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November 2013 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  November 2013  

Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

Hello Sacramento Valley,

As 2013 comes to a close our organization is at a crossroads. There are many people to thank who have worked very hard on behalf of our local Chapter as well as the State level. Our thanks need to go out to Eva, Carol, Karla, Luis, Cheryl, Catherine, and Althea for their tireless service on behalf of the Sacramento Valley Chapter.

We are still looking for people to serve on the 2014 Board of Directors. We need to have a President -Elect, someone who will learn from next years President Jill Lawler and prepare to preside over the Chapter business on 2015. If interested, please feel free to contact any Board Member for more information. We really need people to step up and fill the many gaps listed below.

President Elect -- VACANT
President - Jill Lawler
Past-President - Chad Thompson

Secretary - Brad Gilbert
Treasurer - Beverly Baldwin

Newsletter Editor - Heather Blessing
Program Chair - Tracy Thomas
Hospitality Co-Chair - Kimberlie Flowers
Hospitality Co-Chair - Mike McDonald

Pre-Licensed Chair - VACANT
Membership Co-Chair#1 -VACANT
Membership Co-Chair#2 - VACANT
Member at Large - Licensed - Linda Sessions
Member at Large - Prelicensed - VACANT
Volunteer Chair - VACANT

Please, help us further our profession, our community profile and our continued advocacy and training for Sacramento Valley Marriage and Family Therapists. Our ballot needs to be out within the next week or two. WE NEED YOU NOW.

  This issue:

· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle

· Training Survey
· Volunteers for Board Needed
 ·October Presentation Summary
Upcoming Meeting Information
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· November AAMFT CAMFT Training
· 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.

I am having a difficult time thinking that it is November already! It’s not that time flies by like a bird it’s that I seem to never have time to finish what I need to accomplish (or want to accomplish). I hope that the articles you have read throughout this year have been helpful. I think it’s important to stay current on what is happening in our profession and in our organizations.

With that said you will soon receive voting ballots to “reinstate” the 2009 bylaws. CAMFT recently voted “To approve the repeal of the current bylaws approved in July 2013 and reinstate the bylaws adopted in June 2009. The Board’s approval is subject to voting clinical members’ approval by ballot.”

A “Yes” vote on the ballot means the June 2009 bylaws will be reinstated. A “No” vote on the ballot means the July 2013 bylaws will remain in effect. Please take some time to make your decision about what is best for our organization and its future. 

Also wanted to address changes to the Law and Ethics Exam structure which was supposed to go into effect January 2014. Because of eBreeze (the new database that will eventually make our life better) the BBS needed to utilize all staff in its implementation and did not want it to interfere with the new Law and Ethics Exam structure. This means that if you have not entered into the exam process by January 2016 you will need to take the Law and Ethics test. More to come as we get closer to 2016!

Lastly those of you that are retired or thinking of retiring your LMFT license please note new changes in the law as of January 2014.

  • If your retired license was issued prior to January 1, 2014: You may apply to restore your retired license to active status if it was issued less than five years prior to the application date. After this date, if you wish to resume practice you will be required to take the Board’s current examinations and meet its current education and experience requirements for licensure.
  • If your retired license was issued on or after January 1, 2014: You may apply to restore your retired license to active status if it was issued less than three years prior to the application date. After this date, if you wish to resume practice you will be required to take the Board’s current examinations and meet its current education and experience requirements for licensure.

See you all next year!


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


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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 - Pre-licensed
Volunteer Chair
Please contact Chad for more information


  October Presentation Summary

Failure to Launch: Having the Conversation

Presenter: Kevin Phillips, Focus Treatment Center

"Failure to Launch" is a term used to describe the continuing dependency of young adults on their parents beyond the adolescent years. Mr. Phillips described how issues such has a depressed job market, young adults becoming addicted to various substances, or lack of a nurturing home environment can contribute to this failure to launch.  The solution proposed is to increase relational competency.  Relational competency is the readiness to enter into relationships of mutuality and trust, characterized by authentic dialogue that leads to continual growth and learning.  Many parents may not be adept at how to communicate to their children despite considering themselves good communicators; this is where a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) can step in and help.  When parents develop partnerships with their children they can move into needed continual growth and learning.  The main issue that prevents relational competency is communication pitfalls, such as assumptions, not asking questions, needing to be right, blaming, lack of active listening, and providing absolutes.


