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April 2016
 Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 
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 Newsletter Highlights & Important Information

     We are at a New Location at Cedar Point Recovery - Click Here for Directions
     Special Feature -  Bringing Baby Home by Carolyn Rich-Curtis, PhD  
     If You Haven't Renewed Your Membership - Renew Now by Clicking Here

Letter from the Board

March 04, 2016

Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},
    Every year SVC-CAMFT board members have a long meeting (4+ hours) which we call a board retreat.  This year’s board retreat is the first weekend of April.  This is an opportunity for the board members that attended the CAMFT Leadership Conference to share new concepts and bring in new ideas from other chapters to the other SVC-CAMFT board members.  During this retreat, we are able to implement new ideas and concepts that match the mission of SVC-CAMFT.  We also set goals and objectives and design what the rest of the year will look like and help set the plan for the following year.  We will also be looking at our Mission and Vision statement for any changes or tweaks that we might need and bring it to the membership for a vote.  
    We had a wonderful March presentation by Dr. Mikal-Flynn.  And look forward to our next presentation “An Introduction to John Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home" by Carolyn Rich-Curtis, PhD.  Registration will be opening shortly for our Law and Ethics by Darlene Davis held on July 29th and 30th. Darlene Davis will also be speaking with our 3000 Club meeting this month.  We will be the 1st CAMFT chapter offering the 12 hour law and ethics that is required for Interns that are renewing and did not pass the law and ethics exam. Also, it is a great way to get ready for the law and ethics exam).  We have many wonderful trainings coming up so please look at the listing here to see what our upcoming trainings are.
    And a reminder that our 90 day grace period to renew your membership has ended. If you did not renew your membership yet, you now must do so to be able to receive membership discount rates.  Notices have been sent out and if you have any questions please contact our Administrative Assistant, Heather Blessing at
    Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and I hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events.

Patricia Saint James


  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Renew your Membership
·  Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Meeting
· Upcoming Board Meetings

· Special Feature·
· Letters to the Editor

· Psyched about Books and Movies

· Advertising and Announcements

· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


Patricia St. James, LMFT

David Clark, MFT Intern

Past President:
Ann Leber, LMFT

Alexis Clemons, MFT Intern

Billy Schult, MFT Trainee


Brian Braid, MFT Intern

Program Co-Chairs:

Nate Hooper, LMFT
Susan Martin, MFT Trainee

Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Karla Romero, MFT Trainee
Dianna Welsh, MFT Trainee

3000 Club Co-Chairs:
Angelina Moxey, MFT Intern

Volunteer Co-Chairs:
Amita Khare, MFT Intern

Membership Co-Chairs:

Courtney Hedges, MFT Intern
Melinda Keeler, MFT Intern

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:
Sara Coffill, MFT Intern

Legislative Chair:

Marketing Communications Chair:
Karen Ulep, Intern


Legal Beagle

dectective.pngWelcome 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 legaland 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 assistance for. 


Our Legal Beagle is a quarterly column for our newsletter with the latest information.  In the meantime if you are an intern and need the new Law and Ethics training - go to


Darlene Davis, LMFT Executive Director HOPE; Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment MFT Stipend Coordinator for Greater Sacramento Instructor of University of Phoenix

if you are an intern and need the new Law and Ethics training - go to


Renew your SVC-CAMFT Membership if you have not already.

Renewal notices have been sent so if you haven't please remember to renew so you don't lose your great benefits.  Please note - all SVC-CAMFT members must also be a member of the state CAMFT so make sure your CAMFT membership is up to date and you have your membership number in your profile.

