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November 2017
 Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 
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 Newsletter Highlights & Important Information

   Don't forget to check out - Listings of paid internships in the Sacramento Area

All of our workshops are at Rancho Cordova City Hall - Click Here for Directions   
Special Feature -
Therapy in the Age of Trump by William Doherty

We want to thank our amazing volunteers for the month of September: 
Carolyn Nelson
Eva Tak

Letter from the Board

November 1, 2017

Hello Members, 

Happy Fall!

SVC-CAMFT has made great strides for next year’s preparation.  Our strategic plan as well as budget are rounding out now and we expect them to be approved at our next board meeting this month.  We have had great workshops this year, and next year’s planning is well underway.  In addition to a great lineup of workshops, we are also adding a job fair that will be co-hosted with El Dorado Hills-CAMFT.  The Nomination Committee has been working hard to construct a slate of officer candidates for next year.  We need help with find a President-Elect.  We know the candidate is out there, somewhere...maybe it’s you?

With respect to workshops, our October workshop What Should Be in Your Client Charts — And Probably Isn’t:  Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans with Barbara Griswold was a great success.  We truly appreciate workshops such as hers as it helps us fund lesser attended yet critical events for you, our members.

Because our all-day workshop with Jon Daily (who we all miss) last February was well attended we are fortunate enough to offer amenities we have traditionally not been afforded and a reduced registration.  So, join us for breakfast and lunch on Friday when we host Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S who will present on Sex Addiction in the Digital Age: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment.

If there’s a good reason to consider being President-Elect next year, this is definitely one of them:  Next year’s planning is well underway.  The opportunity to work with Talal and the Board is another.  That said, a calendar of the dates with workshop themes or titles is at the end of the events section of this email for your convenience.  Be sure to “save the date” for workshops with you in mind, and ask us about the benefits of serving on a committee or as President-Elect.  We’d be happy to hear from you.

See you Friday!

David Clark
President, SVC-CAMFT

  This issue:
· Legal Beagle
· 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 Intern

3000 Club Chair:
Suzy Lee, LMFT

Volunteer Chair:
Angie Moxey, LMFT

Membership Chair:

Jessica Wolff, LMFT

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:


2018 Board Election

2018 Election

We are still looking for a President Elect if you are interested please email

Treasurer Candidate - Pate DuBois

Pate DuBois is a registered Marriage & Family Therapist Intern (MFTI) in Sacramento, CA with Wellspace Health.  With a passion for people and culture he moved from PA to CA in 2011, graduating with his masters degree from Sacramento State in 2015.  His greatest passion in life is helping people expand, grow, and evolve as healthy individuals.  Pate’s expertise is found in helping facilitate the complex internal process and empowering people to arrive at a place of integration.  In his free time Pate enjoys watching movies, and enjoying the great diversity of tasty food in California, though nothing spicy in the slightest.  Hopeful and expectant for the greater Sacramento area, Pate works hard to see lives changed.

Hearing of the opportunity to volunteer for SVC-CAMFT, Pate was moved to contribute towards the values and legacy of this organization.  The responsibilities and expectations are a goodness of fit for Pate.  He is excited and looks forward to working with this new team.


Secretary Candidate - Adriana Joyner

I'm excited to be running for my second term as Secretary of the Board for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT. As a Licensed MFT providing psychotherapy in the Sacramento area for 15 years, I value the high standards of our profession. In my career I have experience in various roles, from providing direct client care in community settings to overseeing an outpatient mental health program as the clinical and administrative director. Currently I run a full time private practice seeing adolescents and adults. My current focus is for advocacy and mental health needs for all within the LGBTQIA+ community. I look forward to another year working with the Board to serve the therapist community of Sacramento Valley.

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.


There are many changes happening within our profession. I want to highlight some that have already changed and some on the horizon you might want to get involved with before they change.

New English as a Second Language Testing Accommodation

Effective October 1, 2017, applicants for whom English is his or her second language may qualify for a testing accommodation if he or she can document one of the following:

1.    A TOEFL-iBT score of 85 or below, taken within the previous two years; OR

2.    Documentation from the qualifying master’s degree program that the program had granted the applicant additional examination time or other allowance due to speaking English as a second language while enrolled in the program.  Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to, a letter from the chair of the master’s program, or from the chief academic officer; OR

3.    Documentation that the qualifying master’s degree was obtained from an educational institution outside of the United States, and at least 50 percent of the coursework was presented in a language other than English.  Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to, a letter from the chair of the master’s program, or from the chief academic officer.

