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Dr. Stephen Southern

Antioch University Los Angeles

Dr. Stephen Southern is Interim Chair and Core Faculty Member of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MAP) program Antioch University Los Angeles.

Stephen Southern previously taught at Northwestern University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, University of Southern Mississippi, University of North Texas, and Temple University. He is a licensed psychologist (California, Illinois, Pennsylvania), a marriage and family therapist (Mississippi), and a professional counselor (Mississippi, Texas), as well as an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Clinical Fellow in AAMFT. Southern is an Approved Clinical Supervisor. He taught in APA accredited doctoral programs and served as a supervisor in APPIC and APA approved internship programs. He chaired psychology departments and directed outpatient internship training clinics.

Dr. Southern was trained at Masters and Johnson Institute and served as a clinical consultant in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, trauma, and addiction. He developed an integrative program for concurrent treatment of trauma and addictive disorders. Southern was previously editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling. Dr. Southern is Editor-in-Chief of The Family Journal and Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity. He has over 70 research and professional publications.

Educational History

  • EdD in Counseling, Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • Doctoral Studies from Washington University
  • MS in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • AB in Psychology from the University of Southern California

Selected Books:

Southern, S., & Hilton, K.L. (Eds.). (2015). Annual review of best practices in addictions and offender counseling II: Best practices Eugene, OR: Resource Publishers.

Southern, S. (Ed.) (2013). Annual review of best practices in addictions and offender counseling. Eugene, OR: Resource Publishers.

Enos, R., & Southern, S. (1996). Correctional case management. Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Co.

Selected Chapters in Books:

Southern, S. (2019, accepted for publication). Marital, couple and family counseling and therapy. In M.H. Guindon & J.J. Lane (Eds.), A counseling primer: An orientation to the profession (2nd ed.), New York: Routledge.

Schwartz, M.F., & Southern, S. (2018). Damaged development of the human affectional systems and developmentally based psychotherapy for sexual compulsivity. In P.J. Carnes & K.A. Adams (Eds.), Clinical management of sexual addiction (2nd ed.) New York: BrunnerRoutledge.

Southern, S. (2018). McCarthy, Barry (Biographical entry). In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D.C. Breunlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. DOI:

Southern, S. (2018). Whither sexual addiction. In J. Benfield
& T. Birchard (Eds.). International handbook of sexual addiction. London: Routledge.

Southern, S., Ellison, D., & Hagwood, M. (2015). Sexual addiction. In R.L. Smith (Ed.), Treatment strategies for substance abuse and process addictions. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Southern, S., & Hilton, K. (2015). Pathological gambling. In R.L. Smith (Ed.), Treatment strategies for substance abuse and process addictions. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals:

Southern, S. (2020). The story of us: Constructing creative
partnerships through collaboration. The Family Journal, 27(1), accepted for publication.

Southern, S. (2019). The map is still not the territory: Reflections on sexual health. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 25(1), accepted for publication.

Southern, S. (2017). Reflections on sexual health: Fraught
intimacies and ethical choices. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 24(3), 129-139.

Southern, S. (2009). Interim editing: The place holder. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling.

Quintanilla, Y.T., Gonzalez, N., Southern, S., & Smith, R.L. (2007). An ecological model for Hispanic student success in graduate education. International Journal of Higher Education.

Dr. Southern is the past-president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and received their Lifetime Achievement Award. Southern is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association. He received the Legacy Award of the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. Dr. Southern served on the boards of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, the Mississippi Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health.

  • 2019: Program Chair and Core Faculty Member, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2019-2007:  Private Practice, Counseling & Consulting, Jackson, Mississippi Pacific Grove, California
  • 2018-2011: Director, Institute for Advanced Studies in Counseling and Psychotherapy and Fondren Institute for Psychotherapy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 2006-2000: Director, Center for Relational Therapy, Hattiesburg, MS
  • 1999-1989: Director, Center for Creative Lifestyling, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Slidell, Louisiana and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Southern is a member of the American Psychological Association and participates in the following divisions: Division 10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity & the Arts; Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology; Division 39: Psychoanalysis; and Division 43: Family Psychology.

He served as clinical director of inpatient, residential, and intensive outpatient programs for concurrent treatment of addiction and trauma. He has consulted in program development and evaluation with hospitals, community mental health centers, juvenile justice and family services agencies, universities, and military support services. Southern has been involved in international education, as well.

Dr Steven Southern

Interim Chair and Core faculty,

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (MAP)


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