Click Here to Renew

  March Presentation Summary

Metahabilitation: A Contemporary Model ofRehabilitation (2 CEs)

Presenter: Joyce Mikal-Flynn Ed.D., RN, FNP, MSN

Dr. Mikal-Flynn is no stranger to trauma. In fact, for 22 minutes on July 22, 1990, she actually died. She doesn’t recall the incident, only that she did not surface the water after finishing a friendly adult relay swim at her son’s high school. She would undergo extensive rehabilitation to get her back to the life she knew before her accident. But rehabilitation was of no interest to Dr. Mikal-Flynn, she was interested in going above and beyond. She recalls the doctors telling her all the things she could not do. Finally, she told them, they needed to change their attitude and tell her what she could do.She was determined to focus on her strengths and gain control of her life in the best way possible, given the devastating accident that occurred. It is through Dr. Mikal-Flynn’s experience with death that she developed MetaHabilitation.

What is MetaHabilitation? Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn describes it as our ability to surpass and exceed our previous baseline condition, not in spite of, but as a direct result of trauma. Dr. Mikal-Flynn argues that we not only heal, but we can thrive following experiences of trauma. She states that we can evolve to a more positive psychological state of well-being than before the trauma occurred.

Dr. Mikal-Flynn bases part of her system on the ideas stemming from positive psychology, more specifically Posttraumatic growth (PTG). She defines Posttraumatic growth as “The capacity for growth emerging from the survival of a traumatic experience.” MetaHabilitation is not a stand-alone therapy; rather it can be used in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities.

Dr. Mikal-Flynn discovered six stages of recovery through her research with trauma survivors that experienced Post traumatic growth. The stages of MetaHabilitation are as follows:

Stage One: Acute recovery. This can include depression, grief, and identity crisis.

Stage Two: Turning point.In this stage, one makes a decision to say “yes” to life.

Stage Three: Focus on treatments. This is a busy time where a variety of treatment modalities may be incorporated.

Stage Four: Acceptance and adaptation. This is the time to reflect and have some down time.

Stage Five: Reintegration. This is where one returns to life and participates fully, just as they are.

Stage Six: MetaHabilitation. This is where one takes on the future doing things that maybe they did not think possible at early stages. Dr. Mikal-Flynn states that a person going through the stages of MetaHabilitation may slide back a little, but they will never move down to the level they were at before the trauma.

The presentation closed with some question and answers. Discussion was generated regarding special cases such as soldiers, people in grief and loss, homeless youth, and other examples where it is critical to honor the trauma. There were some heartfelt shares and a warm closing that we too as therapists, can undergo Posttraumatic growth as a result of vicarious trauma.What a positive note to end on indeed.

If you were unable to attend Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn’s presentation,you can read more about her on her website at where you can also find her book Turning Tragedy into Triumph.

Summary by Nancy Georges
MA Student Counseling Psychology


April Meeting Information

FREE 3000 Club Pre-License Training

Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  A Law and Ethics Discussion

Presenter:  Darlene Davis, LMFT

Location:  Cedar Point Recovery
                  8950 Cal Center Drive Suite 165
                  Sacramento, CA 95826 (directions)
                  (Suite Location Map)
                  Click Here to Register

Monthly Training

Networking starts at 9:30 AM and Training starts at 10:00 AM
An Introduction to John Gottman's Bringing Baby Home
Carolyn Rich-Curtis, PhD
Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
Cedar Point Recovery
                  8950 Cal Center Drive Suite 165
                  Sacramento, CA 95826 (directions)
                  (Suite Location Map)

This program will benefit MFT and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by providing agreat introduction to Gottman’s theories of creating a healthy relationship and family with an emphasis on how couples make the transition from being a couple to being a family.

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 Therapist CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 CE Credit will be awarded on site and to participants after the completion of the course via email.

Workshop Information:

 This presentation will give an over view of Gottman’s newly designed, research-based Bringing Baby Home 2-day training.  Information covered in the presentation includes information that equips parents to successfully prepare for the transition to parenthood. Topic covered include:

  • ·      Strengthen their relationship
  • ·      Effectively manage stress and conflict
  • ·      Recognize and respond to postpartum mood anxiety and adjustment issues and postpartum depression
  • ·      Meet the emotional and psychological needs of a child
  • ·      Keep both parents involved in parenting


Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings. Our research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with baby and helps them be the best parenting team possible. In a relaxed and supportive environment, parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster baby’s development during this challenging time. They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the marriage.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the structure of “The Sound Marital House”
  • Explain the challenges for new parents
  • List the warning signs of a relationship melt down
  • Apply the relationship skills for adults to children
  • Recognize postpartum depression and have a treatment plan for this issue.

