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Summer Streams 2015
 Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT

Letter from the Board

August 25, 2015

Dear Member,

Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a great relaxing and rejuvenating break.

In July, we hosted our annual Law and ethics training, with CAMFT staff attorney David Jensen as our featured speaker. As always, he was well received.

Fall is gearing up to be a very busy and exciting time for us.

We will begin our breakfast meetings again on September 18. Our speaker will be Tonya Elliot-Walker, who will be addressing us on cultural diversity especially the Native American and Buddhist cultures.   In addition, we will have a full day training on Sept 11, with  Dr. John Preston which is now sold out!  John did a training for us in the spring which was outstanding, and we look forward to having him for a full day.

In October, we will have an LGBTQ panel. I invite you all to attend . Our program committee has been working very hard putting a panel together that can share with us on this very important topic.

We are co-sponsoring with AAMFT a couples conference which is a two day conference and covers about every topic you can think of on the subject of couples therapy.

It is also that time of year when we ask if anyone is interested in serving on the SVC-CAMFT Board in 2016.  We will be electing a Secretary, Treasurer and President Elect.  Patricia St. James, our current President Elect and head of the Nomination Committee is looking for volunteers to appoint to the other board positions.  Positions we are looking for are Members-at-Large, Program Co-Chairs, Hospitality Co-Chairs, Club 3000 Co-Chairs, Volunteer Co-Chairs, Membership Co-Chairs, Sponsorship Co-Chairs, and many other positions.  If you are interested in volunteering please email our Administrative Assistant, Heather Blessing at info@svccamft.org with your contact information and what position(s) you are interested in and she will get the information to the Nomination Committee.  Remember SVC-CAMFT needs volunteers to exist - come join us and make a difference!


Ann Leber, LMFT



  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· We Need You - for the Board
·  Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Meeting
· Upcoming Board Meetings

· Mental Health Community Events
· Special Feature·
· Letters to the Editor

· Psyched about Books and Movies

· Summer Streams $avings
· Advertising and Announcements

· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


Ann Leber, LMFT

Patricia St. James, LMFT

Past President:
Jill  Lawler, LMFT

Becky Counter, LMFT

Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern


Darlene Davis, LMFT
Joseph Borders, LMFT

Program Co-Chairs:
Carol Delzer, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee

Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Carol Mahr, LMFT
Alexis Clemons, Trainee
Melinda Keeler, Trainee

Club 3000 Co-Chairs:
Sterling Evison, LMFT
Anna Garcia, Trainee
Charlotte Parks, LMFT

Volunteer Co-Chairs:
Amita Khare, Trainee
William Dickey, LMFT

Membership Co-Chairs:

Jenna Bell, MFT Intern
Marti McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:
Sara Coffill, MFT Intern

Newsletter Editor:
Heather Blessing, LMFT

Legislative Chair:

Bylaws Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Lombardi, LMFT

Communication Specialist
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 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 know there are many questions floating around about the upcoming Exam structure for MFT Interns, ASW’s, and PCC Interns. I decided to revisit an earlier article adding additional information provided by the BBS. This article speaks to MFT Intern regulations. For complete  information regarding the new testing requirements visit www.bbs.ca.gov.


The board is implementing a blackout period for LMFT and LCSW examinations to ensure the integrity of examination candidate data during the transition. The examination blackout period will be from December 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. During the examination blackout period the Board will continue to accept applications for licensure eligibility and examinations, but applicants will not be able to register for or take an examination during the blackout. The Board will work with candidates who have eligibility to ensure that they are not adversely affected. This blackout period does not affect LPCC and LEP applicants.

If you are currently eligible to take the Standard Written Exam or the Clinical Vignette Exam you may schedule and take the exam(s) before November 30, 2015. After November 30, 2015 you will not be able to schedule these exam. If you passed the Standard Written Exam prior to November 30, 2015 you will then take the new Clinical Written Exam after January 1, 2016. If you did not pass the Standard Written Exam you will take the new Law & Ethics Exam after January 1, 2016. If you were eligible and did not pass the Clinical Vignette Exam by November 30, 2015 you will then take the new Clinical Written Exam after January 1, 2016.



