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October 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  October 2014  


 Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

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Letter from the Board

October 1, 2014

Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},

October! One more SVC-CAMFT meeting, one more AAMFT meeting, and one more Board Meeting and we are done. Our Chapter in the SVC-CAMFT Book will be written and we will be turning over our duties, responsibilities, and fun to the new Board.

At the beginning of the year, we met with the old Board and were given the tools they used for last year. This year we developed binders to write down everything we could think of to help the new Board carry on where we left off.  We have received an outstanding response for the new Board and all the appointed positions have been filled! However, please do not let this deter you from volunteering for that “special event” you would like to see in our Chapter. Your ideas and enthusiasm really mean a lot to us.

Just a review of last year, the 3000 Club is blooming, the “First Friday AAMFT/CAMFT meet and greets” are growing, our Law and Ethics program was not only outstanding but delicious too. We have just started our Consultation Group (8:00-9:00 am before the Training in October) and we are planning  Mentorship dinners for next year.  Sponsorship raised $1000.00 towards defraying the cost of the Law and Ethics meeting..thank you Sierra Vista Hospital and North Bay Marin Treatment Center.

One of the most time consuming and work related tasks was the Membership Directory. Carol Nelson provided a beautiful Membership Directory.  We are still receiving compliments from the community for such a great job. Sadly,Carol misses Southern California and she will soon be returning. We will miss her so much.

Though we will soon be leaving, we are not gone. The new Board will have several past Board members who are returning or are very willing to support specific projects that they enjoyed this year. We hope to have a new Legislative Chair, after all we have Cover California for our licensed members and interns (thank you CAMFT), but we still are lobbying for Medicare.

On a personal note: I can’t tell you how honored I am to have worked with my Board. I couldn’t have asked for better people! Each person gave their all. Each person was uniquely special and supportive, each brought  wonderful  talents and gifts, and most of all each person sacrificed their time to make our Chapter a better group to support our wonderful Sacramento Valley Chapter. I am including Laura Frederickson our administrator who works diligently for us and our members who supply our Newsletter with information and interesting topics.  I will treasure this wonderful and exceptional time in my life. You went beyond my expectations  to create a dynamic power that will continue to grow and achieve more and more. Thank you.

We all want to thank the Sacramento Valley Chapter members for all their support. It was wonderful having 69! people for our training.  Hope to see you at the October Training and November for AAMFT!

Jill P. Lawler, LMFT #51392


  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle
- CAMFT Board Meeting Info
· Volunteers for Board Needed
- Farewell to Carol Nelson
·  September Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Meeting Information
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· Interview with a Therapist
· Special Feature·
· Letters to the Editor
· Psyched about Books and Movies

· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter

Jill P. Lawler, LMFT

Past President:
Chad Thompson, LMFT
Maria Wiese, LMFT
Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern
Terri Johnson, LMFT
Darlene Daveis, LMFT
Ann Leber, LMFT
Patricia St. James, LMFT
Program Co-Chairs:
"Marti" McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee
Hospitality Co-Chairs:
Kimberlie Flowers, MFT

Pre-License Co-Chairs:
Sterling Evison, LMFT
Volunteer Chair:

Membership Co-Chairs:
Carol Nelson, LMFT
Betty Knight, LMFT

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 bills passed and signed or vetoed by the governor that pertain to LMFT’s, LCSW’s, and LPCC’s.

SB 578 Record-keeping- This bill requires, for a client or patient whose therapy is terminated on or after January 1, 2015, a marriage and family therapist, licensed educational psychologist, licensed clinical social worker, or licensed professional clinical counselor to retain the client's or patient's health service records for a minimum of 7 years from the date therapy is terminated. The bill requires a minor client's or minor patient's health service records be retained for a minimum of 7 years from the date the client or patient reaches 18 years of age. Records can be retained in either a written or an electronic format. This bill pertains to patients whose therapy is terminated on or after January 1, 2015


SB 1012 MFT: Trainees supervision– This is a CAMFT sponsored bill that increases the limitation of 5 hours of supervision gained per week to 6 hours of supervision gained per week  toward the 3000 hours of experience required for licensure. This bill allows interns and trainees who work in multiple settings simultaneously to receive up to 6hrs of supervision instead of the current law that only allows 5hrs of supervision. This bill has been signed by the governor. The bill is retroactive back six years that allows interns and trainees to apply hours of supervision up to six hours to count beginning January 2009.


AB2198 Mental Health Professionals: Suicide Prevention Training – This bill would have required LMFT’s to take a suicide assessment, treatment, and management training as part of a one-time CEU requirement for licensure renewal. This bill was vetoed by the governor.


