Soaring to New Heights

40th Annual Fall Conference
November 2-4, 2005
The Cliffs, Shell Beach, CA

“May the eagle soar to ever greater heights and envelope humankind into the profoundness of our higher destiny.” – Francis Jansen


1:00 – 5:00 Conference Registration
1:00 – 3:00 OCCDHE Steering Committee
3:00 – 5:00 Counseling Center Directors’ Caucus Meetings (2 CEUs)

    • California State University
    • Independents
    • University of California
5:00 – 6:30 Training Directors’ Meeting (1.5 CEUs)
5:30 – 6:30 Intern Gathering and Welcome
6:30 – 7:30 All Conference Social Hour
7:30 40th Annual OCCDHE Banquet
Extraordinary Visions (1 CEU)The OCCDHE Fall Conference will kick off its theme of “Soaring to New Heights” by showing excerpts of DeWitt Jones’ video, Extraordinary Visions! In the video, Mr. Jones highlights the aspects of vision, passion, purpose and creativity. He pairs his inspiring words of wisdom with incredible visual photography from around the world. After watching the video, participants will be asked to apply these concepts to their work in university counseling centers.


7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast Meeting for the Multicultural Action Committee
All are welcome to attend.
8:00 – 9:30 Conference Sessions I (1.5 CEUs)Creating Group Culture: Bridging Staff and Students to Effective Group Work
Brian Reinhardt, Ph.D., Alan Maeda, MFT, Ryan Guetersloh, MFT
The number one presenting concern at many university and college counseling centers involves interpersonal relationships. Group counseling is often the best modality for students working on these issues; however, many therapists say that “groups are hard to get going.” This presentation will provide the essential ingredients for creating a vibrant group counseling culture within the staff. The process of bridging first the staff and then clients to group work will be discussed and illustrated.

Creating Group Culture Handout
Group Counseling: What is it and what are the rules?
Reinhardt’s Group Consultation Outline

The Safe Zone Project: Improving the Campus Climate for LGBT Students
Pamela Ashe, Ph.D., Ferdinand Arcinue, Ph.D., Kirstyn Yuk Sim Chun, Psy.D., Judy Prince, Psy.D.
The Safe Zone Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) awareness and support program that has been implemented on numerous college campuses across the country. In this workshop we will present the CSULB Safe Zone program, including its history, rationale, goals and objectives, and specific activities. A primary objective of Safe Zone is to train a pool of “allies” or LGBT friendly members of the campus community who create “safe zones” across campus. This workshop is ideal for counseling center staff who are considering ways they might address the needs of LGBT students on their campuses, but all are welcome!
Presentation Slides
The Goals of the Safe Zone Program
Challenges Faced by LGBT Students
Transgendered Persons
Where Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation Intersect
LGB ~ People of Color
Transgendered People of Color
What is an Ally?
Ally Contract
Reading List
Internet Resources
Reference List

Transitioning to a Blended Center: A Case Example
Katie Cougevan, Ph.D., Oliver Lin, M.A., Stacie Turks, Psy.D., Liz Thompson, MFT
It is becoming increasingly common to integrate health and counseling services on university campuses, which has sparked debate and some resistance in the field. Our single case example explores the integration of an independently functioning counseling center with an independently functioning health / medical center and the challenges presented within the first year.

