January 2020

Newsletter Editor: Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 

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Letter from the Board

January 1, 2020

Happy New  Year, {Contact_FullName}!

I am grateful and thrilled for the opportunity to serve as President of SVC-CAMFT.  Two years ago after relocating from Southern California, I joined the chapter as a way to network, grow and establish a community.  I did not anticipate being a Board member or even President. However, I am thankful for Past Presidents Patricia St. James, LMFT and Ann Leber, LMFT, for their encouragement, guidance and mentoring.

As we enter into this new decade, SVC-CAMFT will celebrate 50 years of service to the Sacramento Valley. Our sustainability through the years is much in part due to our members and the many volunteers who have offered their time, talent and expertise to SVC-CAMFT. Please plan to join us in November as we commemorate the chapter’s achievement and acknowledge our members with our 50th anniversary celebration party. 

There is so much in store for 2020. My goals include enhancing the member experience and our visibility within the community. This begins with our upcoming Annual Membership Meeting in January. SVC-CAMFT will host the third annual Job Fair in March, participate in the NAMI Walk in May and serve the community during the National Suicide Prevention Month in September.  

The Programming Committee has planned a full calendar of diverse workshops and speaker events. I am specifically looking forward to January’s workshop on Systemic Affair Recovery Therapy presented by our very own Past President, Talal Alsaleem, LMFT, PsyD. Keep a look out for upcoming workshops on wilderness and walking therapy, adoption, music and dance, and our annual 2-day Law and Ethics training. 

Lastly, there are a few open positions on the Board and multiple opportunities to volunteer. Do consider how you may be able to get involved and further support our organization.  We are always appreciative of the help from volunteers. Thank you again for this opportunity to serve you and our community in 2020. I look forward to connecting with you at our monthly meetings.  


In wellness,

Linita Morris, LMFT

SVC-CAMFT President

This issue: 

· Letter From the Board

· News from the BBS

· Upcoming Event Information

 Upcoming Board Meetings

· Paid MFT Internships

· Advertising and Announcements

Advertising Policy for the Newsletter


  Linita Morris, LMFT

  Dr. La Tanya Takla, EdD, LMFT 

  Past President:
  Ann Leber, LMFT

  Secretary:              Marianna Jakucska, LMFT

  Merrett Sheridan, LMFT

  Program Co-Chairs: 
  Amita Khare, LMFT

  3000 Club Chair:          Alicia Pharis, LMFT

  Volunteer Chair:

  Membership Chair:

  Sponsorship Chair: 

News from the BBS


We have added some documents to our home page (https://bbs.ca.gov/) under the "What's New, Important Updates" link which explain some of the new laws going into effect during 2020 and 2021. These documents relate to the following,  LEP's as Supervisors, Providing Notice to Clients, Suicide Risk Assessment requirement, License Portability and new Exam Vendor.\

    The BBS provided us with the following information:

    1. AB 630 – Requirement to provide notice to psychotherapy clients.  This FAQ provides general information on the notice that will be required, beginning July 1, 2020, to be given to clients in both exempt and non-exempt settings. (Affects all license types.)

    2. SB 679 – License Portability To California (Must be licensed in another U.S. jurisdiction for at least 2 years). This FAQ provides information on qualifying for the new streamlined pathway for licensure for out-of-state applicants. (Effective January 1, 2020; Affects out-of-state LMFT, LPCC, and LCSW applicants.)

    3. AB 1651 – LEPs as Supervisors.  This FAQ provides information about LEPs as supervisors, and contains information about the qualifications an LEP needs to serve as a supervisor. (Effective January 1, 2020; Affects LEPs and AMFTs, ASWs, and APCCs.)

    4. 90-Day Rule FAQ. This provides information about the new fingerprinting requirements to utilize the 90-day rule for individuals graduating on or after January 1, 2020.  (Affects applicants seeking registration as an AMFT, ASW, or APCC.)

    5. Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Coursework.  This document provides information about the new requirement of a minimum of 6 hours of coursework or supervised experience in suicide risk assessment and intervention effective January 1, 2021.  (Affects all existing licensees and all applicants for licensure.)

    In addition to the above outreach documents, please be aware of these additional upcoming law changes, which do not necessarily warrant a FAQ but are also important for licensees and/or applicants to keep in mind:

    • From SB 786 (Board omnibus bill). Please note that effective January 1, 2020, the Board will add a new degree title that will be accepted toward LMFT licensure.  The new degree title is clinical mental health counseling, and it must have an emphasis in either marriage, family, and child counseling or marriage and family therapy.  The intent of this change is to add a new option for a degree title that is eligible for dual licensure as an LMFT and LPCC in California, and that will also likely be eligible for dual licensure in other states (which often use CACREP standards to set licensure and/or degree title requirements for LPCCs).
    • SB 425: Required Reporting to Licensing Board.  This bill requires any health care facility or other entity for which a healing arts licensee practices to make a report to the applicable licensing board within 15 days of receiving any allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct against the licensee by a patient, if the patient or a patient’s representative makes the allegation in writing.  A willful failure to file the report is punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 per violation.  Any failure to file the report is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 per violation.  (Effective January 1, 2020; Affects all license types)
  • “Old” LMFT and LPCC Supervised Experience Categories (Option 2) Expires December 31, 2020.  For individuals currently gaining experience toward LMFT or LPCC licensure, there is a deadline approaching at the end of 2020. Senate Bill 620 (Chapter 262, Statutes of 2015) streamlined the categories of experience hours that qualify for licensure. The legislation allowed the prior set of experience categories to remain available, but only until December 31, 2020.  In order to qualify under the “old” set of categories (Option 2), an Application for Licensure and Examination must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2020. Otherwise the applicant must fully qualify under the new set of categories (Option 1).