On September 20 and 21, 2014 the CAMFT board of directors voted to update CAMFT’s view on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE). See the CAMFT website www.camft.org for specific wording. This wording affirms the legislative intent of Senate Bill 1172 (2012), a law designed to protect the physical and psychological well-being of minors and to protect minors from exposure to serious harms caused by SOCE.  CAMFT also determined not to raise membership fees at this time.


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


 Being an active CAMFT Member - Attending a Board Meeting

Last year when I heard about the "Bylaws issue", I became frustrated because as an intern I was not able to even vote on my future.  I realized that I needed to become more active in CAMFT if I wanted my voice to be heard.  First, I got involved with SaveCAMFT and those involved with SaveCAMFT impressed upon me that to have my voice heard, I should go to the board meeting.  Well, as an intern my finances are very limited, so I could only go to the board meetings that were close enough to easily drive. 

My first CAMFT board meeting was December 2013, where I chose to speak up on behalf of pre-licensed members (35% of the CAMFT members), that we wanted more ability to vote.    At the end of that Board Meeting, the Pre-License chair, Mark
Perlmutter added to new business to discuss pre-license voting rights and representation on the board.

So now to my second CAMFT board meeting which was September 20 & 21, 2014.  I highly recommend everyone to go to a CAMFT board meeting at least once to understand the workings.  This year there was a major improvement - the public packet for the board meeting which was over 200 pages.  The CAMFT board announced that the would allow those who wanted to speak to speak at the beginning of the meeting since the board would be discussing some issues and possibly be making some decisions that members might want to have input on.  Each person has up to 3 minutes to speak.  There are no questions or discussions.  Most spoke against SOCE (Sexual Orientation Change Efforts), one spoke for SOCE, Single Payer was spoken for and so was transparency. 

The board then started to discuss SOCE and spent quite awhile discussing it and deciding to make a stand against it.  Some of the board during the lunch meeting wordsmithed the statement and after lunch it took awhile but they eventually came to a wording and approved it.  Also the board sent a member's proposed changes to the code of ethics regarding SOCE to the ethics committee. 

Single Payer survey results are in.  The board agreed to disseminate the survey results to the membership.  Also there will be a committee created to look into Single Payer and also other Insurance issues that could affect MFTs.

Lots of smaller stuff was handled and then the board ended the public part of the board meeting and went into closed session from about 2:30pm until 5:00pm.  Then from about 8:30am until 10:30am in closed session again.

The public was allowed back in and the board meeting continued. 
  Finances were discussed as well as whether to implement membership dues increases.  After much discussion, it was determined that for now the membership dues would remain the same and if it does have to be raised to do it in small increments (such as $10 a year) for maybe 3 years at a time instead of 5.  But that would be revisited at a later date.

Discussion on whether the bylaws committee should meet with the explanation that the bylaws committee only meets if the board instructs it to go into session.  It can be costly and time consuming.  A proposal was made by Mark Perlmutter, Pre-Licensed Member-at-Large that the bylaws committee should meet with the intention of figuring out how to give pre-license members more of a say because they are 35% of the membership or 25% of the membership dues.  Discussion continued and it was determined the bylaws committee would need more direction so it was determined that the Strategic Planning meeting that is being held in April 2015 would help guide the bylaws committee.  And that soon CAMFT would be opening forums to discuss several issues such as pre-licensed voting rights, electronic voting, dual licensed members on the board and a few other important issues so they can get a feel for how membership feels about these issues.  Then from that information there will be a Strategic Planning meeting that will come up with future plans and then submit to the bylaws committee to see how it could be included in the bylaws and for it to eventually go to the board and then the membership for a vote.

So many things happened and I have forgotten the order - but the Strategic Plan has been brought back into alignment with the bylaws making it MFT focused once again, an Outreach Committee is forming and soon will be taking applications, and many updates on committees and legislation.

I was impressed to see more listening by the board and the board paying more attention to getting feedback from members.

So now on a personal note about pre-licensed members:  I wish you could have seen and heard the impassioned plea Mark made on behalf of the pre-licensed members.  It was also a swift political and well timed maneuver.  See the issue of per-licensed members having more of a voice wasn't even in the agenda, and yet Mark knowing that it is something that easily gets pushed to the side, made a motion (re: bylaws committee) that forced it onto the table, which finally got the issue assigned to the Strategic Planning Retreat in April 2015.  I have a personal connection too, Mark and I did our Master's Degree together.  So to all of the pre-licensed members out there - I want you to know - Mark passionately stood up for us and finally put sound to our muted voices!  It was an odd moment for me, because board meetings usually should be called bored meetings - but I actually had goosebumps and my eyes got teary listening to him passionately advocate for our rights.

