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RECAMFT Response to COVID-19

Due to ongoing concerns and in support of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, RECAMFT will continue to hold all chapter events virtually through 4/1/2023. Keep an eye on our events page for updates throughout the year.  We encourage you to stay connected via the ListServ and continue to share helpful information with our community.

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RECAMFT Members - VERY IMPORTANT - you must use the same email you joined with when signing up for events.
Using a different email will cause the system to not recognize you are a member, and other issues. Thank you!

    • 07/11/2022
    • 12/31/2022
    • On-Demand
    Register

    photo of Barbara Griswold

    Expires 12/31/22!

    RECORDING OF
    Law & Ethics:

    What Should Be In Your Notes — But Probably Isn't

    Presented by: 

     Barbara Griswold, LMFT 


    This 3-CE on-demand Law & Ethics training will be available for purchase through December 31, 2022.

    Law & Ethics: What Should Be In Your Notes — But Probably Isn't (recorded program)

    • The recorded program is available immediately upon purchasing this training. You will receive an email with the subject "Purchase confirmation and instructions" which includes the link to watch the training.

    • 3 CEs available once all training requirements are completed (watch program in full, pass post-test and submit course evaluation)

    • On-Demand Program - watch at your convenience! Must be completed before December 31, 2022.

    A second 3-CE Law & Ethics recorded session on "How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan" will be available from the live event on Saturday,  June 25, 2022, also being taught by Barbara Griswold. Please register for that separately at this link.

    Course Description         

    This is the recorded version of this training.

    Expert Barbara Griswold, LMFT will teach how to write brief notes that satisfy legal, ethical, and insurance expectations, in order to gain confidence in the event a records request comes in. She will outline new documentation requirements for telehealth. Barbara will introduce several note templates. The course will include sample progress notes with pointers for what “good” progress notes look like.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify how vague, illegible, or notes written long after the session can harm therapists and clients.

    2. Identify 11 common health plan documentation requirements.

    3. Define the "medical necessity criteria" used by health plans to approve ongoing treatment, and how to document this.

    4. Demonstrate the use of SOAP and other note templates

    5. Identify legal and ethical issues related to altering notes or writing late notes

    CEs

    Participants will receive 3 Law & Ethics CEs after watching this course in full and  completing a Speaker Evaluation and short post-test.

    Cost

    • $45 - RECAMFT Licensed Members and Licensed Members of other CAMFT chapters
    • $20 - RECAMFT Pre-Licensed Members and Pre-Licensed members of other CAMFT chapters
    • $65 - General Admission (open to the public, non-members of CAMFT)

    Register Here


    About Barbara Griswold

    book cover Navigating the Insurance Maze Barbara is a private practice consultant and the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should, now out in its 8th edition.  In private practice in San Jose, she has been interviewed on NPR's “Morning Edition," and her articles have appeared in Psychotherapy Networker and The Therapist magazines.  She is a past member of CAMFT’s State Ethics Committee and Board of Directors, and former Oral Examiner for the BBS.  Her passion is helping therapists nationwide to master the business side of their practices. She invites members to contact her at her website, NavigatingtheInsuranceMaze.com.

    Location 

    On-Demand Video, a link to the recording will be emailed to registrants.

    Community Partnerships

    RECAMFT thanks our Sponsors for their generous help with our educational programs! 

    CPH Insurance logo

    Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #57173) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

    • Refunds: Refunds are available only if requested on or before July 10th by contacting therapy@recamft.org. No refunds available after that date, because this program is offered as an on-demand recorded training per the terms described in this listing.

    • CE Certificate: You must view the entire recorded program, and complete a post test and an evaluation, in order to receive your CE credit certificate. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    • Grievances: direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

    Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is a CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider: Provider #57173.

    • 07/11/2022
    • 12/31/2022
    • On-Demand
    Register

    photo of Barbara Griswold

    Expires 12/31/22!

    RECORDING OF
    Law & Ethics:

    How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan

    Presented by: 

     Barbara Griswold, LMFT 



    This 3-CE on-demand Law & Ethics training will be available for purchase through December 31, 2022.


    Law & Ethics: How to Write a 10-Minute Treatment Plan (recorded program)

    • The recorded program is available immediately upon purchasing this training. You will receive an email with the subject "Purchase confirmation and instructions" which includes the link to watch the training.
    • 3 CEs available once all training requirements are completed (watch program in full, pass post-test and submit course evaluation)

    • On-Demand Program - watch at your convenience! Must be completed before December 31, 2022.


