2017 CAMFT Annual Conference
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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, LMFT, BS-DMTFRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017

6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
FMA3 “Dance/Movement Therapy: Self Expression for Self-Care”
Presented by Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, LMFT, BS-DMT
1 CE Hour | Tracks: Healing, Educational, Trauma, Family

This experiential workshop will introduce dance/movement therapy focused on self-care. Participants will be guided to free up and energize their bodies through natural movement. Experiences will introduce avenues for transforming tension into healthful release through freeing vocal and movement outlets of expression. The session will provide opportunity to explore the creative use of imagery for dancing out aspects of the self. Participants will increase their expressive freedom and begin to discover their individual dances. In addition to the therapists experiencing Dance/Movement Therapy for themselves, they will learn when and how to apply this in therapy with their patients/clients. No previous dance experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing for movement.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Create dance/movement therapy techniques for self-expression for themselves and utilizing it in the therapy setting with their clients.
  2. Utilize body movement and dance for self-care for themselves and observe  when to utilize it in therapy sessions with their clients.

Rebecca Torporek, PhD8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
F11 “Empowering Clients as Leaders”
Presented by Rebecca Torporek, PhD
3 CE Hours | Tracks: Diversity and Justice

Multicultural and social justice practice is recognized as critical values in marriage and family therapy and counseling. Our individual approaches may strive to empower our clients, yet our organizations often reinforce deficit and passive models for clients and their communities. This imbalance of power is especially problematic within the context of historical oppression by dominant society on communities of color, poor communities, and other groups. This presentation seeks to change that lens by reconsidering possibilities for integration of client expertise. Leadership, professional development, organizational structures, and other opportunities put social justice values into practice by collaborating with clients and communities.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish strength-based versus deficit based conceptualization of clients and hypothesize the impact of these conceptualizations on the process of counseling and the engagement of the client.
  2. Describe models of client/community engagement in counseling organizations that integrate participatory methods for empowerment, and hypothesize the impact of this engagement on wellness and positive growth in self and relationships.
  3. Formulated ways to reconceptualize their own organizational structures to consider ways of engaging clients and client communities as leaders and experts.

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Steve Wolf, PhD8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
F21 “Beyond Anger Management: Teaching Principles of Emotional Intelligence to Disarm Anger In and Out of the Therapy Session”
Presented by Steve Wolf, PhD
3 CE Hours | Tracks: Educational, Trauma and Family

Based upon the basic building blocks of Emotional Intelligence, anger is understood by the client as a secondary emotion. A cognitive shift then occurs with regards to understanding of the anger impulse. The client is also taught to become aware of anger in the moment of anger, to self-regulate, to discharge the emotion, and to identify and express the underlying primary emotion without causing harm to self, other or property. This approach teaches increased self-awareness, mindfulness, and self-control. Clients reduce the negative expression of angering in and out of therapy, it facilitates more essential dialogue, and supports the client to use this newfound awareness outside of therapy in other relationships.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. State the history of the field of Emotional Intelligence.
  2. Summarize the basic building blocks for Emotional Intelligence.
  3. Apply the building blocks for addressing anger.
  4. List the four “Taming Your Anger Tools for Behavioral Change.”
  5. List the four developmental stages of the “Taming Your Anger with Emotional Intelligence Program.”

Joan Borysenko, PhD8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F3 “Spirituality, Neuroscience, and Narrative: Becoming Fully Human”
Presented by Joan Borysenko, PhD
6 CE Hours | Tracks: Healing, Diversity and Family

Spirituality is our deepest sense of connectedness, presence, and belonging. A constellation of positive emotions including awe, compassion, forgiveness, gratefulness, love, trust, joy and hope characterize this state. The new field of interpersonal neurobiology describes how the mind is both embodied in our brain and nervous system as well as embedded in our relationships. In this workshop we will explore and experience how time-honored methods of body-mind training, combined with the quintessentially human capacity to create meaning through narrative, cultivate relational intelligence, health and well-being.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Define spirituality as distinct from religion.
  2. List 4 types of meditation and their utility in therapy (mindfulness, concentration, centering prayer, compassion).
  3. List six methods of increasing activity in the left prefrontal cortex.
  4. Explain the effect of epigenetics on trauma.
  5. Create meaning through with narrative repair.
  6. List the 3 stages in a transformative journey and relate them to resilience.