If the accommodation is granted, the applicant will receive time-and-a-half on a board administered exam.  Accommodation on a national exam is subject to availability from the exam-administering entity. 

For more information check the Board of Behavioral Sciences website.

A Reminder about Continuing Education

The Board is still experiencing a high failure rate on continuing education audits.  From January through June 2017, the failure rate was approximately 27%.  The most common reasons for failing a CE audit are as follows:

•    Failure to complete the required coursework within the renewal period
•    First time renewals did not complete the one-time HIV/AIDS CE course (LPCCs)
•    Completing continuing education courses from unapproved providers.

Prior to taking a course, please remember to double-check whether that course is being offered by a provider that the Board will accept. Since the changes in who approves CEU providers there has been confusion determining if your CEU’s count. It is important to make sure yours qualify. Some CEU providers had to reapply as providers.

Practicum Coordinators Survey

The Board is in the process of conducting a survey of school practicum/fieldwork coordinators.  Ideally, the Board would like one coordinator from each program to complete the survey. The purpose is to gather information that will help inform the BBS when discussing issues and considering possible law changes. The survey is anonymous and voluntary.  Practicum coordinators should have received an email from the Board about participation in this survey, however, if no one in your program received such an email and you would like to participate, please contact Christy Berger at or 916-574-7817.

New Board “Pathway to Mobility” Committee

At its August meeting, the Board formed a new “Pathway to Mobility” Committee to examine how the Board can amend its licensing laws to improve licensure portability.  The first meeting date of this committee will be November 3, 2017 in Southern California.  The location will be announced in the coming weeks.   This committee’s meetings will be webcast. 
This is something we all might want to get involved or at least monitor. It would be wonderful if portability across the United States was streamlined! This is especially true for Telehealth.

The last Policy and Advocacy Committee meeting met on October 20th to discuss possibly removing the 90 day rule that applies to MFT Interns and PCC Interns.

Discussion of the 90-Day Rule

Current Issue
While reviewing AB 93, the Board’s supervision bill, the Legislature raised a public protection concern about the 90-day rule. There is a concern that the 90-day rule allows unregistered individuals to provide mental health services without a fingerprint clearance.

Under the current 90-day rule, a marriage and family therapist intern or professional clinical counselor may count supervised experience hours gained in between his or her degree award date and the date the Board issues the intern registration, if he or she applies for registration within 90 days of the date the qualifying degree was granted

There is no 90-day rule for associate social worker (ASW) registration. They may not gain supervised experience hours until registered as an ASW. However, AB 456 (Thurmond), proposed this year but now a 2-year bill, would have granted the 90-day rule to ASW applicants. When discussing AB 456 at its May 2017 meeting, the Board noted it had some concerns about the 90-day rule, but supported the concept of parity for applicants across its license types.

The 90-day rule has been included in LMFT licensing law for many years. Research by Board staff indicates that this law has been in effect since at least 1984. When the LPCC licensure act was created, it was modeled after LMFT law and included the 90-day rule.
Historically, the purpose of the rule has been to assist recent graduates in obtaining some of their supervised experience hours during the time they are waiting for their registration number.
The board has had some difficulty processing registration requests to under 30 days because of many factors including budget constraints, high seasonal applications and fingerprinting processing times (fingerprints are now done electronically in 3-7 days).

The board discussed some of the below solutions although they are leaning toward eliminating the 90-day rule. (#1 below) This has many concerns for applicants and for agencies. I am hoping you all become informed and state your concerns if any.

Possible Solutions
1. Eliminate the 90-day Rule Entirely: With this option, a phase-out date would be needed in current law, so that those planning to count hours already gained while the 90-day rule was in the law would not be adversely affected. (Hours are good for six years.)
2. Allow the Counting of Non-Clinical Hours Only: With this option, only non-clinical hours would count under the 90-day rule. A phase-out date for clinical hours would be needed.
3. Allow the 90-Day Rule if Supervisor Certifies the Applicant was Fingerprinted: With this option, the 90-day rule would only apply if the employer certified that they had run a fingerprint background check on the applicant.
4. Narrow the Window that the 90-Day Rule Applies: Currently, if an applicant applies within the 90-day rule, he or she has up to a year to remediate any deficiencies and submit the final information before the application is abandoned. (Most applicants do not take this long to remediate.) During that time, hours count because the 90-day rule was followed. One suggestion is to only allow hours to be gained under the 90-day rule for a limited period, for example, 30 or 60 days. However, this solution likely does not address the Legislature’s concerns, because the individual is still counting hours while possibly not having a fingerprint clearance.
5. Register Trainees: Under this option, the Board would register and oversee all trainees while in their master’s degree program. In this situation, the Board would have disciplinary authority over trainees, and it would eliminate part of the waiting period between graduation and registration. (This was done in previous years and did not work well)

