We want to thank our amazing volunteers for the month of September:
Letter from the Board
October 1, 2017
Hello SVC-CAMFT Members,
Can you believe it is already October? We certainly can't. Though, reflecting upon the year's accomplishments, it has been a good year for SVC-CAMFT. We've continued to grow and secure the health of the chapter with high membership numbers and both programming and financial practices that have resulted in a $9k surplus thus far. With events like this Friday's and November's event we are bound to continue to grow. As a result of the growth we are able to offer great amenities for the November workshop at a reduced price. Of course, to continue our growth we need a assistance.
For those interested in the October 4th, 2 CE workshop:
Presenter: Barbara Griswald, LMFT
Title: What Should Be in Your Client Charts — And Probably Isn’t: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans
Fewer than 10 registration slots available
Register for this 2 CE workshop by Tuesday, October 3rd to get the Early Bird Discount - here
And, for November 3rd's 6 CE workshop
Presenter: Robert Weiss, LCSW
Title: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment
We are proud to offer these events as part of our 2017 line up. Special thanks to Nate Hooper, LMFT and Susan Martin for their commitment and imagination--they made the workshops possible.
As we near the end of the year we have begun preparation for next year. President-Elect Talal Alsaleem, LMFT has convened the Nomination Committee. And, under my instruction, has begun meeting with Committee Chairs and Executive Committee members to discuss plans and expectations for next year. We are in need of Program Co-Chairs, two to be exact. The good news, much of the work for 2018 has already begun and will be completed in the next two months, so if you have an hour or two each month to wrap up 2018 and kick off 2019, then please consider contacting Talal.
We are also looking for a President-Elect for next year. If you have a few hours each month to broaden your experience and work with a fun bunch of folks, then please consider the opportunity. It is a rewarding and exciting experience, and Talal is a pleasure to work with--I look forward to his tenure as President, and hope you will consider working with him.
I also thank our Board of Directors for their work this year.
Past-President: Patricia St. James, LMFT
Secretary: Adriana Joyner, LMFT
Treasurer: William "Billy" Schult, MA
Membership Chair: Jessica Wolfe, LMFT
3000 Club Chair: Suzy Lee, LMFT
Volunteer Chair: Angie Moxey, LMFT
And, of course, James Curry, LMFT who is our bookkeeper and Heather Blessing, LMFT who is our Administrative Assistant, IT person, and superhero.
Each month I am excited to start another because of this team. Perhaps you will consider joining it.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS President: David Clark, MFT Intern
President-Elect: Talal Alsaleem, LMFT
Past President: Patricia Saint James, LMFT
Secretary: Adriana Joyner, LMFT
Treasurer: Billy Schult, MFT Intern Program Co-Chairs: Nate Hooper, LMFT Susan Martin, MFT Trainee
3000 Club Chair: Suzy Lee, LMFT
Volunteer Chair: Angie Moxey, LMFT
Membership Chair: Jessica Wolff, LMFT
Sponsorship Chair: Vacant
Welcome 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.
Psychodrama tools for Working in Action was presented and performed experientially by Kathy Campbell, LMFT of Growth in Action for Sacramento CAMFT Chapter’s meeting on September 1, 2017. The presentation was hands on and an interactive exercise, which is always interesting in a room full of therapists! The presentation of psychodrama skills however allowed for audience direction and choice in specific tools reenactment. It was fun, lively, and if you weren’t in the mood, still very much a part of the subtle yet greater enactment of a story called the “Psychodrama Tools for Working in Action” presentation! So, if you were not there, take a moment and imagine what unfolds with these brief directions that were given during this presentation.
“Take a pause and just feel, feel what it’s like to be seen and witnessed. Enter into another’s psyche and notice the subtle nuance of surplus reality, and then, let it go- if you have there in that role, be sure to de-role. You know more than you think you know. When you play and reenact, or create another version of yourself in a safe, supportive space, dancing with the shadow roles, the brain doesn’t care that you are pretending, it builds a new neuropathway in response. That is when we can begin to imagine and act out a new story”
An individual, a family, a community, a world suffering or longing for a new way to seeing things can in a simple, dynamic way, play out a new version of a story, and begin to heal.
Nina Thi Strom, LMFT
OCTOBER 3000 CLUB
Topic: **Free** Pre-Licensed 3000 Club Meeting - Partner Relational Betrayal Trauma Presenter: Leslie Haws, LMFT, CSAT, Clinical Director of LifeStar Date: Friday, October 6. 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
Leslie Haws, LMFT, CSAT, Clinical Director of LifeStar Sacramento will be discussing the treatment of Partner Relational Betrayal Trauma particularly as the issues relates to infidelity and secret compulsive sexual behaviors.