Making the Most of the Internship Year (non-CEU)
Kristee L. Haggins, Ph.D., Claytie Davis III, Ph.D.
This program is specifically designed for predoctoral interns. The program will provide interns with an opportunity to identify, explore, and discuss the various issues and experiences they can expect to encounter during the internship year. Further, participants will have the opportunity to discuss strategies that can facilitate a rewarding internship year.
The Psychology Internship: The Developmental Ride of Your Life
Navigating the Internship Year
9:30 – 9:45Break9:45 – 11:15Keynote AddressIntegrating Humor into Psychotherapy:
A Seriously Credible Approach
(1.5 CEUs)
Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., Clinical Mirthologist/Psychologist/Professor, Pepperdine University
Humor in the serious realm of psychotherapy? Are you kidding? In this lively presentation filled with cartoons, anecdotes, and clinical illustrations, we will explore the rationale for and practical application of humor in psychotherapy. We will also examine definitions of humor and investigate how to enhance one’s humor quotient.
11:15 – 12:00Diversity Poster Session Creating a Safe Zone Program on a University Campus
Katie Cougevan, Ph.D.
This poster will explain and diagram the important aspects of both a Safe Zone Program, and the importance of staff participation in increasing visibility on a university campus.

Diverse Identities Week: A Diversity and Community-Building Program
Cecilia Santiago, Michelle Emery
This poster will provide program attendees with an overview of Whittier College’s most visible and successful diversity programs, Diverse Identities (DI) Week.

Latinas Juntas: Creating Community Among Latinas on Campus
Monica Rosas-Baines, Ph.D., Denna Sanchez, Ph.D.
Latinas Juntas (Spanish for “Latinas Together”) was developed to create a supportive community among Latina students, faculty and staff at CSUDH in order to promote educational success and enhance retention efforts.

Multicultural Integration in Training
Kimberly Caluza, Psy.D.
This poster will share detailed information regarding multicultural integration in the USF Counseling Center Training Program by emphasizing the components of the multicultural seminar, designed to increase clinical multicultural competence, as well as, address issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism in the context of brief psychotherapy
Conference Poster

Outside the Box: Finding a Space for Mixed Race Identity at UCSD
Cathy Thompson, Ph.D.
This poster will showcase highlights of the biracial/multiracial forum at UCSD.

Psychology of the Artist: Characterological Findings and Implications for Treatment
Veronica Wahba, Psy.D.
This visual artist’s personality profile includes high affect intensity and emotional instability, introversion, unconventionality, self-sufficiency, androgyny, impulsivity, aggression, and dominance. Resulting implications for treatment may include improving emotional regulation and problem-solving, improving balance between work and relationships, and increasing empathy and compromise in relationships
Conference Poster

The Cross-Cultural Student Leadership Retreat
Bruce McAlister, LCSW, Gena Gechter, Ph.D.
This poster will feature the Cross-Cultural Student Leadership Retreat that is designed to enhance leadership skills and assist students in developing working relationships across ethnic lines.

Zero Target: Self Defense and Self Care for the LGBTQ Community
Brian Reinhardt, Ph.D., Scott Moresi
This poster describes an innovative, experiential, interactive workshop for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff. The workshop addresses preventative and empowering techniques to stay physically and emotionally safe.
Presentation Handout
Zero Target Flyer
LGBT Self Defense Handbook
11:45 – 1:00Lunch – South of the Border Buffet1:00 – 2:30Conference Sessions II (1.5 CEUs) Group Treatment of Body Image Concerns: A Holistic Approach
Erica Liu Wollin, Psy.D., Kendra Oakes Mueller, M.A.
Provides an overview of a semi-structured body image group format exploring a holistic range of issues, including psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects. Various interactive methods are utilized, including peer support, interpersonal process, writing/art, and homework assignments. Modifications to suit the needs of various populations will be explored.

Having it All: Balancing Work and Family
Barbara Thomas, Ph.D. (Darren, 17, Keely, 16), Susan Salem, Ph.D.(Christian, 12, Marie, 9), Sandy Jorgensen-Funk, Ph.D. (Marissa, 17, Erik, 14), Reina Juarez, Ph.D. (Alyeska 12, Shelief, 10), Rebecca Kornbluh, M.D. (Zachary, 5, Elijah, 1.5)
Balancing work, family, and self care is a challenge for anyone who is attempting to do so. This balancing act, while often rewarding, impacts many aspects of one’s life and requires special skills to thrive. Four directors, with extensive Counseling Center experience and who each have two children, discuss current related research, their careers, their families, and strategies for success

