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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Morning Activity
  • "Yoga"
    6:00 am - 7:30 am

YOGA

1.5 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

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

More information to follow.

Annual Membership Meeting
  • 8:00 am - 9:30 am
CAMFT Annual Membership Meeting

The Board of Directors invite all CAMFT members to the Annual Membership Meeting. CAMFT's executive director, Nabil El-Ghoroury, Ph.D., CAE, will report on our 2019-2020 accomplishments, including political and grassroots efforts on CAMFT-backed and CAMFT-sponsored bills.

As always, member comments will be received. The program will include recognition of Educational Foundation scholarship and grant recipients. Don't miss the drawing for the winners of the Educational Foundation raffle. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

 Closing Keynote Speaker
  • Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW
    "The Power of Showing Up"
    9:45 am - 11:45 am
"The Power of Showing Up"
Presenter: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW

1.5 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Have you ever wondered what the science of parenting reveals about the best way to help children thrive? Attachment research reveals that it’s not what happens but rather how we make sense of experiences and learn to show up fully for our kids that matters most in their development. Filled with fun exercises and discussions, this workshop invites you to help clients explore their parenting history and the practice of being present in ways that can enhance all their relationships.

Understanding this approach will allow therapists to:

  1. Describe how to help parents connect emotionally with their kids nonverbally by using touch, tone, facial expressions, gestures, and eye contact.
  2. Develop a coherent narrative of parents’ own upbringing as a way to enable them to be more present with their children.
  3. List ways to help enhance parents’ capacities for mindsight and deep empathy in giving children the experience of being truly seen.
  4. Incorporate proven strategies for helping children grow toward resilience and internalized well-being.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW, is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, each of which has been translated into dozens of languages; The Yes Brain; and two upcoming titles, The Power of Showing Up and Bottom Line for Baby. She is the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.

MFT Associate Job Fair
  • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
MFT Associates Job Fair

In collaboration with the CAMFT Planning Committee, CAMFT will be hosting our third MFT Associate Job Fair.

If you are an MFT Associate, you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to meet with agency representatives and potential employers. We encourage all students and soon-to-be-graduates to attend!

Cost: Entrance to the Job Fair is free for MFT Associates, but why not take advantage of Saturday’s MFT Associate Day package for the special discounted price of $39, which includes the Annual Membership Meeting, Road to Licensure, Job Fair, and two workshops specifically designed for MFT Associates. (The package includes breakfast.) Light refreshments will be provided. Parking is $10.

Be sure to come prepared with your resume to meet hiring managers!

Processing Session
  • Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT
    12:45 am - 1:45 pm

Pocessing Session
Presenter: Karen M. Wall, Ed.D., RN-BC, LMFT

1 CE Hour
Learning Level Intermediate

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
  • "Deconstructing Gender and
    Mental Illness"
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • “The Apprehensive Approach
    Towards" the New Immigrants'
    Mental Health Needs and
    Challenges (When the Dream
    Turns to a Nightmare)"
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • “The Whole-Brain Child"
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • "Creating Clarity, Focus and Reasonable
    Expections at the Outset of Treatment
    and Beyond”
    12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
  • "Road to Licensure"
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
"Deconstructing Gender and Mental Illness"
Presenter: Van Ethan Levy, LMFT, APCC

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Gender is a societal construct that is toxic and has negative emotional, physical, and/or psychological impact on people, especially those who fall outside of what is constructed as “normal.” Trans folx, specifically, folx of color, and more specifically Black trans folx are overly misdiagnosed with mental health issues because of the lack of cultural competency. In this presentation, we will deconstruct gender constructs through a trauma-informed lens so we can create safer spaces for folx who identify as trans and/or are exploring their trans identity while also learning how to identify and eradicate our own internalized biases.

We are the experts of our own experience. Gender is a construct, and we know that our differences are not based on sex/gender. We will learn the mental health risk factors and how to take space and make space.

The target audience for this workshop is Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists.

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

  1. Define gender deconstruction.
  2. Define privilege and describe three biases.
  3. Define internalized/externalized transphobia and describe three ways that they manifest.

Van Ethan Levy, AMFT, APCC, is a queer, AFAB (Assigned Female at Birth), NBPOC (Not Black Person of Color) who is non-binary and trans. Their pronouns are: Van, they/them. They are an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (102373) and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (4564) passionate about bringing visibility to all intersections of one’s identity/identities and dedicated to social justice. Their goal is to create a safe space for folx to explore all aspects of themselves while learning to trust that their experience is valid and real. They use a multicultural, trauma-informed lens and bring together the different intersections of one’s identity/identities.

"The Apprehensive Approach Towards the New Immigrants’ Mental Health Needs and Challenges (When the Dream Turns to Nightmare)"
Presenter: Maher Sonbol, M.A., LMFT

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

This course will explore mental health stakeholders’ apprehensive approach to understanding and handling the high needs and challenges confronting new immigrants to the United States, specifically within California. What are the practical ways of distributing mental health resources to these diverse populations within each clinician community? The main target is documented and undocumented adult immigrants, with all their cultural backgrounds, stigmas, and beliefs about mental health. The course will cover the emotional, relational, social, and legal impact of untreated immigrants who suffer and are in need of immediate mental health care and interventions.

