Fall Symposium 2023

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  • CAMFT fall symposium 2023
    September 8, 2023 at The Westin, Pasadena, CA, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
  • CAMFT fall symposium 2023
    September 8, 2023 at The Westin, Pasadena, CA, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
  • CAMFT fall symposium 2023
    September 8, 2023 at The Westin, Pasadena, CA, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.
  • CAMFT fall symposium 2023
    September 8, 2023 at The Westin, Pasadena, CA, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.


Re-connect with colleagues at CAMFT’s Fall Symposium on Friday,  September 8, 2023, at The Westin Pasadena, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. The Fall Symposium offers a meaningful continuing education experience, and networking opportunities. This full-day event will feature a three hour presentation by CAMFT's Staff Attorney Kristin Roscoe, and a three hour presentation by Katherine M. Hertline, PhD, LMFT.

In addition to the in-person workshops, you will receive access to three of our newest on-demand workshops! That's an additional 6 CE hours that you can accrue at your convenience AND in the comfort in your own home/office.

The registration fee includes a special luncheon, networking reception, session handouts, and CE Certificate. By attending the Fall Symposium, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs can earn up to 12 hours of continuing education, which includes 6 Legal & Ethical CE hours.



A Microdose of Ethics:  Legal & Ethical Considerations for Psychedelic and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

9:00 am - 12:00 pm (3 CE hours)

It would not be hyperbole to state that we are on the precipice of a potential paradigm shift in the treatment of some mental health conditions. While classic psychedelics such as MDMA and psilocybin remain listed as Schedule 1 substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, that may change in the coming year, which could usher in an era of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. While we wait for updates from ongoing clinical trials, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy is currently being provided in a variety of settings. This workshop will guide attendees through the legal and ethical considerations when providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and what principles may apply to psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in the future.

 Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:·     

  • Analyze different ways in which risk may fluctuate across setting types when providing ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Identify key sections of the CAMFT Code of Ethics applicable to psychedelic- and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Describe the current legal differences between providing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy versus ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq., CAMFT Staff Attorney, takes CAMFT member phone calls regarding law and ethics issues and contributes articles on those subjects to the Therapist. Before joining CAMFT’s legal team, Kristin represented healthcare professionals in medical malpractice litigation at La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames. Since entering the legal profession, Kristin has worked in various capacities presenting to and advocating on behalf of her clients both in and outside of the courtroom. Kristin received her B.A. from The College of Wooster in 2006 and graduated from The American University Washington College of Law with her J.D. in 2012.

Christie and Kristin

What Every Therapist Needs to  Know About Artificial Intelligence

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (3 CE hours)

Technology has significantly shaped the way in which we interact with each other, both in personal settings as well as professional ones. One particular form of technology - Artificial Intelligence (AI) - has created much hype with the innovation of generative programs such as ChatGPT. These programs expand both the range and quality of services that can be offered by a couple and family therapist.The opportunities offered by AI for providing psychotherapy, however, do not come without controversy. Challenges with securing personal health information and the way in which these programs are constructed can compromise confidentiality, manipulate information, and may have effects that we cannot yet predict. In this workshop, participants will learn the difference between AI used in therapy and telebehavioral health. We will review the ethical dilemmas and legal issues when considering the use of AI therapy. Finally, we will review competencies applicable to AI therapies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to identify differences between telebehavioral health and AI
  • Attendees will be able to list when to use AI
  • Attendees will be able to list ethical and legal considerations for using AI
  • Attendees will be able to list the telebehavioral health competencies that apply to AI

Katherine M. Hertlein, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine. She received her master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Purdue University Calumet and her doctorate in human development with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Virginia Tech. Across her academic career, she has published over 90 articles, 40 book chapters, and 12 books. Dr. Hertlein has won numerous awards for research, teaching, mentorship, and supervision across her career. Dr. Hertlein was also awarded a Fulbright Core Scholar Award (2018-2019) and, in this role, served as a Guest Lecturer and Guest Researcher at the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria. Dr. Hertlein is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. She lectures nationally and internationally on technology, couples, and sex.



