, c1991), question would come to my mind, she feelings of incompetence, or maybe even available in the USD Copley Library. would cover my question and more. Very shame. Next, we would discuss the case, -Vicente Vargas, '09 Practicum Placements 2009-2010 Catholic Charities San Diego Hospice • Jennifer Galvis • Nathan Cressall • Megan Jones • Andrea Obst • Mariana Mesnik St. Vincent De Paul Children's Outpatient Psychiatry • Christina Arvallo • Kendall McCartney (Central) UCSD Family Medicine • Kelsey Peck (Escondido) • Leila Aftahi • Jessica Robledo (Oceanside) • Laureen Copfer Harmonium • Tania Riosvelasco • Chelsea Keller • Laura Sudano • Jacqueline Leong UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Phoenix House Services • Katherine LaMee • Shannel Busuioc • Maria Pizano • Nicolle Clemmer • Brianna Salinas VA Hospital • Benjamin Inouye " % $$& # ! • Jodi Staszak Volume 5 Page 5 Dr. Stefanie Carnes: From USD to Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction I look back fondly on the days I worked Path program, at Pine Grove Behavioral on my Masters degree at USD in 1995 and Health and Addiction Services in 1996. I remember long agonizing hours of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Gentle Path is a "...the families are studying for comps in the library, the voluntary program for people who have devastated and harrowing experience of interviewing for a destroyed their lives with out of control struggling with practicum placement, and the even scarier sexual behavior, including everything from feelings of betrayal, experience of meeting my very first professional sexual boundary violations, shame, and therapy client - a man who had recently voyeurism, exhibitionism, anonymous sex, been released from prison after doing hard affairs, prostitution, and of course our pain...Navigating time for manslaughter and was struggling most common presenting problem, family therapy with with the adjustment to society as a convict. cybersex – in it’s many forms. When this population is a All of these wonderful growth experiences working with this population everyday is a mineﬁeld." were outshined by the friendships made, new adventure. Just when I think I have and the incredible supervision and training heard it all….. I received from the faculty at USD. After Due to the fact that I had systemic completing my doctorate in 2000, I was principals permanently etched into my certified sex addiction therapist training given the opportunity to serve as adjunct brain back in 1995, we have a strong process. faculty, an experience I treasure to this family therapy component to our treatment When I look back at my experience and day. It was such an honor to work beside process. The families of our patients come training from USD, the foundation of my the faculty I respected so much and to in for one week of intensive family therapy clinical experience was so strong and work with such motivated and dedicated during their stay. As you can imagine, the really assisted me in becoming the students. I taught classes such as family families are devastated and struggling with clinician I am today. I use so much of the studies, gender, assessment, practicum and feelings of betrayal, shame, and pain. It training from USD that I learned way back everyone’s favorite...research! was these families that inspired me to in 1995 on a daily basis (especially Since leaving USD, I have specialized write my first book, “Mending a Shattered boundaries!). Congratulations to all of the in working with individuals and families Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex 2009 graduates! You can rest assured that struggling with sexual addictions. I am the Addicts.” Navigating family therapy with you will reap the benefits of your director of one of the nation’s premier this population is a minefield and requires education for years to come! residential treatment programs for the special training. Currently I serve as a -Stefanie Carnes, PhD treatment of sexual addiction, the Gentle faculty member and supervisor for the April 2009 International Immersion: MFT Students in Hong Kong Volume 5 Page 6 USD MFT Alumni: Where Are They Now? Katherine Reeve Balls, '02: Lives in San Andrea (Boylan) Laurenzano, '06: Until Prolonged Exposure Therapy. Teaches a Diego, and is a stay-at-home mom for her December 2008, had been practicing Beginning Meditation Course for San Diego twin daughters. Plans to return to clinical Functional Family Therapy (FFT) with Adult Ed, and volunteers as a Breastfeeding work in the future. Greater Lakes Mental Health Care in Educator, conducting monthly support groups Michelle (Bipat) Behrooznia, '05: Working Tacoma, WA, providing FFT to adolescents for pregnant women and new mothers. for the Anxiety & Traumatic Stress Disorders on probation and their families. Currently a Stephanie Rebhan, '06: Working in North Program through UCSD Department of full-time mom. Texas at an intensive outpatient counseling Psychiatry. Collaborating on three treatment Emily Naugton Lindley, '04: Currently