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Februrary 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  February 2014  

Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

Welcome to 2014!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season!

The beginning of the year is exciting because the new board, and I, will be writing on a fresh page of the SVC-CAMFT history book.  We will be choosing stories, creating plots, and developing characters to positively promote and support our members. This gives us an opportunity to work on the goals we want to achieve in the next year.

I would like us all to reflect on the past year and decide what gave us joy and what brought us sorrow. Lessons are to be embraced and learned through every experience. I, also, want to take this time to thank our past board members for their dedication, hard work, insight and guidance during the past year and into the future. Let me assure you that our new board members are enthusiastic and are reviewing the information we received on the website from your completed surveys. Based on your suggestions, we will be deciding on the meeting presenters, trainings, and improving our social networking within the Community.

I ask for everyone’s support at our new location, Sierra Vista Hospital. They are very happy to be our hosts and have gone out of their way to provide us with every convenience for our monthly training and pre-licensed meeting rooms.

Of all the services and programs we provide the most important is providing inspiration and hope to others. A simple smile, a small show of encouragement and a “can do, never give up” attitude will be conveyed from our board, to our members to those we are dedicated to treat.

Thank you again for your continued support and participation. Your renewed faith and encouragement inspire us.

Jill P. Lawler, LMFT

President SVC-CAMFT
  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Volunteers for Board Needed
 ·January Presentation Summary
Upcoming Meeting Information
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· Special Feature
· Letters to the Editor
· Psyched about Books and Movies
· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


Jill P. Lawler, LMFT
 Chris Knisely, LMFT
Past President:

Chad Thompson, MFT
Secretary: Maria Wiese, LMFT


Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern


Program Co-Chairs:

"Marti" McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee
Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Kimberlie Flowers, MFT
Mike McDonald, MFT Intern
Pre-License Chair:

Betty Knight, LMFT
Volunteer Chair:

Membership Co-Chairs:

Carol Nelson, LMFT

Newsletter Editor:

Heather Blessing, MFT 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 legal and 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.

We all knew 2014 would be here before you knew it and here it is! The weather has given us an impression that it is spring time. I hope you are taking advantage of the weather because we never know what’s around the corner.

There is nothing to report in the law and ethics department so I thought I would talk about supporting and mentoring interns. I just passed the LPCC Gap exam and it reminded me again how time consuming it is to study and to feel comfortable in the knowledge base we are expected to have. I thought the test was difficult even though I studied diligently. I am constantly reminded through teaching and supervising that trainees and interns are eager to learn and understand what is expected as therapists and what is useful and helpful when working with clients. They count on mentors and supervisors to guide them and lend them a supportive ear. They are enthusiastic to embrace what we have learned as licensed therapists. It can be overwhelming and confusing along the path of becoming a licensed therapist. So what is it they need? I think a good foundation of the law and our ethical guidelines. This can be comforting when faced with a difficult decision sometimes on the spot. They need to know they have someone that they can reach out to for advise, guidance, and support when trying to do what’s best for their clients. I know talking with licensed therapists that knowing and using theory can sometimes feel obscure. Speaking to trainees and interns from a theoretical perspective can only solidify their confidence in what they are doing. My hope is that many of you take a moment when an intern calls or introduces themselves at a training or meeting and let them know you are there to help in whatever way you can. Let’s continue to build the integrity of our profession by mentoring future therapists.

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




We want to keep providing trainings, meetings, services for our members!

But we can't without volunteers - without members who are willing to donate their time and energy!

Please contact Jill to find out which positions are still open.
at jilllawler@hotmail.com


  January Presentation Summary
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Speakers: Lani Stoner, LMFT and Becca Bettis, Program Director of The Soldiers Project
(2 CE)

The Mission, of the Soldier’s project is free confidential unlimited services to soldiers and their loved ones. There is more PTSD, TBI, anxiety disorders now than any past war.  Unlike any other agency that serves the military, the Soldier’s Project does no discriminate if the soldier has been dishonorably discharged.  This may happened at times due to mental health disorders No other agency that serves the military in this capacity do not care if the soldier was dishonorably discharged.  The Veterans Administration will not treat soldiers who have been dishonorably discharged even due to mental disorder.  The Soldier’s project will also treat soldiers from National Guard or Reserves.  Many dishonorable discharges are due too a soldier’s mental illness.  Statistics show that there are 22 suicides a day for soldiers.  More military members lose their lives by their own hands. 


The Soldier’s project depends on volunteer counselors.  Applications and brochures were made are available, there is advertising on facebook and a webpage for anyone who would like to volunteer.  The local chapter Started in 2004 and there are 45 therapists in this local chapter.  In addition there are Non-clinical volunteers, who will work pro-bono and it is a non-profit organization.  There is very few paid staff.   The hallmark of this project is confidentiality. 