Existing Registrants: (Interns with a registration #)




For your 2016 renewal: Registrants with an expiration date prior to July 1, 2016 are not required to take the California Law & Ethics exam in order to renew as long as you submit your fee and renewal form before June 30, 2016.


For your 2017 renewal:  If you were required to take the exam for your 2016 renewal and did not pass, you will have to take a 12-hour Law & Ethics course in order to retake the exam for your 2017 renewal. You will need to submit documentation of the Law & Ethics course when submitting your retake form. You must have taken the California Law & Ethics exam in order to renew. If you have already passed the exam, simply submit your fee and renewal form.




For your 2016 renewal: You will have to take the California Law & Ethics exam in order to renew.


For your 2017 renewal: If you did not pass the California Law & Ethics exam, you must take a 12-hour Law & Ethics course in order to retake the exam for your 2017 renewal. You will need to submit documentation of the Law & Ethics course when submitting your retake form. You will have to take the California Law & Ethics exam during the last renewal period in order to renew. If you have already passed the exam, simply submit your fee and renewal form.


New Applicants: (applying for intern registration after January 2016)


You will be required to take the California Law & Ethics exam during your renewal period. If you do not pass the California Law & Ethics exam, you must take a 12-hour Law & Ethics course in order to retake the exam for your 2017 renewal. You will need to submit documentation of the Law & Ethics course when submitting your retake form. You will have to take the California Law & Ethics exam during the last renewal period in order to renew. If you have already passed the exam, simply submit your fee and renewal form.


Currently in exam cycle and have not passed the Standard Written Test:


Even though you are in the exam cycle you will have to follow the procedures listed above for registration renewal. If you have already passed the Standard Written you do not need to take an exam in order to renew.


Need a subsequent registration number on or before December 31, 2016:


If you submit the fee and application between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, you will be granted a second or third number, upon meeting all requirements, without having passed the California Law & Ethics exam. For your 2018 renewal you must have a passing score on the California Law & Ethics exam in order to renew.


Need a subsequent registration number after January 1, 2017:


You must have a passing score on the California Law & Ethics exam to be granted a subsequent registration number.


I also want to invite you to upcoming Exam prep classes beginning in September 2015 that I hope will help your success in passing the Law and Ethics Examination! Go to www.darlenedavismft.com and www.hope-counselingcenter.org for more information. You can also contact me at dardav2@earthlink.net



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



is Holding Elections for the Positions of:





If you are interested, please send an email to info@svccamft.org

by September 30, 2015.


(Below are the duties of each position)


The President Elect shall prepare to take on the office of the presidency to perform such duties as delegated by the Board.  The President Elect shall perform the duties of the President in the event the President is unable to serve or is absent and shall also function as a President in training.  He or she shall begin formulating plans for his/her term during his/her tenure as President Elect including finding volunteers for the next term.  The President Elect will attend Board meetings (5) and the annual retreat (1).


The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of all Board or business meetings of the association including recording what was said and done.  He/she shall maintain an accurate historical record in archives established by the board and will also work closely with the President.  He/she shall monitor Board discussions and make motions when appropriate to facilitate decision making. The Secretary will attend board meetings (5) and annual retreat (1).


The treasurer shall keep and maintain or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate records of accounts of the properties and business transaction of the chapter, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital, retained earnings, and other matters customarily included in financial statements. The books of account shall be open to inspection by any board member at all reasonable times. The treasurer will provide quarterly reports to the board of directors. The Treasurer will attend board meetings (5) and annual retreat (1).

The treasurer shall deposit, or shall cause to be deposited, all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the chapter with such depositories as may be designated by the board of directors; shall disburse, or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the chapter as may be ordered by the board of directors; shall render at such regular meeting of the board, or at such other times as directed by the board, an account of his/her transactions as chief financial officer and of the financial condition of the chapter; shall prepare or cause to be prepared a proposed annual budget to be presented to the board of directors prior to the annual membership meeting; and shall have such other powers and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the board of directors or the bylaws.


is also looking for Board Volunteers:

Program Co-chairs, Hospitality Co-Chairs, Membership Co-Chairs, Sponsorship Co-Chairs, Bylaws Co-Chairs, Club 3000 Co-Chairs and many more positions. Send an email to info@svccamft.org if you are interested in volunteering for the board with your contact information and the position(s) or types of things you are interested in.  Join us in making SVC-CAMFT the best it can be!

