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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 -  Strategies to Market Your Practice: Focus on Networking By
Wickner, Ph.D.,MFT

Letter from the Board

May 1, 2016

Dear SVC-CAMFT Member,

I am sure you have noticed our new logo on this newsletter to commemorate Sacramento Valley Chapter's forty fifth anniversary. Karen Ulep graciously designed the logo.  It will be on the website and any other communication the remainder of this year.

The Board is looking into designing a special event this November to celebrate the anniversary.  More information will be released in the coming months. 

The Board address our old Mission Statement.  In the end, the Mission Statement's general feel and focus is essentially the same, but with updated current vernacular.  All voting SVC members will receive a ballot to vote on the Mission Statement. 

Today Registration Opened for The Law and Ethics course this July 29 and 30th will be facilitated by Darlene Davis.  She will be offering the very latest information over two days.  An individual can take Friday or both Friday and Saturday.  Friday only meets the 6 CE Law and Ethics requirements that LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs need to renew.  The 2 day 12 hour option meets the BBS law and ethics course requirement for interns to renew if they did not pass the Law and Ethics exam. Click here for more information.           

Patricia Saint James 



  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

·  Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Meeting
· Upcoming Board Meetings

· 45 years of SVC-CAMFT
· 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 http://www.darlenedavismft.com/Services-for-Interns---Trainees.html


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


  April Presentation Summary

An Introduction to John Gottman's Bringing BabyHome (2 CEs)

Presenter: Carolyn Rich-Curtis, PhD

Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis delighted us with a wonderful presentation on John Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home, which is a program for couples experiencing the transition into parenthood. Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis explained that creating healthy families is actually the foundation of a healthy community. Yet, so many couples and families struggle with intimate interpersonal communication. The Bringing Baby Home presentation focuses first and foremost on the relationship between the parents.

Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis explained that to have a successful relationship, it is most important to have a good friendship. The couple needs to have a way of dealing effectively with conflict. She stated that one way to build a successful relationship is to do the small things often. Little things like a good morning kiss, small talk, positive rituals, and talk about how was the other person’s day, are all ways of creating a successful relationship.

Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis expressed the extensive research done by John Gottman and that the Bringing Baby Home program is a challenge to elaborate in a two hour presentation. She made sure that we understood the top ten key points. They are as follows:

1.    Make love maps of your partner’s world and update them often.
2.    Develop a fondness and admiration system.
3.    Develop a positive perspective in your relationship.
4.    Turn towards your partner and child.
5.    Schedule romantic dates and plan intimacy.
6.    Talk about your dreams and aspirations.
7.    Accept influence.
8.    When a discussion becomes negative, repair the interaction.
9.    Strengthen your friendship. Get back in touch with one another.
10. Work on the way you handle conflict in the relationship.

As Marriage and Family Therapists and students and interns on the way to becoming therapists, Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis’ presentation hit home for us all, since our main focus is on improving, enhancing and enriching the relationships of couples and families. We are very grateful that Dr. Curtis spent the time to speak with us about this exciting and important program.

If you were unable to attend Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis’ presentation,she is offering the Bringing Baby Home Facilitator Training on May 19thand 20th in Sacramento. For more information contact carolynrichcurtis@gmail.com or 916-995-6846.

Summary by Nancy Georges
MA Student Counseling Psychology


May Meeting Information

FREE 3000 Club Pre-License Training

Date:  Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  The Business Aspects of Therapy

Presenter:  Florence Soares-Dabalos, 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
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation - Innovative Treatment for Depression
TMS Health Solutions
Friday, May 20, 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 in learning about this treatment for treatment-resistant depression.

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 via email to participants at completion of the course

Workshop Information:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive, office-based procedure which was cleared by the FDA in 2008 and has been shown to be safe and effective for patients who fail to respond to antidepressant medications. Mental healthcare providers need to understand the concept of treatment-resistant depression, recognize its importance, know how to identify patients with treatment resistant illness, be aware of transcranial magnetic stimulation as an alternate treatment modality, and know when to refer patients for this treatment.

Learning Objectives:

•Understand the concept and significance of treatment resistant depression.
•Effectively identify patients with treatment resistant depression.
•Understand the role of TMS in treatment resistant depression.
•Understand the mechanism of action of TMS.
•Understand the safety and efficacy of TMS.
•Know how to identify and refer appropriate patients for TMS.

