Our chapter is off to a fine start. Our January membership
meeting was held last month and our budget was approved. As a chapter, we are
financially healthy and have reserves. Our membership remains strong and active.
Several of the board members will be heading to Southern
California this month to attend the CAMFT leadership conference. They will have the opportunity to meet with
CAMFT administration and board members from up and down the state.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Ann Leber, LMFT President-Elect: VACANT 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
There are many law changes that you need to be aware of as a Board licensee, registrant, or
applicant. While this document highlights some of the bigger changes, the Board highly
recommends reading the bills referenced for greater clarity. The discussed changes become
effective on January 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted. (This is only a small portion covering only the Suicide Assessment Requirements - the whole document is located at https://bbs.ca.gov/pdf/legupdate_18.pdf)
Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Coursework
Effective January 1, 2021, applicants for licensure for each of the Board’s four license types
(LMFT, LEP, LCSW, and LPCC), as well as all Board licensees (upon renewal), must have
completed at least 6 hours of coursework or supervised experience in suicide risk assessment
and intervention, as follows (This is a one-time requirement; see AB 1436 for further
Applications for Licensure Received on or after 1/1/2021:
The requirement must be met using one of the following methods:
• It can be obtained as part of the degree program. The applicant needs to provide the
Board with a written certification from the registrar or training director of the school or
degree program from which he/she graduated stating the required coursework was
either required by the degree program or was part of the coursework completed by the
• It can be obtained as part of the applicant’s supervised experience. The applicant needs
to provide the Board with a written certification from the director of training for the
program, or from his or her primary supervisor, stating that the training was included in
the applicant’s supervised experience.
• It can be obtained by taking a continuing education course from a provider that meets
the Board’s continuing education provider requirements. The applicant needs to provide
the Board with the course’s certificate of completion.
For All Existing Licensees (Effective First Renewal Period, Reactivation, or Reinstatement on or
Upon the first renewal period occurring on or after 1/1/2021 (or upon reactivation or
reinstatement on or after this date) an existing licensee must sign under penalty of perjury that
he or she is in compliance with this coursework requirement via one of the three methods
described above. The licensee does not need to submit proof (other than certifying under
penalty of perjury) but does need to retain proof of the coursework or experience in case of a
• In the coming months, the Board will be contacting in-state school programs to let them
know that the new 6-hour requirement is coming. It will also be asking them, if already in
their curriculum, to identify the course(s) it is located in.
March 3000 Club Workshop
Topic: Transitioning to Private Practice - or - From Practicum to Private Practice Presenter: Beatrix Hurley, MA, LMFT Date: Friday, March 1. 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
Workshop Information: Learn about the journey from MFT practicum to opening a thriving private practice. Join Beatrix Hurley, LMFT as she shares lessons learned throughout the phases of training, specialization, licensure, and practice establishment and management.
Beatrix Hurley, MA, LMFT - Following a 20 year successful business career, Beatrix earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from National University, completed her practicum and internship at The Place Within Counseling Center in Folsom and became licensed in March 2017. Beatrix has a full time private practice in Folsom and specializes in healing trauma. Beatrix is a Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA-Approved Consultant.
** Please be courteous and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are unable to attend after you have registered. **
Topic: From Clinician to Confident CEO: How to Have More Ease, More Time Off, and More Profit Presenter: Casey Truffo, LMFT Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30PM Lunch: Fajita Bar Provided Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map) Room: American River North
Doors Open at 8:30AM Networking starts at 8:30 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.
UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO THE CONTENT WE ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE CEUs FOR THIS WORKSHOP. Per the BBS, Practice Building workshops and trainings are not permitted to count towards CEUs for BBS Licenses.
Includes: Continental Breakfast, Fajita Bar Lunch and snacks.
We spend years learning to do good clinical work. And then we realize we need to learn marketing to get clients to treat in a private practice! What most therapy business owners do not fully understand is that it takes more than marketing and good clinical work to have a financially viable practice. There are actually 5 roles to becoming a successful therapy business CEO. Those roles are clinician, marketing, operations, finance, and visionary. (And there is a sixth role if you decide at add clinicians to your practice: HR.) When all the roles are active and operating well together, you have an easy to manage, and financially successful practice. In this day-long workshop, Casey Truffo will help you: * Find the role in your business that needs to be activated (This is often where the most benefit will be.) * Finally understand your business finances * Clarify policies and systems that will save you time and money * Help you decide which strategies to use to attract clients into your practice with more regularity * Learn how to assess the success of your business and know what to do 'next' for more ease and profit.
Morning Session #1: Review the 5 ingredients to a happy, healthy and wealthy therapy business Discuss the Visionary Role Discuss the Clinical Roles and taking a leadership role in the first session Q&A Morning Session #2: Discuss the Operations Role - policies and procedures Discuss the Marketing Role - speaking and community marketing Q&A Afternoon Session #1: Discuss fee increases Review a sample Profit and Loss Statement Discuss how to know how many sessions one needs to do to be profitable Q&A Afternoon Session #2: What is next? What does the therapy business owner do when the practice is full? (Pros and Cons of Adding Associate Clinicians to the Practice) Review of today’s topics and next steps Q&A
1. Identify at least one role in their business that needs to be activated in order to increase income or reduce effort
2. Describe at least 2 policies and systems for therapy businesses that will save time and money
3. Discuss the 2 components of an effective marketing plan
Presenter Bio: Casey Truffo is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a practice-building coach to psychotherapists on five continents. Casey is the author of “Be A Wealthy Therapist: Finally, You Can Make a Living While Making a Difference” and “From Clinician to Confident CEO.” She is also the founder and the owner of Be A Wealthy Therapist.net. Her mission is to help therapists increase their impact and income. Through her writings, newsletters, trainings and coaching, she has helped more than 75,000 therapists to build full and financially rewarding private practices.
