Our monthly training, From Clinician to Confident CEO: How to Have More Ease, More Time Off, and More Profit by Casey Truffo, LMFT was well attended and provided useful information for those
working in a private practice setting.
Casey Truffo, LMFT was very
knowledgeable and our chapter is very appreciative for her words of wisdom and
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Ann Leber, LMFT President-Elect: Linita Morris, LMFT Past President: Talal Alsaleem, LMFT, PsyD Secretary: Susan Armstrong, LMFT Treasurer: Merrett Sheridan, LMFT Program Co-Chairs: Susan Martin, AMFT VACANT 3000 Club Chair: Alicia Pharis, LMFT Volunteer Chair: Martha Cowley, LMFT Membership Chair: Krista Kleeman, LMFT Sponsorship Chair: Nichole Cobb, AMFT
News from the BBS
RENEWAL COUPON FORMS NO LONGER PROVIDED
Registrants and licensees will no longer receive renewal “return coupon” forms in the
mail. The board will continue to mail a courtesy renewal notice 90 days prior to each
licensee’s and registrant’s expiration date. The renewal notice will provide directions for
renewing online through the BreEZe system. The board will continue to accept printed
manual renewal forms, which can take four to six weeks for processing. Renewing online
takes effect instantly as long as all renewal requirements are met.
Online Is Easier!
A Variety of Online Services Now Available via BreEZe
For faster service, manage your registration and license online! BreEZe provides services for applicants, registrants,
and licensees that can save you weeks of processing time compared to paper applications. Services available include
the ability to:
• RENEW a license or registration instantly (up to 90 days in advance).
• SUBMIT an address change (takes effect instantly).
• REQUEST a replacement registration or license (allow two weeks for delivery).
• VERIFY a license and obtain proof of renewal status.
• PAY with a major credit card in a secure environment.
Consumer complaints can also be filed on BreEZe at www.breeze.ca.gov.
We wanted to thank our
Auburn Davis Center for DBT * Center For Discovery * El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency * Insights Counseling * River Oak Center for Children * Sacramento Children's Home * Sierra Forever Families * Sierra Mental Wellness Group * Solano County * Telecare Corporation * The Anxiety Treatment Center * The Place Within Counseling Folsom * WEAVE
For participating in our 2nd Annual Mental Health Professionals' Job Fair!
May 3000 Club Workshop
Topic: The Basics of Treating Athletes and Teams Presenter: Dr. Shana Alexander, PsyD Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 Time: 8:30am to 9:30am
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map) Room: American River South Free Coffee and Donuts Space is limited so please register here
Dr. Shana Alexander will introduce sports psychology and discuss the basics of treating athletes and teams. She will also discuss the emotional challenges of living with diabetes.
Dr. Shana Alexander is a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in Health and Sports Psychology; specifically, chronic illness, with an expertise in type 1 diabetes, sports performance enhancement, and other sports related concerns. Dr. Alexander has experience working with and treating a wide variety of populations in multiple different settings, including working internationally at The University of Sydney. She also previously worked at UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Alexander now owns her own practice, Folsom Health Psychology, and focuses primarily on treating the emotional concerns associated with diabetes and sports psychology.
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Topic: Tap into Innate Healing: A Functional Medicine Approach to Depression and Anxiety Presenter: Dr. Tracy McCarthy Date: Friday, May 3, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map) Room: American River North
Doors Open at 9:00AM Networking starts at 9:00 AM
It is the goal of SVC-CAMFT is to ensure that we have an environment that is conducive to learning for all of our attendees so we ask that at our events\workshops not to wear scented products. Thank you.
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by improving the understanding of the way lifestyle, nutrition and stress impact mental health. Clinical skills gained include knowing evidence-based lifestyle changes to recommend to clients and support them in implementing that reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Participants will learn up to date research on the biological underpinnings of mental health symptoms that they can discuss with clients, rather than relying on outdated biological concepts. Helping clients understand the role they can take in their own healing is empowering to them.
Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT) CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content. CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email in exchange for a completed course evaluation form.
No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.
Workshop covers the complexity of causes of chronic illness as contrasted with acute illness, and how a systems-based approach recognizes and addresses these causes to restore health. Workshop goes into detail about the role of the HPA Axis, gastrointestinal system and microbiome in mood and anxiety symptoms, as supported by the published literature. Lifestyle and nutrition interventions are recommended in the workshop that reduce symptoms, as supported in the published literature.
