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Friday, April May 1, 2020
Morning Activity
  • "Yoga"
    6:00 am - 7:30 am

1.5 CE hours
All Learning Levels

Plan to join us for an early morning self-care Yoga session. More information to follow.

All Day Workshops
  • "The Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics:
    Everything You Need to Know"
    Micke Griffin, JD, LCSW and
    Raymond Cameron, M.A., LMFT
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • "The Intersection of Diversity,
    “Mindful Facilitation, and Group Process”
    Lee Mun Wah, MS, M.A.
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm
"The Revised CAMFT Code of Ethics: Everything You Need To Know"
Presenter: Mike Griffin, JD, LCSW and Raymond Cameron, M.A., LMFT

6 CE Hours
All Learning Levels
 

In August 2015, the CAMFT Ethics Committee, in collaboration with CAMFT legal staff and expert consultants, embarked on a comprehensive review of the CAMFT Code of Ethics. After input from members and the Board of Directors, the CAMFT Board of Directors ultimately approved numerous substantial revisions to the Code in December 2019. This six-hour workshop is intended to provide a review and discussion of the CAMFT Code of Ethics, with a particular focus on understanding the numerous changes.

 

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

  1. Identify and describe at least three areas in Part I of the CAMFT Code of Ethics (The Standards) that have undergone substantial revision.
  2. List the changes to the CAMFT Code of Ethics regarding the issue of Dual/Multiple Relationships in Part I.
  3. Identify and describe changes to the CAMFT Code of Ethics regarding the issue of Bartering and Gifts in Part I.
  4. Explain the changes to the CAMFT Code of Ethics regarding the issue of Telehealth in Part I.
  5. Describe the rationale behind the proposed revisions to the CAMFT Code of Ethics.

Michael Griffin, J.D., LCSW, is a member of CAMFT’s legal team. Mr. Griffin received his MSW degree from the USC School of Social Work in 1980, obtained his LCSW in 1982, and graduated from Chapman University School of Law. He has worked as a therapist, a clinical supervisor, and a child/adolescent outpatient clinic director, and he was the Director of Clinical Operations for Western Youth Services in Orange County, CA. For several years, Mr. Griffin was employed in the department of psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where he worked as a child-family therapist, a supervisor, an outpatient clinic director, and a coordinator of school-based mental health programs. He is a practicing psychotherapist in Orange County.

Raymond Cameron, M.A., MFT, has been in clinical practice in Temecula since 2001 and is a Clinical Member of CAMFT, an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of San Diego Marriage and Family Therapy Program, and a CAMFT Certified Supervisor.  A current member of the CAMFT Ethics Committee, Raymond participated in the review and revision of the CAMFT Code of Ethics

“The Intersection of Diversity, Mindful Facilitation, and Group Process”
Presenter: Lee Mun Wah, MS, M.A.

6 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

For most of us, our education as therapists has lacked adequate training from a diversity perspective. Therapists receive “awareness training” but almost no practical skills training when it comes to dealing with diversity-related issues or confrontations when working with groups from diverse populations. In this training, we will demonstrate the myriad ways that facilitation, when practiced using Mindful Techniques developed by Lee Mun Wah, can become a useful tool in helping counseling students, faculty, and staff to become culturally competent and skilled in processing individual and group issues through a diversity and therapeutic lens. Through the use of filmed vignettes, role plays, and personal stories, trained therapists will learn to draw from a broadened skill set.

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

  • Use mindful listening and responsive techniques.
  • Understand the Art of Mindful Facilitation.
  • De-escalate a conflict within seconds.
  • Identify the roots of our disconnections and how to reconnect.
  • Notice what is missing.
  • Create a sense of community and belonging among diverse groups.
  • Describe 21 ways a healthy diversity conversation can be damaged.
  • Facilitate advanced empathetic interventions.

Lee Mun Wah, MS, M.A., is an internationally renowned Chinese-American documentary filmmaker, author, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer. He is the Executive Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques. In 1995, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and his most famous documentary about racism, The Color of Fear. In 2014, he released his latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, which focuses on college students speaking their truth about diversity issues within higher education.

"Media"
Presenter: Dr. Ali Mattu

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels
Workshop description to follow
Processing Session
Presenter: Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT

1 CE Hour

Bring your lunch and join us for this information-packed session. Wall will facilitate a conversation to support connection and integration among the different Annual Conference disciplines. She will provide inspiration, non-judgment, and the freedom to participate by sharing and/or listening in an intimate, friendly setting.

