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Letter from the Board
Hello my Fellow
SVC CAMFT Members,
I am writing to you after our Board Retreat
which was held on Sunday February 24, 2013. Your Board met for several hours to
look at how we can improve services to not only you, but to those newly
involved in the profession. Here’s a summary of our meeting:
One of our members
was nominated for and awarded the outstanding Member of the Year for our
Chapter, I will not disclose who received the award but you will hear from Eva
at our next meeting with the formal presentation to that individual.
We also discussed
some legislative issues, particularly how we can contribute to CAMFT’s push to
include LMFTs and LPCCs into the Medicare, MediCal systems. We concluded that
the best way to support CAMFT is through the Chapter’s Annual donation to
CAMFTPAC. This has been on the Board’s radar for quite awhile and we will
continue to advocate for our inclusion.
We looked at
developing a Nominating Committee to formally seek candidates for Board
positions and an opportunity to inform prospective Members of their proposed
duties. If you are interested in participating in the Nominating Committee,
please contact Jill Lawler for more information.
We also reviewed the
possibility of engaging the local Graduate Schools to inform them of our
existence and to invite their students to participate in the SVC CAMFT Chapter.
Furthermore on the school/intern side we reviewed the possibility of providing
a data collection point for Interns and Trainees of prospective internships
that are available. We hope to discuss this further with the Licensed folks and
perhaps provide an opportunity for more internships with more Licensed members
thus becoming even more self-supporting. More on that to come.
We set the balance
of the Board meetings for the rest of the year. Here are the dates so write
them down if you want to come (all Members are invited to attend) April 19,
2013 immediately following the Training Meeting; June 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm at
Ettores on Fair Oaks Boulevard across the street from Loehman’s Plaza; August
16, 2013 from 9:00am-11:00am at 3550 Watt Avenue in Sacramento CA 95821 (Watt
and Whitney) and October 18, 2013 immediately following the Training Session.
There were quite a
few more things reviewed and discussed during the meeting but the above list
provides some of the highlights.
Look forward to seeing
you all soon
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle
· February Presentation Summary
· March Meeting Information · Upcoming Board Meetings· NAMI Walk· CAMFT Leadership Conference· Special Feature
· Psyched about Books and Movies· Advertising and Announcements· Advertising Polcy for the Newsletter
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chad Thompson, MFT
Jill P. Lawler, MFT
Eva Tak, MFT
Brad Gilbert, MFT Intern
Baldwin, MFT Intern
Linda Sessions, MFT
Lee, MFT Intern
Karla Amanda Brown, MFT Intern
Carol Mahr, MFT
Kimberlie Flowers, MFT
Luis Gonzalez, MFT Intern
Catherine Zanzi, MFT Intern
Cheryl Cleveland, MFT Intern
Miriam Hernandez, MFT Intern
Heather Blessing, MFT Intern
Welcome to the section of the SVC-CAMFT newsletter, Legal Beagle written
by Darlene Davis, LMFT. The chapter thought it would be helpful to keep you
updated on new laws, legislative pursuits or actions, as well as ongoing legal
and ethical dilemmas we all face in our career as Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapists, Interns, and Trainees. Please feel free to ask questions that you
have and I will do my best to investigate and post your answer in the
newsletter. Please note that articles are based on information from CAMFT
and/or the BBS and have been researched to the best of my ability. This is not
meant to be legal advice. Please
contact CAMFT or Board of Behavioral Sciences for any legal matters you need
This month is a summary of the recent BBS meeting held in
Sacramento on Thursday, February 28, 2013. The information is meant as a
summary of most items discussed. You can find more information on the BBS
Concerns were raised on the time it takes to process
licensing applications among other administrative duties. The BBS is doing the
best they can with budget constraints and training on the new database BreEZe.
The new BreEZe database system training has taken time that
is equal to 2.5 staff. Phase I will hopefully be rolled out in May 2013. Phase
I will include online address change options and license renewals. Licensing
applications are hoping to go live Sept 2013. Exam applications are expected to
go live January 2014.
The question of when the DSM-V would be included in LMFT
test material. Questions pertaining to the DSM-V will
evolve over time during 2014 test development workshops.
BBS is working on processing applications postmarked
12/31/11. Reminder they received 1500 applications on that day. There are 254
LPCC’s licensed so far. The LPCC Gap exam has been suspended and is not
expected to be reinstated before June 2013. No specific date was given. BBS was
not able to give any information on why the test was suspended at this time.
The test is being redeveloped.
January 2014 the testing for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s will change.
registrant with the Board would be required to take the law and ethics exam.
