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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 96 accredited counseling programs fully online nationwide, PAU faculty planned a conference devoted to distance lea...
02/09/2021

With 96 accredited counseling programs fully online nationwide, PAU faculty planned a conference devoted to distance learning for the counseling profession. Little did they know how relevant the idea would become as COVID-19 moved all teaching online.

The first CEDL Conference will be hosted by PAU – online, of course – Friday, Feb. 19!

Join us for a talk on the benefits and potential harm of technology on children, from a U.K. perspective, with Dr. Berna...
02/08/2021

Join us for a talk on the benefits and potential harm of technology on children, from a U.K. perspective, with Dr. Bernadka Dubicka Feb. 11th: https://bit.ly/3pI1r6N.

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with psychology and counseling pioneers! Mamie and Kenneth Clark were American psychologi...
02/07/2021
Palo Alto University Honors Black Scholars for Black

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with psychology and counseling pioneers!

Mamie and Kenneth Clark were American psychologists, educators and activists who made significant contributions to the field of social psychology and the Civil Rights movement.

The Clarks were the first African Americans to obtain doctoral degrees from Columbia University in the 1940s. Their research was largely focused on the effects of racial biases in education. They were committed to promoting racial understanding and to combat prejudice early in children’s development.

Their ground-breaking ”doll tests” provided evidence that school segregation had lasting effects on children’s self-perception and self-esteem. Their expertise allowed them to testify as expert witnesses in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled public-school segregation unconstitutional.

Read more about the psychologists and counselors we highlighted this month:

Timothy J. Avery, Psy.D., a PAU alumnus, co-authored the research paper, "Yoga is effective in treating symptoms of Gulf...
02/06/2021
Yoga is effective in treating symptoms of Gulf War illness: A randomized clinical trial

Timothy J. Avery, Psy.D., a PAU alumnus, co-authored the research paper, "Yoga is effective in treating symptoms of Gulf War illness: A randomized clinical trial." Congrats, Dr. Avery!

Many Veterans of the 1990–1991 Gulf War report symptoms of Gulf War Illness, a condition involving numerous chronic symptoms including pain, fatigue, …

Register today! Superstar Psychologists in Technology Speaker Series Welcomes Alumna Andrea Scott, Ph.D. Tuesday, Februa...
02/06/2021
Superstar Psychologists in Technology Speaker Series

Register today!

Superstar Psychologists in Technology Speaker Series Welcomes Alumna Andrea Scott, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 16
6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Live Webinar with PAU Alumna and Sessions Sync Founder, Andrea Scott, Ph.D. Moderated by PAU President, Maureen O'Connor REGISTER HERE PAU'S Superstar Psychologists in Technology series returns Tuesday, February 16, featuring Alumna Andrea Scott, Ph.D.. Dr. Andrea Scott is President and co-founder

02/05/2021
One Mind

One Mind

Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, and Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine and Author, What Would Frida Do? joined us this week on Brain Waves to dive into the relevant and crucial topic of racial disparities within our healthcare system. We also welcome Michael Franti and Spearhead for a musical performance. Watch the full episode: bit.ly/BrainWaves25

Continuing education opportunity! Malingering in Forensic Evaluations, presented by Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP, offers g...
02/03/2021
AAFP Workshop: Malingering in Forensic Evaluations | Palo

Continuing education opportunity! Malingering in Forensic Evaluations, presented by Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP, offers guidance on the legal and practical implications of evaluating response styles in forensic evaluations.

Thursday, February 25th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST
4 CEs
Register here:

Presented by Michael Vitacco, PhD, ABPP Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST 4 CEs / CEUs Register here. This course offers guidance on legal and practical implications of evaluating response styles in forensic evaluations. During this seminar, several key aspects of evaluating for

02/03/2021
One Mind

Tune in Friday at noon PST for this exciting conversation with our very own Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, as well as Arianna Davis from O, The Oprah Magazine and Michael Franti and Spearhead!

