Continuing Education

Anatomy of Intimacy: Couples Training Workshops 2015-2016

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The Anatomy of Intimacy is a series of in-depth workshops in couples therapy from some of the top experts in the field, brought to you by the Foundation for the Contemporary Family and the University of California Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. CE Credits and scholarships are available! Visit for more information and to register.

The complete series of workshops:

October 17, 2015
Couples on the Brink: To Divorce or Not?
William Doherty

November 14, 2015
Lies, Self-absorption, and Unrelenting Hostility
Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson

February 6, 2016
A Relational Psychoanalytic Approach to Couples Therapy
Philip Ringstrom

March 5, 2016
Reigniting Desire in Sex-starved Relationships
Tammy Nelson

April 2, 2016
A Can of Worms: Legal & Ethical Issues in Couples & Family Therapy
Steven Frankel


Don’t Miss the CAMFT 2015 Fall Symposium in Costa Mesa: November 14-15

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CAMFT’s fall symposium will be local to us — at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa this November! The theme for this two day event is “Taking Charge of Change” and, for prelicensed people, is just $69 for one day or $120 for both days. Download the prelicensed offer here — otherwise go here to register and check out the speakers and schedule below!

Taking Charge of Change!

  • Explore the L&Es of Supervising
  • Discover What Works in Therapy
  • Establish Your Own Identity
  • Empower Yourself with Expressive Arts
  • Employ Social Media Marketing

Elaine Brady, PhD, LMFT, CAS, CSAT-S
Barry L. Duncan, PsyD
Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW
Ernesto Segismundo, Jr., MS, LMFT

Featuring two days/two concurrent workshops (6 CE credits each), includes breakfasts, afternoon breaks, and resources room sponsored by the Fall Symposium Co-sponsors.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 CE Credits each)

“Marketing for Mental Health Professionals” (Level of Learning: Intermediate)
Presented by Ernesto Segismundo Jr., MS, LMFT

“Legal and Ethical Issues in Supervision” (Level of Learning: Intermediate)
Presented by Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, CAMFT Staff Attorney

Sunday, November 15, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 CE Credits each)

“Integration of Poetry Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma” (Level of Learning: Intermediate)
Presented by Elaine Brady, PhD, LMFT, CAS, CSAT-S

“On Becoming Better at What We Do” (Level of Learning: Intermediate)
Presented by Barry L Duncan, PsyD

Fall Local Psychological Association Events

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Orange County Psychological Association

Happy Hour in Irvine
Monday, November 16, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Taps Fish House and Brewery
13390 Jamboree Rd., Irvine

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

Digital and Social Media Ethics for Psychologists (CE Event)
with Keely Kolmes, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

CPA 2016 Convention

April 14-17, 2016
Irvine, CA

Addiction and Technology Conference at Pepperdine

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addiction technology

Pepperdine University, Wilburn Auditorium
Drescher Graduate Campus


This conference will focus on promoting best clinical practices and increasing the awareness of clinical providers around issues related to advances in technology.
Presentations by four renowned experts, include:

  • Closer Together: Further Apart – The Effect of Digital Technology on Addiction, Psychotherapy and our Daily Lives
    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    Elements Behavioral Health – Sr. Vice President of Clinical Development
  • Put That Down and Talk to Me: How Digital Drama is Redefining Mind and Body Wellness in Psychotherapy
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP
    Elements Behavioral Health – Senior Science Advisor
  • Teens Online: What Should we (not) be concerned about? 
    Jaana Juvonen, PhD
    UCLA, Professor of Psychology
  • Problematic and Addictive Computer/ Video Gaming: Assessment and Treatment
    Kenneth Woog, PsyD
    Pepperdine University, Associate Director – PRYDE Program

Cost: $99 General Admission / $79 for Students – Includes lunch and snacks throughout the day.

Conference Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a multigenerational view of technological change
  • Discuss alternate views of ‘life online’ beyond addiction and pathology
  • List 2-3 new emerging technologies helpful toward improving treatment outcomes
  • Identify the seminal studies outlining potentially destructive behaviors that occur as a consequence of inappropriate use of digital technology
  • List five self-destructive behaviors which can occur as a result of the misuse of digital technology
  • Discuss specific limits and boundaries that could be applied to the use of digital technology in the client and mental health professional’s daily life to promote health
  • Identify risks associated with electronic communication among teens.
  • Identify the impact of problematic and addictive computer/video gaming the health, academic, occupational and social functioning of adolescents and young adults.
  • Identify methods of assessing and treating problematic and addictive computer/video gaming.