Irvine Branch Campus and Counseling Center Expand to Meet Needs


Week-Long Expansion Celebration Includes Free Art Exhibit and Workshops, and Ribbon-Cutting on March 19

(LOS ANGELES) (March 7, 2014)  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)—the leading nonprofit graduate school in the nation devoted to psychology and the fields of behavioral and health sciences, has expanded its Irvine Branch Campus in Orange County (CA) located at 4199 Campus Drive, Suite 400, nearly doubling its size to 16,000 square feet. Equally important, the Irvine Branch Campus is also home to one of two TCSPP Counseling Centers, which provides students the opportunity to gain real-world training, while providing low-cost counseling to Orange County communities. The Counseling Centers serve hundreds of clients each year.

The Irvine Branch Campus is affiliated with TCSPP’s main campus in downtown Los Angeles. It has been part of TCSPP since 2008, meeting the demands of graduate students in Orange County. Since opening, the Campus has experienced an annual growth of 26 percent in new and continuing students, and now serves more than 300 students. Melody Bacon, Ph.D. is Irvine Branch Campus Director.

“Our dedication to excellence in education and clinical training includes investing heavily in our students and employees,” stated Michele Nealon-Woods, Psy.D., national president of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. “This expansion represents the high demand for our quality programs, services and mission in Orange County, and all of Southern California.”

The build-out includes three additional classrooms, increasing seating capacity to 169 at any given time. The expansion also allows for an additional six counseling rooms plus a teaching observation room equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology.              

A week-long expansion celebration is scheduled from Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22. A Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on March 19 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) will formally open the TCSPP’s Irvine Branch Campus and Counseling Center. Leading off the week is an art exhibit by Gerardo D. Canul, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Applied Clinical Psychology at TCSPP-Irvine, entitled “Genealogical Phototherapy: A Personal Narrative.” Workshops on topics including PTSD and trauma, aging parents, relationships, emotional blockage, the psychology of workplace discrimination and the Jungian perspective of the film “Groundhog Day” are planned. All events are free and open to the general public (RSVP required). A complete list is at the end of this news release and on the TCSPP website.

To RSVP for the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and/or events, contact Caroline Iscovitz at (949) 769-7700 or

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 Grand Opening Week of Events – Irvine Branch Campus

March 17-22, 2014

 Monday, March 17, 2014 – Art Exhibit - Genealogical Phototherapy:  A Personal Narrative

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.    Wine and Cheese Reception

Genealogical Phototherapy:  A Personal Narrative shares the ancestral lands of my family. These works were a catalyst and integral part of my self-discovery, incorporating my family history into my identity.

These print photographs serve as testament to the homes, workspace, and community of Yucatec Mayan families living under oppressive political and social conditions in the early 1900s. These images engage aspects of the past that need appreciation and understanding, such as family history, into the present. The process of documenting a community that was left behind brings much joy and simultaneously a deep sorrow.

About the Artist:

Gerardo D. Canul, Ph.D., TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus
Associate Professor
, Department of Applied Clinical Psychology

A licensed clinical psychologist with several years of teaching experience, Dr. Canul brings a balance of theory and practical information to the classroom.  His teaching interest areas are:  ethics, diagnostic interviewing, child psychology, and play therapy.  Dr. Canul also provides mental health and consulting services to individuals, agencies, and courts throughout the Southern California area. He is currently researching non-traditional interventions in mental health—using images to facilitate the identification and expression of experiences and emotions.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch provided




Thursday, March 20, 2014 – Workshop:  Employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: The dysfunctional side of diversity.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch provided

In this workshop an HR and employment practices expert recounts decades of litigation experience in supporting and defending claims related to workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Dr. Finkelman is not an attorney, but has been retained to consult about these allegations in a wide variety of complaints and causes of action and has testified at trial more than fifty times, equally for plaintiffs and defendants.  He will not, of course, be providing legal advice.

RSVP: Caroline Iscovitz at

About the Presenter:

Jay M. Finkelman, MBA, Ph.D., ABP, TCSPP Los Angeles Campus

Chair, Department of Industrial Organizational Psychology

Board Certified in Forensic Psychology

Board Certified in Organizational and Business Consulting Psychology

Dr. Finkelman is an Industrial and Forensic Psychologist as well as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from New York University and an M.B.A. in Industrial Psychology from the Bernard M. Baruch School of Business of The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY).  Prior to his position as Chair, Dr. Finkelman served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before that he was Professor and System-wide Director of Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), Organizational Psychology Division. He served as a senior manager, consultant and expert witness in employment, staffing and human resources management for over two decades. He has had hundreds of retentions and depositions and testified at trial, as an expert in employment practices, 52 times, equally for plaintiffs and defendants. Dr. Finkelman served in a variety of senior line management positions after leaving CUNY, including Station Manager of KTVU Television Channel 2 in San Francisco, Vice President in charge of Marketing for Walt Disney television, Executive Vice President for United Personnel Services, Executive Vice President for AppleOne Employment Services, and Senior Vice President and General Manager for Kelly Services - in the Human Resource Management and Staffing Industry.