Early registration ends Thursday, February 21, 2019 Early registration rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT: $85
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $65
Starting Friday, February 22, 2019 rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT: $95
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $75
Registration Ends Wednesday, February 27, 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.
Refund Policy Cancellations received more than 7 days prior to an event may be subject to an administrative fee to cover costs of the initial transaction. No shows, failure to attend, and cancellations 7 or fewer days prior to an event for any reason are non-refundable, including registrations received fewer than 7 days prior to an event. No credit, refunds, or price adjustments will be given for typographical advertisement errors. A $25 fee in addition to the registration fee will be charged for insufficient funds, denied credit cards, or charge-backs. By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.
To request accommodations for a disability for any of our events contact our Administrative Assistant at email@example.com
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.
While it doesn't qualify for CEUs, we will be having a 6 hour workshop on building a successful practice with the renowned Casey Truffo.
Fri, November 08, 2019 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall
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“How are your kids?”
by Heather Blessing, LMFT
It never fails, that someone will ask me that question. My head floods with so many different answers
and thoughts. When was the last time I
saw them? How much did they know about
my life? How will they judge me. How do I answer this simple question. Recently, someone asked me and I was tired so
I said, “good” and then they started rambling on “I am so glad, see I told you,
you were freaking out about your daughter for nothing, what are they doing now,
how old are they?”
Now what do I do? I
am cornered. Do I correct their
assumptions or do I just go along with it.
I say that my son is about to graduate from college and start to move away
and act like I need to be on my way. And
then they ask, “And what about your daughter – cosmetology or fashion or
something creative?” Now I am stuck – they
have stepped between me and my car door.
So I state “Currently she is in prison.”
There is a terrible silence. It
is terribly uncomfortable. I am trying
to decide whether I should ease their discomfort by saying something, but if so
– what? Then they say, “Oh I feel so
sorry for you, how devastating.” And they
walk away quickly
I want to yell after them, it is ok, I am not devastated and
actually much more relieved that she is in prison instead of homeless along the
river, overdosing on meth. I am not
ashamed to tell people, but it really is a struggle to know how to tell anyone
because most people get so uncomfortable upon hearing that my daughter is in prison,
they cannot continue to talk about it so that I can actually explain that it
isn’t the worst thing in the world.
My daughter had an unfair first 4.5 years of life. Her birth mother trafficked her and abused
her. She struggles to find herself and
falls easily to anything that makes her feel better. Sadly that was meth. I pushed the DA to prosecute her on her first
felony. It broke my heart and the DA did
not understand and thought I was a terrible mother, but I knew I was trying to
save my daughter’s life. My daughter’s
public defender, understood though and we worked together to try to get my
daughter to accept help. Unfortunately,
my daughter had not hit rock bottom and she refused the help. She got out of jail a few months later and started
using meth again. Her next felony sent
her to prison. This is a longer time and
hopefully the more time she is away from meth, the more time she has to let her
brain mature. Prison to me is hope that
maybe my daughter will start to heal. No
one sticks around to hear about the positives.
Who would think that such and innocent question of “How are your kids?”
could be such a loaded question?
The views expressed in the Special Feature Articles do not necessarily reflect the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT or CAMFT. They should be understood as the personal opinions of the author. No information in this article will be understood as official. Other views and commentary are welcome and will be published as long as they are respectful and stick to the topic.
Letters to the Editor
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Psyched about Books and Movies
Welcome to "Psyched about Books and Movies!" Each month we include a book or movie review by one of our readers. Please see below guidelines on submitting a review.
Title: Kumu Hina Director: Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson Copyright: 2015 Reviewer: Heather Blessing, LMFT
Review: An interesting documentary of a native Hawaiian transgender woman who teaches about their at a charter school. We follow some of her life including her new relationship with her husband and also follow one of her student's lives a bit. Very enjoyable and interesting to see the concept of transgender in their culture.
Book/Movie Review Submission Policy
All reviews are not to exceed 1000 key strokes. Your review should include the title, a short synopsis about why you like or dislike it, and the author’s name & publication date.You can also include a picture of the book and/or movie. After review, we will publish your review in our next newsletter. Reviews submitted that are longer than 1000 characters will be returned for editing. It is best to type your review in a Microsoft Word document to note how many key strokes (characters with spaces), how big your review is, and for your own record keeping. You can then copy and paste it into the online submission form located here (http://www.svccamft.org/Newsletter.html) To learn more about checking your review for key strokes, spelling grammar and size click below: (http://www.svccamft.org/How_to_check_review_in_microsoft_word.doc).
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