    Another recorded 3-CE Law & Ethics training on "What Should Be in Your Notes -- But Probably Isn't" will be available, also taught by Barbara Griswold. Please register for that separately at this link.


    Course Description         

    This is the recorded version of this training.

    A treatment plan can protect both you and your clients, ensuring all parties have a clear understanding of the goals and progress being made. This webinar will give you the tools to help you write a brief treatment plan that fulfills the expectations of insurance and other oversight agencies.

    Topics include:

    • How treatment plans are different than progress notes
    • The bare essentials of a treatment plan
    • How to choose goals — and which goals to avoid
    • How objectives differ from goals
    • How to choose and describe interventions
    • How to update plans - and how often you should
    • How Medical Necessity Criteria of health plans affect goals
    Sample treatment plans will be provided to participants.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify the four main components of a good treatment plan
    2. Define the difference between treatment goals and objectives
    3. Choose goals that are related to the diagnosis and medically necessary, so that they meet with insurance plan approval
    4. Identify the biggest mistake therapists make when documenting planned interventions
    5. Define "S.M.A.R.T." goals, and "The Golden Thread" of documentation

    CEs

    Participants will receive 3 Law & Ethics CEs after watching this course in full and  completing a Speaker Evaluation and short post-test.

    For an additional 3 Law & Ethics CEs, please also sign up for "Law & Ethics: What Should Be in Your Progress Notes - And Probably Isn't".

    Cost

    • $45 - RECAMFT Licensed Members and Licensed Members of other CAMFT chapters
    • $20 - RECAMFT Pre-Licensed Members and Pre-Licensed members of other CAMFT chapters
    • $65 - General Admission (open to the public, non-members of CAMFT)

    Register Here


    About Barbara Griswold

    book cover Navigating the Insurance Maze Barbara is a private practice consultant and the author of Navigating the Insurance Maze: The Therapist’s Complete Guide to Working with Insurance -- And Whether You Should, now out in its 8th edition.  In private practice in San Jose, she has been interviewed on NPR's “Morning Edition," and her articles have appeared in Psychotherapy Networker and The Therapist magazines.  She is a past member of CAMFT’s State Ethics Committee and Board of Directors, and former Oral Examiner for the BBS.  Her passion is helping therapists nationwide to master the business side of their practices. She invites members to contact her at her website, NavigatingtheInsuranceMaze.com.

    Location 

    On-Demand Video, a link to the recording will be emailed to registrants.

    Community Partnerships

    RECAMFT thanks our Sponsors for their generous help with our educational programs! 

    CPH Insurance logo

    Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Provider #57173) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

    • Refunds: Refunds are available only if requested on or before July 10th by contacting therapy@recamft.org. No refunds available after that date, because this program is offered as an on-demand recorded program per the terms described in this listing.

    • CE Certificate: You must view the entire recorded program, and complete a post test and an evaluation, in order to receive your CE credit certificate. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    • Grievances: direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

      Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists is a CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider: Provider #57173.

      • 12/09/2022
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Zoooooom!
      Register

      An old tree on a cliffside showing the root system and canopy.

      DECEMBER BOARD MEETING

      Join the RECAMFT Board of Directors for our monthly meeting, which is held the SECOND Friday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  

      All RECAMFT members are always welcome.

      This meeting is held via Zoom. 

      To join us, please register here! Registration is required.

      The Zoom link for this meeting will be e-mailed to confirmed attendees before the meeting.

      Please note, no continuing education credits available for board meetings.


      • 12/09/2022
      • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Zoom Virtual Meeting
      Register

      Hand holding wick making candle in seashell.


      Calling all fiber artists, painters,

      crafters, quilters, woodworkers, come all!


      Bring your work in progress to

      RECAMFT's virtual crafting circle!


      • Friday, December 9, 2022
      • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
      • Zoom Meeting

      Please join us for this opportunity to socially connect with other RECAMFT members in this virtual crafting circle. Bring any project that you're currently working on to this relaxed atmosphere. We can't wait to meet your creative side!

      You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registration that contains the Zoom link to join the Crafting Circle. If you do not receive a Zoom link, please e-mail recamftmembership@gmail.com

      REGISTER HERE

      Hosted by Tara D'Orazio, LMFT, Membership Chair


      CE NOTICE: There are no CEs for this event.