Title change for MFT Interns and PCC Interns:

Title change for  marriage and family therapist interns and clinical professional counselor interns:
Effective January 1, 2018, the titles for marriage and family therapist interns and professional clinical counselor interns will change, as follows:
• Marriage and family therapist registrants must use the title “Associate Marriage and Family Therapist” or “Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist.”
• Professional clinical counselor registrants must use the title “Associate Professional Clinical Counselor” or “Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor.”
 Advertising rules to follow. You will have until December 31, 2017 to change all advertising material.

This is a quarterly column.  You can always send questions to with any questions you want answered in this column.


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

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


  October Presentation Summary

What Should be in Your Charts – But Probably Isn’t: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans
(2 CEs)

Barbara Griswold, LMFT

Barbara Griswold, LMFT discussed core principles for documentation of clinical work through the assessment, treatment plan development processes, the implementation of goals through interventions, and through the note writing process.  She was apt in reminders about the need for inclusion of information that helps clarify the client’s need for treatment, the plans and goals set, as well as the need to protect the client, protect our work as a therapist and to ensure ongoing payment from insurance when diagnostic and clinical information and interventions are documented with the needed clinical statements.

Although those who have worked in settings requiring structured assessments, treatment plan development and documentation of work done in therapy, have incorporated these concepts into our assessments, treatment plans and documentation on an ongoing basis, Barbara brought increased clarity into each step in the documentation process that can help therapists comply with expectations of insurances as we treat clients.  For those who have had less opportunity to work within settings requiring rigid standards for chart’s paperwork, important principals for documentation were provided by Barbara.  With humor and great information, Barbara helped maintain the participants’ focus through what could be a dry set of topics.

Lani Stoner, LMFT


November Events


Topic: **Free** Pre-Licensed 3000 Club Meeting - Business Aspects of Therapy
Florence Soares-Dabalos, LMFT
Friday, November 3. 2017
Time: 8:30am to 9:30am
Location:  Rancho Cordova City Hall,
                2729 Prospect Park Drive,
                Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Free Coffee and Donuts
Space is limited so please register here

Workshop Information: 

Want to know how to start your own practice? Florence Soares-Dabalos, LMFT has been in private practice and currently supervises interns (mfti, pcci, asw) and can help you understand the business aspects of therapy and private practice.

Presenter Bio: 

Florence Soares-Dabalos is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist who has been in private practice since 2005.  Besides offering counseling services, Florence also offers contracted Clinical Supervision to non-profits and schools as well as providing staff trainings to local businesses and organizations.  Her business planning has been influenced by the work of Chip Conley, author of The Rebel Rules and Peak:  How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow.  She has served as a member of CAMFT's Legislative Committee and has lobbied in Washington DC to promote job opportunities for LMFTs in California.  In addition to her private practice, Florence is also Adjunct Faculty at Sac State, teaching the next generation of counselors.

** Please be courteous and send us an email at if you are unable to attend after you have registered. **


Topic:  Sex Addiction in the Digital Age: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S
Date:  Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30PM
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)

Doors Open at 8:30AM
Networking starts at 8:30 AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by providing insight into the process addictions, their treatment and the empathic insight required to view this problem for what it is—the adult expression of early complex trauma and attachment loss.

Includes: Continental Breakfast, Fajita Lunch Buffet, afternoon drinks and snacks and meets the qualifications for 6 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 after the completion of the course via email. 

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

Workshop Information:

This workshop is designed to offer realistic, useful insight into the assessment and treatment compulsive and addictive sexualacting out behavior, related infidelities and sexual acting out (both online and in-vivo).

8:30am Registration Starts
8:30am - 9:30am Networking & Announcements
9:30am - 11:00am - Workshop
11:00am - 11:10am - Break
11:10am - 12:30pm - workshop
12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch Fajita Buffet included
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Workshop
3:00pm - 3:10pm - Break
3:10pm - 4:30pm - workshop
4:30pm - workshop ends

Learning Objectives:
1.   Will be able to explain the etiology of sexually addictive behavior
2.   Will be able to provide basic referral resources and information, including: self-help groups, 12 step groups, online resources, and articles and books.
3.  Will be able to use criteria based method of evaluating compulsive/addictive sexual disorders

Presenter Bio:

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—in particular sex, porn, and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he has served as a subject expert for multiple media outlets including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, and CNN, among others.

