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The April 2013 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  April 2013  

Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

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Letter from the Board

Dear Colleagues,

It’s hard to believe that we’re one quarter of 2013 is already behind us. I want to thank you for your support and that of the existing board and committee members that dedicate so much time to our Chapter.

At March's meeting, we presented the CAMFT 2013 Outstanding Chapter Leader for Sacramento Valley Chapter award to Heather Blessing, our Newsletter Editor.  It is important to note that our chapter could not exist without all of the volunteers and the time they devote to bring trainings, resources and valuable information to you that only a local chapter could. 

Spring is a time of renewal, a time when new opportunities present themselves and new relationships form. We are be- ginning to rise from our winter hibernation and start the season of rejuvenation. Below is an email from Shawn Talbot, one of the finest people from CAMFT who work with us. While it is theoretically late for the May conference I highly recommend that you consider participating in either of both of these events.

From Shawn: Hello! If there are Sacramento Valley Chapter speakers who you feel would make dynamic presenters for the CAMFT 2013 Fall Symposium and/or 2014 Annual Conference, please encourage them to submit a peer presenter proposal! The link is below. Also, if members of your chapter have written articles that pertain to upcoming topics for The Therapist magazine (please see below), please encourage them to submit an article! If space permits, we hope you will consider posting the editorial calendar information below in an upcoming newsletter.

Shawn Talbot, IOM, CAE. Director of Chapter Relations & Certification

Website: and

Here’s to new beginning of a new existence and a new season.  See you soon and don’t forget that Jill Epstein will be at your next meeting on the 19th.  See you there.

Sincerely yours,

Chad Thompson


  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle
· February Presentation Summary
March Meeting Information
Upcoming Board Meetings
· NAMI Walk
· Special Feature
· Psyched about Books and Movies
· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Polcy for the Newsletter


Chad Thompson, MFT


Jill P. Lawler, MFT

Past President:
Eva Tak, MFT

Brad Gilbert, MFT Intern

Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern

Dr. Linda Sessions, MFT

Althea Lee, MFT Intern

Program Chair:

Tracy Thomas

Assistant Program Chair:

Karla Amanda Brown
, MFT Intern
Hospitality Co-Chairs:

Carol Mahr, MFT

Kimberlie Flowers, MFT

Pre-License Chair:

Luis Gonzalez, MFT Intern

Volunteer Chair:

Catherine Zanzi, MFT Intern

Membership Co-Chairs:
Cheryl Cleveland, MFT Intern
Miriam Hernandez, MFT Intern

Newsletter Editor:

Heather Blessing, MFT Intern


Legal Beagle

dectective.pngWelcome to the section of the SVC-CAMFT newsletter, Legal Beagle written by Darlene Davis, LMFT. The chapter thought it would be helpful to keep you updated on new laws, legislative pursuits or actions, as well as ongoing legal and ethical dilemmas we all face in our career as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Interns, and Trainees. Please feel free to ask questions that you have and I will do my best to investigate and post your answer in the newsletter. Please note that articles are based on information from CAMFT and/or the BBS and have been researched to the best of my ability. This is not meant to be legal advice.  Please contact CAMFT or Board of Behavioral Sciences for any legal matters you need assistance for.

There have been several legislative updates that affect most of us beginning April 1, 2013. I have listed them below. Please visit for more information.

Advertisements for licensees or registrants of the BBS must contain:

o   Your full name, as filed with the Board; and

o   Your license or registration number;

o   Your complete title, or an abbreviation deemed acceptable by the Board.

o   Registered interns or associates must also include the name of your employer or the name of the entity for which you volunteer.

o   Registered interns must also include that you are supervised by a licensed person


You may use the term “Psychotherapy” or “Psychotherapist” as long as your advertisement contains all the information required by law, as listed above.


Reference to academic credentials is permitted in your advertisement as long as your degree is earned (not an honorary degree or conferred without actual study) and representations and statements made about your degree are not misleading.


See for Fact Sheet


Additional CE Requirement for LPCC's:

Effective April 1, 2013, licensed professional clinical counselors must take a one-time, seven hour continuing education course covering the assessment and treatment of people living with HIV and AIDS, as part of the 36 hour continuing education coursework requirement.

You must take this course in your first renewal period after the effective date of this regulation

If you have previously taken an HIV or AIDS course that meets the requirements of this regulation, or have equivalent teaching or practice experience, you may submit proof of this to the Board, upon request, in lieu of taking the course. However, this equivalent coursework or experience will not count toward your required 36 hours of continuing education.

Additional requirement for LCSW supervisors:

Effective April 1, 2013, a person supervising an associate clinical social worker must have been licensed in California or another state for at least two years prior to beginning any supervision.