Friday, March 21, 2014 - Movie Night: The Shadow Search in Jungian Analysis or The Infinite Grace of Groundhog Day

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Joseph Futerman, Interim Chair of the MFT program, will discuss the movie “Groundhog Day” from a Jungian perspective with particular attention to the idea of the “shadow” and the struggle of integration from unconscious to conscious attitude. 

2 BBS CEUs provided at NO cost!

Workshop meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

RSVP: Caroline Iscovitz at

About the Presenter:

Joseph Futerman, Ph.D., TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus

Interim Chair, MFT programs

Dr. Futerman earned his doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he focused on Depth Psychology with a particular emphasis on the work of C.G. Jung.  In addition to his teaching and administrative work, Dr. Futerman is a licensed MFT.




Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – The Multifaceted Field of Psychology: A Day of Personal and Professional Exploration

Six (6) workshops presented on a variety of topics designed to intrigue, stimulate and enhance your understanding of yourself and others.

 Workshops meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

 RSVP: Caroline Iscovitz at

 Morning sessions - 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Bridging the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and the 5 Love Languages

This workshop focuses on how to utilize the Keirsey Temperament Sorter and together with Smalley’s idea of 5 love languages to improve self-awareness and to better understand relationship subtleties in any capacity (partner, boss, co-worker, sibling, parent, etc.). This workshop will look at how the Keirsey Temperament and 5 love languages impact these dynamics, and also intertwine and connect with one another. Attendees will be able to identify and understand their own personality type and love language.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Jennifer DeFeo, Ph.D., TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus

Interim Associate Chair, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy – Irvine Branch Campus

Dr. Jennifer DeFeo, a licensed clinical psychologist and a distinguished professor of psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara in 2002             and Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology with a Health Track from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant) in 2008. Since 2002, Dr. DeFeo has conducted numerous educational and skills training seminars, some of which include Understanding Cultural Diversity, Working with the Severely Mentally Ill, Diagnosis and Treatment Intervention, LGBT Sensitivity, HIV/AIDS Education and Training, Inter-Partner Violence, Wraparound Intervention Training, and The LGBT Stages of Development and Clinical Interventions. Dr. DeFeo has also been named a psychopathology expert and conducts both national and international trainings on the DSM-5 and ICD-10 systems.

Psychology of Crisis and Traumatized Survivors

This workshop will focus on trauma survivors and behaviors that are common in treatment in relation to PTSD. An applied case will be used throughout the presentation to illustrate workshop concepts. Psychological theory in connection to PTSD and trauma will also be utilized to support workshop information provided.

 About the Presenter:

Debra Warner, Psy.D., TCSPP Los Angeles Campus

Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Psychology

Dr. Warner received her Master of Arts and Master of Education in counseling psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, in New York City.  She completed her doctorate in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, in Fresno. She has served as an adjunct professor for several universities and as Lead Faculty for Chapman University's Marriage and Family Therapy program. She is currently an Associate Professor and the International Affairs Liaison for the Los Angeles campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs: Diversity and Community Engagement and Lead/Chair for the Forensic Psychology department for the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses. Some of her other professional assignments have included the Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, C.U.R.E.-A Better Los Angeles, the Department of Defense, the Department of Corrections and Regional Center. In 2009 she received several awards and recognitions for community engagement from the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Department of Defense, Los Angeles Police Department and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In 2010 and 2011 she received a $75,000 grant from A Better Los Angeles in support of her work with community intervention and program evaluation. In 2013 she received a distinguished teaching award for Outstanding Public Service Teaching.  She currently is a peer reviewer on several academic journals and is part of the Medical Advisory Board for Quality Health.  She is a Board Member for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (N.P.E.I.V.). Her research focuses on diversity issues related to forensic community mental health. In her spare time she evaluates academic programs for accreditation.

Art, the Unconscious and Post-Human Futures

Dr. Ricardo Gonsalves will explore the idea of art as a representation of our unconscious and how mass culture and virtual realities are reshaping the experience of our collective unknown. In addition, media and pop culture as a vehicle of cultural decline will be discussed in relation to the loss of the humanities.  Finally, Dr. Gonsalves will review the advent of artificial intelligence as it reshapes human consciousness.

