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May 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  May 2014  


 Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

May 1, 2014

Dear Members,

     Our voting is over! Join us in welcoming the new President and her cabinet. We are asking everyone who voted to now support these dynamic choices as they begin to write their chapter in the CAMFT book. Let’s join together to make CAMFT the strong force for positive change and unity.

     Sterling has been doing a great job with the 3000 Club and they are having their first evening event  May 30, 2014. Please stay tuned for more information about this exciting event. This is in line with our goals to open up new times and dates for interns and trainees to meet at more convenient times. This meeting will be focused on improving interview and resume skills. Several of our own members are volunteering to share their experiences and provide guidance to our future therapists.  This will also include networking and communicating with each other to provide needed support.

     We want to take this time to thank Carol Nelson for the fabulous work she has accomplished on creating the new CAMFT-SVC Directory. Carol has aligned our Directory Design with our website. Hopefully, our next Directory will be incorporated into our “online Directory”. Carol has also been instrumental in reaching out to psychology students in colleges in our community and we have had a wonderful response. Our last Prelicensed meeting was packed! Thank you Carol.

     Marti and Kari are working hard on the upcoming morning meeting events, I have really enjoyed each meeting. They are well organized and I hope you all received your “signed book” from Ruben Guzman (fantastic!) We are really looking forward to the meeting announcements that are coming up, especially the Law and Ethics Meeting.

     Mentoring dinners are coming up (Thank you Mike for your help) and please let us know if you would be interested in a consulting group for practicing therapists. Please include times and days that would be most convenient.

     There is a lot more to accomplish as we close the first third of our year. We would not be as far without the dedication and hard work of our Board and members. Thank you all.

Jill P. Lawler, LMFT #51392


  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Volunteers for Board Needed
· April Presentation Summary
Upcoming Meeting Information
· NAMI Walk
· 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
Mike McDonald, LMFT
Past President:

Chad Thompson, MFT
Secretary: Maria Wiese, LMFT


Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern

Terri Johnson, MFT Intern Program Co-Chairs:
"Marti" McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee
Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Kimberlie Flowers, MFT
Pre-License Chair:

Betty Knight, LMFT
Sterling Evison, 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.

I have heard on numerous occasions different scenarios of what constitutes couples or family therapy. I understand insurance panels vary on what constitutes couples or family therapy so I will not be addressing units of treatment for billing purposes.

One of the first questions that should always be asked is what is my unit of treatment? Another words who am I treating and what are the goals for treatment? Not only should we as therapists understand who the unit of treatment is but so should the client(s). This should be discussed and determined in the first session. If for instance a couple comes to the first session and you determine that it is clinically appropriate to recommend individual therapy to one or both then your unit of treatment is no longer couples. You then have choices; you can see each of them individually; you can refer both to separate therapists; or you can decide to see one and refer out the other. There are pros and cons to all three scenarios so you want to make sure the clients understand the future choices or limitations.  Let’s say another scenario is a family comes in and you believe it is clinically appropriate to see them as a family. You have developed treatment goals that integrate every member of the family. As time progresses there are occasional sessions where one of the members of the family cannot attend or you think it is important to talk with one or more of the members individually. A session may consist of a mother that is struggling with alcoholism or you want a father to understand the changes his 16 year old daughter is going through and you do not think it would be appropriate to have the 7 year old brother present when talking about either of these topics. You are still conducting family therapy and you are still working on the family treatment goals. Another example is a couple is in therapy and you decide that it would be clinically appropriate see each member of the couple individually on occasion or even every other session. You are still working on the goals of the relationship and therefore couples therapy. For interns recording hours you will still count the latter example as couples or family therapy even if on occasion you decide to provide a session to an individual in the family unit. I recently brought this to the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) at a supervision committee meeting as well as inquiring into the BBS’s employee expert that critiques the hours. The board was in agreement and the employee stated that it can be a choice of whether you decide to count the example above as an individual or a couple/family. Either would be correct on a log. Supervisors signing off on the hours would always have the final say. I hope this helps with confusion that may be stirring in our field or at least start conversation that will help everyone think about the flexibility we have in our decisions and the effects of these decisions have on our clients.


