February 2020

Newsletter Editor: Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 

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Letter from SVC-CAMFT

February 1, 2020

Dear {Contact_FullName},

It's February and a good time to remember self-love by doing self-care.  As we walk through the stores with the red hearts everywhere, try to think about yourself as your own valentine.  Working in this field we often worry about the needs of others and not our own needs.  So this February celebrate you!  Arrange to go out to eat at a place you love, get a massage, take a hike in nature, do something you love or even read a book.  Give yourself some time for yourself - You ARE Worth It!

Our February workshop, The Adoption Journey and the Role of Mental Health Specialists by Jenenne Macklin,  aims to support providers in meeting the diverse needs of adoptive families. (Today is the last day of registration - so register now).

Access to adoption-competent mental health services is well-documented and vitally needed for families and children coming together through adoption in order to promote positive outcomes and the long-term success of adoptions.  Often clients come in for issues that at first do not seem to be related to adoption, but a deeper dive into the issues show a connection.  This specialized adoption competency workshop may influence one’s assessment protocols, diagnoses, treatment plans and interventions to better support the client on their healing journey.

Don't forget in the hour before the workshop starts we also will be having the 3000 club workshop: **Free** Pre-Licensed 3000 Club Workshop - Law and Ethics JEOPARODY!

In March while we will not have any workshops, SVC-CAMFT is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Mental Health Professionals Job Fair!  Not only are there going to be many job opportunities and employers there, it is a great time to network and learn about resources.  We hope to see you there.

For more information about our meetups in February click these links:  Mental Health Professionals of Color Meetup & MeetUp for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Professionals

In wellness,


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:
  Carolyn Nelson, LMFT

  Membership Chair:

  Sponsorship Chair: 

News from the BBS


Graduating on or After January 1, 2020? Make Your Hours Count!
A new law* will affect individuals graduating on or after January 1, 2020. These applicants may only count post-degree hours of experience gained under the “90-day rule” if the workplace required the applicant to complete Live Scan fingerprinting prior to gaining those hours.

“Graduating on or after January 1, 2020? Make your hours count! Keep a copy of your employer-required Live Scan Fingerprint Form to count postdegree hours.

What is the “90-day rule”?The 90-day rule is a clause in the law that allows applicants for registration as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, or Associate Clinical Social Worker (Associate), whose Associate application is received within 90 days of the qualifying degree award date, to count supervised experience gained during the window of time between the degree award date and the issue date of the Associate registration number.

How is this rule changing, and when?
Those who graduate on or after January 1, 2020 may only count post-degree hours of supervised experience gained under the 90-day rule if the workplace required the applicant to complete Live Scan fingerprinting prior to gaining post-degree experience hours. Post-degree hours may only be counted as of the date recorded at the bottom of the Request for Live Scan Service form.

What will be required of applicants?
Applicants must obtain a copy of their Request for Live Scan Service form and provide a copy to the Board when applying for licensure in order to count post-degree experience hours gained under the 90-day rule.

What happens if the applicant’s employer does not require fingerprinting, or if the applicant cannot obtain a copy of the completed Request for Live Scan Service form?
Post-degree experience hours gained during the window of time between the degree award date and the issue date of the Associate registration number will not count.

How can applicants ensure that they meet the new requirement?
Applicants must obtain a copy of their completed Request for Live Scan Service form from the employer and keep it in a safe place. The applicant must submit a copy of this form upon application for licensure. Other documentation cannot be accepted as the law does not allow for any alternatives.

Does this apply to MFT or PCC trainees?
The Live Scan requirement does not apply to trainees. However, if there is a possibility that a trainee will be continuing to work for the same agency after graduation, the individual will need to have been fingerprinted by that agency before they can count any post-degree hours under the 90-day rule at that agency. The fingerprinting may be completed while a trainee.

* Business and Professions Code sections 4980.43, 4996.23 and 4999.46.


February 3000 Club

Topic: Law and Ethics JEOPARODY!
Host: Alicia Pharis, LMFT

Friday, February 7. 2020
 8:30am to 9:30am

Location:  Rancho Cordova City Hall, 
                2729 Prospect Park Drive,
                Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (
Room: Community Board Room
Free Coffee and Donuts
Space is limited so please register here

Workshop Information: 
Come and meet other pre-licensed mental health professionals.  Network and enjoy free Coffee and Donuts while enjoying JEOPARODY!   Come test your Law and Ethics knowledge in a fun Jeoparody game and get to know other associates and professionals in the field. This will be a fun hearted meeting to network and test your Law and Ethics knowledge.  There will be prizes!