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

 
  1. Describe an immediate application of a concept or practice.
  2. Assess and rate the content of each program.

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“Intakes & First Sessions: What Leads to a Second Session?”
Presenter: Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

There’s an inherent tension in first sessions. We want to collect information from patients they may not want to discuss and may not have thought about for years (or ever). At the same time, we want to demonstrate our sensitivity, caring, and understanding that this is a difficult process for clients. We want clients to experience our skill and imagine trusting us while we establish the cooperative therapeutic relationship indispensable to clinical success.

How do we pursue these hard-to-reconcile goals simultaneously? How do we do enough therapy to get people to return without doing so much that they’re scared away?

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

  1. List three things we wish to assess in every first session.
  2. Explain why too much therapy in the first session can prevent would-be clients from returning.
  3. Identify two skills or abilities we offer clients, in a language that most clients understand.

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“Suicide Assessment: Tough Questions”
Presenter: Bindu Khurana-Brown, LMFT

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Attendees will learn questions and methods for conducting a suicide assessment. This will include recognition of signs of suicidal thoughts or urges, including behaviors that the individual may have engaged in. Attendees will learn engagement strategies to establish safety in the assessment process while reflecting on reactions arising within the clinician. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice these questions and methods as well as observe techniques for regulating clients during the process. Information will be presented in a format that can be integrated with therapeutic orientation and aligned with cultural competency best practices.

This training will provide attendees with information related to the methods and nature of suicide assessment. These tools are appropriate for all clinician learning levels and are applicable to students in graduate programs, trainees, AMFT/ACSW/LPCCs, and LMFT/LCSW/LPCCs. Attendees will engage in a variety of learning modalities, including lecture, role play, and self-assessment, as a component of integrating the skills presented.

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

  1. Use methods to develop a safe space for suicide assessment to occur.
  2. Describe three methods of suicide assessment.
  3. Identify no fewer than three aspects of countertransference that can impact the therapeutic relationship.

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“Cyberinfidelity: Treatment & Conceptualization”
Presenter: Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT

3 CE Hours

The advances in technology and the evolution of new mediums for social interactions have been a powerful external force with great influence on couples’ interactions in committed relationships. These technological advances have positive and negative effects on dyads and the quality of their relationships. The significant impact of such advances on dyadic interactions warrants further exploration of their link to infidelity. This workshop explores the unique treatment challenges of cyberinfidelity as well as preventive measures to safeguard against its occurrence.

Completing this workshop will expand participants’ understanding of the impact advances in technology and social media platforms have on fidelity in committed relationship as well as the clinical challenges associated with online infidelity. The workshop was designed to introduce participants to tools and interventions that are essential for effective clinical formulation and treatment of cyberinfidelity.

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

  1. Identify how technological advances increase access to and opportunity for infidelity behavior.
  2. List the factors contributing to the lack of agreed-upon boundaries for online behavior.
  3. Identify the different mediums for cyberinfidelity.
  4. List the clinical milestones needed to recover from cyberinfidelity.
  5. Identify the unique therapeutic challenges related to cyberinfidelity.

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"Adolescence & Cannabis"
Presenter: Dr. Seth Ammerman

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

With cannabis now legal medically in 33 states and Washington, D.C., and recreationally in 11 states and Washington, D.C. — with more likely to come — health care providers are being asked regularly about the safety of medical and recreational cannabis use by adolescents. This workshop will review the stages of adolescent bio-psycho-social development; discuss the latest research on adolescent brain development; examine the facts, fictions, and controversies around both the medical and the recreational use of cannabis; and give practical tips on counseling parents and teens about medical and recreational use of cannabis.

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

  1. Understand the stages of adolescent bio-psycho-social development and the latest research on adolescent brain development.
  2. Discuss facts, fictions, and controversies concerning both the medical and the recreational use of cannabis.
  3. Explain practical tips on how to counsel parents and teens about the medical and recreational use of cannabis.
  4. Describe the three phases of adolescent development and key aspects of adolescent brain development.
  5. Discuss cannabis core definitions; describe cannabinoid basics; and list evidence-based medical indications for cannabis.
  6. Identify effective ways to counsel patients and parents about the use of cannabis.