This exam must be taken within the first year of registration with the Board. If the law and ethics exam is not passed
within the first renewal period, the registrant must complete a 12 hour law and
ethics course in order to be eligible to take the exam in the next renewal
cycle. The exam must be re-taken in each renewal cycle until passed. In addition,
in each year the exam is not passed, the 12 hour law and ethics course must be taken
to establish examination eligibility. A registration cannot be renewed after six years. If a registrant’s
registration expires, he or she must pass the law and ethics exam in order to
obtain a subsequent registration number. Intern registrations that expire in
the first several months of 2014 will take the law and ethics exam in their
next renewal cycle. The Board voted on including language to accept the
National exam for LMFT’s and LCSW’s licensure, if the examinations are
determined to be appropriate by the board. ASWB Association of Social Work has
already been approved and the BBS is working on securing a contract.
Beginning July 2014
the BBS will no longer be in charge of regulating approval of CE providers. The
below approved agencies, organizations, or accredited or approved educational
providers will approve CE providers or oversee others approving CE providers:
NASW ASWB NBCC NASP APA AAMFT AAMFT-CA CALPCC CAMFT CSCSW CASP CCA
The stipulation for
gaining CE units online vs in-person was removed.
Not clear when the
BBS will stop renewing current CE providers.
CE credits will be
available for those participating on an approved Ethics Committee,
participating in a Board Exam Development Workshop, Board Enforcement Case
Review Training, or Subject Matter Expert.
topic. The BBS would like to access child custody evaluation reports in order
to investigate allegations against an LMFT while serving as a child custody
evaluator. CAMFT and AAMFT oppose this legislation. The board voted in favor.
2013 LCSW’s must be licensed 2 years in order to supervise pre-licensees.
Applied Measurement Services, LLC presented an assessment of
Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards’ (AMFTRB) Marital and Family national examination
to see if it meets prevailing standards for examination for licensure. Public
information was limited because of confidentiality rulings. Issues assessed
included: Practice Analysis, Examination Development, Passing Scores, Test
Administration, Test Security, and Transparency of Examination Program.
CANRA CHILD ABUSE
(the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act or CANRA) specifies types
of sexual contact that
must be reported as child abuse to law enforcement by mandated reporters. There
are specific guidelines in law outlining circumstances when consensual,
heterosexual intercourse is not
reportable. However, the law does not treat other types of sexual activity,
including oral copulation and anal sex, in the same manner.
For example, if a therapist learned that a 14 year old patient was engaging
in oral or anal sex consensually with another 14 year old, then by law they
must make a mandated report of child sexual abuse. This forces therapists, as
mandated reporters, to treat heterosexual activity as consensual, while
treating homosexual or other sexual activities as child abuse.
Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT, professor at Alliant University, and member of the
American Association for Marriage and
Family Therapy – California Division (AAMFT-CA), presented information on this
topic, and discussed his desire to sponsor legislation to correct this inequity
in the law. The Board will discuss at the next meeting whether to form a
committee to look into this matter.
Darlene Davis, LMFT
Executive Director HOPE; Healthy
Outcomes for Personal Enrichment
MFT Stipend Coordinator for Greater
Instructor of University of Phoenix
February Presentation Summary
Mindfulness Skills for Enhancing Professional Fulfillment by Reducing Career
Stress and Burnout by Dr. Marty Cottier, PhD, LMFT
Marty Cottier, PhD, LMFT presented a workshop titled,
“Mindfulness Skills for Enhancing Professional Fulfillment by Reducing Career
Stress and Burnout" at the February SVC-CAMFT meeting. This was a great presentation that came at a great time for
a very busy therapist with some difficult cases on her current caseload!
emphasized that stress is not a direct response to a stressor, but rather, our
own resources and abilities to cope and change our stress reaction. We learned the early warning signs of
therapist burnout and how our work itself contributes to burnout. My own perception began to change as I
heard that my difficult caseload was not the issue, but my perception of
it. With that said, I focused on
how to use compassionate mindfulness to be more aware what is going on with me,
to have self-compassion and what I can do with this awareness. Most importantly I learned that in just
3 minutes I can do a mindfulness exercise and studies have shown that just 5
minutes of mindfulness practice prior to session made a significant difference
for the client in the session.
Mindfulness and self-care let us lift the needle out of the default mode
and put it on new neuropathways of mindfulness according to Dr Cottier.
So choose a
quiet place, focus on your breath, recognize your wandering attention and
gently return to focus on your breathing.
Learn to be happy, healthy and at ease.