        • 01/06/2023
        • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
        • Zoom Meeting
        Register


        Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD) and Psychosis: A Biopsychosocial Perspective

        Presented by: 

        Anish Shah, MD, Psychiatrist


        Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

        9:00 am - 12:15 pm

        Zoom

        3.0 CEs

        Course Description         

        This presentation will include how to evaluate and treat treatment resistant depression and associated psychosis. Most studies suggest that about 10%–30% of patients with clinical depression do not improve or show a partial response coupled with functional impairment, poor quality of life, suicide ideation and attempts, self-injurious behavior, and a high relapse rate. Treatment resistant depression is a complicated psychiatric issue which has a significant cost in our society when it comes to economic and social factors.

        The pathology is difficult to treat with standard treatment. It requires a novel treatment approach and comprehensive biopsychosocial treatment involving addressing all psychosocial factors with evidence based psychotherapy. Our patients with repeated episodes of depression, bipolar disorder, elderly population, women , severe chronic pain and sleep problems are especially vulnerable to TRD.

        Psychotic depression, or major depressive disorder with psychotic features, is a serious illness during which a person experiences the combination of depressed mood and psychosis, with the psychosis commonly manifesting itself as nihilistic or somatic-type delusions.

        In the STOP-PD study, the diagnosis of psychotic depression was missed 27% of the time, which was likely a conservative estimate because patients with comorbid conditions, such as substance abuse in the past three months, or unstable medical conditions were excluded.

        In the United States, despite the APA practice guideline recommending the combination of an antidepressant and antipsychotic for the acute treatment of psychotic depression since 2000 , studies have shown that only 5% of patients with psychotic depression receive an adequate combination of an antidepressant and an antipsychotic. Up your game with this fascinating 3 hour presentation! 

        Learning Objectives

          At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:
          1. Evaluate clients for Treatment Resistant Depression and Psychosis.
          2. Describe the Biological Theory of Clinical Depression and Psychosis.
          3. Understand Psychopharmacological Treatment of Clinical Depression and Psychosis.
          4. Understand Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment for Clinical Depression: Theory and Treatment approach.
          5. Describe a novel approach with Ketamine for Treatment resistant depression.


            Registration

            RSVP here.  Please note that once you have RSVP'ed for this event you will receive a link to register for the Zoom Meeting. You must complete this second step to gain access to your personal Zoom-join link to access the event.


                About Anish Shah, MD, Psychiatrist

                Anish Shah, MD

                Dr. Anish Shah, MD has been a practicing psychiatrist in Northern California for 19 years, gaining experience in several behavioral health settings, including Lake County Mental Health, Kaiser Permanente, and Sonoma County Mental Health. In addition to direct patient care, I also served as the Medical Director of Napa State Hospital before launching his practice in 2012. As the Medical Director at Napa State Hospital, he led a staff of 220 medical professionals and managed a $4 million medical services budget.

                Currently, Dr. Shah is the CEO and Medical Director of Siyan Clinical Corporation (SCC) located in Santa Rosa, California. Established initially as a solo private practice, SCC has since grown into one of the largest psychiatric practices north of San Francisco with ten clinicians (three psychiatrists, three therapists, and four mid-level providers) and more than 5,500 registered patients. The most substantial behavioral health concern among SCC's patient population is generalized anxiety disorder. In his leadership role, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with several leading experts in psychotherapy. This relationship with local providers, as well as an extensive patient database, will enables SCC to obtain valuable input that they can use in the development of a mobile application, ensuring a high-quality product that will genuinely benefit those suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.

                Dr. Shah has eight published papers in peer-reviewed journals on topics including bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, clinical depression, and opiate dependence treatment. He also has two publications, on chronic pain and overcoming wildfire trauma, in local magazines. Furthermore, he is active in the community as a behavioral health resource, providing behavioral health expertise upon request as well as continuing education programs in the prevention, treatment, and management of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and opiate dependence.

                In addition, Dr. Shah has extensive experience as a researcher leading clinical trials. He served as the Principal Investigator for two Phase 3 clinical trials investigating therapeutic modalities for treating patients with major depressive episodes associated with bipolar I or bipolar II disorder. He is also currently the Principal Investigator for a study evaluating the efficacy of Vortioxetine in subjects with panic disorder.