Presenter Bio:

Carolyn Rich Curtis, PhD is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of the Relationship Skills Center. She obtained her doctorate at the Professional School of Psychology.  The Relationship Skills Center has been recognized as one of the leading organizations in the nation in building healthy relationships, and was awarded two Healthy Marriage federal grants. Dr. Curtis spoke at the White House regarding the success of their program.  In her clinical practice, she specialized in working with couples, alcohol abuse and trauma and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.  She was an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department of California State University, Sacramento and American River College.  Dr. Curtis is a trainer of facilitators in four evidenced based relationship/marriage education programs.  She presented papers at various national conferences. She is a wife, mother, step mother, and grandmother that are a great source of joy.

Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay with cash/check at the door:

Early registration ends Tuesday, April12th

Early registration rates*:

2016 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20

2016 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15

Non-Member: $30

*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration

For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2016 please email:

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.

Grievance Policy is located here.

To request accommodations for a disability for any of our events contact our Administrative Assistant at

2016 Upcoming Meeting Information

 Topic Speaker Location         
 May 20

 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation an Innovative Treatment for Depression
 TMS Health Solutions
Cedar Point Recovery (map)
 June 17

Cedar Point Recovery (map)
 July 29 & 30

 Law and Ethics - 12 Hour 2 Day  Class
 Darlene Davis
Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 September 16

 "The Daring Way" as it relates to eating disorders
 Jennifer Lombardi
Cedar Point Recovery (map)
 October 21

 "Wisdom Path Parenting" Kate Messina, PhD, LCSWCedar Point Recovery (map)
 November 18

 TBACedar Point Recovery (map)

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board Meetings are FREE for anyone to attend BUT you MUST register so we have an accurate headcount.
To Register click on the board meeting(s) you wish to attend.

We are setting the board meetings for the rest of the year at the Board Retreat on the 1st weekend of April.


Special Feature

Bringing Baby Home


Carolyn Rich Curtis, PhD

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings.

Research-based Bringing Baby Home workshops prepare couples for life with baby and helps them be the best parenting team possible. Parents learn to strengthen their relationship and foster baby’s development during this challenging time. They build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after baby arrives: the quality of friendship in the marriage.

Bringing Baby Home combines scientific research and public education to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. It teaches new parents how to gain relationship satisfaction and create healthy social, emotional and intellectual development for their children.

Research shows that couples who participated in Bringing Baby Home learned the skills to decrease postpartum depression, relationship conflict, and hostility. Utilizing Gottman’s theories of relationship and other leaders in the field, couples learned how to manage stress and conflict, meet the emotional and psychological needs of a child, kept both parents involved in parenting and increased the involvement of the father in the child’s life.

The 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 article 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.

Letters to the Editor
Welcome to the Letters to the editor Section.  We want to hear what you want to say about SVC-CAMFT, CAMFT, current events and issues.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a letter.

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 Letters to the Editor Guidelines
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  • It must be no more than 250 words.
  • You must send in your full name so I can verify that you are a member.
  • If you wish your name not to be published please indicate.
  • Any letter published without a name will be listed as Anonymous MFT or Anonymous pre-license or Anonymous Associate
  • All letters must be respectful and without inappropriate words or phrases including name calling.
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  • If you do not get a response back within 2 days that it has been received please email back.
  • If there is a problem with the letter (language, misspellings, length or appropriateness) you will receive an email back with the reason for the rejection and a chance to fix the problem and send it back in. 


Psyched about Books and Movies

Welcome to "Psyched about Books and Movies!"  Each month we include a book or movie review by one of our readers.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a review. 

