Networking Events

Upcoming Local CAMFT Chapter Events

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Orange County

Attachment, Monogamy, and Creative Sexuality: Giving Clients Tools to Have a Passionate Relationship
w/Todd Creager, LMFT
Friday, February 26, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa

Los Angeles

February Networking Brunch
Saturday, February 27, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd. #204
Los Angeles

Long Beach/South Bay

Next Meeting TBA

San Fernando Valley

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times: Reclaiming the Family Meal as a Way to Connect
w/Lauren Anton, MS, RD, CPT
Sunday, March 6, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Rd., Woodland Hills


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

2016 AAMFT-CA 6th Annual Division Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

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San Francisco State University
February 26 & 27, 2016

Dimensions of Cultural Diversity in Couples and Families:
Race, Gender, and Social Justice

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Submission deadline November 22, 2015. Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to
  • Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed and scored based on their fit with the conference theme, overall quality, and presenter qualifications.
  • Bonus points will be given to presentations led by current students and recent graduates/new professionals (you may include faculty/clinical co-presenters).
  • Individuals may not be listed on more than two abstract submissions.
  • No more than 6 presenters per submission (workshop or poster).
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed, nor will notifications be provided.
  • The lead presenter will be notified of acceptance/rejection and is responsible for notifying other presenters.
  • You do not need to be an AAMFT member to submit an abstract.
  • All workshop co-presenters are expected to pay for and be in attendance at the conference on the day of your workshop or poster presentation; poster presentations may be given by one co-author attending the conference.
  • Workshops and posters previously presented at other conferences may also be submitted for consideration here. In such cases, please provide a statement explaining how your current submission is the same or different than previous presentations made on the same or similar topic.
  • Presentations that include any form of commercial solicitation will not be accepted.

Definitions of presentation formats

Interactive Workshop: A 50-minute long session that should involve audience participation in some way. The presenters may show a video of their work and have a discussion with the audience (strongly encouraged), put together a panel of professionals who discuss a specific topic, or have a conversation hour that focuses on a particular topic with an experiential component. Abstracts for each of these types of interactive sessions should specify a clear topic, the type of interactive session, and one person who will be facilitating or organizing the panel or session. A one-page handout should be provided at your presentation.

Poster Session: A visual presentation (4′x 4′ poster) of research, treatment, advocacy, or other MFT issues. The AAMFT-CA Division Conference encourages poster submissions for the purpose of disseminating and sharing of research findings, new ideas, innovations, and advances in the profession with as many individuals as possible. Poster sessions allow presenters and attendees to engage in discussions about the author’s presentation that is in illustrated format on a poster board. Presenters are asked to be at their assigned poster board during the entire length of the poster session. A one-page handout should be provided during the poster session.

Proposal Formatting Instructions

Please complete the following information and e-mail it as a Word document to:

Provide all information as you would want it to appear in the conference program.

Page 1: Cover Sheet to Include All of the Following
Title: Should convey the scope of the presentation
Presentation Type (Circle one) a) 50-minute interactive workshop or b) Poster
Presenter(s) 1-6 – Name, Agency or Practice Affiliation, and/or School

Page 2: To Include Each of the Following
Presentation Type (Indicate one) a) 50-minute interactive workshop or b) Poster
Brief summary:

  • 250-words or less summary of the proposed workshop or poster. Be as specific as possible about the content of your presentation and what the participants will learn.
  • Discuss as specifically as possible the usefulness of your content for the clinician, the community agency, community member, student, and/or educator.
  • Research abstracts should include a statement of the research, results, and implications.
  • Research Poster proposals must mention methodology, sample size, and findings, and must report completed data collection.

Learning objectives:
List at least three (3) specific learning objectives for your workshop or poster. Objectives should be phrased as “Participants will…”

Presenter background (all proposals):
Without providing identifying information, describe the qualifications of the presenters, including prior experience with conference presentations.

Has this presentation been submitted or presented to other conferences?
Yes or No
If “yes,” please explain.

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored anonymously. The conference committee will make all final decisions on the conference program, and will review evaluations, program balance, conference theme, and any other factors they deem relevant in selecting workshops and posters for the conference program. All presenters accepted to for the conference program will be notified by January 5, 2016.

Disclaimer: AAMFT, AAMFT-CA, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or erroneously submitted proposals, and are similarly not responsible for any data processing errors.

For more information about the conference and registration, visit:

Any questions regarding abstracts or submission may be directed to
Dana Stone, Ph.D.
AAMFT-CA Division Conference Committee member

November 14: CPAGS 2015 Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference

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The California Psychological Association’s student organization, CPAGS, is holding its annual Student Leadership and Advocacy Conference at Alliant University in San Diego on Saturday, November 14 beginning at 8 a.m. Online registration is available until November 8, so go here to do so!