Lyla Tyler, LMFT
|March Meeting InformationPre-license Meeting
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013 from 8:30AM to 9:15AM
Location: University of Phoenix, 2860 Gateway
Oaks Drive, Sacramento 95833 (Map)
Speaker: Dr. Hamilton
Hamilton will discuss Ego State Therapy, and the benefits of working in
a Private Practice. He will also accept resumes for a position as an
Intern at a Private Practice.
Come out and enjoy the vast
rewards of networking with your colleagues and staying in touch with the
current issues facing us as interns.
(Those who attend will receive one additional workshop hour)
Date: Friday, March 15, 2013 from 9:30 to
Location: University of Phoenix, 2860 Gateway
Oaks Drive, Sacramento 95833 (Map)
Speaker: Joyce Mikal-Flynn, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP
Topic: Turning Tragedy into Triumph, Metahabilitation; A
Contemporary Model of Rehabilitation
Mark your calendars and be sure to attend this
SVC-CAMFT workshop presented by Joyce Mikal-Flynn, EdD, MSN, RN,.
experience tragedy and trauma. How do they successfully manage a crisis and how
do families and loved ones help and cope? The current model of rehabilitation
ignores the potential for growth and fails to incorporate the survivor's
experience of trauma in planning their recovery. During this workshop, the
presenter will provide examples of ways ordinary people have recovered in
extraordinary ways and reveal the insights and provide the basis of a new
system of recovery.
We encourage early registration as space is
Click here to register.
Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT
memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst.
& 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by March 12-Laura (916) 350-1577,
email:firstname.lastname@example.org or reg,pay, directions at http://www.sacramentovalleycamft.org pre-license mtg. 8:30-9:15 for 1 addl workshop
Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online
at www.sacramentovalleycamft.org, or contact Laura Frederick at (916)
350-1577 or email email@example.com
to register and pay at
the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making
reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much
*Disclaimer: University of
Phoenix is a trade name and registered trademark of the Apollo Group, Inc. Its
use herein by SVC- CAMFT to identify the event location is not intended to
imply affiliation with, sponsorship or endorsement of the event by University
of Phoenix or Apollo Group, Inc.
|Upcoming Board Meetings
All members are
invited to attend.
April 19, 2013 immediately following the
June 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Ettores on
Fair Oaks Boulevard across the street from Loehman’s Plaza
August 16, 2013 from 9:00am-11:00am at
3550 Watt Avenue in Sacramento CA 95821 (Watt and Whitney)
October 18, 2013 immediately following the
Join the Team! Help make a difference in our
Valley CAMFT is walking with 2013 NAMIWalk Northern California on Apr
27, 2013 10:00 AM.
walk is a 5K in William Land Park, here in Sacramento. All
proceeds go directly to NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness.
is a wonderful organization that provides resources and support to families who
are struggling with mental health issues.
team name is SVC CAMFT.
join in the fun by going to:
our Team Page, click on the `Join My Team' button to register and help us
fund-raise. If you can't join us, you can also support our team by making a
you have any questions, please contact our Team Captain, Catherine Zanzi,
Hope to see
| CAMFT Leadership Conference Highlights
SVC-CAMFT members traveled to Orange County last
month to attend the 2013 Chapter Leadership Conference to receive
valuable training on how to best serve our membership. The meeting
provided an opportunity for leaders to network with and learn best practices
from chapter members throughout California. Jill Epstein, JD, CAMFT Executive
Director kicked off the meeting with updates on numerous CAMFT Board
activities, new member programs, information about chapter promotional
programs, political action, and legislation. Jonathan Epstein, Esq. –
Trial Attorney, US Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, provided
information on anti-trust laws as it relates to how organizations can minimize
risk in this area. A Networking Lunch was provided in which top leaders
from each chapter were recognized with an Outstanding Chapter Leader
Award. SVC-CAMFT was extremely proud to present this prestigious award
one of our board members, for their outstanding contribution to the chapter,
particularly through their technical support with the website and publishing
expertise. In the afternoon, chapter leaders attended information-packed
breakout sessions to learn more about Financial Management, Marketing Outreach,
as well as Websites and Blogging and how to apply this knowledge to improve
efficiency and to promote the objectives of the chapter. Your
SVC-CAMFT leadership team appreciated the opportunity to attend this important
conference and look forward to applying the knowledge gained to our local
Please join us at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 19,
2013 at the University of Phoenix. Jill Epstein, JD, CAMFT Executive Director
will make a special trip to Sacramento to visit our SVC-CAMFT CEU breakfast
meeting and give a brief presentation on the latest information on CAMFT member
resources and critical legislation effecting MFTs. You won't want to miss
this exciting opportunity!
