May 2020

Newsletter Editor: Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 

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Looking for info for therapists during this pandemic - check out our  COVID-19 Resource Page  

Don't forget to check out - Listings of paid internships in the Sacramento Area

All workshops will be through ZOOM through at least the end of July due to COVID-19 Restrictrictions.

A special thanks to our Gold Sponsor 

Letter from SVC-CAMFT

May 1, 2020

Greetings from SVC-CAMFT,  

Those of us in the Sacramento Valley remain under a shelter-in-place order until May 22, 2020 (the earliest date set by our Governor). Our current global climate has caused most of us to transition to telehealth services and find creative ways to remain engaged,connected and informed. SVC-CAMFT, is committed to supporting our therapeutic community. We may be unable to meet in the same room, however, we remain connected through our Community HuddlesMeetUps and monthly workshops. Please continue to take the time to reach out, and utilize the resources available. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In celebration of the work we do and to help reduce the stigma of mental health disorders. SVC-CAMFT is a registered participant in the 2020 Virtual Walk hosted by NAMI. Please join us on May 30, 2020 at a location of your choice. It is not too late to register or submit donations. Since SVC-CAMFT is turning 50 this year, we are aiming to have 50 registered walkers on our team. Feel free to invite your family, friends and colleagues to join the fun. 

SVC-CAMFT is hosting our first virtual workshop on Saturday, May 23, 2020. We are fortunate to have Drs. Paul and Nancy Aikins present Emotional Focused Couples Therapy from 10-12pm.  As a token of appreciation, SVC-CAMFT is providing this workshop free to our members.  

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge our Gold Sponsor for the year, Stucki Law Firm. We are grateful for the continual support. 

Dustin Stucki, J.D., LMFT.'s  goal is to provide a path of hope in the chaos of family conflict. Using skills as both a Family Law Attorney and Marriage and Family Therapist, he is proud to help make divorce and custody issues less traumatic for couples, parents, and especially children.

In gratitude, 

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


  Program Co-Chairs: 
  Amita Khare, LMFT
  Aya Rasheed, LMFT

  3000 Club Chair:          Alicia Pharis, LMFT

  Volunteer Chair:
  Jessica Moreno, LMFT

  Membership Chair:

  Sponsorship Chair: 

News from the BBS

From the BBS Website: 


Updated Statement on Telehealth to Reflect Governor’s Executive Order N-43-20
FAQs Related to Executive Order N-39-20
Important Information on Law Waivers: License Renewal Requirements, Continuing Education, and Reactivating/Restoring a License
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BBS statement on HHS Telehealth Announcement

Due to recommendations and guidance from local and state health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our building is closed to the public, effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm, until further notice. However, our office remains open for employees during this pandemic. During this time you may experience some delays in reaching staff and we appreciate your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email us with any questions at

If you need to renew your existing license, would like to apply for a new license, or make changes to your information, we strongly encourage you to log onto your BreEZe account at If you would like to file a complaint, we strongly encourage you to do so by visiting

BBS statement about registrant renewals

During this COVID-19 Pandemic, if you have a registration that expires on or before June 30, 2020 and have not yet passed or attempted the CA Law & Ethics exam, your registration will be renewed after paying the required fees and answering the required questions. If you have previously submitted the required fee, your registration will be renewed soon.

If you wish to help during this pandemic and need to reactivate your license, please click here.


May Workshop

Topic:  Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples
  Dr. Paul Aikin & Dr. Nancy Aikin

Date:  Saturday, May 23,  2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
Location: Virtual - Zoom - directions are emailed when you register

Login by 9:45AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by teaching participants the basic theory and interventions of EFT couples therapy. This information can easily be applied to particpant's clinical work with clients.  EFT is based on Humanistic Experiential model theory and practice. It is non pathologizing and helps therapists to be empathic and compasionate in treating their clients.

Includes: 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 - you must be signed in the ENTIRE time to get credit.

