"Conversations with the CAMFT Attorneys: How to Legally Breach Confidentiality and Not Regret It"
Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Luke Martin MBA, JD, Alain Montgomery, JD, Kristin Roscoe, JD,
Confidentiality is a cornerstone of therapeutic treatment. It gives patients the comfort and trust they need to be honest with their clinician. However, there are circumstances that either compel or allow for therapists to breach patient confidentiality under both California laws and HIPAA. In this workshop, the CAMFT Staff Attorneys discuss various situations where a therapist is required or permitted to disclose patient clinical information, including coroner and county public requests; subpoenas/court orders; dangerous patients; clinical consultations; and managed care audits.
|“The Creative and Expressive Arts for Deep Healing and Transformation: Substance Use Disorders and Trauma Treatment"
Dr. Ericha Scott, PhD
The creative and expressive arts are uniquely suited to engage sensory, pre-verbal, nonverbal, metaphorical, symbolic, imagistic, and right and left brained processes. These bilateral brain processes help elicit words and narratives necessary to reduce symptoms of trauma, abuse, and addiction. When used properly, the arts are an effective tool for self-regulation, insight, and motivation. This dynamic lecture includes slides of client art and poetry, as well as a review of the basic tenants of ethical practice.
|"Treating a Cross-Cultural Step-Family in Distress Over Zoom"
Dr. David Steven Mars, PhD, LMFT
Zoom or other internet platforms can supply a medium to bring couples, adult children and grandchildren back together after a multi-generational, cross-cultural, step-family rupture. The Transformative Couples Therapy™ (TCT) method will be featured via excerpts of captioned video of clinical sessions to demonstrate how emotional suffering, situational depression and loss can actually help to soften defenses to open motivational pathways toward lasting transformative outcomes. Power Point will give theory and practice of how the TCT method can be used to bring new cross-cultural awareness into the foreground to increase peaceful understanding and merciful alternatives to continued conduction of generational trauma.
|"Maybe You Should Talk to Someone"
Lori Gottlieb, LMFT
This moderated conversation will expand on the major themes of the book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed. We will discuss the cases in the book, the experience of a therapist in therapy, self-disclosure both to clients and a readership, and the clinical issues encountered in the book.
|"Understanding Narcissism and High Conflict Personality Styles: A Primer for Clinicians"
Dr. Ramani Durvasula
Everybody is talking about “narcissism”, but what does it do to our clients and how do we talk about it? Narcissism and other high conflict, antagonistic, and dysregulated patterns take a toll on intimate, family, and workplace relationships. It is essential for therapists to understand narcissism and other “narcissism-adjacent” patterns, the impact of these patterns, and tools for working with clients experiencing “narcissistic abuse” or antagonistic relational abuse. This program will provide an overview of these personality styles, their impact on relationships, and an overview of transtheoretical clinical tools that can be used to support clients experiencing these issues.
""Law and Ethics- "Unraveling Entangling Alliances: Guidance for Navigating Dual Relationships and Conflicts of Interest"
Bradley J. Muldrow, Esq., CAMFT staff attorney
Dual relationships and conflicts of interest are among the most complex and complicated ethical issues therapists encounter in practice. This workshop will provide therapists with the information they need to recognize and appropriately respond to these ethical challenges.
Participants will learn how to recognize and appropriately respond to dual/multiple relationships and conflicts of interest. Participants will understand the potential dangers that dual/multiple relationships and conflicts of interest pose to therapeutic relationships as well as the circumstances under which it may be appropriate to continue treatment despite dual/multiple relationships and conflicts of interest.
|"Making Room for Emotions: Understanding the Relationship Between Emotions and Connection with Our Authentic Self and Others"
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Participants will learn the Change Triangle, a practical map for understanding how emotions work in the mind and body to help us connect us to our authentic self and others. Learn an effective holistic tool to decrease anxiety and depression and connect more deeply to whomever or whatever you want. Get a basic education in emotions and a new way to understand trauma and transformation.
"Lessons in Connectedness, Racial Capitalism, Implicit Bias, and Colorism"
Dr. Miguel E. Gallardo PsyD
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
As the nation is currently facing challenges that are creating more darkness and divisiveness, our ability to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discourse on cultural issues remains ever present. Remembering our shared humanity and connectedness, in spite of our current challenges, has never been more paramount. This webinar addresses the impact of racial capitalism, racial colorblindness, implicit bias, and colorism on our (in)ability to create meaningful changes. It is hoped that attendees gain an understanding how to work towards more antiracist-intersectional practices, both personally and professionally
"Conversations with the CAMFT Attorneys: What to Expect When You Are Facing a BBS or an Ethics Complaint"
Ann Tran-Lien, JD, Michael Griffin, JD, LCSW, Bradley Muldrow, JD, and Sara Jasper, JD
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The looming threat that one's patient may file a BBS or ethics complaint can lead to weeks of anxious days and sleepless nights. Knowing what to expect and how to respond upon receiving such complaints can restore a therapist’s peace of mind and allow them to practice with clarity and confidence. In this workshop, the CAMFT Staff Attorneys discuss what to expect when facing a BBS or Ethics Committee complaint; common complaints and recommendations of preventative actions; what happens when the BBS receives a complaint; recommendations on how a therapist may respond; and an overview of the Ethics Committee complaint process.
|"Evidence-Based Considerations for Working with Racially Diverse Families"
Dr. Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D.
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Per Speaker: This session will only be offered live, and a recording will not be available.
