Grace Malonai

Grace Malonai

Overview

Department: 
School of Education
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

Phone: 925-954-6229, ext. 1 #
Fax: 925-269-8052
Email: gmalonai@stmarys-ca.edu

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, SFBA (formerly California Graduate School of Psychology), 2004

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, SFBA (formerly California Graduate School of Psychology), 2001

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science, University of California, at Davis, 1988

Professional Experience

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

TheraThrive
Director, Clinical Supervisor, Counselor/Psychotherapist, Assessor, Consultant, 1/2005-present
(Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC 252, 12/2012-present; Registered Psychologist/Postdoctoral Psychological Assistant PSB 33467, 2/2005-1/2014)
Specializing in giftedness, high sensitivity and high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Individual adult, child, and adolescent psychotherapy; family, and relationship counseling. Brief and long term treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, and other challenges and disorders. Other duties include assessment of children and adults, report and letter writing, and collaborative work with school professionals, social services, other therapists, psychiatrists, other professionals and agencies. Tasks also include clinical supervision, management, intake, client records, accounting, business practices, website development.

Summit Center
Psychotherapist, 1/2013-12/2013 (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC 252)
The Summit Center offers a range of services for children, adolescents, adults, and families, specializing in the gifted, talented, and creative.

Contra Costa County Children Adolescent Mental Health Clinic
Psychology Intern, 2000-2001
Psychotherapy, group facilitation, and psychological assessment and reports for children, adolescents, parents and families; weekly case presentations. Batteries were often completed within a school setting. Treatment included a wide variety of disorders and problems, including Munchausen by Proxy, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and many others. Collaborations included Intra- and inter-agency, CFS social and case workers, psychiatrists, school personnel, foster families, and language interpreters.

Stepping Stones Counseling Center (a Rape Crisis Center program)
Psychology Intern, 1999-2000
Brief and intensive individual and family therapy for recent and past victims of sexual trauma, their families and their friends; assessment; group facilitation; forensic work; crisis triage and intervention; psycho-educational and case presentations; record keeping; intake; and collaboration with Child and Family Services and other agencies.
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Argosy University (formerly known as California Graduate School of Psychology)
Psychology Practicum Student/Field Placement, 1997-1999
One-way-mirror supervised individual, group, and family therapy at an on-campus clinic that provided low-fee psychotherapy. This year-round instructional program included intensive training in the treatment of trauma, treatment of children, treatment of families, supervision techniques and practice, and group therapy. Theoretical orientations focused on Depth Oriented Brief Therapy, Family Systems Theories (including Narrative Therapy, Solution Focus Brief Therapy, Gestalt, Bowenian, and Psychodrama), Existentialism, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Del Mar School, Tiburon, California
Group Facilitator, 1998-1999
Sole facilitator for adolescent girls group that focused on the development of healthy social skills. Group members included students diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Ritter House

Intake Counselor, San Rafael, California, 1996-1997
Intake assessment; educated clients regarding available resources.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Saint Mary’s College of California
Adjunct Instructor, 2003-present

Graduate level courses taught for the Graduate Counseling Department, School of Education, Saint Mary’s College of California
• Group Theory and Practice (COUN 523)
• Human Development and Family Relationships (COUN 248)
• Psychopathology (COUN 245)
• Counseling Field Experience (Tape Supervision of Field Placement Students) (COUN 530)
• Group Theory and Practice, Independent Study (COUN 523-97)
• Human Development and Family Relationships, Independent Study (COUN 248-97)
• Adult Development, Independent Study (COUN 299)

Courses taught for the BA in Human and Community Services Program, School of Extended Education, Saint Mary’s College of California
• Group Dynamics in Diverse Settings (HCS 125)
• Human Development and Family Systems (HCS 110)
• Special Topics in Human and Community Service (HCS 199)

Courses taught for the BA in Management Program, School of Extended Education, Saint Mary’s College of California
• Self-Management in the Workplace (M 105)
• Personal and Professional Assessment in Management
• Writing Specialist, Learning Resource Program

Additional experience at Saint Mary’s College of California
• Developed new syllabi and curricula
• Facilitated student orientations for the B.A. in Management Program, at the School of Extended Education
• Utilized instructional technology such as Blackboard and Moodle; can teach online courses
• Trained and officially mentored new faculty for the B.A. in Management Program at the School of Extended Education
• Taught adult development as guest speaker for other faculty’s courses at the Graduate Counseling Department, School of Education
• Collaborated with administrators and other faculty on curriculum and faculty development teams, student orientations, and other events
• Participated in faculty meetings, faculty evaluation of students, and core course evaluation and development committees
• Advised students regarding academic concerns
• Mentored minority students regarding issues of diversity
• Served on thesis committees, 2009-present

Contra Costa County Children’s Mental Health Clinic, Concord, California
Developed and implemented seminar for pre-doctoral interns, Winter 2008, Winter 2007
This seminar facilitated students to develop strategies to address issues that arose in their own experiences of clinical group leadership. Students gained insight into their clinical work as they built self-efficacy by implementing theoretical applications in a practical and supportive environment.

