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CalSouthern Open Lectures

Founded in 2009, CalSouthern’s Master Lecture Series is a forum that inspires learning, the free exchange of ideas and creative thought. Each month, nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars, authors and practitioners deliver lectures on fascinating topics in the fields of psychology and business, as well as interact with attendees in dynamic question-and-answer sessions.

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  1. Inside the Mind of a Veteran - LIVE STREAM


    Presenter: Dr. Joshua Taylor

    In this presentation, Dr. Joshua Taylor will outline common psychological issues facing veterans from the various military branches, exploring commonalities and differences among them. He will begin by addressing the thinking, feeling and behaving aspects of military functioning and military life. This is often overlooked in the therapeutic setting, by the veterans, their families and the therapist. Understanding these important elements can shed light on the issues being addressed. Dr. Taylor will also address the critical differences and distinctions that separate the veteran from the civilian population, and why recognizing these differences is an important part of successful therapy.

    Learning Objectives:
    Upon completion of the lecture, participants will be able to:
    Describe the different branches of the military and what their respective roles often are in shaping the psyche of the veteran.
    Understand the roles of cognition, emotion and behavior regarding PTSD and vicarious trauma.
    Identify key concepts that can assist the therapist in treating veterans.
    Explain how and why understanding the “military way of life” is critical to establishing the therapeutic relationship.

    Dr. Joshua Taylor is a clinical psychologist and currently the regional program manager at the San Bernardino County behavioral health center. He is a published author and has presented to a wide variety of universities, organizations and conferences on issues relating to veterans’ mental health, PTSD and trauma. Dr. Taylor serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Phoenix and is considered an expert on trauma. He has provided behavioral health staff training on mental illness, as well as oversight of crisis intervention training for law enforcement programs. In addition, he has been a regional MHSA Housing Program liaison.

    Dr. Taylor is a past member of the Orange County Disaster Response Team and a sworn civilian member of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Team. He also has been recognized by the Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Superior Court for his training on veterans’ issues and emergency response activities.

  2. Therapy in an Age of Digital Attachment

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    Therapy in an Age of Digital Attachment

    Presented by Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee


    Research tells us that Americans spend, on average, 12 hours and 28 minutes each day “engaging” with screens. This time comes at the expense of family talk time, social practice, sleep and physical activity. As these experiences diminish and interaction with technology increases in private, educational, and professional settings, impacts are being made neurologically, relationally, and intra-personally. While some positive effects are present, many negative effects are also experienced, and they are revealed in the literature (e.g., agitation, boredom intolerance, self-centricity, and more).

    Dr. Dodgen-Magee ( will discuss the effects of texting, social networking, video game play, pornography, and over-reliance upon technology, as well as outlining the trends and movements of technology in learning and professional settings across the lifespan. Exposure to up-to-the-day pop culture references and trends will give the participant an ability to discuss the contexts within which their clients and their clients’ communities are residing.

    Attendees will be exposed to tools regarding the assessment of a client’s engagement with technology and media. In addition, Dr. Dodgen-Magee will provide an overview of multiple intelligences theory as a resource for helping people find meaningful ways of re-engaging their embodied lives as opposed to their digital ones.

    Far from being a fear-driven or anti-technology message, this lecture emphasizes the exploration of techniques for using the art of face-to-face, embodied psychotherapy to create healthy technology-use norms, and breaking destructive habits that clients have developed.

    Learning Objectives:

    Those who attend this lecture will be able to:

    - Understand and assess the digital pools in which their clients are immersed.
    - Identify the benefits and costs of a client’s technology use, and employ strategies for setting healthy technology-use norms.
    - Use the practical tips and tools provided to include a realistic coverage of the client’s digital-life and embodied-life communication skills within the therapeutic setting.

    Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee ( is a licensed psychologist in Portland, Oregon, maintaining both an individual therapy practice and a national public-speaking docket. She has 23 years of experience working with adults dealing with issues of loss, depression and anxiety, relationships, and life transitions, and has a sub-specialty consulting with parents experiencing difficult child-related dilemmas. She is an author as well as a frequent guest lecturer in professional, medical, and parenting circles, and offers continuing education for psychologists, medical professionals, educators, and administrators.

    Dr. Dodgen-Magee’s public speaking style is engaging, quick-paced, research-based, and always up to date, as she endeavors to keep a finger on the pulse of both popular cultural trends and scholarly discourse and research. She excels at creating hospitable spaces, both personally and professionally, allowing people to engage one another and themselves and investigate new ideas. She doesn’t just “show up, give a talk, and leave.” She invites connection between the audience and her in multiple ways.

