Long beach-south bay       chapter of camft


    Monthly meetings are typically held at one of two locations;

    Thelma McMillian Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment or Clear Recovery Center. 

    Registration and networking starts at 8:30AM.

    If you have any problems registering for an event please contact Diane at programs1@lbsbcamft.org

    Thelma McMillan Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Hospital

    3333 Skypark Dr #200, Torrance, CA 90505

    For an interactive map to the location please click here:

    Please use the East Entrance to the building and take the elevator to the 2nd floor for the meeting.  Parking is free and available in an outside lot or in the parking garage next door.

    Clear Recovery Center

    18123 Prarie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504

    For an interactive map to the location please click here:

    Parking is free and available in an outside lot or on nearby streets.

    Upcoming events

      • Sat, October 02, 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

      Zoom 3000-Club Meeting

      Navigating the Road to Licensure with Luke Matthew Martin, Esq.

      This presentation is intended to provide an overview of the licensing process for pre-licensees as they work toward licensure in marriage and family therapy. Topics to be discussed include: the marriage and family therapy licensing process; supervised experience requirements for applicants; supervisor qualifications and supervision requirements; licensing examinations; and common employment issues pre-licensees encounter with their supervisors.

      Educational Goals

      Participants will gain a greater understanding of the many challenges facing pre-licensees working toward licensure.

      Measurable Learning Objectives

      Participants will be able to:

      • Record the number of hours and the number of weeks of supervised experience
      • required
      • Identify the “options” for counting hours currently available to pre-licensees
      • Apply how the 90-day rules impacts their ability to count hours
      • Differentiate how to advertise themselves in the various stages of licensing
      • Organize their hours by documenting on the correct BBS related forms
      • Review their incremental progress toward licensure and decide on their best strategies to take to complete their 3000 hours

      Luke Matthew Martin, Esq.

      Luke Matthew Martin, Esq., a member of the State Bar of California since 2011, joined CAMFT as a Staff Attorney in 2019. He holds a Master of Business Administration with honors and a Juris Doctorate Degree specializing in Child, Family and Elder Law with honors. Prior to coming to CAMFT, Luke ran a private practice focusing on civil litigation and represented several businesses with annual revenues in the millions. He has been recognized by the State Bar of California with the Wiley E. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services for his legal assistance in helping victims of domestic violence. In addition to his work at CAMFT, Luke is an adjunct professor for several universities lecturing on political science and business law and sits on University of Arizona’s Faculty Senate.

      Meetings Are Now FREE

      For LBSB CAMFT Members Who Pre-Register!

      Participants will receive 2 CEU's via email

            For questions please contact

            Hillary Wilson, Pre-Licensed Director: prelicensed@lbsbcamft.org

            Jackie Tam, President: president@lbsbcamft.org

            • Fri, October 08, 2021
            • 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM (PDT)
            • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

            Zoom Chapter Meeting

            The Evolving Couple: Treatment and Interventions for Individuals and Couples

            with Dr. Steve Wolf

            The Evolving Couple and Adult 2.0 is a psychologically oriented, spiritually centered approach which recognizes the couple as an energetic field that exists like an invisible child and goes through predetermined stages of couple development which includes the possibility for transformation .  

            By working with the dynamics between the psychological and the spiritual dimensions the Evolving Couple therapist functions as a catalyst to provide the necessary  containment and the  “heat” that produces a transformation in the couple, like heat transforms water into steam.  The Couple’s ability to deal with the inevitable challenges of relationship evolves out of their  shared process of commitment to internal growth.

            In this presentation, participants will have the opportunity to: 

            • To understand how the Protector/Saboteur forms as a Psychological/Emotional shield from painful emotions before five years of age and later leads to self sabotage which causes regret.
            • To learn to use conscious breathing and mindful listening to  lower arousal levels, clear the mind and develop the ability to witness previously unconscious thoughts, feelings and body sensations.

            Dr. Steve Wolf, Presenter 

            Dr. Wolf is a Clinical Psychologist working with couples and individuals since 1986. He co-authored, “Romancing the Shadow” with Dr. Connie Zweig, developed the Taming Your Anger, Taming Your Anxiety, Building Blocks for Emotional Intelligence  and CoupleZwork Workbooks. He  produced “Remedy for Rage,” a documentary of a Taming Your Anger with Emotional Intelligence program for Inner City Teens. 

            Meetings Are Now FREE

            For LBSB CAMFT Members Who Pre-Register!