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




Mike McDonald who most of you know as a Hospitality Co-Chair has stepped up to become our President Elect.
This leaves a Hospitality Co-Chair vacant.
We also need another Membership Co-Chair, another Member at Large and a Volunteer Chair.

Also I, Heather Blessing, will step down at the end of the year as Newsletter Editor and am looking for a replacement.  If you are interested in learning about the newsletter feel free to contact me at

Please contact Jill about the other positions


  April Presentation Summary

Treatment Center Overview & Tips for Improving your Networking Skills

(2 CEUs)

Accessing resources is an important component of the “helping” profession. As mental health therapists, social workers and case managers, we sometimes find ourselves “stumped” during an emergency or crisis or in regards to what is the next best thing to do on behalf of our clients. In April, our presenters provided information about emergency services and on-going treatment / services for certain populations. In addition, we were educated about the importance of marketing, social media and networking for the purposes of expanding our outreach and improving our visibility.


The clinical significance of the information is multilayered. Firstly, the interactions were a chance to reflect on a past and present client that may need adjunct services like the following:


·       Inpatient care

·       Housing

·       12-step programs

·       Respite

·       Safety plans


Secondly, the presentations can be categorized as research as it relates to interventions and managing the care of current and future clients. Thirdly, we were given an opportunity to speak with other providers face-to-face which tends to increase the probability that we will remember what’s available to help our clients when they present with issues beyond the scope of our expertise. And finally, if clients do not walk into the door or if we are not referred by our colleagues because they cannot find us, the potential for maintenance and growth are very limited. Business management is a critical component of client care. 


Duane Wright, Respite Program Manager for TLCS Mental Health Crisis Respite Center informed attendees that his agency is an alternative for individuals experiencing acute mental health crisis. They are equipped to assist clients who may not qualify for hospitalization, but need short-term support when they are in crisis. The criteria for admittance to this 23 hour respite center are as follows:


·       18 years or older

·       Resident of Sacramento County

·       Having a mental health crisis


Nichoel Minicucci, Volunteer and Community Relations Coordinator for WEAVE inc  explained that the organization uses a harm reduction model to help individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence of have been sexually assaulted. WEAVE offers classes and skills training to empower clients to make informed decisions about relationship dynamics and self-advocacy. They also offer legal assistance, as well as long-term shelter and transitional housing for the clients they serve.


Pamela Alba, Senior Director of Clinical Services represented Bayside Marin and Azure Acres Recovery Center. Both agencies offer intensive, comprehensive and compassionate services for clients in need of substance abuse treatment and support for co-occurring conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and bi-polar disorder. Levels of care include detox, inpatient services, intensive outpatient, and on-going recovery support and case management.


Mike Alvarez, owner of Mike Alvarez Consulting reminded us of the importance of marketing our businesses to increase the number of clients who walk through our doors. He also offered some tips on how to establish and maintain professional relationships through a social media presence and by attending networking events.


Everyone had a chance to put what we learned about networking into practice and meet someone new at the end of the meeting as part of an on-going effort to connect our members with the resources that were present in the room.


Co-written by Lisa Haydon, MFT Student and Martha McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT


Upcoming Meeting Information

(Remember we are at Sierra Vista Now)
May 16, 2014

May Pre-Licensed Monthly Meeting
Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Topic: Darlene Davis covers topics that are important for pre-license MFTs

Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting
Please join us to gain valuable perspectives to enhance your MFT career!

May Monthly Training

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823 (map)
Sand Tray

Yvonne Sinclair, LMFT
Director of Lincoln Counseling Center

Details: Yvonne Sinclair, LMFT will be presenting on Experiential Sand Tray Training. This training will cover the therapeutic benefits of Sand Tray, logistical details, and best practices with children and adults.  

