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Palo Alto University Engaging Minds, Improving Lives. Learn more: http://www.paloaltou.edu/admissions Founded in 1975 as the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University (PAU) is dedicated to reducing suffering and improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.
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With October being #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth, it's an opportunity to listen and learn. In this episode of The Thou...
10/24/2020
EP175: Family Violence and Safety Planning – Victoria Kress speaks with Matthew Paylo, Nicole Stargell, and Marissa Grey

With October being #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth, it's an opportunity to listen and learn.

In this episode of The Thoughtful Counselor, host and guests discuss how the pandemic has influenced family violence, what counselors need to be aware of, ethical considerations when safety planning, and how to use technology when developing a safety plan with clients of all ages.

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In this article, Donya Wallace, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in the Master’s in Counseling program, offers practi...
10/23/2020
Counseling Professor Offers Helpful Tips to Reduce Anxiety,

In this article, Donya Wallace, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in the Master’s in Counseling program, offers practical tips on self-care, voting, and personal relationships.

“This is truly uncharted territory. The brain, body, the entire system – all are trying to adjust to a lack of normalcy.”

This year’s presidential election is unlike any other in history and it’s taking a toll on the mental health of people across the country. Feelings of stress are compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, fears of long polling lines and contracting the virus. Donya Wallace 1 (3).jpg “If you think in

CONCEPT, our Continuing & Professional Studies Division, will be at the virtual Ohio Department of Mental Health and Add...
10/21/2020
Ohio MHAS #4- Self-Care and Resilience

CONCEPT, our Continuing & Professional Studies Division, will be at the virtual Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 2020 Conference.

Check out this workshop on Nov. 19th: "Self-Care and Resilience: Reset Throughout the Day." Learn more here:

Self-Care and Resilience: Reset Throughout the Day For Forensic Mental Health Professionals presented by Jen Wright-Schneeman, MBA, E-RYT500, C-IAYT.

Staying emotionally healthy is difficult in times like these – when people are juggling multiple challenges, from the pa...
10/20/2020
How to Prevent Depression During COVID-19 | Palo Alto

Staying emotionally healthy is difficult in times like these – when people are juggling multiple challenges, from the pandemic to systemic racism, wildfires, and more.

In this special webinar on October 22nd, PAU professor Ricardo F. Muñoz will discuss methods to prevent depression.

Join us! And please share this free opportunity!

Featuring Palo Alto University Distinguished Professor Ricardo Muñoz Register Here Staying emotionally healthy is difficult in times like these – when people are juggling multiple challenges, from the ongoing pandemic to issues regarding systemic racism, wildfires and more. In this special webina...

PAU professor Margaret Lamar and alumna Yasmin Silva will present at the CALPCC Virtual Conference on October 24th. You ...
10/19/2020

PAU professor Margaret Lamar and alumna Yasmin Silva will present at the CALPCC Virtual Conference on October 24th.

You can learn more about the conference and their workshop, "Effectiveness of short term counseling for women in DV shelters," here: https://calpcc.org/2020conference-schedule.

A recent study of suicide deaths by method and location, could have important implications for culturally-informed suici...
10/18/2020
New Study of Santa Clara County Ethnic Minority Suicides

A recent study of suicide deaths by method and location, could have important implications for culturally-informed suicide prevention strategies.

A recent study of suicide deaths in Northern California conducted by researchers at Palo Alto University, the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department, and the County of Santa Clara Office of the Medical Examiner / Coroner, could have important implications for

PAU professor Ricardo F. Muñoz will chair the panel tasked with the development and dissemination of interactive web-bas...
10/17/2020
National Academies and CDC Convene Expert Panel Chaired by

PAU professor Ricardo F. Muñoz will chair the panel tasked with the development and dissemination of interactive web-based tools to meet the behavioral health needs of parents, children, and adolescents during the COVID-19 crisis.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has named Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D., distinguished professor of clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, chair of an expert panel to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the development and

10/16/2020
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PAU President Maureen O'Connor participated in a panel about reducing the stigma around behavioral health.

"As a university that trains mental health professionals, we have seen increases in our enrollment this year, because what I believe is also happening is that more and more young people recognize these issues and want to do something about it."

