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Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program

Location: Brotman Hall, Room 270
Phone: (562) 985-4430
Fax: (562) 985-4529

Monday through Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities brochure

Download the Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities brochure (PDF, 5169 KB)

About the Program

The Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (SBP) was created to serve the needs of CSULB students who have a diagnosed learning disability. The program was established in 1980 and continues to be one of the most recognized postsecondary LD programs in the state.  Typically, the SBP serves approximately 450 students with learning disabilities each semester.

Services Provided

A learning disability can interfere with a student’s ability to assimilate or process information in several ways.  The purpose of the SBP is to provide students, with documented learning disabilities, a support system to assist them in attaining their academic goals. The program provides counseling for clarification of issues related to learning disabilities, makes recommendations for accommodations, and fosters self-advocacy in students. In addition the SBP conducts a Special Admissions Process which is explained in detail on the link indicated below.

The Stephen Benson Program is a part of Disabled Student Services at CSULB. The office is located in Brotman Hall, Room BH 270. For more information please call the office at (562) 985-4430.

Special Admission Information

Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program Staff
Staff Name Office Title

Brian Carey, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
(Lic # MFC 36470)
BH-270 G Assistant Director, Stephen Benson Program

Tina Sutera

BH-270 H Learning Disability Specialist
Amber Maurer, Registered AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (98608)
Supervised by: Brian Carey (LMFT 36470)
BH-270J Learning Disability Assessment Assistant
Lethia Cobbs
BH-270 I Writing Specialist
Dominique Somoano
BH-270 Office Coordinator