Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees who made
our workshops on cultural diversity and our CARE workshop on Understanding Intersectionality and Cultural Humility so engaging. Our mental health community of color and
LGBTQ meetups continue to grow.
Please check our website for details and consider
This week you will be receiving your ballot for board
officers for the 2020 board. In addition, there are bylaw revision for you to vote on and a membership survey to fill out. Please let your voices be heard, we are only as good as our members feedback. If you do not receive your ballot, check your spam folder and if you still don't see it email Heather Blessing at email@example.com. Please feel free to contact me or Linita Morris the
President Elect if you have any questions.
Our 2020 workshop schedule has been posted. We have some
exciting speakers and workshops planned for next year. We hope to see you
If you would like to become involved in the board for
next year, please contact Linita Morris, President Elect. We encourage you to
join in. Our chapter is staffed by volunteers (except a part time administrator)
and we cannot continue to function at full capacity and offer the variety of
programs and events our chapter offers without help from members.
Our thoughts go out to any of you that have been affected
by the latest round of fires and power
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: Ann Leber, LMFT President-Elect: Linita Morris, LMFT Past President: Talal Alsaleem, LMFT, PsyD Secretary: Susan Armstrong, LMFT Treasurer: Merrett Sheridan, LMFT Program Co-Chairs: Susan Martin, AMFT Amita Khare, LMFT 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
BBS is looking for Board Members!
The Governor’s Appointment Office does not have a sufficient number of applicants, specifically LMFTs and Public Members to consider for appointment to the BBS. BBS is reaching out in the hope that we may receive additional applications and possible appointments to our board. The Board has the following Governor Appointment vacancies.
1-LMFT Member and 4-public members.
Below is the link to submit an application for consideration. Please share with any individual you feel is interested and would be a strong contributor to Board’s work. As you know, we are a working board -meaning that the member is actively involved in the Board’s mandate to protect the public. The individual may anticipate 10-20 hours a month working on board business. If the individual seeks further information, they may contact the Board for more details.
In addition to the application, it is helpful to obtain recommendations in support of the application. These letters may be from community leaders, professional associations, and legislators. Thank you in advance in helping to spread the word.
SVC-CAMFT 2020 Board Election and Membership Survey
Emails for the 2020 Board Election have gone out to Voting Members. We are using Survey Monkey - be sure to check your spam folder and if you still don't see it email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have revised the bylaws and need the membership to vote on them - please read below for more information:
You might be wondering why we are revising the bylaws again, below are the reasons for the revision.
Article IV - corrected the 501c6 to 501c4 for Tax ID type - verified that 501c4 is what SVC-CAMFT has - verified against current and past documents
Article V, D. - Certificate of membership - removed "signed by president" since we have membership cards available online and is only available when member is active.
ARTICLE VI---A. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING An annual meeting of members shall be held in January unless the chapter Board of Directors elects another date and notifies members as provided in Section F of this Article. - Changed to November so that the membership approves the budget before the money has to be spent for the new year. Changed any other area affected by the date change.
Article VI,G - Had previously read "To be valid, a ballot must be returned by mail or by electronic mail (e-mail) as approved by the Board of Directors.” Changed to: “To be valid, a ballot must be returned by mail or by electronic mail (e-mail), or cast through an electronic means such as a website as approved by the Board of Directors.” Added in the website part since we usually do the ballots through a website not returning them by email.
Article VII, A - changed "The Board of Directors, which will include the Executive Committee and the Chairpersons of the Standing Committees” to "The Board of Directors, which will include the Executive Committee and the Chairpersons of the following committees: 3000 Club Committee, Programs Committee, Volunteer Committee, Sponsorship Committee, Membership Committee,” - clarifying which standing committees rather than creating more board positions.
Article VII, K,3, - Changed "45 days" to "December 15th" in this line "The nominating committee shall prepare a ballot consisting of the slate of nominees. The ballot will be posted on the website by November 1 of the fiscal year preceding the date for newly elected Executive Committee members to assume office. The closing date of the election shall be no later than December 15.” -Making it easier to figure out deadlines.
My name is Linita Morris. In July 2017 I moved to Sacramento from Southern California with my husband and three children. I hold a BA in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I have over 18 years of experience working with children and families. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I have provided direct service to couples, children, families and adults. I have served as Clinical Supervisor,Behavioral Health Consultant, and as an Adjunct Faculty member for Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA.
Candidate - Dr. La Tanya Takla, EdD, LMFT
I proudly became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2010. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where I became licensed and started a private practice. I relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016 and began my journey in creating community by starting a private practice in Sacramento. I am currently the Director of Spark Center’s Inclusive Mental Health Initiative. In addition to providing therapy services, my role is to support our organization's effort to promote therapeutic environments that foster cultural awareness and promotes inclusivity within our community. Since the start of my career as an LMFT I have provided clinical case management and psychotherapy services to children, individuals and families in both the public and private sectors. I have worked for various Human Services Agencies within Child Welfare, County Behavioral Health Services, and multiple non-profits. In 2015 I became a CAMFT certified supervisor and have provided clinical consultation and supervision to trainees and interns since 2012. In 2018 I completed an Education Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology in which my research was primarily focused on cross-cultural supervision. In the last decade, I have served on several committees within professional boards. I have served a chair as well as a committee member for the AAMFT Elections Committee during a three-year term. I have also served a three-year term as a board member for Beyond Emancipation, an organization that serves foster youth in Alameda County. I enjoy my work and roles as a clinician, consultant, and clinical supervisor. Considering the high level of engagement that our professional lives bring, promoting self-care is a value I take to heart. I regularly enjoy communing with nature, engaging in cultural song, dance, and poetry writing. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue in the spirit of services to SVC-CAMFT.
