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Thank you to Newport Academy for sponsoring this year's Annual Law & Ethics! 

    • 06/01/2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • Courthouse Square area, downtown Santa Rosa, CA

    Join us for 2024 Sonoma County Pride Parade

    Sonoma County Pride Parade theme: Heroes, Sheroes & Queeroes

    Above is the Pride Parade theme. Redwood Psychological Association (RPA) will march with us and we've decided our associations' themes will be "Sidekicks to the Super Heroes, Sheroes and Queeroes!" So, please wear a colorful CAPE in addition to your rainbow clothing (homemade is fine, and we'll bring a few extras). 

    • Sat. June 1st, 2024
    • Parade lineup starts at 9:30 am. 
    • Our booth was canceled by the Pride Committee because they had too many applications! So, please come to the parade if you can!! Booth setup starts around 9 am, and it will be open from 11 am to 5 pm. We need volunteers to take shifts at the booth, so please complete our Google Form to let us know if/how you can help. 
    • Families, kids, bicycles, and dogs are welcomed.
    • We will have stickers to identify our members, so please register early for this event so we know how many to expect.

    We will need quite a few volunteers to make this event a rousing success, so once you have registered, please complete our Google Form to let us know how you can help, more specifically. There will be a reminder email the day before the event with specifics on parking, parade line up, etc.  

    Once you've registered, please complete our Google Form. Click the Google Form picture below to be taken to our Volunteer Sign Up Sheet. 

    Let's show our LGBTQ+ community that we, the mental health healers of Sonoma County and beyond, see and support them! 


    RSVP here. It is okay to come, even if you haven't registered, but please do register early to help us with planning. Thanks! No need to register your family, kids, dogs and friends.  


    Click here and scroll down the page to see the parade route. We will have more information about parking and exactly where and when to line up as the date gets closer, and notify you by email. 

    Small donation 

    We will need to purchase some printed materials for this event and are incurring some small expenses, not included in our normal budget. Whether or not you can attend, making a small donation for this event would be very helpful. We have set up a donation page, and appreciate your contributions. Donation page:

    RECAMFT Rainbow Rings Leaf Logo

    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. This event is not a continuing education event, but rather a chance for RECAMFT members to support the LGBTQ+ community. Please undertake attending the Pride Parade at your own risk. Be sure to plan for water, sun, food, and comfortable shoes to walk several blocks, etc.  

    • Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please contact the Pride Parade directly. 
    • Grievances: Direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at
    • 06/07/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Zoom Meeting

    book cover: Don't Feed the Monkey Mind by Jennifer Shannon, LMFTThree Underlying Beliefs That Cause Anxiety and How to Change Them, a CBT Approach

    Presented by

    Jennifer Shannon, LMFT

    Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, is the author of Don't Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear & Worry, and numerous other books and articles. 

    Friday, June 7th, 2024

    10:00 am - 12:15 pm

    Zoom, 2.0 CEs

    Course Description

    Clients often present with chronic anxiety and stress that do not fall into a clear-cut diagnosis with a specific protocol. In these cases, the therapist must conceptualize what contributes to the client's problems and use this to formulate and guide the treatment plan. This can be confusing, and we often get lost in the content of what the client is bringing in week to week. In these cases, it is very helpful to focus on underlying assumptions. This helps clarify and better understand the common themes contributing to a wide variety of problems. There are three underlying assumptions that contribute to most, if not all, problems related to anxiety. The three assumptions are Intolerance of Uncertainty, "What I don't know might kill me," Over Responsibility, "If others are not okay, I am not okay," and Perfectionism, "I cannot make a mistake."

    In this CBT workshop, participants will be introduced to a simple worksheet that will help guide both conceptualization and treatment for a wide variety of problems. This worksheet will address underlying assumptions and the behaviors that reinforce them.

    Educational Goals

    • Understand how underlying assumptions fuel anxiety.
    • How to incorporate values into behavior change.
    • Understand how avoidance reinforce maladaptive beliefs.

      Learning Objectives

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

      1. Identify 3 underlying assumptions that contribute to anxiety.
      2. Identify one disorder that is associated with each of the 3 mindsets presented.
      3. Describe the difference between an automatic thought and an underlying assumption.
      4. Define what a safety behavior is.
      5. Support clients in identifying values as part of their behavior change.
      6. Guide clients to identify maladaptive assumptions and alternatives.
      7. Support clients to create a plan to change behavior that will reinforce more adaptive beliefs.


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


      1) Registration for All RECAMFT Members - no charge

      2) Reciprocal registration for members of Marin CAMFT (CODE REQUIRED) - no charge

      3) Other CAMFT Members - Licensed - $30.00

      4) Other CAMFT Members - Pre-Licensed - $15.00

      5) Non-CAMFT Members (general public) - $36.00

      Training Schedule and Attendance Requirements

      Please note, this is a 2.0-CE training, comprised of two hours of training plus time for RECAMFT announcements in the meeting. You must be logged on at the beginning of the training, be present during the event (including responding to attendance checks by coming on camera, verbally replying, and/or replying in the chat), and stay logged on for the full duration, to end at 12:15 pm, in order to earn the CEs. If your camera is off the entire time, and RECAMFT cannot verify you were physically present at your computer throughout the training, then RECAMFT cannot issue a CE certificate, as we would not be able to show that the BBS requirements for your participation were met.

