Overcoming Mental Health Barriers to Academic Success: An Advocate’s Guide

Identify key factors associated with Domestic Violence and Depression among College Students.

Session 1, Tuesday, March 28, 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Grand Ballroom E

Through identification of verbal, non-verbal, and other behavioral cues, participants will learn how they can connect, support, and refer struggling students to appropriate resources. Participants will be provided hands-on tools and resources to take back to the classrooms in order to advocate for students who, without their intervention, may be unable to reach their educational goals.

JoyDr. Joy Shabandar graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (1997) and Master of Science (1999) degrees from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma in the field of Human Services Counseling. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy, PhD. from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2011 with a specialization in Human Services Counseling Studies.

Dr. Shabandar is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Dr. Shabandar has been dually licensed in Mental Health Counseling and Drug and Alcohol Counseling since 2001 in four different states: CA, OK, TX, CO.

Dr. Shabandar has worked in the field of Mental Health Counseling specializing in Forensic Populations for over 17 years. She has provided consultation and professional counseling services in the areas of: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Probation, Parole, Community Sentencing, Diversion Services, Prostitution Intervention, and Drug Courts.

Dr. Shabandar has also worked extensively with children, couples, families, and adults.  She has provided expert witness testimony, clinical assessments, crisis intervention, group/individual counseling, and couples education courses to diverse populations. The majority of her clinical work has been in trauma, addiction, and mental illness.

Dr. Shabandar is an Assistant Professor and Chair for the Psychology, Counseling, and Social Sciences Department at Argosy University, Los Angeles CA Campus. She also works with Adults in Private Practice in Orange County specializing in Addiction, Sexuality, and other Mental Health issues. She is married with, one daughter, one cat, one beta fish and one snail. She enjoys scary books, movies, and series.


Workshop materials:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8GpMqjaSj_XZ01RZmU5Y3Nka1E1SEI2cjdNUXQySG82T0JV/view?usp=sharing

Dr. Andria Hernandez is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and serves as the Director of Clinical Training for Argosy University Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Child Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles in 2010. Her M.A. in Clinical Psychology is also from Alliant University. Dr. Hernandez completed her undergraduate work at Pepperdine University, earning a B.A. in Psychology in 2005.

Dr. Hernandez has worked in the field of Mental Health for over 13 years serving children and families of diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and mental health backgrounds. She completed a full-time pre-doctoral internship with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in the area of Enhanced Specialized Foster Care (2010) and two full-time postdoctoral fellowships in the areas of Clinical Neuropsychology (2011) and Child and Adolescent Psychology (2015).

Dr. Hernandez is also an Assistant Professor for Argosy University and has taught for the university for the past 6 years in various academic programs including MACP, MAFP, and EDDCP.

Dr. Hernandez’ research experience has been in the areas of attachment theory and adult relationships, cultural competency, acquired brain injury, and adolescent delinquency. Her dissertation was on the topic of Relationship Science and Attachment Theory and was published in June 2010. Dr. Hernandez also works in Private Practice with Children and Adolescents in Orange County.

Audience: Directors and Coordinators, Counselors, Case Managers, Support Staff, Students, County Staff, Community Advocates





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