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PAC
Presenter: Kristin W. Roscoe, JD & Luke Martin, JD

3 CE Hours

CAMFT members, CAMFT’s PAC needs your support to help the LMFT profession thrive! Your $49 admission is a donation. All proceeds will directly benefit the CAMFT PAC, so why not attend and learn all about CAMFT’s advocacy efforts and how you can get involved in the PAC and its grassroots efforts?

Join CAMFT’s Board of Directors and fellow CAMFT members for the opportunity to meet and network with a special guest speaker over a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.


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"Welcome Reception"
Presenter: Kristin W. Roscoe, JD & Luke Martin, JD

3 CE Hours

This presentation is intended to provide an overview of six common legal areas in which CAMFT staff attorneys receive calls. Topics to be discussed include responding to records requests, writing letters for emotional support animals, business formation, the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, recording sessions, and telehealth.

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

  1. Explain the differences between producing records pursuant to HIPAA and producing records pursuant to California law.
  2. Describe the steps a therapist should take prior to writing an emotional-support-animal letter.
  3. Identify the business-structure options available to licensed marriage and family therapists.
  4. Describe the forms of abuse and neglect under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act.
  5. Identify concerns a therapist should consider before recording a patient session.
  6. Explain the fundamentals of telehealth, including the practice of marriage and family therapy across state lines.
Morning Workshops
  • "Stress & Resiliency: A Mindfulness
    Based Approach to Stress Reduction"
    Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD., CEAP
    8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • "Toilets, Genitals, and Hair
    What I've Learned About Treating
    the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum"
    Dr. Ali Mattu
    8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • "Sexuality Through the Lifecycle-
    Clinical Implications"
    Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT
    8:00 am - 11:00 am
  • "Body Bias: Sizing Up Our Clients"
    Laura Westmoreland, MA, MBA, LMFT
    8:00 am - 11:00 am
"Stress & Resiliency: A Mindfulness Based Approach to Stress Reduction"
Presenter: Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD, CEAP

3 CE Hours
 

Most people live and work fast moving, multi-tasking and over stimulating environments in which they must engage in critical thinking and believe what they think and perceive! This tends to put us on “auto-pilot” where we are rehashing the past or rehearsing the future and consequently not engaged in the present and as a result, we become reactive to what we perceive. The purpose of this course is to invite the learner to step away from the mode of doing and step into a mode of being by becoming aware of the role that our perception in our daily interactions with others and to learn a model to mindfully challenge our perceptions, reduce stress and enhance resiliency.

Dr. Sondoozi is an author, a storyologist ,a well sought after speaker and innovative trainer whose work fosters professional and interpersonal wellness and success. She has over 39 years of extensive experience in clinical and organizational settings as an executive coach, an organizational development consultant and an educator. She is currently the General Manager for California Schools VEBA. She is also an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego CA. Dr. Sondoozi teaches Mindful Eating and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California in San Diego.

"Toilets, Genitals, and Hair: What I've Learned About Treating the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum"
Presenter: Dr. Ali Mattu

3 CE Hours
 

The Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum of disorders can be one of the most challenging and rewarding specialties for a therapist. In this workshop, clinical psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu shares his experience treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hoarding Disorder, Hair-Pulling Disorder (trichotillomania), and Skin-Picking Disorder (excoriation). Dr. Mattu will describe the ways these disorders present, how to distinguish these problems from similar disorders (e.g. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Tic Disorder/Tourette’s syndrome), and effective treatments for these problems. Case examples will be provided to highlight ethical, practical, and motivational challenges to treating the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum.

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

  1. Understand clinical presentations of Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders.
  2. Identify shared interventions from evidenceā€based treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders.
  3. Understand ethical, practical, and motivational barriers to implementing interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum disorders.

Dr. Ali Mattu is a licensed clinical psychologist with a B.A. from the University of California and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was an assistant professor at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and serves on the Board of Directors of The Story Collider. Dr. Mattu has spent a decade treating panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania), skin-picking disorder (excoriation), tic disorder, and Tourette’s syndrome. He’s created more than 100 videos for his YouTube channel, The Psych Show, that have been viewed more than 1.3 million times. Dr. Mattu is an expert on Netflix + Vox’s The Mind, Explained and A&E’s The Employables, and he has partnered with HBO to create “Doctor Commentaries.” He has been interviewed by The New York Times and has appeared on Buzzfeed, MTV, CBS, NBC, and PBS. He also has the honor of being referenced — and not made fun of — on HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.