Presenter Bio: 

** Please be courteous and send us an email at info@svccamft.org if you are unable to attend after you have registered. **


February Workshop

Topic: The Adoption Journey and the Role of Mental Health Specialists

 Jenenne Macklin, LCSW
Date:  Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30PM
Lunch: Fajita Bar Provided
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 
2729 Prospect Park Drive, 
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Room: American River North

1 hour lunch break will not be included in CE Time Awarded.

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 supporting the professional growth of mental health specialist as it relates to adoption. It is intended that specialist will develop the following: Confidence relates to supporting adoptive families; Awareness of challenges for adoptive families; Empathy for and understanding of loss and attachment associated with adoption. This presentation will assist licensees to understand their role and the complexities of adoption not only from a clinical perspective but also from an authentic personal journey.

Includes: Continental Breakfast, Fajita Bar Lunch and snacks and meets the qualifications for 6 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:

This workshop/gathering is an opportunity for all levels of mental/behavioral health specialists to gain knowledge about adoption and exchange ideas related to providing treatment and coordinating services for people who choose to become a loving, “forever” family. Part of the presentation will be an examination of attachment and adoption. Additionally, the types of legal adoptions will be presented. There will also be an introduction to the inner circle of adoption and the outer circles that include mental/behavioral health specialists.

8:30am Registration Starts
8:30am - 9:15am - Networking
9:15am - 9:30am - Announcements
9:30am - 11:00am 
- Lecture
11:00am - 11:10am - Group Discussion
11:10am - 12:30pm - 

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch (provided)
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Lecture

3:00pm - 3:10pm - Group Discussion
3:10pm - 4:30pm - Lecture

4:30pm - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the roles of mental/behavioral health specialists in the lives of adoptive families.
  2. Feel more prepared to help prospective parents learn about the complexities of adoption.
  3. Be able to identify false assumptions and attitudes that hamper the possibility of adoption.
  4. Understand the different types of legal adoption.

Presenter Bio:

Jenenne Macklin, MSW, LCSW is an author, a speaker and wealth catalyst. After many years as a social worker, clinical supervisor, and program director, she embarked on a journey of reconciliation with her past and planning for her future. Her professional training and a heart-calling urged her to consider a major life change: adoption.

It was at age 35 that Jenenne stumbled upon the family secret that she was adopted.  Her story isn’t so different from many others. With adoption having long carried a “soft stigma” filled with misunderstandings, it remains among the last choices for creating a family. And too often, keeping the secret has caused disruption in families when the secret was revealed.

Facilitating dialogues and workshops on the topic of adoption is important to and deeply personal to Jenenne. Only select groups have been privy to her personal story of being adopted and choosing to adopt an infant at 50 years old. It is her intention that attendees will be engaged in a meaningful dialogue and leave better prepared to provide mental/behavioral health services for adoptees and families who have welcomed or want to welcome a vulnerable child into their lives.

Register and pay online

Early registration extended to Wednesday, February 5, 2020 registration rates:

2020 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT: $85

2020 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $65

Non-Member: $105

Registration Ends Wednesday, February 5 , 2020

No 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 Thursday, February 20th 5:30 - 7 pm at Raley's Community Room 4840 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks CA, 95628.   

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.

Our next MeetUp for LGBTQ Mental Health Professionals is Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 6-8 pm Lavender Library - 1414 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95811. 

No need to be a member of any organization. This is a safe space for LGBTQ+ Mental Health Professionals- any race, culture, nationality or religion is welcome.

3rd Annual Mental Health Professionals Job Fair

There will be Raffle prizes for job Seekers

(1) $100 Amazon Gift Card
(2) $50 Amazon Gift Cards
(4) $25 Amazon Gift Cards
(2) 12 hour CE Law and Ethics Registrations
(2) 6 CE Workshop Registrations (includes lunch)
(4) 2 CE Workshop Registrations (includes breakfast)

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 10AM-2PM
Location: Mack Powell Event Center
                  2003 Howe Ave,
                  Sacramento, CA 95825

Attendees - please register for free to receive updates.

Employers - please click here to apply

Sponsor Employers: 

Capital Star Community Services  * Solano County  *  TLCS, Inc. dba Hope Cooperative   *   * Uplift Family Services

Harbor Counseling Services  *  River Oak Center for Children * Telecare Corporation * White House Counseling Center Yolo Community Care Continuum

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.

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

Behavioral Health Clinician I/II - Sutter Creek, CA - County of Amador

Mental Health Case Manager - Placerville, CA - The Center for Violence Free Relationships

For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed

Advertising and Announcements

None at this time

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