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January 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  January 2014  

Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

Happy 2014!

I asked for the honor of writing this letter from the board.  This will be my 3rd year as Newsletter Editor.  I am really excited for 2014 because things are changing and I believe with change comes growth.  We will be changing locations of our monthly meetings.  Our January meeting will be Friday, January 24, 2014.  We will have the Annual Membership Meeting that starts at 9:00am.  For more detailed information please read further down in the newsletter.

In the past year I have gotten more involved with CAMFT at the state level.  One of the things I noticed and am personally guilty of is just letting others decide and agreeing with whatever without always taking time to educate myself on what anything really means.  With the Affordable Healthcare Act in place, the landscape of mental health and insurance is changing.  This is a time we really do need to educate ourselves and not just assume what someone else says or decides must be right.

I went to the December board meeting for state CAMFT and it was not as boring as you might think.  While sometimes it seemed tedious, I was able to see the goings on and hear what was or wasn't being said.  Because I was there, I was able to see what proposals I could submit to the board on ideas they did not discuss or that I thought they missed.  I was also able to get a better understanding on what CAMFT is doing and where they are heading.

So with all of the insight I gained I want to invite you all to come to our board meeting after the January Meeting.  If you cannot make that one, consider attending another one.  It would help you see what it takes to run our chapter and you might have suggestions or ideas we haven't thought of and be able to make our chapter better.  Registration for the board meeting is free, but we ask for you to register so we can make sure we have seating available.

Also I am still looking for articles to post in our Special Features area in our newsletter.  If you have something to say - write a letter to the editor so your ideas and voice can be heard.  Have you read a book or watched a tv show or movie recently that you think our members would be interested in hearing what you thought - consider writing a short review so we know what to put on our to do list or stay away from.  The newsletter is for you, help me make it better and more informative.

We are still looking for volunteers.  For more information, please look further down in the newsletter for positions and contact information.

Finally, remember it is a new year - if you have not renewed your membership yet, please do - I am sure you want to continue your discounts and benefits!

See you at the January 24th Meeting,

Heather Blessing, MFT Intern
Newsletter Editor
  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Volunteers for Board Needed
 ·November Presentation Summary
Upcoming Meeting Information
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· Special Feature
· Letters to the Editor
· Psyched about Books and Movies
· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Policy 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:

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.

Our Legal Beagle is taking a well deserved vacation, but rest assured she will search out legal answers and information for you and be back next month (February 2014).


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




We want to keep providing trainings, meetings, services for our members!

But we can't without volunteers - without members who are willing to donate their time and energy!

We have several vacancies and without people to fill them we will not be able to continue as a chapter:

Pre-Licensed Chair
Membership Co-Chair (2 positions Vacant)
Member at Large - (2 positions Vacant)
Volunteer Chair
Please contact Jill for more information
at jilllawler@hotmail.com


  November Presentation Summary
Understanding Major Mental Disorders of DSM 5
Speaker: Gabrielle M. Guedet, Ph.D., MFT
(2 CE)

Dr. Guedet participated in some of the Research Trials for the APA's new DSM 5 Manual.  She walked us through many of the changes of the DSM 5.  With humor she explained the changes and how they can benefit us and how we can use them to more accurately diagnose our clients. 

While the changes to the DSM 5 are a bit overwhelming, Dr. Guedet gave us the basic understanding to start using the new format of the DSM 5.  She answered many of our questions.  I honestly was afraid to even open DSM 5 before this workshop and now it doesn't seem quite so intimidating.   One of the main take aways is that we have the ability to more accurately diagnose our clients since there is more flexibility in the diagnoses. 

By Heather Blessing, MFT Intern


Upcoming Meeting Information
January 24, 2014 - NEW LOCATION
Pre-license Meeting
There is no pre-license meeting this month in order to accommodate the Annual Membership Meeting.
Annual Membership Meeting
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 9:00AM-9:30AM
Location: St Ignatius Loyola Parish  3235 Arden Way  Sacramento, CA 95825 (map)
Agenda: Click Here for the Agenda

January Monthly Training
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 9:30AM-noon
Location: St Ignatius Loyola Parish  3235 Arden Way  Sacramento, CA 95825 (map)
Topic: To Be Announced
Speaker: To Be Announced
We encourage early registration as space is limited.