"Sexuality Through the Lifecycle - Clinical Implications"
Presenter: Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

We develop our ideas about sexuality while young — when our bodies are relatively strong, flexible, and pain-free, and we have plenty of time. But our bodies and lifestyles keep changing, requiring a model of sexuality, desire, and attractiveness that doesn’t depend on youthful bodies.

Without that evolving model, and changes in our expectations and choices, we’re vulnerable to sexual and relationship difficulties. We’ll address what patients can expect regarding sexuality as they age, including hormones, menopause, erection drugs, sexual side effects of medications, and the desire to feel attractive while living in a culture that glamorizes youth and defines beauty narrowly.

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

  1. List three ways we can help clients address the impacts of chronic pain on sexuality.
  2. Explain how sexuality can remain stable through the lifecycle despite physical changes in sexual function.
  3. Describe three common ways menopause can change sexual experience.

Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT, has been an MFT and Certified Sex Therapist for more than 35 years. The award-winning author of seven books and dozens of articles, he often appears in national media such as The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Daily Show. Dr. Klein is a Qualified Forensic Expert and testifies or consults in state, federal, and international trials. He has taught at Stanford Medical School, and he recently gave two Congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education.

 

“Body Bias: Sizing Up Our Clients”
Presenter: Laura Westmoreland

3 CE Hours
Learning Level Intermediate

As therapists, we receive diversity and cultural awareness training on topics related to religion, gender identity, and ethnicity. Current training is silent on body diversity. In this workshop, we will explore how we size up our clients with our body biases. Are we, unknowingly, causing harm to our clients who live in larger bodies? Let’s examine the conflation of health and body size, the adoption of BMI as an indicator of health, and the subsequent impacts of weight stigma. We will explore how weight inclusivity can promote overall well-being by utilizing Health At Every Size Principles®.

The workshop is suitable for all levels of clinicians. It is designed to encourage open conversations about the biases we hold about body shape and weight, how those biases can influence our responses to clients who express dissatisfaction with their body, and whether we are unknowingly causing harm with our responses. The goals are to increase awareness of the impacts of weight stigma, encourage weight inclusivity, and utilize Health At Every Size Principles® when working with clients in larger bodies.

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

  1. Identify two ways to create a weight-inclusive space.
  2. Explain three effects of weight stigma.
  3. Articulate three of the five Health At Every Size Principles®.

Laura Westmoreland, M.A., MBA, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Century City, CA. She assists clients with identifying and examining their limiting beliefs. She helps clients with anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship issues, body image and shame, and eating disorders. She supports clients in creating and leading the life they desire. Laura holds a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and an MBA from Lindenwood University. She is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and a Certified Body Trust® Provider. Additional training includes Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Level 1 and Psychoanalytic Training on Eating Disorders.

Keynote Speaker
  • Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD, CEAP
    "Pink Lemonade: Post Traumatic
    Growth & Wellbeing”
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
"Pink Lemonade: Post Traumatic Growth & Wellbeing"
Presenter: Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD, CEAP

1 CE Hour
All Learning Levels

Trauma is a part of life. Not all trauma can lead to diminished functioning. Understanding the impact of life altering challenges and dealing with the subsequent trauma effectively, are necessary for ensuring post traumatic growth, resiliency and wellbeing. The purpose of this presentation is to enable the participant to identify the key components of post traumatic growth that may lead to increased resiliency and stress reduction.

Dr. Sondoozi is an author, a storyologist ,a well sought after speaker and innovative trainer whose work fosters professional and interpersonal wellness and success. She has over 39 years of extensive experience in clinical and organizational settings as an executive coach, an organizational development consultant and an educator. She is currently the General Manager for California Schools VEBA. She is also an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego CA. Dr. Sondoozi teaches Mindful Eating and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California in San Diego.

Paid Speaker Luncheon
  • "Getting Mental Health out of
    Your Office and into the World"
    Dr. Ali Mattu
    12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
"Getting Mental Health out of Your Office and into the World"
Presenter: Dr. Ali Mattu

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Most of the mental health needs of the public go unmet. Stigma about mental illness, limited access to therapists, and health insurance barriers keep many from ever stepping foot inside a therapist's office. We can do better. By rejecting the idea that clients should come to us and instead taking mental health to the public, we can fight stigma and improve access. Clinical psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu will share the secrets of giving away mental health through traditional media (e.g. TV and newspapers), new media (podcasts and YouTube), and within your local community (schools and performances) in a way that's ethical, professional, and entertaining.

