UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School is proud to announce the winners of the 2006 Susan Neufeldt Award, graduate students Theodore Raymond Burnes and Hani Talebi. The award, created thanks to the generosity of Susan Neufeldt, the retired Director of the Hosford Clinic at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE), provides a culminating award to graduate students in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology who have distinguished themselves through excellence and creativity in clinical supervision.
Theodore Burnes will be joining the faculty of Texas Woman’s University as an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology. Burnes’s research includes psychosocial identity development of LGBT clients, particularly transgender clients and LGBT clients of color. He also conducts research on feminist supervision and multicultural-developmental clinical skill development. Burnes not only was an on-duty supervisor and a first-year practicum supervisor for the Hosford Counseling Training Clinic, but also spent time as a delegated administrative supervisor and trainer for the clinical trainees at the Pacific Pride Foundation, Santa Barbara’s community-based agency serving LGBT individuals and those living with HIV/AIDS. His favorite part of being a psychologist is being a clinical supervisor, as it blends his passion of clinical work and teaching.
Hani Talebi is currently completing his predoctoral internship in the Pediatric Psychology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Talebi has garnered clinical and research proficiencies working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group modalities. His work within the supervisory domain includes nurturing the skills necessary to guide, provide emotional support to, and address the professional development of counselors-in-training within a multiculturally sensitive framework. His research interests include the cross-cultural efficacy of interventions for children diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders, ethnic disparities between individuals presenting with trauma-based symptomatology, and the validity of empirically supported treatments for ethnic minorities.
The Ray E. Hosford Counseling and Psychological Services Clinic provides mental health and career counseling services to residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, as well as to UCSB faculty and staff. All services are offered on a sliding scale basis (insurances are not accepted). Clinicians work with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group therapy settings. Clients from all ethnic and economic backgrounds are welcomed. Clinicians (counselors and psychotherapists) are doctoral students enrolled in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology in the GGSE. All cases are supervised by licensed psychologists.
[Burnes and Talebi are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789.]