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


Irvine Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Irvine Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

MFT Consortium of Orange County: Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Practicum Mentor Fair: Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:15 pm in Psy. 661 class.

Guest Speaker w/Dave Jensen, J.D.: The Psychotherapist as Creator of Outcomes: Wednesday, March 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Law & Ethics presentation by CAMFT Staff Attorney, Dave Jensen, J.D., hosted in Melanie Coughlin’s Law & Ethics class.

OC CAMFT & MFT Programs Trainee and Intern Fair: Saturday, April 2, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clinical Connections w/Sheila Sayani, LMFT: Attachment Theory in Working with Couples: Saturday, April 9, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Intern Registration Meeting: Tuesday, April 19, 4:15 p.m.
As you wind down your time in the MFT/LCC program, your Clinical Training Coordinator will lead a special edition of your PSY 642 class to help you transition from being a student to a registered intern with the BBS.


Encino Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the Encino Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

Practicum Mentor Fair: Wednesday, March 23, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Psy. 661 class.
A chance to talk with current Encino students about their practicum sites and experiences.

Clinical Connections Panel: Life After Pepperdine: Saturday, March 5, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
A special presentation by three Pepperdine Encino alums who have explored three different paths in the field of psychology.

Intern Registration Meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m., Psy. 642 class.


West LA Graduate Campus Spring 2016 Events

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Here’s what we have coming up in the M.A. Psychology Professional Development and Clinical Training Department at the West LA Graduate Campus for the rest of the spring semester!

Tips for a Successful Practicum: Tuesday, March 8, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 661 class.

Clinical Connections w/Hasmik Arkelyan, M.A., J.D., Ph.D.: Charming Monsters: Inside the Minds of Sociopaths & Psychopaths: Friday, March 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Intern Registration Meeting: Monday, April 4, 7:15 p.m., Psy. 642 class.

Private Practice Visit w/Jody Echegaray: Friday, March 18, 12:00 p.m. at her practice in Brentwood.

Clinical Connections w/Alana Route, Psy.D.: Technology and Therapy: How to Deal with Ethical Dilemmas: Friday, April 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coffee Talk w/Sheila Sayani, M.A., LMFT: Q&A Basics About Couple’s Therapy: Friday, February 26, 11:00 a.m


First Thoughts as a Student Volunteer

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by Akshay Mehta

If you are a woman reading this right now, I’d like you to think about a scenario for a moment. Imagine yourself as a young teen seeking therapy for an unplanned pregnancy. You sit down on a nice comfortable couch in a pleasantly calm room with décor and atmospheric conditions tailored to immediately tone down your anxiety. As you prepare your thoughts, the door opens and a male therapist walks in. Wait…what?

Your first thoughts might be, “How is he going to understand anything I’m going through?”, “Is he a substitute therapist?”, “How do I start talking and what am I comfortable sharing?” Well, in the near future, I may potentially be that male therapist facing an environment dominated by female patients and issues.

I recently began a volunteer position at Claris Health Clinic. Claris’ mission is to empower women and men to make informed and positive choices in regards to their sexual and relational health. Additionally, Claris isn’t controlled by a linear way of thought or a strict religious ideology. Its utmost aim is to just help people make the best productive choices for themselves.

At first, I was a bit skeptical as to how impactful I would really be at this place. But I thought about it and bounced some ideas back and forth with my supervisor at Pepperdine, Rebecca Reed. Through her knowledge about my personal history and experiences, she helped me to see how important I could be. I gained confidence and applied. I was offered an interview. Dr. Route, the Clinical Director at Claris and Stacy Williams, the Client Services Director, conducted my interview. Aside from making the interview as comfortable as possible, they also assured me that they saw the benefits of having a male around the clinic. In fact, they explained that there is a male right now running an outreach program within Claris. It’s called Reality Check. Reality Check aims to proactively help young teens in school settings. Instead of waiting for the teens to come to the clinic, the Reality Check team goes out and talks to students in their schools. They run various activities, presentations and group therapy sessions. I learned that currently they are in a stage of innovating the ways in which they connect with students. Dr. Route and Stacy thought this would be a perfect fit for me.

I have yet to attend a ‘real’ Reality Check workday, so to speak. I have been attending trainings so far. But I am excited to know I am part of a non-profit health organization, which caringly, openly and interactively helps women and men make informed positive choices in their lives. The level of energy at Claris is abundantly clear through the team members’ efforts and enthusiasm. I am thrilled to be a part of Claris’ mission and hope that I can add another piece to their aspirations of becoming an important resource for our society.

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 anatomyofintimacy.com 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