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Summer Streams 2014 SVC-CAMFT Newsletter.

  Summer Streams 2014  


 Sacramento Valley Chapter

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

Newsletter Editor:  Heather Blessing, MFT Registered Intern

Letter from the Board

August 25, 2014

Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},

We hope your Summer was restful and full of promise. Our Law and Ethics Program was a huge success! Dave Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney, provided the annual Law and Ethics Training. He presented the topic “In What Does the Law Expect of Me?” We received a really positive response from the presentation and also the WONDERFUL food that Kari Dietrich and company provided. Big kudos to Marti, Kari, and Carol for bringing this together. Carol had the pleasure of bringing our first Sponsor to this event which defrayed the cost of the event. These Sponsorships will help us in the future provide exciting events and more information and support to SVC-CAMFT.

Speaking of Events, we are having our September Meeting on September 19, 2014 At Sierra Vista Hospital, from 9:30-12:00 pm, featuring our new President of CAMFT, Laura Strom, LMFT, LPCC, CRC. She will share her expertise on Short-term Effective Youth Trauma Treatment. Breakfast is catered of course. Please see the website for more information.

We formed a committee to review the Chapter Agreement sent out by CAMFT and hopefully you have had time to read the contribution we made to this process. I want to thank the members of our Board for taking the time to carefully review the agreement and expressing their concerns about this document. Any members that have more to contribute to us or CAMFT are encouraged to let CAMFT know directly. We respect any and all opinions.

Serving on our Board is very fulfilling and opens several opportunities to our members.  I personally have been offered several positions (one I am taking). One, believe it or not, was from Magellan Insurance Company, because “we have seen your presence in the community”! Several have left to take opportunities that have not been offered before working on the Board. Though we are thrilled that our Board members are moving up and we wish them well, it leaves us with several positions open. Right now President-Elect and Hospitality Chair are open. Next year our Newsletter Editor and Membership Chairs will be leaving. Heather and Carol will be missed and have done a spectacular job. This next year, we will be flying down to Southern California to attend the Leadership Conference. Most expenses are paid by the Board and this is a great experience for all that attend. At our next event we will provide a sign-up list for volunteers. We really encourage your participation and hope you inform us about any time you are willing to donate.

 There is a lot more to accomplish as we write the final chapters to our year. Thank you again for all the support and dedication from the Board, volunteers and our members.


Jill P. Lawler, LMFT #51392


  This issue:
· Letter From the Board
· Legal Beagle
· Volunteers for Board Needed
·  June Presentation Summary
· Upcoming Meeting Information
· Upcoming Board Meetings
· Interview with a Therapist
· Special Feature·
· Letters to the Editor
· Psyched about Books and Movies

· Summer Streams $avings
· Advertising and Announcements
· Advertising Policy for the Newsletter

Jill P. Lawler, LMFT

Past President:
Chad Thompson, LMFT
Maria Wiese, LMFT
Beverly Baldwin, MFT Intern
Terri Johnson, MFT

Program Co-Chairs:
"Marti" McClellan-Morehouse, LMFT
Kari Deitrich, Trainee
Hospitality Co-Chairs:
Kimberlie Flowers, MFT

Pre-License Co-Chairs:
Sterling Evison, LMFT
Melissa Freitas, Trainee

Volunteer Chair:

Membership Co-Chairs:
Carol Nelson, LMFT
Betty Knight, LMFT

Newsletter Editor:
Heather Blessing, MFT Intern


Legal Beagle

dectective.pngWelcome to the section of the SVC-CAMFT newsletter, Legal Beagle written by Darlene Davis, LMFT. The chapter thought it would be helpful to keep you updated on new laws, legislative pursuits or actions, as well as ongoing legal and ethical dilemmas we all face in our career as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Interns, and Trainees. Please feel free to ask questions that you have and I will do my best to investigate and post your answer in the newsletter. Please note that articles are based on information from CAMFT and/or the BBS and have been researched to the best of my ability. This is not meant to be legal advice.  Please contact CAMFT or Board of Behavioral Sciences for any legal matters you need assistance for.