1. Participants will learn the causal differences between acute and chronic illness
2. Participants will gain an understanding of the role of the HPA axis in creating symptoms and how they can correct these.
3. Participants will learn the role of the gastrointestinal tract and microbiome in inflammation and symptoms, and how they can promote gut health to improve mental health
Presenter Bio: Ever since she first learned about the healing power of lifestyle and nutrition, Dr. Tracy McCarthy has been transforming lives. An honors graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine and a board-certified psychiatrist, she is passionate about getting this life-changing information into the hands of those who are suffering and whose symptoms have been dismissed or can’t be explained. In her practice, she works intensively with patients to help them uncover the hidden causes of their symptoms and supports them in making lasting changes to their health. Dr. McCarthy is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner with additional training from the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine. With her unique combination of conventional clinical and Functional Medicine training, her therapeutic skills, compassion and her passion for health, she is a sought-after practitioner who provides truly holistic transformational care.
Early registration ends Thursday, April 25, 2019 Early registration rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15
Starting Friday, April 26, 2019 rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $25
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20
Registration Ends Wednesday, May 1, 2019No Walk-in Registration unless announced.
Registration Policy Effective January 1, 2018 SVC-CAMFT event registration must be paid online except with prior approval. Registration dates and fees may vary and are subject to change without notice. Event discounts prices and discount periods may or may not be offered. Event registration is deemed complete during the registration period in which registration payment is received. Incomplete or unpaid registration will be cancelled and removed at the end of each registration period.
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We listen to your feedback - New for 2019:
For 2019 Workshops, there is an option for printed handouts for an additional $5 added on to your registration fee. If you select this option handouts with your name will be waiting for you when you sign in.
Friday Law and Ethics and Saturday Law and Ethics will have different lunch buffets.
We will have Law and Ethics for Supervisors on Friday of our Law and Ethics in addition to our regular Friday Law and Ethics. Saturday Law and Ethics will go over the Therapist Will among other things. More option to choose from.
Fri, November 08, 2019 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall
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By Merle Yost, LMFT
Self-care is a constant topic of conversation in our
community, although we may not have enough time for it. In graduate school, we
talk about maintaining rituals, such as changing clothes or showering after
work. We might meditate or pursue some other kind of spiritual practice at the
end of the workday, all with the idea of getting some self-care in our world
that is always about the other.
All of these ideas are great, as far as they go. Real self-care is how you take care of
yourself in the office during your
session, rather than dealing with the aftermath. Not merging with your clients yet
having genuine empathy and compassion. Self-care is not taking on anything from
your clients so that at the end of the day, you have nothing to “get rid of”— because
you did not absorb it during the process of helping them.
Merging, often in our socialization, is seen as a good
thing. We are taught in our culture that it is the best way to feel empathy and
know what the other is feeling. In reality, it is intrusive. And as therapists,
the last thing we want to do is to merge with our clients. We are supposed to
be giving them a reparative experience, not reinforcing the intrusions and
violations of their childhood.
A Better Way
The first step is to stay inside of our bodies. The task, especially in a
therapeutic session, is to recognize what you are experiencing emotionally and
physically — so that when you begin to pick up the energetic experiences of
others, that you are able to distinguish what is you and what is them.
This requires being inside of yourself and practicing at identifying the
difference between you and others.
The second step is to have a
strong sense of your “energetic bubble”. Everything in the
universe is energy. That cup you use, the car you drive, and your hand are all
examples of energy put together in different forms that we recognize. Each of
us has an electromagnetic field outside and around ourselves. This life force
is also described as Qi. Becoming
hyper-aware of that bubble is the first step to owning your space and being
able to understand what is happening around you — by simply being conscious of
How would it be possible to have this constant awareness? It feels like it
would take all of our attention if it we were thinking about this all the time.
We could say the same thing, however, about breathing. We need to breathe
constantly. If we don’t breathe, we die. So you must be hyperaware of each
breath, or you would stop breathing. Of course, breathing is automatic. Most of
the time we don’t have to think about it. When we do, something is wrong, or at
the very least deserves our attention.
The same is true with our bubble. It is just part of
us. Once we learn to hear the alert system of sensation, of feeling, that
signals to us that something is amiss, where we choose to tune in to take the emotional
temperature of a person, it is just like breathing. It becomes automatic once we are aware of it
and understand how it works.
How Do We Keep Our “Bubble” Solid?
Unfortunately, childhood, for most people, does not
offer great experience for learning boundaries. For many, as children, we
experienced whatever limits we tried to establish being torn down and trampled.
