Summer Streams 2020

Newsletter Editor: Heather Blessing, MA, LMFT 

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All workshops will be through ZOOM through at least the end of June 2021 due to COVID-19 Restrictrictions.

Letter from SVC-CAMFT

August 27, 2020,

Greetings SVC-CAMFT Members, 

Can you believe we are nearing the end of August, battling extreme heat and fires, addressing social, economic, and gender inequalities, approaching another historic presidential election while our world is fighting a pandemic? What will the rest of 2020 bring?

Well, for one, SVC-CAMFT has a scheduled board meeting on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:30p. Also, we will host our first 6-hour Suicide Risk Management workshop on October 2, 2020.  On Friday, November 6, 2020 SVC-CAMFT will host our annual meeting. The time may be modified since we are no longer meeting in person. This is a great opportunity for members to hear the year in review, inquire about the plans for 2021 and vote on the 2021 budget. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us. Your engagement, input and vote matters. Covid-19 may prevent us from meeting face-to-face yet SVC-CAMFT plans to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Stay tuned for more information. 

SVC-CAMFT is looking to hire an administrative assistant. Our current administrative assistant, Heather Blessing, LMFT, has served SVC-CAMFT in various capacities for over 10 years. Heather is ready to continue her journey in private practice and explore other opportunities. We honor her service and applaud her decision. Thank you Heather for your contributions. 

Do you have any ideas and feedback on how SVC-CAMFT could best benefit the therapists and consumers of mental health services within the Sacramento Valley? Do you have a few hours each month to spare? Do you enjoy working with others? Perhaps you are skilled in social media, finance or technology. Maybe you have tips on how to engage fellow clinicians. If so, please consider volunteering with SVC-CAMFT by joining our board and serving within established committees. We have openings for several positions including Treasurer and President-Elect while also having space for members to volunteer on the various committees such as Bylaws, Volunteer, Ethics, Finance, and Membership. We need your energy, input and talents. Consider joining us in making a difference within the Sacramento Valley. 

Lastly, continue to care for yourself during these times. You give so much of yourself while supporting others along their life journey. It is imperative your well isn't dry as you pour into others. Please know SVC-CAMFT is available for you. Our next virtual Community Huddle is Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 6:30p. Grab your favorite beverage and snack and come join us as we connect and support one another amid Covid-19.  

In joy and transformation, 

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

A Message From BBS

The California Departments of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Public Health (CDPH) and the Office of the California Surgeon General (OSG) are reaching out due to the ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and the immediate and long-term impacts on the mental health of California’s residents. 

As a mental health professional you are aware that social isolation, financial insecurity, and unemployment all drive increases in deaths from suicide, overdose, and illness, disproportionately impacting communities of color. This letter is an effort to inform all health care providers of the impact and to provide them the tools and resources to address mental health concerns and suicide prevention with their patients.  

The letter also includes important information and guides for self-care, including COVID-19 counseling for health care workers. 

Please take the opportunity to review the letter ( to learn what is being shared with California health care providers.

We are also including the following link to learn more about suicide prevention efforts in California. 

California’s Strategic Plan for Suicide Prevention 2020-2025. --

We appreciate your time and ongoing efforts to protect the health of our communities. 

Thank you and stay safe.


October Workshops

Topic: ***FREE*** 3000 Club October Workshop
Presenter: TBD

Friday, October 2, 2020
 8:30am to 9:30am

Location:  ZOOM
Space is limited so please register here

Workshop Information:  TBD


Presenter: Dr. David Rogers, PhD, LMFT
Date:  Friday, October 2, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Lunch: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom

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

Sign in by 9:15 AM

This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by focusing on competencies that are core to evaluating and managing suicide risk. The material combines practical, real-world clinical experience with a manualized, evidence-based process developed by the American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

Includes: 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 focuses on core competencies in evaluating and managing suicide risk. The training explains how and when to gather and synthesize client-specific information to inform a clinical judgment supporting specific outcomes related to promoting client safety. The process is research-informed and is comprised of lectures, participant activities, and clinical vignettes. Included is updated considerations information to evaluating and managing suicide risk during this time of increased telehealth utilization.


9:15am - Sign-In and Announcements
9:30am - 11:00am 
- Lecture
11:00am - 11:10am - Group Discussion
11:10am - 12:30pm - 

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch 
1:30pm - 3:00pm - Lecture

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

4:30pm - Workshop Ends

Learning Objectives:

  1. Give examples of how and when to discuss risk factors and warning signs with clients.

  2. Analyze client risk status and state.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to collaboratively develop a safety plan and adequately document supporting clinical rational.

Presenter Bio:

David is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2018 he completed his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) examining explanatory factors associated with advanced brief strategic paradoxical intervention. For four years, he managed and trained a team of after-hours mental health workers at two emergency departments within Placer County for Sierra Mental Wellness Group while conducting research and managing his part-time private practice. In 2019, he trained a predecessor at Sierra before transitioning to full-time private practice. David is a nationally certified trainer in Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk (AMSR), an evidence-based protocol for assessing suicidal risk developed by The Suicide Prevention Resource Center and The American Association of Suicidology. At his private practice, he specializes in anxiety-related disorders, couple and family-based treatments, men’s issues, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. David is a third-generation native of California living in El Dorado Hills with his wife, a Clinical Psychologist, newborn son, and two-year-old daughter. He enjoys paddle boarding; traveling; and studying exotic animals within safe, humane settings. He have closely interacted with tigers, baby bears, bobcats, a tribe of long-tailed macaque monkeys, elephants, and sloths. Long walks on the beach are great, but you are more likely to find him kayaking in Tahoe or observing young chimpanzees in their naturalistic habitat.

Register and pay online

Early registration ends Sunday, September 20, 2020 Early registration rates:

2020 Licensed, Associate or Affiliate Member of SVC-CAMFT: $75

2020 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT : $55

Non-Member: $95

Starting Monday, September 21, 2020 rates:

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

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

Non-Member: $105

Registration Ends Sunday September 27, 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

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. 


Community Huddle

Let's connect and support one another amid Covid-19. This event will be hosted via Zoom on Sunday, August 30th, 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, September 04, 2020 12:30 PM • ZOOM


Fri, November 06, 2020 8:00 AM • 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

Therapist I or II – Woodland, CA Yolo Community Based Family Services

Registered Associates or Licensed MFT - Elk Grove, CA - Hope For Healthy Families

For more job listings and other free resources, visit Prelicensed

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