Racial injustice and the COVID pandemic have highlighted existing disparities in mental health treatment. Given the diversity of the country and the sociopolitical climate, it is important to understand the current science and how to apply this in your clinical work. The focus of this session will be to overview current mental health concerns among racially diverse families during the pandemic. Considerations for providing evidence-based treatments within a multicultural framework will also be discussed.
|“When You Can’t Live Without It: Identifying Dangers and Setting Boundaries for Social Media"
Lucy Bramwell, LMFT
10:10 am - 11:10 am
Social media pervades the lives of teens and young adults, making it impractical to give up, even as it causes harm and distress. As clients look to social media to provide social connection, meaning, and a remedy for boredom, they can become susceptible to depression or a sense of meaninglessness. This session will describe the benefits and dangers of social media, including specific risks exacerbated during COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as other dangers around bullying, sharing personal photos, and disconnection. Attendees will learn approaches to talking to clients about their experience with social media and techniques to help them define healthy boundaries.
|"What EVERY Therapist Should Know About Insurance and Telehealth Billing"
Barbara Griswold, LMFT
11:20 am - 12:20 pm
This essential webinar will cover what therapists need to know about insurance, even if they never join a health plan. The latest information on telehealth coverage will be presented. The pros and cons of joining plans and how to get in the door at "full” plans will be outlined, plus what out-of-network therapists should know (ex. that just giving a superbill opens the therapist's treatment for review by the plan). Attendees will learn 14 critical questions to ask when checking coverage, tips for avoiding denials, and the secret to getting more treatment approved. Out-of-network therapists will learn two ways to keep new insurance clients.
|"State of the Profession"
Dr. Nabil El-Ghoroury, PhD, Executive Director of CAMFT
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm
|"More Than Their Trauma: Moving Beyond the ACEs Study to Support Student Healing & Learning in School Settings"
Habeebah Rasheed Grimes, M.A., Psy.S.
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
With the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study now more widely recognized than at any point since its publication, many practitioners, systems, and institutions are using the ACEs checklist to inform youth services and programs. While the ACEs Study provides useful epidemiological information about the health risks associated with childhood adversity, we must be careful to avoid further pathologizing young people who are often deeply misunderstood and marginalized. This presentation explores asset-driven ways of thinking about youth who experience adversity, acknowledging the harm it causes, while uplifting the potential for healing that resides in young people, their families, and their communities.
|"Treating a Cross-Cultural Step-Family in Distress Over Zoom with New Breakthroughs Based on the Trauma Treatment" Part 2.
Dr. David Mars, PhD, LMFT
Research in affective neuroscience and attachment from 1960 to 2020 points out answers to open compassion, understanding and inspiration for therapists. Studies focusing on in utero, infancy, toddlerhood through adolescence bring compelling revelations about the perilous developmental journey of being male.
Edited and captioned video of individual psychotherapy sessions with men will show breakthroughs that develop alternate neural networks and new ways of responding. Methods of Transformative Therapy will be shown so therapists can open doorways to pioneering expressions of men of courage and kindness in relation to self and others. Theory, practice and experience will be well integrated.
| "Therapeutic Train Wrecks"
Dr. Ronald Mah, M.A., PhD
The workshop will comprise of the trainer and participants sharing "therapeutic train wrecks" that they survived and learned from. Participants will be encouraged to reveal clinical/therapeutic mistakes : misdiagnoses, cultural blindness, problematic counter-transference, ignorance, skill deficits, stereotyping, anxiety, confusion, and more that led to negative client reactions, explosions, and termination. This will serve to both educate and reassure therapists of the humbling imperfect process of therapy, but incredibly formative for professional growth. What was learned from the mistakes- the train wrecks, and how walking away from clinical disasters or disappointments prompted growth and depth... and better clinical practice subsequently.
|"7 Evidenced-Based Strategies to Mitigate Stress"
Ellen Kinoy, LMFT and Ana Mejia, LMFT
This presentation is based on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research demonstrating significant racial and socioeconomic disparities in health outcomes resulting from differential exposure to toxic stress. The impact of contextual issues will be addressed on who experiences multiple life stressors, the divergent physiological and psychological impact of these stressors, and the significant differences in access to Stress Busters to mitigate this impact. The presenters will be utilizing a cultural humility framework of openness and curiosity throughout the presentation.
|"Understanding Ethical Non-Monogamy"
Dr. Dana McNeil, PsyD, LMFT
According a 2019 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, Millennials are waiting until later in life to get married. This delay allows them to have more time to experiment and explore sexual behaviors. Millennial clients are also more open to and accepting of consensual non-monogamy than any other previous generation. These same millennials grew up embracing the idea of seeking therapy to navigate setting up healthy boundaries in their relationships. As more and more couples are considering whether an open relationship, or even polyamory, is right for them, they are often met with therapists who have questioning attitudes about working with this population.
This course seeks to help introduce clinicians to the many ethical non-monogamy options their clients may be considering. This course will help clinicians to better understand how to support these clients’ making the best choices for their relationships and the boundary-setting goals for therapy. This course will also help clinicians to manage their discomfort and reconnect with the goal of allowing clients to make their own decisions about what is best for their own lives without passing judgment or conveying skepticism.
|"Plagues, Politics, and Relationship Vulnerability"
Dr. Talal H. Alsaleem, PsyD., LMFT
Relationships are similar to organisms in the sense that they are dynamic and influenced by the socio environmental sphere they inhabit. We live in a world that is in a constant state of flux. Every day, we experience major global events that shape our worldviews and impact our daily lives and social interactions.
The impact is often reflected in the quality and quantity of our dyadic interactions with our significant others. The most recent evidence of such an impact was clearly illustrated in how the pandemic and political schism affected relationship vulnerability and increased the potential for infidelity behaviors.