Helping students excel academically


  • Course Description

    Recognizing that confidence and enjoyment in learning are two important variables in achieving academic success, this podcast provides a paradigm and specific interventions for mental health professionals and school counselors to help students who are not performing up to their potential. The context of this podcast is a program developed at California State University, Northridge, called Experiencing Confidence and Enjoyment in Learning (ExCEL). The ExCEL program covers psycho-social learning concepts such as: developing a growth mind-set, empowering help seeking behaviors, increasing academic self-worth, applying purposeful effort, recognizing and changing restrictive attitudes about learning, reducing learning distractions and utilizing a model of resiliency by remembering proud learning moments.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List at least three of the seven principles associated with helping clients build academic self-confidence; Discuss how negative compensatory learning behaviors and attitudes develop for students who are experiencing poor academic self-confidence; Describe at least two examples of academic mini traumas that many students experience and how those experiences impact learning attitudes and behaviors.

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory & Intermediate

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, presenter, sponsor, instructor, or content.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

    If you have special needs or need an accommodation, please email us at and we will do our best to assist you.


Educator and Self-Compassion Extraordinaire

Dr. Mark Stevens, PSY

Men's Mental Health/Academic Success Expert

Dr. Mark Stevens is a Professor in the Education Psychology and Counseling Department at California State University Northridge and teaches in the MFT program. Previous to this position he was the Director of the University Counseling Services at California State University Northridge (CSUN). He is the chair of the student-veteran advisory committee and also a member of the retention/graduation think tank group at CSUN. Dr. Stevens has written and presented extensively in two clinical areas: 1) counseling and psychotherapy with men and 2) rape prevention and education workshops for college students. He was the co-editor of the first Handbook on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men, published by Sage in 1987. His latest book (Co-edited with Dr. Matt Englar- Carlson) is titled In the Room With Men: A Casebook of Therapeutic Change, was published by the American Psychological Association in 2006. Dr. Stevens is also the featured therapist in an APA produced video (2003) on Counseling and Psychotherapy with Men. For the past 10 years Dr. Stevens along with Dr. Englar-Carlson have been facilitating retreats for men at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He has private practice in Encino and Westlake Village and for the past 10 years has been co-facilitating a Men’s Group with Dr. Chen Oren. Dr. Stevens is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and past President- Elect of APA Division 51-The Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity. In 2007, Dr. Stevens coordinated the first National Psychotherapy with Men Conference at CSUN.

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  • CONVENIENT: All courses are 1-hour podcast episodes, available on all public podcast platforms

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  • SOCIALLY-RESPONSIBLE: We donate to The Trevor Project for LGBTQIA+ youth suicide prevention

  • WOMEN-OWNED: We are founded and run by Elizabeth Irias, LMFT

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