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David Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F4 “Using the Language of the Law to Salt & Pepper Your Treatment Records”
Presented by Dave Jensen, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney
6 CE Hours | Tracks: Justice and Educational

Dave Jensen will review the four fundamentals of the psychotherapy profession. In addition, many clinicians struggle with the content of their treatment records. They wonder, “Should I write a lot? Should I write a little? What really needs to be in my records?” In this six-hour course, CAMFT Staff Attorney Dave Jensen, J.D., will review fundamental aspects of recordkeeping. This workshop satisfies the six Legal and Ethical hours needed for license renewal.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Explain the “building blocks” of the BBS’s law regarding recordkeeping.
  2. Identify mistakes made by colleagues in the area of recordkeeping.
  3. State the core subject areas of a treatment record.
  4. Compare/contrast recordkeeping requirements of the public and private mental health systems.
  5. Identify key legal terms that should “salt and pepper” your records, treatment or otherwise.
  6. Describe the “D-A-V-E Way” of keeping records.

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Lisa Mitchell, LMFT, ATR, LPCC8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F53 “Promoting Resilience with Art and Creative Expression”
Presented by Lisa Mitchell, LMFT, ATR, LPCC
6 CE Hours | Tracks: Educational and Trauma

By its very nature, art making is a problem-solving activity. When we invite clients to use their creativity and make art in session, we promote resilience and teach creative problem solving. Learn to enliven your client’s inherent creativity, craft powerful art invitations, and increase your client’s creativity intelligence. Through case studies and examples, you will learn specific art invitations, how and when to apply them, and how to have a constructive dialogue with your client once they’ve completed their art. Through hands-on art activities you will experience the freedom, flexibility, and life-affirming resilience that comes when we include art making in sessions.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize art and creative expression to promote resilience in a therapy session.
  2. Recognize the relationship between problem solving, creative expression, and resilience.
  3. List conditions that support creative expression.
  4. Identify how creativity relates to client resilience.
  5. Utilize dialogue about client art that promotes problem-solving practice and resilience.
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Diane Zimberoff, LMFTDavid Harrtman, LICSW8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F61 “Shock, Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Resilience in Marriage and Family Therapists”
Presented by: Diane Zimberoff, LMFT and David Hartman, LICSW
6 CE Hours | Tracks : All Tracks
LEVEL OF LEARNING: Intermediate to Advanced

Many Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and other mental health professionals work daily with the aftermath of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) called shock. One type of countertransference by clinicians is detachment/numbness and another is active over-identification. These patterns of vicarious daily trauma trigger shock reactions to the nervous system, and ultimately can lead to disease. With ongoing C-PTSD the nervous system is affected. In this presentation, we will address treatment professionals and teach them to recognize and treat their own shock as well as that of their clients. It’s akin to when we tell parents on distressed airplanes to put their own oxygen masks on first so that they can save the lives of their children.

Studies have shown that a significant proportion of mental health professionals suffer from Secondary Traumatic Stress symptoms at a level that meets the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and that there is no difference in this between marriage and family therapists and other disciplines (Trudeau et al, 2001).  

We will measure (on a volunteer basis) each participant’s heart-rate to determine current level of PTSD and C-PTSD. Then we will provide 4 methods that can be used to reduce shock/trauma in the body. And then retest to demonstrate which method works best for each individual. 

