November 2020

Newsletter Editor: Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 

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Letter from Heather Blessing, LMFT, SVC-CAMFT Administrator

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 June 2021 due to COVID-19 Restrictrictions.

Letter from SVC-CAMFT

November 1, 2020

As outgoing President I want to say thank you for voting for me and trusting in my leadership. Like most of you, I had quite a few plans for 2020, especially for SVC-CAMFT. Although we had to reschedule our planned evening workshops, cancel our new caterer and postpone our Spring Mixer at Punch -Bowl-Social, SVC-CAMFT adjusted with the times. Our board meetings, workshops, MeetUps, and community service have gone virtual. To foster a sense of community for all members, SVC-CAMFT started our monthly Community Huddle where therapists can connect amidst Covid-19. Our chapter raised over $1,300.00 for the Northern California NAMIWalk while also participating virtually. We recently hired an additional Administrative Assistant. Soon we will commemorate 50 years of service to the Sacramento Valley. It has been an honor and privilege to serve SVC-CAMFT as President. I look forward to 2021 and continuing to support the advancement of our chapter and profession through my service as Past-President.  

In the spirit of thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank Heather Blessing, LMFT for over 10 years of service and assistance to SVC-CAMFT. Heather began as a student volunteer and on December 15, 2020 will end her employment as our Administrative Assistant. She has been a pillar and a visionary for our chapter. We wish her well in her new endeavors.  

On October 30, 2020 SVC-CAMFT turned 50. This milestone was achieved because of members like you. Your involvement, participation and feedback are invaluable. Soon you will receive an email ballot to vote for the 2021 SVC-CAMFT officers (you will receive a mailed ballot if you selected that option when you became a member). You will have the opportunity to vote for our next President, Secretary and Treasurer. All other board positions are appointed. Elections end December 15, 2020--but why wait until then - vote early before the holiday rush is upon us.  Please note while we may see the email addresses of those who submit the online ballot survey, we do not see each individual submission. Each ballot includes a quick survey. We appreciate you for taking a moment to vote for our next officers and providing us with feedback. 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 7, 2020. SVC-CAMFT will host our Annual Membership Meeting at 10:30 AM. Although brief, this is an opportunity for members to review the year, ask questions and vote on the annual budget. Immediately following the annual meeting we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary complete with virtual games, raffles and prizes. We cannot wait to celebrate with you!

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: 

Letter from the
SVC-CAMFT Administrative Assistant

Dear SVC-CAMFT Members,

I have been part of SVC-CAMFT for many years – around 10 or so.  I was on the board for 4 years and an administrative assistant for over 5 years.  I have enjoyed being part of SVC-CAMFT and watching the organization grow and evolve, as I personally have grown and evolved over the last 10 years.  I was able to get my internship through a contact through SVC-CAMFT, meet wonderful people, gained deep friendships and learned so much about different therapeutic techniques.    Most of all, SVC-CAMFT feels like a part of me and I feel like a part of SVC-CAMFT.

I highly recommend volunteering or being on the SVC-CAMFT board.  You will gain so much and SVC-CAMFT will gain so much from you.  My first career of 20+ years with as an IT Engineer and Operations Manager allowed me to help organize SVC-CAMFT, and SVC-CAMFT and its participants and members helped me grow into my therapist profession. 

I want to thank each and every one of you for being on this journey with me.  I especially want to thank those that were at the Brainspotting workshop with Lisa Larson when I so deeply cried and found peace around my issues with my daughter – I could never have done that with strangers but SVC-CAMFT feels like my family.  I will still be around, but I am going to refocus my energy on my very full practice.

I would never walk away without leaving SVC-CAMFT in extremely capable hands, so you soon will start seeing Pattie Moreno, who is an MFT student at Sacramento State.  Like me, Pattie is leaving a previous career and moving towards being a therapist.  Please give Pattie the same support and respect you have given me.  I personally will train Pattie on all that I do and then she can take the role and add her expertise and make it hers.  She is going to be a wonderful addition to SVC-CAMFT.  My last day is December 15th, but I will see you around SVC-CAMFT.

Stay well and may you find peace and happiness,

Heather Cassandra Blessing, LMFT

Administrative Assistant (until 12/15/2020)

News from the BBS

The Board is excited to announce the release of new publications designed to assist individuals pursuing licensure! The new Handbook for Future LCSWs, Handbook for Future LMFTs, and Handbook for Future LPCCs contain an overview of the licensure process, tips to help make the licensing process smoother, and information that will help applicants avoid common pitfalls. It is designed for students, Associates and individuals in the exam process. You can download the handbooks at the link below, and may order physical copies by contacting Text only versions are also available on the Board's website.

Handbook for Future LCSWs:
Handbook for Future LMFTs:
Handbook for Future LPCCs:


November Workshop


Topic:  Managing Addiction in the time of COVID
Francine Farrell, LMFT & Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor; Lisa Androvich, AMFT; Ann Leber, LMFT
Date:  Friday, November 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PM
Location: Zoom (Link will be sent the week before the workshop)

Login at 9:45AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by preparing them to assess, diagnose, intervene and effectively manage treatment of substance abusing patients.  Ethical and clinically effective treatment demands a more nuanced approach to substance abuse understanding and treatment.

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:

This course will focus on the impact of Covid 19 on addiction, relapse and recovery. Diagnostic criterion for Substance Abuse Disorders will be discussed. Best practice for providing therapeutic support to individuals and families during Covid will be addressed, including but not limited to assessment, evaluation, intervention, treatment and referral.

9:45 am 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.     Develop the ability to identify addictive patterns and behaviors
2.     Learn how to intervene with clients with substance use and substance abuse issues
3.     Develop an understanding of available resources during the time of COVID

Presenter Bio:
Francine Farrell completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science in Counselor Education. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. For the past 30 years, she has focused on monitoring and supporting physicians and other health care professionals who have developed problems related to alcohol, drug or mental health issues. Francine was a founding member of Pacific Assistance Group, a 5-year monitoring and support program for Physicians with addiction problems. Pacific Assistance Group offers a comprehensive and effective monitoring program for health care professionals who have developed substance use disorders or other mental health problems. Francine has developed comprehensive protocols for Abstinence and Recovery Monitoring procedures.

Lisa Androvich completed her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist.  Since becoming an associate, she has worked for Francine Farrell & Associates seeing private clients and co-facilitating recovery support groups for health care professionals and pilots. She also works at the Infant Parent Center, a non profit agency servicing children ages 0 to 5 and their families.

Register and pay online

Early registration ends Thursday, October 29, 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, October 30, 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, November 4, 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.

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

Annual Membership Meeting


SVC-CAMFT 50th Anniversary Celebration

Annual Membership Meeting
Date:  Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Rancho Cordova City Hall,
2729 Prospect Park Drive,
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Room: American River South



November 7, 2020 - 10:30 AM

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 for the Annual Meeting 
No cost to attend


Community Huddles

Let's connect and support one another amid Covid-19. our next two Community Huddles will be hosted via Zoom:

Free Community Huddle on Zoom on Sunday, December 6, 2020 6:30 to 7:30 PM

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! 

Meetups for Mental Health Professionals of Color

Our next MeetUps for Mental Health Professionals of Color will be:

Wednesday, November 18th, 6:30-7:30pm via Zoom.

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.

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, November 06, 2020 12:30 PM • ZOOM

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

Clinician I and II - Sacramento, CA - Stanford Youth Solutions

Mental Health Counselor - Sacramento, CA - Visions Unlimited, Inc.

For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed

Advertising and Announcements


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