Dear Fellow Clinicians:

Our field is growing and changing, as we strive to be the best practitioners possible. Social justice, multiculturalism, and resilience have become hot topics as we collaborate with other professionals in multi-disciplinary helping teams.

The 2017 Annual Conference and Continuing Education Committee is delighted to help you bring more to the table. Up to 35 Continuing Education (CE) hours are possible for BBS supervised licensees who attend this conference. Please join us!

CAMFT's 53rd Annual Conference
Justice for All:  Empowerment, Collaboration and Resiliency
May6 4-7, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Vincent Felitti, MD – our opening keynote speaker, is the principal investigator of the internationally acclaimed “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study”.
  • Joan Borysenko, PhD - will teach a day-long workshop on the integration of science, psychotherapy and spirituality.
  • Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner – don’t miss the PAC luncheon along with a chance to hear the latest updates, and ask questions of California’s Insurance Commissioner.
  • Amy Zeiring - film producer of “The Invisible War”, comments on her military rape film which received a 2013 Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary.
  • Victor Carrion, MD – Stanford child/adolescent psychiatrist and researcher will teach a new model for identifying and working with pediatric PTSD.
  • Timothy Fong, MD - is offering a plenary session on developing tools and techniques for behavior addictions including problem gambling, and sexual issues.
  • Tammy Nelson, PhD – sex therapist author/expert discusses sex, love, pleasure and power.
  • Armand Volkas, LMFT and the Living Arts Playback Theater Ensemble – this ever popular and incredibly moving experience is not to be missed as these artists weave their magic for us!
  • Nancy Zarse, PhD – national forensics expert will discuss resiliency in the face of terrorism and trauma.
  • Donna Ehlers, MD - teaches us best practices for working with psychiatrists without stepping on each other’s toes.
  • Joe Kort, PhD – board certified sexologist teaches about relationships in which one person is sexually fluid while the other is not.
  • Elizabeth Gershoff, PhD – well-known child rights advocate, researcher and psychology professor offers a special lunchtime discussion.
  • Ofer Zur, PhD – always humorous, offers a talk on ethics and boundaries in the digital age of Facebook and Google.
  • David Burns, MD - author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, will provide our closing keynote.

There are lots of other great speakers planned, including a six-hour Law and Ethics workshop by Dave Jensen, JD (CAMFT Staff Attorney), Red Cross disaster mental health, self-care activities including yoga, dance/movement therapy, somatic expression, and processing sessions, and so much more. Can you see why we’re excited?!

We are delighted and thankful for our exhibit hall sponsors who are not to be missed. They will be offering valuable resources, raffle prizes, and several complimentary catered events including breakfasts, lunches, afternoon power snacks, and hors d’oeurves, along with a Welcome Reception on opening day. These are a great chance to network with your colleagues and make some new friends. We are especially grateful to our Grand Sponsors: CPH & Associates, GEICO, Northcentral University, and SimplePractice, and our Gold Sponsor Therasoft, and our Bronze sponsor John F. Kennedy University.

As Chair of our 2017 Continuing Education and Annual Conference Planning Committee, I want to extend a big thank-you to our members who served on this committee lending their brain-storming and time to what’s sure to be a terrific conference: Maria Dylan, LMFT, Lynn E. Fritz, LMFT, Carolyn Gerard, LMFT, and Shannon Hanrahan, PsyD, LMFT.

The San Francisco Bay Area in May is one of the most beautiful places in the world. So please step up your game (and have a lot of fun!) by attending our 2017 CAMFT Annual Conference. If you’ve never come to our conference before, this is the one not to be missed. Take advantage of early registration discounts.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

Kind regards,

Laura Strom, LMFT

Laura Strom, LMFT
CAMFT Past-President
Chair, 2017 Continuing Education and Annual Conference Planning Committee

10 reasons savvy therapists will attend this conference!