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 May 13 -Laura (916) 350-1577, or reg,pay, directions at

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email 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.

June Monthly Training
Topic: How to Work Effectively with Latino / Hispanic Clients
Guillermo Alvarez, LMFT
Date:  Friday, June 20, 2014 
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00PM

Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Workshop Information:
When we are able to express awareness of client’s needs and interest and demonstrate genuine empathy in regards to their unique, sometimes culturally sensitive issues and concerns, the therapeutic relationship is more dynamic and beneficial for all parties involved. Guillermo Alvarez, LMFT, has provided mental health services for the Latino / Hispanic community in the East Bay area for over 13-years. And one of his goals has been to raise awareness about some specific issues that mental health providers can benefit from in regards to providing effective mental health care for Latino / Hispanic clients. He also aims to improve access to mental health treatment for individuals, couples and families in need. The tools and strategies that Guillermo will share are based upon many years of experience and a personal commitment to a population dear to his heart.

In this meeting we will address the following objectives:

* Identification of common diagnoses among Latinos

* Examining indicators for acculturation

* Exploring clinician biases and personal beliefs and their implication on service delivery

* Discussing barriers to services

* Identification of best practices when working with Latinos

Guillermo Alvarez, LMFT, has been an active leader in the CAMFT community for the past 12 years, including the 2013-2014 CAMFT Board of Directors, President. The SVC-CAMFT is honored to provide a forum for this very important presentation on Friday, June 20, 2014. Guillermo will present at the pre-licensed group meeting and the general meeting.

Includes continental breakfast and 2 CEUs
Register and pay online or register and pay cash/check at the door. Early registration ends Tuesday, June 17th
Early registration rates*:
2014 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2014 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2014 please email:
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay at the door: 

Free June Pre-Licensed Meeting
Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Time: 8:30AM-9:20AM
Location: Sierra Vista Hospital - 8001 Bruceville Road, Sacramento, CA 95823

Speaker: Guillermo Alvarez, LMFT
Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

Law and Ethics (6 CEUs) will be on Saturday, July 19, 2014
Topic: In What Does the Law Expect of Me? Part IV
Dave Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney
Date:  Saturday, July 19, 2014 
Time: 9:00AM to 4:00PM (check-in begins at 8:30)
Location:  Trinity Cathedral 2620 Chapel Ave
Sacramento, CA 95816 (map)

Workshop Information:
Dave Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney is returning to Sacramento on to provide the annual Law and Ethics Training. He will be presenting the topic “In What Does the Law Expect of Me? Part IV” This course is described as a review of the ten things the psychotherapy profession comes down to. The presentation includes the following subjects:
* Standard of care

* The difference between one’s right to privacy and the therapist’s duty to maintain confidentiality of patient information, including both mandated and permitted exceptions to confidentiality

* The fundamentals of reporting elder and dependent adult abuse

Dave has found a way to make this continue education requirement interesting and sometimes fun. So don’t hesitate to reserve your spot immediately because you don’t want to miss the presentation.

Check-in 8:30 A.M.
Training- 9:00am-4:00pm Includes  Snacks, Lunch, and 6 CEUs

Special:  $50 for licensed members / $35 for pre-licensed members until Monday, May 19th. Members: Make sure you sign in to get this special option.

Register and pay online or register and pay cash/check at the door. Early registration ends Thursday, July 17th.