Presenter Bio:
Karl Lanocha, M.D. is a neuropsychiatrist who specializes in treatment resistant depression and has over 25 years of experience in neuromodulation and brain stimulation therapy.

For 20 years he was Medical Director for Psychiatric Services at Concord Hospital in Concord, NH. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Sleep Medicine and has been named by New Hampshire Magazine as one of New Hampshire’s “Top Docs” for four years.

Dr. Lanocha trained in TMS at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at BethIsrael Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Richard Bermudes, M.D. is. board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He completed a fellowship in cognitive therapy and cognitive therapy supervision at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He completed specialized training in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in February 2010. He was the first provider of TMS therapy for depression in the Sacramento region.

Dr. Bermudes is a member of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and The American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Bermudes’ clinical interests include adult and adolescent mood and anxiety conditions, cognitive behavioral therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and education. He directs cognitive behavioral therapy training for the Sacramento County Adult Mental Health Services Division and Sutter Center for Psychiatry.

Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay with cash/check at the door: info@svccamft.org

Early registration ends Tuesday, May 17th

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: 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

2016 Upcoming Meeting Information

 Topic Speaker Location         
 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 23

 "The Daring Way" as it relates to eating disorders
 Jennifer Lombardi
Rancho Cordova City Hall (map)
 October 28

 "Wisdom Path Parenting" Kate Messina, PhD, LCSWRancho Cordova City Hall (map)
November TBA


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.

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm - Register Here

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm - Register Here

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm - Register Here


45 Years of SVC-CAMFT!

An Interview with a Founder
by Heather Blessing

     As the Administrative Assistant, I have been working on digitizing old documents and recently saw our original date we became a chapter (October 30, 1970).  This means we are now in our 45th year.  One of the cool things I found in an old binder was a ledger from 1970 and listed a few people that loaned SVC-CAMFT money to get started.  I looked them up and found one of the founders, Bernard Kitt.  I sent him an email and he was willing to meet with me at his house. 

     Now if you know me, you know I love history and the story behind everything and as I am really passionate about SVC-CAMFT this was a dream come true!  Soon I would realize, this interview would be a true expression of how dreams come true.

     I arrived at the address Mr. Kitt had given me.  I had to double check the address twice as I pulled up in front of a "house" of beautiful columns and stain glass windows.  I rang the doorbell and was welcomed into Mr. Kitt's home.  He showed me he used to have his office upstairs and the entry way was the waiting room.  Awestruck was an understatement.  I knew I was there to interview him about the founding of SVC-CAMFT but I was so overwhelmed by his beautiful home, I had to ask a lot of questions about everything I saw.  I would soon realize that Mr. Kitt embodied Walt Disney's quote "Dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them".  He bought the lot and progressively build the house of his dreams.

    After a thorough tour of the house and his patience answering my many questions about his beautiful home, we settled down in his living room to discuss the founding of SVC-CAMFT.  At the time Bernard Kitt became licensed as an MFCC (now MFT), in 1966, most therapists were Pastoral Counselors, meaning that most did therapy based on religious values.  (Fun Fact: 1964 was the first year you could get MFCC licenses.).  Despite that most therapists doing marriage counseling either were in the court system and receiving a salary (back then to get a divorce you needed to go through couples counseling for free), or through churches where they paid only $5 or so a visit, Mr. Kitt decided to open up a private practice and charge $25 a session.  As most likely the only or one of the only non-religious based therapists in the Sacramento area at the time, his practice started thriving.  At one point even having a 1 hour weekly call in show on a local tv station.

     Mr. Kitt felt it would be helpful if therapists started getting together to meet, so he initiated meetings at his home.  Eventually they decided that it would be a good idea to create a chapter of CAMFT (back then called CAMFC).  In 1970 in order to help and support each other, Bernard Kitt and several of his colleagues founded SVC-CAMFT.  In 1974 he became the President of SVC-CAMFT.  Despite his current casual yet professional appearance at our interview, he tells me he used to dress "like a hippie" on the weekends back then.  He described going to a CAMFT meeting in the Bay Area in his sandals, hand made shirt with necklaces of beads one weekend to give a report for a colleague.  He realized that the report was rather dry and so he stopped reading it and summarized it.  Someone at the meeting nominated him to become an officer and he left the CAMFT meeting being as an elected CAMFT official.   In 1976 he became Vice-President of the state CAMFT and then in 1977, became President-Elect, 1978 President and 1979 Past President of state CAMFT. 