We will present well documented uses of hypnotherapy and mindfulness as well as a live demonstration in the treatment of C-PTSD. These techniques are used at The Wellness Institute Training Centers internationally as well as at The Cleveland Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine and are currently replacing prescription drugs to treat insomnia, obesity, sleep disturbances, chronic anxiety and substance abuse.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Identify cognitively and viscerally the debilitating presence of shock in the nervous system, the two primary forms it takes, and at least six first-aid applications to treat it.
  2. Recognize the pervasive symptoms of Secondary Traumatic Stress, the three primary forms it takes, and at least three techniques of containing it.
  3. Utilize the term first responders, to include therapists, counselors and MFT’s as we are in the presence of and expected to treat, people who have been traumatized and therefore go into differing degrees of shock states.
  4. Recognize that shock can be contagious, as our nervous system mirrors that of others we are in close proximity with.
  5. Explain how shock affects our bodies as well as different ways to release the shock states from our bodies, and observe that shock and release of shock can be readily measured as incoherence and coherence through Heart Rate Variability technology.
  6. Observe the potential to achieve Vicarious Resilience in any MFT’s, counselors and therapists (first responder’s ) work experience, and be prepared to adopt at least three behavior patterns to promote trauma stewardship.

11:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Location: Exhibit Hall

CAMFT’s Grand and Gold sponsors will host a complimentary lunch from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Friday, May 5 in the Exhibit Hall. The menu will include a sandwich buffet station with salad, chips, and dessert. Relax and network with our exhibitors and sponsors during this two-hour meal break.

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Jill Epstein, J.D. CAMFT Executive Director11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
EDUL3, EDULV3, EDULGF3 Educators Luncheon
Strategize the Future of the MFT Profession
Facilitated by Jill Epstein, J.D., CAMFT Executive Director
Sponsored by: 

1 CE Hour | Track: Educational

CAMFT invites Educators to a complimentary luncheon sponsored by Northcentral University. This MFT forum is an opportunity for educators statewide to meet, learn from one another, strategize, and get questions answered about the evolving MFT profession. (Free for MFT Educators — $50 for all other interested parties.) Pre-registration is necessary.

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Share and discuss the impact of various legislation on educators, pro/cons of program accreditation, and BBS issues.
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Suzannah Neufeld, LMFT, RYT 50011:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
FAA3 “Yoga Therapy- Self-Care for Clinicians, and Tools for Clients”
Presented by Suzannah Neufeld, LMFT, RYT 500
1 CE Hour | Tracks: Healing, Educational, Trauma and Family

The word “yoga” means “to yoke” or “bring together”– so a goal of yoga is to peacefully reconnect the body and mind. Yoga therapy brings the yogic techniques of mindfulness, movement, breath, and meditation to support the health and healing of the whole person. This experiential workshop provides an opportunity for psychotherapists to practice yoga as a tool for grounding and renewal in the midst of a therapy workday, to be more present and available in body and mind for yourself, your loved ones, and your clients. We will also consider how a psychotherapist might share these practices with clients.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Recall basic yoga breath and movement practices to feel a sense of grounding and renewed energy.
  2. Identify yoga practices that you can do between sessions while wearing your work clothes.
  3. Learn how you might share some of these practices with clients to help with mood and anxiety
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Karen Wall, EdD, RN-BC, BSN, MFT Intern11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
FPS“Processing Session” 
Facilitated by Karen Wall, EdD, RN-BC, LMFT
1.5 CE Hours | Tracks: All Tracks

A one-hour processing session (where participants may bring their own meal/snack) to discuss conference workshops. Facilitator will be present to enable, inspire, and support connection and integration. The facilitator will offer intimacy, inspiration, non-judgment, and freedom to share and/or listen.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize greater practical and inspirational value in the conference.
  2. Develop real connection with other therapists, students and interns.
  3. Relate to others' perspectives on presenters and workshops.
  4. Debrief from possible overload of intense input of information.
  5. Discuss what we are learning to solidify ideas and practical application.
  6. Practice more intimacy in sharing personal and professional inspiration and ideas.
  7. Recognize how to incorporate new discoveries and material.

Winston Wilde, DHS, MA, LMFT1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F71 “Swingers, Kinksters, Polyfolk: Better Treatment with Erotic Minority People”
Presented by Winston Wilde, DHS, MA, LMFT
3 CE Hours | Tracks: Diversity and Family

This workshop is designed to assist clinicians with skills to improve their work with erotic minority clients. Often stigmatized by the mental health profession, erotic minority people are a growing population in America who deserve justice in their treatment. Access to sexual health services is a human right, according to the World Health Organization, yet so often therapists are at a loss when their clients are kinky or non-monogamous. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss fundamental do’s and do-nots to facilitate greater assessment and understanding of their erotic minority clients. As well, the presenter will attempt to unpack the complex ways in which sexually non-normative people talk about life and sex as a result of their experiences in the world by gender, age, race/ethnicity, geography, religiosity, and sexual orientation. Half lecture, half experiential role-play and discussion, this workshop is not for the too-timid beginner, rather for the more seasoned clinician and for those with a focus on these special populations.

