Can you imagine 18, 800 hours of service by MFT and PCC interns for at risk children in the Covina area. This is what 16 interns have produced for children with mental health needs, academic support in the current school year. Led by a passionate coordinator for the needs of children, Sasha Hefflin, MS MFT, and clinical supervisor Judy McGehee, LMFT. Through the services provided children have been able to attend school more regularly, have increased their grades, and have had a private place to share their concerns. These interns are provided with a small stipend and financially yield a regular salary to provide this service. If you can please donate to help support these interns that have shared their expertise.
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On June 12, 2014 the YWCA San Gabriel Valley honored our own Judy McGehee, LMFT and other extraordinary women for their Passion, Dedication, and Achievement in the field of Health Care at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards. These women were honored as being extraordinary women in health care for the trails they are blazing for generations to come and for exemplifying the mission of the YWCA San Gabriel Valley, “To eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.”
We are pleased that year one is almost complete. Through a small grant we have been able to provide 70 plus per month therapy hours to the Middle Schools and GHS since December, 2012 through the summer of 2013, as well as 10 plus hours of supervision for this program! Melissa Lamoureux, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (pre-licensed) and Jameela Ahmed, MS, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (pre-licensed) have been providing counseling support this school term to school age pre-adolescents and adolescents.
People ask about being an “Intern” and what’s the difference between a Licensed Therapist and “Intern”. I prefer to use the word Pre-licensed; these folks have gone through an intense Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as working in Practicums and Internships prior to and after receiving their Master’s Degree. They have been honing their skills and come with a variety of interventions and theories to help clients Increase Communication in Interpersonal Relationships, as well as working with Teens and children to reduce anger outbursts and learn social skills. They are well versed in Marital and Pre-Martial work, as well as Family interaction. It’s during this pre-licensed period that Interns gain their 3000 hours to sit for the exams by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, under the consistent Supervision of a Licensed Therapist.
Licensed Therapists have passed both BBS exams, and have been in practice from 3-35 years and provide guidance, mentoring, and expert Supervision skills to assist them to provide the best possible Clinical Care to their clients. Through the years I’ve been in Private Practice, I’ve also been honored to serve as Clinical Supervisor- for Businesses, Residential Treatment Centers, Psychiatric Settings and School Based Mental Health Programs. All therapists utilize Continuing Education to keep abreast of changes in the field, Theories of creating change, Holistic and Medical Model practices to keep current in an ever changing field.
We look forward to our next two years while under this grant to provide services to GUSD.
Last Monday (9-26-11), Petar Sardelich LMFT/PT/MAC, Melissa Lamoureux MS, Erika Gayoso MA, Ted Aaselund PsyD, Michael Cardenas, Jeffrey Craig, Jessica Wilson, Elvia Cortes MA and myself were recognized by the board of the Glendora Unified School District at their monthly meeting. Our clinicians have been providing services in Glendora and surrounding communities.