Leslie Haws earned a B.A. degree in Sociology and Political Science in 1986, and completed a Master’s in Education with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Francisco in 1996. She has been a mental health advocate, volunteer and worked in the mental health profession for over 25years.
Leslie has passionately pursued on-going training and advanced therapeutic treatment models for working with trauma and addiction. Since 1998 she has been helping individuals and couples heal and recovery from compulsive sexual behaviors and partner relational betrayal trauma. In 2005, she co-founded LifeStar Sacramento (an outpatient treatment program) after receiving her certification in sexual addiction and trauma (CSAT) from Patrick Carnes International Association of Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP). Currently she is Clinical Director of LifeStar Sacramento for the treatment of compulsive sexual behaviors and partner relational betrayal trauma. Her therapeutic training background is transpersonal, holistic and integrative with Jungian and Depth Psychology as a foundation. She has had a particular passion for the past 20+ years in understanding attachment and trauma and has specialized training in multiple trauma modalities (EMDR, ACT, CRM and body oriented therapies). She has also trained extensively in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Sand Play Therapy and is a specialty trained grief therapist by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and worked in the Hospice field for over 5 years. Leslie is a member of SASH-The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health; IITAP-The International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals; and CAMFT.
** Please be courteous and send us an email at email@example.com if you are unable to attend after you have registered. **
Topic: What Should Be in Your Client Charts — And Probably Isn’t: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans Presenter: Barbara Griswold, LMFT Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Doors Open at 9:00AM Networking starts at 9:00 AM
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by citing specific insurance plan expectations, state law, enforcement statistics, CAMFT code of Ethics; all references are cited. Attendees will learn how to write notes that will assist in treatment, as well
as to meet the expectations of state law, professional ethics,
licensing boards, and insurance plans, as well-written records can be a
therapist's best defense when a complaint is filed or treatment is
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 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.
While therapists may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan reviewing a
client's chart, records requests are happening more frequently, even to
therapists who aren't affiliated with a health plan. Without proper
documentation of medical necessity for treatment, goals, and
interventions, insurance may not cover necessary treatment. Attendees
will learn how to write notes that will assist in treatment, as well as
to meet the expectations of state law, professional ethics, licensing
boards, and insurance plans, as well-written records can be a
therapist's best defense when a complaint is filed or treatment is
* Identify how keeping superficial, vague, or out of date progress notes can hurt therapists and clients
* Identify common insurance plan documentation requirements
* Identify the elements of good progress notes, and be able to use the SOAP and DAP note templates
Presenter Bio: Barbara Griswold, LMFT, is the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist's Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should, Sixth
Edition (www.theinsurancemaze.com). In private practice in San Jose, she is a past member of the
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists' State Ethics Committee and former Oral Examiner for the California Board of
Behavioral Sciences. She has been interviewed on NPR's "Morning
Edition," and invites therapists to contact her with insurance
questions, and subscribe to her free insurance e-newsletter.
2017 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $202017 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15 Non-Member: $30
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2017 please email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
To request accommodations for a disability for any of our events contact our Administrative Assistant at email@example.com
NOVEMBER SNEAK PEEK
Topic:**Free** Pre-Licensed 3000 Club Workshop - Business Aspects of Therapy Presenter: Florence Soares-Dabalos Date: Friday, November 3. 2017 Time: 8:30am to 9:30am Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map) Space is limited so please register here
Please Note the workshop on Sex Addiction with Robert Weiss starts at 9:30am
so you can go to both. To register for that workshop click 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.
Topic: Sex Addiction in the Digital Age: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Presenter: 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
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.
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
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
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Psychodrama from the Inside Out
By Kathy Campbell, LMFT
It was a case of famous last words. I had just described my mood as “a calm lake on a clear, sunny day.” Sitting in the main room of the old Victorian with familiar smells of coffee, wood, and the mildew that never quite surrenders in upstate New York, I am surrounded by my psychodrama training cohort. The invitation to check-in by describing my mood as a landscape and weather pattern seemed simple enough, and my description of the calm lake seemed genuine in the moment. Then my psychodrama trainer, Rebecca, pulled out an empty chair and placed it in the front of the room, stating “This is someone to whom you have something you need to say. Who is it, and what do you need to say to them?”