Candidate - Marianna Jakucska, LMFT
Marianna Jakucska has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since December 2014. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree at San Francisco State University in Psychology and her two minor focus-of-interest in Philosophy of Religion and Religious Studies. She received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA. She is originally from Hungary and she finished her high school education there. She moved to the U.S. in 1993, lived in New York, then moved to the East Bay, California in 2003. She has been a Sacramento resident since 2015.
Marianna worked at Alameda County Crisis Support Services in Oakland and counseled many people who called the crisis hotline. She acted as a milieu counselor for adults using substances at New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley. In Sacramento, she was employed by WellSpace Health and provided much-needed trauma counseling to children, young adults and their caregivers as well as to parents who were mandated to counseling by CPS. She also provided therapy at Lions Heart Counseling. Since February of this year, she is in her private practice full time.
Next year? Marianna is aiming for the Secretary position at SVC-CAMFT to give back to the Community that has provided so much support to her. While developing her private practice with a focus on coaxing creative thinking from her clients, that integrates the intuitive and symbolic language of emotions and the critical, questioning language of reason, she hopes she has gained enough wit to fulfill this position to benefit the Sacramento therapist community.
Candidate - Merrett Sheridan, LMFT
Licensed in 2010 I have worked predominantly in residential and acute care settings. I am passionate about improving the lives of those struggling with mental illness and complex trauma. I re-located from the Bay Area to Sacramento in Jan. 2017 and currently serve members as Behavioral Health Liaison for Aetna Better Health of CA, a Medi-Cal program. I also have a strong interest in Positive Psychology and the study of Happiness. I have developed a menu of experiential activities that I offer through the innovative concept of Happiness Parties (think Pampered Chef for the soul!). Finally, psychology is a second career for me, I have a background in accounting and continue to provide bookkeeping services to therapists. I enjoy the dovetailing of my two professions and this is also why I believe I am a good fit for the Treasurer position at SVC-CAMFT. I served as CFO for Santa Clara Valley CAMFT for almost 3 years and enjoyed that role very much. Being new to Sacramento, I opened my private practice last Spring and enjoy working with couples and individuals with a strengths-based approach.
NOVEMBER 3000 CLUB WAS CANCELED - KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR A HOLIDAY SOCIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 3000 CLUB
Topic: The Work of Byron Katie, Using The Work to Get Unstuck with Clients Presenter: Jane Bertolani, LMFT Sponsor: Date: Friday, November 8, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map) Room: American River South
Doors Open at 9:00AM Networking starts at 9:00 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.
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by helping participants to have clarity around what causes them to feel stuck with a client, and have clear tools through The Work of Byron Katie to apply in that situation so they can feel unstuck. Practicing these tools may lead to greater clinical skill, strengthened experience of connection with clients, and reduced stress levels for clinicians.
Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT) CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content. CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email in exchange for a completed course evaluation form.
No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.
This workshop provides clear systematic steps for identifying and questioning stressful thoughts to support therapeutic change, supporting both the clinician and client. This process, known as The Work of Byron Katie, gives the therapist a framework to apply that serves to improve self-awareness and address thoughts that interfere with therapeutic change. The Work also supports the practice of therapy by being a framework for the clinician to facilitate the client through the inquiry process to reduce stress
1. Understand what leads to feeling stuck with a client.
2. Able to list 3 ways of identifying stressful thoughts.
3. Describe the inquiry process in The Work of Byron Katie.
Presenter Bio: Jane Bertolani is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Since 2012, she has worked as a Disease Management Specialist with Health Net Federal Services. In 2009, Jane participated in her first 9-Day-School For The Work with Byron Katie in Los Angeles, and has been using The Work consistently since then. She attended another 9-Day-School for The Work in 2010, then joined the certification program as a facilitator through the Institute for The Work and served on staff at two more Schools, in southern California in 2013 and in Germany in 2019.
About our Sponsor:
Dustin Stucki, J.D., LMFT. My goal is to provide a path of hope in the chaos of family conflict. Using skills as both a Family Law Attorney and Marriage and Family Therapist, I am proud to help make divorce and custody issues less traumatic for couples, parents, and especially children
Early registration ends Thursday, October 31, 2019 Early registration rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15
Starting Friday, November 1, 2019 rates:
2019 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $25
2019 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20
Registration Ends Wednesday, November 6, 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.
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Our next MeetUp for Mental Health Professionals of Color will be on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 5:30 Location: Zocalo 466 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825
No need to be a member of any organization. This is a safe space for people of color. Any mental health professional of color - any race, culture, nationality or religion is welcome.
Fri, November 06, 2020 8:00 AM • Rancho Cordova City Hall
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CLINICAL DIRECTOR - OUTPATIENT MENTAL HEALTH (LCSW, LMFT, RN, PH.D./PSY.D)
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As Part of the Telecare Family, Sacramento Outreach Adult Recovery (SOAR) serves 150 adults ages 18-59 with serious, persistent mental illness.
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