                Dr. Shah's Publications

                1. Shah, A. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Law Enforcement Officers: A Review of Risk Factors and Current Trends in Treatment. Forte Journal of Neuroscience and Psychology. 2019 Nov 10;1(3).
                2. Shah, A; Sheth, R. Traumatic Reactions after Wildfires: Common Reactions and Coping. Sonoma Medicine. 2018 Feb 23;69(1):29-32.
                3. Shah, A; Northcutt, J. An open-label, flexible dose adaptive study evaluating the efficacy of Vortioxetine in subjects with panic disorder. Annals of General Psychiatry. 2018 May 11;17:19.
                4. Shah, A; Kettner, A. Detection and Assessment of Malingering in Chronic Pain Patients. Marin Medicine. 2015 Nov 19;61(3):25-8.
                5. Shah, A; Kettner, A. Malingering in Patients with Chronic Pain. Sonoma Medicine. 2015 Jul 5;66(3):15-8.
                6. Shah, AS. A Review of the Role of Antipsychotics as an Augmentation Agent or Treatment Option for Patients with Treatment Resistant Unipolar Depression. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience. 2015 Jun;17(2):476-480.
                7. Shah, AS; Young, J; Vieira, K. Long-term Suboxone Treatment and its Benefit on Long-Term Remission for Opiate Dependence. Journal of Psychiatry. 2014 Oct 15;17:6.
                8. Shah, AS. The Role of Atypical Antipsychotic Therapy for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Bipolar Depression. Journal of Psychiatry. 2014 Sep 30.;17:6.
                9. Shah, A. Suboxone Treatment for Opioid Dependency. Sonoma Medicine. 2014 Jul 9;65(3):30-2.
                Location 

                Zoom Meeting. Requires pre-registration with Zoom; please make sure you register with Zoom with the link provided in your confirmation email.

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                Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT  (Provider #57173) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

                • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

                • Refunds: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days before the event by contacting therapy@recamft.org. No refunds are given beginning 7 days prior to the event. If a member cannot attend the event due to a mandatory evacuation or Public Safety Power Shut-off the day of the event, they can request and receive a refund with verification of address.

                • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 3.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

                • Notice of recording: All of our CE events are recorded or filmed and may appear on our website. By participating in this event you may appear in that recording. By participating in this event you agree to be recorded/filmed and give permission for RECAMFT to use your likeness where it may appear on our website or in promotion/marketing materials.

                • Grievances: Direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

                • 01/06/2023
                • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                • 8325 Candy Apple Ln., Sebastopol, CA 95472
                Register
                Four people watching a sunset.


                RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club presents our monthly

                Walk & Talk

                for our Prelicensed Members. Students, Trainees and Associates are all welcome!! 

                RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club for Prelicensed Members next meets:

                Friday, Jan. 6th, 2023
                3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                Your hosts: Jessica Heaney, AMFT and Debbie Melmon, LMFT.

                Your prelicensed event

                Walk & Talk was designed to address the perceived need for students, trainees and associates to receive support, connection, guidance and case conceptualization outside of the supervision relationship. On the first Friday of each month, our prelicensed members are invited to meet with each other and guest RECAMFT LMFTs of various orientations, who offers their knowledge and wisdom, on a beautiful farm and garden on the edge of Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. We sit together and check in for the first hour. In the second hour we hit the trail for a gentle walk in the park while discussing a member's case of interest. The combination of connection and movement in the beauty of nature creates an environment for growth and camaraderie. You can use Walk & Talk as a resource as it fits in your schedule / life (not a monthly commitment) and a way to meet prelicensed people in all stages, a place to share successes, challenges and find support.

                • Location: Debbie’s Barn and office at 8325 Candy Apple Ln. Sebastopol, 95472.
                • Register online for each session separately.
                • Sessions meet on the first Friday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm.
                • This group is not supervision or a replacement for supervision and CEs of any form, and “credit” is not available.
                • Confidentiality is the cornerstone of safety. Everything discussed in the group, stays with the group and participants are asked to discuss the content of group ONLY in our group sessions.
                • The nature trail we walk is sparsely populated, however, when we do encounter the public we suspend our conversation until we are once again out of ear shot of strangers.
                • Specific names as well as identifying features of clients will not be used or discussed.
                • Members are asked to bring all legal and ethical issues, as well as challenging cases and topics that may arise in Walk and Talk, to their supervisors for discussion and treatment planning.
                • Members are asked to speak with the group leaders if something is said in group that is upsetting or confusing.
                • We practice our active listening and effective communication skills, we refrain from advise giving and cross talk and encourage inquiry and input from our own experiences.