As others spoke in turn, I stood at the end of the line, with no idea what I was going to say, only knowing as I got closer towards the front that there was something roiling beneath the calm surface. It wasn’t until I stood in front of the chair and burst into tears that I knew who it was:
“It’s my mother.”
My beautiful, sunny mother, who over the past year seemed to have her body invaded by an alien as she sank into a psychotic depression, followed by symptoms of dementia. I was losing the mother I had known all my life, and my family was confronted by an angry, frightened stranger to whom we could no longer connect through logic and reality. My grief had settled below the surface, out of awareness and inaccessible until that moment.
I was the protagonist that day: the person whose individual work would serve as a conduit of healing for the group, my individual story tapping into the universal story of grief, loss, and aging. In the ritual of psychodrama, I walked around the designated stage area with Rebecca, and we talked about what I wanted to have happen in the ensuing work: to make some level of peace with my mother’s illness. I brought the group into my inner psyche by first setting up the scene where the action would take place (my parents’ home), and choosing members of the group to play important roles in a scene that captured my dilemma.
Over the next hour, I was given the gift of being able to do what I so desperately needed to do: be witnessed and supported as I played out what it had been like on my last visit with my mom, trying to convince her that there really wasn't mold or mouse droppings in the food and it was safe to eat. Trying to engage her in old familiar things like making cookies, only to rush into the bathroom and turn on the water so that she wouldn’t hear me sobbing over how lost and confused she was doing something she once taught me to do with cheerful confidence. My dear friend, Susan, played my mother to a T, looking lost and confused, but with moments of her own warmth and love bursting through. My other friend, Paul, stood in as a support person, feeding back to me the lines I had given him: “You are strong enough to handle this. Sometimes you just have to bend with the wind.” Later in the scene, Susan stood back behind the chair she had occupied as my mother, and I spoke with her as the spirit and essence of mom, the core of her that I knew was still buried somewhere inside the “alien mom.” At the end of the scene, Susan intuitively picked up what I needed to do to complete the scene: she slowly backed out of the room, waving goodbye and calling in a fading voice, “Goodbye. I love you.” Without my telling her, she knew exactly what the essence of my mom would say and do, giving me the chance to say what I could not say to the real current version of my mom.
Goodbye. I love you.
After the scene was over, the group gathered in a circle for the closing part of the work. With me sitting close to Rebecca, one by one, group members shared what the drama had meant for them. For Susan and Paul, that included not only their own experience with grief and loss, but also feelings and information they tapped into in the roles they played in the scene. I let their words and support wash over me and envelope me like a warm blanket. I feel it’s ripples, even to this day.
I cannot fully explain why standing in front of an empty chair connected me with such powerful immediacy to my buried grief; nor can I put words to the tremendous gift and profound healing I experienced through speaking with my mother and her spirit through Susan in the scene, witnessed and supported by the group. I can only say that, time and again, I connect with feelings and knowledge in action that I cannot connect to when I’m sitting in a chair trying to find feelings and sensory information through words alone. Bessel van der Kolk often says “the body remembers what the mind forgets.” Our three-dimensional memory is locked into our bodies; so is much of our wisdom. I have found that most of us know more than we think we know. Both the fullness of the problems and the rich possibilities of the solutions lie in our bodies, in our creative minds, and in our spontaneity.
Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, believed that helping people access their own spontaneity is the key to healing and empowerment. He described spontaneity as “an adequate response to a new situation, or a new and adequate response to an old situation.” I love the word “adequate:” not perfect or brilliant; it doesn’t even necessarily have to be good. Good enough will do just fine. Since feeling safe and feeling warmed up to one’s own creativity are prerequisites for spontaneity, he and psychodramatists since have emphasized creating action structures that warm people up to their own creativity before moving into action, and strategies that keep the action within the optimal window of challenge for real change to take place. A phrase I often used to describe psychodrama: it is both playful and profound.
I am passionate about this work. Through my cross training in EMDR, sand tray, and hypnotherapy, I can see similar thought processes at work. All involve moving into the liminal space, what Jacob Moreno refers to as the “surplus reality.” This space lies somewhere between concrete reality and the imaginary realm, where there is both grounding and freedom, allowing us to see things from a new perspective, gain new wisdom, and make profound and lasting changes.
Kathy Campbell will be offering a number of psychodrama groups starting this fall, including groups for trainees, interns, and therapists, as well as groups for clients and the general public. For more information or to receive updates on upcoming groups, please contact Kathy Campbell at (916) 550-5065, via email email@example.com, or visit www.kcampbelltherapy.com.
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.
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