Wow is summer almost over already! I hope you’ve been enjoying time with family, friends, and loved ones. It’s time to gear up for the remainder of the year at svc-camft. I thought I’d give you updates on several pending legislative bills.

In May I reported:

AB 1775 Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: Sexual Abuse  This CAMFT sponsored bill adds “downloading” or “streaming” or “accessing through any electronic or digital media” a film, photograph, videotape or recording, negative or slide of a child engaged in an obscene sexual act to the definition of sexual exploitation for purposes of mandated reporting under CANRA.  While the law mandates a mandated report for printing or copying of these materials, the law does not specifically mention “downloading”. The Board voted to support the bill.


This bill is now about to be signed into law by the governor. CAMFT would still like to pursue defining the language in the law to help us understand what is considered “streaming” or “downloading”. One of the examples is when teens “sext” do we have to report that? Seems a bit ridiculous. Another example where someone is struggling with addiction and downloads child pornography where no children have access. How do we continue to help them when we tell them we are mandated to report? If you find yourself in a position where you are reporting and it seems confusing you may want to call CAMFT and get a free consultation.


In May I reported:


SB 1012 MFT: Trainees supervision– This is a CAMFT sponsored bill that would increase the limitation of 5 hours of supervision gained per week to 6 hours of supervision gained per week  toward the 3000 hours of experience required for licensure.

This bill will allow interns and trainees who work in multiple settings simultaneously to receive up to 6hrs of supervision instead of the current law that only allows 5hrs of supervision. The BBS is proposing language that would have this bill be retroactive back six years that allows interns and trainees to apply hours of supervision up to six hours to count beginning 2009. There is also a supervision committee currently underway that is looking at many aspects of supervision needs. See the BBS website for dates. The board supported the bill with an amendment to include LPCC’s. NASW would like to study the change before supporting inclusion.

This bill will soon be signed by the governor. This law when signed will be retroactive January 1, 2009.


AB2198 Mental Health Professionals: Suicide Prevention Training – This bill would require LMFT’s to take a suicide assessment, treatment, and management training as part of their CEU requirements for licensure renewal. Although CAMFT agrees with the concept they are not in favor of mandating yet another training as part of our renewal process. If more and more training topics are mandated we will no longer have flexibility in taking trainings we think are useful for our clientele. I recently asked students, trainees, and interns if they feel they receive enough suicide prevention training in school and most say no although they agree that it’s just as important to understand who is at risk and what environments foster suicidal ideation. That education is taught throughout graduate school. I’d love to hear from some of you; do you feel equipped to assist with suicidal clients? Do you need a mandated training on suicide prevention?


Stay tuned for more updated legislation in the coming month!


Darlene Davis, LMFT Executive Director HOPE; Healthy Outcomes for Personal Enrichment MFT Stipend Coordinator for Greater Sacramento Instructor of University of Phoenix




We need a President-Elect, Hospitality Co-Chair, Volunteer Chair and another Member-at-Large.

Also I, Heather Blessing, will step down at the end of the year as Newsletter Editor and am looking for a replacement.  If you are interested in learning about the newsletter feel free to contact me at

Please contact Jill about the other positions


  June Presentation Summary
How to Work Effectively with Latino/Hispanic Clients (2 CEUs)

Guillermo Alvarez, LMFT used his 13+ years of experience of working with the Latino/Hispanic community in the East Bay to educate us on some of this population's cultural concerns.  He pointed out many of the common diagnoses among Latinos.  Guillermo helped us explorer our personal beliefs and possible biases in dealing with Latino / Hispanic clients.  It was very interesting to hear some of the barriers to service that those in this culture often experience.  From poor translations and mental health professionals that speak college Spanish to transportation issues. 