Caution: Although there will be no graphic films shown, this is a workshop on sexuality, and so some language may appear a bit racy to some folks.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will:

  1. Express their competence to discuss sexuality issues with their erotic minority clients.
  2. Discuss different ways in which erotic minority clients talk about sex depending on their age, ethnicity, gender, religiosity, and other demographic features.
  3. Identify where erotic minority couples get stuck in communication with each other.

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Rajani Venkatraman Levis, MS, LMFTLaura Siniego, MA, LMFT

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
F82 “Resilient Client, Resilient Therapist: Empowering Client and Therapist Through Community Cultural Wealth Resources”
Presented by Rajani Venkatraman Levis, MS, LMFT, PPS, CTS and Laura Siniego,MA, LMFT
3 CE Hours | Tracks: Diversity, Educational and Family
LEVEL OF LEARNING: Introductory to Intermediate

This workshop turns the concept of “under-resourced” on its head by revealing a wealth of invisible resources possessed by the clients whose voices are in the margins. Participants will learn a culturally attuned means for discovering and installing invisible and under-utilized resources possessed by those from the non-dominant culture. This framework of Community Cultural Wealth Resources (CCWR) incorporates the knowledge, skills, abilities and contacts used by oppressed communities to overcome macro and micro forms of oppression and draws on the work of Yosso (2005), Huber (2009) and Delgado Bernal (1998). Attendees will actively participate in the application of CCWR to specific populations that experience discrimination and stigma in our current sociopolitical climate, such as clients who are practicing Muslims, LGBTQIA individuals and undocumented immigrants, to name a few.

Using the concepts of vicarious resilience and its inherent mutuality, attendees will leave with the tools to elicit and integrate CCWR, as a powerful therapeutic means for healing social injustices in our varied roles as therapist, client, educator, student and community member.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the concept of vicarious resilience.
  2. List the effects of context and positionality on the therapist’s ability to learn vicariously.
  3. Identify four complementary considerations in an integrative framework for psychotherapy.
  4. List at least six forms of community cultural wealth resources that impact the therapeutic alliance.
  5. Demonstrate mutual impact in the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Utilize complementary considerations in placing culture at the heart of psychotherapy.
  7. Create balance in the therapeutic hierarchy and empower clients through the discovery and installation of community cultural wealth resources.
  8. Demonstrate an increased awareness of and attention to self-care as a necessity, not a luxury.
  9. Restore power to clients through acknowledging mutuality and reciprocity in the therapeutic alliance.
  10. Recognize the role of the therapist and educator in fighting social injustice through an active attunement to the CCWR of marginalized communities.

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Timothy Fong, MD4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
FPL “Developing Tools and Techniques for Family Members and Spouses to Manage and Deal with Behavioral Addictions, Primarily Gambling Disorders and Hypersexual Disorders”
Presented by Timothy Fong, MD
2 CE Hours | Tracks: All Tracks

This session will describe the clinical characteristics of behavioral addictions, specifically gambling disorder and hypersexual behaviors, that are likely to present in various treatment settings. A review of effective screening tools and assessment techniques will enhance clinician's ability to identify and develop a comprehensive biopsychosocial treatment plan for these behavioral addictions. Particular emphasis will be spent on how describing evidenced­ based techniques and treatment resources (developed by the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and the California Gambling Education and Treatment System) to assist family members and romantic partners in learning how to cope, manage and effectively deal with behavioral addictions.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Know how to apply screening and assessment tools to identify and diagnose gambling disorder and hypersexual behaviors.
  2. Name three evidenced-based clinical activities that can be used to help reduce stress, enabling behaviors or co-dependency of family members or romantic partners of persons with behavioral addiction.

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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