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

  1. Understand barriers to accessing mental health services.
  2. Identify best practices for ethically giving mental health information away to the public.
  3. Develop ideas to share your mental health expertise with the public.

Dr. Mattu is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a B.A. from the University of California. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America , Washington, D.C. He was an assistant professor at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and serves on the Board of Directors of The Story Collider. Dr. Mattu has spent a decade treating panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania), skin-picking disorder (excoriation), tic disorder, and Tourette syndrome. He’s created over 100 videos for his YouTube channel, The Psych Show, which have been seen over 1.3 million times. Dr. Mattu is an expert on Netflix + Vox’s The Mind Explained, A&E’s The Employables, and partnered with HBO to create Doctor Commentaries. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, appeared on Buzzfeed, MTV, CBS, NBC, PBS, and has the honor of being referenced, and not made fun of, on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Processing Session
  • Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT
    12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Processing Session
Presenter: Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT

1 CE Hour

Bring your lunch and join us for this information-packed session. Wall will facilitate a conversation to support connection and integration among the different Annual Conference disciplines. She will provide inspiration, non-judgment, and the freedom to participate by sharing and/or listening in an intimate, friendly setting.

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

  1. Describe an immediate application of a concept or practice.
  2. Assess and rate the content of each program.

Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT, is a mental health nurse who works as the Geriatric (Dementia) Care Coordinator for the VA Community Living Center in Palo Alto, CA. Wall provides support, training, consultation, and coaching for staff working with veterans who live with dementia, mental illness, and traumatic brain injuries. As a veteran, Wall enjoys being at the VA, where she can be close to the military and relate to the patients. Wall also works extensively with telehealth to develop competencies and mobile app review tools for clinicians.

Afternoon Workshops
  • “Intakes & First Sessions:
    What Leads to a Second Session?”
    Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • “Suicide Assessment: Tough Questions”
    Bindu Khurana-Brown, LMFT
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • “Cyberinfidelity: Treatment &
    Conceptualization”
    Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • "Adolescence & Cannabis"
    Dr. Seth Ammerman
    2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
"Intakes & First Sessions: What Leads to a Second Session?"
Presenter: Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

There’s an inherent tension in first sessions. We want to collect information from patients they may not want to discuss and may not have thought about for years (or ever). At the same time, we want to demonstrate our sensitivity, caring, and understanding that this is a difficult process for clients. We want clients to experience our skill and imagine trusting us while we establish the cooperative therapeutic relationship indispensable to clinical success.

How do we pursue these hard-to-reconcile goals simultaneously? How do we do enough therapy to get people to return without doing so much that they’re scared away?

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

  1. List three things we wish to assess in every first session.
  2. Explain why too much therapy in the first session can prevent would-be clients from returning.
  3. Identify two skills or abilities we offer clients, in a language that most clients understand.

Dr. Marty Klein, AASECT, has been an MFT and Certified Sex Therapist for more than 35 years. The award-winning author of seven books and dozens of articles, he often appears in national media such as The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Daily Show. Dr. Klein is a Qualified Forensic Expert and testifies or consults in state, federal, and international trials. He has taught at Stanford Medical School, and he recently gave two Congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education.

"Suicide Assessment: Tough Questions"
Presenter: Bindu Khurana-Brown, LMFT

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Attendees will learn questions and methods for conducting a suicide assessment. This will include recognition of signs of suicidal thoughts or urges, including behaviors that the individual may have engaged in. Attendees will learn engagement strategies to establish safety in the assessment process while reflecting on reactions arising within the clinician. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice these questions and methods as well as observe techniques for regulating clients during the process. Information will be presented in a format that can be integrated with therapeutic orientation and aligned with cultural competency best practices.

This training will provide attendees with information related to the methods and nature of suicide assessment. These tools are appropriate for all clinician learning levels and are applicable to students in graduate programs, trainees, AMFT/ACSW/LPCCs, and LMFT/LCSW/LPCCs. Attendees will engage in a variety of learning modalities, including lecture, role play, and self-assessment, as a component of integrating the skills presented.