Guillermo helped open many eyes to challenges clinicians face when working with clients in the Latino / Hispanic community and how we can best connect and be culturally sensitive to their needs.  Being aware of acculturation and each individual's interest and how they fit within their family, church and community, will help create a beneficial therapeutic relationship for all parities involved.


Upcoming Meeting Information

(Remember we are at Sierra Vista Now)
Free Pre-license 3000 Club Meeting
Topic: Interactive Discussion
Presenter: Laura Strom, LMFT, LPCC, CRC
Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Note: Registration and membership are not required for the pre-license meeting

More info: Interactive Discussion with Laura Strom who is also the new CAMFT President-Elect

Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Then stay and join our breakfast training - click here to register and pay for the breakfast training.

September Monthly Training

Topic: Short-term Effective Youth Trauma Treatment
Presenter:  Laura C. Strom, MS, LMFT, LPCC, CRC 
Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014 
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00PM

Sierra Vista Hospital
8001 Bruceville Road
Sacramento, CA 95823

Workshop Information:

Laura C. Strom is a Stanford-trained trauma therapist who worked for the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program. She will introduce Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment: A multi-modal treatment for youth suffering posttraumatic stress symptoms. Laura was one of two therapists in a 3-year clinical research trial testing this cutting edge treatment with traumatized youth. This 15-18 session intervention had excellent results with youth rapidly having a 65% drop in posttraumatic symptoms, and 50+% drops in depression and anxiety.


In this presentation, attendees will learn about the latest research and trauma treatment techniques which can be used with both adults and children. Clinicians will come away with an effective treatment plan for clients who are suffering with posttraumatic symptoms, anxiety and panic attacks, and will learn some techniques experientially. A handout will outline Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment, and include a Feelings Thermometer (A. Wagner) and Body Map (Kara).  


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the presentation the attendees will:

  •        Know the latest research on trauma and its effects on children
  •        Have an effective treatment plan for those suffering from the effects of trauma            
              which reduces trauma symptoms very quickly and dramatically (1-3 sessions)
  •        Be introduced to Stanford Cue-Centered Treatment:  A multi-modal treatment for
              youth suffering posttraumatic stress symptoms

Laura C. Strom, MS, LMFT, LPCC, CRC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 49174), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC 149) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC 00113822).
Laura was trained at Stanford as a trauma therapist in a 3-year clinical research trial treating traumatized youth and their families. She also has extensive training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy, an excellent modality for pre-verbal trauma. Her specialties are trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and disabilities.


Currently, Laura is the President-Elect for CAMFT and we are excited that she is coming to SVC-CAMFT to share her vast knowledge with our Club 3000 and with the general meeting attendees.

Includes continental breakfast and 2 CEUs
Register and pay online or register and pay cash/check at the door. Early registration ends Tuesday, September 16th
Early registration rates*:
2014 Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $20
2014 Pre-Licensed Member of SVC-CAMFT, AAMFT-Sacramento, and all local chapters of CAMFT: $15
Non-Member: $30
For information on joining SVC-CAMFT or renewing your membership for 2014 please email:
*Add $5 for late or "at-door" registration
Register and pay online, register online and pay at the door, or register via email and pay at the door: 

Upcoming Board Meetings
Board Meetings are FREE for anyone to attend BUT we do ask you register so we have an accurate headcount.
To Register click on the board meeting(s) you wish to attend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Crush29, Roseville (Election Focused) in the evening - Exact time TBA

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - evening - TBA  (Election & Budget Focused)

Interview with a Therapist

Q:  Please provide some biographical information about yourself:

A:  Curtis Buzanski, LMFT, LAADC


Q:  What type of license/s do you hold?

A:  “I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) as well as a Licensed Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LAADC).” 


Q:  How long have you been licensed?

A:  “I have been licensed since September 2013 as an LMFT and since March 2011 as a LAADC.”


Q:  Where do you work? 

A:  “I have my own private practice in Fair Oaks, CA.”


Q:  What population/s do you work with?

A:  “The majority of my case load consists of males and females struggling with substance abuse and other mental health issues. I work with all ages but my specialty is teens, young adults, and their families.”


