Laguna College of Art and Design presents: Movies for Mental Health (Online)

A virtual workshop featuring award-winning short films and a panel discussion with students and local mental health resources. All are welcome!

Featured Campus and Community Resources

Counseling Services @ LCAD
NAMI Orange County

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
California Peer-Run Warm Line
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance


Date:November 5, 2020
Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Laguna College of Art and Design
2222 Laguna Canyon Rd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 United States

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Workshop Evaluation

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“Mental Health is important to all, it doesn’t discriminate, It’s ok to embrace it so you recognize symptoms. Help is available if you ask for it. "
-Workshop Attendee

Interactive Presentation

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Staging Face
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Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.
Lisa Bahar, M.A., LMFT, LPCC Lisa Bahar is licensed marriage and family therapist, and a licensed professional clinical counselor. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor and Alumni Ambassador for Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Lisa earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Pepperdine and her Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Television Production from University of Southern California. She enjoys implementing the cinema into a therapeutic process, described as Cinema-Therapy. Lisa Bahar’s practice is located in Newport Beach, California where she provides mental health counseling and psychotherapy to individuals dealing with mood, addiction and personality disorders by using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an intervention designed for those dealing with emotional dysregulation and self-injury. In addition, Lisa is a PhD candidate for the Global Leadership and Change program, Cohort 2020 at Pepperdine University’s GSEP.
Drs. Lori & Patrick Aleknavicius of Inner Fōkus Inner Fōkus is a mental health clinic in Laguna Beach that is owned and run by Drs. Lori and Patrick Aleknavicius. The name Inner Fōkus is spelled as it is to honor the German heritage of Drs. Lori and Patrick Aleknavicius. They chose to name their clinic Inner Fōkus so it would be a prominent reminder of the importance to occasionally break from current patterns and try new things. Drs. Lori and Patrick Aleknavicius are a married couple and are both licensed clinical psychologists. Dr. Patrick specializes in psychological testing, treating ADHD and childhood/teenage anxiety, executive consulting, and helping people of all ages with stress disorders, anxiety and depression. Dr. Lori specializes in working with children, teens and families, she has extensive background treating eating disorders and depression and she offers workshops on positive parenting as well as the integration of positive mental and physical health for women. They welcome email inquiries from the public as they enjoy answering questions on mental health topics and they offer a free 30 minute consultation to anyone interested in potentially pursuing services at Inner Fōkus.
Kay Wenger, LMFT, LPCC of Laguna Beach Counseling I have worked for 24 years as a Licensed Marriage, Family and Individual Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with expertise in couples and marriage therapy, adolescents and teens, anxiety, depression and premarital therapy. The most important thing I've learned is that there is rarely a right or wrong way to do anything, and perfection simply doesn't exist. Through the counseling process, you will learn to let go of old expectations and create a new definition of a happy and a healthy life.
Jeremy Harvey, LMFT A main focus of my therapy is joining clients in what they are going through. Therapeutic workbooks are great, but there is a big difference between opening up to a workbook versus opening up to a human being. When we open up to another person we make ourselves vulnerable. That is when true growth begins. I set out to try and help people deal with the core issues, as well as enhance their core strengths.