Workshop Information:

This presentation will describe the EFT Stages and Steps that guide couples through three change events and lead to more connection and secure bonding. We will teach participants how, in Stage One, EFT helps couples identify their negative interactional patterns that keep couples disconnected and in distress. Furthermore, we will introduce the EFT “Tango” which describes how to help couples engage in new ways -- undoing their reactivity and facilitating more security. We will then describe Stage Two, which will show how EFT takes couples to even deeper levels of healing. EFT interventions, present process, and a systemic perspective (characterized by a Rogerian humanistic experiential orientation) will be demonstrated. Privileging emotion through an attachment perspective is the key to EFT and will be illustrated through the presentation. We will also briefly include how this understanding is used effectively with individuals and families. "In terms of outcome and process-of-change studies, EFT, more than any other approach, exemplifies the highest or ideal level of empirical validation as laid out by the American Psychological Association for couple and family therapy (Sexton et al., 2011)."


9:45am - Login
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.  Describe how emotion is used in EFT
2.  Explain basic attachment theory and how it impacts EFT.
3.  Identify the stages involved in Emotionally Focused Therapy

Presenter Bios:

Paul A. Aikin, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. Along with his wife Nancy, he is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. Paul is a certified EFT Trainer & supervisor. He has held positions at the University of California, Davis as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine; Clinical Psychologist and Director of Training at the UCD Counseling Center; and Lecturer, Department of Psychology. He has also been a staff member and workshop leader at Esalen Institute. With the support of Sue Johnson, he and his wife Nancy have created and developed an educational program for families entitled: Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go: A Workshop for Families with Teens.

Nancy Tischler Aikin, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Aikin Associates Seminars, and as such has been a practicing clinical psychologist in private practice working with families, couples and individuals for the last 35 years.  In addition, being an educator and community developer, as well as a clinician, has been her focus throughout her career. She is currently hired by Sutter Medical Foundation as an outside expert to facilitate the hospitals’ physician wellness program.   Along with her husband Paul, she is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center.  She is a certified EFT Trainer & Supervisor. With her husband, Nancy and Paul have created a unique way to run Hold Me Tight (HMT) for couples using their own marriage to help couples relate and normalize their experiences. Her most recent project in collaboration with Sue Johnson and her husband has been to create the Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go Program for Families with Teens, a sister workshop to HMT for couples.  

Register and pay online


2020 Member of SVC-CAMFT: FREE

Non-Member (includes members of other chapters and CAMFT): $15

Registration Ends Friday, May 22, 2020

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.

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.

To request accommodations for a disability or an ASL interpreter for any of our events contact our Administrative Assistant at

This is a rapidly evolving situation so we will continue to monitor updates and respond accordingly. 

We will continue to provide updates on our events through email, our website and social media.

We are working to provide some virtual meetings via Zoom video conferencing.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Be safe and be well. 


Our next MeetUp for Mental Health Professionals of Color will be Wednesday, May 20th 6:30 - 7:30 pm via Zoom -

Share and learn about 

  • Your experiences related to COVID-19 and telehealth
  • New tricks on how to optimize video sessions 
  • Workshops offered online 
  • Self-care during pandemic

More than ever it's important for us to come together as a community to help each other so we can help others to the best of our abilities. 

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 will be in June - Date and Time to be Announced.

Community Huddle

Let's connect and support one another amid Covid-19. This event will be hosted via Zoom on Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. 

Let's talk about taking care of ourselves and our clients during this pandemic, learn about resources for telehealth, online payment options, and supporting first-responders. 

This is our opportunity to stand together for ourselves and for those who need our help. 

We have updated the security on our virtual meetings.  Once you register for this Community Huddle, you will receive an email with a link to create a secure login to ZOOM.

Due to limited availability, please only register if you are able to attend. If you have registered and cannot attend, please email so we can cancel your registration. 

Hope to see and connect with you online! 

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, June 05, 2020 12:30 PM • ZOOM


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

*Associate MFTs are accepted for this position.

For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed

Advertising and Announcements



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Candidates must be licensed in CA to provide counseling and behavioral health services.

New Directions Behavioral Health, based in Kansas City, KS administers the EAP contract for USPS and will employ the Consultant. This is not a government position. 

For the complete position description, online application and company information:

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:


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