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Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) at Cal State East Bay

The Community Counseling Clinic (CCC) is a nonprofit, no-cost training facility that offers mental health supports and assessments to San Francisco Bay Area communities. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2019), 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness, 1 in 25 adults experience serious mental illness, and 17% of youth (age 6-17%) experience a mental health disorder. Estimates suggest that about half receive treatment. The CCC provides a variety of therapeutic and psychoeducational services often in multiple languages for diverse populations to address anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, parenting challenges, or relational difficulties. Many of our clients are underserved, low-income, unemployed, uninsured, without medi-cal, undocumented citizens often afraid of deportation, and struggling individuals, children, and families requiring essential mental health and relational supports for school and life success. 

Graduate trainees in the School Psychology and School Counseling programs provide counseling services and assessments to clients. Trainees are supervised by Educational Psychology Department faculty and clinical supervisors. Counseling and assessment sessions are video-recorded and reviewed by clinical teams to provide professional clinical feedback and learning for trainees. Trainees volunteer about 1.5 days and see 1-3 clients weekly in the CCC. All trainees are required to be members of the CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Trainees develop skills in:

  • assessments
  • phone and history intakes
  • therapuetic techniques
  • treatment planning
  • microcounseling skills
  • telehealth services
  • outreach
  • professional documentation 

CCC Co-Directors

Assessment/Diagnostic - Dr. Oanh Tran (oanh.tran@csueastbay.edu)

Counseling - Dr. Zachary Pietrantoni (zachary.pietrantoni@csueastbay.edu)

School Psychology Association (SPA)

The School Psychology Association (SPA) is affiliated with the School Psychology Program at Cal State East Bay. The purpose of SPA is to promote the field of school psychology through professional development and social networking. Our mission is to support diverse-innovative leaders to enhance learning and social-emotional development in all children and youth. We advocate for ethical, equitable, and efficacious services. Through our collaborative, intellectual engagement we are unified to promote social justice and equality.  

We encourage our school psychology community of alumni and students to remain active in professional organizations, such as the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) and the California Association for School Psychologists (CASP). Friend us, follow us, and stay connected with us. 

Our amazing trainees get involved and are members on the leadership team.  

 

California Association of School Psychologists (CASP)

Founded in 1950 and located in Sacramento, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) is the statewide membership organization for school psychologists in California. With a membership more than 2,100, CASP is the largest statewide organization of school psychologists in the nation and the strongest voice for psychologists practicing in California’s schools. In addition to providing liaison with various state boards and commissions, CASP actively represents the profession to legislative audiences, governmental officials, and other policy-making bodies. The Association provides continuing professional development to the membership through regional training programs and an annual convention. Publications of the Association include quarterly newsletter and a quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal.

Our student CASP leader leads the way in sharing news and information related to CA school psychology.

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Social Justice League (SJL)

The Social Justice League (SJL) is a student organization that is supported by the Department of Educational Psychology and recognized by CSUEB.  SJL was created in 2011 by students in the School Psychology and School Counseling Programs.  The SJL's mission is to promote and advocate for diversity and equality for underserved populations.  We are committed to fighting social injustices, promoting awareness about social issues, and providing resources and support to underprivileged communities.  Each semester, SJL participates in and sponsors various activities, on and off campus, to support the community (e.g., fundraising, school adoptions, mental health awareness) as a way to give back, empower, and educate those without voices.

The various SJL events aim to encourage all University students to Take Action

  • Become aware of injustice around you
  • Increase your knowledge about issues of social injustice by reading newspapers, internet resources, and talking to others interested in creating change
  • Volunteer with an organization that is promoting change (see our links section).
  • Have conversations with friends to spread your knowledge
  • Stand up and speak up!  Intervene when you witness an injustice and let your voice be heard

What does Social Justice mean?

Social justice refers to the values that strive to decrease or eliminate inequity, promote inclusiveness of diversity, and establish environments that are supportive for all people.  While there are minor variations in the definition of what social justice is, there are commonalities among them all.  Most definitions of social justice include: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Equal Treatment.

SJL Mission

The mission of SJL is to empower people to work toward positive social change and social justice by:

  • Advocating for disadvantaged youth and underrepresented community members
  • Raising awareness for mental health services
  • Offering resources to underserved populations

 

Credentialing and Licensure

CA School Psychologist Credential (PPS)

The Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology is required in schools to be a School Psychologist. Upon satisfactory completion of our 3-year training program, the trainee is recommended to the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the clear PPS Credential in School Psychology. The PPS credential allows for work in the following areas:

  • Provide services that enhance academic performance
  • Design strategies and programs to address problems of adjustment
  • Consult with other educators and parents on issues of social development and behavioral and academic difficulties
  • Conduct psycho-educational assessment for purposes of identifying special needs
  • Provide psychological counseling for individuals, groups, and families
  • Coordinate intervention strategies for management of individuals and schoolwide crises

Cal State East Bay Credential Student Service Center (located in the Arts and Education Building) provides a range of services to support students in the application-program entry process, as well as program exit-credential application process.  

https://www.csueastbay.edu/cssc/index.html

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Licensure

The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is a California state regulatory agency, responsible for licensing, examination, and enforcement of professional standards for:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Associates (AMFT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) Associates (ASW)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) and Associates (APCC)
  • Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP)

https://www.bbs.ca.gov/about/board_info.html

https://www.bbs.ca.gov

Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

The Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) credential is the only professional credential recognition in school psychology. National certification demonstrates training completion from a rigrous, accredited program that upholds the current and professional standards in the field. School Psychologists with NCSP abide by the highest ethical standards and professional practice.  CSUEB School Psychology trainees are eligible to apply for the NCSP upon graduation.

Why Become NCSP? 

https://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/national-certification/why-become-an-ncsp

NCSP Eligibility

https://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/national-certification/ncsp-eligibility

Apply for NCSP

https://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/national-certification/apply-for-the-ncsp