About the Presenter:

Ricardo Gonsalves, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

Dr. Gonsalves’ interest in psychology began when he was participating in a Chicano mural project in San Diego. He was curious about why some families would discourage their children from studying art or cultural expression. This eventually led him to study cognition and communication at UC San Diego then Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, Dr. Gonsalves had an advisor who taught courses on Culture and Personality from a Neo-Freudian perspective. This provided further motivation to understand the links between ethnicity, gender, and class in relation to social structures and cultural practices. Upon returning to California, Dr. Gonsalves took a position as an Associate Researcher at UCLA and then pursued a MA in clinical psychology at a small school that was based on psychodynamic and object relations theory. He has worked with victims of torture, children, adolescents and adults. Currently he is active in the area of Latino mental health and I also work with creative professionals regarding mental health issues.


12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch provided


 Afternoon Sessions - 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Aging Parents: Making Tough Decisions

One of the challenges of providing care for an aging relative involves decision-making in the domains of healthcare, finances, place of residence, and end of life matters. The need to balance an older adult’s desire for autonomy with the significant consequences of decisions made is a key area of concern for family caregivers, and is the focus of recent research in the Psychology of Aging. This workshop will provide information on older adults’ capacity to make difficult decisions, as well as tips and resources to assist caregivers in discussing sensitive topics with candor and dignity.

About the Presenter:

Terry Webster, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs – TCSPP Westwood Branch Campus

Dr. Webster is a developmental psychologist with an emphasis in Health Psychology, having earned her PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California at Irvine. Dr. Webster has taught psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels for 13 years. Her research interests focus on Adult Development and Aging, and her doctoral thesis shed light on dyadic interactions between family caregivers and their elderly care recipients. She also holds expertise in research design and methodology for quantitative and qualitative research. Dr. Webster’s community involvements include spearheading a non-profit fundraising organization for the City of Los Angeles, participation in a healthcare delegation examining health among the elderly in Cuba, as well as providing assessment of the spiritual and social needs of older congregants in a religious institution.


Going Green One Step at a Time: Behavior Analysis and Sustainable Societies

There are several troubling trends in place on our planet. These include a geometrically expanding human population, a technological plateau in global food productivity, a drawing down of our planetary “capital” by overexploiting natural biological systems, and anthropogenic global warming. A common denominator in each of these is human behavior. This talk will briefly describe and critically examine some of the basic assumptions, methods, and principles of behavior analysis, and ask to what extent the science might be applied to increasing sustainable cultural practices. Finally, we will look at what can be done to help solve some of these global problems. 

About the Presenter:

Eric Carlson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, TCSPP Los Angeles Campus

Associate Professor - Department of Applied Behavior Analysis

Dr. Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Applied Behavior Analysis department at TCSPP – Southern California.  He earned his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and taught experimental psychology at Mount Holyoke College and at Smith College, before returning to California to work as an experimental psychologist at Sonoma Developmental Center.  He then directed a catch-up school for academically at-risk students in Southern California and consulted to schools in the U.S. and Canada on the implementation of the Morningside Model of Generative Instruction. He has served two terms as Professional Standards Chair on the Board of Directors for CalABA. His other interests include wilderness expedition kayaking , fresh- and salt-water fly fishing and fly tying, and contemplating the implications of the theory of island biogeography. He is an ative supporter of various environmental conservation groups, including Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Environmental Defense Fund, Greenpeace, NRDC, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, and Western Rivers Conservancy.


Intense Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

ISTDP is based on the idea that disorders develop from the emotional breaks in attachment. Interruptions and trauma to human attachments may cause a cascade of complex emotions which may become blocked and avoided. When later life events stir up these feelings, anxiety and emotional defenses may be activated. These reactions may be totally unconscious to the person having them, and the result is ruined relationships, physical symptoms, and a range of psychiatric symptoms. A proportion of all patients with anxiety, depression, substance use, and interpersonal problems have this emotional blockage problem. ISTDP focuses on emotional awareness and the ability to feel these emotions in order to heal.

About the Presenter:

Laura Brodie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor – Department of Applied Clinical Psychology, TCSPP Irvine Branch Campus

Dr. Brodie earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Baylor University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology with a therapeutic focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy.  Dr. Brodie did her internship at the University of Texas Medical School and a Post- Doctoral fellowship with the Los Angeles Police Department. Dr Brodie has been licensed for 17 years and has worked primarily as a forensic psychologist in Orange County, Ca. She is currently core faculty at the Irvine campus and teaches Psychodynamic Interventions, Advanced Assessment, Ethics and Clinical Interviewing in the Applied Clinical Program.

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