  June Presentation Summary

Psychopharmacology (2 CEUs)

By: John Preston, PsyD., ABPP

John Preston has an amazing way of explaining the complex in a simple to understand way.  He holds your attention and makes you want to know more.  John Preston reviewed the most recent developments in the field of psychopharmacology and explained how psychotherapists could enhance outcomes with their clients taking psychiatric medications. He discussed what many often will not - the common reasons that medical treatments fail such as unsuspected medical disorders, non-adherence, side effects, fears and mis-information.  He also described  specific interventions that improve outcomes. I appreciated that he talked about how therapists can act as coaches with clients dealing with medication issues and we can collaborate with primary care prescribers to help our clients have better outcomes. He touched on controversies, experimental treatments, new medications and the limitations of pharmacologic treatments.  That was the shortest 2 hours I have had in a long time.  I look forward to seeing him in September for an all day training.  I just want so much more information and he explains things in a way I can understand them.

Summary by Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT


June Meeting Information

Free Pre-licensed 3000 Club Meeting

Topic:  Cultural Diversity
Presenter:  Tonya Elliot-Walker & Carlos Flores Jr., MS
Date:  Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Location:  Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

Workshop Information:

More information to come.

Please Register online for Free for the Pre-License meeting so we are able to plan ahead for seating.

Monthly Training

Topic:  Cultural Competency and Best Practices for Native American and Buddhist Clients
Presenter:  Tonya Elliott-Walker
Friday, September 18, 2015
9:30 AM to 12:00PM
Heritage Oaks Hospital
4250 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95841

Workshop Information:
1.  Understand ACA guidelines for cross cultural counseling competencies
2.  Develop knowledge, skills and awareness with regards to Native American an Buddhist cultures
3.  Understand the concept of historical trauma and how it affects current mental health issues in Native American people
4.  Learn to differentiate between a "spiritual experience" and psychosis or delusions  as it relates to religion based cultures
5.  Develop understanding about the concept of attachment as it relates to both Native American and Buddhist cultures

This presentation will assist licensees and pre-licensees in expanding their cultural counseling competency understandings in the areas of Native American peoples, Buddhist cultures and other religion based cultures, which will allow them to treat a client from these cultures in a more ethically and clinically sound manner.

Presenters' Bios:
Tonya Elliott-Walker LMFT is the Clinical Director of the University of Phoenix Counseling Skills Center, Sacramento Valley Campus. She owns a private practice in Meadow Vista, California where she specializes in providing counseling services for Native American individuals and families. She also contracts with local tribal agencies for providing clinical services and continuing education. She recently spoke at the Native American Training Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico
on the use of drumming therapy for healing trauma in Native
American people. She is currently a doctoral candidate at
Capella University.

Carlos Flores Jr., MS earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and English from The University of California-Davis in 1998. He then earned his Master's Degree in Counseling from Sacramento State University with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy and Career Counseling in 2005.  Carlos previously worked for Yolo County Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health as a clinician specializing in youth going through the Juvenile Justice System. He also has experience in working in community, not-for-profits, and school settings. Previously the Campus College Chair for Social Sciences, he is now the Campus College Chair for the College of Humanities at University of Phoenix. Carlos is a Life Balance Coach with an emphasis in self-awareness and stress management.   He has previously taught topics that include early childhood education, anger management, cultural awareness, survival skills for actors, and chemical dependency, among others. Carlos was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States at the age of 9. English was his second language. He was raised Catholic and is now immersed in the study of Buddhism. His lifetime of cultural experience combined with his academic training afford him a unique perspective with which to conceptualize and implement various cultural competencies as they relate to mental health and wellness practices. His philosophy is to have a 360 degree learning environment where everyone has the same opportunity to learn from one another. 