2014 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or another local chapter of CAMFT: $75 2014 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or another local chapter of CAMFT: $50
Non-Member: $85 Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration. Secure Parking $5 all day across the street from the venue
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2014 please email:
Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay at the door: 

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

Friday, June 20, 2014- Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm

Friday, September 19, 2014 - Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm (Election Focused)

Friday, November 14, 2014 - Sierra Vista 12:15pm-2:00pm (Election & Budget Focused)



Picture from 2013 Nami Walk

Dear Members and Friends of SVC-CAMFT,
Once again, SVC-CAMFT will participate in the annual NAMI Walk here in Sacramento which will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, in William Land Park.  Last year we doubled our donations and participation from the previous year, and this year we hope to continue to grow in numbers and donations.   NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a wonderful organization that provides free counseling, education, and mental health resources to families and individuals in communities nation-wide.   The money our team raises will go directly to the Sacramento NAMI chapter.   This year we are also inviting members of the Sacramento division of AAMFT to join us.

Our team name is "Sacramento Marriage and Family Therapists"

Please visit the following website to join our team, or to donate on behalf of our team:

Contact  Catherine Zanzi at 916-214-1479 for more information.

Thank you!  Hope to see many of you walking with us on May 3rd.


Special Feature

Gramma does Dating… or Maybe NOT.