center for senior adults, a collaborative outcome studies: 1) brain imaging for GAD married with a 9-month old daughter, and program that services patients from nursing and Panic Disorder; 2) collaborative care for working part-time for PsyCare in Poway, homes, assisted living, or private residences. children with anxiety disorders; and 3) PTSD CA. Also working on her dissertation for her Provides therapy to patients with mood and domestic violence. PsyD in MFT from Alliant, with a focus on disorders and mild dementia/early onset Neena (Gokli) Brammer, '03: Works as a Bowen Theory and Parenting. Alzheimer's, and is currently working school-based counselor at Pine Hill School Jennifer Lundy, '02: In private practice at towards MFT licensure in Texas. in San Jose, CA, providing individual Positive Change Counseling Center in La Juliet Schmitt, '94: Practicing clinically at therapy and IEP assistance to children with Mesa, CA, providing support to adolescents Psychiatric Centers of San Diego, in San emotional disturbances and special needs, and adults struggling with anxiety, Marcos, CA. Specializes in working with ranging in age from 1st-12th grade. depression, PTSD and relationship issues. families with children, typically presenting Hernando Chavez, '03: In private practice Also works part-time as a Research Therapist with issues such as ADHD, parenting, in Beverly Hills, CA, focusing on the at the VA, providing Prolonged Exposure couples with marital discord, women with treatment of sexual minorities and sexual therapy for Veterans with PTSD. Bipolar Disorder, children and adults with issues. Also a college professor teaching Victoria Matney, '08: Working full-time as anxiety, and teens with depression and self- human sexuality, lectures nationally and an MFT Registered Intern at Center for injurious behavior. internationally on sexuality issues, leads Community Solutions, a non-profit Phaedra Scoortis, '03: Working in private workshops and educational seminars, and organization dedicated to healing and practice in Mission Valley, primarily with writes website articles for VH1's The Pick- preventing Sexual Assault & Relationship foster youth and their families, presenting Up Artist. Violence. Also expecting twins in with attachment disorders, adjustment Joshua Cruz, '06: Working at Summit Oaks November! problems, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and Hospital in Summit, NJ, a private psychiatric Karen Mehringer, '01: Is the author of Sail ODD. Also supervises MFT Interns, and and chemical dependency facility. Practices Into Your Dreams: 8 Steps to Living a More teaches a county/Grossmont college class to as a crisis and assessment clinician, and is Purposeful Life, an inspirational speaker, therapists, social workers, and parents, looking ahead professionally to becoming psychotherapist, life coach and the founder entitled "Attachment Parenting," focusing on certified as a Jungian Analyst with the Assisi of Creative Transformations. Lives in attachment-building tehniques and parenting Institute in Vermont. Parker, CO and practices therapy in the skills in relation to foster/adopted children. Ana (Molina) Day, '05: In addition to greater Denver area. Specialties include life Shari Soll, '08: Currently working at the caring for her 11-month old, works in purpose and direction, life transitions, Alcott Center for Mental Health Services, an Eugene, OR, for OSLC Community personal empowerment, and relationship outpatient community mental health clinic in Programs, an agency dedicated to evidence- issues. www.LiveAPurposefulLife.com Los Angeles. Conducting case management based Multidimensional Treatment Foster Christina Neumeyer, '95: In private practice and therapy with severely mentally ill adults. Care (MTFC). Serves as a program in Carlsbad, CA. Also working on a VA/ Thank you to the above-named contributing supervisor, coordinating the treatment team UCSD research study to provide alumni! Congratulations on all of your for a caseload of 5 youths and providing telemedicine for veterans with PTSD, using endeavors and accomplishments. foster parent support and crisis management. Kristin Donahue, '07: Working for the Fleet and Family Support Center in San Diego, providing therapy to active duty and retired military personnel and their families. Also teaches in the Return to Reunion program, providing support to sailors as they return home from deployment. Todd Huisken, '94: Director of LDS Family Services, a counseling and adoption agency in Orange and San Diego Counties. Bindu Khurana, '05: Working as a Care Advocate at United Behavioral Health, serving in Utilization Management to ensure proper utilization of Medi-Cal funds for mental health services. Also a Social Worker at a group home, and a clinician in private practice, specializing in grief, domestic violence, and eating disorders. Will serve as President of SD CAMFT beginning this fall. !"#$%&'()*'!+,-./%'/.0'123%.04'/5'6/22%+'*/453.7'8%%9%.0'3.'5:%';,443/.';3$%2'</++%='
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