In addition to the in-person workshops, you will receive access to three of our newest on-demand workshops! That's an additional 6 CE hours that you can accrue at your convenience AND in the comfort in your own home/office.

Access to the On-Demand presentations will be from September 8, 2023 to September 8, 2024. Workshops cannot be substituted.

Where Do I Start? The Basics of Starting a Private Practice
(3 CE hrs)

Course Description:
Have you ever wondered how to start a private practice? Have you ever wondered if you missed something when you started your private practice? The objective of this presentation is to introduce therapists to the basic steps required to plan, start and run a business. Topics such as creating and naming a private practice, how to hire an employee, and an overview of how to lawfully advertise the business will be reviewed in depth.

Learning Objectives:  
The presentation will provide an overview of:

  • Acquire a knowledge of the three most common forms of business ownership for therapists in California: sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and professional corporations.
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of sole proprietorships, general partnerships, and professional corporations.
  • Summarize how a professional corporation is formed, who owns it, and who is responsible for its operation.
  • Discuss the legal requirementsinvolved inhiring staff members for a newly created organization
  • Understand how to store clinical records in the newly formed business in a compliant manner


Neurodiversity and Late Diagnosis of ADHD and ASD
(1.5 CE hrs)

Course Description:
What image comes to your mind when you picture a 17-year-old or 32-year-old on the autism spectrum and/or who has ADHD? Does that picture you imagined change with the gender of the person? Or their IQ level? This presentation goes beyond the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to describe how each brain style may look different depending on the characteristics of the person you are working with. You will learn the common (and often missed) features of these brain styles that surface among individuals who were assigned female at birth (AFABs) and among those who are both intellectually gifted and neurodivergent (i.e., twice-exceptional individuals).

Using a strengths-based approach, Dr. Blied will explain how these individuals' diagnoses may get missed in childhood, how you can begin to identify them in your therapy practice, and how you can support them in seeking formal evaluation.

Learning Objectives:  
The presentation will provide an overview of:

  • Participants will be able to understand the DSM-5 criteria for ASD and ADHD. Describe the features and characteristics of ASD and ADHD and their overlap.
  • Participants will be able to explain why individuals assigned female at birth (AFABs), and twice-exceptional individuals might get missed in early childhood.
  • Develop actionable strategies that are inclusive across cultural and ethnic-centered messaging.
  • Participants will be able to identify 1-2 general strategies clients can use to manage the challenges of ASD and/or ADHD in daily life. 

Couples Whisperer
(1.5 CE hrs)
(1.5 CE hrs)

Course Description:
Working with couples can be daunting and frightening. It can also be rewarding -- even fun -- when you have the right skills and composure. Learn step-by-step methods for increasing competence to become a true healer and guide, not just a referee to your couples. You will learn: what to do in the first phone call, the first session, the first fight, and at the start of each session. We will also cover curve balls: trauma, addictions, raging, affairs, co-parenting, sexual incompatibility, secrets, and ambivalence. This workshop is presented by a Certified Relational Life Therapist specializing in couples.

Learning Objectives:  
The presentation will provide an overview of:

  • Describe at least one fast, easy-to-learn tool to help couples communicate non-defensively.
  • Identify at least four reasons why a couple is not progressing and three sources of leverage that can help spur change.
  • Identify the two maladaptive ways couples handle an affair, and the one mindset couples must adopt to repair their relationship.
  • How to differentiate between a latent and a blatant client, and five techniques to use if they’re both blatant.



8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration Check-In
9:00 am -12:00 pm A Microdose of Ethics: Legal & Ethical Considerations for Psychedelic and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon (included with registration)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm What Every Therapist Needs to Know About AI
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Meet and Greet Reception (included with registration)






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Presented by Kristin Roscoe, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney

This presentation is intended to provide an understanding of what a subpoena requiring testimony includes as well as the legal and ethical considerations therapists should keep in mind when testifying. During this 1.5 hour course, Kristin Roscoe will guide attendees on what to expect if subpoenaed to attend a deposition or hearing/trial and provide attendees time to apply their newly acquired skills in an interactive exercise.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

Participants will be able to analyze a subpoena to determine who issued the subpoena, what type of testimony is requested, and the appropriate next steps in responding to a subpoena seeking testimony. Participants will be able to identify the holder of the psychotherapist-patient privilege, when it is appropriate for a therapist to assert the psychotherapist-patient privilege on behalf of a patient, and when such an objection is not appropriate.