To Register Click here.

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 January 22 -Laura (916) 350-1577, email:membership@sacramentovalleycamft.org or reg,pay, directions at http://www.sacramentovalleycamft.org

Reservations required: You can register and pre-pay online at www.sacramentovalleycamft.org, or contact Laura Frederick at (916) 350-1577 or email membership@sacramentovalleycamft.org 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.

Upcoming Board Meetings

January 24, 2014 12:15pm - 2:00pm

All members are welcome to attend after the January meeting.  It is free.

Click her to register.



Special Feature

The Unmentionable Abuse: Child Victims who Victimize their Families

by Heather Blessing, MFT Intern

The last several decades much research has been done about the different forms of abuse. The effects of neglect, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and physical abuse on children have been well documented. Research has shown that some of the possible effects associated with physical child abuse on children is aggression, fighting, noncompliance, defiance, property offenses and arrests (Barnett, Miller-Perrin & Perrin, 2005). Possible effects on adolescents are violent interpersonal behavior, delinquency, and violent and criminal offenses. Even with sexual abuse many of the effects seen have to do with aggression, hostility, anger, tantrums, and family and peer conflicts. Neglect can also have negative effects on children and adolescents such as physical and verbal aggression conduct problems and non-compliance, and disturbed attachments with family. There have been many papers, studies, conferences, legislation and books written about the above effects of these abuses upon the child victims. But what often is unmentionable and even unthinkable is that these effects on these children can end up with the child victim turning things around and victimizing their parents, caregivers, siblings and other family members. In their book Barnett, et al., discussed all of the above symptoms and barely touched the subject of child aggression. They dedicated a portion of their book to such rare and possibly non-existent abuse such as satanic ritual abuse, but other than a few implications, they never discussed the damaging effects of a victimized child victimizing their family. This paper will discuss this often-unmentionable abuse – victimized children who victimize their families.


The actual number of children who are exposed to the approximately 4 million acts of intimate partner abuse is not known but it is considered to be a substantial number (Rinehart, Borowsky, Stolz, Latts, Cart, Brindis, 1998). Children who grow up in homes with intimate partner violence are at a greater risk of being abused themselves. Some studies have surmised that children witnessing violence at home can be as traumatized as having been abused personally. Research has shown that those who are abused or witness abuse in the home are more likely to grow up to perpetrate violence.

These children do not always wait until they are adults to become violent, nor do they wait until they have a intimate or dating partner themselves. Some children commit parent abuse. “Parent abuse can be described as any act perpetrated by a child or adolescent that cause a parent to feel threatened, intimidated and controlled (Kennair, & Mellor, 2007, 204).” Because parent abuse has not generated much interest by researchers, the prevalence of child abuse against parents has not been determined. Often parents do not wish to report their abuse because they feel guilty, ashamed or afraid they will be seen as an incapable parent. A large proportion of youth who commit parent abuse were physically or sexually abused themselves. Often the abuse starts against the victimized parent soon after the violent parent is removed from the home.

Understanding the Abuse

Understanding the existence of this abuse is hard for many to comprehend. This is even seen in the text book, Family Violence Across the Lifespan, (Barnett et. al., 2005, p210, 211) when they describe a little girl who was sexually abused and neglected. The little girl was placed with her biological father and his new wife and their child and the father brought her back to the hospital after she tried to stab that child. She showed signs of anxiety, depression, self-mutilation, enuresis and encopresis. They step-mother was said to dislike the little girl, put her down and blame her for anything. It continues with how bad the therapist felt about sending the little girl back to a stepmother who did not like her. Taking a different look, at this situation, there is another way to see what may be going on. This victimized girl, is finally removed from the abuse and put into a loving home, which she does not understand. She feels disconnected and has only learned to express herself through violence because that is all she was taught. Jealousy and frustration caused her to lash out at the step-mother and become violent to her half sibling. The step-mother may have tried to be loving and caring, but because of the girl’s abuse she was scared and anxious that she was going to be abused again and lashed out to protect herself. The step-mother may be at a loss on how to handle an aggressive and violent child who would try to stab another child. Sadly as it often happens though, that was not even in the thoughts of the therapist witnessing this situation.