The main goal of the workshop is to establish a new vision and clinical approach, from awareness to apprehensive interventions, to provide clinicians with different ways to get involved directly and indirectly given the current vulnerable state of access to mental health for new documented and undocumented immigrants.

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

  1. Utilize greater awareness of the experiences of the new immigrant population using detailed definitions, analyses, and fact sheets.
  2. Understand the significance of the need for a tremendous expansion of mental health services for new immigrants, whose mental health needs and challenges remain under-addressed.
  3. Draw on new visions of possible interventions that provide new immigrants with both direct clinical service and indirect mental health services through online interaction, community outreach workshops, and more.

Maher Sonbol, M.A., LMFT, is an adjunct professor at Hope International University who is certified as an anger management counselor and domestic violence advocate. He is a public speaker with a focus on the opportunities and challenges within multicultural communities. Maher is currently acquiring his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, aiming to incorporate his 25 years of experience within major multinational corporate organizations with his experiences in the mental health field. By traveling to 17 countries, Maher has had the opportunity to interact with many different cultures. He is married and a father to two amazing teenagers.

"The Whole-Brain Child"
Presenter: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No — it’s just their developing brain calling the shots! In this workshop, Tina Payne Bryson demystifies the meltdowns and aggravation by explaining in a clear and practical way the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. Dr. Bryson uses stories and humor to introduce parents to 12 Whole-Brain strategies, including:

  1. Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.
  2. Name It to Tame It: Corral raging right-brain behavior through storytelling, appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.
  3. Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state.
  4. Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion and help them understand that feelings come and go.
  5. Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

By applying these immediately practical strategies to everyday parenting, you can turn outbursts, arguments, and fears into opportunities to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. The result? Kids who are happier, healthier, and more fully themselves.

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW, is the co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, each of which has been translated into dozens of languages; The Yes Brain; and two upcoming titles, The Power of Showing Up and Bottom Line for Baby. She is the founder and executive director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of play therapy through a neurodevelopmental lens. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations. Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.

"Creating Clarity, Focus, and Reasonable Expectations at the Outset of Treatment and Beyond"
Presenters: Sara Jasper, Esq., CAMFT Staff Attorney and Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq., CAMFT Staff Attorney

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

During the first hour, CAMFT Staff Attorney Sara Jasper will describe key issues to address at the outset of treatment with an emphasis on the importance of identifying the client unit and setting up reasonable expectations within the client unit by discussing client goals and clarifying professional boundaries and competencies, key policies and procedures. During the second hour, CAMFT Staff Attorney Bradley Muldrow will discuss additional issues to consider when treating clients with disabilities. The legal and practical information covered during this section will help clinicians to comply with their Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) responsibilities and develop meaningful therapeutic relationships with members of a community whose clinical needs are often overlooked.

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

  1. Identify fundamental issues to raise when establishing therapeutic relationships.
  2. Recognize and respond appropriately to legal requirements when establishing therapeutic relationships with clients who have communication disabilities.

Sara Jasper, Esq., has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2008 and joined CAMFT as a staff attorney in 2011. Before coming to CAMFT, she worked as the Legal Liaison and Administrative Officer for the Sacramento Police Department and as an associate at Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP, where she practiced education and employment law. During law school, Sara clerked for the Judicial Council of California; the Center for Families, Children and the Courts; and the National Center for Youth Law. Since joining CAMFT, Sara has become a Certified Association Executive and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management.

"Road To Licensure"
Presenter: Cathy Atkins, Esq., CAMFT Deputy Executive Directo
r

2 CE Hours
All Learning Levels

Learn the latest information on the licensing process, the rules for obtaining supervised hours, appropriate work settings, requirements for supervisors, dealing with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, licensing exams, finding the “right” jobs, marketing yourself, preparing for an interview, signing employment agreements, and protecting yourself should the employment relationship sour.

*Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors cannot receive CEUs for this course.

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

  1. Name the laws and regulations that pertain to the MFT licensing process.
  2. List the breakdown of experience hours as it applies to MFT applicants.
  3. Identify the BBS forms to be completed during the MFT licensing process.
  4. Restate the important employment issues related to MFT interns and trainees.

Cathy Atkins, Esq., has been with CAMFT since July 2006. She started with CAMFT as a staff attorney but was promoted to deputy executive director in 2009. Before joining CAMFT, Cathy was a litigator in both civil and criminal litigation. Cathy’s main role at CAMFT is to represent the organization in the executive director’s absence. While Cathy’s focus is on legislative and regulatory matters, she also assists the executive director with Board and Committee directives and provides continuing education presentations to schools and chapters.



 

 

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