Too often, parents intrude on their children and use them to meet the parent's
needs. No one gets through childhood unscathed. Childhood is not designed that
way. The task of parenting is to help a child navigate those painful
experiences, so that the child has the tools and confidence to explore the
world successfully. Not many succeed completely.
CRAWLING OUT OF THE BUBBLE
Parents who are the source of the unresolved pain in
their child’s lives are what cause personality disorders and neurosis. Our own
bodies’ beautifully designed system of electromagnetic energy, one that can
protect and inform us is, often riddled with “holes” from the unresolved trauma of childhood and life. Instead of
having this solid bubble, we have holes that leak out our energy and have been
socialized to allow in the energy of others. And if sufficiently triggered, a
child part of our self, from some unresolved pain in our lives, will crawl out
of one of those holes in our bubble and suddenly take charge of a situation or
our life. There is nothing quite like a four-year-old self suddenly deciding
they need to protect us from someone perceived as a threat, a threat that is
sourced from pain from long ago. We have all been there, and we see it in
others, and our clients, every day.
HOLES / WOUNDS IN BUBBLE
“holes in our bubble.” in turn, make us vulnerable to taking on others’ energy.
We begin to
directly experience the other’s emotions and pain, in our own emotions and even
in our own bodies. Yet it is their energy, it is not ours,
and it should stay outside of you, not inside. This is not about being uncaring or unavailable; it can actually make the
opposite happen. You are genuinely available and are a profound witness to
their experience without intruding on them or their experience. If you keep
them “out”, and you “in”, at the end of the work day, you are alive, full of
energy, and ready to be fully present with your home life and loved ones. This
feeling shouldn’t be something you only achieve after hours of decompression,
solitude, or the requisite glass(es) of chardonnay. This is real self-care and
it is available to anyone that learns this approach to energy management.
Staying in your body, learning to read the environment from inside your bubble,
is how you know what is happening outside of you.
Our task as healers is to heal our own wounds, so we
don’t leak out our own emotions and issues. We must assist our clients in their
healing themselves, so they don’t “leak,” either. We need to teach them about their bubble, how to stay inside of it
and how to recognize when others are attempting to intrude, and what to do
about it. This would be a much better world for all of us if everyone could be
aware of this process.
What Can I Do?
Most of us have had the experience of going home to
visit our parents and regressing to a child state. Saying no to parents can be
very difficult if not impossible. One technique of several to use in that
moment of trouble, is a figure eight visualization. This specific approach is
from a book called Cutting the Ties that Bind by Phyllis Krystal
Imagine two hula hoops. Put yourself in one of them
and put someone you are having trouble keeping out of your bubble in the other.
The hula hoops should be adjacent but not overlapping. Turn the two hula
hoops into neon and begin moving the energy between the hula hoops in the form
of a figure eight. Starting in front of you, start by running the energy
clockwise around them and then coming around, and then going counter-clockwise
around you until it forms a figure eight. Continue doing this until you begin
to notice that you are breathing more naturally and have more mental clarity. I call this exercise a Disconnecting Figure 8.
You can make the energy field bands you are
visualizing very tall, or very thick, whatever is necessary for you to feel safely
separate from the other.
Another setting for this exercise can be at work. Bosses
are often experienced as intrusive, and we frequently turn them into our
parents. Using the figure eight will give you space to step back, breathe, and
have a better picture of what is happening in the moment.
This technique will help you (and your clients) be
better able to see the person instead of the projection. Ghosts from the past,
reflected by people in the present, can make us regress and be overwhelmed in
the moment. In the moment of stress, healing that past is generally not an
option. Having tools in your arsenal to help you deal with the situation is
essential to be the best you can be in the here and now.
eights can also be used on bad dreams, obsessive thoughts, and other intrusions
where you need to create distance. By doing this tool long enough, that “other”
will simply dissipate or at least it
will give you more distance and perspective to handle the situation in the
Healing is a life-long process as we are constantly
uncovering ‘new’ old stuff that needs to be addressed. Understanding and using
strong, clear energy boundaries is real self-care. This allows us to re-orient ourselves, and
our clients, making the healing process easier and faster, and in turn, it makes
life more enjoyable.
Try it. See the diagram as it may help to make sense
of the visualization.
Merle Yost is the author of six books, the latest, Facing the Truth of Your Life and his
current workshop is Unspoken Boundaries:
Energy Hygiene for Everyone. He has retired from private practice but does
short-term Intensives and adjunct EMDR.
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