  3. The Basics of Good Project Management

    Presenter: Greta Blash

    Project management is a discipline that is in great and ever-increasing demand—across all industries and at business organizations of all sizes. It is so ubiquitous now that it has evolved from a specialized technical skill to a life skill.

    Despite its wide proliferation, there remain key concepts that apply to all projects, regardless of size or budget. In this lecture, Greta Blash will outline these key principles to help attendees understand what is involved in successfully managing a project, from initiating and planning, to monitoring and controlling the effort, and, ultimately, to the final completion of the project.

    This lecture will be a special presentation of CalSouthern’s Master Lecture Series brought to you in partnership with The Project Management Institute’s Orange County chapter.

    Greta Blash has extensive experience as an executive and consulting IT professional, both domestically and internationally. Her areas of experience include program management, project management, agile scrum development with emphasis in the areas of system implementations and conversions, customer relationship management, data warehousing and business intelligence.

    She is a certified project manager whose extensive experience enables her to concurrently manage multiple high-risk, high-tech projects. She also holds an agile certification and business analysis certification from Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading professional association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.

    Greta has taught project management certification courses worldwide for the last five years. In addition to project management professional and certified associate in project management certification examination preparation courses, she has also taught preparation courses for business analysis and agile certification programs. As a visiting professor at DeVry/Keller in Nevada, she taught the Master of Project Management program, a Global Accreditation Center-accredited program from PMI.

    Greta has been served as vice president of education and programs at PMI’s Southern Nevada Chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been the academic outreach liaison for PMI Region 7 since 2012.

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  4. Treatment of Attachment-Based "Parental Alienation"

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    Treatment of Attachment-Based "Parental Alienation"

    Presented by Dr. Craig A. Childress

    This lecture will outline the diagnosis and treatment of an attachment-based model for the psychological and family processes in high-conflict divorce, traditionally described as “parental alienation.” This is a follow-up presentation to an extremely well-received introduction that described, among other things, the attachment-system foundations that lead to parental alienation. You can watch that lecture here. In this presentation, Dr. Childress will set forth a clear framework for diagnosing the presence of attachment-based parental alienation, as well as the components necessary for its effective treatment and resolution.

    Those who view this lecture will learn:
    - The diagnostic framework for identifying when attachment-based parental alienation is, and when it is not, responsible for producing the parent-child conflict involved in high-conflict divorce

    - The four key treatment phases necessary for the effective treatment and resolution of an attachment-based model for parental alienation

    - The essential features of the child’s psychological experience surrounding parental alienation that are key to the child’s therapy and a restoration of the child’s affectional bond with the currently targeted-rejected parent

    - The role of the alienating parent in the child’s treatment and recovery, and approaches to managing and working with the alienating parent during and following treatment

    Dr. Craig Childress is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child and family therapy, parent-child conflict, marital conflict, and child development. Dr. Childress has an additional background specialty in early childhood mental health involving the attachment system and the neuro-development of the brain during childhood.
    Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Childress served as the clinical director for a children’s assessment and treatment center operated under the auspices of California State University, San Bernardino. He also was on medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Orange County as a pediatric psychologist, where he served on a collaborative project with the UCI Child Development Center regarding the early identification of ADHD in preschool-age children.
    In addition to his private practice, Dr. Childress currently teaches graduate-level courses in child development, diagnosis and psychopathology, psychotherapy and treatment planning, and research methodology through the University of Phoenix. He has written extensively on an attachment-based model of parental alienation on his website ( and blog (, and he has served as an expert consultant and witness in legal cases involving parental alienation across the United States and Canada.

  5. The Future of Recovery is Integral

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    Presenter: John Dupuy, MA


    The current state of addiction recovery treatment—worldwide—is a disaster. There is virtually no education in our medical schools or the schools that train our counselors and therapists about the disease of addiction. While there are many breakthroughs occurring in our understanding of the disease of addiction as a genetic, neurological, social and spiritual disease, there has been no serious effort—outside of Integral Recovery—to bring all of these disparate fields of study under one roof and knit them together so that they actually work and cover all the essential bases of this disease.

    The Integral Recovery map provides the evolutionary scaffolding for us to hold a truly holistic, integral approach to healing our beloved addicts, and Integral Recovery practice is the vehicle that carries us on this journey. This evolutionary framework is grounded in John Dupuy’s two decades of working with addicts and their families, a decade’s work of using Integral Recovery in his own healing journey, and also in his work with his many students and clients.