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


  March Presentation Summary

Turning Tragedy into Triumph, Metahabilitation; A Contemporary Model of Rehabilitation
by Joyce Mikal-Flynn, EdD, MSN, RN, FNP

Joyce Mikal-Flynn gave a powerful presentation on what she terms as "Metahabilitation".  That is, not only rehabilitating but becoming better than before the crisis or event.  It does not mean that the person gets back all of their abilities that they once lost, that may or may not happen, it means that they became a better person after the crisis or event.  She knows of metahabilitation personally as she experienced a heart attack at the age of 35 that required her to have CPR for 22 minutes.  She had brain damage and other challenges to overcome.  As she struggled and found her way back, she found herself wanting to know more about people who overcame the challenges of crises and events.

Through her research and her experiences she noticed 6 stages that people who had been through similar events went through. 

Stage 1 - Survival: Acute Recovery - this is the first stage.  This is where the person must become stabilized physically.  This would include surgeries to stabilize them, or healing to the point that they can comprehend what has happened.

Stage 2 - Turning Point - Saying Yes to Life.  This is the point that despite the losses and challenges the person has endured that something inside of them clicks and instead of not wanting to go on, they instead choose to survive and move forward.

Stage 3 - Treatments: Conventional and Complementary.  Now that they have chosen to move forward, they start to figure out what they will need to do to continue to heal to the best of their ability.  They will work with their family, doctors and support systems to find what options are available to them determine what they want to pursue.

Stage 4 - Acceptance and Adaptation: A time to reflect.  They now have an idea of what to expect as far as limitations and abilities and work to accept the changes in their life and move to find ways to adapt to their new life.

Stage 5 - Reintegration: Returning to life.  The person has figured out how to adapt the best they can and take on the challenge to return to life.  There is a shift from focusing on healing to focusing on living.

Stage 6 - Metahibilitation: taking on the future.  At this point the person may have returned to their normal life or their new life and found there is something more they want to do.  They may want to help others, or realize they previously were not spending the time they should have with their family.  They decide to take this crisis or event and not only survive it but to become better because of it. 

After her presentation, Dr. Mikal-Flynn facilitated a wonderful discussion on the topic and gave suggestions on how to integrate this into our practices.


April Meeting Information

Pre-license Meeting

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 from 8:30AM to 9:15AM

Location: University of Phoenix, 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento 95833 (Map)

Speaker: Gary Henderson, LMFT

Topic:Special Topics for Prelicense Members -
Gary will update us on the new changes to Mandated Reporting, Dual  Licensure, and New Examination (based on member input).

General Meeting

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 from 9:30 to Noon

Location: University of Phoenix, 2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento 95833 (Map)

Speaker: Jennifer Olden, MFT, certified EFT therapist and supervisor

Topic: Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy

Jennifer Olden, MFT, certified EFT therapist and supervisor will present a workshop on Emotionally Focused Therapy. You will learn how this highly researched, effective, and evidence-based treatment focuses on the emotional bond between partners, presuming that most relational problems arise from a disruption in this bond. You will discover that EFT can help partners learn not only to be more open and trusting with each other, but also to reach out for one another more effectively.

In this presentation, you will have a chance to practice interventions, understand the philosophical underpinnings of this very effective model, and view video clips which illustrate the negative cycles that disrupt the emotional bond.

Jennifer has studied extensively with Rebecca Jorgensen, EFT trainer and Lorrie Brubacher, EFT trainer. She has assisted Rebecca Jorgensen in several Core Skills modules. She specializes in couples and uses the EFT model exclusively. She teaches a class on EFT and provides one-to-one supervision for those who are studying the model. Currently, Jennifer and Nancy and Paul Aikin are building a community of EFT therapists to educate the public on the efficacy of the model and provide support and resources for EFT therapists.

SPECIAL BREAKFAST MEETING GUEST. Please join us at 9:00 a.m. to hear from Jill Epstein, JD, CAMFT Executive Director. She will make a special trip to Sacramento ti give a brief presentation on the latest information on CAMFT member resources and critical legislation effecting MFTs. You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity!

We encourage early registration as space is limited.

  Click here to register.

Cost: Pre-register: $15 stu/interns, $20 SVC-CAMFT memb, $30 non-memb., +$5 "at-door" registration. Inclu. Cont brkfst. & 2 CEUs. No cc's at door. Reserv req'd by Oct. 17-Laura (916) 350-1577, or reg,pay, directions at pre-license mtg. 8:30-9:15 for 1 addl workshop hour. 

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email to register and pay at the door. Please help us contain the cost of presentations by making reservations in a timely manner (by Tuesday before the meeting). This is much appreciated.

*Disclaimer: University of Phoenix is a trade name and registered trademark of the Apollo Group, Inc. Its use herein by SVC- CAMFT to identify the event location is not intended to imply affiliation with, sponsorship or endorsement of the event by University of Phoenix or Apollo Group, Inc.

Upcoming Board Meetings

All members are invited to attend.

April 19, 2013 immediately following the Training Meeting

June 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Ettores on Fair Oaks Boulevard across the street from Loehman’s Plaza

August 16, 2013 from 9:00am-11:00am at 3550 Watt Avenue in Sacramento CA 95821 (Watt and Whitney)

October 18, 2013 immediately following the Training Session.