- A very enlightened Heather Blessing, MFT Intern (and proud one at that!)



is Holding Elections for the Positions of:






If you are interested, please send an email to membership@sacramentovalleycamft.org

by October 15, 2014.


(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 President shall supervise, direct, and serve as the Executive Officer of the chapter.  It is the President’s responsibility to provide leadership, to exercise general supervision over chapter activities, and to conduct chapter affairs in accordance with the chapter bylaws and/or operating policies.  The President shall maintain contact with all officers, directors, and committee chairs and with members of the chapter by means of letter, email, telephone, or personal contact. The President will coordinate and attend board meetings (5) and 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.



We're Going to Miss You, Carol Nelson!

In January, we met a wonderful person named Carol Nelson. She offered to chair our Membership Committee. This was a difficult task as it was “Membership Directory” year. Carol was marvelous.! She pulled everything together. Since one of our tasks this year has been to stay within budget, she scoured the area to find an appropriate but tasteful printer, found a unique symbol for SVC-CAMFT, and set about accomplishing this task. She got in touch with all the advertisers, spent several hours with  the printer, surveyed the Board members for suggestions, and toted all the boxes of our Membership Directory  to our events to be distributed within the community.

Carol also presented at colleges and universities in the area to promote member. She carried new membership packets under her arm and encouraged students to bring their needs and ideas to us. She reminded all of them what CAMFT does for our members. It was thrilling to watch.

Whenever another position needed support Carol was always there to help: Hospitality, reviewing the Chapter Agreement, AAMFT relationships, making copies, carrying signs, meeting sponsors etc. She was always there.

Sadly, Carol is leaving us to return to her home in Southern California. She was up her only to help family and now that this need has been met, she is returning home. I want to personally thank Carol and extent the thanks of a grateful Board to her.

As President of SVC-CAMFT, I want to extend the gratitude of the whole Membership or SVC-CAMFT for the things they saw you do and things they didn’t even know that you did for all of us.

Thank you Carol, You will be missed! (When can we come down and visit?)


Jill P. Lawler, LMFT 51392


  September Presentation Summary
Short-term Effective Youth Trauma Treatment  (2 CEUs)

Thank you to all the attendees for making Friday, September 19th one of the most successful SVC-CAMFT meetings to date. You showed up, asked great questions and provided excellent feedback on the evaluations. We appreciate you!

Laura delivered! Laura Strom, MS. LMFT, LPCC, CRC, who is the President-Elect for CAMFT, delivered a brief overview of research informing us that a child’s growing brain is altered by trauma. She then introduced Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment as a model of trauma care for our young clients. And we had a chance to experience the treatment modality in real time.

The evidenced-based research that Laura presented was complex and the outcomes profound. And even though the three steps we learned during the meeting seemed simple, the process has proven to be highly effective in stopping  or at least reducing heightened anxiety, panic and the fight or flight reaction. The three step process is as follows:

  • 1.     Long slow deep breaths
  • 2.     Progressive muscle relaxation
  • 3.     Guided imagery

It has been proven that there are immediate results when the three steps are applied. However, to maximize the benefits of the Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment, a client is engaged in 15-18 session intervention process. So, inquiries during the meeting about clients that resist this kind of intervention in the short-term were very appropriate.

Based upon the demonstration, it seems that immediate relief from anxiety and panic are possible using the three steps. But for long-term results, the relationship between a provider and their client is probably central. Time, trust and commitment are important. And appropriate training for the provider is a must for this or any treatment to be successful.

During our September meeting we also had a chance to get acquainted with our October 17th speaker, Carol Delzer, MA, JD.  Carol, a Family Law Specialist, Marriage Family Therapist and author, informed us that she will present information about tools for our clients who are co-parenting after divorce. We hope to see you next month; perhaps you will be one of the winners of Carol’s book entitled, “Collaborative Co-parenting.”

It is the wish of the Program Co-Chairs that every attendee left the September 19th meeting feeling that there was value in what they learned. Laura Strom is very approachable for those who may be interested in learning more about accessing training for this treatment modality. And should any of you choose to try the three steps, we’d love to hear the results and maybe share some of your experiences in our next newsletter. Stay in touch. See you next month. And thank you again for making SVC-CAMFT a part of your professional development.


Upcoming Meeting Information

(Remember we are at Sierra Vista Now)
Free Pre-license 3000 Club Meeting
Topic: Interactive Discussion
Presenter: TBA
Date:  Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

More info: TBA

Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Then stay and join our breakfast training - click here to register and pay for the breakfast training.