An MFT will help parents to move out of seeing only their reality where they find comfort toward creating a shared reality with their children.  Ultimately trying to understand their child’s reality will produce discomfort as their child’s reality and style of communication will be different from theirs’; these differences produce conflict with most people wanting to avoid such conflict.  An intuitive MFT will help parents work through their discomfort by moving people to increased awareness of each other’s values and increase alignment with their children’s values.


Root values can be viewed with a matrix of different polarities.  Some people will be more active/extroverted while others will be more reflective/introverted.  As well, people will move toward poles of valuing relationships or valuing completion of tasks.  Depending on where a person lands on this matrix will define four relationship styles of directing, inspiring, influencing, and exploring.  When children are moving through their life their parents will need to learn to be agile with their relationship styles; relational agility serves relational competency by helping the child/young adult move from directing, to exploring, to influencing, and to inspiring modeled by their parents.  For example, if a child is dealing with drugs a parent may at first be directing telling them they must stop the behavior. Once there, a parent can move toward exploring what other areas of life would be healthier for the child to set goals toward. Once goals are established, the parent can flexibly influence their child on how to meet those new goals. Finally, as goals are met the parent moves to inspire their child to continue on the child’s own.


The communication pitfalls develop when a parent is not fluid with their relationship style.  Rather than adjusting to the relationship style the child needs, the parents stay in their own relationship style that is easier and more comfortable to them. Unfortunately, by doing this, the child then experiences the directing parent as dictating, the influencing parent as manipulating, the exploring parent as one avoiding or indecisive, or the inspiring parent as enabling. Parents must be “diagonally challenged” (based on the matrix shown in the training) to meet the needs of the child’s relationship style. The MFT will help the parent to relationally process and diagonally challenge their relationship style by helping a parent pace their response (accelerate or decelerate), communicate by making statements or asking questions, and address goals or process. For example, since the directing parent is prone to actively/quickly attend to tasks, an MFT will help him to decrease his reaction by asking open ended questions (rather than make demands/statements) to address his child’s personal process (feelings not tasks/goals).


The training was fascinating and provides great insight to providing some tools for therapists to help parents better communicate with their child who is having a hard time launching.  More time afforded to the concepts would have been helpful to enhance understanding the material. Nonetheless, Mr. Phillips did an excellent job providing insight in how to create a safe environment for parents to creatively deal with conflict and provide relational tools to assist their children mature and succeed in life.

Submitted by:

Michael Everson, MFT Trainee
Life Practice Counseling Group

Upcoming Meeting Information
Check the January Newsletter for Time, Date and Location for the January Meeting!

Upcoming Board Meetings

The January Newsletter will have the board meetings for 2014.



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

Date: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Includes Catered Breakfast and 2 CE Certificate
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall
2729 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Cost: $15 Students, $25 AAMFT Members, $35 Non-Members
Flyer available for download: http://aamftca.org/sacramento/#anch8
Registration: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1570318-xWaEfBPmyJ
Presentation Description

The information contained within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th Edition vastly differs from previous editions; every section has seen significant changes. This workshop will provided a structured presentation that encourages questions and conversation from participants about the multiple changes to DSM 5, with focus given to neurodevelopmental disabilities, schizophrenia spectrum, mood disorders, and trauma and stressor-related disorders. Context to the changes will be provided during a brief review of the history of DSM.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Guedet, MFT is a long standing Clinical member of AAMFT, an Approved Supervisor, and presently serves as a member of the Political Action Advisory Committee for AAMFT-CA. Dr. Guedet, MFT was privileged to participate in some of the Research Trials for the APA concerning the new manual.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about the multiple changes with the Major Mental Disorders of DSM.
Learn how to begin using the new format of the DSM 5.
Begin to understand the varied changes with the DSM 5.
Registration four or fewer days from the event, including walk-ins, pay additional $5. Refunds not provided for failure to attend or for cancellations less than seven days prior to the event. A $20 charge will be applied to denied credit card charges.

