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January 2017
 Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT
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Letter from the Board

January 1, 2017

Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name}

The SVC-CAMFT Board hopes 2016 rounded out nicely for you. As a chapter, our success was due to the dedication of our President, Patricia Saint James, the Executive Board, committees, and volunteers.  Successes included our traditional offering of 2 CE workshops and networking opportunities as well as the two day law and ethics workshop.  The year ended with a wonderful event celebrating our 45th anniversary honoring past Presidents of SVC-CAMFT.

Your passion for marriage and family therapy and your membership with SVC-CAMFT has and continues to ensure our legacy and strength as a chapter.  Special thanks go to our Nomination Committee: Karen Hefler, Colene Sawyer Schlaepfer, Heather Blessing and Patricia Saint James.  Each of the persons nominated for 2017 were elected: Talal Alsaleem as President-Elect, William (Billy) Schult as Treasurer, and Adriana Joyner as Secretary. We look forward to their installment at the annual meeting in January.

At the annual meeting in January we have much to do, from installment of officers to budget review, and much more, including member engagement.  In the upcoming events section is a copy of our event calendar for 2017.  You will see that this year is quite full. Please thank Nate Hooper and Susan Martin, your Program Co-Chairs, for their tireless effort.  They have been amazing.

In the tradition of new year resolutions that stick, the Board will meet for its yearly training and planning on January 28th.  We enjoy your feedback and ideas. We are here to serve you, our members, as effectively and efficiently as possible.  For your thoughts to be considered, please send them to us at info@svccamft.org.

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you over the next year.

All the best,

David Clark
SVC-CAMFT President

  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Welcome to our 2017 Board
· Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Event
· Upcoming Board Meetings

· Special Feature
· Letters to the Editor

· Psyched about Books and Movies

· Paid MFT Internships
· Advertising and Announcements

· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


David Clark, MFT Intern

Talal Alsaleem, LMFT

Past President:
Patricia Saint James, LMFT

Adriana Joyner, LMFT

Billy Schult, MFT Intern

Program Co-Chairs:

Nate Hooper, LMFT
Susan Martin, MFT Trainee

3000 Club Chair:
Suzy Lee, LMFT

Volunteer Chair:
Angie Moxey, LMFT

Membership Chair:

Jessica Wolff, LMFT

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:


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. 


I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and restful holiday season! We are starting a new year (wasn’t it just 2015?!!) and there are many changes in our rules and regulations. Here are a few pertinent ones I thought you might want to be aware of.

I. SB-1478 Interns will be known as Marriage and Family Registered Associate and Professional Clinical Counselor Associate. This will go into effect January 2018. This gives time for the BBS to change wording in rules and regulations. You will have until 2020 to change all your advertising material. This is a great change that came out of the supervision committee meetings. Hoping it will assist the consumer in their understanding that an “associate” formerly known as “intern” is no longer in school and is under supervision of a licensed clinician.

II. AB 1917 Legislation was signed by the Governor and will go into effect January 1, 2017 that defines education gained out-of-state will be based on the location of the school, instead of based on the residence of the applicant. When you apply for licensure your educational requirements will be determined by whether it is out-of-state or not by the location of the school. 

Also included in the bill specifies that face-to-face counseling requirement of the PCC’s practicum coursework be face-to-face counseling of individuals, couples, families, or groups. This counseling must be supervised for applicants seeking licensure as a professional clinical counselor.

This bill would require that the degree’s practicum and field study experience involve direct client contact.

This bill would prohibit remediation of the core content area of assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals, as specified. The bill also would prohibit the remediation of the core content area of the principles of the diagnostic process and the use of diagnostic tools, as specified.

III. AB 1808 Legislation was signed by the Governor and goes into effect January 1, 2017 allowing trainees to counsel minors age 12 years and older with some stipulations.  The bill requires the marriage and family therapist trainee, the clinical counselor trainee, the psychology trainee, or the social work intern to notify his or her supervisor or an on-call supervisor, as specified, at the site where the trainee or intern volunteers or is employed within 24 hours of treating or counseling a minor. The bill requires the trainee or intern, if upon the initial assessment of the minor the trainee or intern believes that the minor is a danger to self or to others, to notify the supervisor, as specified, immediately after the treatment or counseling session.

IV. Barriers of LMFT’s working in the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been lifted! Although legislation allowing LMFT’s to work in the VA have been in place a major barrier was that you had to have graduated from a COAMFTE accredited school. President Obama removed this barrier. In order for an LMFT to work in the VA they:
Master’s or higher degree in marriage and family therapy, or related field, and from a regionally accredited institution.
Is licensed as a MFT and hold the highest level of licensure offered from the State. (sorry interns)
Passed either the AMFTRB exam or the BBS California Exams.

