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James Bakst 

San Leandro, CA

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San Leandro, CA
341 Williams St Apt D
San Leandro, CA 94577

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Forensic Psychologist
Current Education Status:
Antioch University Santa Barbara (Awaiting Dissertation Completion)
Clinical Psychology, Doctoral Candidate (PsyD.)
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2020
Advisor: Sandra Kenny, PsyD.
Dissertation Chair: Lynn Dhanak Ph.D.
Dissertation topic: Examining Burnout in Mental Health Clinicians working with Substance Abuse Clients as it relates to Organizational, Coworker, and Supervisory Relationships..

Educational History:
Antioch University Santa Barbara
Major: Clinical Psychology
Degree: MA. 2013 (3.68 GPA)

Norcross Graduate School - High Point University
Major: Master of Business Administration
Degree: MBA. 2009 (3.93 GPA)

High Point University
Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Degree: BS. 2007 summa cum laude (3.86 GPA)

Clinical Experience:
BAART Programs Jan 2015 - Jul 2017
Doctoral Intern-Mental Health Clinician
Clinical Supervisor: Olena Helen Geller, PsyD. CA Lic#PSY21467
Responsibilities: Facilitate individual, group, and couple therapy. Maintain a case load of 10-14 Clients for weekly therapy. Manage and coordinate an ongoing weekly Art Therapy Group (5-25 Clients). Work in collaboration with Clients on formulating treatment plans, goals, and objectives. Provide therapeutic case management. Handle crisis management. Administer psychological and neurological assessments where appropriate. Coordinate client care with primary care, psychiatrist, and other medical needs. Engage in weekly didactic trainings and presentations. Contribute to weekly case conference and present troubled cases for direct supervision. Maintain professional case notes and client paperwork. Act as liaison and senior intern for trainees and junior interns.
California State - Department of Rehabilitation Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
Doctoral Trainee
Clinical Supervisor: Angie Maez, PhD. CA Lic#PSY12363
Responsibilities: Assist in administering psychological and neurological assessments including: WAIS-IV, WRAT4, WIAT-III, WMS-IV, MMPI-II, MCMI-III, SDS, Beck Depression Inventory, Beck Anxiety Inventory, TONI-4, SCL-90-R, Clark-Beck Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory, SASSI-3, Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales, NAB, and Western Aphasia Battery. Meet with clients for a structured interview to acquire self-reported history for reports and information to assist in diagnosis. Write-up psychological assessment reports. Attend trainings when needed.

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) Jul 2013 - Jul 2015
Doctoral Trainee/Treatment Counselor
Project Recovery - Adult Treatment Center
Operations Supervisor: Patrick O’Connor, CATC II
Clinical Supervisor: Peter Claydon, PhD. CA Lic# PSY8691
Responsibilities: Facilitate 6-7 Ninety-minute psycho-education groups weekly focusing on drug and alcohol abuse and dependence. Maintain an ongoing caseload of 20-25 individual clients. Administering intakes and assessments, treatment planning, case notes, progress notes, consultations, working independently and with the treatment team with co-occurring disorder clients, referrals, and discharge planning to name a few. Support a structured and safe group treatment process focusing on cognitive-behavioral therapy interventions. Practice motivational interviewing and supplemental materials to engage the clients with the Matrix Model group manual. Attend weekly staff meetings to discuss issues with cases. Assemble brief weekly reports for court on the client’s drug testing, attendance, and progress in the treatment program.

Positioned also at Santa Barbara County Probation working with Proposition 36 drug offenders in provided mandatory bi-weekly drug psychoeducation classes.
I'm finishing up my dissertation, final editing stage. I have finished my pre-doc internship and I'm currently in a psych assistantship. I am a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor through CAADE since 2015.
Antioch University Santa Barbara


Alameda County Psychological Association
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Oakland, CA 94602
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