By Yvonne Sinclair M.A., a.k.a. Nana

In this age, there are a higher percentage of the population who call themselves (or someone else calls them) seniors.  In this age group, dating can open a new and frightening endeavor.
Dating in the 50’s and 60’s was much different than dating today. In those days, you found a person at a party, church, class, or group who looked appealing. You said to yourself, “Self, that is a person I may want to get to know.”  So, you found a way to mosey over and introduce yourself, had your best friend help with the introduction process, or made eye contact across the room and did your best flirting move.
We had all kinds of ideas about how to open the door to love and relationships. Magazines published a plethora of information on how to meet the perfect someone, get him/her to notice you, and live happily ever after.  After you met the person (literally in person), you then began the activity of getting to know what this person was all about. Dating meant the guy showed up for the gal and took her out.  This meant he paid for the outing, and she looked as good as possible on his arm. Getting to know someone involved learning the following: what songs you like, what foods you eat, what interests you in a way of life work, which church you attend, how do you smell, how do you talk, how you look me in the eye or not, how you dress, your treatment of others, and most of all, if you like me.
Today we get to know the person on paper. By “paper,” I mean the internet:,,,, and on and on and on. Those of us who dated in the 50’s and 60’s can be a little overwhelmed with this new way of getting to know someone.  First, you will need to know enough, or know someone who does, about a computer so you can put up a profile. You will need to decide just what you want (or do not want) to reveal about yourself. You must remember: of course the people you will be meeting will also decide what not to include. You find a nice picture, describe your loved activities, and list your attributes as a date. Then, the fun begins.
So, this Gramma decided to do just that. This is her story.
It was exciting to see all the men in my age group. Whoopee! This was much better than searching through months of parties, meetings, classes, etc. I could just click and date. I began to get responses and messages. They loved my picture, shared similar interests, or they shared something fabulous about themselves. I had men from all the way on the other side of the country telling me I was wonderful. Even one man from the other side of the world admired my physical self. Wow, what a heady experience this was beginning to be. As a Gramma, I liked this admiration.
After the first couple of emails, the sexual innuendos or overt remarks began.  Sometimes it happened on the second or even first email. Hmmmm, do I take this as a compliment? At my age, a sexually interested male is a good thing. I was a little confused. If I responded to these statements, at all, they became more overtly sexual. The man on the other side of the world wanted “other” pictures, and he was interested in women with large breasts. I had to block him to stop his “interests.” When I questioned the ones on the other side of the USA, the same theme began to show up. Okay, I can weed these out, right?
Gramma chose one to meet for lunch. He seemed like a nice man. He sounded responsible, family oriented, educated, caring, sensitive, and interesting. So, I drove to the restaurant.  I did not want to be picked up.  As I parked and walked in, I noticed a man walking in also. Oops, I could have turned around and left. If this had been the 50’s, I would not have chosen to flirt with him. No, I was not afraid or nervous. I was seeing this man in person for the first time. If I had seen him in person upon our first meeting like we would have in the 50’s, he would not have been someone I told myself to get to know. I was polite and still attended lunch with him. Then I had to decide how to tell him “NOT INTERESTED!” Gramma did not like this part of the contemporary dating scene.
I was forced back to the “drawing board” called internet dating. On my email, I found a new contact with a young man.  Yes, I said “young” man. He was about the age of my children. I politely responded and chatted. He wanted to meet. I asked the big question: “Why does a much younger man want to meet a Gramma?”  Are you ready? He said he had an affair with his best friend’s mother when he was in high school, and she was a red head. He has been interested in older red-haired women ever since. Oh yea, movin’ on.
It continued…
-Over coffee, one man told me about throwing out all of his ex-wife’s canning jars without her knowing. Now I like to can things and could not imagine anyone being this cold. This was one thing he had decided to leave out of his profile information. It was a deal breaker for me.
-The next man wrote wonderful poetry to me, and I really wanted to meet him. We agreed to have lunch together. Over lunch, he told me about the stepchildren he still had in his life.  They either lived with him, or he supported them.  One was a drug addict, one was a felon, and the other just liked to ask for things. I didn’t need any people like that in my life, so I moved on.
-There were some men who communicated from work and did not seem to want to meet evenings or weekends, just during the workday. “MARRIED” was the big red sign that came up on those guys.
-I met one man for lunch on a workday, and we sat by the river for a while in the afternoon. My email was on his computer, and his “girlfriend” (of several years) contacted me with questions. He had not mentioned he was in a relationship and lived with her. Yep, movin’ on…
-Oh, I almost forgot about the man I met in a small town near me for dinner. It was cold, and when he walked me to my car and tried to convince me to meet again, his nose ran and dripped off his beard. I swear, this is the truth.
-Finally, there is one I am not too proud of. There was a nice looking picture of him in his profile. He was standing behind a kitchen bar, and he was resting his hands on top (the bar hid most of his body). I arranged to meet him for lunch in the same small town. I arrived early and walked around town until the lunch date time arrived. I noticed a man walking around, too. He did not represent his picture at all and I finally realized who he was. When I realized he was my lunch date, I quietly stole away in my little red chariot. Yep, “click of the mouse.” I am not proud of that one.
I joined a new dating service. This service included going to an interview, providing a list with “have to haves” and “don’t wants,” and being sent on lunch dates. I asked for someone with style, among other things. My first lunch date appeared to be in his 80’s. This would not have been a bad thing, except this was way out of the age range I had requested. The deal breaker was that his “style” was from the 70’s, and we were in the 2000’s. I am sure he had not shopped for new duds since the 70’s.  So much for someone weeding out the pack for me…
Gramma eventually found a special relationship match. He was a little different because he only wore short pants and shaved his head except for a que (you know, the little tail thing at the back that is supposed to be used to yank you into heaven). I could overlook these minor flaws.  They weren’t deal breakers. He cooked, had his own home, was involved and respected in the community, had an admirable employment history, and remained involved in his family. Long story short: he did not like my questions about his sudden lack of communication after nine months into our relationship.  He broke up with me over the internet. The action seemed to be a little appropriate since we met over the internet, but the mouse-clicking felt quite rude.
Not to be daunted, this Gramma jumped right back into the choosing and loosing. Yep, the next one was not quite as different, had a history not quite as favorable, but he still remained involved with family. After many months of spending weekends together and talking about “moving in,” I came home to find most of his “things” (the things that meant something to him) gone. I call him “Disappearing Don.” Disappearing Don did reappear a year later at Christmas time, and he asked for a visit.  He explained he felt he had made a mistake when he left. When I did not accept his offer, I was greeted the next morning with an email picture showing a part of his anatomy not fit for the internet.
Don’t get me wrong, the man was not always the “breaker upper.” This Gramma did some amount of rejecting the guys. It is just too easy in this internet dating era to click the mouse and be done, to not respond to email and be saved the job of saying “no,” or to block an email address instead of sucking it up and facing him/her. After becoming an “experienced” internet dater, I adopted a modus operands. In the beginning of the “relationship,” I would ask for an agreement that if either one of us wanted out, we would talk in person. Some agreed to the arrangement and some ran. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it did not. It was my way of putting a little 50’s back into the internet dating process.
In the old days, we had to face the person. We had to, at least, have a tone of voice as to why this was not working. He/she had the opportunity to ask why. Of course the old, “It’s not you, it’s me” was our way of clicking the mouse, but there was not blocking email addresses or just not responding. Usually there were enough mutual acquaintances to report to each of you about the other. Closure was possible. Clicking the mouse leaves whole lot of empty air space with a whole lot of unanswered questions. Questions may include: what was it that was not acceptable about me? Was it timing? Was it something I said, something I wore, or something I did or did not do?
The whole reason for this Gramma’s story is to let the older generation know that dating has definitely changed. If you are thinking of leaving your spouse for the great dating scene, think again. I also want to inform the younger generation and those who rely on internet to meet, communicate, and/or woo (now there is an old dating word) the love of his/her life, that things can be different. I want to tell all, don’t click the mouse, please. Don’t just disappear. Have the moxy to face the person and talk about the reason it does not work for you. Give the other person the respect of caring enough to communicate. You will respect yourself for taking the time and effort to allow the other person closure.
And this Gramma lives happily ever after… I know, this is not a definitive end of story. What is more important than my end of the story is your end of story. Be careful. It can be wicked out there!
©Copyright 2010 by Yvonne Sinclair M.A., MFCC. All Rights Reserved. All material is owned and protected. Reproduction without the express written consent of the author is forbidden.

