Sue Christian, MS
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
Education: Master of Science, Psychology, Clinical Counseling
California State University San Bernardino Sep 1990
Certificate/ Course in Mental Health Managed Care
Harvard Medical School Dept of Continued Medical Education
Boston, MA Apr 1989
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
California State University, SB Jun 1986
Experience: Semi retired with current license. Some pro-bono therapy, coaching.
Specialty in helping people through life-threatening diseases /cancer.
(See research experience in this resume)
Weed, CA 2011 to present
Siskiyou County Behavioral Health
Yreka, CA. 96097 Mar 18, 08 to June 12, 09
Provided therapy to adults, young children and adolescents in the Children’s System of Care. Networked with CPS, attorneys and other agencies with clients in adjudicated cases and children hospitalized In psychiatric settings. Worked with children and adolescents with varying diagnoses eg., Bipolar,
Eating disorder, Major Depression, Sexual /physical trauma, ADHD,
Major Depression, Sexual / physical trauma and other psychiatric diagnoses.
Private Practice (Managed solo practice) Mar 30, 03 to Mar 11, 08 Treated adults, children, adolescents in individual, couples and family settings. Contracted with San Bernardino County, Riverside County (CAT and ACT) Pacific Behavioral Health and Value Options, private pay clients. Focus of Therapy ranged from clients with severe mental health diagnoses to short term solution- focused therapy for life circumstances.
Humanistic Counseling Center
Moreno Valley, CA. Sep 01 to Mar 03 Provided formal supervision to trainees and interns mentoring, monitoring and training regarding legal /ethical issues, scope of practice, writing skills,
plans,goals. Provided training to supervisees in the areas of child trauma ad other serious childhood issues specific to each case. Provided training of supervisees with adult cases, ie,, couples counseling, family therapy and individuals for a variety of DSM IV diagnoses. Performed administrative duties, ie., assisted the Director
as specified. Served as the Acting Clinical Director on a regular basis in the Clinical Director’s absence Some occasional on-call duty and carried a small case load and/ or picked up cases that may be too difficult for a Trainee.
Advocate School (non public school for emot. disturbed children)
Grand Terrace, CA July 01- Sep 01
Victorville, CA Jun 00- Sep 00
Member of the Campus Administrative Team and attended the administrative team meetings providing clinical expertise and guidance to the team. The primary administrative role of the Treatment Coordinator is
to ensure that all services provided—educational, therapeutic and milieu are consistent with the tenets of good treatment. Also assumed other administrative duties assigned by the Campus Director. /Responsible for determining specific therapeutic services for all students and assigned cases to the therapists. Formulated goals and therapeutic strategies for students on the caseload. Supervised and monitored caseload of interns. Provided therapy for my caseload whose size varied with administrative duties. Networked with psychiatrists, school district representatives, attended IEPs, conducted or assigned clinical intakes. Conducted clinical Treatment team meetings with teachers, therapists, aides and counselors. Available for consultation for 5150 Holds. (Previous designee to do 5150 evals for other agencies.) Also available for consultation for other clinical needs as they arose. Assisted in the development and implementation of psychosocial campus programs, including training projects.
Independent Consultant for United Indian Health Services
Crescent City, CA Nov 1998 to Nov 1999
Provided therapy in contest of the Native American culture comprised mainly of the Yurok, Hoopa and Tolowa tribes. Services included visiting Native American children and adolescents identified with academic and behavioral problems at the Margaret Keating School, Klamath, CA and the Del Norte County Alternative Education Community School, Crescent City, CA Also provided marital, family and individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults at the UIHS
Medical Clinic, Smith River, CA. Networked with County Mental Health, Social Services, psychiatrists and Indian Children’s Welfare Advocacy (I CWA) for Native American placement issues.
Chaparral (Victor Treatment Center) Nov 12, 1997 to July 10, 1998
Clinically oversaw Level 14 group home and treated seriously emotionally disturbed adolescent girls with histories of psychiatric hospitalizations and the TAP group home to transition and prepare adolescent girls to help them function as stable adults. Clinical duties included providing individual therapy and group
therapy, tracking and monitoring medication schedules, networking with the agency psychiatrist, parents and other agencies and rotating on-call duty. Also designated by the County of San Bernardino to conduct 5150 evaluations.