Racial disparities in health care have been spotlighted more than ever during COVID-19. Friday at noon PT on Brain Waves, we discuss this with experts Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, and Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine and Author, What Would Frida Do?. Don’t miss a special performance from Musician, Filmmaker, and Humanitarian, Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Love this! Congrats everyone!
02/03/2021

Love this! Congrats everyone!

🌈🎉Congratulations to the 30 “graduates” of our first ever LGBTQ+ Clinical Academy with Palo Alto University Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR), which culminated today, after four enriching months of study and discussion!! 🥳🏳️‍🌈

📢 Shout out to Dr. Em Matsuno (they/them) who is a faculty member on the project and served as a Presenter for some of the workshops and leads the program evaluation 💻📊. Em is also a current Postdoctoral Fellow at PAU, whose research and clinical work focuses on supporting the mental health and well-being of trans and non-binary people 🏳️‍⚧️⚧🤍

#lgbtq #lgbtqrights #lgbtqpride #lgbtqsupport #lgbtqcommunity #lgbtqhistory #lgbtqfriendly #neverstoplearning #adultlearning #graduationday

February 2021 marks the 95th year America celebrates Black History Month. This year, we'd like to acknowledge five histo...
02/02/2021
Palo Alto University Honors Black Scholars for Black

February 2021 marks the 95th year America celebrates Black History Month. This year, we'd like to acknowledge five historical and contemporary Black pioneers in psychology and counseling for their commitment, dedication, and contributions to their fields.

Read about them here:

02/02/2021
One Mind

One Mind

Racial disparities in health care have been spotlighted more than ever during COVID-19. Friday at noon PT on Brain Waves, we discuss this with experts Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, and Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine and Author, What Would Frida Do?. Don’t miss a special performance from Musician, Filmmaker, and Humanitarian, Michael Franti and Spearhead.

02/02/2021
One Mind

One Mind

Racial disparities in health care have been spotlighted more than ever during COVID-19. Friday at noon PT on Brain Waves, we discuss this with experts Dr. Ricardo F. Muñoz, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University, and Arianna Davis, Digital Director of O, The Oprah Magazine and Author, What Would Frida Do?. Don’t miss a special performance from Musician, Filmmaker, and Humanitarian, Michael Franti and Spearhead.

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month! #FinAidFeb It's the perfect time to complete the FAFSA, assess your financial...
02/02/2021

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month! #FinAidFeb

It's the perfect time to complete the FAFSA, assess your financial aid package, discuss hot topics such as loan repayment and loan forgiveness, and get to know your Financial Aid options.

Students, keep a look out in the Student News Digest for workshops and financial aid tips!

A research paper on the role of self-connection in the context of college students' goal congruence and positivity towar...
02/01/2021
The Career Development Quarterly

A research paper on the role of self-connection in the context of college students' goal congruence and positivity towards their major by PAU alumna Kristine Klussman, Ph.D., was published in The Career Development Quarterly.

Congrats, Dr. Klussman! #PAUAlumni

Click on the title to browse this journal

CONCEPT Professional Training
02/01/2021

CONCEPT Professional Training

LAST CALL! We're in the final hours of our live webinar subscription! This includes 12 webinars on a variety of applicable topics, relevant to mental health professionals at all stages of their career. #psychology #mentalhealth #psychologywebinar #psych

https://concept.paloaltou.edu/live-webinar-subscription/

Alumna Courtney Beasly, Psy.D., was featured on the "Be You Too Full" podcast. Dr. Beasley is a licensed psychologist an...
01/30/2021
A Conversation Beyond Therapy with Cortney Beasley

Alumna Courtney Beasly, Psy.D., was featured on the "Be You Too Full" podcast. Dr. Beasley is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Put In Black, a platform designed to improve Black communities' access to health information.

