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scholarship: clinical work with LGBT population (x-post)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Joanna Gerber, 310-578-1080, 119<
Antioch University Los Angeles
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
http://www.antiochla.edu

The LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Receives Generous Donation of $20,000 to Establish the Sandra Golvin LGBT Studies Scholarship Fund!

Information Meeting For Prospective Students Wanting to Work Clinically with LGBT Population (and to Learn More about the Scholarship Fund)
Will Be Held on Monday, August 20, 2007,
West Hollywood Park's Skyroom,
647 N. San Vicente Blvd.,
West Hollywood, CA
6:30-8:30 p.m.


Culver City-July 25, 2007--The LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University has recently received a generous donation from the Johnson Family Foundation to establish the Sandra Golvin LGBT Studies *Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in the LGBT Specialization in Clinical Psychology at the Master of Art's Program at Antioch University. Antioch University alumnus Paul Hokemeyer, J.D., Ph.D., (cand), who serves as an Advisory Trustee to the Johnson Family Foundation, has been instrumental in securing this grant.

These funds will be awarded to LGBT specialization students enrolling in Fall 2007 based on academic achievement and LGBT community service. Prospective students interested in the specialization and the scholarship fund are invited to attend an Information Meeting on Monday, August 20, 2007 in the Skyroom at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The grant provides $20,000 for scholarships in 2007, plus $10,000 for fundraising efforts in 2007 and 2008. An additional $20,000 matching grant for scholarships will be provided if the Specialization can raise an additional $20,000 from other sources during 2007.

"This fundraiser will honor Paul's contribution to the area of LGBT mental health," says Dr. Douglas Sadownick, director of the specialization, licensed psychotherapist and award-winning author. "It will also honor Sandra's help in launching the specialization, which we believe to be the first LGBT counseling program in the country. I am especially grateful to Paul and to Sandra for understanding how important psychology is to gay liberation, and to the Chair of the Psychology Program, Dr. Joy Turek, whose vision birthed this specialization."

Adds Paul Hokemeyer, "My experience at Antioch, being a student of Sandra's, helped me transform my view of non- hetero normative sexuality--I came to much more fully appreciate it as an expression of the richness and authenticity of the human soul. I am personally and professionally grateful for the opportunity to have studied with such a devoted and evolved human being and to Antioch for its commitment to honoring this visionary work by teaching students (gay and non-gay) to become LGBT-affirmative therapists."

The LGBT specialization began officially last year in July 2006 and has attracted a lively and diverse student body and has offered courses in the leading edge of LGBT affirmative theory and practice. It has provided community forums, roundtables and Performance art events. An Advisory Board of thirty individuals made up of community leaders in mental health, activism, entertainment and spirituality, and which includes Paul Hokemeyer, has been created to support the specialization's development and develop outreach with groups such as the Gay and Lesbian Center, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Minority AIDS Project, Van Ness Recovery and Bienestar. A "Founder" Group of instructors who meet regularly as a "think tank" for developing LGBT affirmative practice and curricula.

"We have been working for almost a decade to develop this specialization," adds Joy Turek, Ph.D., Chair person of Antioch's Clinical Psychology Program. "We hope to sensitize all our students to LGBT issues and thus enhance our overall curriculum, as well as to train student therapists, as well as licensed psychotherapists, how to work with the LGBT client community in affirmative and effective ways. Students will graduate with a skill set that will be invaluable to the community."

Antioch University President and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Neal King is excited about the new program and its ability to contribute back to the LGBT community. "It is an important development in the gay liberation movement for an institution of higher learning to seek to train student therapists how to become competent LGBT-affirmative therapists." says King, who will be inaugurated in October 2007. "By doing this, Antioch is sending a message to the community at large that LGBT liberation can be a progressive force for social change for all individuals."

Douglas Sadownick is a longtime instructor at Antioch is also a local psychotherapist, co-founder of Highways Performance Space and of the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis. Sadownick's most recent scholarly article, published in the June issue of Arts and Humanities, was "Teaching Literature Gay-Affirmatively: A Homosexual Individuation Story." His dissertation for Pacifica Graduate Institute involved a homosexual analysis of Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. He published two books, Sacred Lips of the Bronx, and Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present and covered the gay-beat at the L.A. Weekly during the 1990s.

The LGBT specialization core curriculum will feature five core classes, including LGBT History and Mythology, LGBT Multicultural Counseling, LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy; LGBT Clinical and Community Issues and LGBT Field Studies Workshops on bisexuality, lesbian identity, addiction recovery, youth, aging and transgenderism have been held.

Additionally, a Fundraiser/"Teach-In" to raise matching funds and commemorate Sandra Golvin's lesbian activism as well as the specialization's first complete year will be held in October.

For more information please contact:

Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., L.M.F.T. (310-578-1080, 309)
Douglas_Sadownick@antiochla.edu

Antioch University is founded on the principles of a rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. These campuses all nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to act as lifelong learners, democratic leaders and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. In addition to the College, Antioch University is comprised of five nonresidential campuses in Keene, NH; Yellow Springs, OH; Seattle, WA and Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, CA, all accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For over 35 years, Antioch University Los Angeles has proudly and consistently challenged educational conventions to inspire learning and leadership that promotes service to community and positive social change. In addition to a liberal arts undergraduate degree completion program, Antioch University offers graduate degree programs in psychology, fine arts, education and organizational management as well as a doctorate program in psychology. More information can be found online at www.antiochla.edu

Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Core Faculty
Director, Specialization in LGBT Clinical Psychology
Antioch University Los Angeles
400 Corporate Pointe
Culver City, CA 90230
310-578-1080, 309
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