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California Pathways to Practice Symposium

Join us at the California Pathways to Practice Symposium for two days of educational sessions, networking opportunities, and professional development.

This event is designed to support pre-licensed and early career mental health clinicians by connecting them with experienced professionals and providing training in essential areas.

Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28, 2024

Antioch University Los Angeles, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230

About the Symposium

This is the first conference of its kind, filling a much-needed gap between graduate education and professional practice. The idea for the symposium was borne out of a conversation between Crayton Daniel and Robyn Caruso on the car ride to a community educational event. Robyn, who is now Clinical Faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, has navigated the challenges of early career practice herself and understands the needs of emerging clinicians. Crayton's experience, values, and connections within the community inspired him to want to connect early career clinicians with career opportunities and experienced professionals within his network who can make an impact when the timing of said impact can be profound. What better way to do this than through this conference? Additionally, another planner is a current student at Antioch University and works in business development, bringing a fresh perspective on the current needs of students entering the field.

Meet Our Planners

Robyn Caruso, LMFT, CEDS-C

Clinical Faculty at Antioch University, with experience both as an early career clinician and now as an educator, Robyn is deeply attuned to the challenges and needs of new professionals.

Ethan Pearson, MFT Trainee

A current student at Antioch University and business development professional, Ethan combines academic insight with practical experience in the field.

Crayton Daniel

Specializing in business development, Crayton has formal training in this area and brings valuable expertise to our planning committee.

Our mission is to provide pre-licensed therapists with comprehensive resources and support through educational and networking events. We aim to bridge the gap between graduation and professional practice by offering training in essential areas such as networking, financial planning, specialization, and ethical practice. By connecting emerging therapists with experienced professionals, we create opportunities for growth, collaboration, and employment, ensuring that the future of mental health care is in capable and compassionate hands.

Our Mission

Educational Sessions

Covering topics such as clinical innovations, business and marketing tools and strategy, career-planning and more.

Networking Opportunities

Structured meetings outside of educational sessions and exhibit hall conversations to connect with peers and industry leaders.

Exhibit Hall

Engage with exhibitors showcasing the latest tools and resources for mental health professionals.

Intended Attendees

  • Masters and Doctoral students in Social Work, Therapy, Counseling and related professions

  • Registered Associates working under clinical supervision (AMFT, ACSW, APCC, etc.)

  • Early-Career Licensed Clinicians (LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, Psychologists, etc.)

Registration Information

*By registering early, you'll have the opportunity to participate on the committee that selects the talks (participation is optional) and get priority in choosing which sessions you want to attend!    

Presentations and Workshop Topics

  • Career Development and Paths

  • Leadership and Professional Growth

  • Financial Management and Budgeting

  • Digital Marketing (social media, website, SEO, etc.)

  • Networking and Professional Relationships

  • Clinical Modalities and Techniques

  • Clinical Specialization

  • Technology and Telehealth

  • Ethical and Legal

  • Self-Care and Burnout Prevention

  • Other Relevant Topics


We are looking for presentations that are dynamic and informative and designed to provide valuable insights, practical skills, and up-to-date information relevant to pre-licensed and early career clinicians. Presentations are 1-1.25 hours in length depending on time slot and include 10 minutes of Q&A.


In addition to presentations, we are also seeking small, structured group workshops that can accommodate approximately 10-12 participants each. Workshops should be interactive and designed to provide hands-on learning experiences, allowing participants to delve deeper into specific topics and develop practical skills through guided activities and discussions.

The California Pathways to Practice Symposium is seeking submissions for presentations and small, structured group workshops (approximately 10 participants each) to be delivered at our in-person event on September 27-28, 2024. Submissions are due by July 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM. Our goal is to provide an engaging, high-quality program that addresses the unique needs of pre-licensed and early career mental health clinicians. We invite anyone (clinical, administrative, outreach, etc.) with relevant experience in the following categories to submit their presentations and workshops.

We are seeking a committee of pre-licensed clinicians to review anonymized presentations and vote using a rubric. If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to receive more information, please indicate your interest here:

Why Exhibit at the Symposium?

The symposium offers a unique opportunity to interact with approximately 200 pre-licensed or early career licensed clinicians. As an exhibitor, you will have the chance to showcase your program and services to a highly targeted audience of emerging mental health professionals eager to learn about the latest tools, techniques, and resources that can enhance their practice.

We have included a program schedule so you can see the extensive opportunities designed to facilitate meaningful engagement for both exhibitors and attendees. Our symposium features formal presentations and small workshops. Some of our exhibitor packages include opportunities to introduce your program in the exhibit hall to all attendees, in addition to facilitating small group workshops with 10-12 participants.

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