Summer Issue 2022 MS Clinical Psychology Newsletter
I'm hopeful this newsletter finds you well. Summer is an opportunity to recharge and rejuvenate. I hope you will take the time to thoughtfully plan your summer days as they can easily slip by and be gone before you know it. Scheduling daily activities in a novel way that balances fun and mastery is an easy way to maximize your break. I added Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World" to my reading list and have changed my daily routine to disrupt the habits that I've formed over the past semester. I hope you find some unique way to make this summer a memorable one!
Patrick Lockwood is a new adjunct professor for the MS Clinical Psychology Program. He will be teaching Psychopathology in the Fall of 2022. We asked Dr. Lockwood to answer a few questions for us as we welcome him to the program. Welcome Dr. Lockwood!
Please introduce yourself, where you are from, your pronouns, and three identities for yourself?
My name is Dr. Patrick Lockwood, licensed clinical psychologist and adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran. I grew up in Southern Missouri. My pronouns are He/Him/His. My interests include cars, philosophy of science, and evolutionary biology.
What are your professional interests?
My professional interests include mentoring/supervising young clinicians, business development (i.e., growing programs or opening new ventures that impact communities for health and mental health), teaching, and working with high intensity patients (e.g., severe personality disorders or SUDs).
What do you enjoy about teaching?
Teaching is great on the one hand because I get to keep learning, I'm a huge nerd so teaching is fun. On the other hand, teaching is really fulfilling because I get to both help people refine their burgeoning professional identity while also having the experience of inducting people into the profession, by developing a sense of collegiality.
What are your tips for graduate students taking your class?
Be prepared to engage in critical thinking and own your biases. One of the most difficult but important parts of being in school is being challenged. This is especially important in clinical psychology as part of what we do with patients is provide an environment wherein "optimal frustration" can occur for growth and symptom resolution. For instance, in my classes you will learn that many fads in psychology are built on flimsy, if not very low quality, research. Be prepared to have your favorite ideas about psychology, human wellbeing, and what "evidence" based therapy means challenged.
Also, let's debate. Part of being collegial, to me, means being able to go back and forth respectfully. I hate being in a class wherein it feels like I'm preaching at someone or "lecturing to" someone. Conversation is where we learn and grow, so I want my classes to actually involve dialogue, not just rote memorization and regurgitation.
Anything else you can tell us about yourself?
I like to crack jokes in class, be forewarned.
Welcome Dr. Lockwood!
Congratulations to Jennifer Alcalde for receiving the Filipinx American Psychology Scholarship Award sponsored by the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA) Division on Filipinx Americans (DoFA).
The Filipinx American Psychology Scholarship was initiated to increase the number of Filipinx American professors, researchers, and academics in the field of psychology. By providing scholarship and mentorship to Filipinx American graduate students, it is hoped that research focused on Filipinx Americans will also increase, leading to a greater representation and understanding of Filipinx American people.
First Annual Graduate School of Psychology Welcome Event!
Thanks to Cal Lutheran Admissions for hosting the first annual GSOP Welcome Event at the Stonehaus Tasting Room and Patio at the Westlake Village Inn! The event was held June 29th. Pictured are Dr. Bedics; graduates Harrison and Dimple; and incoming students Thomas, Chase, and David. Welcome!
Clinical Interests: Dr. Bedics will be leading a summer book club on DBT. The book club will meet three times to discuss the book "Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide" by Dr. Kelly Koerner. All students are welcome. Please email Dr. Bedics for dates and times. The book club will be held over Zoom.
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