                Come join new and old friends, goats, chickens, dogs and wilderness for an informal consultation - it may be the best therapy yet!

                Your hosts

                Coordinated by RECAMFT Prelicensed Director at Large Jessica Heaney, AMFT and RECAMFT Outreach Chair Debbie Melmon, LMFT.


                Register online here

                Once RECAMFT registration is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation.
                • Register for each event separately
                • The 3000 Hour Club will meet on the first Friday monthly from January-June and Sept-Dec.
                • You will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please contact therapy@recamft.org.

                Help us spread the word to other Prelicensed folks!

                Please share this link with others:

                Event coordinators can be reached at RECAMFTPreLicensed@gmail.com


                Upcoming 2023 Dates

                Find more events here


                Questions? therapy@recamft.org

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                Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

                • 01/13/2023
                • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                • Zoom Meeting
                Register

                RECAMFT Rainbow Rings logoJANUARY BOARD MEETING

                Join the RECAMFT Board of Directors for our monthly meeting, which is held the SECOND Friday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  

                All RECAMFT members are always welcome.

                This meeting is held via Zoom. 

                To join us, please register here! Registration is required.

                The Zoom link for this meeting will be e-mailed to confirmed attendees before the meeting.

                Please note, no continuing education credits available for board meetings.


                • 02/03/2023
                • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
                • Zoom Meeting
                Register


                Seductive look by a woman.Legal & Ethical: Seductions and Arrogance: Client Presentations and Therapist Vulnerabilities that Lead to Legal and Ethical Violations

                Presented by: 

                Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT


                Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

                10:00 am - 12:00 pm

                Zoom

                2 CEs Law & Ethics

                Course Description         

                Education, Knowledge, and Training in graduate programs and Law & Ethics seminars every license cycle inform the therapist of the “what” of legal and ethical boundaries and violations, but do not necessarily address the client and therapist “whys” of how a therapist comes to make errors anyway.

                • There are clients that are immediately perceived as potentially problematic, while others surprise and even ambush a therapist.
                • Certain clinical situations are relatively straightforward while others are littered with not only therapeutic but also legal and ethical land mines.
                • Sometimes knowing or getting clarification regarding legal and ethical requirements and guidelines, instead of giving a therapist confidence, it makes him/her more uncomfortable or anxious. That is probably an indication of a vulnerability that may play out subsequently in a legal or ethical quandary, breach, or mistake.

                This seminar will use case vignettes derived from published cases of BSE and Psychology Board disciplinary actions, CAMFT Therapist journal articles, and from experiences of the presenter (including his participation on the Ethics Board of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists- CAMFT) to examine Legal and Ethical issues and boundaries, the client behaviors, issues, seductions, and circumstances; the presenting issues and configurations in therapy; and the personal issues and vulnerabilities of therapists that combine to increase the probability of legal and ethical violations in therapy. In the small group format of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to interact and offer their own experiences, both for consultation and for enhancing the breadth and depth of the seminar’s goal to help therapists be more clear and secure dealing with legal and ethical issues as they practice.

                Learning Objectives

                At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

                • Identify at least 2 common legal mistakes therapists make with clients.
                • Identify at least 2 common ethical mistakes therapists make with clients.
                • Identify the type of client most likely to file a report against the therapist.
                • Identify one reason why therapists make errors that put them at risk with clients.
                Registration

                RSVP here Please note that once you have RSVPd for this event you will receive a link to register for the Zoom Meeting. You must complete this second step to gain access to your personal Zoom-join link to access the event.

                    About Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT


                    Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT

                    Dr. Ronald Mah, PhD, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.  His experience includes authoring “Difficult Behavior in Early Childhood,” 2006, “The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution” 2008, and “Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion, PreK-5, Empowering Children in Inclusive Classrooms,” 2009, Corwin Press and twenty e-books on therapy and couple therapy available at www.Smashwords.com; DVDs on child development and behavior, community mental health, Severe Emotional Disturbance school programs, vocational and welfare-to-work programs, Head Start, supervising a high school mental health clinic, supervising therapists, private practice psychotherapy.

                    Dr. Mah's education experiences include 16 years in ECE, owner childcare center, elementary & secondary teaching credentials, college instructor, and the Board of Directors of the California Kindergarten Association. Co-Director of the MFT Masters Program at the Western Institute for Social Research, Berkeley. Also previously on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapist and presenter for CAMFT conferences and symposiums; and currently on the East Bay Chapter of CAMFT as well as various CAMFT committees.

