Networking Activities and Events
Welcome Reception for All
Thursday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall
CAMFT invites you to join fellow attendees in the exhibit hall as we kick
off CAMFT’s 53rd Annual Conference. Enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres
and a drink while you meet, greet, and network with our exhibitors and sponsors.
Enjoy the camaraderie as you take in the many resources available for mental
Sponsored Lunches for All
Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5
CAMFT’s Grand and Gold sponsors will host two complimentary lunches from
12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, May 4, and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00
p.m., Friday, May 5 in the Exhibit Hall. The menu will include a hot buffet
lunch on Thursday with salad and dessert, and a sandwich buffet station on
Friday with salad, chips, and dessert. Relax and network with our exhibitors
and sponsors during this two-hour meal break.
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Friday, May 5, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Bayshore Room, 2nd floor
If you are a marriage and family therapist educator, you are cordially invited
to a sit-down luncheon tailored just for you. A two-course lunch (entrée
and dessert) will be served, sponsored by Northcentral University and facilitated
by CAMFT Executive Director Jill Epstein . Share in an insightful discussion
as the future for LMFTs is examined and concerns addressed. The luncheon is complimentary
to educators. Non-educators must pay $50. Pre-registration is necessary.
CAMFT PACs Fundraiser and Luncheon
Saturday, May 6, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, lobby level
Support CAMFT’s PACs!
Please join CAMFT Executive Director Jill Epstein and Board of Directors for
a PAC fundraiser luncheon. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones will
offer a presentation,followed by a Q & A session with CAMFT members.
The fee to attend is $60, which includes a $10 donation to CAMFT PACs. The
luncheon is for CAMFT members only and you must pre-register in advance.
Special Guest Speaker, California Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones was first elected Insurance
Commissioner in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Jones leads the California Department
of Insurance and regulates the California insurance market. Insurers collect
$259 billion a year in premiums in California, making it the nation's largest
Jones served in the California State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where
he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee
and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Named "Consumer
Champion" by the California Consumer Federation, Capitol Weekly named
Jones California's "most effective legislator" other than the Assembly
Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tempore. The American Psychiatric Association
awarded Jones its prestigious Jacob K. Javits Public Service Award in 2015
for his work on mental health parity. In addition, Jones received the Phillip
Burton Award for Courage from the Orange County Labor Federation on April
Brown Bag Roundtable Discussions
Saturday, May 6, 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall
Connect with colleagues at the Brown Bag Roundtable Discussions! A cash concession
will be set up in the exhibit hall for your lunch purchase convenience, and
topics and moderators will be assigned to roundtables for discussion. Topics
such as Insurance Issues, Legal and Ethical Issues, Software Needs, Setting Up a Private Practice, MFT Licensure, Volunteering for CAMFT, Join CAMFT, CAMFT
Certified Supervisor Program, Chapter Involvement, and more will be offered
up for discussion. This is a great way to lunch with colleagues, share information,
Expressive Therapy Sessions
Dance Movement Therapy
Friday, May 5 and Sunday, May 7, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.,
Location: Magnolia Ballroom (lobby level) / 1 CE Hour Each
Instructor: Bonnie Bernstein, MEd, LMFT, BC-DMT
Through the unity of the body, mind and spirit, dance movement therapy (DMT)
provides a sense of wholeness to all individuals by treating the whole person.
Whether you use it in therapy or for your own self-care, DMT can provide the
client or yourself with a deeper sense of self-awareness through a meditative
process that involves movement, motion, and realization of one's body. If you
currently use DMT we know you won’t want to miss these two early-morning
classes, and if you want to learn more about DMT we know you won’t want
to miss these two early-morning classes. Pre-registration is required.
Stories of Collaboration, Empowerment and Resiliency: A Playback Theatre Performance
Saturday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Ballroom, lobby level / 2 CE Hours
Presented by the Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Armand Volkas,
LMFT, RDT, BCT.
Mr. Volkas is a psychotherapist and drama therapist in private practice, director
of the living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble and Clinical Director of the Living
Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. Mr. Volkas is also associate
professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral
Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Sofia University,
Eastern Mennonite University and The Canadian School of Peacebuilding. In addition, he is director of Healing the Wounds of History
project, where he works with groups of participants from two cultures with
a common legacy of violent conflict and historical trauma and has developed
innovative programs using drama and other expressive arts in working with generational
and collective trauma and peace building.