Q:  What type of therapy do you utilize in your mental health work?

A:  “I call my approach a purpose driven integrated approach. I view individuals as unique with unique needs so I tailor my approach to fit their needs. So I am eclectic in what theories I draw on but my reasons for drawing on them are purposeful and with meaning. I am strongly influenced by the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology so I am constantly weaving that into my work. If I had to describe my therapy as a painting I would say the specific techniques and approaches I use help to construct the painting, while Interpersonal Neurobiology is my lens and the inspiration behind what I am trying to construct.”


Q:  Which, if any, certification/s or specialization/s do you have?

A:  “In addition to my LAADC which I have already mentioned I am also trained in EMDR which I use extensively with my clients.”


Q:  Is there any other information about yourself that you’d like to provide?

A:  “Well that is quite a broad question but there are aspects of my life that I cannot separate from being a therapist, in fact they have influenced my decision to do the work I do. I am a recovering addict myself, 18 years sober in September 2014, and the psychologist who helped get me sober, Dr. Mark Falls, was instrumental in urging me to pursue this field. It was a long road but I tried to adhere to three main principles: Do what I love, try to be the best at it, and treat people with kindness. Following my heart with the support of my wife and family helped me reach a place in my life where I know for certain I am supposed to be.”


Q:  How do you feel about personal therapy being optional for psychotherapists?

A:  “I feel personal therapy should be mandatory for psychotherapists, much like it is for psychologists. We are all drawn to this field for a reason, sometimes that reason is known and sometimes not. Either way if we as therapists have not worked through our struggles and cannot take ourselves to certain places we will inevitably be confronted with that in session or not be able to take our clients to those places. Whether that be an untreated mood disorder, trauma, or co-dependency. I feel as therapists we are expecting our clients to trust us and the therapeutic process and we should as well.”


Q:  Which skills do you think are most important for a pre-licensed therapist to focus on developing?

A:  “First and foremost I think self-care is essential. It is such a non-stop race to achieve an MFT and then all the hours while juggling a family and social life that all too often self-care gets neglected. Learning to balance nutrition, exercise, rest, assertiveness, meditation, mindfulness, and whatever religious/ spiritual beliefs one has with the demands of the field crucial to being a present and effective therapist. The other skills I think are beneficial is practicing attuning to the client. Attunement is deeper than reflection and active listening and is at the foundation of attachment work. Dan Siegel, Alan Schore, Jon Daily all speak about attunement and it is easy to want to jump to the solution too quickly, often leaving our clients feeling misunderstood or invalidated.”


Q:  Which mental health-related books have been your favorites or influenced you the most?

A:  “Wow, I could go on and on but the top have been Dan Sigel’s “The Developing Mind.” That book can be read 10 times and not get old.  David Wallin’s book “Attachment in Psychotherapy” is easily one of my favorites. Jon Daily’s “Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: the Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and the Interpersonal Neurobiology Underpinnings” is a must read for anyone who works with or is related to someone with substance abuse. Pat Ogden’s “Trauma and the Body” is also a fantastic read and has influenced me in helping understand how so much of trauma work is somatic. As of recent what I am excited reading about is Steven Porges “Polyvagal Theory.” The more I read the more I understand there is just no separating the psyche from the brain and the body. They are all one and must be viewed that way. Porges Polyvagal Theory is a must read for all mental health providers!”


Q:  What has been the most challenging part of your career?

A:  “I have been blessed in the sense that I truly feel I was meant to do this work so when I finally got in the field things fell into place. I was blessed with fantastic supervision and a solid caseload so many of the issues other interns struggle with I did not have to worry about so much. I think the most challenging part of my career was the licensure process. After the long road to gaining my hours I waited 6 months for the BBS to approve my eligibility to take the first exam, and that is nothing compared to what I have heard as of recent. The waiting and the study prep that went into getting my license was quite stressful.”