Nonprofit Report: Reducing the Stigma Around Behavioral Health

Join host Mark Oppenheim as he leads a conversation on behavioral health with guests: Charles Ingoglia, President & CEO of National Council for Behavioral Health; Maureen O'Connor, President of Palo Alto University; & Colleen Creighton, CEO of American Association of Suicidology.

PAU professor Lisa Brown, along with the Gerontological Society of America, created a decision aid for social interactio...
10/15/2020
GSA creates COVID-19 decision aid for social situations

PAU professor Lisa Brown, along with the Gerontological Society of America, created a decision aid for social interactions during COVID-19.

"While it cannot tell a person to do or not do an activity, the aid is very helpful in getting a full picture of risk," said Dr. Brown.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has developed a COVID-19 decision aid to help people make an informed decision when they consider interacting with other people or taking part in activities outside the...

Please join us for a panel discussion with alumni of our PhD in Clinical Psychology program. Learn more about their expe...
10/14/2020

Please join us for a panel discussion with alumni of our PhD in Clinical Psychology program. Learn more about their experience as students, their paths to their current positions, and how they have approached the challenges of providing mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PhD Alumni Panel
Oct. 15
5:30pm - 6:30pm
https://www.paloaltou.edu/events/phd-alumni-panel-webinar

[On-campus photo from 2014.]

Are you thinking about applying to our MA in Counseling program?Then join us online for an Admissions Deep Dive on Wedne...
10/13/2020

Are you thinking about applying to our MA in Counseling program?

Then join us online for an Admissions Deep Dive on Wednesday, October 14 at 4:00 pm PST: https://bit.ly/2SOB8x4.

And please share this post with anyone who's been thinking of grad school!

This two-day workshop provides foundational training on the use of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (S...
10/12/2020
Workshop: Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability

This two-day workshop provides foundational training on the use of the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a 20-item structured professional judgement guide developed to support decisions and case planning for persons with mental health and/or criminal justice needs and who may pose a risk of violence.

Learn more and register here: https://www.paloaltou.edu/events/workshop-short-term-assessment-risk-treatability.

Workshop: Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START) This live workshop on Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START): An introduction to using structured professional judgement to assess for interconnected risks and case planning for diverse populations is presented

"Never before has it been more important to advocate for accessible mental health care for all...Our faculty, students a...
10/11/2020
World Mental Health Day | Palo Alto University

"Never before has it been more important to advocate for accessible mental health care for all...Our faculty, students and alumni are making important contributions to meeting the mental health needs of today’s diverse society."

#WorldMentalHealthDay

A Message from Palo Alto University President Maureen O'Connor This year’s World Mental Health Day arrives amid a global pandemic that brings unprecedented challenges to individuals, families, and our communities. In our own California community, the fallout of COVID-19 is compounded by the

A Message from Palo Alto University President Maureen O'Connor on World Mental Health Day:
10/10/2020
World Mental Health Day | Palo Alto University

A Message from Palo Alto University President Maureen O'Connor on World Mental Health Day:

A Message from Palo Alto University President Maureen O'Connor This year’s World Mental Health Day arrives amid a global pandemic that brings unprecedented challenges to individuals, families, and our communities. In our own California community, the fallout of COVID-19 is compounded by the

A new suicide prevention training program developed by a team from PAU and the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health S...
10/10/2020

A new suicide prevention training program developed by a team from PAU and the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department aims to better prevent suicide by being more culturally sensitive: https://bit.ly/3iocVYU.

PAU professor Donna Sheperis co-authored "Ethics in the time of COVID: Contact tracing," which was recently published in...
10/09/2020
Ethics in the time of COVID: Contact tracing - Counseling Today

PAU professor Donna Sheperis co-authored "Ethics in the time of COVID: Contact tracing," which was recently published in the American Counseling Association's "Counseling Today."

Read the online exclusive here:

"Counselors should avoid any unnecessary breach of client information, but the prejudicial nature of revealing a client’s identity might be outweighed by the probative value for public health and slowing down this virus."