The SLAC introduces students to the importance of advocacy for clinical psychology, avenues for becoming leaders in their field, and role models for other students. The SLAC also offers networking and training opportunities.

This is a unique opportunity to learn how to incorporate advocacy into our work as psychologists-in-training, connect with like-minded students and professionals, or just come see a new opportunity for involvement in the psychological community. There will be ample opportunities to network with students and professionals, including a happy hour social immediately following the conference. Please join us for this incredible day!

Subscribe to the CPAGS listserv for updates on the event.  For non-members, consider joining CPAGS before registering for the event. The fee to this event will be lowered and you will become eligible to apply for travel reimbursement!

Registration fee is non-refundable.

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

Fall Local CAMFT Chapter Events

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Orange County

A New Perspective on Health from a Mind, Body, Spirit Perspective
w/Bill Martin, Ph.D.
Friday, November 20, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa

Los Angeles

LA CAMFT 2015 Appreciation Dinner
Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Olympic Collection
11301 Olympic Blvd. #204
Los Angeles

Long Beach/South Bay

Next Meeting TBA

San Fernando Valley

Grief Across the Ages
with Debi Frankle, LMFT and Mark Frankle, LMFT
Sunday, November 8, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Woodland Hills Country Club
21150 Dumetz Rd., Woodland Hills

Recap of This Year So Far — See You At Our Fall Events!

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by Kathleen Wenger, M.A., LMFT, LPCC, Manager M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training

Summer is relatively slow in the M.A. Psychology Department of Professional Development and Clinical Training as we plan for an exciting series of fall events. So I wanted to take this opportunity to fill you in about some of the enriching events for students in the MAP and MACLP tracks that we’ve had so far this year and encourage you to attend the events that we host this fall! In addition to these events, there are several resources that help guide you through the practicum experience. You can make an appointment for a Quick Meet to receive a personalized explanation of the events and services offered by the department and to have any questions about practicum answered. If you want more information about an agency, you can stop by the GA’s office to read through students’ practicum site reviews (strengths and challenges). We also encourage you to use the Mentor Program, which puts you in contact with a student who has experience at a site you are interested in.

Irvine Graduate Campus

As we do each semester, we welcomed new students to the Irvine Graduate Campus with Quick Meets, our series of one-on-one meetings with new students. These personalized explanations of our departments’ events and services, as well as an overview of practicum basics for MFT students and other subjects of concern for individuals new to the program help our new students to dive right into their program prepared for success.

In February we hosted a Clinical Connections event with George Nalbach, Ph.D. and Connie Saindon, author of The Murder Survivor’s Handbook. Dr. Nalbach introduced a couple whose son was tragically murdered several years ago to share their experience with the grief and loss process. Connie provided clinical strategies for working with clients who have experienced similar tragedies. Attendees felt honored to hear the couple’s story and to receive valuable tips for working with clients who have experienced the violent loss of loved ones. One individual summed up the evening’s event by stating that “While the content and discussion was heavy, saddening, and emotional, I felt most impacted and moved by the display of human resiliency and growth. It was inspiring to hear this couple’s journey through their grief and loss, what they have learned about the process, and what they have learned about themselves.”

In February we also hosted the annual GSEP Career and Practicum Fair: Career Connections. This event gave our current students and alumni an opportunity to meet with potential practicum and internship employers. We had an outstanding turnout in terms of attendees as well as agencies – approximately 50-60 students and alums met with fifteen of the top mental health agencies in Orange County! We followed this event with the annual Practicum Mentor Fair in March. At the Mentor Fair, students ready to begin practicum had an opportunity to hear about the experiences current practicum students have had at their agencies.

Our popular Private Practice and Agency Visit series continued with two events in Orange County in March. I hosted a visit at my practice in Laguna Beach and Chris Hoff, LMFT, hosted one at his agency in Costa Mesa, the California Family Institute. One attendee at my event commented that he felt “put right at ease to ask many questions about the nuts and bolts of starting, managing, and maintaining a private practice such as this. We were also able to discuss other business aspects such as marketing tools, networking, and even google analytics to ensure that we will have enough clients to keep our businesses afloat, yet not so many that we ourselves start to drown and lose our effectiveness.”

As we do every semester, we held a New Student Meeting, the Practicum Tips Meeting, and the Intern Registration Meeting to help MACLP students along their practicum journey. Students have responded to this semester’s series of meetings by telling us things like “it is so great that the program goes the extra mile for us like this” compared to other similar programs! It’s a great vote of confidence to know the impact that we’re having on our current students.

