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Alliant alumnus named diversity and inclusion chief at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Here at Alliant International University we pride ourselves on diversity and inclusion. Our students, domestic and international alike, graduate with a culturally rich experience and we wouldn’t have it any other way. California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) alumnus James Taylor, Ph.D. shares Alliant’s vision. Dr. Taylor, who earned both his doctorate and master’s degree […]

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Alliant professor and alumna write impactful book on raising children

Darlene Sweetland and Ron Stolberg are both proud members of the Alliant International University family. Darlene is an alumna and Ron is an assistant professor in the California School of Professional Psychology. Together they wrote the book Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children. It has met with much success and was selected as […]

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The Practice of Inclusion: What Is It and What Does It Mean for Coaching and Consulting?

Fostering inclusion and gaining its benefits require practices to create safety and comfort across differences, enabling all voices to be expressed, heard, and valued. Yet, as we engage across deep divides, that very same freedom can provoke profound discomfort and conflict, paradoxically stifling true difference. A core inclusion skill, then, involves speaking up and making waves authentically, productively, and effectively—even uncomfortably—and facilitating this capacity for others. For inclusion to be truly present, all people should have the opportunity to speak up about “things that matter” and to engage in their full vitality. These perspectives have important implications for what we do in coaching and consulting and how we do it.


Bernardo M. Ferdman, PhD is Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University,and principal at Ferdman Consulting.He earned his PhD from Yale University.  Dr. Ferdman’s main research interests include the overlap of multiculturalism, inclusion, and industrial organizational psychology.  He has earned distinguished honors and awards for his research and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Perspectives on “Fitting In” at Work

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015 there will be a San Diego campus event titled “Perspectives on Fitting In at Work.” Attendee’s will gain insight into how to be a professional in the workplace and fit in to a new job role. This event is also a great opportunity to meet current students, faculty and to learn more about the organizational psychology programs at Alliant. The discussion will be presented by special guest speaker Joanie B. Connell, Ph.D..

Dr. Joanie B. Connell is an organizational consultant, talent management expert and leadership coach who specializes in maximizing leadership potential. She works with companies to attract, develop, and retain top talent and she works with individuals to improve their success and happiness in their careers.  Joanie is author of the book “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life.” As a consultant, Joanie develops leaders across generations, coaches executives and youth at Flexible Work Solutions, and consults with organizations in a variety of areas, including executive leadership development, diversity, generations, flexible work arrangements, work-life balance, life transitions, character and ethics, team building and virtual teams. Her clients are from Fortune 100 companies, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies and high tech, biotech, healthcare, finance, legal and other industries. As a professor, she teaches or has taught business and psychology students of all ages at UCSD’s Rady School of Management, at Alliant International University, and at National University. Joanie earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Engineering from Harvard University.

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Film Showing & Discussion on Mental Illness

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, the Psychotherapy Institute will present a showing of the award-winning film “Mind/Game: the Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.” The film will be followed by a discussion with producer/director Rick Goldsmith, Doug Moorhead, Gigi Crowder and Andrea Lappen, Ph.D.. Chamique Holdsclaw was hailed as the “female Michael Jordan,” impressing crowds with […]

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Sensory Tools for Mental Health Event

On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the Art Therapy Club at CSPP will be holding an event at Alliant Los Angeles titled “Sensory Tools for Mental Health Professionals: Occupational Therapy Perspectives.” This workshop is a sensory experience. Several sensory tools and techniques will be explored including bean bag tapping, weighted blankets, aromatherapy, sounds, art, yoga and […]

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