Listen here:

Dr. Cortney Beasley is a licensed psychologist, trained in Clinical and Forensic Psychology, and the founder of Put In Black, a platform designed to improve Black communities' access to health informa

Prospective students: join the Admissions staff for a special session covering the application and admissions process fo...
01/30/2021
MA in Counseling Admissions Deep Dive | Palo Alto University

Prospective students: join the Admissions staff for a special session covering the application and admissions process for the MA in Counseling program!

Register here for this Feb. 2 online event:

Join the Office of Admissions staff for a special session covering the application and admissions process for the MA in Counseling program. Topics will include: Using PsyCAS Crafting your statement of purpose Transcripts and electronic course entry Letter of Recommendations Timeline and rolling

Registration is now open for the February 19 Counselor Education Distance Learning Conference! Attending CEDL brings bes...
01/27/2021

Registration is now open for the February 19 Counselor Education Distance Learning Conference!

Attending CEDL brings best-practice pedagogy into participant programs, whether you're teaching one course in a hybrid format or an entire curriculum. CEDL also allows educators to engage in thoughtful discussion on concepts essential to delivery models that are rapidly changing.

Whether you're new to online teaching or have been working in this space for some time, please join us February 19: https://concept.paloaltou.edu/cedl/!

Are you curious about PAU's undergraduate programs? Or do you know someone interested in transferring?Then stop by this ...
01/26/2021
Inquiry Form | Palo Alto University

Are you curious about PAU's undergraduate programs? Or do you know someone interested in transferring?

Then stop by this online pop-up Admissions event Jan. 27 at 5:30 pm! We'll be here to answer your questions about degree programs, the admissions process, and anything else PAU related.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3iKcMRc!

General inquiry form for Palo Alto University.

LGBTQ+ people have unique risk and resilience factors that influence their mental health and response to psychotherapy. ...
01/26/2021
LIVE: Evidence-Based Psychotherapy With LGBTQ+ Populations

LGBTQ+ people have unique risk and resilience factors that influence their mental health and response to psychotherapy. Join us Wednesday for this webinar on Evidence-Based Psychotherapy with LGBTQ+ Populations presented by Kimberly F. Balsam, PhD.

Presented by Kimberly F. Balsam, PhD

PAU professor Karen Roller co-authored "Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Outreach and Trauma Training in Haiti," whic...
01/25/2021
Caribbean Journal of Psychology: Vol. 12, Issue 1, 2020 - University of the West Indies Press

PAU professor Karen Roller co-authored "Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Outreach and Trauma Training in Haiti," which was published in the Caribbean Journal of Psychology.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Roller!

Article 1Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Outreach and Trauma Training in Haiti Karen M. RollerFlorence Saint-JeanJuanita Barnett Elizabeth Farrah LouisPriscilla John Abstract The Global Trauma Research Inc.’s Haiti Trauma Project (HTP) team... READ MORE

PAU professor Sita Patel was quoted in The New York Times about the impact remote learning is having on young English-la...
01/24/2021
With Remote Learning, a 12-Year-Old Knows Her English Is Slipping Away

PAU professor Sita Patel was quoted in The New York Times about the impact remote learning is having on young English-language learners. Congrats, Dr. Patel!

You can read more here:

In New York City, 142,000 children are learning English in school. Online classes are especially challenging for them.

Are you considering therapy, but don't know where to start with the new digital options? Then check out this YouTube vid...
01/23/2021
Therapy in the Age of COVID-19: Making Sense of Digital Options

Are you considering therapy, but don't know where to start with the new digital options? Then check out this YouTube video, and please consider sharing this with anyone you know who may be seeking help this winter.

Mental health concerns are on the rise due to the pandemic, fires, racial tensions and more. Options for more traditional support, such as in-person therapy,...

Hey, PAU students:Inner Resources for Stress is an 8-week group that focuses on mindfulness and meditation. The group me...
01/20/2021

Hey, PAU students:

Inner Resources for Stress is an 8-week group that focuses on mindfulness and meditation. The group meets on Fridays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm between January 22 - March 12. Classes are held on Zoom and facilitated by clinical psychology doctoral students.