Private Tutor
Tutor for doctoral level students, 2004-2005
Provided private instruction to doctoral students referred by faculty at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Primary focus was on Rorschach testing and interpretation, intellectual testing and interpretation, clinical interviewing and psychological assessment, research, and report writing.

Woodland County School System and Telluride School System
Substitute teacher for grades K-12, 1988-1989

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Drakes Bay Institute (DBI)
Group Member, Recording Secretary, Special Committee Member, 2005-2006
DBI was created by faculty from the B.A. degree programs at Saint Mary’s College of California, School of Extended Education, who believed in the quality of the programs and desired them to continue in practice at either Saint Mary’s College of California or at other institutions of higher learning. Designed and restructured curricula to meet individual campus needs; represented DBI at visits to potential campuses; promoted educational plan to campus leaders; negotiated details of proposed plans and potential faculty compensation and benefits with campus leaders.
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Affinity Holdings International, Steponline (http://www.steponline.com)
Chat host/moderator, 1999-2001
STEPonline.com (Students Teachers Employers Parents) is an online drug education program that also focuses on peer pressure, media literacy, goal setting, and decision making skills. Duties included educating an adolescent population on external influences and internal resources related to drug abuse prevention. Moderated and hosted chat room discussions, answered topical questions during live internet chat shows. Weekly scheduled topics were titled Sex and Drugs, My Personal Everest, and many others. Researched related topics.

Grace Malonai Research, San Rafael and Santa Barbara, California
Researcher/Writer, 1994-1999
Book and dissertation research, information summarizing.
• Researched and wrote portions of The DHEA Breakthrough (Cherniske, Ballantine, 1996)
• Researched for The Alphabet vs. The Goddess (Schlain, Viking, 1998)

Nutritionist, Private Practice
Nutrition Coach and Counselor, 1998-1999
Coached, counseled, and educated individuals on nutritional concerns.

Diablo Communications, Inc., Point Richmond, California (now known as Tyris Corporation, Concord, California)
Human Resource and Office Manager, 1994-1996
Recruited, interviewed, hired and terminated staff in all positions. Reviewed employee benefits package; reviewed and revised employee handbook.

Courses Taught

2003 - present

Graduate Counseling Department, School of Education

  • Group Theory and Practice (COUN523)
  • Human Development and Family Relationships (COUN248)
  • Psychopathology (COUN245)
  • Counseling Field Experience (COUN530)
  • Independent Study, Human Development and Family Relationships (COUN248-97)
  • Independent Study, Adult Development (COUN248-97)
  • Independent Study, Group Theory and Practice (COUN523-97)
  • Independent Study (COUN xx-97)

 

BA in Human and Community Services Program, School of Extended Education

  • Group Dynamics in Diverse Settings (HCS125)
  • Human Development and Family Systems (HCS110)
  • Special Topics in Human and Community Service (HCS199)

 

BA in Management Program, School of Extended Education

  • Self-Management in the Workplace (M105)
  • Personal and Professional Assessment in Management (M100)
  • Writing Specialist, Learning Resource Program

Service

  • Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2014-Present
    • Providing professional knowledge and feedback for the development and construction of examinations for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
  • Gifted Identity Project (Research): How Parents of Gifted Children View Their Own Evolving Identity, 3/2012-present
    • Developed, implemented and performed data analysis of an online survey that focuses on the experiences of parents of profoundly gifted children.

Presentations

Malonai, Grace

Presentations

California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors East Bay Regional Event, July 14, 2017, Walnut Creek, CA

  • Considerations for Therapists of Gifted and/or Highly Sensitive Clients (workshop, CA Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS)/CALPCC approved/1 CEU)

Davidson Young Scholars – Annual Summit, June 23 – 25, 2017, Davidson Institute, Reno, Nevada

  • Empowering Parents to Help Their Gifted Kids Manage Anxiety
  • Understanding the Manifestation of Anxiety in the Gifted Population

American Counseling Association 2017 Conference and Exposition, March 16 – 19, 2017, Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, California

  • Join an Advocacy Dialogue: Supporting Individuals and Families Affected by Current Societal Issues (CE workshop)

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Annual Conference 2016, July 22 – 24, 2016, Williamsburg, VA

  • Gifted Identity℠ Project: How To Talk To Children About Their Giftedness: The Impact of Gifted Identification (presentation)
  • Clinical Applications for Therapist of Gifted Clients (workshop, APA approved/3 CEU)

The Saklan School Parent Association, April 19, 2016, Lafayette, CA

  • Helping Gifted and Highly Sensitive Kids Cope With Anxiety and Depression: Tools for Parents and Teachers (presentation)

