Dr. Matthew R. Mock is a distinguished national expert on the relevance of cultural competency and humility, ethnicity and multiculturalism in psychotherapy with children, adults and families. As a Professor, he teaches courses including Theory and Practice of Community Mental Health, Multi-Cultural Competence in Counseling and Community Practice, Family Life Cycle, Clinical Skills Series A, B & C: Self as Clinician, Family Violence and Prevention, and Diversity Awareness Workshop among others. He also teaches specialized advanced courses such as Social Justice in Clinical and Community Practices, and Eliminating Mental Health Disparities for Cultural, Ethnic, Racial and Linguistic Communities (such as Asian Americans).
Dr. Mock was Director of the Center for Multicultural Development (CMD) with the California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) in Sacramento. Prior to this, he served for over two decades as the Director for the Family, Youth and Children’s Services for the City of Berkeley Mental Health and Ethnic Services Manager system-wide, while also teaching as adjunct faculty for the MA in Counseling Psychology Program at JFK University. He has a deep understanding for teaching, training and leading the “next generation of psychotherapists”.
- Masters in Counseling Psychology (Primary)
- PsyD Program (Additional)
Dr. Mock received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) and his B.A. from Brown University. He has served on many boards including the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA); the California Psychological Association (CPA) for whom he was the Chair of the Public Interest Division; the American Family Therapy Academy and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). He was an active member of the Cultural Competence Advisory Committee for the California Department of Mental Health (DMH) that set historic, leading-edge statewide standards for county programs. Dr. Mock is a prolific writer and lecturer often giving invited presentations locally, nationally and internationally to community groups, universities, at conferences, on television and radio, and has written on many diverse subject areas in psychology. He has received many awards and commendations from national and statewide associations for his impressive contributions and career work across decades.
As a third generation Chinese-American, Dr. Mock is highly committed to diversity training, consultation and community issues. He is well known by his students for his continuous passion as well as creativity for outstanding teaching. In addition to teaching and public appearances, Dr. Mock continues a longstanding private practice as a psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in Berkeley, California.
Theory and Practice of Community Mental Health
Multi-Cultural Competence in Counseling and Community Practice,
Family Life Cycle
Clinical Skills Series A, B & C: Self as Clinician
Family Violence and Prevention, and Diversity Awareness Workshop
Social Justice in Clinical and Community Practices
Eliminating Mental Health Disparities for Cultural, Ethnic, Racial and Linguistic Communities (such as Asian Americans).
Mock, M. (2018 & 2008) Visioning Social Justice: Narratives of Diversity, Social Location and Personal Compassion. In M. McGoldrick and K. Hardy (Eds.) Re-Visioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture, and Gender in Clinical Practice (2nd ed.), New York: Guilford Press.
Mock, M. (2017 & 2010). Men and the Life Cycle: Diversity and Complexity. In M. McGoldrick, B. Carter, & N. Garcia-Preto (Eds.) The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family and Social Perpectives, (4th ed.), Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Mock, M. (2017 & 2010). Personal Compassion and Alliance Building (Revisited). In S. Anderson& V. Middleton (Eds.) Explorations in Diversity: Examining Privilege and Oppression in a Multicultural Society (3rd ed.), Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Mock, M. (2013). Advancing School-Based Mental Health for Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth. In M. Weist and C. Claus-Erlers (Eds.) Handbook of Culturally Responsive
School Mental Health, New York, NY: Springer Publishers.
(Additional publications and presentations separately listed provided on request)
Credentials & Accolades
PhD – California School of Professional Psychology
MA – California School of Professional Psychology
BA – Brown University
Awards (*Partial List):
Okura (Asian) Mental Health Leadership Award (1994)
Cultural and Economic Diversity Award from the American Family Therapy Academy (1994)
Innovations in Training Award (1995) from the Family Therapy Network
Public Interest Helen M. Mehr Award (1997) from the California Psychological Association
National Gimbel Child and Family Scholars (2000) (Connecticut)
Silver Psi Award (2000) from the California Psychological Association
Cultural Impact Award (2000) from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for lifelong work with multicultural youth and families
Cultural Competence Award (2000) at the Cultural Competence and Mental Health Summit, California through the California Mental Health Directors Association, Ethnic Services Managers.
Grantee, John F. Kennedy Diversity Initiatives, Irvine Foundation (2001)
Educational Grant Recipient, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2009)
Distinguished Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2011)
(*additional listings available upon request)