V. AB 1001This bill expands the definition of mandated reporter to include a board member of a public or private organization whose duties require direct contact and supervision of children, including a foster family agency. By imposing the reporting requirements on a new class of persons, for whom failure to report specified conduct is a crime, this bill imposes a state-mandated local program. The bill also requires the department to develop a notice regarding the reporting of complaints and would require the posting of that notice in all foster family agencies, as specified. The bill requires that if the department, as a condition of licensure, requires the chief executive officer or other authorized member of the board of directors and the administrator of a foster family agency to attend an orientation given by the licensing agency that outlines the applicable rules and regulations for operation of a foster family agency, that orientation shall include a description of policies, procedures, or practices that violate the provisions described above governing mandated reporters. The bill requires the department to take reasonable action, including, among other things, prohibiting a person from being a member of the board of directors, upon a finding of a violation of the provisions described above governing mandated reporters. Signed by Governor and goes into effect July 1, 2017.

There are many upcoming changes in legislation if approved for supervisors and supervisees. I will report on these once the legislation is completed. There is a list of these in the current CAMFT magazine. Stayed tuned for more changes in 2017.

I also want to invite you to my In-person (NEW 12-HOUR IN PERSON TRAINING IN JANUARY 2017) and Online Exam prep classes that I hope will help your success in passing the Law and Ethics Examination! Go to www.darlenedavismft.com and www.hope-counselingcenter.org for more information. You can also contact me at dardav2@gmail.com


Darlene Davis, LMFT Executive Director HOPE; Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment MFT Stipend Coordinator for Greater Sacramento Instructor of University of Phoenix www.darlenedavismft.com www.hope-counselingcenter.org

if you are an intern and need the new Law and Ethics training - go to http://www.darlenedavismft.com/Services-for-Interns---Trainees.html


Please Welcome Our 2017 SVC-CAMFT Board

David Clark - President
Talal Alsaleem - President-Elect
Patricia Saint James - Past-President
Billy Schult - Treasurer
Adriana Joyner - Secretary
Nate Hooper - Program Co-Chair
Susan Martin - Program Co-Chair
Angie Moxey - Volunteer Chair
Jessica Wolff - Membership Chair
Suzy Lee - 3000 Club Chair

We are still looking for a Sponsorship Chair - if you are interested please email info@svccamft.org

  November 45th Anniversary Celebration

We had a wonderful time, a chance to hear about SVC-CAMFT history and meet so many who are the reason we are here!  Thank you for being part of SVC-CAMFT!


January Events


January 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM
Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 

Item I.
 Call To Order
Item II.
 Welcome and Annual Report
Item III.
Item IV.
 Committee Report(s)
Item V.
 Old Business
  1) Announcement of Election Results
 2) Presentation of New Board Members
Item VI.
 New Business
Item VII.
 Open Forum
Item VIII.
 Call to Close

Please Click to Register No cost to attend - Free Breakfast


Topic: Neurofeedback for Healing Attachment Dysregulation
Presenter: Ce Eshelman, LMFT 
Date:  Friday, January 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)

Annual Membership Meeting starts at 9:00 AM - Click here for more information

Networking starts at 9:45 AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees. It is important for MFTs and LSCWs to be aware of how neurofeedback can be utilized by clients as an adjunct treatment modality to psychotherapy for the reduction of emotion dysregulation in relationships.

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 at completion of the course. 

No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded.

Workshop Information:

Ce Eshelman, LMFT is an Attachment Specialist who will be presenting on the attachment enhancing aspects of neurofeedback at the January Chapter meeting.  In her practice, Ce hears each day from adoptive parents just how effective neurofeedback has been in creating peace in their lives.

If a client of yours is dysregulated from attachment trauma and maltreatment in the early years, then neurofeedback is an effective first line of attack on that over-arousal issue.  While neurofeedback is not a cure-all for emotion dysregulation, it is a foundational beginning for balancing disruptive brainwaves.  After neurofeedback treatment, breaking bad habits, changing negative cognitions, and creating new neuropathways becomes "measurably" more possible.

This month’s presentation will focus on attachment challenged children and parents and how neurofeedback strengthens the bonds of attachment by internally empowering felt safety in children from difficult beginnings.


8:45 am Registration Starts
9:00 am Annual Membership Meeting Starts
9:45am - 10:00am Networking & Announcements
10:00am - 11:00am - Workshop
11:00am - 11:10am - Break
11:10am - noon - workshop
noon - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:

Coming Soon

Presenter Bio:
Ce Eshelman, LMFT,  is an attachment specialist, author, and founder of The Attach Place Center for Strengthening Relationships. With 27 years of experience and training, she began specializing in attachment and trauma treatment 17 years ago after adopting her two children from the foster care system. Ce has been fortunate to receive training from Master Psychotherapists, including the late Virginia Satir, James Framo, Francine Shapiro, Marsha Lanahan, Sue Johnson, Bruce Ecker, Pat Ogden, Daniel Siegel, Daniel Gottman, Bruce Perry, Karyn Purvis, Bessel van der Kolk, and many more. In March 2016, she published Drowning with My Hair on Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents. It is a compilation of supportive love letters to adoptive parents designed for daily inspirational reading.

Register and pay online or register online and pay at the door with check or cash.

