Archive for November, 2013

SOLICITING INTEREST: Dissertation Research Opportunity for Providers Working Directly with Latino Youth Living with HIV in Chicago, LA, Miami and NYC (Diana Lemos)

I am posting this because I am interested to learn about providers’ experiences with engaging Latino youth living with HIV into HIV care. I am interested in interviewing between 24 to 36 health care providers, such as primary care providers, mental health providers and case managers, who worked very closely with providing direct clinical services to Latino youth living with HIV. The purpose of these interviews is to learn about the strengths and challenges related to engagement in care for these youth. I also want to learn about ways that we can support youth during this process of engagement in care. These interviews will be for providers from selected urban/geographic egions (Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York). All interviews will be conducted in English. This study has been approved

Do you wish to participate?

You may e-mail me for more information about this study at<> or call me directly at (312) 593-2142. Please know that I will review the study with you, but the study is completely voluntary and confidential. I will not communicate to anyone else whether or not you choose to participate in the interview. Through these interviews we will learn about what facilitators and challenges Latino youth living with HIV are experiencing, however, we will not know that you specifically participated in the interview since it will be confidential. The interviews take about 45-60 minutes and that after the interview you would receive a $20 gift card as an incentive for volunteering your time.

Thank you and I hope that the information gathered will help us assist you in all the great you do!

Diana Lemos, MPH, PhD(c)

DePaul University
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 593-2142

“Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Rethinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” new article by Talia Bettcher is out!

“Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Rethinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” new article by Talia Bettcher is out!


Click here to read the entire article, which will be available in Signs (Vol. 39, No. 2, Winter 2014).

Talia Mae Bettcher’s “Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Rethinking Trans Oppression and Resistance” reevaluates the two prevailing models of transsexuality—the wrong-body model and the transgender model—finding existing articulations of both unsatisfactory. Drawing from María Lugones’s “model of multiple meanings” and “recent literature on the transphobic representations of trans people as deceivers,” Bettcher reanimates the resistant potential of the wrong-body model from a transfeminist perspective, arguing that a reorganized version of this model has the capacity to resist the principle of reality enforcement and its centrality to “dominant ways of doing gender.”


Saturday, December 7th, 2013
10:00 am – 12:00pm
767 N. Hill Street #400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • A presentation by Dr. Benjamin Woo, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor – Inpatient Psychiatry at Olive View – UCLA Medical Center
  • Guest Speaker: Family Caregiver

Hosted by Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter & Chinatown Service Center

*Presentation will be conducted in Chinese/Cantonese**

JOIN US! Light refreshment will be provided. Parking is available under the building for a small fee or metered parking around the building. Please RSVP to Chinatown Service Center (626) 293-8733 or


The Group List | directory of mental health professionals in L.A.

November 17, 2013

Dear Colleague:

Just a note to alert you that a new edition of The Group List is now available. The largest edition ever published, The Group List is a directory of 1,500 therapy groups offered by 650 licensed mental health professionals throughout Los Angeles county. To view or download this directory in .pdf format, click here, go to, or download the attached .pdf file.  This directory should download in about 3 seconds.


Groups are listed at no charge and posted on the internet at


The Group List is a pro bono community service.  This year, we are celebrating our tenth anniversary of publication.

This announcement is being sent out today to 4,000 mental health professionals.  If you would like to list your groups as well, please complete The Group List Submission Form

Answers to frequently asked questions are below.

Best wishes,
James J. De Santis, Ph.D., C.G.P.
Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist
California License #PSY10315
138 N. Brand Blvd., Ste. 300, Glendale, CA 91203
112 W. Bennett Ave., Ste. 4, Glendora, CA 91741
(818) 551-1714




Frequently Asked Questions



What is The Group List?

The Group List is a free directory of groups facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in Los Angeles county, including therapeutic, supportive, consultative, and psychoeducational types of groups.  The directory is cross-indexed by type of group, geographic location, and last name of facilitator.  Approximately 650 therapists offering 1,500 total groups are included, making it the largest aggregation of groups in LA.

How Do I Read The Directory?

The directory is formatted as a simple text file in .pdf format.  Most users clicking on the link will find that software already installed on their computer will automatically engage, and the directory will simply pop up on their screen as a paper version would look.  If you cannot read the directory, download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader from  This free program is safe and sufficient for reading this file.

How Do I Find What I’m Looking For in the Directory?

The simplest way to use the directory is just to scroll through it.  There are three main sections: 1. Topic Index, 2. Geographic Index, and 3. Last Name Index.

You can also search for keywords.  In Windows using Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can search the directory by clicking on the “Edit” pull-down menu, then “Find.”  Enter the relevant keyword (e.g., “teen,” “bereavement,” or “psychodynamic”) under “Find.”  Then press “Enter.”

Who Gets The Group List?

This e-mail notice is being sent out today to 4,000 mental health professionals in Los Angeles county.  This directory has been viewed over 25,000 times from  Our intent is to circulate The Group List as widely as possible for purposes of effective cross-referral.  Consider whom among your respected colleagues may not know about the directory, and please pass this notice along to them.

How Do I Submit My Groups?