Part 1 of 3
The Quest for Peace….and happiness~
Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC
I want to be HAPPY!
I want PEACE!
And I want to be Happy and in Peace much more
than I am now. I know that in this, I am not alone~
I have been a therapist and consultant in the
field of trauma and abuse for more than two decades. In part I came into this
field out of a need for my own healing, although I had no idea about that way
back when…and I know that I am not alone in this either…
And, I want desperately for my clients to find healing,
and more happiness and peace within themselves.
Mostly I want to have for myself that which I
want to give others; I know that I cannot give away that which is
not mine to give. If I have happiness and peace, I can share happiness
and peace. If I do not have happiness and peace I cannot offer happiness and
peace to anyone else; client, child, partner, others~
In my search for a deeper understanding of Peace,
Happiness and Joy in life, I have found myself in the volumes of research in Neuroscience,......how the mind can bring happiness, and in the bounds
of ancient writings, and newer offerings too, of the mystery of healing…...how the spirit can bring peace.
The integration of science and healing have
brought new meaning to my life, to the teachings I offer and the healing work
of which I have been blessed to be a part.
Through my search, even into today, I have
discovered volumes of information by many authors, masters, healers and
teachers, that when explored even over the surface, in the end sounds the same.
It may be written in different ways, in different languages, via different
religions or spiritual groups; and presented by many through their own
journeys, much as mine, but ends with the same message;
Peace and Happiness are a state of mind,
available to any of us at any time, if only we believed Peace and Happiness to
I have searched through the teachings of Buddha,
Moses, and Jesus; and more recent teachings of Neal Donald Walsch, Norman
Vincent Peale, Thomas Moore, M. Scott Peck, Daniel Goleman and Dan Siegel, Bruce
Perry, Karyn Purvis, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabbat Zinn, Eckhart Tolle, the Dali
Lama and so many more. (I encourage you to pick up books by any of these great
teachers and begin your research as well.) When you break it down, they are all
providing the same message of healing, in their own words, and now backing it
up with science for those who need more than faith.
I believe that many messengers of healing have
been afraid to speak their truth, as I have been at times. Perhaps our fear has
been that as therapists we have to keep up the façade that all is well at home
and in the office, that our relationships are flourishing and our children are
all successful, that our practice is full because we are so darn good at what
we do and we have it all together! Perhaps we fear that we will not be
accepted, that we will be called crazy, Pollyanna, out of touch with reality or
even blasphemous in the name of God.
Everything happens for a reason, good or bad. You
are reading this now, because you attracted this writing to you, you landed on
this article in this journal at this time for a reason right now; and that
reason you may or may not be aware of. Either way is ok, keep reading.
Happiness is your natural state of being; you
were born to be happy!
However, many in our universe still believe that
life is meant to have a lot of pain; suffering should be offered up, struggles
endured in silence and all of this may earn you points toward heaven.
We are taught that if you have been hurt in the
past, you will continue to hurt today and even hurt others; and I know that to
be true, UNLESS you decide……consciously,
intentionally and purposefully…… decide, not to!
YOU GET TO DECIDE~
In no way do I believe that God intended for us
to have to go through Hell to get to Heaven, and in no way do I believe that
Heaven is a place you can go to after your physical life comes to an end, and
only if you have earned the right~
You were given life for a reason; to bring Peace
and Happiness to everyone you touch, and then to yourself; in that order. In
that you find Heaven, right here on earth~
Jesus said; 'as you believe, so it will be done
unto you', and 'do unto your brothers as you would have done unto you', 'ask
and you shall receive'. Buddhists believe in Karma; what you give you receive.
Really, it is all the same message taught by great teachers.
Read those scriptures again, slowly, each one.
Contemplate whether you actually believe them.
No matter how bad life has been, no matter how
bad life is now, no matter what has happened to you or may be happening to you
still, it is only your response to life that
determines your state of Peace and Happiness.
Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC is the Founder/Director of Coaching for LIFE!, LLCThe
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 articles 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.
For more on our mindfully based and trauma informed paradigm
for healing visit her at www.coaching-forlife.com.
Coaching for Life provides monthly teleconferences in Integrative Healing of
Trauma for no charge. You can register at the website.
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Heather Blessing, MFT InternReview:
This movie is about a high functioning autistic woman who found interesting ways of being able to live and succeed in a world that does not understand her and her struggles to find her place in society. It is based off her real story and the movie is presented in a way that allows you to see the world through her eyes. This is a great movie to watch to get more of an understanding of autism. This is a must see if you work with those with autism or Aspergers.
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