2019 Fall Symposium

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  • CAMFT's 2019 fall symposium
    Friday, November 8 – Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • CAMFT's 2019 fall symposium
    Earn 12 CE hours by attending both days.

The Fall Symposium offers two full days of continuing education experience, and an exhibit hall with valuable products and services to assist you in your practice, school, or agency.

By attending both days of the Fall Symposium, LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs can earn up to 12 hours of continuing education, which includes 6 Legal & Ethical CE hours required for license renewals by attending both of Friday's Legal & Ethical Workshops.


before 11/01/19
  • after 11/01/19
    $99 1-DAY
    $149 2-DAYS
Online Registration is Closed.
Register Onsite November 8-9, 2019!


before 11/01/19
  • after 11/01/19
    $204 1-DAY
    $333 2-DAYS
Online Registration is Closed.
Register Onsite November 8-9, 2019!


before 11/01/19
  • after 11/01/19
    $234 1-DAY
    $363 2-DAYS
Online Registration is Closed.
Register Onsite November 8-9, 2019!

There is a $50 price increase after November 1, 2019, so register today, don’t delay!

What’s included?

The registration fee includes a morning break snack, afternoon refreshment /snack break, CE Certificate, access to the exhibitor resources area, and session handouts. LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED.

Exhibitors and Sponsors: A limited number of tables are available. If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, please contact CAMFT at 858-292-2638.


9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 CE hours)

“EFT- Facilitating Forgiveness”

Presented by Carla Rather, LMFT

Ruptures happen societally and in relationship. Without entering into a forgiveness process, opportunities for closeness and connection with others decrease. Participants will learn to effectively facilitate Forgiveness Conversations based on the Attachment Injury Repair Model (AIRM) of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), empirically validated to reduce relational distress in 90% of couples. The AIRM model is essential to healing attachment injuries in relationship. This workshop will also address how the AIRM model can be used to facilitate healing and repair in societal ruptures around diversity and inclusion. This presentation includes didactic teaching, video casework, experiential learning, dyadic exercises, and role play.

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

  1. Describe a research-supported method of Relational repair and forgiveness.
  2. Describe when and how to work with couples in resolving attachment injuries (in both stages one and two of EFT).
  3. Describe how to work with shame and grief with respect to the Attachment Injury Resolution Model.
  4. Describe how to track and attend to the potential role of shame as a barrier to moving through the model.
  5. Describe how to work with partners, both intra-psychically and relationally, with particular attention to working with emotion in assisting couples in moving through the process of attachment injury resolution.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (3 Law & Ethics CE hours)

"What's Missing from Your Client Charts: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans"

Presented by Barbara Griswold, LMFT

While therapists may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan, ethics committee, or licensing board reviewing a client chart, this is happening more frequently, even for those who don't work with insurance. In these cases, well-written records can be the therapist's best defense, and can assist clients in getting needed treatment or disability approval. Attendees will learn the 10 things insurance plans and licensing boards require in notes, and how to quickly write an in-depth progress note, that can lead to better quality treatment. Finally, tips will be given on how to write 5-minute treatment plans.

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

  1. Identify how keeping vague, illegible, or superficial progress notes can be harmful to therapists and clients.
  2. Identify common health plan documentation requirements.
  3. Be able to define “Medical Necessity” and basic ideas of how to document it, so that necessary treatment will be covered by a health plan.


1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (3 Law & Ethics CE hours)

“Key Legal and Ethical Standards for Telehealth”

Presented by Mike Griffin, LCSW, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney

This workshop is intended to provide an overview of key legal and ethical standards which are applicable to the practice of Telehealth. Topics to be discussed include: Standards of practice for Telehealth, as expressed in Business and Professions Code section 2290.5 and California Code of Regulations, section 1815.5; Privacy and security rules under HIPAA; Jurisdictional issues when practicing across state lines; California laws concerning documentation and privacy; Relevant ethical standards, and issues to consider in selecting a videoconferencing platform for Telehealth. Attendees may earn three CE hours in law and ethics, applicable to the continuing education requirements of California licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed professional clinical counselors, and licensed clinical social workers. The information provided in this workshop, and in any accompanying handouts and related materials is intended for educational purposes only. It should not be considered to be legal advice, or a substitute for consultation with a qualified professional regarding such content.