Sizism: The Invisible “Ism”
Carina Esteban, Psy.D., Wiggsy Sivertsen, LCSW
Presenters will discuss issues of stigma and discrimination faced by overweight and obese people. Presenters will highlight psychological and social implications for this population, and will explore ways of combating sizism, particularly focusing on college campus work.
Presentation Slides

White Privilege and Identity: An Experiential Session Based on McIntosh’s Work
Gary Shoemaker, Ph.D., Max Camarillo, Ph.D.
Professor McIntosh writes about an invisible “knapsack” of privileges that white people in America have. During the workshop, participants take cards representing some of these advantages. These cards are derived from a highly influential article written by Peggy McIntosh on the subject of White Privilege. Discussion and reflection will take place about having or not having cards or privileges and how to apply this awareness to our personal and professional lives.
2:30 – 2:45Break2:45 – 4:15Conference Sessions III (1.5 CEUs) Non-Intimate Domestic Violence: Clinical and Training Issues Related to Counseling Women of Middle-Eastern and South Asian Descent
Alan Goodwin, Ph.D.
People of South Asian and Middle-Eastern descent who live in western societies often must strike a balance between cultural accommodation and assimilation in a way that is consistent with the laws of the broader culture and yet respects certain sub-cultural norms and values. The way this balance is struck has important clinical and training implications for psychotherapists.

It Takes a Village: Suicide Prevention on Campus
Daniel B. Singley, Ph.D., Peter Russell, Ph.D.
Having a clearly delineated response to critical incidents related to suicide involves the entire campus community. Students, faculty, staff, mental health professionals, and student affairs professionals play an essential role in providing this safety net. A model campus response program to suicidal behavior will be outlined in this presentation

Strangers in Our Sameness: An Autobiographical Documentary of a Female-to-Male Transsexual
Linda Hoag, M.A., MFT
A screening of the video, Strangers in Our Sameness, an autobiographical documentary by Zane Thimmesch-Gill. The video follows a young female-to-male transsexual as he struggles with the public and private implications of reshaping his body. A discussion will follow the screening. The filmmaker will be present if his schedule permits. Advisory: this video contains some graphic images of surgery.

Successful Group Therapy – Meeting the Demands, Building Communities, Accomplishing University Mission
Kell J. Fujimoto, Psy.D., Carina Esteban, Psy.D., Ellen J. Lin, Ph.D.
The presenters will highlight their group therapy success, the importance of using inter-departmental collaboration, and tailoring services to the diverse student population on a commuter campus to help address their psychological needs. Presenters will also discuss how we incorporate the university’s mission with regard to students’ academic success
Presentation Slides
4:15 – 4:30Break4:30 – 6:00Conference Sessions IV (1.5 CEUs) GET OUT! © – A Psychoeducational Game about LGBT Identity Development
David C. Herzog, Psy.D., Elizabeth K. Gayed, Ph.D.
The life-size game is an experiential model that aims to elucidate the challenges that heterosexism and homophobia pose to the cohesive identity development of LGBT individuals through the lens of self-psychology and engender activism amongst the participants. It has been used as an educational tool in campus sensitivity trainings for paraprofessionals, mentors, students, faculty and staff.

Meditation: Many Paths to the Present Moment
Jacqueline Le Falle, Ph.D., Sue C. Nachman, MFT
As therapists and workshop facilitators, we have found that regular meditation, relaxation, and gentle yoga can serve to reduce stress and enhance wellness/self-care/mindfulness for our clients as well as ourselves. This program provides an opportunity for self-care of body, mind and spirit in the context of higher education.

New Students in Distress: Responding to Mental Health Needs
Chris McLean, Ph.D., Laura Guillen, Ph.D.
This program will identify the mental health concerns of first year students from a survey of new students; the personal, career and academic concerns of students seeking counseling; a demographic breakdown of first year students seeking counseling; unique stressors experienced by underrepresented students, counseling; groups and outreach programs for First Year Students; programs: what worked, what didn’t.

