Five Acres 4th Annual Clinical Conference:

Learn about adjunct services and treatment approaches for diverse populations

to help providers build a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for their clients


Five Acres is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Five Acres maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CAMFT Approved CEU Provider # 134661

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017  8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Where: Pasadena Convention Center


Ticket  Information:

General Registration $99 / Student Registration $49 (must show student I.D.)

Pricing includes one-day seminar with lunch provided


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Conference Description:

Join Five Acres leadership, clinicians and the San Gabriel Valley clinical community for a one-day, continuing education conference.

Five Acres is committed to excellence and provides consistent, high quality, culturally responsive clinical training to the mental health community and other non-profit service providers.

This year’s conference will focus on adjunct services and treatment approaches for diverse populations to help providers build a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for their clients.

The conference will include:

  • Themed break-out sessions
  • Group work
  •  Q&A during break-out sessions
  • Complimentary lunch


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Conference Organizers:

Rachel McClements, Psy.D, Chief Clinical Officer, Five Acres

Rachel McClements, Psy.D. is the Chief Clinical Officer at 5 Acres. She is responsible for the direction and management of the agency’s overall clinical and mental health service delivery; and steering the organization in the development and maintenance of effective therapeutic practices. Dr. McClements is a licensed Clinical Psychologist.



Katherine Tsai, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director of Research and Clinical Training, Five Acres

Katherine Tsai, Ph.D.,M.P.H. currently serves as the Director of Research and Clinical Training at Five Acres. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She then acquired her doctoral degree from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology while concurrently obtaining her M.P.H. in Epidemiology at SDSU. Through research and clinical training activities, Katherine supports the agency in formulating an evidence-informed approach to how they improve the quality and coordination of the care they provide.


Wendy Guitierrez, M.A/ MFT

 Wendy Gutierrez, M.A. MFT registered intern, is the Program Supervisor of Pasadena Mental Health Center (PMHC) at Five Acres. She is responsible for the overall administration of the PMHC’s development and maintenance. Wendy is a certified and experienced provider of several evidenced-based practices, including Triple P (Positive Parenting Program, evidenced-based practice); TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); MAP (Managing and Adaptive Practices); and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy; also an in-house trainer). In March 2016, she was featured by First 5 LA for implementing PCIT with at-risk families in the community. Throughout her professional development, Wendy focused her clinical training on Birth to Five populations and strengthening the parent-child dyad. She is in the process of obtaining her certification for California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement.

America Islas, MFT

America Islas has worked in social services since 2008. She received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Child Counseling from San Francisco State University and has been a practicing clinician since 2011, working in prominently Latino and LGBTQ communities. Currently, America is workings as a clinician for the RISE Program at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The RISE Program is designed to provide family members, caregivers and professionals with the support and education needed to nurture lifelong connections, emotionally permanent relationships and legally permanent family status for LGBT young people involved in the child welfare system in Los Angeles.  America works with both youth and families in understanding underlying needs and bias preventing permanency and long lasting life connections.  America is working on helping reduce discrimination and rejection in caregiver settings, while also increasing LGBTQ awareness in systems of care.

Amy Kay, LMFT

Amy Kay is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has had 17 years of clinical experience working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. Ms. Kay is a graduate of an interpreter training program and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). Ms. Kay is currently the clinical and administrative supervisor for Five Acres Deaf Services Program. Ms. Kay is a Certified Brief Strategic Family Therapist® and a certified BSFT® supervisor.  Ms. Kay is an active member of the Advocacy Council on Deaf Abused Children, Hearing Impaired Representative for the DMH Service Area 7 Advisory Committee, the MFT consortium, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and served on the DMH/PEI Ad Hoc Committee representing the Deaf/Hard of Hearing population. Ms. Kay also co-chaired the first West coast mental health and deafness conference with National Deaf Academy.

Dr. Haig J. Kojian

Haig J. Kojian, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice with specialties in forensic testing and assessment.  He is contracted with Five Acres and conducts psychological assessment of children and adolescents to determine mental, psychological, academic, and neurocognitive functioning, and provides recommendations to the caregivers, Five Acres clinicians, and the school system to better help and treat the client.

Dr. Allan McDonald

Allan McDonald, M.D., has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with community mental health agencies for the past 20 years. At  Five Acres, he provides psychiatric evaluations, treatment plans, prescribes psychiatric medications and monitors response to treatment, with an awareness on holistic health care including diet and exercise. Dr. McDonald graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School, completing a four year post-doctoral residency in psychiatry at USC, then serving in the US Air Force as a psychiatrist before starting private practice in the Los Angeles area in 1970.

Become a Sponsor

The Five Acres Clinical Conference provides a variety of sponsorship levels to fit every budget. Each level offers a unique mix of promotional opportunities ranging from advertising space at the event to being featured as a contributor in promotional emails and our website. Organizations may also reserve a table at the conference to promote their services throughout the duration of the event. Additionally, any individual donations are gratefully accepted and will be used exclusively to fund the Five Acres Clinical Conference.

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