    In this lecture, John Dupuy will dialogue with Dr. Bob Weathers about the past, present, and future of Integral Recovery and how attendees can apply this knowledge and these practices to their own lives and to the lives of those with whom they work. Dupuy will also use visual aids to facilitate a deeper understanding of the Integral Recovery map and the evolutionary framework that it provides. Once one understands this map, they will never see the world or the disease of addiction in the same way.

    Learning Objectives:

    Those who attend this lecture will be able to:

    - Describe the Integral Recovery approach.

    - Identify who and what an addict truly is—not someone who is abusing drugs or chemically dependent.

    - Understand the disease of addiction in a more deeply integral and holistic way.

    - Describe the basics of the Integral Recovery map and the practices that are essential for recovery from addiction.


    John Dupuy is the founder of Integral Recovery, a revolutionary approach to the treatment of addiction and alcoholism. He has over two decades’ experience working with addicts and their families and has co-founded two wilderness therapy programs. Dupuy travels internationally to teach and inspire on the subjects of Integral Recovery, Integral Transformative Practice, and the use of brainwave entrainment technology to deepen one’s meditation practice in the treatment of addiction, depression, PTSD, and other mental disorders. He is CEO of iAwake Technologies, has taught at John F. Kennedy University for four years, and now teaches online courses to both individuals in recovery and professionals at the Integral Recovery Institute. Dupuy also coaches individuals privately via Skype. He is the author of Integral Recovery: A Revolutionary Approach to the Treatment of Addiction and Alcoholism, winner of the 2013 USA Best Book Award in Health: Addiction & Recovery. A passionate blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Dupuy has recorded three albums of original material.

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  6. Silence in the Space Between: Deepening Connections through Silent Moments

    Title: “Silence in the Space Between: Deepening Connections through Silent Moments”

    Date/Time: Friday, September 26, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

    Presenter: Dr. Steven Beazley and Dr. Bob Weathers

    The world is filled with words. Everybody’s talking. We communicate primarily through our words. But what about the space between the words? We are always trying to determine what to say next, but how much do we think about when to say it—and when not to? Every compelling relationship—with family, friends or co-workers, and even the therapeutic relationship—requires silent moments to deepen the connection, trust and love that make them the “pearl of great price” which we ultimately seek. This is true even with the relationship between our body, mind and soul, that is, our relationship with ourself.

    “Silence in the Space Between” was first published in 1998 as Dr. Steven Beazley’s doctoral dissertation, earning him a PsyD in clinical psychology. Now, after 16 years, he is returning to the topic of silence and fashioning the dissertation into a book.

    A new faculty mentor in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Beazley visited the university’s campus last fall to attend a meeting and was randomly, and quite surprisingly, reunited with his dissertation chair, CalSouthern curriculum developer Dr. Bob Weathers. The two had not seen each other since Dr. Beazley’s doctoral defense in 1998. During this lecture, as if there were no passage of space or time, the two will sit down and “talk” with you about silence as it relates to space, time and relationships.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Those who attend the lecture will be able to:

    - Describe the qualities that silence possesses and communicates.
    - Understand the relationship of silence to words and sound.
    - Identify usage of silence in the art forms, as well as the role of “white space.”
    - Explain how the therapeutic relationship is affected by silence and its role in rapport.
    - Begin conceptualizing their own use of silence in their relationships, deepening the connections they make in their lives.

    Dr. Steven BeazleyDr. Steven Beazley is a new faculty mentor at CalSouthern, where he teaches doctoral project courses. Dr. Beazley’s professional experience is highly eclectic: he has worked as a professional actor/singer, university professor, and was president and CEO of an arts and entertainment event center that included an 8,500 seat outdoor amphitheater featuring some of the biggest music acts in the world. He earned his PsyD from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he also served as a professor upon graduation.

    Dr. Beazley owns a consulting firm called Lean Forward that specializes in arts and entertainment and education consultation. In 2015, Dr. Beazley will add executive coaching and personal life coaching to the services offered by Lean Forward.

    Dr. Robert Weathers
    Dr. Bob Weathers is a curriculum developer at California Southern University. He has more than 35 years of experience educating graduate-level clinicians. In addition to having served as the founding clinical director of a local, nationally recognized residential drug and alcohol treatment center for adults, Dr. Weathers has decades of professional experience in providing psychotherapy and coaching to clients presenting with the entire range of clinical issues and concerns. A sought-after speaker and prolific writer, Dr. Weathers’ current research areas of interest focus on reducing shame and stigma in addiction and recovery by means of instructing clients and their families about addiction and the brain.