Working Outside “The Cube” in the Treatment of Students with Asperger Disorder
Kell J. Fujimoto, Psy.D.
Colleges are seeing more students diagnosed with Asperger Disorder which creates new challenges for everyone. Campuses are often intolerant of individuals with disruptive behaviors. The presenter will address the diagnosis of Asperger Disorder, its prevalence, and discuss an interdisciplinary treatment approach to meet the needs of students and the university.
Presentation Slides
4:30 – 6:00Counseling Center Directors’ Meeting6:00Dinner Out with Friends and Colleagues


7:00 – 8:30 Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 Law and Ethics Part I (2 CEUs)
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling Center Training Programs (Psychologists must attend Part I & II to fulfill BOP requirement. All are welcome to attend.)
Jeffrey P. Prince, Ph.D., Gloria Saito, Ph.D.
This program will explore and examine the legal and ethical issues involved in providing training for interns at counseling centers. The workshop will consider issues relevant for counseling centers that have established training programs, as well as those that are considering starting a program.
Presentation Slides
8:30 – 10:00 Conference Sessions V (1.5 CEUs) Bounce Back Retention Program: An Innovative Curriculum for Student on Academic Probation
Marsha Weinberg, LCSW
Developed at Counseling and Psychological Services at San Diego State University, Bounce Back (BB) is a voluntary, weekly program for students on academic probation. The program is founded on the principles of positive psychology and resiliency theory and is facilitated by mental health professionals. This intervention is proving to be highly effective in increasing retention rates of students at risk of disqualification form SDSU. The presentation will provide an overview of the BB program

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction Using Motivational Interviewing
Mary Peracca, MFT
The program will focus on the cycle of addiction in the unique ways it affects students and how to intervene effectively using the techniques of motivational interviewing. Learn how to empower students to solve their own problems while minimizing resistance.
Presentation Slides
Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Model
Reflections, Rolling with Resistance and Reframing
10:00 – 10:15Break10:15 – 12:15Law and Ethics Part II (2 CEUs)
Boundaries: Approaching the Ethical Edge of Practice
Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D.
This two hour presentation will provide an overview of the ethical codes and legal statutes that influence our professional behavior. Boundaries and related concepts will be defined, the foundations for boundaries will be discussed and the importance of maintaining boundaries will be emphasized. A variety of typical situations where boundary dilemmas can be encountered will be presented, including handling gifts, physical contact, out of the office contact, and multiple relationships. Causes of boundary crossings and models to think through boundary challenges will be presented.
10:15 – 11:45Conference Sessions VI (1.5 CEUs) Intervening for Respectful Empowerment
Barbara J. Gilbert, Ph.D.
This session will analyze the pervasive social paradigm, the Dominance Paradigm, and problems arising when clients continue living within this paradigm, and when we operate within it as therapists. The core components of an alternative – the Respectful Empowerment Paradigm – are described. Implications for conceptualization and intervention in therapy are discussed.

Sex and the College Student: What We Need to Know
Lori Buckley, Psy.D.
Discussion of current sexual beliefs and behaviors of college students that are problematic, demonstrating through lecture and interactive discussion ways to promote healthy sexuality with the goal of decreasing STDs, pregnancy, and sexual victimization

Special thanks to Sculptor Francis Jansen for allowing us to use an image of her sculpture, “Transformation through Forgiveness,” which is located at La Casa de Maria near Santa Barbara. The statue is a tribute to the Native American peoples and stands symbolically for the healing of all wounds, be they physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or environmental. The monument poignantly blends the transformation of humanity evolving into its higher self with the symbol of “the Eagle.” For more information about her work you can visit the website at

 (Note CEUs listed above have all been applied for through APA and the BBS for psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs.)