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Drs. Livingston and Ruebsamen have been longtime professors of doctoral students of Clinical Psychology, supervising practicum students and interns at PGSP, Notre Dame de Namur, and other SF Bay Area doctoral institutions and counseling sites (JFK doctoral program, ITP (Now Sophia) CSPP/Alliant San Francisco, etc.).
- for many years, while they worked primarily at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University). Dr. Livingston was a Professor, core part-time faculty, Dr. Ruebsamen was an Associate Professor,core part-time faculty. Other Bay Area doctoral programs, at which they have provided instruction and supervision include
- ITP, now Sophia University, teaching Research Methods, Psychopathology, etc.
- JFK Orinda, beginning of their doctoral program, Dr. Ruebsamen (Child Family Therapy, Hx & Systems, Child Psychopathology)
- CSPP/Alliant SF, Psychological Assessment, Dr. Livingston, and Ethics at their Hong Kong extension, Dr. Livingston
- UC Berkeley Extension, Ethics, Dr. Livingston. Integration of The Rorschach Test and the MMPI-2, twenty years per May 2018.
Clinical Directors, Directors of Training, Supervisors, Mentors, Conference Presenters, Private Trainers, etc.
A sampling of work in these capacities over the years:
- Stanford Drug and Alcohol Program, Coordinator of Adolescent Substance Abuse Day Treatment Program, Dr. Livingston.
- Alum Rock Counseling Center, San jose, Dr. Livingston, Senior Clinical Supervisor
- Salvation Army Adult Recovery Center (ARC), san jose, Clinical Supervisors . . . .
- Therapeutic School for Children and Teens, San Jose, Clinical Director, Dr. Ruebsamen.
- Chabad Psychiatric Clinic, SF, Dr. Ruebsamen, nine years, psychological assessment and clinical services. Located on Union St., SF, Clinic founded by Chabad SF to serve low-income, underserved immigrant populations with no access to mental health services
- Sutter Center for Psychiatry, Founder, Clinical Director of AAPIC multi-layered Intern Program, inpatient psychiatric facility, Sacramento, CA. Full range of Doctoral, post-doctoral, and MFT level clinical and assessment, and emergency psychological services.
- St. Elizabeth's School Project, St. Elizabeth's School, Group Treatment Project for violence-exposed children, extremely low-income, multiculturally diverse, fourth-grade students from East Palo Alto neighborhoods who were bussed to Catholic parochial school located in Palo AltoDr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston.
- Wednesday's Child Project, grant-supported multi-year multi-Location School-Based Clinical Group Treatment Project for Violence-Exposed Latency aged Children. Project created, directed and supervised by Dr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston Located primarily in East Palo Alto with high-risk children and youth, but also in East San Jose, Central San Jose, South San Jose, and South Santa Clara County.
- Wednesday's Child Project, Advanced Clinical and Assessed Multi-Location School-Based Group Treatment Project for Violence-Exposed latency age children. Project created, directed, and supervised by Dr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston. Grant-supported Advanced Field Practicums of Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.Clinical and Assessment, Dr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston. Located primarily in East Palo Alto, Central and South Palo Alto and South Santa Clara County.
- The Pacificwood Project: grant-supported multi-location school-based Clinical Individual and Group Treatment Project for Violence-Exposed Latency aged and Teen Children and Youth Project created, directed and supervised by Dr. Ruebsamen and Dr. Livingston, staffed by doctoral practicum students. Project included public elementary, middle, and high schools, a therapeutic school for all grade levels, and children in a domestic violence shelter in South Santa Clara County.
- Their training programs throughout California, Silicon Valley and South Santa Clara County have served a wide variety of children, youth, and families: substance abuse recovery programs - Salvation Army ARC, domestic violence shelters,, Sutter Health, Stanford Drug and Alcohol Program.
- Their work for impoverished, multi-ethnic, marginalized and underserved children, many of whose parents are undocumented and non-English speaking, in school and clinic-based programs through PGSP and Alum Rock Counseling Center attracted an impressive number of sequential grants funding children's assessment and treatment in Santa Clara and surrounding counties, including an award from the Rosenberg Fund and multi-year grants from The Health Trust of Santa Clara County.
- While maintaining private practices, they taught, mentored, supervised, and trained pre and post- doc interns, presented results of clinical research, trained and mentored others around the country and locally, provided trainings, including several UN-sponsored workshops.