October Monthly Training

Topic: Co-Parenting Tools for Groups and Individuals
Presenter:  Carol Delzer, MA, JD
Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014 
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00PM

Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Workshop Information:

8 Weeks to Collaborative Co-parenting book written by Carol Delzer is a great tool for teaching co-parenting classes to groups and individuals.  Carol will provide attendees with insightful information on how to use the Collaborative co-parenting tools and what family courts want co-parent educators to teach to parents coming apart. 

Carol has a well-developed outline to helping parents work together for the best interest of the children involved.  There are multiple examples of agreements, homework, and interventions included in the book with clear examples.  There are wonderful heartfelt stories to create a desire for newly divorced parents, or for parents that are trying to work through the relationship issues.  This book will give you the tools to help clients and will change how you may perceive this difficult topic with current clients.

Speaker Bio:

Carol Delzer has been a family law attorney-mediator for over 22 years. Carol is a certified Family Law Specialist, Marriage Family Therapist and author of three books: Collaborative Co-parenting; Divorce Done Easier and coauthored Positive Discipline for Single Parents.  Carol will be giving away copies of her Collaborative Co-parenting book at the training.

Includes continental breakfast and 2 CEUs
Register and pay online or register and pay cash/check at the door. Early registration ends Tuesday, October 14th
Early registration rates*:
2014 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2014 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2014 please email: info@sacramentovalleycamft.org
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay at the door: info@sacramentovalleycamft.org 

November Training (please note information will be on the http://aamftca.org/sacramento/ shortly)

Upcoming Board Meetings
Board Meetings are FREE for anyone to attend BUT we do ask you register so we have an accurate headcount.
To Register click on the board meeting(s) you wish to attend.

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 10am-2pm - (Election & Training Focused)

Interview with a Therapist

Interview with Becky Counter, LMFT

Q:     How long have you been licensed?
A:      Approximately 8 years
Q:      Where do you work? 
A:      “I have worked in Foster Care Agencies, County Mental Health, and the County
           Office of Education.”

Q:     Is it private practice or an agency?
A:     “Agencies.”
Q:     What population/s do you work with?
A:     “I have primarily worked with children, adolescents and families in non-profit or
Q:     What type/s of therapy do you utilize in your mental health work?
A:     “I use primarily Family Systems, CBT, and a Developmental model.”
Q:     Which, if any, certification/s or specialization/s do you have?
A:     “None.”
Q:     Is there any other information about yourself that you’d like to

A:     “I have a passion to serve the underserved.  I manage my stress through yoga and
           meditation.  Through my work I have learned to have more awareness of my own
           needs and to take care of myself physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
           I think that therapists need to be willing and open to their awareness and
           reflection on their own work due to the demands of the field.  If we do not take
           time to nurture ourselves and our own well-being, we can get lost in the caretaking
           of “others” to the detriment of both ourselves and our clients.”
Q:      What made you decide upon mental health as a profession?
A:      “I began work in a residential group home for adolescents when I was in college
            and saw the needs and benefits of mental health work for this population.”
Q:     What types of populations or particular types of mental health
           challenges have been most challenging for you to work with?

A:       “I found the conflicts and dynamics of marital counseling were the most difficult
             for me as a young intern.”
Q:      How have you dealt with clients with poor boundaries?
A:        “By reaffirming my own boundaries, and educating my clients about the
              importance of boundaries, and the appropriateness of boundaries in the
              therapeutic relationship.”
Q:      What advice would you give for someone contemplating private
            practice versus other workplace options? 

A:       “I do not feel this is my area of expertise to be giving others advice.”
Q:        How do you feel about personal therapy being optional for

A:         “I believe that it is needed in order to do this work.”
Q:          Which skills do you think are most important for a pre-licensed
               therapist to focus on developing?

A:           “The understanding of theory and treatment planning.  Also, the importance of
                 including case management in all treatment.”
Q:        Which mental health-related books have been your favorites or
             influenced you the most?

A:         “All of Dan Siegel’s work.  Audio: The Neurobiology of We.  Brene Brown: The
              Gifts of Imperfection.”

Q:       What have you found to be the most fulfilling and meaningful aspects
            of your career?

A:       “Educating families about their child’s development and developmental stages.”
Q:        Did you have a mentor or a particular person that influenced your
             growth as a therapist? 

A:         “Kate Messina, LCSW and Ken Larson, PhD.”
Q:       If so, what did you learn from that person and how did he or she
           contribute to your development as a mental health professional?