Presented by Miranda Palmer, LMFT and Kelly Higdon, LMFT

Stop feeling lost or ambivalent about your marketing. We'll teach you the magic step to market your practice that will also lead to the best clinical outcomes of your life! In this presentation we'll give you the why, how, and the what. We'll include an amazing script that will transform your work clients. We'll even give you access to follow-up pieces of training on how to implement what you learn for the next three steps of creating a truly effective marketing plan.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify 2 clinical questions that you can ask clients that can improve their experience in therapy
  • Verbalize at least one thing you do well in clinical practice as reported by your clients
  • Identify 2 ways your marketing impacts your clinical outcomes
Presented by Dr, Scott Brandt, PhD

There is an increasing prevalence of individuals diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Throughout the psychotherapeutic field and literature it is considered extremely difficult, if not impossible to treat tis form of developmental arrest. This workshop provides the rationale and construction of a therapeutic approach designed to effectively access the arrested Narcissistic defensive structure and promote individuation toward true change.

  • Understand the rationale for the means of intervention.
  • Understand what is meant by Empathic, Affective, Mirroring Interpretations.
  • Learn how to construct these interpretations.
  • Learn how to present and deliver these interpretations to the patient for maximal effect.

Here's your chance to make new connections and reconnect with colleagues! Network with your colleagues, the Redwood Empire Chapter, and CAMFT Board of Directors at a closing reception with light appetizers.


Getting There

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Located in Rohnert Park off Highway 101. The Doubletree is next to FoxTail Golf Club’s two, 18-hole championship courses. San Francisco airport is 62 miles away; Oakland airport is 54 miles away; Sonoma County airport is 14 miles away.

Airport Shuttle
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Hotel Parking

Self-parking at $15 per vehicle. Overnight guests enjoy in and out privileges.

Event Information

CAMFT is approved for CE hours by: CAMFT is recognized as a CE Provider by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for LMFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (16 C.C.R. §1887.4.3(3)(D). Pre-licensed members and associates may earn hours of experience for attending CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisors.

Staying Safe
We’re excited to finally bring live event programming to our members! Our top priority for all in-person meetings is the safety and welfare of our attendees and team. CAMFT will follow the strictest guidelines established by the facility hosting the event, the county department of public health in which the event is located, and/or the State of California.

  • Attendees must either provide proof of a negative antigen test within 48 hours of event -or- provide proof of a negative antigen test on-site (test will be available at the event, at no charge, for participants to self-test)
  • Mask wearing optional, with the exception that masks must be worn when obtaining food/drink, (i.e. in a buffet line)
  • Attendees will also be required to read and acknowledge CAMFT's Health and Safety Protocols, read and agree to a Personal Responsibility & Liability Waiver when registering for this meeting or event.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Learn more about CAMFT's Health and Safety Protocols.

Presenter Opinions and Sensitive Materials Disclaimer: Some workshops may include highly sensitive material. Presenters may express a wide variety of opinions and views which do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of CAMFT and/or you as an individual. The presenters were selected because of their expertise in their respective subject areas and to provide you with a diversity of views on a variety of topics to enhance your conference experience.

The CAMFT Education and Planning Committee selects and approves continuing education presenters and programs based on the information provided to the Committee by the workshop presenters. The Committee cannot be in attendance at all workshops to ensure that the information delivered is as described in the applications submitted to the Committee. The material and modalities presented by CAMFT continuing education workshops reflect the views of the presenters and have been made available by CAMFT for educational and informational purposes only and not as professional advice for specific cases or circumstances.