Includes continental breakfast

Click Here to Register and pay online, or 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, September 15th
Early registration rates*:
2015 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2015 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters 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 2015 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

More Upcoming Meeting Information

 Month Topic Speaker Location         
 September 18
 Cultural Diversity
 Tonia Elliott-Walker
 Heritage Oaks
 October 16
 LGBT Panel
 LGBT Panel
 Heritage Oaks
October 2 & 3

You & Me: A Conference on Couples - an AAMFT Sacramento and SVC-CAMFT Collaborative

Multiple Presenters
 Rancho Cordova City Hall

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, October 25, 2015 - 11:00AM - 1:00PM - Location:  TBD
Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 11:00AM - 1:00PM - Location:  TBD


Mental Health Community Events

This section will be for announcing Mental Health Community Events
such as walks/runs, fundraising, health fairs and other non-profit events.

To have an event listed please email newslettereditor@svccamft.org


Come celebrate with us at Recovery Happens, September 2, 2015 at the State Capitol
Recovery Happens is the statewide campaign for everyone to celebrate the lives of people who are recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction. Recovery Happens provides the perfect platform to inform Californians about the positive effects that recovery and treatment have on our communities.

The rally brings over 5,000 people for a day of celebration and fun! Imagine 5,000 recovering people from every walk of life and every part of California gathered on the steps of our Capitol. There will also be numerous treatment providers form the Sacramento area and treatment related professionals attending. Won’t you join us and experience what we offer to California?

Questions? Email Craig, at craig@ccapp.us.


The 2nd Annual River Run will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Raley Field, West Sacramento, California.  The event includes a timed and untimed 5K Run/Walk and a FREE ¼ Mile Kids Race.  Stick around after the main event if your child wants a chance to run the bases!
The River Run benefits the Collings Teen Center, part of a non-profit organization investing in the lives of young people in the West Sacramento Community.  Click here for more info: http://www.5kriverrun.com/raceinformation/


In Downtown Sacramento, the Run To Remember 5K Run/Walk will take place to give those who vowed to “Never Forget” the opportunity to exercise that vow. The 5K run/walk will start at 9:11 a.m. on 9/13, and wind through Downtown Sacramento. At the finish of the race, American flags will be handed to runners at the Tribute site located on Capitol Mall between 6th and 7th Street. Each flag will represent an American who lost their life on 9/11/2001.  Runners will carry the flag they are given and will place it in the Pentagon Shaped Memorial at the "Tribute in the Park".  Each American Flag will be placed next to a name plate engraved with the name of an American who did not return home. When the Run To Remember is complete, nearly 3000 flags will stand united in the Memorial as a tribute to those that were lost.  Click here for more info: http://www.sac911run.com/


Break Free Run Folsom Saturday, September 26, 2015 The Parkway Trails • Folsom

Break Free Run was founded after a 17-year-old girl was taken from a sleepy suburb in Northern California and trafficked for eight days before she was found and rescued by the FBI. Together the mother of the teen, Vicki Zito, along with Ashlie Bryant, Stephanie Loos and Amy Johnson, founded Break Free Run.  Click here for more info: http://www.breakfree.org/folsom/folsom-race-info/


If you know someone who identifies as transgender, trans, genderqueer or non-binary, is at least 18 years old and currently live in the US, its territories or on a military base, please consider passing on this link so they can take the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey. It's anonymous, and so important that as many people as possible that are trans identified are heard if we are ever to actually achieve equality for the T in GLBT. Please let your voice be heard! As of right now, the survey will be open until September 21st.  http://www.ustranssurvey.org/


OSHPD offers loan repayment of up to $10,000 to mental health workers in hard-to-fill and/or hard-to-retain positions in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS) in exchange for a 12-month service obligation.

You will need to create a "New Account" (under Login box), in order to complete the application.

