Hello Sacramento Valley CAMFT Chapter and Community! I am Suzanne Quijano LMFT, your Membership Chair, and I am happy to announce the start of our Membership Spotlight Feature. Every other month, I will continue to feature one of our many wonderful members and their connection to our chapter. This program is open to all members, so if you would like to be featured and share with others why you enjoy being a part of SVC-CAMFT, please email me at email@example.com.
Michele Villarreal is a psychotherapist and owner of her private practice, Four Seasons Counseling, based in Sacramento. She has been a member of SVC-CAMFT since 2017 while attending graduate school. She shares that what she appreciates most about our chapter is the membership participation and a board of directors that provides diverse speakers from the mental health field. As she says, “There is always something new and interesting to learn and to incorporate into my practice”
In private practice, Michele specializes in trauma informed care and life transitions. She works with individuals, children, couples, and families. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, art and play therapies. In addition, she offers Christian-based therapy, collaborating with clients based on their interest and needs. And now she looks forward to expanding her private practice to incorporate supervising Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, in order to give back to the mental health community. In her free time, Michele enjoys visiting High Hill Ranch in the Apple Hill region, just outside of Sacramento, where she has fond memories as a child and then as a mother taking her son to enjoy the seasonal festivities!
To learn more about Michele’s practice you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit her website at www.fourseasons-counseling.com or find her listing on Psychology Today.
BBS has recently added a couple FAQ's to their website due to AB 1759
being signed recently. This bill has a few major items to make note of. Beginning January 1, 2023 1. New annual continuing education requirements for registration renewal 2. Changes to the California law and ethics re-exam process https://bbs.ca.gov/pdf/ab_1759_faq_registrant.pdf Beginning July 1, 2023 Training or Coursework in the Provision of Mental Health Services via Telehealth (3 Hours) https://bbs.ca.gov/pdf/ab_1759_faq_telehealth.pdf Additionally, please remember AB 1758 was also signed recently Supervision of Applicants for Licensure via Videoconferencing https://bbs.ca.gov/pdf/ab1758_faq.pdf
We have also updated our Continuing Education page to include the new
Associate requirements as well as update the Telehealth and Suicide Risk
one time requirements under the Mandatory Coursework heading. https://bbs.ca.gov/licensees/cont_ed.html Please take the time to review these FAQ's and become familiar with the new requirements.
Check our legal updates page or the BBS law changes page.
conducted a special membership drive this year. This included a drawing
for two members to receive a Free Training to Level 1 Systematic Affair
Recovery Therapy (SART Training)—a $699 value! A special thanks to Dr.
Talal Alsaleem for sponsoring these scholarships. And now we are excited to announce the 2022 SVC-CAMFT winning members:
Chris Tickner, PhD, MFTwww.bodymindpsych.comCalifornia Integrative TherapyOffices in Pasadena and Sacramento, CA
Lynn Baker-NaumanRegistered Drama TherapistMA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapisthttps://www.dramatherapylynn.com/
Each year the chapter's treasurer and board of directors create a proposed budget for the following year. This is available to all members to view, and we need a certain percentage of the members to vote. So please do your part and vote! You will need to log in to view the poll and vote.
Order Extending May 6, 2020, Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers
Download the full announcement using the link below
The Director hereby further extends the Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers. The order now terminates March 31, 2022, unless further extended.
This order is effective immediately but may be amended as circumstances require.
Dated Jan. 11, 2022
For a limited time, SVC-CAMFT is running a membership special that includes two scholarships for Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART)
training part 1 valued at $699.00. In order to qualify, you must work
with couples. Two names will be drawn. This opportunity is being
generously sponsored by Dr. Talal Alsaleem.
was developed to provide counselors of all levels with a strategic and
adaptive treatment method for helping couples heal from the trauma of
sexual and emotional affairs.
Beginning January 1, 2022, the No Surprises
Act (H.R. 133) will go into effect. The law includes new requirements
for health care providers, facilities, health plans and insurers which
are intended to prevent consumers (a.k.a. patients) from receiving
unanticipated medical bills. The No Surprises Act resulted in changes to
the Public Health Service Act1 that also apply to health care providers
and facilities. In anticipation of the new laws, the federal
government recently published the accompanying regulations or rules for
compliance. Part 1 of the subsequent regulations protects consumers
with health plan coverage from surprise bills from out-of-network MFT
providers under limited circumstances related to emergency and
non-emergency services at in-network facilities. This portion of the no
surprise billing regulations published in July of 2021 will have only
minimal impacts on MFTs and is discussed in the last half of this
View CAMFT Article
HHS/CMS templates are linked here:
Free On Demand CAMFT Webinar
BOARD PRESIDENT (one open position)
Amita Khare is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the owner of Zenith Counseling. Amita has extensive experience of working with a diverse community in the Sacramento area. Amita has a passion to help women, children, and families. Amita has shown commitment to bringing mental health to the people by hosting mindfulness workshops and women empowerment events.
Amita is passionate about serving the rich anddiverse community of mental health professionals inthe Sacramento area. She has been volunteering forSVC-CAMFT for 10 years, serving in variouspositions. During the pandemic, Amita along withthe current president initiated and facilitated Zoommeetups to reach out to the mental healthprofessionals in the area to provide much-neededsupport. Amita's vision for the SVC-CAMFT includesbuilding a well-connected, resourceful and caring community of mental health professionals. Amita would like the local chapter to be instrumental in providing professional development resources to its members along with a strong sense of community.
Amita Khare, LMFT
BOARD PRESIDENT-ELECT (ONE OPEN POSITION)
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BOARD SECRETARY (one open position)
I am Marianna Jakucska, LMFT, licensed since December 8, 2014. I was born and raised in Hungary in the heart of Europe. I moved to the U.S. in 1993, lived in New York, then moved to the East Bay, California in 2003. I received my BA at San Francisco State University in Psychology in 2008 and MA in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, CA in 2011. I have been a Sacramento resident since 2015.
I counseled on the crisis hotline at Alameda County Crisis Support Services in Oakland. I acted as a milieu counselor for substances-using adults at New Bridge Foundation in Berkeley. In Sacramento, I provided trauma counseling to children, young adults, and their caregivers as well as to parents who were mandated to counseling by CPS at WellSpace Health. I provided therapy at Lions Heart Counseling. Since February 2019, I am in my private practice full time.
My greatest pride is my website that I created fromscratch and have been regularly updating with blogarticles. I first resented having to learn the process of building a website since I could not afford to pay a professional to do it for me. But I have not regretted the price.
I have been in the Secretary position with SVC-CAMFT for 2 years and I really enjoy the opportunity to serve with such devoted, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic bunch of people. I am hoping to continue serving the Sacramento Valley with them.
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Marianna Jakucska, LMFT
BOARD TREASURER (one open position)
Cassandra Flagg is a newly licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Davis. Cassandra has worked with diverse populations including children, adolescents, and adults. She is extremely passionate in empowering individuals who may be struggling with a learning disability or with neurodivergence and strives to emphasize on everyone’s strengths and resilience.
Cassandra is excited and motivated to volunteerand serve on the SVC-CAMFT board. She believesconnecting with the community is vital and ispassionate about building relationships with SVC-CAMFT members. As Treasurer, Cassandra is drivento ensure SVC-CAMFT is financially secure andsustainable for many years to come. She had aprevious career with extensive experience in theareas of accounting, business, and management.Cassandra brings multiple perspectives into this roleand is honored with the opportunity to serve in the community.
Cassandra Flagg, LMFT
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