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Failure To Launch

Failure to Launch

Co-sponsored by SCCPA & CPA
(2.5 CE )

Presented by Paul J. Marcille, Ph.D.

CE Hours
Course Fee
May 5, 2019
10:00 am - 12:40 pm, Registration and coffee at 9:30 am
Gronowski Clinic, 5150 El Camino Real, Room C15A Los Altos
2.5 (pending approval)
Members $40, Non Members $50, Student $20-$30 (By April 27)
Members $50, Non Members $60, Students $25-$35 (After April 27)
PAU Students $25-$30 (After April 27)
Continuing Education Certificate Fee $15

Course Overview

A growing number of young adults are completing their educations and then “failing to launch.”  Many therapists are encountering this complex issue in their practices, whether it is working directly with the young adult, or seeing the parents who are distressed by this problem.

This phenomenon includes high school graduates who fail to successfully make the transition to college and college graduates and young adults who have difficulty achieving emotional and financial independence from their parents. The emotional and cognitive development of adolescents and young adults will be reviewed, as well as cultural differences, and the influences of education, technology, social media, economy, finances & the current job market & housing.

A theoretical and practical orientation will be provided to clinicians to help young people and their parents have reasonable expectations, to identify obstacles to independence, and develop concrete tools for promoting independence, happiness, and success.

Paul Marcille, Ph.D. is a Professor and Program Director at the Palo Alto University & the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He is both a former president of the Santa Clara County Psychological Association, and former president of the California Psychological Association. In addition, Dr. Marcille maintains a private practice in Los Gatos, CA, specializing in the treatment of adolescent boys and adult men.


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CPA is co-sponsoring with SCCPA. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 2.5 continuing education credits (pending approval). Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Sunday, May 05, 2019, 10:00 AM until 12:40 PM
Gronowski Clinic, Room C15A
5150 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA  
Annette Taylor
408-757-7720 (p)
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
Refunds for cancellations are available up to eight days before the date the program or class begins. Some programs may incur a refund processing fee ($25), at the discretion of the event organizer, and will be stipulated on the event page.

Non-refundable credit toward a future SCCPA program or class may be available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before the date the program or class begins. Credit may be applied to any SCCPA program or class for one year following date of issue.

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