Q:  What have you found to be the most fulfilling and meaningful aspects of your career?

A:  “I am honored with the privilege to hear some people’s deepest secrets. Secrets that they have carried shame and guilt over for years. They trust me to truly see them and honor them and I get pure enjoyment and fulfillment from people getting well. I get to experience being a part of not just helping individuals heal but the systems around them as well. I get excited about holistic, long lasting, and widespread healing.” 


Q:  Did you have a mentor or a particular person that influenced your growth as a therapist? 

A:  “My first mentor was Dr. Mark Falls in Santa Rosa. He played a fundamental part in my recovery as well as me pursuing this field. He holds a special place in my heart and is forever a part of my history. My second major mentor was Jon Daily, LCSW, CADCII in Fair Oaks. I whole heartedly believe I would not be where I am I half the therapist I am without his support and guidance. That man changed my life in so many aspects.”


Q:  If so, what did you learn from that person and how did he or she contribute to your  development as a mental health professional?

A:  “They both influenced me differently but I would have to say as a therapist Jon Daily influenced me more. He introduced me to the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, which has helped shape how I help people. He taught me the ins and outs of private practice, and he constantly pushed me to grow and keep learning. He set the standard for me as a man who not only strives to provide the best care to clients but also to be a resource to the community and those I collaborate with.”


Q:  How did you go about creating your own therapeutic style?

A:  “Well much of what influenced me was my own experience. I knew I wanted to work with addicts so that was a given. I also knew however that I could not separate addiction from mental health so I knew I had to get my MFT. Once I started working with clients I couldn’t ignore the prevalence of trauma woven into pathology so I sought out to get trained in EMDR. I also knew that to create long lasting changes I needed to work with the whole system. As I began practicing I also couldn’t ignore the fact that individuals are unique and expecting clients to fit to my approach rather than fitting my approach to my clients was not realistic. My work with teens in foster care taught me a valuable lesson very early that also influenced my style; be genuine. No matter what I have to be present and genuine. I think clients appreciate that, certainly teens do.”


Q:  What do you know now that wish you knew before you became a licensed therapist?

A:  “How long of a journey it is to licensure.”


Q:  What advice would you give to a pre-licensed therapist?

A:  “Stay in the moment, practice self-care, get your own therapy, and never stop chasing the information. Do what you love, try to be the best at it, and treat people with kindness.”


Interview by: Sterling Evison, LMFT

SVC-CAMFT Pre-Licensed Co-Chair

Special Feature

Tips to Help Children Cope with Traumatic Events

By Laura Strom

When something terrible happens, like school children being shot and killed in their classrooms, we are left in a state of shock. Parents may be wondering how to help their children make sense of something that makes no sense and leaves us reeling.

When life is difficult, I always find comfort in preparing a meal for my family, sitting around the table together and discussing the latest events. Kids who participate in regular family dinners do better in school, have higher IQs, and are more likely to steer clear of drugs/alcohol. As parents, we do not have to have all the answers. Just listen and reassure your kids that you will do everything in your power to keep them safe and that you love them.

Here is a video featuring Dr. Victor Carrion of the Stanford Early Life Stress Research Program made at the time of the tsunami in Japan entitled, "How to Talk to Kids about Japan's Disaster". The advice for parents pertains to any trauma. In summation, these are some of the key points.

Tips to help children cope with traumatic events

  • Let your child know they can talk with you about the event. Do not force the discussion, but let them know you are available should they want to discuss it.
  • Be honest about what happened. Your child is going to get the details from their friends. Being graphic is not necessary, but do not be afraid to say what has occurred. This will help strengthen the trust between you and your child. 
  • Younger children may need to talk through play and drawings.
  • Repeat what you say. This can help children feel safer as they try to process their feelings. They are worried that the bad thing may happen to them or their family. They need to be reassured.
  • Give kids a sense of control by having them help in some way. For example, participating in a community event that benefits the victims can help the child feel as if s/he has some ability to help.
  • Talk about positives that have come out of the trauma, such as the way people helped each other.
  • Reassure your children that you will protect them and keep them safe.
  • It is okay to restrict television exposure to traumatic images.
  • Kids with a past trauma history are at greater risk of being negatively affected by exposure to traumatic news.
  • If your child seems to worry excessively, consider a professional consultation to assist them.