                    His website is RonaldMah.com

                    Location 

                    Zoom Meeting. Requires pre-registration with Zoom; please make sure you register with Zoom with the link provided in your confirmation email.

                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                    Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT  (Provider #57173) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

                    • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

                    • Refunds: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days before the event by contacting therapy@recamft.org. No refunds are given beginning 7 days prior to the event. If a member cannot attend the event due to a mandatory evacuation or Public Safety Power Shut-off the day of the event, they can request and receive a refund with verification of address.

                    • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 2.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

                    • Notice of recording: All of our CE events are recorded or filmed and may appear on our website. By participating in this event you may appear in that recording. By participating in this event you agree to be recorded/filmed and give permission for RECAMFT to use your likeness where it may appear on our website or in promotion/marketing materials.

                    • Grievances: direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

                    • 02/03/2023
                    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                    • 8325 Candy Apple Ln., Sebastopol, CA 95472
                    Register

                    RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club presents our monthly

                    Walk & Talk

                    for our Prelicensed Members. Students, Trainees and Associates are all welcome!! 

                    RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club for Prelicensed Members next meets:

                    Friday, Feb. 3rd, 2023
                    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                    Your hosts: Jessica Heaney, AMFT and Debbie Melmon, LMFT.

                    Your prelicensed event

                    Walk & Talk was designed to address the perceived need for students, trainees and associates to receive support, connection, guidance and case conceptualization outside of the supervision relationship. On the first Friday of each month, our prelicensed members are invited to meet with each other and guest RECAMFT LMFTs of various orientations, who offers their knowledge and wisdom, on a beautiful farm and garden on the edge of Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. We sit together and check in for the first hour. In the second hour we hit the trail for a gentle walk in the park while discussing a member's case of interest. The combination of connection and movement in the beauty of nature creates an environment for growth and camaraderie. You can use Walk & Talk as a resource as it fits in your schedule / life (not a monthly commitment) and a way to meet prelicensed people in all stages, a place to share successes, challenges and find support.

                    • Location: Debbie’s Barn and office at 8325 Candy Apple Ln. Sebastopol, 95472.
                    • Register online for each session separately.
                    • Sessions meet on the first Friday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm.
                    • This group is not supervision or a replacement for supervision and CEs of any form, and “credit” is not available.
                    • Confidentiality is the cornerstone of safety. Everything discussed in the group, stays with the group and participants are asked to discuss the content of group ONLY in our group sessions.
                    • The nature trail we walk is sparsely populated, however, when we do encounter the public we suspend our conversation until we are once again out of ear shot of strangers.
                    • Specific names as well as identifying features of clients will not be used or discussed.
                    • Members are asked to bring all legal and ethical issues, as well as challenging cases and topics that may arise in Walk and Talk, to their supervisors for discussion and treatment planning.
                    • Members are asked to speak with the group leaders if something is said in group that is upsetting or confusing.
                    • We practice our active listening and effective communication skills, we refrain from advise giving and cross talk and encourage inquiry and input from our own experiences.

                    Come join new and old friends, goats, chickens, dogs and wilderness for an informal consultation - it may be the best therapy yet!

                    Your hosts

                    Coordinated by RECAMFT Prelicensed Director at Large Jessica Heaney, AMFT and RECAMFT Outreach Chair Debbie Melmon, LMFT.


                    Register online here

                    Once RECAMFT registration is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation.
                    • Register for each event separately
                    • The 3000 Hour Club will meet on the first Friday monthly from January-June and Sept-Dec.
                    • You will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please contact therapy@recamft.org.

                    Help us spread the word to other Prelicensed folks!

                    Please share this link with others:

                    Event coordinators can be reached at RECAMFTPreLicensed@gmail.com


                    Upcoming 2023 Dates

                    Find more events here


                    Questions? therapy@recamft.org

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                    Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

                    • 02/10/2023
                    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                    • Zoom
                    Register

                    RECAMFT Wordle Heart

                    FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

                    Join the RECAMFT Board of Directors for our monthly meeting, which is held the SECOND Friday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  

                    All RECAMFT members are always welcome.

                    This meeting is held via Zoom. 

                    To join us, please register here! Registration is required.

                    The Zoom link for this meeting will be e-mailed to confirmed attendees before the meeting.

                    Please note, no continuing education credits available for board meetings.