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

  1. Describe four specific one-time actions that are required of providers upon initiation of Telehealth.
  2. Describe three actions that are required of providers for each Telehealth session.
  3. Describe key billing requirements when using insurance for Telehealth.
  4. Describe the jurisdictional issues that are relevant to providing Telehealth over state lines.
  5. Describe key legal and practical concerns that are relevant when selecting a videoconferencing platform for Telehealth.
  6. Identify one or more ethical codes that apply to the practice of Telehealth.

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 CE hours)

“Effective Treatment of Personality Disorders”

Presented by Scott Brandt, Ph.D.

This seminar will present a practically oriented model for understanding, diagnosis and treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders of The Self. Participants will obtain a working knowledge of the development of these disorders including the developmental point of arrest, the developmental dilemma and the core motivation of each personality type that underlies and explains their interpersonal behavior and internal experience. Specific emphasis will be upon setting up the treatment for success and intervention strategies designed to be powerfully effective in accessing these challenging clients, serving as a basis for working meaningfully with them toward deep and lasting change.

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

  1. Describe the formation of character pathology.
  2. Name the two major defenses employed by personality disorders.
  3. Recognize at least two signs of “abandonment depression” present in all personality disorders.
  4. Explain the difference between the “real self” and the “false self” in all personality disorders.
  5. List at least three general guidelines for successful treatment of personality disorder.
  6. Differentiate the goals of long-term vs. short-term treatment of PD’s.
  7. Diagnose and treat borderline and narcissistic personality disorders with using several specific forms of interventions.

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (6 CE hours)

"Anger Management Clients: Worth the Risk? / Assess Your Risk"

Presented by Anita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV, TFT-Dx

Specializing in anger management has many benefits, but it does come at a certain cost. Is it worth taking the risk to see clients who can be dangerous? You would be working with aggressive people who commit crimes when choosing to offer anger management services; on the other hand, you will receive clients through the courts, workplace, and/or schools. As therapists it's imperative that we keep ourselves safe. In this workshop, we will review some of the main Cognitive-Behavioral tools to use for working with aggressive clients, and understand what's needed for the court-order process.

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

  1. Utilize six anger management tools to treat aggressive clients through the review during the lecture.
  2. Apply safe measures for themselves, when dealing with aggressive clients.
  3. Assess whether the client will benefit from Anger Management services, when screening during an intake from an anger management program through the tips discussed in the lecture.
  4. Prepare a progress report for the courts.
  5. Integrate strategies to manage a cohesive group, when dealing with disruptions.
  6. Incorporate activities through experiential learning in the training to treat aggressive clients.

Carla Rather, LMFT
“EFT- Facilitating Forgiveness”
Barbara Griswold, LMFT
"What's Missing from Your Client Charts: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans"
Mike Griffin, LCSW, JD, CAMFT Staff Attorney
“Key Legal and Ethical Standards for Telehealth”
Scott Brandt, Ph.D.
“Effective Treatment of Personality Disorders”
Anita Avedian, LMFT, CAMS-IV, TFT-Dx
"Anger Management Clients: Worth the Risk? / Assess Your Risk"
Hotel Reservation

A block of rooms has been reserved for CAMFT’s attendees from November 7, 2019 - November 11, 2019. The Room rate is $145 per night plus 10.03% tax. This special group room rate will be available until October 22, 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Click here to book your room reservation today.

Getting There

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For your convenience, the Hilton Irvine does offer a complimentary shuttle based on availability to/from Orange County / John Wayne Airport (SNA). To find out complete details call 1-949-833-9999 and select option #3 to hear the recorded details for complimentary airport transportation.

Hotel Parking

The Hilton Irvine is happy to offer discounted self-parking at $10 per vehicle. Overnight guests enjoy in and out privileges.

Conference Disclaimers

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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)); Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider# CEP 4046) for 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.

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.


Friday, November 8 – Saturday, November 9, 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019




Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612
Hotel Phone: (949) 833-9999


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