Dr. Sheila D. Morris
I have been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. My interest in psychology started many years ago when I discovered that a lot of people did not have a viable outlet to safely express inner emotions and feelings. Coming from a small town in the southern part of the United States where resources were scarce, I found it important to give back to the community and provide needed services. I founded and created the T-MAC (Teens Making a Change) Guideline Book, published article. I speak and present at various psychological associations, teach, and sit on multiple Boards.
It all starts with a vision.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in psychology from Antioch University and my doctorate degree from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. My interest was to specialize in adolescent and community psychology commensurate with my dissertation and doctorate of psychology project, Combating Teen Delinquency. My education and training has afforded me to work with a diverse population of children, adolescent, adults, and families. Before completing my formal practicum-level training at the South Central Training Consortium working with sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, I trained in multiple residential treatment facilities, school-based mental health clinics, and foster care agencies treating adolescents and families involved in the court system. I also interned at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent Medicine and at Children’s Institute International before a 12 year career at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health while building a private practice. Moreover, I completed two separate professional psychological assistantships in private practice settings training in the forensic arena. Over the years, I have developed specialized training and expertise in forensic psychology, psychodiagnostic assessments and evaluations, and providing clinical treatment for a multitude of psychological problems including mood, anxiety, and trauma; and answering psycholegal issues such as child custody, parental fitness, competency, personality and criminal responsibility .