                    • 03/03/2023
                    • 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
                    • Zoom Webinar
                    Register


                    Brain and magnifying glass.Transforming Trauma: The NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) for Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resolving Complex Trauma

                    Presented by: 

                    Brad Kammer, LMFT


                    Friday, Mar. 3, 2023

                    9:00 am - 1:15 pm

                    Zoom

                    4 CEs

                    Course Description         

                    This webinar will introduce you to the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) for addressing adverse childhood experiences and resolving complex trauma. NARM is a promising therapeutic modality for addressing life-long psychobiological symptoms and interpersonal difficulties that arise from unresolved attachment, relational, developmental, cultural and intergenerational trauma.

                    NARM weaves together a “bottom-up” and “top-down” approach, integrating somatic, psychodynamic and relational clinical skills, that helps clients address the adaptive survival styles they’ve used to manage the impact of ACEs and C-PTSD. Offering a new perspective on post-traumatic growth, focusing on relational health and heartfulness, NARM provides a powerful model for supporting personal and collective transformation.

                    Learning Objectives

                    1. Identify how the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) fits into the current field of Trauma-Informed therapeutic approaches.

                    2. Differentiate NARM from other Trauma-Informed therapeutic approaches.
                    3. Differentiate between shock trauma (PTSD) and developmental/complex trauma (C-PTSD).
                    4. Understand the life-long impacts of unresolved adverse childhood experiences and complex trauma from a NARM perspective.
                    5. Identify the 5 NARM Adaptive Survival Styles.
                    6. Identify the NARM Relational Model.
                    7. Identify the NARM 4 Pillars model.
                    8. Identify the NARM focus on Heartfulness and Post-Traumatic Growth.
                    Registration

                    RSVP here.  Please note that once you have RSVPd for this event you will receive a link to register for the Zoom Webinar. You must complete this second step to gain access to the event link.

                        About Brad Kammer, LMFT


                        Brad Kammer, LMFTBrad Kammer, LMFT, LPCC, is a California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Brad trained as a Somatic Psychotherapist and has worked in the field of trauma for over 2 decades, specializing in working with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD).

                        Brad began his career as a Humanitarian Aid Worker in Asia which introduced him to personal and collective trauma. He became passionate about supporting individuals and communities in the transformation of trauma. Brad has since focused his work on the integration of Somatic Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Relational Therapies and wisdom from Spiritual Traditions and Traditional Cultures. He has a special interest in the fields of developmental, cultural and intergenerational trauma.

                        Brad is passionate about bringing trauma-informed work to individuals and communities outside the clinical setting. For nearly 20 years, Brad has taught as a college professor at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been involved in community education, outreach and consulting to numerous communities and organizations. Brad has also been a trainer for Somatic Experiencing® (SE®). And more recently, he began producing a podcast entitled: Transforming Trauma.

                        Brad is a Senior Trainer and Training Director of the NARM Training Institute. He teaches the NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM®) internationally and has provided consultation to thousands of therapists and other helping professionals around the world.

                        Brad lives in a small town in Northern California with his family where he enjoys anything involving nature, travel, music, food, and learning about and connecting with new people.

                        Location 

                        Zoom Webinar - please make sure you register to the webinar with the link provided in your confirmation email.

                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                        Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. 

                        • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

                        • Refunds: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days before the event by contacting therapy@recamft.org. No refunds are given beginning 7 days prior to the event. If a member cannot attend the event due to a mandatory evacuation or Public Safety Power Shut-off the day of the event, they can request and receive a refund with verification of address.

                        • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire presentation and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended the online event. Once you complete and submit your evaluation, you will have immediate access and be able to print or save your CE Certificate. This course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hrs of continuing education (CE) credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

                        • Notice of recording: All of our CE events are recorded or filmed and may appear on our website. By participating in this event you may appear in that recording. By participating in this event you agree to be recorded/filmed and give permission for RECAMFT to use your likeness where it may appear on our website or in promotion/marketing materials.

                        • Grievances: direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

                        • 03/03/2023
                        • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                        • 8325 Candy Apple Ln., Sebastopol, CA 95472
                        Register

                        Group of people walking on beach.

                        RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club presents our monthly

                        Walk & Talk

                        for our Prelicensed Members. Students, Trainees and Associates are all welcome!! 

                        RECAMFT's 3000 Hour Club for Prelicensed Members next meets:

                        Friday, Mar. 3rd, 2023
                        3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

                        Your hosts: Jessica Heaney, AMFT and Debbie Melmon, LMFT.