Student Profile: Megan Frank, PAU SAGE President Has Passion for Serving Older Adults Megan Frank was attending high sch...
10/08/2020

Student Profile: Megan Frank, PAU SAGE President Has Passion for Serving Older Adults

Megan Frank was attending high school in Berkeley, CA when she learned that her grandmother, who was raising her, had Alzheimer’s. With limited knowledge of the disease, Megan began to research its causes and treatments and in so doing learned about other neurodegenerative diseases like frontotemporal dementia and atypical Parkinson’s disease which sparked her interest in neuropsychology.

After graduating with a B.A. in psychology from the University of California Merced, she pursued a master’s degree in counseling at the University of California-San Francisco. She is now in the third-year of PAU’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. “I chose PAU because it was one of the few schools in the region with a neuropsychology tract,” says Megan.

Read on: https://bit.ly/3dft8hZ.

We're pleased to welcome five new faculty members to PAU. Each brings unique perspectives and research areas to the Coun...
10/07/2020
PAU Welcomes Five New Faculty | Palo Alto University

We're pleased to welcome five new faculty members to PAU. Each brings unique perspectives and research areas to the Counseling and Psychology Departments, as well as a strong commitment to student-centered education.

Meet our new faculty!

Ph.D. and Psy.D. Admissions Deep Dive: https://bit.ly/2Gwkbot.Join the Office of Admissions for a special session Oct. 8...
10/06/2020

Ph.D. and Psy.D. Admissions Deep Dive: https://bit.ly/2Gwkbot.

Join the Office of Admissions for a special session Oct. 8th covering the application process for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology programs.

(Photo from Commencement 2019.)

More than 30 years after the HIV epidemic, patients are aging thanks to advances in medicine. But older HIV patients may...
10/05/2020
Alterations of Brain Signal Oscillations in Older Individuals with HIV Infection and Parkinson’s Disease

More than 30 years after the HIV epidemic, patients are aging thanks to advances in medicine. But older HIV patients may show neurofunctional deficits similar to people with Parkinson’s disease.

PAU professor Tilman Schulte is a Principal Investigator on "Alterations of Brain Signal Oscillations in Older Individuals with HIV Infection and Parkinson’s Disease," published in the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

Read more: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11481-020-09914-x.

More than 30 years after the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, HIV patients are now aging due to the advances of antiretroviral therapy. With immunosenescence and the susceptibility of dopamine-rich basal ganglia regions to HIV-related injury, older HIV patients may show neurofunctio...

When one disaster strikes, the emotional toll can be heavy. When crises collide, the risk of mental health problems, suc...
10/04/2020
Multiple Crises Give Rise to Digital Delivery of Mental Health Services

When one disaster strikes, the emotional toll can be heavy. When crises collide, the risk of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety or PTSD, can drastically increase. PAU is addressing this dire need through advances in the digital delivery of mental health crisis support.

Across the Bay Area and Northern California, more than 480 structures , including homes, have been lost due to massive wildfires. Complex wi...

We have more than 70 on-demand webinars for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professio...
10/03/2020
Forensic and Specialty Psychology Webinars | CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies At Palo Alto University Archives - CONCEPT Professional Training

We have more than 70 on-demand webinars for psychologists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals. Each program offers up to three CE credits and can be completed any time, any where!

Get started here: https://bit.ly/2RxpRRS.

ON-DEMAND WEBINARS Forensic Psychology and Specialty-Focused, On-Demand Webinar Training Programs CONCEPT Continuing and Professional Studies at Palo Alto University (PAU) offers forensic and specialty psychology webinar training programs for mental health professionals. Our home-study programs are....

The United Nations has declared today "International Day of Older Persons." In that spirit, we share this story with you...
10/01/2020
PAU Students Provide Essential Mental Health Services to

The United Nations has declared today "International Day of Older Persons." In that spirit, we share this story with you.

As COVID-19 takes its toll on the mental health of seniors living in isolation, PAU students are providing essential mental health services to older adults in retirement homes.

Keep reading:

As COVID-19 takes its toll on the mental health of seniors living in isolation at adult living homes, a team of Palo Alto University psychology students are providing essential mental health services to older adults residing in independent living facilities in Daly City, Portola Valley, and Palo

September has been National Suicide Prevention Month. Dr. Joyce Chu's "Suicide Prevention During COVID-19" webinar is, u...
10/01/2020

September has been National Suicide Prevention Month. Dr. Joyce Chu's "Suicide Prevention During COVID-19" webinar is, unfortunately, still applicable.

