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Andrew Kami

Andrew

Kami

Andrew Kami

Core Faculty

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Department
Cultural Family Psychology
Institution
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Office Phone
626-529-8429
Email
Biography

Dr. Andrew Kami is a military veteran, Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps. He is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Administrator for the State of California. He currently serves as a Director for a facility working with Schizophrenia Spectrum Illnesses and before his current academic appointment served as Adjunct Faculty at Pacific Oaks College and within a variety of other roles. He performs psychological and personality assessments for the Departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services in Los Angeles as well as multiple community based and for-profit clinics in Southern California.

Andrew is committed to sharing his expertise; he has taught in the psychology department at Santa Monica Community College and currently teaches graduate level Practicum, Trauma, and Psychopharmacology at Pacific Oaks College. Dr. Kami is also engaged in research work toward developing new and innovative methods of treatment for brain based illnesses including Schizophrenia. He is an active lecturer and has presented to a number of agencies including NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Meeting of the Minds Conference, Santa Ana Police Department, California State Department of Health and Human Services, Community Care Licensing, Dialetical Behavioral Center of Orange County, and many others. He is currently authoring a variety of works including The Treatment of Schizophrenia , Psychodynamic Practices and Interventions, and personal works of reflection and reverie. Finally, he maintains a private practice treating military veterans, pro bono.

Growing up in East Los Angeles, Andrew is half Japanese and half Mexican and has pulled from these cultural lenses to help inform and support his work. He has experienced the hardships of homelessness, the death of both his parents and two older sisters, and the uncertainty of moving from group home to group home. He persisted and put himself through college by joining the US Marine Corps. He enrolled in the master's degree program in Marital and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks before entering into post graduate training with the numerous agencies, multiple community-based clinics, and completing his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Depth.

Education History
Degree Institution
PhD - Doctor of Philosophy - Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Depth Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, California
MA - Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, California
BA - Bachelor of Arts Degree - Psychobiology Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Advisor Argosy University - Counseling Psychology
Member CAMFT - California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Member AAMFT - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Associate APA - American Psychological Association
Professional Seeking Safety
Professional IATP - International Association of Trauma Professionals
Professional Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Professional Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
Professional Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Professional Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Professional Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET)
Professional Crisis Intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
Professional Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT)
Licenses
Licensed Clinical Psychologist - PSY27304, California
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - MFT48835, California
Licensed Administrator - 6017738735, California
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - D1278425, IATP
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Consultant State of California - Health and Human Services
Consultant State of California - Community Care Licensing
Lecturer National Association on Mental Illness
Lecturer Santa Ana Police Department
Advisor Argosy University - Counseling Psychology
Consultant Dialetical Behavioral Therapy Center of Orange County
Presenter Meeting of the Minds Yearly Conference (2014, 2015, 2016)
Consultant SHIELDS for Families
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Aging/Adult Development Caregiving
Mental Health/Psychopathology/Clinical Psychology Assessment/Psychological Testing
DSM/Diagnosis
Personality Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
PTSD
Schizophrenia
Active Duty Issues
Transition to Civilian Life
Military Psychology Veteran's Issues
Neuropsychology/Neuroscience Clinical Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Psychology Marriage and Family
Neuropsychology
Psychopharmacology General Expertise
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Trauma TF-CBT
Media Exposure
Appearance

April 14, 2014 - People with schizophrenia find help, home, hope - The Orange County Register

August 25, 2012 - Class: Department partnered with mental health clinicians - The Orange County Register

July 7, 2012 - Never Forget: mental illness is complex - The Orange County Register

more available by request

Presentations
Title Location Date
On Grief Long Beach, California January 2017
California Mental Health Treatment - California State Dept. Sacramento, California September 26, 2016 - September 27, 2016
California Mental Health Treatment - California State Dept. Los Angeles, California April 28, 2016 - April 29, 2016
Collaboration: Breaking Down the Silos Anaheim, California June 23, 2016
Awakening Hopes and Dreams Anaheim, California June 9, 2015
Cultural Competency and Engagement Santa Ana, California June, 2015
Invisible Wounds of Combat Pasadena, California October 14, 2014
Meeting of the Minds Anaheim, California June, 2014
Foundations of Anti-Anxiety Consumer Use Tustin, California March, 2014
Foundations of Anti-Depressant Consumer Use Tustin, California February, 2014
Psychotropic Medication and Consumer/Clinical Perspectives Tustin, California January 23, 2014
more available by request