New OPI Participant Volunteer Hours Tracker

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January 14, 2015

Several years ago the Department of Volunteer and Career at the Optimum Performance Institute implemented a mandatory volunteer commitment for all participants in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of our program. Prior to this requirement, volunteering was not consistent, and many participants were expressing their concern over the purpose. They were unable to make the connections between volunteering and their

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LinkedIn Improvements and Changes for 2015

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January 2, 2015

LinkedIn has become a go-to resource in our Department of Career and Volunteer for online resumes, networking, professional development, and even job searches — especially since a LinkedIn profile may be the first thing people stumble upon when researching a job candidate online. During OPI’s career workshop, participants are introduced to LinkedIn and have the opportunity to work on their

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Healing with Horses: Life Lessons

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December 29, 2014

Ask most people to give you a word to describe horses, and you’ll usually hear “powerful,” “majestic,” “magical,” or “amazing.” I’ve spent my entire life living and working with horses, and the first word I think of is “teacher.” I first started riding horses when I was six, got my first horse at nine, and have been horse-crazy for as

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Laughing All the Way to Well-being

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October 22, 2014

Many of us had heard about laugh clubs for years, including laughter yoga and laugh walks, but we didn’t know exactly what they were. At OPI, we had the opportunity to hear Marsha Linehan’s description during a recent training, and the idea seemed simple enough: Just laugh – forced laugh if necessary – until it becomes real, and hopefully, the

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Support Services for Los Angeles Area Students

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October 22, 2014

OPI’s Program Director Jessica Breton and Outpatient Program Coordinator Jaime Jackson went to visit the USC Engemann Student Health Center on Monday, September 29th and had a great opportunity to meet other clinicians and providers in the Los Angeles area. USC hosted a well-organized open house at the counseling center as well as an informative presentation. It was wonderful to

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OPI Implements GeneSight Genetic Testing to Determine Best Psychiatric Medication for Patients

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October 6, 2014

The Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) is one of the first therapeutic programs to offer GeneSight, a breakthrough genetic test that helps determine which psychiatric medications are the most effective and with the least amount of side effects. It’s new hope for patients.   Click HERE to view the entire press release. Click link below to download a PDF copy of

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OPI visits the National Career Development Annual Conference

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September 17, 2014

Staying up-to-date with trends in the career development field is something that the Department of Career and Volunteer strives to do. This year we were fortunate to attend the National Career Development Annual Conference which was held locally at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach, California. During the three days, we were able to attend presentations, roundtable discussions, mixers, and other

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Om with OPI

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July 17, 2014

Life can get rather hectic in our modern world. It seems as though we are constantly running around, juggling our jobs, our educations, families, and social lives. We find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day, not having spent a minute for ourselves. This is where meditation comes in to save the day! More and more people are turning

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Very Pinteresting

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July 16, 2014

The Career and Volunteer Department at the Optimum Performance Institute just became more pinteresting! We would like to announce our new Pinterest page, Employment Matters, where we are saving awesome resources, useful tips, colorful infographics, and other interesting pins related to all things related to college majors, specific jobs, volunteer organizations and career paths. For those of you who are

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Community service is the cat’s meow

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July 3, 2014

Summer is here at the Optimum Performance Institute and The Department of Volunteer and Career decided to take advantage of the amazing weather to plan another staff/participant community service event. The event took place during the regularly scheduled career workshop and was a great break from the typical work week. We volunteered with NKLA [No-Kill Los Angeles] at their gorgeous

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