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.

 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
  • 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:  The Girl Behind The Door: A Father's Journey Into The Mystery Of Attachment

Author : John Brooks.
Published: February 6, 2014
Copyright: John Brooks, I Heart Casey Books, Fairfax, CA
Reviewer:  Heather Cassandra Blessing, MFT Intern

  This book is well written and gives a personal view of a Marin County, CA father who is trying to understand what led his 17-year-old daughter to take her life.  In most respects, Casey was a perfectly normal girl - beautiful, smart and popular, accepted at an elite college.  But she also had troubling behaviors that no one understood, including mental health professionals.  There were so many things I connected to both as a mother and a therapist.  It gives a good feeling of what those who have lost a child to suicide go through and also for children who have had issues from adoption or trauma or abandonment, observations as to what may have made a difference.


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 grammer and size click below: (

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:

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


Advertising and Announcements


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SHARPER FUTURE, a California forensic mental health agency with multiple locations, is seeking clinicians to fill a number of openings in a new Sacramento clinic.
Considerable experience in providing assessment and treatment services to sex offenders is highly valued in applicants but is not essential.  Experience that involves other types of forensic work, treatment of anger management issues, DV or substance dependent individuals or similar programming will be considered.
Clinicians who choose to engage in this work find it both challenging and highly rewarding, since the goal is to change lives in order to prevent future sexual victimization.  Services are provided within clearly structured agency protocols.
To learn more and to apply, visit and follow the instructions under “Job Opportunities.”


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


Sage Anxiety Treatment Program invites you to attend:
Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Treatment Group

If you or someone you know struggles with hair pulling, skin picking, skin/nail biting, knuckle cracking, tooth grinding, etc., (also known as Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors or BFRB’s), Sage Anxiety Treatment Program offers a treatment group that will help you learn to not only stop performing the BFRB’s but also to end the emotional struggle with the urges.

The group will utilize evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as habit reversal training techniques.

This group will also provide a supportive environment where you will be able to connect with others who struggle with similar issues.

For more information please contact Courtney Harrison, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTI # 67782). Please contact Courtney at 916.207-9105 or                        

Courtney is supervised by Robin Kirk, LMFT #37167.


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