Refunds/Cancellations: Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received by CAMFT one week prior to the conference start date. The Administrative fee for cancellation shall be $25 for each day of a paid registration. This fee will be deducted for cancellations through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after 11:59 p.m. exactly one-week prior to the event start date.

Special Needs: Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the conference, please contact CAMFT at 858-292-2638. Special needs requests will be fulfilled if received at least 2 weeks prior to the event start date.

Consent to Use of Photographic and Video Images: CAMFT and its affiliates may be photographing, videotaping, audiotaping or webcasting CAMFT meetings, activities, and CAMFT-sponsored events. Registration, attendance at, and/or participation at any of these events constitute an agreement by the registrant or attendee to these activities and to the use and distribution of the registrant’s or attendee’s image, likeness, or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes.

Fragrance Sensitivity: To keep the environment free from unnecessary irritants, participants are asked to refrain from wearing heavily scented perfumes, colognes, or other products.

Anti-Harrassment Policy: CAMFT is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants at its meetings or events. We expect all participants at a CAMFT meeting or event to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert community leaders if you notice harassment


Unacceptable behavior from any participant at a CAMFT meeting or event, including attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, contractors, volunteer leaders, vendors, venue staff, and anyone with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, CAMFT may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from a CAMFT meeting or event (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.


Alliant University International

California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University International  Founded in 1969, the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), was one of the nation’s first independent schools of professional psychology. Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals and advocates.

CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Approval (CEPA)  as the authority to approve CE providers for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), and Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP). CAMFT approval brings credibility and brand recognition that aligns CE providers with CAMFT's distinguished reputation of upholding the highest standards in continuing education and professional ethics.
CPH & Associates

CPH & Associates is the proud professional liability insurance provider for CAMFT members. Because our business is specialized, we are able to focus on your liability needs in a way that bigger companies are not.  We treat malpractice insurance for MFTs similarly to how you treat your clients. We want to support you professionally so that as an individual you can be the best therapist to your larger “family” and provide a lasting impact on the lives you touch.


Evolve Treatment Centers offer solution-focused, evidence-based programs that help teens envision and create a life worth living.

Lincoln Families, disrupts cycles of poverty and trauma through school and community-based mental health services, family resource centers, and summer literacy programs.

Redwood Empire Chpter

Redwood Empire Chapter of CAMFT (RECAMFT)  is an organization dedicated to maintaining the professional standards and ethics as defined by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT.org). We provide the local Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino County communities with information about the services and expertise of Marriage and Family Therapists and offer professional networking, educational activities and events for the membership.

The Ultimate Back Store

The Ultimate Back Store's sole purpose is to better our customer's lives by providing proper support and comfort through high quality products and practices. We accomplish this by utilizing products such as Stressless Recliners, Zero Gravity Chairs and more to help promote healthy habits, posture and comfort."

Tiny Sprouts

Tiny Sprouts, LLC creator of Empower Empathy™ bridges the professional therapeutic tools and tabletop gaming.  Our multi award-winning board game comes with a guidebook and uses CBT strategies to improve the socialization skills and emotional awareness of your clients. Players work together to repair the city of Empathropolis where an evil villain wrecks emotional havoc on its citizens. 

Two Chairs

Two Chairs, founded in 2017, is a mental health practice built for clients and therapists. We believe that high-quality care starts with taking care of clinicians. We’re building a mental health system that takes care of you by prioritizing your personal well-being, providing opportunities for growth and connection, and empowering you to do work you enjoy.




CAMFT is recognized as a CE Provider by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for LMFTs, LEPs, LPCCs, and LCSWs (16 C.C.R. §1887.4.3(3)(D)); Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider# CEP 4046) for a number of contact hours and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-EI Provider #1S-95-319-1023). Pre-licensed members and associates may earn hours of experience for attending CAMFT workshops as approved by their supervisors.



The Westin Passadena

The Westin Pasadena
On-Site Parking

Valet Daily: $22
Self-parking Daily: $22 (Electric Car Charging Station, No in and out privileges for self parking.)Overnight Guests
Valet: $22.00 (in/out privileges)
Self-Parking: $17.00 (single entry/exit).


The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101





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