- They facilitated students' research and presentations, and collaborated with students, colleagues and other professionals across the US on clinical-research projects.. They created and maintained innovative, trauma-focused school-based services, offered referrals for low-fee, cultural and language-consonant treatment or provided those services themselves at no cost to clients and their families, using interpreters.
- Global Reach, dr. ruebsamen, founding executive director of unique global non-profit for war/armed conflict affected children at country borders, always be listening global initiative, 501(c)(3) (alwaysbelisteningglobal.com)
- as a post-doc, Dr. Ruebsamen was an active member of Doctors of the World/Health Right International, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Center for Survivors of Torture. She began treating asylum-seeking survivors of torture as an independent psychologist, trained by Doctors of the World/HealthRight International, Jerald Gray, Carlos Gonsalves, Ph.D., and Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., contracting with the newly formed Center for Center for Survivors of Torture SJ for evaluating adults and adolescents, with an emphasis on treating female adult survivors and adolescents.
- She now consults, trains, and conducts refugee and asylum evaluations and treatment through Abbey Asylum and Refugee Services, as does Dr; Livingston. Both are known for their emphasis on applied clinical work and the integration of research into practice. Dr. Livingston is a Founding Board Member of always be listening.
- Serving survivors of torture from more than 70 countries: dr. livingston
- Dr. Jay has treated survivors of torture full-time at the Center for Survivors of Torture, San Jose, while also teaching doctoral students, traveling to conduct national trainings, and consulting. He continues his work with survivors of torture part-time through Abbey Psychological Services.
- Before being hired full-time by the Center for Survivors of Torture, SJ, he was trained by Jerald Gray, Dr. Carlos Gonsalves, Ph.D., and HealthRight International, worked with Doctors of the World, HealthRight International and Physicians for Human Rights, performing asylum evaluations independently as a contractor for CST. He has been instrumental in the training of many other psychologists and mental health workers over the years, regionally and nationally, in collaboration with other Torture Treatment Centers across the US, frequently in Washington, D.C., regarding critical, contemporary aspects of torture evaluation and treatment, including Secondary Traumatization, Self-Compassion, and self-care. He has providing many other trainings, including training for the California Psychological Association on writing psychological assessments for immigration court. Dr. Ruebsamen also trained with HealthRight International, conducts asylum evaluations and disability evaluations, assesses and treats, and provides expert witness services through Abbey.
- They have functioned in clinical and professional leadership capacities, taught, trained, shared results of clinical/forensic research regionally, nationally, provided clinical and forensic direct, consultive and supervisory services, maintained psychotherapy and psychological assessment services through private practice in multiple settings: institutional, county, juvenile justice, educational and special educational, Criminal, Juvenile, Dependency, Mitigation, Family, Juvenile and Immigration courts, hospital, clinic, outpatient, inpatient, residential, private health/mental health facilities.
Contributing with care in areas of US and Global Humanitarian need . . .
Drs. Livingston and Ruebsamen enjoy their work immensely, appreciate its challenges and breadth, believe deeply in the people they are privileged to work with, and in the humanitarian challenges the profession provides. They continue to work together leading the global nonprofit they've developed for war/armed conflict affected children, always be listening global initiative, described on this website and on alwaysbelisteningglobal.com.
Psychological Assessment and its contribution to deep Understanding . . .
they truly appreciate the contribution of psychological assessment to clinical and forensic work. . . still greatly enjoy obtaining, analyzing and integrating psychological assessment on new cases from students and colleagues and finding how and in what manner those results contribute to a richer understanding of the issues of concern to the referring clinicians - and truly enjoy mentoring others in the same process of discovery. They maintain a busy forensic practice of second opinion assessment review.
From the Drs.. . .
Probably what matters as much in this profession, over time, as our expertise, professionalism, and experience,
is that we remain committed to our own awareness, open-heartedness, and curiosity - to continued flexibility and increased growth.
Life is, after all, a journey, and it is the people we meet on the way, a kind of community, every day, that give it richness and meaning.
While that journey is at times joyous, it is often anything but easy;
we are willing to keep on being on course, learning to be more open, courageous, grateful and kind,
and more "at home in its rich and muddy water." as expressed in the following Buddhist poem -
sesshin. (meaning "practice")
"may you be at home in the muddy water."
just sit still.
and let the mud sink to the bottom.
your life rises up on a sturdy stalk
and blooms on the surface like a lotus flower.
your life, here and now."
Excerpted from Karen M. Miller, Lion's Roar, 8.2015