National Association For Gifted Children 62nd Annual Convention and Exhibition, November 12-15, 2015, Phoenix, AZ

  • How to Talk to Children about their Giftedness: The Impact of Gifted Identification (presentation)

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Annual Conference 2015, July 24 – 26, 2015, Denver, CO

  • The Journey Lasts Lifetime after Lifetime (presentation)
  • Cultural Influences on Gifted Families (presentation)
  • Sex & Intimacy in Gifted Relationships (presentation)

California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors Regional Conference, October 18, 2014, San Francisco, CA

  • Clinical Implications of Working with Gifted and Highly Sensitive Clients (poster)

Adventures in Homeschooling Conference 2014, July 31-Aug 3 2014, Santa Clara, CA

  • Helping Gifted Kids Cope With Anxiety and Depression: Tools for Parents (presentation)

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Annual Conference 2014, July 18 – 20, 2014, San Jose, CA

  • Helping Gifted Kids Cope With Anxiety and Depression: Tools for Parents and Teachers (presentation)

California Association of Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors Regional Conference, April 12, 2014, Los Angeles, California

  • Intelligence Makes a difference: How IQ factors into the human experience and clinical treatment (poster)
  • Gifted Identity℠ project: A Summary of the Results from a Study About Parents of Gifted Children (poster)

Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education, September 21, 2013, World Wide Web

  • Helping Gifted Kids Cope With Anxiety and Depression: Tools For Parents and Teachers (presentation)

Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted Annual Conference 2013, July 19 – 21, 2013, Orlando, FL

  • Gifted Identity℠ Project: A Summary of the Results from a Study About Parents of Gifted Children (presentation)
  • Cultural Impact on Gifted Self-Perception (presentation)
  • The Journey Lasts a Lifetime: Reflections From Adults on the Impact of Discovering and Understanding Their Own Giftedness as They Parent Their Gifted Children (presentation)

Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education, September 22, 2012, World Wide Web

  • Helping Gifted Kids Cope With Anxiety and Depression: Tools For Parents and Teachers (presentation)

key words: giftedness, adult identity, parenting, child development, neurodiversity, gifted traits, depression, anxiety, counseling, treatment, teachers, gifted experiences.

Publications

Malonai, Grace

ARTICLES (Published by GoodTherapy.org)

• January 13, 2018:  3 Steps to Help Smart Adults Manage Executive Functioning Issues

• November 23, 2016: Coping with Bullying as a Quirky, Gifted, or Sensitive Adult

• April 26, 2016: 7 Ways to Help Your Strong-Willed Gifted Child Thrive

• August 6, 2015: Is Your Gifted Child Being Bullied? 5 Ways to Help

• January 29, 2015: Unhappy Campers: Helping Kids Deal with Homesickness

• August 25, 2014: 5 Solutions to Your Child’s Sleep Problems

• July 9, 2014: 5 Things That Help a Child with High Sensitivity and Anxiety

 

IN THE MEDIA

• It’s A Boy Thing (The Economist: 1843), June/July 2016

• Preschool May Reduce Disparities in Giftedness Testing (GoodTherapy), February 23, 2016

• 8 Ways Highly Sensitive People Make the World a Better Place (GoodTherapy), November 12, 2015

• Could Picky Eating Be Linked to Mental Health Issues? (GoodTherapy), August 4, 2015

• Study Finds Bullying More Damaging Than Abuse, Neglect (GoodTherapy), May 1, 2015

• Aliens…Teens…What’s Living In Your House (Western New York Family Magazine), March, 2015

• How Teens Can Handle Depression with Social Anxiety & Eating Disorder (Experts Roundup), December 29, 2014

• 8 Treatments For Anxiety – Alternatives To Medications (Experts Roundup), November 7, 2014

• Good Eating Habits and Preferences Begin in Infancy (GoodTherapy), September 6, 2014

• Spanking Affects Kids’ Brains and Behaviors (GoodTherapy), May, 2014

• Are You a Cool Parent? Finding the best way to stay on the same page as your teen (Rochester Parent and Genesee Valley Parent Magazines), May, 2014

• Are You a Cool Parent? (New York City Magazine Group), May, 2014

• Are You a Cool Parent? (Simply Family Magazine Group), May, 2014

 

Links to articles are here: https://www.therathrive.com/resources/articles-and-presentations/

Active Research Projects

Gifted Identity Project

It is the goal of the Gifted Identity℠ project to provide insight into the thoughts and feelings experienced by parents as they recognize their own giftedness during the process of learning about, and managing, the needs of their gifted children.

Dr. Malonai's dissertation research on maternal identity lent precedence to looking at a changing of identity within a parent.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Parental Identity, Maternal Identity, Gifted Development, Human development, Neurodiversity, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Group Counseling theory and practice