If you're interested in registering or if you have questions, email [email protected].

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. We are mindfully celebrating #MLKDay. ...
01/18/2021

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are mindfully celebrating #MLKDay. Reminder too that we invite you to join us this evening for a workshop focusing on the need for mental health services in minority communities: https://bit.ly/3oSwzjy.

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the PAU Association of Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association of Stu...
01/17/2021
MLK Event to Focus on Need for Mental Health Services in

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the PAU Association of Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association of Students for Social Justice will host a presentation and workshop by Rev. Floyd Thompkins, CEO of the Foundation for Justice and Peace.

Please join us! The event will take place online Monday, January 18th at 5:30 p.m. (PST). Register here:

In this episode of The Thoughtful Counselor, PAU professor Megan Speciale speaks with Richard Balkin. Listeners will lea...
01/15/2021
EP192: Practicing Forgiveness – A Path Toward Healing with Richard Balkin

In this episode of The Thoughtful Counselor, PAU professor Megan Speciale speaks with Richard Balkin. Listeners will learn about the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model, "a framework intended to guide people through the complex and often gut-wrenching process of forgiveness."

Visit the post for more.

Preventing Physician Burnout Calls for a “Career-Long” ApproachA new model, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and...
01/13/2021

Preventing Physician Burnout Calls for a “Career-Long” Approach

A new model, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings and authored by a team of psychology and medical professionals from PAU, including Matt Cordova, Ph.D., and Stanford University School of Medicine, calls for a career-long approach to physician well-being.

https://www.paloaltou.edu/news/preventing-physician-burnout

"The Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with a long history of violent conflict, extreme poverty, and little to...
01/10/2021
A qualitative approach to informing mental health programming in Central African Republic.

"The Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with a long history of violent conflict, extreme poverty, and little to no mental health infrastructure for a population with profound exposure to ongoing trauma."

Congrats to PAU professors Sita Patel, Karen Froming, Lisa Brown, and William Froming, as well as students Isabel Unanue, Persephone Crittenden, Dustin Kieschnick, Florence Ntakarutimana, and Mina S. Dailami who co-authored "A Qualitative Approach to Informing Mental Health Programming in Central African Republic."

The Central African Republic (CAR) is a country with a long history of violent conflict, extreme poverty, and little to no mental health infrastructure for a population with profound exposure to ongoing trauma. In 2015, 70% of the population was displaced internally or to surrounding countries, and....

A message from President Maureen O'Connor regarding events at the Capitol:"I am thinking of all of you at this challengi...
01/08/2021
Message from President Maureen O'Connor Regarding Events at

A message from President Maureen O'Connor regarding events at the Capitol:

"I am thinking of all of you at this challenging time. Those of us who study and practice in the fields of psychology and counseling know better than anyone what loss of a sense of safety and security can do; what mental health challenges come from experiencing trauma; what systemic racism can do to undermine physical and mental health."

Read more: https://bit.ly/3q2vpT0.

Maureen 2.png On the morning of September 11, 2001, my then 10-year-old daughter and I walked from our home in Brooklyn to our local elementary school which was our polling place. It was the day of the New York state primaries. I was keeping my daughter home because she had a medical appointment,

PAU professors William H. Snow, Jennie Ju, Kelly Coker, and Scott Hinkle are featured in a special issue of The Professi...
01/06/2021
PAU Faculty in The Professional Counselor | Palo Alto

PAU professors William H. Snow, Jennie Ju, Kelly Coker, and Scott Hinkle are featured in a special issue of The Professional Counselor that is designed to inform and support efforts in starting or revitalizing doctoral degree programs in counselor education and supervision.

Check out the issue here:

The Professional Counselor Doctoral Counselor Education William H. Snow, chair of PAU's Counseling Department, co-authored the introductory article for a special issue of the The Professional Counselor that is designed to inform and support faculty, staff, and administrative efforts in starting

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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/