A small percentage of children and adults who experience serious trauma in which life threatening harm has happened to them or someone they love will go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a disorder of fear extinction. The body’s fear extinction mechanism has ceased to function. A person with PTSD experiences three categories of symptoms.

  • Hyper-arousal – they are aware of every little noise, easily startled and constantly on edge. It is very difficult to relax as they are always on the look out for danger and hyper-vigilant. Sleep disturbances are common, along with irritability, anger outbursts and difficulty concentrating.
  • Intrusive recollection – thoughts of the traumatic event keep coming up unbidden. Nightmares or bad dreams recur. A person might even experience flashbacks in which it feels like they are back in the middle of the trauma all over again, especially when exposed to cues or triggers that remind them of it.
  • Avoidance/numbing - effort is made to avoid reminders of the trauma, and not to think about it. It may become hard to feel the normal range of emotions and the ability to demonstrate emotion might be restricted. A person may have a sense that they will not live a long life.


The bad news about PTSD is it does not go away over time and only gets worse. The good news is it responds very well to treatment. I was fortunate to have worked for Dr. Carrion for many years as a child trauma therapist in a three year clinical research trial. We tested a 15 session intervention with children who had been through a traumatic stressor in schools in San Francisco and East Palo Alto. We had excellent results with children having a huge drop in posttraumatic symptoms, depression and anxiety. A publication is pending.

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen says, “The kitchen table is a level playing field. Everyone’s story matters.”  The love and comfort found in doing something ordinary such as sitting around the kitchen table, sharing a family meal, and talking about the day’s events is a magical healing salve for the wounds of the world.  

Laura C. Strom, MS, LMFT, LPCC, CRC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 49174), a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC 149) and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC 00113822).
Laura was trained at Stanford as a trauma therapist in a 3-year clinical research trial treating traumatized youth and their families. She also has extensive training in Jungian Sandplay Therapy, an excellent modality for pre-verbal trauma. Her specialties are trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and disabilities.urrently, Laura is the President-Elect for CAMFT and we are excited that she is coming to SVC-CAMFT to share her vast knowledge with our Club 3000 and with the general meeting attendees.


The views expressed in the Special Feature Articles do not necessarily reflect the Sacramento Valley Chapter of CAMFT or CAMFT. They should be understood as the personal opinions of the author. No information in this articles will be understood as official.  Other views and commentary are welcome and will be published as long as they are respectful and stick to the topic.


Letters to the Editor
Welcome to the Letters to the editor Section.  We want to hear what you want to say about SVC-CAMFT, CAMFT, current events and issues.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a letter.

 We Have No Letters to the Editor!  Let your voice be heard!  Write a letter to the editor!

 Letters to the Editor Guidelines
  • You must be a current SVC-CAMFT member.
  • You cannot be a SVC-CAMFT board member or employee.
  • It must be no more than 250 words.
  • You must send in your full name so I can verify that you are a member.
  • If you wish your name not to be published please indicate.
  • Any letter published without a name will be listed as Anonymous MFT or Anonymous pre-license or Anonymous Associate
  • All letters must be respectful and without inappropriate words or phrases including name calling.
  • Please send your letters to
  • If you do not get a response back within 2 days that it has been received please email back.
  • If there is a problem with the letter (language, misspellings, length or appropriateness) you will receive an email back with the reason for the rejection and a chance to fix the problem and send it back in. 


Psyched about Books and Movies
Welcome to "Psyched about Books and Movies!"  Each month we include a book or movie review by one of our readers.  Please see below guidelines on submitting a review.  Happy reading!