     Bernard Kitt is still very passionate about MFTs and believes if clinicians continue to work together to support each other and advocate for our clients, we can continue to make this profession successful. 

    We are working on planning an event to celebrate 45 years, please keep your eyes open for more announcements on our celebration.  Also if you have any information on SVC-CAMFT history, past presidents, especially 2002 and before, send me an email at info@svccamft.org.


Special Feature


Strategies to Market Your Practice: Focus on Networking

By Fran Wickner, Ph.D.,MFT

When therapists attend one of my workshops or call me for an individual private practice building consultation, I often hear comments like:

“I don’t see clients in the morning”.

“I never see insurance clients in my evening slots”.

“I only work with private pay clients”.


In the past, I would help therapists get a full practice based on their “rules”, such as the examples above.  But due to changing economics, all rules are off.  The meltdown of our economy has impacted our profession.  And, unfortunately, the rules of how you want to run your practice right now have to change, or you won’t be able to keep a full practice.


I am not suggesting that you need to change your practice rules forever, however now is the time to have a paradigm shift to look at new possibilities.  The economy will improve. But for now, changes in how you view and run your practice must be different.


There are many ways to promote your practice without spending a lot of money. In my practice building work (individual consultations and in the on-line packets you can download) I tend to emphasize practice building ideas that are free or low-cost. And one of the most effective and economical strategies to build and expand your practice is to focus on networking.


Here are some ways to network and get new clients.


1. Go to clinical workshops and network with other therapists. I've found that bygoing to smaller trainings (like the ones offered by local CAMFT chapters) there are more opportunities to connect with therapists than going to the large convention-like workshops. You might even run into an old colleague or someone you went to graduate school with. Arrive at the training early and talk to the other participants. Stay afterwards and have informal discussions about the presentation, trade business cards and/or make a coffee date.  When you get home check out the websites of the colleagues you met.


2. Join professional associations. Go to the meetings and better still, get on the board, it will get your name out. Most professional associations have networking lunches.  As with the workshops, arrive early and stay afterwards.


3. Always carry business cards. You never know who might be a good referral source.  It could be the other carpool mom or the friend you run into at the grocery store or the person inline for the baseball game. I've found that many people are really interested in our work and happy to take a business card. Having business cards are useless unless you actually use them.


4. Do"coffee" once a week. Invite another therapist, health practitioner, teacher or business person with whom you might be able to cross refer.


5. Follow-up. Follow-up is as important as the initial contact so make sure it is an integral part of your marketing plan. 


I know that many of us find the prospect of networking to be intimidating but if you network and market in away that fits your values and personality you will get results.  Having a steady stream of referrals will motivate you to keep working on the business side of your practice.

Fran Wickner, Ph.D., MFT has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since

1983. In addition to seeing clients in her Albany, CA office, Dr. Wickner is a practice building consultant (in-person or by phone) and offers individual consultations and workshops regularly scheduled as well as availability to speak to your consult group or professional association on all aspects of building and expanding your private practice.

You can also download practice building packets at http://franwickner.com/?page_id=67  or download the COMPLETE FEE-FOR-SERVICE PRACTICE BUILDING PACKET here: http://franwickner.com/?page_id=594

and the COMPLETE MANAGED CARE PACKET at thislink: http://franwickner.com/?page_id=540.


For more information: www.franwickner.com , franwickner@hotmail.com , 510-527-4011.





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
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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: Help for Billy
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
Published: 2012, Beyond Consequences Institute, Boulder, CO
Heather Blessing, LMFT

This is an easy to read book that lays things out in an easy to follow format.  The first section helps you understand how many of the issues that special needs children come about and affect the child.  Section 2 walks the reader through what the traditional view of classrooms is and how a new approach may help a special needs child.  The end of Section 2 is the part that I use a lot, IEPs and 504 Plans.  This is a great book that can help parents and therapists of special needs children.


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).

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Advertising and Announcements


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