                        Your prelicensed event

                        Walk & Talk was designed to address the perceived need for students, trainees and associates to receive support, connection, guidance and case conceptualization outside of the supervision relationship. On the first Friday of each month, our prelicensed members are invited to meet with each other and guest RECAMFT LMFTs of various orientations, who offers their knowledge and wisdom, on a beautiful farm and garden on the edge of Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. We sit together and check in for the first hour. In the second hour we hit the trail for a gentle walk in the park while discussing a member's case of interest. The combination of connection and movement in the beauty of nature creates an environment for growth and camaraderie. You can use Walk & Talk as a resource as it fits in your schedule / life (not a monthly commitment) and a way to meet prelicensed people in all stages, a place to share successes, challenges and find support.

                        • Location: Debbie’s Barn and office at 8325 Candy Apple Ln. Sebastopol, 95472.
                        • Register online for each session separately.
                        • Sessions meet on the first Friday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm.
                        • This group is not supervision or a replacement for supervision and CEs of any form, and “credit” is not available.
                        • Confidentiality is the cornerstone of safety. Everything discussed in the group, stays with the group and participants are asked to discuss the content of group ONLY in our group sessions.
                        • The nature trail we walk is sparsely populated, however, when we do encounter the public we suspend our conversation until we are once again out of ear shot of strangers.
                        • Specific names as well as identifying features of clients will not be used or discussed.
                        • Members are asked to bring all legal and ethical issues, as well as challenging cases and topics that may arise in Walk and Talk, to their supervisors for discussion and treatment planning.
                        • Members are asked to speak with the group leaders if something is said in group that is upsetting or confusing.
                        • We practice our active listening and effective communication skills, we refrain from advise giving and cross talk and encourage inquiry and input from our own experiences.

                        Come join new and old friends, goats, chickens, dogs and wilderness for an informal consultation - it may be the best therapy yet!

                        Your hosts

                        Coordinated by RECAMFT Prelicensed Director at Large Jessica Heaney, AMFT and RECAMFT Outreach Chair Debbie Melmon, LMFT.


                        Register online here

                        Once RECAMFT registration is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation.
                        • Register for each event separately
                        • The 3000 Hour Club will meet on the first Friday monthly from January-June and Sept-Dec.
                        • You will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please contact therapy@recamft.org.

                        Help us spread the word to other Prelicensed folks!

                        Please share this link with others:

                        Event coordinators can be reached at RECAMFTPreLicensed@gmail.com


                        Upcoming 2023 Dates

                        Find more events here


                        Questions? therapy@recamft.org

                        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                        Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Redwood Empire Chapter CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

                        • 03/10/2023
                        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
                        • Zoom
                        Register

                        RECAMFT Rainbow Rings Leaf logo

                        MARCH BOARD MEETING


                        Join the RECAMFT Board of Directors for our monthly meeting, which is held the SECOND Friday of each month from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  

                        All RECAMFT members are always welcome.

                        This meeting is held via Zoom. 

                        To join us, please register here! Registration is required.

                        The Zoom link for this meeting will be e-mailed to confirmed attendees before the meeting.

                        Please note, no continuing education credits available for board meetings.



                        • 03/24/2023
                        • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
                        • Zoom
                        • 10
                        Register

                        Got a case that's bothering you? Have you found yourself pondering an ethical dilemma? Join us for the Ethics Roundtable.  

                        If you are a RECAMFT member, come and discuss it with colleagues in a confidential setting, and set your mind at ease. You don't have to have a case to discuss, but can just come to gain some knowledge from seasoned colleagues. The Ethics Roundtable will help you feel better and more confident in your clinical work. No CEs, but the 90 minutes will be well spent. 

                        • Where: Zoom Meeting
                        • When: Fri., Mar. 24, 2023
                        • Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
                        • You will be sent a Zoom link in your confirmation e-mail.

                        About our committee chair

                        photo of Reyna SeminaraReyna Seminara, LMFT is a past president of RECAMFT. She specializes in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) therapy.  You can learn more about the Ethics Roundtable, which meets approximately three times each year, here

                        Contact Reyna at RECAMFTethics@gmail.com.

                        Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email therapy@recamft.org.

                        Grievances: Direct grievances to therapy@recamft.org, and/or the chapter president at recamftpresident@gmail.com.

                        • 04/07/2023
                        • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
                        • 8325 Candy Apple Ln., Sebastopol, CA 95472
                        Register