The MFT Consortium of Orange County continues to be held at the Irvine Graduate Campus on the third Wednesday of every other month. The next scheduled meetings are scheduled for September 16 and November 18. For the past 20 years, I have been the host and co-chair of the MFT Consortium. This is a collaborative setting that brings together mental health agencies and universities with MFT graduate programs in an effort to foster community partnerships. The meetings serve as a networking opportunity for agencies to be connected with key personnel to discuss MFT employment and practicum training opportunities, programming and clinical training concerns.

West Los Angeles Graduate Campus

West LA started its spring semester with a Clinical Connections topic that we all need to visit often. Alumna Juanita Frassini Goode, MA, presented, “Self-Love Your Way through Life: The Clinical Value of Practicing Self-Love for Yourself and Clients.” Juanita’s workshop was very fun and interactive. Attendees engaged in a variety of self-love activities with the multitude of art supplies that Juanita provided. Juanita shared her unique approach to practicing with clients, which included her approach from her license in spiritual psychology.  Participants left feeling excited to try out some of these new ideas and approaches with clients.

Following Juanita’s workshop on self-love, premarital counseling guru, Debbi Molnar, MA, LMFT, LPCC, spoke about, “Premarital Counseling versus Couples Therapy: Understanding the Difference and Making it Work in Your Practice.” With a beautiful manual that Debbi put together, she very clearly explained the differences between the two. Debbi shared with the audience how her sessions with couples therapy look, versus how her sessions with premarital counseling look.  She also spoke about the programs for couples that she has put together, which she often holds as weekend workshops. Debbi’s impressive experience and background was very apparent and attendees walked away with an organized and clear-cut way to practice premarital counseling versus couples therapy.

Jody Echegaray, Psy.D, presented the last of the Clinical Connections workshops. Jody’s workshop, entitled “Mass Media—Its Effects, Motivations for Use, and Media-based Clinical Interventions” proved to be a very important topic amongst clinicians. Jody gave a quick historical timeline on the development of media and how it has come to play a part in the practice of psychotherapy. Jody also provided great examples of interventions he has used with his own clients. The workshop addressed some very poignant issues that media can both harm and help in the practice of psychotherapy. Participants were very impressed by the amount of information and were very intrigued by the topic.

West LA’s other professional development events included a Coffee Talk by Alice Richardson, MA, LMFT, LPCC and a Private Practice Visit to alum Curt Widhalm’s practice. For the Coffee Talk, Alice answered questions about pursuing the LPCC. While the development of the license in California is still new, many students and alums struggle with knowing much about it. Alice, who has pursued the license, shared her impressive knowledge about the license and its benefits. Students who attended felt grateful for the clarifications.  Later in March, students and alums visited Curt’s practice to learn about the development and running of a private practice. The room was full as Curt spoke about his process to private practice and laying it out straight for how it goes. Attendees felt very informed and lucky to have attended this private practice field trip.

Encino Graduate Campus

This spring, the Encino Graduate Campus was pleased to have Kent Toussaint, LMFT, LPCC, speak at a Clinical Connections about “The 1-2-3’s for Treating Resistant Teens.” Kent gave attendees a better understanding of how to build rapport, earn trust, and create alliances with teens.  He also spoke about the developmental needs of teens, and how unconditional positive regard helps with this age group.  At the end of Kent’s presentation, the attendees had a hands-on demonstration of the games and toys Kent uses for ice-breakers and rapport building.

In March, Dr. Dennis Lowe graciously gave a 3-hour presentation about “What’s New in the DSM-5” for Pepperdine Alumni who are studying for the licensing exam.  This presentation was held on a Saturday afternoon, and was well received by all attendees.  Many alumni attended and seemed engaged and interested in this presentation, and some alumni even sent emails and notes of appreciation.

March is National Gambling Awareness Month, and the Encino Graduate Campus was fortunate to have an Alumna who specializes in Gambling Addiction. Audrey Johnson, PsyD, LMFT, spoke about the differences between recreational gambling and gambling addictions.  Between 3% and 6% of the general population is impacted by some degree of problem gambling.  Audrey spoke about helpful tools, assessment inventories and treatment plans she uses with her problem gambling clients.

Also in March, Sheila Sayani and Alice Richardson organized a Practicum Mentor Fair “Mixer” where seasoned students who are near graduating spoke with students taking the Pre-Practicum class.  The students enjoyed this event immensely and we plan to continue doing these mixers in future semesters.

Alice Richardson, Clinical Training & Professional Development Coordinator, spoke about the LPCC License at “Coffee Talks” at both Encino and WLA Campuses.  Encino also presented New Student Meetings, Tips for Practicum Meetings and an Intern Registration Meeting, which all three campuses present every semester to keep students as informed as we can.