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

  1. Use methods to develop a safe space for suicide assessment to occur.
  2. Describe three methods of suicide assessment.
  3. Identify no fewer than three aspects of countertransference that can impact the therapeutic relationship.

Bindu Khurana-Brown, LMFT, has been a licensed LMFT since 2008 and is currently the manager of a Crisis Stabilization Unit in San Jose, CA. Her clinical experience has included hospice, adolescent group homes, outpatient and inpatient clinical roles working with individuals who have serious mental illness and dual-diagnosis issues, and intensive outpatient programs with adolescents and transitional-aged youth. In addition, Bindu has been adjunct faculty at Argosy University and is currently adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University in the Counseling Psychology master’s program. Bindu resides in San Jose with her husband, daughter, cat, and dog.

"Cyberinfidelity: Treatment &
Conceptualization"
Presenter: Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT

3 CE Hours

The advances in technology and the evolution of new mediums for social interactions have been a powerful external force with great influence on couples’ interactions in committed relationships. These technological advances have positive and negative effects on dyads and the quality of their relationships. The significant impact of such advances on dyadic interactions warrants further exploration of their link to infidelity. This workshop explores the unique treatment challenges of cyberinfidelity as well as preventive measures to safeguard against its occurrence.

Completing this workshop will expand participants’ understanding of the impact advances in technology and social media platforms have on fidelity in committed relationship as well as the clinical challenges associated with online infidelity. The workshop was designed to introduce participants to tools and interventions that are essential for effective clinical formulation and treatment of cyberinfidelity.

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

  1. Identify how technological advances increase access to and opportunity for infidelity behavior.
  2. List the factors contributing to the lack of agreed-upon boundaries for online behavior.
  3. Identify the different mediums for cyberinfidelity.
  4. List the clinical milestones needed to recover from cyberinfidelity.
  5. Identify the unique therapeutic challenges related to cyberinfidelity.

Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem, LMFT, an award-winning marriage counselor and researcher, is recognized as a leading expert in the field of infidelity counseling. He is the developer of Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART)™ and the author of the acclaimed book Infidelity: The Best Worst Thing That Could Happen to Your Marriage. As an international lecturer and speaker, he has helped many counselors gain the necessary clinical tools to help their clients recover from the trauma of sexual and emotional affairs. Learn more at TalalAlsaleem.com.

"Adolescence & Cannabis"
Presenter: Dr. Seth Ammerman

3 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

With cannabis now legal medically in 33 states and Washington, D.C., and recreationally in 11 states and Washington, D.C. — with more likely to come — health care providers are being asked regularly about the safety of medical and recreational cannabis use by adolescents. This workshop will review the stages of adolescent bio-psycho-social development; discuss the latest research on adolescent brain development; examine the facts, fictions, and controversies around both the medical and the recreational use of cannabis; and give practical tips on counseling parents and teens about medical and recreational use of cannabis.

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

  1. Understand the stages of adolescent bio-psycho-social development and the latest research on adolescent brain development.
  2. Discuss facts, fictions, and controversies concerning both the medical and the recreational use of cannabis.
  3. Explain practical tips on how to counsel parents and teens about the medical and recreational use of cannabis.
  4. Describe the three phases of adolescent development and key aspects of adolescent brain development.
  5. Discuss cannabis core definitions; describe cannabinoid basics; and list evidence-based medical indications for cannabis.
  6. Identify effective ways to counsel patients and parents about the use of cannabis.

Seth Ammerman, M.D., is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ammerman recently retired as a Clinical Professor at Stanford University. During his career at Stanford, he was the founder and medical director of the Teen Health Van, a mobile clinic program providing comprehensive primary health care services to homeless, uninsured, and underinsured youth. His research interests have included substance use in adolescents, at-risk youth, eating disorders, and the use of mobile technology to improve adolescent health. Dr. Ammerman currently works with underserved youth at FQHCs in San Francisco and Healdsburg.

PAC Reception
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
PAC RECEPTION

CAMFT’s PAC needs your support to help the LMFT profession thrive! Your $75 admission is a donation. All proceeds will directly benefit the CAMFT PAC, so why not attend and learn all about CAMFT’s advocacy efforts and how you can get involved in the PAC and its grassroots efforts?

Join CAMFT’s Board of Directors and fellow CAMFT members for the opportunity to meet and network with a special guest speaker over a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.

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