The workshop is available on-demand, online, and for free. Dr. Chu helps participants identify suicide risk, how to ask individuals if they are thinking about suicide, and how to connect them with help.

Please share this with anyone you think may find it useful! https://concept.paloaltou.edu/community-suicide-prevention-during-covid-19/

We have several virtual open houses on the calendar for our graduate programs. The next one is this Friday, but visit ou...
09/30/2020

We have several virtual open houses on the calendar for our graduate programs. The next one is this Friday, but visit our full calendar today to register for a session!

Graduate Programs Virtual Open Houses: https://www.paloaltou.edu/news-events/events

PAU professor Ricardo Muñoz is the next National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director’s ...
09/29/2020

PAU professor Ricardo Muñoz is the next National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director’s Seminar Series speaker.

On October 8th, he will present "On the Potential of Massive Open Online Interventions and Digital Apothecaries to Reduce Health Disparities Worldwide."

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3mYC7bO. And congratulations, Dr. Muñoz!

The term “nomophobia” has been coined to describe that anxious feeling you get when you forget your phone. Healthline sp...
09/28/2020
Why You May Feel Anxious When You Forget Your Phone

The term “nomophobia” has been coined to describe that anxious feeling you get when you forget your phone. Healthline spoke with PAU professor J. Scott Hinkle about appropriate smartphone use:

Many people say they feel a little separation anxiety when they forget their smartphone, but if you really can’t bear to be away from your device, it may be a sign of a bigger issue.

The term “nomophobia” has been coined to describe that anxious feeling you get when you forget your phone. Healthline sp...
09/28/2020
Why You May Feel Anxious When You Forget Your Phone

The term “nomophobia” has been coined to describe that anxious feeling you get when you forget your phone. Healthline spoke with PAU professor J. Scott Hinkle about appropriate smartphone use:

Many people say they feel a little separation anxiety when they forget their smartphone, but if you really can’t bear to be away from your device, it may be a sign of a bigger issue.

09/27/2020
Robert D. Friedberg on LinkedIn: #CBT #pediatrics #APA | 27 comments

Congrats to PAU professor Robert Friedberg! He edited "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth: Tradition and Innovation," which was published this summer.

You can also see his LinkedIn post for an enthusiastic book announcement:

Super excited and proud re new book by the GREAT Brad Nakamura and me. Lots of very practical cutting edge clinical info prepared by many pioneering clinicians... 27 comments on LinkedIn

Professional development opportunity! Fear Management Webinar  Presented by Dr. Kelly Watt  On-demand, online: https://b...
09/26/2020

Professional development opportunity!

Fear Management Webinar
Presented by Dr. Kelly Watt
On-demand, online: https://bit.ly/3i4cZxs

Managing the fear experience of potential victims and targets of violence is an important and often overlooked task when conducting violence risk assessment and management. This one CE webinar is appropriate for clinicians at all levels of experience.

Deadline: October 1st! Call for #PAUAlumni Class Notes: https://www.paloaltou.edu/alumni/classnotes Let us know about a ...
09/25/2020

Deadline: October 1st!

Call for #PAUAlumni Class Notes: https://www.paloaltou.edu/alumni/classnotes

Let us know about a new job or promotion, publication, honors, relocations, births and adoptions, retirement, and other significant events in your life. We want to share your news online and in our alumni newsletter.