Early registration ends Tuesday, January 10th Early registration rates*:

2017 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20

2017 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 2017 please email: info@svccamft.org

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 info@svccamft.org

2017 Upcoming Workshops

 Date CEs Topic Speaker Location         
 January 13
 Annual Membership Meeting \ Neurofeedback for Healing Attachment Dysregulation
 Ce' Eshelman
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 February 3
 6 Addiction
 Jon Daily
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 March 3
 Lisa Larson
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 April 7
 2 Brain Imaging, The Amen Clinic
 Dr. Daniel Emina
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 May 5
 2 Mindful Self-Compasion Sean Cook PsyD
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 June 2
 2 LGBTQ+ David Nylund
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 July - Date TBA
 12 2 Day Law and Ethics
 TBA Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 September 1
 2 Psychodrama Kathy Campbell
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 October 6
 6 Sex Addiction
 Robert Weiss
 Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
November 3
 2 What Every Therapist Should Know About Insurance - Even If You Want Nothing To Do With It
 Barbara Griswold
Rancho Cordova City Hall (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.

After our January 28th Training we will have the upcoming board meetings


Special Feature

My One New Year's Resolution

By Heather Blessing, LMFT

Every year I do New Year's Resolutions and every year within days or weeks I fail.  Then I beat myself up for not having stronger will power and though I promise myself that I can just restart, I somehow never get back to those resolutions.  Every year I get more anxious that I will fail quickly which then gives me self-doubt which drives me to sabotage myself so I don't have to be anxious that I will fail.

My birthday is December 31, so it makes it even easier to fall into this repeated cycle.  One year older, one year wiser - yup I should be able to do it THIS time.  But then my anxiety cranks up, I can't fail this time, or I am a failure.

One year I planned on not making New Year's Resolutions so I wouldn't fall into my normal cycle, but by January 2nd,  I felt I was "being lazy" and "making excuses" not to make New Year's Resolutions so I made them and then within a month "failed".

So this year is going to be different, I am going to make one New Year's Resolution that I can't fail and that is a real honest resolution.

I resolve that in 2017 I am going to be good to myself.

So what does this mean?

It means I will eat healthy, exercise, and do things good for my mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

It also means that if I make a mistake or "fall off the wagon" I have to be good to myself.

I cannot obsess about being a failure, or that I wasn't good to myself at that moment, instead I have to focus on being good to myself and realizing that everyone slips up, including me and berating myself is not being good to myself.

So basically I am resolving to forgive myself and continue being good to myself.  The best part is if I do feel like a failure for a bit, I don't have to be upset for feeling that way and decide to be good to myself and let it go and keep working forward.

So here is to a good 2017 that I am good to myself.




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.

 We Have No Letters to the Editor!  Let your voice be heard!  Write a letter to the editor!

 Letters to the Editor Guidelines
  • You must be a current SVC-CAMFT member.
  • You cannot be a SVC-CAMFT board member or employee.
  • 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 info@svccamft.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. 

Title: Drowning with My Hair on Fire: Insanity Relief for Adoptive Parents
Author: Ce' Eshelman, LMFT
2016 Ce' Eshelman, LMFT

Reviewer: Heather Blessing, LMFT

I keep purchasing copies of this book for my clients that are raising traumatized children.  Ce' is honest about the mistakes she has made and how her own issues interfered with raising her children with attachment and trauma issues.  As a parent who has also raised children with attachment issues, I cried and laughed while reading the book, but most importantly felt I was not alone and was understood.  I also felt encouraged.  My clients said that this book has helped them between our sessions, knowing they were not alone and giving them ideas and hope.  This book is from the heart and real and like real life, there is no real ending and it is a bit chaotic, but that is what makes this book so invaluable - it is real and true to life.


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 (http://www.svccamft.org/Newsletter.html) To learn more about checking your review for key strokes, spelling grammar and size click below: (http://www.svccamft.org/How_to_check_review_in_microsoft_word.doc).

It is your responsibility to check for spelling and grammar errors.  Reviews must be received by the 20th of the month in order to appear in the next newsletter.

You can submit your review by: Visiting our webpage: www.svccamft.org

Mailing it in: P.O. Box 163385, Sacramento, CA 95816


Paid Internships
Listing Provided by:

Prelicensed is a free resource for MFT registered interns, trainees, and students in California. We offer numerous services that are designed to help you prepare and prevail over the course of your journey to licensure

Clinician (Mental Health Services for Children) - Sacramento, CA - Uplift Family Services

Mental Health Intern (MFTI/ASW/LPC) - Woodland, CA - Yaretzi Counseling and Consulting, LLC

Therapist (Yolo County/Children’s/LGBTQ)-TBS - Sacramento, CA - Turning Point Community Programs

Advertising and Announcements


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Free consultation.
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Advertising Policy for the Newsletter

All ads and reviews are not to exceed1000 key strokes. Chapter members advertise at no cost. Non-members can advertise about employment opportunities at no cost. Non-members, non employment-related ads follow these rates:


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$20 for 201-600 key strokes

$30 for 601-1000 key strokes

Full page and ½ page ads are not accepted.


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