Corona Regional Medical Center Partial Hospitalization Program
San Bernardino, CA Nov 1996 to 1997
Provided group and individual therapy w/ seriously mentally ill patients with dual diagnoses and repetitive histories of hospitalizations. Diagnoses included paranoid schizophrenia, major depression with psychosis and Bipolar with psychosis. Networked with on sight medical staff and with family members.
Del Norte County Mental Health Mar 12, 1993 to July 10, 1996
Crescent City, CA
Provided therapy to adults with varying DSM IV diagnoses including Bipolar
Disorder, Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Eating disorder, one client with MPD and co-morbid Dx’s. Specialized in treating traumatized sexually abused children and one adult with history of ritualistic sexual abuse. Treated adolescents and children with varying diagnoses including ADHD, physical abuse,
Children identified as SED and AB 3632 Networked with school, psychiatrists, physicians, Social Workers, attorneys and judges regarding children in adjudicated cases. Designated by Del Norte County to conduct 5150 evaluations. On call duty monthly for 24/17 for one week. Also acted as Supervising Clinician in absence of the Director and Deputy Director.
General Family Therapist April 1989 to Sep 1989
Child Abuse Therapist Jan 1991 to Mar 1993
Youth Service Center Riverside, CA
Caseload consisted of treating young children, adolescents and their families with emotional and multigenerational issues with emphasis on treating children who have been emotionally,physically and sexually abused. Range of diagnoses include Dysthymia, Cyclothymia, Tourettes and children identified with a variety of school problems. Duties entailed both administrative and therapeutic aspects of treating abused children.
Therapist Intern Sept 1987-Jun 1988
Youth Service Center Riverside, CA
Family, marital and individual therapy with preponderance of therapeutic focus on
Adolescents and children. Caseload consisted of families with varied socio-economic backgrounds and pathologies including children with ADHD, ODD and Conduct Disorders and one child with Tourettes Syndrome. Worked w/school outreach programs through YSC at Van Buren Elementary in the Jurupa Unified School District. Riverside, CA. where I worked mainly with children from the Special Education class for emotionally disturbed children. Also worked w/ clients in the areas of substance abuse, physical and sexual and crisis intervention with clients exhibiting suicidal and/or homicidal ideations.
Counseling Intern Sept 1986-87
Community Counseling Center, CSUSB San Bernardino, CA
Caseload included adult clients from varied ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds as well as varied pathologies.
Research: Research / Therapy in psychosocial adjustment and functioning after surgery in women with gynecological cancer with Dr. Berneva Adams, Chief of Ob-Gyn Clinic, Kaiser Hospital Fontana, CA, and Dr. Geraldine Stahly, Professor of CSUSB. Co-facilitated group therapy for terminally ill cancer patients an their families in conjunction with the American Cancer Society and Dr. Geraldine Stahly. Sept 1987-June 1990
Research Assistant / Group Therapist CSUB/UCR
Clinical interviewer of cancer patients through the American Cancer Society funded research conducted by Geraldine Stahly, PhD. Co-facilitated group therapy for terminally ill cancer patients and their families in conjunction with American cancer Society and Dr. Geraldine Stahly. July 1986-N0v 1987
Research Assistant CSUSB
Under the supervision of Dr. Charles Hoffman, Chair, Dept. of Psychology, Had major role in implementing and conducting a developmental stud of male sex roles interacting with children. Sept. 1986 - June 1987
Honors: International Women’s Leadership Association 2013
Covington-Biltmore Who’s Who 2012
Baccalaureate Graduate with High Honors 1986
Psi Chi Honor Society 1986
American Cancer Society presentation of medical
Caduseus key with certificate
Activities: Riverside Opera Association Board of Directors 1983-86
Offices: President, Corresponding Secty.
Riverside Opera Guild 1984-85
Bible Study Fellowship 1968-79
Discussion Leader for Adult groups and
Supervised Children’s Program
References: Available on request.