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Peer-Led Discussion Group: 13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment

  • 05/20/2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • All RECAMFT members are invited!

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RECAMFT Peer-led Discussion Group for Therapists: 13th: From Slave to Criminal with One Amendment  written and directed by Ava DuVernay

The RECAMFT Racial and Social Justice Committee invites all of our members to participate in this Zoom discussion group on:

Friday, May 20, 2022
10 am to 12 pm

Open to all RECAMFT members - FREE!

2.0 CEs available!

With her documentary 13th, Ava duVernay offers us a groundbreaking new understanding of the 13th Amendment and its painful history that is still with us to this day. The 13th Amendment states “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the US…”. Ava Du Vernay explores how slavery transformed into Jim Crow laws, and how Jim Crow transformed into modern incarceration, probation and parole, all the while upholding historic and durable systems of oppression.

If our profession is in the business of healing, and it is situated in a country created on a foundation of injustice and oppression, what does that require of us as individual people, professionals, and members of professional organizations? How can we participate in creating equity and inclusion in our personal and our professional lives? These are some of the big questions we will explore collaboratively in our discussion on the documentary film. We will also look at current local issues pertinent to these ideas.

Register online for this May 20 discussion group here.

Haven't seen 13th yet?

It's on NetFlix, or you can watch it for free on YouTube!

Watch 13th on YouTube

This is our first peer-led discussion group with the Racism & Social Justice Committee. There is also one on June 11 to discuss the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (register for one or both).

Learning Objectives

At the completion of the experience, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain how slavery evolved into the American system of incarceration, and identify how that history impacts clients of color today.
  2. Integrate their deepened knowledge of how systemic racism impacts mental health into their therapy practice.

Your hosts from RECAMFT's Racial & Social Justice Committee

Katharina Kienboeck

Katharina Kienböeck has been working as a Marriage and Family Therapist and teacher in a variety of settings for the past 20 years. She has created programs and led groups at a day treatment center in New York for SPMI clients, worked with women and families at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, and supported clients with severe mental illness to live independently in Sonoma County. She has been an Adjunct Professor of social justice,
psychology and cultural diversity at Antioch University in Los Angeles as well as at a Community College in Hudson, NY. For the past 9 years, she has been in private practice and teamed up with her colleague Linda Block to support couples in their relationships. In 2020 they also created monthly Anti-Racism Salons offered to Mental Health Professionals in Sonoma County.

Linda BlockLinda Block has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor in private practice and in a medical setting for the past 20 years. Linda spearheaded a counseling training center within a medical clinic in a rural setting where there was little opportunity for people to find support and therapy. Linda has also worked for the ADL as a DEI trainer for students and teachers. Linda implemented gay-straight alliances to support those kids at highest risk of suicide in middle and high school in Kern County. In Sonoma County, she helped create a black student union at the local high school. Linda teamed up with Katharina Kienböeck to coach couples to better relationships. In 2020 they created monthly Anti-Racism Salons offered to Mental Health Professionals in Sonoma County.

RECAMFT Director at Large Emily Larkin

Emily Larkin, LMFTEmily Larkin was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2020 and has been working with clients in the field of mental health for the past seven years. She has provided in-home parent support counseling to new parents, facilitated groups and provided individual counseling to junior high and high school students for the Petaluma City Schools district, and provided mental health counseling in both community clinic and private practice settings throughout Sonoma County. Emily runs her private practice out of Sebastopol, working with individuals with anxiety, relational distress, and depression. Emily is passionate about social justice issues and helped formulate and run the Diversity Committee of Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic during her associateship, focused on improving representation and inclusion within the clinic for both clients and therapists. She has been a part of RECAMFT’s Racial and Social Justice Committee since its formulation in 2020, and is a new member of the RECAMFT Board of Directors.

All RECAMFT members are encouraged to watch this important film and come participate in this discussion, to gain knowledge and support for working to be antiracist as therapists!

Register online for this May 20 discussion group here.

Note: If you have trouble registering, please be sure you're logged into your RECAMFT membership account first, then try again. This discussion group is only available to RECAMFT members.

Notes & Location

  • Interested in the RECAMFT Racial & Social Justice Committee? Find out more here!
  •  Another Discussion Group is being hosted by the Racism & Social Justice Committee in June. Please register for each event separately
  • We will meet on Zoom meetings. In your confirmation email from RECAMFT, you will receive instructions for an additional Zoom-registration step that you'll need to complete, in order to get your personal Zoom Join Link for the discussion group.  This Zoom-registration step is required in order to generate your personal Zoom Join Link, so that attendance can be tracked for purpose of granting continuing education credits. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please contact
  • This Discussion Group will not be recorded. Please join us for the "live" (Zoom) event in order to participate.

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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 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
  • Refunds: N/A.; this is offered as a free event.
  • CE Certificate: You must attend the entire program and complete the course  evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. At the conclusion of this educational event, after confirming attendance, an email with a link to the evaluation form will be sent to all attendees who attended in full. 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: This discussion group will not be recorded.
  • Grievances: Please direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

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

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