On Tuesday, December 12th, The South Korean Consulate in San Francisco and a delegation from South Korea came to visit Paradigm San Francisco. The purpose was to allow participants to learn about Paradigm’s effective treatment of electronic media issues including but not limited to Internet and Gaming Addiction as well as Social Media and Cell Phone abuse.
The event was hosted by Program Director, Danielle Kovac, LCSW, Administrator Diane Flinn and Program Coordinator, Kelani Cross. Attendees included Kim Sung Byuk, Division Chief of the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family, Assistant Directors Kim Ki Beom and Kim Min Ji, Education Researcher from the Ministry of Education Researcher Lee Youn Ho, Soul Metropolitan Office of Education supervisor, Bryung June Jung, Assistant director of Ulsan metropolitan Office of Education, Heo Mingeun team manager for Gyeongsabgnam-do Youth Support Foundation, Yu MIn Ji from the Chungbuk Youth services Agency, Kang Min Hee of the Jeonnam Suncheon Youth Counseling Center, Kim Jinsu of the Korean Youth Counseling Institute Media Addiction Prevention Division and Shim Yong Chool, General Manager of the National Center for Youth Internet Addiction.
Time spent together included a facility tour, a presentation, a question and answer session. Participants engaged in a cultural exchange rooted in the exploration of different treatment models and potential cross cultural applications. Regarding the event, administrator Diane Flinn stated “We were so honored to have the delegation take time to learn about our treatment approach. It is encouraging to know that International Clients are having positive treatment experiences with us, spreading the word and helping to create these types of opportunities.”
Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.
Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.
Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).
Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.
In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.