Lani Stoner, LMFT continued the discussion with a side presentation.  “A Discussion Regarding Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”.   She emphasized the desire to have the workshop be a discussion rather than lecture.  She made the point that there are a number of statistics’ that support the evidence of recurring PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) among our Military Troops and Veterans.  In her slide presentation she gave reference links to the sources for the statistics of these incidents for those interested.   


There was a rich discussion among the members regarding the presentation of TBI and PTSD as well as the nuances that are crucial to identify when treating those soldiers or family members inflicted with either condition.  Examples of TBI and PTSD given, distinctions’ were drawn and comparisons of the manifestations explained.  It has been documented that victims of PTSD and TBI as susceptible for additional neurocognitive decline as they age especially without treatment. 


It is also documented that those military members after separation from the armed forces often go to a relative field of service where they are tor can be re-traumatized.  They have personalities’ that drive them to serve and while service is where they have been mentally injured, they still may continue to serve in some field of work that by nature will continue to re-traumatize them.  This is a delicate condition that needs to be understood before they can receive help. 


Therapy is an offered benefit to these members and their families.  The type of modality that the therapist uses is at the discretion of the therapist.  However, offering to volunteer to counsel these servicemen and women and their families is a commitment like no other.  These soldiers and their families are fragile and need a therapist that is willing to learn and understand the complexity with which these people are plagued.  Cultural sensitivity, language of the military specifically is something that is a must for any therapist offering their services.  Our military force and their families are tasked with a daunting job to protect our shores and our borders.  When a mental illness challenges their ability to fulfill their passions, their whole world can unravel. For more information on The Soldiers Project please go to: http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/

By Dr. Gay Teurman, MFT


Upcoming Meeting Information
February 21, 2014 - NEW LOCATION

Pre-Licensed Monthly Meeting
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: Meet and Greet -
Come network with other pre-licensed members while enjoying donuts!
Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

January Monthly Training
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: The Invisible War
Speaker: The Soldiers Project
  Soldiers Project-Sacramento responds to the ‘invisible wounds of war’ Hundreds of soldiers -- men and women, most of them young, of all races, colors and creeds -- are coming home every day from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many are not coming home whole, ready to resume their lives within the family and in the workplace. Instead, they’re coming home in pieces, shattered by wartime experiences no other American troops have ever been forced to endure.
While the physical injuries may be horrific, the mental and emotional effects can be even longer lasting and more pervasive. They can take a toll not just on the soldier, but on his family members, friends and even the community at large, as well.

It’s these “invisible wounds of war” – including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury -- that the volunteers at The Soldiers Project/Sacramento are determined to address.

We encourage early registration as space is limited.

To Register Click here.

Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst. & 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by February 18 -Laura (916) 350-1577, email:membership@sacramentovalleycamft.org or reg,pay, directions at http://www.sacramentovalleycamft.org

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at www.sacramentovalleycamft.org, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email membership@sacramentovalleycamft.org to register and pay at the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much appreciated.

Upcoming Board Meetings

To Be Announced in March Newsletter



Special Feature

Living Stealth - Hidden in Plain Sight

You may notice my name is not under the title.  You may notice my name is not at the bottom of this article or even attached to this article at all.  That is because I am "living stealth".  Well not quite but my husband is and that means I am too.

So what does "living stealth" or "being stealth" mean?  In the transgender\transsexual world, it means that a male that has transitioned to female or a female that has transitioned to male hides their history of their birth sex. 

My husband transitioned more than a decade ago.  I met him after he transitioned.  He was honest with me from the start, but I soon noticed as we chatted with people in public how careful he was to hide his past.  He has told me stories when he was helping someone get out of a chair and was hit in the groin he had to remember to act like it hurt worse than it did.  He has told me when a transgendered person who does not "pass" (successfully conceal their birth sex) enters his work, that some of the staff have made rude comments after they leave or under their breath.  I noticed when he drove him from visiting relatives and he nearly got in a car accident on the way back home that his anxiety was not from fear of the accident, or getting hurt, or even his car getting totaled, it was that if an ambulance was called he might be "found out".

Being stealth leads to having a basic amount of anxiety and paranoia.  My husband works in the healthcare industry and he has heard what many people who work around him think of transsexuals.  He also knows if he was in an accident or had to have x-rays on his pelvis region, his birth gender would be noted in his chart and it would be easy for someone he works with to see it.  He is also always worried that someone will figure out he is transsexual.  Just like when an any person has a blemish on their face, they are sure that everyone is staring at the blemish and sees what a huge thing it is. 

So with all of the anxiety transgendered people living stealth need support right?  Yes, they do very much.  However, where do they get it?  You might think the LGBTQ community.  Actually, most frown on living stealth if not actually believe it is wrong to live stealth, as it does not "help the cause".  Can you imagine someone living stealth walking into a LGBTQ Community building?  They are already paranoid and anxious about someone finding out, to them it would make them so worried that someone would see them. 

