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Law & Ethics V – Managing Difficult Situations-Self-Care in Times of Stress and Distress
Presented by: Jonathan Young, Ph.D. & Anne Bach, M.S., MFT
November 23, 2014 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
CE Credit: 6 hours
Fee: $155.00
Email: registrar@folkstory.com
Phone: 805 687-7171

Meets Mandated California Law & Ethics requirement

Our fifth course on ethics focuses on the emotional challenges of mental health callings. There are times in professional lives that seem like dark nights of the soul. Mythic lore sees such troubles as stages of transformation. We will explore the adventures of Pinocchio and Jonah to see what can be gained from surviving the belly of the whale. The day will focus on personal benefits and applications to clinical practice.

Ethical codes call on mental health professionals to monitor their own personal problems and emotional stability. Our fifth course on ethics focuses on the stresses of clinical practice and how such pressures can impact judgment. After all, our work involves a degree of openness to the unconscious. The daily task of handling psychologically complicated projections can become a challenge at times. There are certainly rough stretches in mental health careers. Old wisdom stories provide guidance for surviving ordeals.

We will explore tales about being swallowed by great sea creatures to see what wisdom they offer for handling emotional distress in the course of our professional duties. The main focus will be on the familiar children’s story Pinocchio, with some discussion of its inspiration, the tale of Jonah and the great fish. Emphasis will be on the potential development that can stem from arduous professional experiences.

Location: Four Points Sheraton
1603 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Berkeley: Four Points Sheraton Emeryville
(Posted 08/04/2014)
Mountain View

SCV-CAMFT Mid-Region Luncheon
Presented by: Francine Toder, PhD
September 19, 2014 - 11:15am - 1:30pm
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
Fee: $26.00
Email: mail@scv-camft.org
Phone: 4083909929

How to Supercharge The Older Brain and Psyche Through The Fine Arts
Presented by Francine Toder, Ph.D.
1.5 CEUs, PCE 1134 

Friday, September 19th, 2014
11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Michael's at Shoreline
2960 North Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

About the Presentation:
Francine’s talk and power point presentation will highlight the optimistic and creative aspects of aging and the neuropsychological mechanisms that pertain to the aging process. During The Vintage Years, positive outcomes take place, including the following brain and endocrine system changes:

In addition to supporting brain health, Toder will discuss the numerous psycho-social benefits of taking up any fine arts form including, for example, memoir writing, playing guitar or painting landscapes. These many benefits include:
Greater life satisfaction
Increased passion
Enhanced sense of well being
Increased ability to focus sharply
An expanded social community

About the Presenter:
Francine Toder, Ph.D. is an emeritus faculty member of California State University, Sacramento and is a clinical psychologist, recently retired from private practice. She is the author of The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty (2013); Your Kids Are Grown: Moving On With and Without Them (1995); and When Your Child is Gone: Learning to Live Again (1986). Her extensive writing on diverse topics has appeared in magazines, professional journals, newspapers, blog sites such as Huffington Post, and as edited book chapters.

Presentation and Lunch Buffett:
$26 for members
$33 for non-members

CEUs (1.5):
$7 for members and non-members

Audit (no lunch):
$10 for members
$15 for non-members

Register at our website: www.scv-camft.org

2960 Shoreline Blvd.
(Posted 07/23/2014)

SCV-CAMFT North Region Luncheon
Presented by: Martha Cravens, PhD
August 22, 2014 - 11:15am - 1:30pm
CE Credit: 1.5 hours
Fee: $26.00
Email: mail@scv-camft.org
Phone: 408-235-0210

Does Working With Parents or Caregivers of Teens Make You Crazy?
Presented by  Martha Cravens, LCP

We often see parents in our office who are struggling with their teen. Martha Cravens, Ph.D., offers some practical, effective interventions to help parents. This includes teaching parents how to:
  • Be grounded and calm no matter what their teen is doing
  • “Not take it personally”
  • Believe in their teen and feel good about their parenting
  • Listen and connect with their teen
This presentation combines elements of Adlerian psychology, mindfulness, positive discipline, and non-defensive communication.

Martha Cravens, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Altos. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. Martha is also a single mom of two sons. Her parenting and life experience has taught her at least as much as her academic career. You can learn more about her work at www.marthacravens.com.

6650 Golf Course Lane
(Posted 07/22/2014)