Join the Team!  Help make a difference in our community!

Sacramento Valley CAMFT is walking with 2013 NAMIWalk Northern California on Apr 27, 2013 10:00 AM.

The walk is a 5K in William Land Park, here in Sacramento.  All proceeds go directly to NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness.

NAMI is a wonderful organization that provides resources and support to families who are struggling with mental health issues.

Our team name is SVC CAMFT.

Come join in the fun by going to:

From our Team Page, click on the `Join My Team' button to register and help us fund-raise. If you can't join us, you can also support our team by making a donation online.


If you have any questions, please contact our Team Captain, Catherine Zanzi, 916-214-1479,

Hope to see you there!


Special Feature
Part 2 of 3
The Quest for Peace….and happiness~
Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC






You are not a reenactment of a past experience.

You are only here NOW.

The past comes back to you only if you invite it through your thoughts, and the future become a worrisome experience only if you invite it to through your thoughts. You do that to yourself. You choose to feel bad. (Most of us do this in a state of sleep, not yet awakened to a mindful life)

There is nobody in your head creating those thoughts that make you feel bad, except you.

You get to choose what you think, you get to choose what you feel, and you get to choose what you attract to you by what you put out into the universe through your thoughts, feelings and actions.

If you talk about how miserable you have been, you will be miserable!

If you talk about how bad someone was to you, you feel bad!

If you continue to blame anyone for anything you will continue to be the victim!


If you need to talk about how bad you feel, find a confidant, a coach, a trusted source and talk about it and be done. If you find you are stuck in the negative cycle, find someone to help you out of that cycle.

The first step is figuring out why you continue to need to feel bad. That is a hard one to hear and the comment that most often brings anger from others; but think about it.

If you didn't need to feel bad, you wouldn't.  You, and YOU alone decide what something means to you and how you are going to respond to it. You decide to feel bad about something, or to move away from it.

When we get out of our past, and stay away from the future, we have energy to choose what to do with this moment, right NOW. And NOW you can choose to do whatever you choose to do.

Your life on earth is being created right now as you read, feel, think and visualize. What you do in this moment will create the outcome of the next moment.

What you do with today, will create your tomorrow.

Days can seem so long, but years vanish before our eyes. Be conscious about your day, your hour, and your moments.

The purpose of your work in this life, of using your personal power to create you in any given moment of time, is first to serve others so that you may be served. Working in the field of therapy or healing is a service to others; you and I are called to serve.

Juli Alvarado, MA, LPC, NCC is the Founder/Director of Coaching for LIFE!, LLC
For more on our mindfully based and trauma informed paradigm for healing visit her at
Coaching for Life provides monthly teleconferences in Integrative Healing of Trauma for no charge. You can register at the website.

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.

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:  Turning Tragedy into Triumph

Author: Joyce Mikal-Flynn, ED.D., RN, FNP, MSN

Date Released:  2012

Reviewer:  Heather Blessing, MFT Intern

Review:  This is an inspiring book that also gives suggestions on how to support a client who has gone through a life changing crisis, trauma or event.  Dr. Mikal-Flynn describes each of the 6 stages with an account from a person who went through one of these life changing events.  Each account shares a very different event and how the person managed not to just come back from it, but to become better because of it.  A great quick and easy read that normalize the stages a survivor goes through in order to come back better than before.


Book/Movie Review Submission Policy

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

It is your responsibility to check for spelling and grammar errors.  Reviews must be received by the 20th of the month in order to appear in the next newsletter. You can submit your review by: Visiting our webpage:

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


Advertising and Announcements

Heather Blessing has more than 12 years of experience with families raising children who have special needs or experienced early childhood trauma.  She has worked with families of adoption and fostercare-adoption.  Because she has personal experience in many of these areas, she understands that every family is unique and requires support that works within their family structure. 

She is a professional member of ATTACh and Attachment and Trauma Network.
She will attend IEPs and other staffings to advocate for the family.

Heather Blessing, M.A., MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern, IMF 67330
Sacramento Psychotherapy Services, Inc.
3550 Watt Avenue, Suite 140
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 979-7693
Supervised by D. Chadwick Thompson
License No. MFC 48044


Advertising Policy for the Newsletter

All ads and reviews are not to exceed 1000 key strokes. Chapter members advertise at no cost. Non-members can advertise about employment opportunities at no cost. Non-members, non employment-related ads follow these rates:


$10 for 200 key strokes

$20 for 201-600 key strokes

$30 for 601-1000 key strokes

Full page and ½ page ads are not accepted.


All ads contain text only; no graphics will be included.

Ads submitted that are longer than 1000 characters will be returned for editing. It is best to type your ad in a Microsoft Word document to note how many characters, how big your ad is, and for your own record keeping. Please visit our site to find more information on how to use Microsoft word for editing. You can then copy and paste it on our online submission form located here (

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