A:        “They offered me guidance and support while navigating my therapeutic role with
              a variety of clients.”
Q:      How did you go about creating your own therapeutic style?
A:       “I have taken from what I have read, what research has informed me, what I have
             been taught and modeled, and integrated it with myself as the instrument to
             form my own therapeutic style.”
Q:        What do you know now that wish you knew before you became a
              licensed therapist?

A:           “That I love case management more than I realized.”
Q:        What advice would you give to a pre-licensed therapist?
A:          “Get experience in a variety of environments, elder, prison, mental health, clinic,
                and be comfortable with billing Medi-Cal!"
Interview by: Sterling Evison, LMFT
SVC-CAMFT Pre-Licensed Co-Chair

Special Feature

The Positive Effects of Collaborative Co-parenting

For the Children’s Sake

The parent-child relationship is one of the most important, life-changing bonds you’ll ever have. Making wise decisions regarding parenting is critical for children.

Collaborative co-parenting is something parents will benefit from learning – to parent together even when the other parent has differing views on how to raise a child. For families of divorce, or unmarried parents apart, children often become innocent victims of the tension and resentment between the parents. Collaborative co-parenting can change that situation by providing parents with constructive tools to use in building positive child custody and visitation plans.

The collaborative co-parenting approach means finding a way to work with your co-parent with dignity and respect. What was once a personal relationship becomes more like a business relationship wherein both parties set aside personal feelings for the benefit of the children. Collaborative co-parents learn to develop strategies for conflict management and to establish a stable routine for the children via a collaborative child custody and parenting plan. During the relationship breakup children need to look to both parents for guidance and support. Collaborative co-parenting reduces the negative environment for the children and improves the health of the entire family.

The Book Collaborative Co-parenting is an 8-week workbook course on how to support and nurture children during divorce or a relationship breakup and how to avoid the mistakes others have made. This book supports parents in providing their children a chance to look back on these years as a happy period touched by their parents breakup or divorce rather than a childhood devastated by it.

Also available is Collaborative Co-parenting education program online a 4 hour program with a certificate of completion at www.CollaborativeCoparenting.com  A discount passcode is available at www.FamilyLawCenter.US. 

Collaborative Co-parenting by Carol F. Delzer can be purchased directly from the local author at her office Family Law Center, 1722 Professional Drive, Sacramento, CA 95825, for $6 each or order a copy online at Amazon


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:  Sister Wives (TV Series)
Network : TLC
Released: 2010-current
Reviewer:  Heather Cassandra Blessing, MFT Intern
This is a TV Series about polygamy - one man, four wives.  I first turned it on several years ago figuring I would quickly find it annoying and overly dramatic.  What I found instead was an amazingly healthy family dynamic.  What I actually find helpful is to watch these four completely different women interacting with each other and their husband and working on open and honest communication.  They discuss how things make them feel and they work very hard at trying to make the relationship work for everyone.  After watching an episode, it always gives me ideas for the families and couples I am working with.


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


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"Enhancing Intimate Relationship" is a 6-week class for individuals, single or married.  Learn practical tools and insightful exercises inspired by the book, "Fishing by Moonlight" by Colene Sawyer, PhD.  Practice communication skills while learning WHAT RELATIONSHIPS ARE ALL ABOUT.  Discover how to find, and become the optimal partner.

Time: 6:00 to 7:30pm
Dates: Thursday, October 9 to November 13, 2014
Location: 507 Natomas Street, Folsom
Registration fee: $100 for singles, $150 for couples, which includes a copy of "Fishing by Moonlight"
Space is limited: For questions or registration, call Katy Green, LMFT (916) 705-1662 or email kathygreen_mft@yahoo.com


Inspired by the book, "Fishing by Moonlight" written by Colene Sawyer, LMFT, PhD.
Included in the full course:
Exercises tailored for individuals; married or single.  Discover how to FIND or BECOME the optimal partner.  Structured for small groups that meet weekly for six weeks or an intensive week-end class.  Practice communication skills while learning what RELATIONSHIPS ARE REALLY ALL ABOUT. Some things can be done in a group that cannot be done in individual sessions.  Students broaden learning by sharing with each other.
Date:  Saturday, October 18th
Time: 10am to 1pm
Place:  Hope Counseling Center - 1528 Eureka Road, Suite 101, Roseville, CA 95661
Cost:  Free (Space is limited) Cost including 3 CEUs: $15
For questions and registration for the workshop call Colene Sawyer Schlaepfer at (916) 294-0836 or email colenephd@gmail.com  More information about the course: www.betterrelationshipcourse.com


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