  •  Meet and learn from some of the biggest names in our field! Vincent Felitti, Joan Borysenko, David Burns and more!
  • CAMFT PAC Fundraiser Luncheon featuring Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner
  • Complimentary breakfast each morning to start your day right
  • Opportunities to network while enjoying delicious complimentary snacks, lunches, and a Welcome Reception
  • Lots of great self-care activities with colleagues who share your interests
  • Many interesting exhibitors will expand your knowledge of mental health-related resources
  • Play our exhibit hall game, raffles, and compete for numerous valuable prize giveaways
  • Self-Esteem Bookstore offers a wealth of mental health materials, and book signings
  • Earn 35 CE hours (6 CE Law & Ethics available) in one fun Bay area weekend!
  • Located in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area - need we say more?

Special thanks to the 2017 Education and Planning Committee for their valuable time, insight, planning, and dedication since August 2015!

Each year, the Continuing Education and Annual Conference Planning Committee shapes the program of the Annual Conference. The peer presentation proposals for the Annual Conference workshops are chosen by a competitive selection process by the Conference Committee. The Committee researches and selects invited and keynote presenters that speak to the theme, and organizes the schedule to ensure the proper assortment of session topics that speak to the conference theme are disbursed evenly over the course of three and a half days. The Committee ensures that the program reflects CAMFT’s educational goals for the conference, namely, to make it an effective place for continuing education and networking.

2017 Continuing Education and Annual Conference Planning Committee Members
Maria Dylan, LMFT
Lynn E. Fritz, LMFT
Carolyn Girard, LMFT
Shannon Hanrahan, PsyD, LMFT
Laura Strom, LMFT (Committee Chair)

Thank You CAMFT 2017 Annual Conference Sponsors  

Therasoft GEICO


Possible CEs  

35 CE hours possible for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

25 CE hours possible for RNs

23 CE hours possible for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors

(Please note: As of 2017, CAMFT will no longer be offering CE Credits to Psychologists.)

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Workshop Tracks
The conference theme of social justice affects everyone on different levels and in different ways in the therapist/client relationship. To assist you with an educational focus in a particular area, workshops have been identified by tracks. Some workshops relate to more than one track and have been identified that way for you. There are six tracks of learning being offered at this year’s Annual Conference, and the track assignment was designed for attendee educational focus and convenience when selecting workshops to attend. You will not receive a certificate of completion. The following is a description of each of the six tracks being offered and how to identify each track:

Healing Track: Color coded with a blue dot, and composed of medical-related topics such as sexuality, self-care, disabilities, brain injury, dementia, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, trauma, integrated care, addictions and similar topics.

Diversity Track: Color coded with a red dot, and composed of topics such as racism, social justice, violence, terrorism, homelessness, human sexuality, LGBTQIA, ethnic groups, spirituality, or other similarly related topics.

Justice Track: Color coded with a green dot, and composed of topics such as law and ethics, divorce, co-parenting, parallel parenting, access to power, resources, representation, legislation, case management, domestic violence, anger management, diversion, addictions, foster care, adoption, social justice, incarceration, adjudicated youth, or other similarly related topics.

Educational Track: Color coded with a purple dot, and composed of topics such as restorative justice, violence/terrorism, LGBTQIA students, transgender children, bullying, CASEL evidence-based social and emotional learning programs, ethnic groups, bilingual learning, or other similarly related topics.

Trauma Track: Color coded with an orange dot, and composed of topics such as PTSD, traumatic brain injury, addictions, suicide, domestic violence, reintegration, disabilities, deployment, or other similarly related topics.

Family Track: Color coded with a gold dot, and composed of topics such as families, divorce, couples, blended families, disabilities, dementia, advocacy, eldercare, eating disorders, domestic violence, child maltreatment, early childhood trauma, attachment, grief/loss, or other similarly related topics.

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Superscript Key
The superscript key is used to indicate who is not able to earn CE hours for a workshop. If a superscript appears at the end of workshop code, check the key to see if the workshop CE hours apply to you.

1 Not for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors
2 Not for RNs
3 Not for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors and RNs


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