Caley O’Dwyer, MA, MFT, MFA specializes in both Psychology and Creative Writing and is an Affiliate faculty member in the Division of Undergraduate Studies at AULA. He also teaches as an adjunct instructor in AULA’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program and has taught extensively at University of California at Irvine, where he earned his MFA, and at the University of Southern California, where he taught writing for ten years. Caley’s course offerings in undergraduate psychology have included The Psychology of Happiness, Sources of Creativity: Theory and Practice, The Psychology of Consumer Behavior, Applications of Psychology in the 21st Century, and Human Sexualities. His undergraduate creative writing courses at AULA have included Writing as Seeing: Understanding the Poetic Self, Advanced Multi-genre Creative Writing Workshop, Two Hawks Quarterly, and The Art of Humor. He’s also taught Clinical Practicum, Personality Theory II: Comparative Contemporary Theories, and Process of Interpersonal Therapy II in AULA’s graduate psychology program and primers in Narrative and Solution Focused therapies at Philips Graduate Institute.
Caley is a poet and a painter. Caley’s poetry collection, Full Nova, was published in 2001 by Orchises Press and poetry on the paintings of Mark Rothko has been on display at the Tate Modern Museum in London and published in numerous literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ekphrasis, and others. His paintings have been on display at a number of spaces in Los Angles, including at Bergamot Station, ArtShare LA, and other venues.
Alongside his teaching and writing, Caley provides strength-based therapy in his private practice in downtown Los Angeles, where he helps people draw upon their hopes, skills, interests and values to renegotiate relationships with problems and create new, preferred life possibilities. Caley is particularly interested in helping people whose lives don’t seem to and/or don’t want to match up with dominant cultural expectations. Culture, wonderful as it is, often plays a significant part in sustaining relationships with problems. Caley is interested in helping people renegotiate these relationships. His private practice is next door to his art studio and on the days that he’s not teaching or biking down the LA River, he quite happily goes back and forth between painting and conversations with clients. He works with creative people of all kinds and especially loves working with young adults.