DEALINE TO APPLY: September 30, 2015



Special Feature

Client Centered Cultural Competency
By Tonya Elliott-Walker LMFT
University of Phoenix, Sacramento Valley Campus


The demand for evidenced based practices by third party payers often leaves clinicians no choice but to lean heavily in the direction of behaviorally based models of treatment with little regard for the cultural needs of the client. Agencies often have good intentions with regards to providing culturally competent services but inevitably they must succumb to what is reimbursable in order to stay in business.  CBT and DBT are both well researched and easily conceptualized and implemented by both seasoned practitioners and student interns. However they are not always evidenced based for cultural minorities. It is often these models that are culturally adapted with the intention to meet the mental health needs of various marginalized populations. Sometimes this works and sometimes it does not. What is evident is that there is not enough research regarding the efficacy of these culturally adapted models. Current research in the field of counselor education and supervision suggests that an integrative approach to treatment may be a better way to fulfill the need for culturally competent mental health practices (Ingram, 2012).

Focusing on behavior alone often excludes the other dimensions of cultural life that may play a much bigger part in the overall mental health of ethnic minorities; spirituality, mind- body awareness, community based relational awareness and connection to nature to name just a few. It is not enough to simply try to change behavior, clinicians need to learn to conceptualize within multiple theoretical frameworks in order to capture the worldview of their minority client. Client centered cultural competency requires that the clinician not only remain open-minded, but that the clinician can actually immerse themselves in a worldview other than their own abandoning any personal or professional agenda they may have had and entering into an authentic organic therapeutic experience of mutual learning and exploration with their client.  In this way the role of the therapist becomes that of a facilitator of change grounded in his/her authentic self, helping the client’s authentic self to emerge as well. 

Existential theory is one option for contributing to an integrative framework. It offers a unique perspective that blends well with multiple cultural paradigms while still allowing for a focus on behavioral change. With values such as authenticity, finding meaning in suffering, understanding existential guilt and anxiety, as well as mastering the concepts of the four worlds, physical, the social, the psychological, and the spiritual (Corsini, & Wedding, 2000; Ingram, 2012; Frankyl, 1952), one can easily draw parallels between the values of an existential world view and that of many ethnic minorities. For example; the Native American worldview supports the constructs of wholeness using the medicine wheel and the four directions as a foundation for wellness. The medicine wheel is interpreted differently within each tribal paradigm but in essence is very similar to the existential concept of the four worlds (Rybak, & Decker-Fitts, 2009), incorporating our physical life, our emotional life, our relational life and our spiritual life into a path of balance, wisdom and wellbeing. In Buddhist culture the four noble truths provide a foundation for wellness that incorporates the existential concept of suffering, acknowledging that it exists, that is has meaning, and that we have the power inside of us to stop our own suffering and perhaps to help stop the suffering of others. In addition, the four divine abodes offer teachings regarding loving-kindness compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity (Fawcett, J.2013).

So if, within these cultural constructs there exists already, a framework for alleviating emotional, mental and physical suffering, why then, are we as clinicians trying to reinvent the wheel by adapting behavioral models of interventions that were developed for a westernized society devoid of authentic culture. Maybe we need to consider that the culture of those we serve may have built-in infrastructure for healing mental health issues.  Perhaps we are conceptualizing the mental health of our minority clients incorrectly. Perhaps we, as a profession, are in need of healing of our limiting beliefs about what can be effective for treating mental illness of marginalized populations. Perhaps these are considerations that need to be further explored.


Tonya Elliott LMFT and Carlos Flores Jr. MA. Will be presenting at the CAMFT meeting September 18th at Hertiage Oaks Hospital on “Cultural Competency and Best Practices for Native American and Buddhist Clients”. For more information contact CAMFT….

Corsini, R.J., & Wedding, D. (2000). Current Psychotherapies, Sixth Edition, Itaska, Illinois:F.E Peacock Publishers Inc.

Fawcett, J., M.D. (2013). Bereavement and the four noble truths. Psychiatric Annals, 43(6), 246. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/00485713-20130605-01

Frankl, V., (1959). Man’s search for meaning: An introduction to Logotherapy. Boston, Ma: Beacon Press

Ingram, B. B. (2012). Clinical Case Formulations; Matching the Integrative Treatment Plan to the Client. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons Inc.