Title: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Bessel van der Kolk M.D
Published: 2015, Penguin Books, New York, NY
Heather Blessing, LMFT

Review: This is an in depth book about how much of our trauma comes out in somatic symptoms.  This quote from the book best describes what the book is about and goes into
“The price for ignoring or distorting the body’s message is being unable to detect what is truly dangerous or harmful for you and, just as bad, what is safe or nourishing. Self-regulation depends on having a friendly relationship with your body. Without it you have to rely on external regulation—from medication, drugs like alcohol, constant reassurance, or compulsive compliance with the wishes of others.”
From research to case studies, this book provides evidence that give credence to his theories.


Book/Movie Review Submission Policy

All reviews are not to exceed 1000 key strokes.
Your review should include the title, a short synopsis about why you like or dislike it, and the author’s name & publication date.You can also include a picture of the book and/or movie. After review, we will publish your review in our next newsletter. Reviews submitted that are longer than 1000 characters will be returned for editing. It is best to type your review in a Microsoft Word document to note how many key strokes (characters with spaces), how big your review is, and for your own record keeping. You can then copy and paste it into the online submission form located here ( To learn more about checking your review for key strokes, spelling grammar and size click below: (

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Advertising and Announcements


The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville is seeking a Licensed Therapist or experienced Registered Intern for an employment opportunity in our newly opened Roseville office. We specialize in evidence-based therapy for anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders in adults, children and teens. Please visit  to learn more about the job opportunity and our center as well as how to apply.


Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (PSY 7480)
Attorney at Law (SBN 119231)
Free consultation.
Telephone: 916.641.7300


LifeSTAR Sacramento is the region's only out-patient treatment program for individuals/couples adversely affected by compulsive sexual behaviors. Our next six week workshop begins Friday April 8th 6:30-9:30. Clients benefit from a well-planned,time-tested, structured recovery road map for sobriety and stabilization for relational trauma. This integrative treatment model includes workbooks with emphasis on CBT, Attachment, Carnes 30 task recovery, Mindfulness,and Couples EFT Attachment Model. To explore joining our team, to refer a client, or seek case consultation contact Leslie Haws,LMFT,CSAT,CMAT


 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY Sacramento is small private mental health clinic that specializes in Intensive Outpatient Programs. We treat our patients from a holistic perspective. Our goal is to remove obstacles from healing and help our patients create a life of authenticity and self-management. Our programs are covered by insurance for children, teens and adults with the following conditions: Trauma, including Medical Trauma and Chronic Pain, Mood and Anxiety Problems, Food Dysregulations, Autism Spectrum and Behavior Problems. Patients generally continue to see their primary therapist while attending IOP treatment.  Please visit our website at


Saturday,April 30 & May 7, 2016
Presented by Carolyn Rich-Curtis, PhD and David Clark, MA
Participants in your classes will learn core foundational communication skills that will build empathy, problem solving, and conflict management skills that shown to be effective in 40 years research and27 studies, even when there are serious problems, such as infidelity, chemical dependency, or mental illness. For details and to register: $189/person $338/couples, $40 for CE. Held at Axiom in Lincoln, CA. This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Approved for Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Educators, and Nurses. See website above for specific provider authorization information.


Eating Recovery Center, California is offering free, community support groups throughout Northern California for adults and adolescents, ages 16 and older, who are currently struggling with and/or are in treatment for an eating disorder. Support groups are also offered for loved ones of those affected by an eating disorder. The groups will provide support, resources and education on eating disorder treatment and recovery.
Visit our website to learn more about our free eating disorder support groups:

Second year somatic psychology student at John F. Kennedy University seeks MFT Trainee placement in the Sacramento area. Current residence is in Davis, willing to travel to Sacramento and nearby areas. Seeking individual and group supervision starting in the fall of 2016. Developing areas of interest include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Hakomi, Non-Violent Communication and Hypnotherapy. Interested in working with a diverse population to gain breadth of experience. If you would like to open a dialog to discuss goodness of fit, please contact Nancy Georges.
Phone: 818-461-2297


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