Event qualifies for CE for MFT and LCSW required by CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS Provider #91.

For further information, contact:

Questions? Contact Sacramento Networking District Chair, at chair@aamftsacramento.org
Special Feature
Part 3 of 3

Saving Your Way Out of Debt: 10 Steps Toward Real Financial Freedom
By Karen McCall

Step 7: Celebrate being Debt Free! When you imagined being debt-free, it might have seemed like only a fantasy. I have celebrated this fantasy becoming reality hundreds of times with people who have used the Saving Your Way Out of Debt plan. People who felt imprisoned by debt for decades freed themselves by using this simple method of eliminating debt. Clients have literally danced in my office after they made their last debt payment. I’ve danced with them too! Be sure to celebrate your accomplishment and acknowledge yourself for taking the necessary steps to unburden yourself from debt. You deserve it.

Step 8: Plan for the Future with Long-term and Investment Savings Long-term/Investment Savings must be supported by the other kinds of savings. If your only savings is in the form of long-term investments and retirement accounts, it almost necessarily shoves you into a debt cycle. With debt either eliminated or on the way to elimination, a Periodic Savings account to you from going back into debt, and a safety-net account to protect income, long-term investment savings becomes possible, sensible, and much more secure.
Often times periodic expenses force us to tap into investment or retirement accounts. Tragically, when people have to cash out their IRAs or 401(k)s because of debt or loss of income, the taxes and penalties are enormous. Worse yet, people often feel so much regret at about doing so that that their self-esteem takes a hit along with their assets. With Periodic and Safety-net Savings in place, your long-term savings is truly secure.

Step 9: Resist the Seduction of a Zero Balance There's one real problem with eliminating debt. Those big zeros on your balance sheet can call to you, tempting you with promises of immediate gratification. Instead of succumbing to temptation, use your Periodic Savings as a way to make important, non-monthly purchases. Plan for those special purchases and allow time to let your savings grow in order to make them. The satisfaction of enjoying a special purchase that is made without incurring debt doubles the pleasure. 

Step 10: Enjoy Real Financial Freedom By leveraging the power of savings, you can free yourself from debt once and for all. Debt-free and secure, you can experience serenity and peace of mind. You’ll know that both your present and your future are protected. I know I’m a freer person today than I was when debt had its stronghold on me. I know that thousands of people who have put this program into practice share the freedom of this life without the cage of debt and the stone walls of worry.
Financial freedom is not only about the amount of money you have. It is about having a healthy, secure relationship with your money at whatever your income level. Saving Your Way Out of Debt is can be a powerful tool in your personal Financial Recovery.
Karen McCall, Founder
Financial Recoverysm Institute
MoneyMinderOnline.com Co-Founder
415 742 4292
Read my blog here
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 Order Karen's book here:  http://www.financialrecovery.com/?p=books

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:  Swagger

Author: Lisa Bloom

Copyright: 2012, Vantage Press, NY, NY

Reviewer:  Heather Blessing, MFT Intern


If you work with male minorities, especially youth, this book helps you really understand what they are up against.  It also gives good ideas on how to give these young men a fighting chance to make good chances in a world where they are inundated with music and media that are not positive role models.  Ms. Bloom uses a lot of references which gave me more information and ideas.


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


Advertising and Announcements


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If you live anywhere near Folsom it is a long trip to our SVC-CAMFT meetings.  There is an opportunity to meet with colleagues at Folsom Area Counselors and Therapists or FACT.  We meet monthly on the 1st Thursday from 8:30 to 10 at the Marriott Courtyard on Bidwell in Folsom.  Breakfast is optional.  Meetings are free for members and include a speaker of interest.  Discussions are lively.  Come visit and try us out.  Website:  www.folsomtherapists.org.


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Telephone: 916.641.7300


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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