He is the author of several highly regarded books, including “Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating,” “Sex Addiction 101,” “Sex Addiction 101: The Workbook,” and “Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men.” He is also the co-author, with Dr. Jennifer Schneider, of “Closer Together, Further Apart” and “Always Turned On: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age.” He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Psych Central, Counselor Magazine, I Love Recovery Café, and Mind Body Green.

Currently, he is Senior Vice President of National Clinical Development for Elements Behavioral Health, creating and overseeing addiction and mental health treatment programs for more than a dozen high-end treatment facilities, including Promises Treatment Centers in Malibu, The Ranch in rural Tennessee, and The Right Step in Texas. Rob was instrumental in bringing Dr. Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ curriculum into the Elements system. Previously, he developed intimacy disorder and sexual addiction treatment programming for both men and women at the Sexual Recovery Institute in Los Angeles and The Life Healing Center in New Mexico.

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

2017 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT : $60

2017 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $40

Non-Member: $80

For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2017 please email:

Refund Policy
Cancellations received more than 7 days prior to an event may be subject to an administrative fee to cover costs of the initial transaction.  No shows, failure to attend, and cancellations 7 or fewer days prior to an event for any reason are non-refundable, including registrations received fewer than 7 days prior to an event. No credit, refunds, or price adjustments will be given for typographical advertisement errors. A $25 fee in addition to the registration fee will be charged for insufficient funds, denied credit cards, or charge-backs. By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.

Grievance Policy
is located here.

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


2018 Upcoming Workshops
Fri, January 26, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, January 26, 2018 9:30 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, March 02, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, April 06, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, May 04, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, June 01, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, September 07, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Fri, October 05, 2018 8:30 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Monthly Workshop: Trauma Therapy and Undetected Brain Injury presented by Laura Strom, LMFT
Fri, November 02, 2018 9:00 AM Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

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.

Sat, November 11, 2017 10:00 AM 900 Fulton Ave. #195 Sacramento, CA 95825

Sat, January 13, 2018 10:00 AM TBD

Fri, March 02, 2018 12:30 PM Rancho Cordova City Hall

Sat, April 07, 2018 10:00 AM TBD

Fri, June 01, 2018 12:30 PM Rancho Cordova City Hall

Fri, September 07, 2018 12:30 PM Rancho Cordova City Hall

Fri, October 05, 2018 12:30 PM Rancho Cordova City Hall


Special Feature
(If you would like your article published in our newsletter please email

Therapy in the Age of Trump
by William Doherty

We have entered the age of Trump, and if we pay attention to what our clients and communities need from us, marriage and family therapy will never be the same.  We’re seeing families and friendships fracture along political lines.  Some of our clients, especially immigrants, are stressed out about their future, and some are reliving experiences of being bullied or feeling as if their core values of a just society are threatened.  Others clients are happy with the new Trump administration but feel alienated from friends on the other side.  (Facebook has become a war zone.)  And let’s face it, lots of therapists are stressed out too.  I know therapists who are excited that Trump ascended to the presidency, but they, too, are concerned with the polarization in the country and the tearing of the social fabric.

            What we’re seeing is the culmination of at least two decades of increasing divisiveness in our culture and politics, where those who differ are seen as dangerous enemies, not just misguided opponents. So how do we respond as therapists and citizens? For starters, we can acknowledge that the membrane between the personal world (the traditional domain of therapy) and the public/political world has ruptured all around us.

In truth, the personal--political membrane was always a fiction, as feminist and ethnic-minority therapists have long pointed out. Most of us, though, could do business as usual without inviting clients to share their reactions to what was going on in the public sphere. But now we need new tools like the ones my colleagues and I have been developing. Call them door openers. One is to inquire, at the outset of a session, whether clients are following what’s going on in the political world right now, and if so, how it’s affecting them. The result is that many clients open up about anxieties and relationship strains they hadn’t previously shared, probably because they thought the therapy room was supposed to be a politics-free zone---as we ourselves may have believed. Another is an open letter for the waiting room or a therapist’s website. Here’s an example of a letter I’ve put out into world:

“Dear Clients, We’re living in troubled times. I feel it, and most people I know feel it. I’m writing this note to let you know that I’m open to talking about something not always brought up in therapy: how what’s going on in the public and political world is affecting you and your relationships, and how you’re coping.

  • After a divisive presidential election, a lot of people are upset and feeling discouraged by the political infighting in this country.

  • There’s great uncertainty about what the upcoming years will look like. Some people are feeling alarmed, insecure, and threatened, while others feel hopeful that necessary change will happen. And those two kinds of people are often at odds with one another.