Licensed mental health professionals may list their groups in The Group List whether currently running or in wait-list formation.  Submit a brief description or title of each group (40 characters and spaces maximum), your name, degrees, license type & number, e-mail address, office address, and phone.  Groups by pre-licensed facilitators must be listed under their licensed supervisor’s name and license number.

What Does The Group List Cost?

There is never a cost to list your groups in The Group List.  There is never a cost to obtain the directory.  This is a pro bono community service.

How Often is the The Group List Updated?

The directory is updated several times a year.  This is about the interval at which a meaningful amount of listings have been added and deleted.

Why Are There Outdated Listings?

Groups come and go frequently, so the information contained in this directory is under constant revision.  This directory is a volunteer effort, handling a very large data set.  If you find that a listing is out-of-date, please alert us at or at (818) 551-1714.  Only in this way will we all maximally benefit.

Why Isn’t My Group Listed?

Recent updates of The Group List have involved outreach e-mails, postcards, and personal phone calls to listees who have not otherwise been contacted in the last six months, asking for an active response to confirm their information.  If the clinician has not replied in the affirmative, then their listing has been deleted.

How Did the The Group List Start?

The process of making a referral to a group can be a time-consuming and difficult task.  Prospective group clients can find it frustrating to locate an appropriate therapy group.  It can be challenging for a clinician to find and refer to a well-selected therapy group.  The Group List began in 2003 out of this need to connect prospective group therapy participants to group therapists effectively.

12/02/13: World AIDS Day – Writing the Next Chapter

FREE HIV Interpretation Services & Written Translation Services | PALS for Health

For those of you who were at the meeting on Wednesday (and, of course, those who weren’t) – here is the information from Pals for Health.


11/22/13: TransVisible – Transgender Latina Immigrants in U.S. Society

DOWNLOAD FLYER: 11-22-13 transvisible flyer | REGISTER HERE FOR 2.5 CEUs

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11-22-13 transvisible flyer

11/30/13 World AIDS Day event “Unidos en Esperanza”

On behalf of Bienestar,

We would like to cordially invite you and your clients to our World AIDS Day event “Unidos en Esperanza”

Saturday, November 30, 2013
7 p.m. 
Placita Olvera

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora, Reina de Los Angeles

535 N Main St 

LA CA 90012

Our event is design to provide a place for those impacted by HIV/AIDS and their loved ones. We strive to create a program that allows people to celebrate the lives of those they have loss to HIV/AIDS, and provide hope to those that are living with HIV/AIDS.

Please help promote our event to your clients. We hope to see you, your friends and family and clients at our event.

If you have any  questions, please feel free to contact me.

Jorge Diaz, MSW
Director of Mental Health
8134 Van Nuys Blvd Suite 200
Panorama City, CA 91402
(818) 908-3820
(818) 908-3844

11/15/13: Understanding Interpersonal Violence and Suicide: Treatment and Preventative Approaches




Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D
Understanding Interpersonal Violence and Suicide:
Treatment and Preventative Approaches

Hilton Pasadena
168 S. Los Robles Avenue,
Pasadena, CA 91101

November 15, 2013 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This presentation will examine how interpersonal aggressive behavior and suicidal behaviors develop and the implications for both prevention and treatment approaches. Various intervention approaches will be critiqued, differentiating between those programs that “work” versus those programs that inadvertently increase the level of aggression. How to assess the risk potential and predict intimate partner violence and suicidality will be highlighted. The controversy concerning evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy for depressed clients will be considered. How to implement the Core Tasks of Psychotherapy with depressed and suicidal adolescents and adults will be demonstrated. Detailed handouts will be provided that enumerate specific assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions.


  1. List three risk factors that contribute to the development of aggressive behaviors toward others
  2. Enumerate three specific ways that trainers can enhance the generalizability of treatment effects with aggressive individuals
  3. Specify three risk factors for assessing suicidal potential in depressed clients
  4. Describe three specific evidence-based intervention procedures that can be used with depressed and suicidal clients

Continuing Education Credit: Participants will receive 6.0 CE credits. Professional Psych Seminars is an approved provider for psychologists (APA ), LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs, Drug and Alcohol Counselors (CFAAP/CAADAC), certified counselors (NBCC), nurses (BRN), and social workers (ASWB). Please see our website at for complete information on continuing education.




Focus Group needs youth 16-24 who have been clients in the mental health system | COMPENSATION PROVIDED

The Drop-In Center at The Village Family Services will be hosting the only LA-area focus group for the Prop 63-funded California Youth Empowerment Network’s examination of how transition age youth access mental health services.  If you know any persons 16-24 who have experience as clients (in any way) with the mental health system and would like to make some money for their time providing feedback on their experiences, please have them RSVP to me.  The flyer and consent form are both attached.  This has been IRB approved and a clinician will be on site if needed.

Thanks for helping us spread the word,

Dave Reynolds, MPH, CPH
Assistant Director  – Drop-In Center
The Village Family Services
6801 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Ste 1E
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Phone: (818) 755-8786 ext. 1716
Fax: (818) 738-7346

The Village Family Services is Southern California’s leading bilingual family wellness agency providing safety and permanency to children and youth.

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