      About Our Speaker

      About Jennifer Shannon, LMFT

      Jennifer Shannon, LMFTJennifer Shannon is a licensed psychotherapist and a Certified Diplomat in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy specializing in anxiety. She co-founded the Santa Rosa Center For Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has over forty years of experience treating children, teens, and adults.  She is the author of numerous books, including  Don’t Feed The Monkey Mind, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens, The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens, and A Teen’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done, all published by New Harbinger Press.  Her books have been selected for the Reading Well Books on Prescription in the UK.  She speaks regularly at national conferences and has been featured on radio programs, and in magazines and newspapers. Her website is


      Zoom Meeting. Requires pre-registration with Zoom using the instructions provided in your RECAMFT confirmation email in order to get your personal Zoom Join Link.

      Video Recording and On-Demand Option

      RECAMFT plans to record this event, to make it available as an on-demand CE-earning program, barring any unforeseen technical or production issues. The on-demand version would be available for free to RECAMFT members, and for purchase by non-members. (Please note, access to our on-demand programs is a benefit of RECAMFT membership only and is not part of the reciprocal benefits extended to Marin CAMFT members.)

      For non-RECAMFT members: Please do not register for this "live" Zoom event if you are only interested in accessing the on-demand version. If you pay to register this "live" event, you are registering for this event only; on-demand access is not included. If you later decide you would rather do the on-demand program and not attend "live", then you would need to cancel your registration for this "live" event per the refund policy below.  If you register for this training under one of the paid registration options, and do not attend, and later ask to get access to the on-demand program, there will be a $10 administrative fee to cover RECAMFT's costs in setting up access to that separate program.


      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
      • Refunds: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days before the event by contacting No refunds are given beginning 7 days prior to the event. If a registrant 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 be physically present at your computer and watching and/or listening to the training while logged onto the zoom meeting for the entire presentation, and complete a post test and an evaluation to receive your CE credit certificate. Within a week after the conclusion of this educational event, once RECAMFT has processed attendance, an email with a link to the test and evaluation form will be sent to all participants whose physical presence during the online meeting is verified. 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: Whenever possible, our CE events are recorded or filmed and may appear on our website. Your participation in this event by registering and attending indicates your approval for your likeness to appear in the recording, if any.
      • Grievances: Direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at
      • 06/14/2024
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • Zoom

      Two people standing in forest with rainbow flag wrapped around themJUNE BOARD MEETING

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

      • 06/14/2024
      • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Zoom Virtual Meeting

      Pieces of chalk in rainbow colors Calling all fiber artists, painters, crafters, quilters, woodworkers: Come one, come all!

      Bring your work in progress to RECAMFT's virtual crafting circle!

      • Friday, June 14, 2024
      • 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


      Hosted by Tara D'Orazio, LMFT, Membership Chair

      CE NOTICE: There are no CEs for this event.

        • 06/21/2024
        • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
        • Zoom

        People with backs to camera in colorful coats with arms around each otherCompassion Fatigue Peer Support Group

        Friday, June 21, 2024

        We can support each other!

        • Friday, June 21, 2024
        • 10:30 am - 11:30 am Pacific
          (Note that it will be a shortened group this time due to scheduling constraints.)
        • Zoom Meeting

        Within the last 6 years there have been increased stressors for therapist members professionally and personally.  These stressors include but are not limited to:

        • The Tubbs Wildfire and its aftermath
        • The COVID-19 Pandemic
        • Political, racial and world events that have caused unrest and violence and deaths
        • The economic issues that have results from the pandemic and other world events

        Many therapists have taken on an increased caseload to meet the needs that continue to outstrip the capacity of mental health professionals, while navigating working in a very different way online.  In addition, clients' recoveries are slower and their symptoms, stressors and pain are more acute.  

        Come to this group to share your experience and be witnessed by your peers as we navigate this unprecedented time.  This will be a time to not only share what we are experiencing and holding, but to also uplift each other.  Uplifting sharings could include readings, music or art, as well as guest members with healing offerings with body movement, sound, etc.  We will also explore some of the valuable written resources around this topic such as the books Burnout and Trauma Stewardship if there is interest.  We want this group to be what you need and are open to ideas and suggestions.

        Know that you are not alone, and come to be supported, validated and lifted up.

        Pat Hromalik, RECAMFT Director at Large and Compassion Fatigue Group Facilitator

        RECAMFT members, please register for the June Compassion Fatigue Support Group Meeting here. Remember to enter the email address associated with your RECAMFT account to sign in and register for this members-only meeting.

        Please note, this membership event does not qualify for CEs.

          • 06/21/2024
          • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
          • Zoom
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          person with laptop looking puzzledGot a case that's bothering you? Have you found yourself pondering an ethical dilemma? Join us for the Ethics Roundtable and explore solutions to sticky cases with other colleagues, which is a totally enriching and mutually supportive experience together.  

          If you are a RECAMFT member, come and discuss your ethical situations 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., June 21, 2024
          • 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

          Disability Accommodation: To request an accommodation for a disability, please email

          Grievances: Direct grievances to, and/or the chapter president at

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