  • I see both liberal and conservative members of our community feeling as if their values are no longer acceptable in the public arena---and to some of their friends and family.

The list could go on. For now, consider yourself invited to bring your concerns about the public world into our conversations in therapy. No expectation or requirement that you do so, of course---just if you think it might be helpful.

I’m here to listen, support you, and help you figure out how to manage today’s stresses while living a life that’s in keeping with your personal and community values.”


 Once clients open up (and they do when invited), then we can help them cope with political stress just as we do any other kind of stress: through buffering methods like reducing exposure to the 24/7 news cycle, refusing to be baited by people who just want to goad them, and self-care efforts. The other kind of coping---active coping---is about helping clients enact their civic values in the world via action steps such as getting better informed through reputable sources, donating to causes they support, volunteering to help others, getting politically active, or (as one client decided) being kinder to society’s “others” in public. And when clients are having powerful, dysregulated emotional responses to the political situation, we can help them unpack how it connects to their personal journeys.

            Then there’s the world outside the therapist’s office. I see as healer with something important to offer our neighbors and communities. In my end, I’ve been doing depolarization workshops, including one on how to talk to friends and family who differ politically, and one on how to talk with children about what’s going on in the country.  I also facilitated a weekend dialogue in Ohio between a small group of Donald Trump supporters and a small group who voted for Hillary Clinton. The goal was to learn if people could better understand their differences (beyond stereotypes) to see if there were common values and to share, if possible, something hopeful with their community and the larger world. For me, it was like couples therapy with 21 people---intense, painful, illuminating, and ultimately gratifying.  At their spring reunion, the group decided to stick together and create a new kind of town hall meeting where people actually listen to one another.   And I and my colleagues with Better Angels project are about to do a new dialogue that will be turned into a documentary film, and we’re hoping to do a summer One America bus tour to spread depolarization efforts nationally.  (To learn more or to get involved, and


It’s time to start seeing  ourselves as citizen therapists, which means that we are open to talking with our clients about the public stress they are experiencing and we’re willing to be healers in our communities.  We know how to promote the kind of personal agency that’s necessary for a self-governing, democratic people---a people whose worlds are public as well as private.  MFTs are connectors, trust builders. We understand the complexity of human relationships. We know that embracing differences is difficult but life enhancing. If we expand our vision of our work, we can contribute to a flourishing democracy where people can be agents of their own lives and builders of the commonwealth.


William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project and the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. He’s founder of Citizen Therapists for Democracy and co-founder (with this daughter Elizabeth Thomas) of The Doherty Relationships Institute.  This essay was adapted from his keynote address at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in March 2017 and from a summary of that presentation for the Psychotherapy Networker magazine. 


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
  • If you do not get a response back within 2 days that it has been received please email back.
  • If there is a problem with the letter (language, misspellings, length or appropriateness) you will receive an email back with the reason for the rejection and a chance to fix the problem and send it back in. 


Psyched about Books and Movies

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

Title: The Death and Life of Marsha P. JohnsonImage may contain: 1 person, smiling
Director: David France
Release Date: 2017 - Netflix Original
Reviewer: Heather Blessing, LMFT

Review: This is a powerful biographical documentary
Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson while she fights the tide of violence against trans women.  Marsha was one prominent people of the of Stonewall uprising. 


Book/Movie Review Submission Policy

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

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


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

Mental Health Team Leader (RST)
- Sacramento, CA - Turning Point Community Programs

Behavioral Health Clinician – Navigation Center - Davis, CA - CommuniCare Health Centers

MFT Intern/PCC Intern- Clinical Therapist/Counselor Internship - Carmichael, CA - White House Counseling Center - SJUSD


For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed!

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Telephone: 916.641.7300


Seeking a dynamic and empathic licensed psychotherapist to see clients and supervise an intern. Must be licensed at least 2 years. We are a growing, innovative CBT Center offering evidence-based therapy to children, teens and adults. We specialize in cognitive behavior therapy and schema therapy for anxiety, OCD and related problems. Our therapists see a mix of short and long term cases. Training in CBT and Schema Therapy will be provided by our Center Director. 

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and answers to the questions below to


1) Describe your experience and training with cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and/or OCD.

2) Describe a case you have treated with CBT including the cognitive case conceptualization, treatment goals, treatment strategies, and how you evaluated progress.

3) What are your short and long term career goals?

4) Where do you currently work and what days and hours do you work at this job?

5) What days and hours are you available to work at our center?

6) What is your license number and how long have you been licensed?

Please be complete in your application in order to be considered.


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