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Santa Monica/SoCal therapists... looking for a Black therapist who would like to support "Black Girls Surf"... an AMAZING non-profit giving young women a chance to learn how to surf around the globe. They are looking for someone to support their participants on 9/11/2020 in Santa Monica. If you or anyone you know might be interested please post below! Thank you in advance!
Greetings Fellow Alumni! I am helping Santa Clara County Mental Health Department find my replacement as the contracted psychologist who provides assessment and expert witness for conserved clients who are contesting their conservatorship status (think Britney Spears objecting to her father running her life). You need to be licensed. Normal caseload is two to three cases a month. I am happy to provide more details in private. I will also provide free mentoring. This is a great opportunity to acquire forensic psychology experience in a relatively low stress environment, and earn an extra couple of thousand dollars a month for a few hours of work. Please call me at 408-243-4776 or email me at [email protected]. Regards, Greg Salerno, Ph.D., P.C.
Working hard on my masters in Social Work and Public Administration (dual degree), i stumbled upon Palo Alto when looking at Doctorate Programs and have been delighted to find an LGBTQ focus in your clinical psychology department. I will be done with both my degrees in two years, afterwards i hope to apply to your school and clinical psychology department for a doctorate after a year of rest to recharge. Problem is i live in Michigan and don't really have the funds to live in California at this time. Do you beleive there may be some online options available for this program in the next two years, or must in person education be the priority for this doctoral program?
Always proud of my Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University. Class of 2016
Seeking Couples to Participate in a Paid Study Are you interested in participating in a study about early relationships over time? We are seeking BOTH members of romantic couples to fill out our confidential online daily survey on relationship interactions and sexuality for 1.5 years (~60 mins per survey; 7 surveys). In order to be eligible, you must: Be 25+ years old Have been in a relationship with your partner for 6-12 months Be sexually active in your current relationship Reside in Canada or the United States Live geographically close to your partner Be able to read and understand English Have daily access to a computer with internet Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other the outset of the study, then complete 6 additional surveys over the course of 1.5 years Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other. Each partner will be compensated up to $105 ($84 USD) in Amazon, Best Buy, or Starbucks for completing all parts of the study. You will receive $15 ($12 USD) for completing each survey. To participate in the study, or find out more, please email us at [email protected] about the “Early Relationships Overtime Study” or EROS.
Seeking Couples to Participate in a Paid Study Are you interested in participating in a study about early relationships over time? We are seeking BOTH members of romantic couples to fill out our confidential online daily survey on relationship interactions and sexuality for 1.5 years (~60 mins per survey; 7 surveys). In order to be eligible, you must: Be 25+ years old Have been in a relationship with your partner for 6-12 months Be sexually active in your current relationship Reside in Canada or the United States Live geographically close to your partner Be able to read and understand English Have daily access to a computer with internet Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other the outset of the study, then complete 6 additional surveys over the course of 1.5 years Partners must complete separate online questionnaires within two weeks of each other. Each partner will be compensated up to $105 ($84 USD) in Amazon, Best Buy, or Starbucks for completing all parts of the study. You will receive $15 ($12 USD) for completing each survey. To participate in the study, or find out more, please email us at [email protected] about the “Early Relationships Overtime Study” or EROS.
In a comment in Nature, Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz scans 50 years of research, highlights recent clinical trials, and concludes: "In short, the data suggest that if we implement interventions that seem to be the most effective in clinical trials, we could halve the new cases of major depression."
Bumped into another alum at the NorCal Play Therapy conference in Avila Beach!
The Summer Institute: Preparing for a Career in the Armed Forces 10-14 June 2019 Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD Application Deadline Extended 29 January 2019 The Summer Institute is designed for doctoral students in clinical or counseling psychology who are interested in joining the U.S. military and serving military patients. The goal is to help prepare them for a military internship and career as a military psychologist. The program is at USU scheduled on 10-14 June 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. Upon completion of the course, students will be given the opportunity to take one of CDP’s online two-day evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) workshops at a discounted rate. This EBP training is not a requirement of the course. If you are considering a military internship and wish to serve our nation, visit: http://deploymentpsych.org/the-summer-career Application Deadline Extended 29 January 2019
The Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair is tomorrow! Learn more: http://www.careereco.com/fbevents/psychology Attend the FREE Psychology Grad School Virtual fair to meet with representatives from 41 psychology graduate programs nationwide!
So sad about alumnus Jennifer Gonzales, Psy. D. who was killed in Yountville last week. The papers say she was 32 and graduated in 2003. She would have been 18! Remarkable, but is it accurate? The school should have a memorial event to raise money for her family.
Good Morning! For students who want to become members of the Santa Clara Psychological Association, you can do it free by volunteering to be part of a committee, like the student committee or the early career psychologist committee or CARE committee (wellness for therapists) First, like our page and send us a message to get the ball rolling. https://www.facebook.com/www.sccpa.org/