Program Coordinators and 2018-2019 Peer Advocates
Ashwini Lal, Psy.D.
Staff Clinical Psychologist
Peer Advocate Program Advisor and Instructor
Education: Psy.D., Illinois School of Professional Psychology; B.A., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Professional Interests: Grief/Loss, Cultural and sexual Identity, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Suicide assessment/treatment, Life transitions
Dr. Lal has trained and worked in different hospitals (VA, County, Private) and university health settings. Prior to his work at Caltech which began in August 2016, he was working in the health center at Stanford University. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the research literature, has written online articles, and has been involved in radio shows addressing mental health issues.
He uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy focused on increasing awareness into factors contributing to struggles and works collaboratively to increase one’s ability to manage symptoms. Symptom management provides immediate relief while allowing for the therapist and patient to work collaboratively to gain an in-depth understanding of the patient’s struggles. This increased awareness leads to long term improvement and increased life satisfaction.
Joe Bennethum, M.S., E.d.
Senior Residential Life Coordinator
Peer Advocate Program Advisor and TA
Professional Interests: Conflict mediation, Leadership development, Crisis management and training
2018-2019 Peer Advocates
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