The Therapist May June 2019
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Professional Exchange

THE MULTI-DIMENSIONAL TRAUMA MODEL AND PRODEPENDENCE
This article emphasizes the specialized treatment required to address the needs of a partner experiencing betrayal trauma. It identifies a partner-sensitive approach that uses the APSATS model within the concept of a new movement called Prodependency, which eschews the natural tendency of mental health professionals to villainize/pathologize the partner for choosing to stay with the sex addict in the hope of helping him heal or promoting relational restoration.

INDIVIDUATION AND ABUSE: AN IMPROBABLE PAIRING
The process of individuation, or the means by which a person knows herself as a distinct, whole individual, is reatly impaired by early relational trauma. This account looks at developmental, social, and spiritual aspects of human maturation and how early childhood abuse impacts the whole person.

INTRINSIC WORTH AND THE CULTURAL OUTSIDER
The anxiety and clouded sense of self that can result from being a culturaloutsider can be difficult to see at times, and yet these issues can have a huge impact on a client’s mental health. This article examines ways to address issues of intrinsic worth and identity for optimal therapeutic outcomes.

STEREOTYPED
Most of us have become therapists to help people. We are trained and attuned to listen to what people have to say and help them to the best of our abilities. CAMFT President Jan Mellinger has written a series of interviews with people who have remarkable stories of survival and resilience. This sixth article in the series features Talal Alsaleem’s story of how he has suffered from stereotypes and racism much of his life.

Legal Department Staff Articles

“SOMETIMES, IT’S WHAT YOU DON’T SAY...”
This article is intended to provide an overview of key legal and ethical issues for therapists to consider when asked to write a letter for a client. Understanding these issues can help therapists to avoid possible complaints to licensing boards and ethics committees, and civil actions for malpractice.

COACHING VS. THERAPY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAMFT’s Legal Department routinely receives calls from pre-licensed and licensed members who want to better understand the differences between coaching and therapy and whether it is lawful and ethical for pre-licensees and licensees to provide coaching services. This article answers the most frequently asked questions.

Also in This Issue:

CAMFT RECOGNIZES EXCELLENCE
The CAMFT scholarships, grant, and honors awards were presented at the 55th Annual Conference in Burlingame, CA on April 27, 2019.

CAMFT SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANT AVAILABLE
CAMFT’s Educational Foundation is offering three scholarships and one grant. Students pursuing a degree in marriage and family therapy, MFT interns, or MFTs conducting research/pursuing advanced education are eligible to apply.

NOMINATIONS FOR CAMFT HONORS AND AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted by the Honors Committee for the Mary Riemersma Distinguished Clinical Member, Honorary Distinguished Member, Clark Vincent Award, and School or Agency Award.

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