Dr. Benveniste received his training in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked there for many years. He did his undergraduate and graduate clinical psychology training at San Francisco State University and earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology – Berkeley/Alameda Campus. In San Francisco, he maintained a private practice working with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families seeking psychotherapeutic assistance for a wide variety of problems. For over 25 years, he also devoted much of his time to community service. He worked in community outpatient clinics, a crisis clinic, and in residential treatment settings.
In his private practice, Dr. Benveniste worked in conjunction with public and private schools and was a member of the Psychological Professional Group of the San Francisco Police Department seeing police officers and their families in psychotherapy. The Department of Mental Health in the city of San Francisco also confidently referred many AIDS patients to him for psychotherapy.
He has supervised psychologists in training for many years and was the Director of Training in two programs for doctoral level psychology students. He also taught graduate students at the University of California at Berkeley, The Wright Institute and the California School of Professional Psychology – Alameda Campus.
From 1999 through 2010, he maintained a private practice in Caracas, Venezuela and taught graduate students at Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Católica Andres Bello. He also participated in the Red de Apoyo Psicologico (Psychological Help Network) by providing trainings in crisis intervention following the massive Venezuelan floods of 1999 and subsequently directing an investigative treatment program for a small group of children directly affected by the disaster. Later, when there developed dangerous levels of societal panic associated with the Venezuelan National Strike (Dec. 2002 – Jan. 2003) and subsequent periods of intense social unrest, he wrote articles and gave lectures and trainings on distinguishing panic from fear, and developing coping strategies in the midst of high anxiety.
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