Rybak, C., & Decker-Fitts, A. (2009). Understanding Native American healing practices. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 22(3), 333-342. doi:10.1080/09515070903270900

Wallace, B. A., & Shapiro, S. L. (2006). Mental balance and well-being: Building bridges between Buddhism and Western psychology. American Psychologist, 61(7), 690-701. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.61.7.690

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


Psyched about Books and Movies

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

Title:  Inside Out
Rated: PG
Released: 2015
Reviewer:Heather Blessing, LMFT 
Review: I am a sucker for kids' movies, but was really surprised at how therapeutic this movie is.  It shows how emotions can be felt at the same time.  How all of the emotions interact in different events and most importantly that it is ok not to be happy all of the time.  It even showed that sadness can actually create happy memories through bonding with the ones you love when they try to help you get through a sad time.  I recommend having clients that are struggling to understand their feelings watch this movie.  I got plush dolls of the characters in the movie and it has worked better than my feelings charts with children, adolescents and surprisingly adults.


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

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

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

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


Summer Streams $avings
Time Saving Recipe
     Dry Rub Chicken 
     Don't blink it will be that easy and quick.
     Get a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (size depends on how many you are cooking for - it doesn't matter)
     In the spices isle of the supermarket find the different dry rubs.  Get one to three jars of dry rub that sound like something you would like.  I suggest 2 that sound like they might go together.
    At home pour some of each jar of dry rub into a bowl and mix.  Now coat your chicken.  It can be done just before you cook them for a lighter flavor or sit all day in the refrigerator for a deeper flavor.

    On a Grill - grill each side for about 10 minutes (total of 20 minutes) check to make sure it is completely cooked and you now have yummy dry rub chicken.
    Play with the different kind of dry rub to make different flavors. 

Money $aving Fun

    One super easy question and the first one to email the correct answer to info@svccamft.org wins a free breakfast training meeting.

Question: Who writes the Legal Beagle Column?

Advertising and Announcements


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Integrating EMDR into your Clinical Practice

EMDRIA Approved Basic Training Course Trainer: Roy Kiessling, LISW, ACSW

Sacramento, CA

5 Day Consecutive Training Wed-Sun. September 23-27, 2015

Alliant International University Sacramento Campus: Room 4 2030 West El Camino Ave. Sacramento, CA 95833

Local sponsor:
The Place Within at Folsom
A Non Profit Counseling Agency Suzi Lee
(916) 799-1644 Suzyleecounseling@me.com

Basic Course (5 days): $1395 non-profit: $995

Registration fee includes

Training Manual and worksheets

10 hours of required group consultation

Downloadable Video of the basic training course

Free EMDR discussion internet forum

Already trained: Refresher - $495 non-profit/intern $395 (refresher fee does not include consultation hours)

Register on Line: www.emdrconsulting.com



WHEN: Thursdays, from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

Next group starts 9/3/15 and is 8 weeks.

WHERE: The Place Within Folsom

530 Plaza Dr., Suite 130 Folsom, CA 95630

COST: $25/group session*

Have you been experiencing...

·       Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness

·       Sleeping too much or not enough

·       Loss of interest in activities you once loved

·       Decreased energy

·       Feelings of sadness, emptiness, or anxiety

This Group offers...

·       Support

·       Education (i.e., learning how thoughts and emotions impact behavior)

·       Coping Strategies, including different ways to relate to your thoughts and emotions

·       Ways to reconnect with the things you value and find meaningful



James Larsen, MA, MFT Intern AT (916) 293-5990

Supervised by Suzy Lee, MFC#52675


LCSW or MFT opening for outpatient services, full time (40 hours).
Apply at www.sierravistahospital.com

Position Available:
MFT Intern or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
If you are interested in working with recovering alcoholics and addicts and participating in a busy practice, this may be for you.
The right candidate will be detail oriented, able to work well as part of a team, diligent about documentation, and willing to tackle complex situations.  If you are looking toward the future and open to learning, please send your curriculum vitae and a brief introduction to:


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