Positive Clinical Psychology Division
Willow Saloum Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist working for the Department of State Hospitals in Atascadero, California. She has worked with DSH since August 2011, when she began her clinical pre-doctoral internship. She received a doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Clinical Psychology in 2012; her doctoral research interest was on schemas found in adult males with histories of childhood sexual assault. In post-doctoral work she has focused on treatment group program development with members of DSH-C Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) committee to develop treatment manual and utilize psychotherapy that encourages strength-based treatment within the Risk-Need-Responsivity model of sex offender treatment. Presently she works with forensic patients that are Mentally Disordered or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. Her interests currently lie in forensic mental health treatment and positive psychology and innovating ways of bringing those together in a meaningful manner. She provides treatment to mentally ill offenders who are non-voluntary sent by the courts to inpatient facilities after they finished their prison sentences. She has run a positive psychology treatment group, in one form or another, within DSH since she was an intern. She has been working on formalizing a treatment manual and milieu interventions for the patients on their residential units. She continues to help her patients live the best lives they can, supporting reintegration into society after they are released, being able to live a life of meaning and purpose. She operates with the belief that everyone has strengths and positive qualities, and that it’s our job as clinicians to help each person reach their personal potential. She works from a perspective that includes a humanistic approach to the therapeutic relationship, using positive psychology interventions along with cognitive behavioral therapy and problem-solving skills to bring about sustained change. She has experience working with individuals who have experienced severe mental illness, personality disorders, thought/mood disorders, depression, sexual abuse, anxiety, sexuality and transgender/gender nonconforming individuals. She also has experience with clinical supervision, professional consultation, evaluation/assessment of adolescents and adults and forensic evaluations. She currently works in a clinical capacity. Her VIA-IS assessed Signature Strengths: Fairness, Leadership, Perseverance , Creativity, Curiosity, and Love of learning.
Statement of Interest:
Hello IPPA Clinical Division Members! I am seeking to gain your support for the position of President Elect. I have had the pleasure of serving the clinical counsel executive team for two years now as the division secretary. In this role I have had the honor of working with some of the most cutting-edge scholars and practitioners in the field of Positive Psychology and also have been present while the leadership team has worked diligently to create a member focused division that actively developed and sustains a platform where innovation, research, clinical best practices, knowledge and peer support are shared amongst the leadership team and division membership. My ability to remain organized, openminded, diligent, and flexible, while delivering a timely work product, balancing multiple priorities, as well as maintaining attention to detail are some of the qualities that I personally possess which I believe would make me an ideal candidate for a role as president elect with IPPA. I utilize these skills daily in my work with the California Department of State Hospitals as a licensed Clinical Psychologist as well as in my own private practice. Thus I would continue to use these skills to propel and enhance the role of Clinical Division within IPPA with the focus of serving and supporting our membership. I have learned a great deal by working with the current president, Dr. Tayyab Rashid, and I believe that we can collectively continue to grow the clinical division by energetically and consistently encouraging the thought leaders and practitioners in the field to share and contribute their knowledge and experiences with the leadership and membership; this is something I would love to be a part of accomplishing by serving as your Clinical Division President Elect.