The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble is a troupe of improvisational actors
and musicians who “play back” personal stories shared by audience
members in ways that both honor and illuminate the original experience. The
ensemble produces performances, workshops and events for personal, professional
and organizational growth. Created in 1986 under the direction of psychotherapist
and drama therapist Armand Volkas, The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble,
in collaboration with The Healing the Wounds of History project, has received
international recognition for its work in bringing together groups in conflict
such as Germans and Jews; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese, Chinese and
Koreans on their legacy of World War II, and Armenians and Turks, to name a
Bay Area-based Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, will invite conference
attendees to share personal stories about their struggles and triumphs as allies
and advocates for social justice for their clients and ways in which their
empowerment and resilience have inspired and moved us. The Playback Theatre
creates community and connection among people by revealing the dignity, drama
and universality in their stories. The ensemble of actors and musicians will
honor the work of therapists with their clients by bringing their shared narratives
to life through spontaneous theatre. Participants are welcome to bring stories
to tell or simply watch them unfold.
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Yoga & Meditation
iREST Meditation for Health, Resiliency and Awakening
Thursday, May 4, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Location: Bayshore Room / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Richard C. Miller, PhD
iRest Yoga Nidra has been developed over
the past 26 years by Richard Miller, PhD, a clinical psychologist, author,
researcher and yogic scholar, and is
uniquely suitable for a Western audience. Extensive research has shown that
iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations.
Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the U.S.,
as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations
supporting personal growth and well-being. In June of 2010, iRest was endorsed
by the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM).
Experience an iRest practice with Mr. Miller designed to help you navigate
the changing conditions of daily life. Oftentimes we find ourselves facing
stress from relationships, career, and social, economic, or political circumstances.
iRest is a research-based meditation enabling you to discover and embody
an inner resource of unchanging well-being. It is ever-present regardless
and supports us in responding harmoniously to each moment in daily life.
Pre-registration is required.
6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6
Location: Magnolia Room, lobby level / 1 CE Hour
Instructor: Jamie McHugh, MA, RSMT
Dedicated Embodied Mindfulness is a contemporary
somatic approach to traditional contemplative sitting practices. Dedicated
to reconciling the split between
conscious movement and stillness, Embodied Mindfulness explores the intersection
of the mind and the body with breath, alignment, self-contact, and subtle movement
as the foundational technologies for introspective practice.
Jamie’s work is best understood through personal experience. In a Somatic
Expression session, you activate your body with the five technologies (breath,
vocalization, contact, stillness and movement); sense and listen to your body’s
feedback from that input, and cultivate an easy back and forth dialogue between
top-down input and bottom-up response. Through self-observation and action,
this person centered inquiry increases your bodily literacy so you can have
a more satisfying and empowered relationship with your uniqueness.
This intimate conversation with your inner nature restores balance between
body and mind and between doing and being. The practice of Somatic Expression
over time grows your body wisdom, increasing your comfort, ease, pleasure and
grace in daily life. Now is your opportunity to experience Embodied Mindfulness.
Pre-registration is required.
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CAMFT’s Educational Foundation Raffle
CAMFT’s Educational Foundation provides scholarships and grants for individuals
pursuing advanced education and research related to the marriage and family
therapy profession. To help raise funds to support this program, the Educational
Foundation will be hosting raffle drawings at the Annual Membership meeting.
For a chance to win some fabulous prizes, be sure to purchase a ticket for
$5 or your height in tickets for $20 at the conference registration desk or
from one of the Board Members. A one-night stay with breakfast at the Dolce
Hayes Mansion, a complimentary two-night stay for two including breakfast at
the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf, four Disneyland park-hopper tickets
for one day along with a two-night stay at the Hilton Anaheim, and a complimentary
full conference registration for CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference are just
a sample of what you can take home. The drawing will take place at the Annual
Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 6. All proceeds from the raffle drawing
will benefit the Educational Foundation scholarships and grant and you do not need to be present to
Exhibitor Card Game and Drawings
One drawing daily Thursday to Saturday for a chance to win valuable gift cards,
mental health products and services donated by exhibitors.
The premise of the game is for attendees to complete the game card with the
answers to questions provided by the participating exhibitors. When complete,
attendees drop their card in the drop box at the conference registration
desk to enter into one of three drawings for prizes. The prize drawings will
take place on Thursday, May 4, at the Welcome Reception; Friday, May 5, at
the Afternoon Power Break; and Saturday, May 6, at the Afternoon Power Break.
Prizes are valued at up to $150 in valuable gift cards or exhibitor products
or services, and a grand prize, a complimentary full conference registration
to CAMFT’s 54th Annual Conference, April 26-28, 2018. Attendees must
be present to win the prizes. Only one completed game card per paid attendee
will be accepted as a valid entry.
Stock up on books and references at the Self-Esteem Bookstore
8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 4
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 5
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 6
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Sunday, May 7
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