When the community sees an unruly tantruming child in the grocery store, they think the parent is at fault and not controlling the child. When the police are called to a home for a domestic disturbance, even if the child mouths off to the police office, they are usually given a verbal warning and the parents are told they need to be more stern and controlling or that they need to lighten up. No one wants to think that the parent has tried and the child is completely out of control. The community, the schools, the other parents, family members usually condemn the parent before they even see the situation for themselves.

At first it might seem such scenarios are few and far between, but looking at the statistics of how many women leave their abusive partners and face poverty and single parenthood to protect their children from further violence, violence that their children have grown up with, it is not hard to see that many of these abused children will act out or become aggressive or oppositional when faced with their new lives and trying to deal with the violence of their past. Often little boys who have watched their fathers verbally and physically abuse their mothers while take on the alpha male role once the abusive father is out of the picture. Since their learned behavior is based on how their fathers treated their mothers, they start verbally and physically abusing their mothers.

Stopping the Abuse

The first part of stopping victimized children from victimizing their families is acknowledging that it exists. This abuse needs to be discussed, researched, acknowledged and like may other abuses that went unacknowledged in the past brought to the attention of the public. This is important because until family members can stop hiding and feeling ashamed of not being able to handle these abusive children, the children will not get the help they need to heal and instead they will continue the cycle of abuse with those in the family.

The next step is for support services, the community and the family of the victimized children to not stop support once the child is safe and no longer being abused, there are still many problems the child will have to work through. Just because the abuse has stopped does not mean everything is healthy again. The family needs to learn to be functional. Each of the family members may have different problems that need to be addressed separately and together. For many families, they never had a functional family and do not know how to act and react appropriately.

If the victimized child starts abusing or victimizing others, more help and support is needed to help both the child and those who are now victims. It is imperative that society as a whole, not keep sweeping this type of abuse under the rug. It needs to be brought out into the light and studied so that solutions can be found. This will help heal the victimized children before they create too much damage to others and it will help them perpetuate healthy families in the future.

Barnett, O.W., Miller-Perrin, C.L., & Perrin, R.D. (2004). Family violence across the lifespan:
An introduction. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Kennair, N., & Mellor, D. (2007, October). Parent Abuse: A Review. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 38(3), 203-219. Retrieved June 19, 2009, doi:10.1007/s10578-007-0061-x

Rinehart, P., Borowsky, I., Stolz, A., Latts, E., Cart, C., Brindis, C. (1998, January 1). Youth Violence: Lessons from the Experts. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED460197) Retrieved June 19, 2009, from ERIC database.

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:  Becoming Chaz

Directors : Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Release Date: November 29, 2011

Reviewer:  Heather Blessing, MFT Intern

  Becoming Chaz allows the viewer to get a look into Chaz Bono's transition from female to male.  If someone has very little or no knowledge of transgender issues, it is a place to start.  The movie delves into Chaz's top surgery and issues with his family.
There are several male to female movies out there but not very many female to male transgender movies available.  It is only a small snippet of his life and transgender issues but it might give some basic understanding to someone who is just learning about transgender female to males.


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 (
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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


Advertising and Announcements


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The tentative time for the group is every other Tuesday from 11:00-12:00 noon,
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Please contact Sally Weiler, LCSW at 916-446-6257 or email sallyweiler1@gmail.com for more information and to arrange a complimentary


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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 (http://www.sacramentovalleycamft.org/Newsletter.html)

It is your responsibility to check for spelling and grammar errors.


Ads must be received by the 25th of the month in order to appear in the next newsletter. Ads are placed in the order that they are received.


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