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Professional Activities

Throughout my years in private practice, my interests have extended beyond the confines of the office. I am active in different professional groups and regularly engage in the cultural life of the city. I would like to highlight a few of these activities.

Professional Organizations

San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association (SGVPA)

In the Fall of 2011 I became the Chair of the Program and continuing Education Committee for the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association (SGVPA). In this position I am responsible for planning their continuing education programs.

Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMPHA)

In 1996 I started Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMHPA) with Jim De Santis, PhD. We realized that therapists in private practice were isolated. There was a need to share resources, to network, and to deal collaboratively with the changes that were occurring in health care as a result of the growth of managed care. GAMHPA started out as a modest multidisciplinary association committed to providing support to mental health professionals. It has grown into an organization that now has more than 120 members. After serving as GAMHPA’s first president, I became program chair and newsletter editor. After having been actively involved with GAMHPA from its inception, I resigned from the board at the end of 2010.

Professional Development Programs (PDP)

In 1997 I started a training company called Professional Development Programs (PDP). It is licensed by the state to provide continuing education to mental health professional. Through PDP, I’ve collaborated with agencies including the Los Angeles Gay Lesbian Center and GAMHPA to provide workshops in addition to leading personal workshops.

Writing

Writing has been an instrumental part of my evolution as a therapist, teacher, and thinker, and it has contributed to my personal growth. For me writing is a way to think deeply about experience. I’ve written a column for the GAMHPA newsletter called “From the Editor’s Couch.” My essays have dealt with a variety of mental health topics, including the psychology of men, psychoanalytic theory, the relationship between psychoanalysis and culture, the process of professional identity development in therapists, and the impact of technology on identity, social relationships, and the practice of psychotherapy.

With the increasing importance of the Internet, blogging has presented a natural vehicle for me to communicate my thoughts.

The Ongoing Journey

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been intrigued by dreams and throughout my career I have worked with the dreams of my clients. In 2009 I began to study dreams more intensively with Stephen Aisenstat of Pacifica Graduate Institute. His approach to dreams, what he calls Dream Tending, combines the work of Freud, Jung, and James Hillman with his direct experience studying with indigenous teachers. Dreams reveal powerful images that hold mystery as well as guidance. To realize the emotional, practical and cultural significance of dreams, they need to be listened to and experienced in a setting that is conducive to dream tending. Dreams that are shared in the presence of others allow the dream to come alive. Dream groups are an excellent way to explore the world of dreams and to connect with others on a deeper emotional level. I am offering dreams groups and working on a consultation model that uses dreams to develop collaboration and creativity in work settings.

drlarrybrooks

Larry Brooks, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
License # PSY 8161

138 N. Brand #300
Glendale, CA 91203

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