When I met my husband, I thought he was a bit paranoid and thought, "Who cares whether people know".  Well I was surprised when listening to co-workers and other people talk about transgendered and transsexual people.  I heard a prevailing stereotype that transsexual people were perverts and child molesters who are so sick in the head they don't even know what sex they are so therefore they would molest anyone and anything because no one would ever voluntarily have sex with them unless it was another pervert. 

I so wanted to believe that social workers and therapists had been trained to be more open as they would have learned about this in school at the minimum.  Sadly, the BBS only requires 10 hours of Human Sexuality for MFT, LPCC and LCSW licenses.  In 10 hours transsexual\transgender concepts are barely touched upon. 

I have children from a previous marriage and we were open to them about my husband.  As often happens, one of my children became rebellious and made a couple comments to a teacher or a social worker about my husband and it was amazing how quickly they jumped to conclusions about how "perverted" we are as a couple.  When media started covering the "pregnant man" the conversations even among mental health professionals made me nauseated and scared that if my husband were ever found out, how many problems he would have personally and professionally.

There were many times in therapy with my children, that I wish I could have felt comfortable explaining how tough some issues are and why we have to be careful about things.  For example, we as a family of four cannot stay in a regular hotel.  I have a daughter and a son so no combination of two rooms is acceptable should my more troubled teen say anything.  Obviously my son and daughter cannot share a room, but also either of us adults cannot share a room with either of my children in case someone were to consider us "perverted".  This meant we had to plan way ahead and set aside more money and rent a vacation home that was at least 3 bedrooms so as to make sure everything looked appropriate. 

While many therapists say they are LGBTQ friendly, most really do not understand the issues of living stealth unless it is their specialty.  This of course often makes those that are stealth nervous about going to someone who is known as a therapist that specializes in transsexual issues as they feel like they are being watched and someone will connect who they are seeing with who they are.

This forces many who are living stealth to only do online support groups, which helps a bit but limits still the connection and therapeutic aspects.

Even simple medical procedures and dealing with medical practitioners are problematic.

My husband limped for months because he knew that if he got an x-ray to diagnose the knee problem he could be "outed" and since he works for the same company that he gets medical care from it could really cause problems for him.  He also fears losing his health insurance because he "lied" and listed his gender as male.  He also knows what many will say under their breath or after he leaves because he has heard his co-workers do that.

Simple things that many people celebrate cause anxiety.  The only doctor my husband really sees, who is outside of our city, became part of the same system my husband works for.  He was scared to death that when the records merged there would be notes or obvious changes that would "out" him.  Luckily, his doctor was very careful which notes went into the system, as his doctor is aware he lives stealth.  Most people though would be thrilled to be able to have their doctor as part of their mental healthcare system and not have to pay out of pocket; we were not until we knew it was going to be ok.

With all of this anxiety, is it worth living stealth?  Sadly, where we live, I have to say yes.  My husband enjoys his co-workers but knows how they feel about transsexuals and would forever be uncomfortable if they knew he was a transsexual.  He makes a decent living doing what he does and he is supporting me while I build my own business.  We need him to be ok working where he is so we can keep a roof over our heads.  Yes we wish we could help the transgender and transsexual community by being out, but we know the reality is we are not able to make that sacrifice at this time in our lives.

The reason I wrote this article?  I would like mental health workers to realize that not all transgender and transsexual people are obvious when you look at them.  They may be actually seeing you in your practice, or standing next to you when you are chatting with others whether they are completely stealth or just not noticeable.  With all of recent media exposure about transgender\transsexual children in school and their rights, carefully think about how hard it is for them to make it in the world and have normal growing up experiences without being bullied. Remember many people who are transsexual\transgender or those who love them are hiding in plain sight.

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 articles 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
  • You must be a current SVC-CAMFT member.
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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.
  • Please send your letters to newslettereditor@sacramentovalleycamft.org
  • 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.  Happy reading!

Title:  Love Sense

Author : Dr Sue Johnson

Copyright: 2013, Little, Brown and Company, New York

Reviewer:  Charlie Ruff, LMFT

  For those in relationships, who want to be in relationships, or who want to help those struggling with relationships, Love Sense is a must read. Indeed, according to Dr Johnson,  “Close connections [are] the strongest predictor of happiness”  (p.22). Citing one study among manifold mentioned, research shows that 911 survivors with secure, loving attachment bonds have “fewer signs of PTSD . . . and depression” a year-and-a half later (p. 22).  Targeted to both therapists and public, Love Sense provides a highly readable description of the neuroscience on love and attachment and a vision of a more connected world.  In the process, she courageously debunks cultural myths about the advantages of separation and autonomy.  Sue Johnson is co-founder and pre-eminent researcher for Emotionally Focused Therapy, a modality that helps stressed couples create secure bonds.


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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 (
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