Title:  Call Me Crazy: A Five Film
Director : Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, Sharon Maquire
Released: 2013
Reviewer:  Heather Cassandra Blessing, MFT Intern
This movie really brings home the realities of mental illness.  There are five short films in this 88 minutes.  Three of them will interact with each other they other two stand on their own.  Mental illnesses covered are schizophrenia, depression, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder.  The films show a lot in a short time, from how the person with the mental illness is affected to how family, friends and others are affected.  This is a good film for letting those who are dealing with those with mental illness to see the different sides.


Book/Movie Review Submission Policy

All reviews are not to exceed 1000 key strokes.
Your review should include the title, a short synopsis about why you like or dislike it, and the author’s name & publication date. You can also include a picture of the book and/or movie. After review, we will publish your review in our next newsletter. Reviews submitted that are longer than 1000 characters will be returned for editing. It is best to type your review in a Microsoft Word document to note how many key strokes (characters with spaces), how big your review is, and for your own record keeping. You can then copy and paste it into the online submission form located here ( To learn more about checking your review for key strokes, spelling grammer and size click below: (

It is your responsibility to check for spelling and grammar errors.  Reviews must be received by the 20th of the month in order to appear in the next newsletter.

You can submit your review by: Visiting our webpage:

Mailing it in: P.O. Box 163385, Sacramento, CA 95816


Summer Streams $avings
Time Saving Recipe
Meatloaf in a crockpot! 
I know - meatloaf sounds boring, I did it one time and nnow my family wants it in our menu rotation - they love it!
  • 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. season salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic, fresh or dried, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  • 1 - 2 T. mustard
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 1 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c. milk, (Crock Pot Girl used Almond Milk, but you can use what you have on hand, even water)
  • 1 onion, small, diced
It is moist and has a ton of delicious flavor!
  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Form into a loaf to fit slow cooker. Place a strip of foil under the meatloaf and place in crock, cover top of meatloaf with 2 tablespoons ketchup.
  3. Cover. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Optional: If you would like to add vegetables like potatoes and carrots, place them in the bottom of the slow cooker, and put the meatloaf on top, so the vegetables can cook in the juices.

NOTE: Foil is to make it easier to lift out!

Money $aving Fun

3. _____ driven integrated approach
6. _______ recollection
7. 1 T. ______ sauce
9. The _____ table is a level playing field
11. ________ Alvarez spoke on How to Work Effectively with Latino/Hispanic Clients

1. ______ Malibu is a Residential Treatment Program
2. Kari ____ and Company provided WONDERFUL Food
4. AB2198 Mental Health Professionals: _______ Prevention Training
5. Next board meeting is at ____21
8. Your voice can be here in Letters to the ____
10. Call Me _____: A five Film
12. Short-term _____ Youth Trauma Treatment


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Charming home converted into offices offers a warm, therapeutic environment that helps clients to feel comfortable and at ease. Office is located on a tree-lined street in a neighborhood containing several other small businesses one block from the new City Hall. A large, private office (11 x 14) accommodates individuals, couples and small group work. A common waiting room/reception area, kitchen, restroom and work area is shared with other independent, mental health professionals. This friendly and collegial working environment includes utilities, janitorial service and many other amenities for $730 per month. Please call Melinda at 916-783-0563 for more information.


Grand Opening for Valley Recover Center of California on September 5th at 10am to noon at the Guild Theatre 2828 35th Street, Sacramento.  RSVP by August 29th to aneasbitt@ or  916-514-8500.  At Valley Recovery Center of California we are a place of help, hope, & healing. We are located here in Sacramento and recognize that addiction is a complex disease that in some cases may require an array of evidence treatment modalities. Our professional teams of clinicians are able to treat co-occurring disorders simultaneously with substance abuse and dependence. We believe that a healthy recovery plan involves both the client and the family in conjunction with a strong continuing of care plan. We offer medical detox with dual-diagnosis residential & outpatient treatment. To talk with an admissions counselor contact us at 530-228-8764.

David Burke CADC II/SAP


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