Central Coast Therapists

To strengthen the Marriage & Family therapy
profession & better serve 
our Central Coast community.

Events - Year View

Upcoming events

    • Fri, May 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • via Zoom on your computer / device

    Addressing Culture, Race and Racism in the Therapy Room: Discovering challenges and strategies

    Dr. Susana A. Lopez, PhD PSY28957 & Dr. Kristin R. Campos PSY 29401

    May 28, 2021  9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    Zoom invitation will be sent with reservation confirmation.

    The context in which mental health disparities are produced for clients with a wide range of identities, specifically for BIPOC, enter the therapy room whether it is invited or not. We discuss how social and systemic factors impact the daily lives of diverse clients and how considering race and experience of racism matters in the therapy room. We then discuss the many challenges faced when discussing culture, race and racism with clients, while then offering concrete, culturally-humble strategies to explicit and implicit racial bias in clinicians. Recommendations are social justice-centered and focused on fostering the relationship between clinician and client.  


    1. Explain the context in which culture, race and racism are discussed with clients with a range of identities 
    2. Describe culturally humble therapy strategies to increase multicultural competence.
    3. Apply a social justice-centered lens when engaging in therapeutic work with clients with a range of identities.


        1. Participants will be able to identify and reflect upon three aspects of their own identity dimensions.
        2. Participants will be able to recognize at least two dimensions of power in the intake and therapy relationship.
        3. Participants will learn about at least two interactions between different types of racism and psychological wellness.
        4. Participants will develop 3 statements to enhance anti-racism in the therapy room.

        Dr. Lopez is a Latinx bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in culturally-humble and trauma-informed psychological intervention and training for individuals in underserved communities. Dr. Lopez completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara and an American Psychological Association Approved predoctoral internship at the USC/Los Angeles Children Hospital with a focus on community mental health. In addition, she completed a 2 yr postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA. She is the co-founder of Resilience Psychological Collaborative, Inc. in Atascadero, California. She is also a senior research associate for UCLA and a lecturer at Cal Poly SLO in the Psychology and Child Development Department. She uses her training experiences gained over the last 15 years to inform her practice, teaching, and research. 

          Dr. Campos is a clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological services for neurodiverse children and adults, gender and sexually diverse individuals, and individuals with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Dr. Campos was raised on the a central coast native and completed her undergraduate training at UC Berkeley, graduate training at Penn State’s Child Clinical Psychology program and predoctoral internship at the USC/Los Angeles Children Hospital with a focus on assessment and consultation. She is the co-founder of Resilience Psychological Collaborative, Inc. Dr. Campos provides services to Spanish and English speaking individuals. Her professional goal is to increase access to effective, culturally humble, and resilience-enhancing services that promote the mental and behavioral wellness of our community.

          5955 Capistrano Ave., Suite E
          Atascadero, Ca. 93422
          tel. 805-703-5330
          fax. 805-703-5350

          • Fri, July 23, 2021
          • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
          • via Zoom on your computer / device

          Supporting Others Through Conflict

          Presented by Steffanie Medina, MA, Certified Community Mediator and Trainer, PPS 

          This workshop will offer attendees an opportunity to explore conflict through an unbiased lens, discover how to remain unattached to outcomes while empowering others to address conflict, and prioritize self-care activities that encourage detachment and self-reflection.

          *Zoom Link to Be Sent To Registrants In Reminder Emails*


          • Empower others to autonomously and effectively address conflict in their own lives;
          • Maintain neutrality while supporting others in difficult, controversial conflict scenarios;
          • Create a neutral space for others to engage in critical thinking, while simultaneously maintaining boundaries around personal convictions; and
          • Engage in self-care habits that promote unattachment and healthy perspective

          About Our Presenter:

          Steffanie completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Educational Counseling at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She began her career in conflict resolution working with Creative Mediation in San Luis Obispo. Steffanie is now the Owner/Manager of Flow, LLC, a consulting company specializing in organizational conflict resolution and training services. Steffanie has been mediating, training and facilitating since 2009. As a trainer and facilitator Steffanie has worked with clients such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, the San Luis Obispo Unified School District, Wilshire Health and Community Services, the Port of San Diego, and various departments at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Steffanie teaches graduate courses at both Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the San Luis Obispo College of Law. Steffanie also continues to work as a training consultant and volunteer with Creative Mediation, San Luis Obispo County’s local community mediation center, and is past Board Chair of the National Association For Community Mediation. Most importantly, Steffanie is also a full-time mom and spouse, blessed to be living with her family and their dog and cat on the Central Coast of California.

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