January 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM
Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Item I.
 Call To Order
Item II.
 Welcome and Annual Report
Item III.
Item IV.
 Committee Report(s)
Item V.
 Old Business
  1) Announcement of Election Results
 2) Presentation of New Board Members
Item VI.
 New Business
Item VII.
 Open Forum
Item VIII.
 Call to Close

Please Click to Register 
No cost to attend - Free Breakfast


Topic:  Introduction to Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy
  Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT


Date:  Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Room: American River North

Doors Open at 8:30AM
Networking starts at 8:30 AM

It is the goal of SVC-CAMFT is to ensure that we have an environment that is conducive to learning for all of our attendees so we ask that at our events\workshops not to wear scented products.  Thank you.

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by expanding the understanding of the process of healing and introduce clinicians to the clinical tools you need to help your clients recover from the trauma of infidelity. The knowledge base clinicians will gain from this workshop as well as the clinical interventions are based on extensive clinical work with couples dealing with infidelity.

Includes: Breakfast and meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  Sacramento Valley Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists (SVC-CAMFT) CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #62279 is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor Continuing Education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. SVC-CAMFT maintains the responsibility for the program and all its content.  CE Credit will be awarded after the completion of the course via email in exchange for a completed course evaluation form.

No CEs will be awarded to persons arriving late or leaving early. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. 

Workshop Information:

Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy 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. The workshop was created to introduce counselors of all levels to the core principles of infidelity counseling and provide an overview of the Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy treatment framework.

8:30 am Registration Starts & Networking Starts
9:00am - 9:30am - Annual Membership Meeting
9:45am - 10:00am - Announcements
10:00am - 11:00am 
- Lecture
11:00am - 11:10am - Group Discussion
11:10am - 12:00pm - 
noon - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:
1.   Participants will be able to list the core principles of infidelity counseling.
2.    Participants will be able to list the seven milestones of healing from infidelity.
3.    Participants will be able to identify the clinical treatment challenges of infidelity counseling.

Presenter Bio:
Award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Infidelity: The Best Worst Thing that Could Happen to Your Marriage, and the founder of the Infidelity Counseling Center. His research interests and clinical work are focused on identifying the causes of infidelity and providing the best treatment for recovery from its impact. He developed Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) ™, a method of infidelity counseling that has helped hundreds of couples navigate the challenges of the healing journey from affairs. Dr. Alsaleem is an international lecturer and speaker. His engaging talks have helped many counselors broaden their understanding of infidelity and gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from affairs. Learn more at TalalAlsaleem.com.

Register and pay online

Early registration ends Thursday, January 2, 2020 Early registration rates:

2020 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20

2020 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $15

Non-Member: $30

Starting Friday, January 3, 2020 rates:

2020 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $25

2020 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT or a local chapter of CAMFT: $20

Non-Member: $35

Registration Ends Wednesday, January 8 , 2020No Walk-in Registration unless announced.  

Registration Policy
Effective January 1, 2018 SVC-CAMFT event registration must be paid online except with prior approval.  Registration dates and fees may vary and are subject to change without notice.  Event discounts prices and discount periods may or may not be offered.  Event registration is deemed complete during the registration period in which registration payment is received.  Incomplete or unpaid registration will be cancelled and removed at the end of each registration period. 

Refund Policy
Cancellations received more than 7 days prior to an event may be subject to an administrative fee to cover costs of the initial transaction.  No shows, failure to attend, and cancellations 7 or fewer days prior to an event for any reason are non-refundable, including registrations received fewer than 7 days prior to an event. No credit, refunds, or price adjustments will be given for typographical advertisement errors. A $25 fee in addition to the registration fee will be charged for insufficient funds, denied credit cards, or charge-backs. By registering for the event you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.

Grievance Policy 
is located here.

To request accommodations for a disability or an ASL interpreter for any of our events contact our Administrative Assistant at info@svccamft.org


Our next MeetUp for Mental Health Professionals of Color will be on Friday, January 15, 2020 at 5:30 - 7pm Location: 4424 Marley Drive, Sacramento, CA 95821

No need to be a member of any organization. This is a safe space for people of color. Any mental health professional of color - any race, culture, nationality or religion is welcome.

2020 Upcoming

Upcoming Board Meetings

Board Meetings are FREE for anyone to attend BUT you MUST register so we have an accurate headcount.

To Register click on the board meeting(s) you wish to attend.


Fri, January 10, 2020 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall

Sat, March 07, 2020 9:30 AM • Rancho Cordova City Hall


Fri, April 03, 2020 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall


Fri, June 05, 2020 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall


Fri, September 04, 2020 12:30 PM • Rancho Cordova City Hall


Fri, November 06, 2020 8:00 AM • Rancho Cordova City Hall

Prelicensed is a free resource for MFT registered associates, trainees, and students in California. We offer numerous services that are designed to help you prepare and prevail over the course of your journey to licensure

Urgent Response Therapist - Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Children's Home

MFT / LPHA Therapist - Sacramento, CA - Another Choice, Another Chance

Therapist - Napa, CA - Aldea Children and Family Services  

For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed

Advertising and Announcements

None at this time

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.

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


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