            Participants Will Receive 2 CEU's Via Email

            8:45   A.M.      Breakout groups for networking

            9:00   A.M.      Announcements from President

            9:15   A.M.      Presentation Begins

            11:15 A.M.      Presentation Ends

            For questions regarding CEU's contact Diane Bagatourian,

            Co-Director of Programs: programs1@lbsbcamft.org

          Past events

          Fri, September 10, 2021 How to Talk About Race With Your Therapy Clients: Developing a more effective way of addressing race related issues with Stephanie Tam Rosas
          Fri, August 13, 2021 Employment and Recovery: The role of vocation in treatment for individuals living with a chronic mental health condition with Adam Sholder
          Fri, July 23, 2021 Law & Ethics Part 2 with Alain Lance Montgomery, Esq. and Michael Griffin, Esq., LCSW
          Fri, June 25, 2021 Law & Ethics Part 1 with Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq. and Luke M. Martin, MBA, Esq.
          Sat, June 05, 2021 Navigating the Road to Licensure
          Fri, May 14, 2021 Understanding Divorce Resources and Options with Barry Davis, Divorce Mediator
          Fri, May 07, 2021 3000 Hour Club
          Fri, April 09, 2021 Intercultural Psychotherapy: The Impact of Culture on Identity with Rincy Matthew, MA, AMFT
          Fri, April 02, 2021 3000 Hour Club
          Sat, March 20, 2021 Navigating the Road to Licensure
          Fri, March 12, 2021 Networking and Trivia
          Fri, February 12, 2021 Treatment Resistant Depression: Diagnosis, Clinical Assessment and Novel Treatment Interventions with Dr. Martha Koo, MD
          Fri, January 08, 2021 Why Are Intimate Relationships So Difficult Today? Interventions for Couples Therapy with Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum EdD, LMFT, LCPC
          Fri, December 11, 2020 Music & Mental Health: A Guide For Non-Music Therapists To Help Engage Clients In Musical Interventions Presenter: John Mews, AMFT
          Fri, November 13, 2020 Walking & Talking Therapy - Presenter: Dr. Robyn Igelman
          Fri, October 09, 2020 Treating Out Of Control Sexual Behaviors - Presenter: Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D
          Fri, September 11, 2020 Treating Attachment Wounds Through A Neurosequential Lens- Nathan Swaringen, LCSW
          Fri, September 11, 2020 Canceled - Gambling Addiction - Presenter: Alicia Brandt, LMFT
          Fri, August 14, 2020 Failure to Launch At Any Age: Treatment Interventions for Chronically Mentally Ill Clients & Their Families - Presenter: Adam Sholder
          Fri, August 14, 2020 Failure to Launch At Any Age: Community-Based Treatment Interventions for Individuals & Families Living with Chronic Mental Health Conditions Presenter: Adam Shoulder
          Fri, July 17, 2020 Fun Social/Networking Event
          Fri, July 10, 2020 Therapists Reconnecting & Sharing Insights on How To Improve Client Engagement Via TeleHealth - Collaborative Panel Discussion
          Fri, May 08, 2020 Canceled - The Role of the Clinician in Education: Understanding Special Education and General Education Services and How To Support Your Client With Educational, Behavioral or Social Difficulties At School - Presenter Erin Rieger, LMFT LEP
          Fri, March 13, 2020 2 CEU's Canine Assisted Psychotherapy Presenter Lisa Mink, LMFT
          Sat, February 22, 2020 3000 Club - The Road To Licensure
          Fri, February 14, 2020 Considerations in the Clinical Treatment of LGBTQ+ Clients - Presented by Linda Reeves and Alison Wood
          Fri, January 10, 2020 TeleHealth - Presented by Dr. Paul Puri
          Fri, December 13, 2019 Long Beach South Bay CAMFT Annual Holiday Party
          Fri, December 13, 2019 2 CEU's Systemic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) Infidelity Counseling - Presented by Dr. Talal Alsaleem, PsyD. - Founder Infidelity Counseling Center
          Fri, December 06, 2019 3000 Club - Managing Test Anxiety, Start Up Costs & Marketing Yourself
          Fri, November 08, 2019 2 CEU's Treating Attachment Wounds in Children & Adults Through a Neurosequential Lens - Presenter Nathan Swaringen, LCSW
          Fri, October 11, 2019 2 CEU's Documentation: Understanding Medical Necessity - Legal & Financial Consequences of Inadequate Documentation Presented By: Nick Merkin, JD, MBA, CHC, CHPC - Hosted By Clear Recovery Center
          Fri, September 13, 2019 Neurofeedback, Biofeedback & TMS: When to Refer - Clients Presented by: Dr. Vanessa Jung, PsyD.
          Fri, August 16, 2019 6 CEUs Law & Ethics 2019: Tough Calls, Moral Dilemmas, Technology, and More! Presented by: Ben Caldwell, Psy.D. Hosted by: Clear Recovery Center
          Sat, July 13, 2019 LBSB Chapter Picnic -Veterans Park, Redondo Beach Presenters: Food, Networking, Drum Circle with John Mews, Sound Bath Dona Lafaurie, VST
          Fri, June 14, 2019 Marketing Your Private Practice Like A Pro! - Presented By Barry Davis, M.A., Mediator, Tracy Bevington, LMFT, Stevon Lewis, LMFT, Katie Vernoy, LMFT & Elizabeth Crim, LMFT
          Fri, June 07, 2019 Strategic Planning Retreat - Hilton Double Tree San Pedro - Portofino Room
          Fri, May 10, 2019 Eating Disorder Treatment Across Levels of Care: Where do my patients belong? Presented By: Dr. Linda Schack, Christina Weiss & Sara Burney Sponsored by: Center For Discovery
          Fri, April 12, 2019 The Intersection of Therapy, Religion & Faith - Presented By Robyn Kim, LMFT & Minister Dave Kim, JD
          Fri, March 08, 2019 Paths To Recovery After Trauma: Integrating CBT, Somatic Work, Neurobiofeedback, Hypnosis, Art, Drama, Micro-Expression, and Reconstructive Therapy - Presented by Psychologist & Author Dr. Carol Francis, LMFT
          Fri, March 01, 2019 Therapists' Book Group: Trauma Treatment & Techniques
          Fri, February 08, 2019 Creating Mindfulness In Relationships- Presented by Author Melissa Dumaz, LMFT
          Fri, February 01, 2019 Therapists' Book Group: "The Body Keeps the Score"
          Fri, January 11, 2019 These Sounds are Driving Me Crazy!” CBT/DBT Strategies for Managing Sound Sensitivity Disorders - Presented by Dr. Jaelline Jaffe
          Fri, January 04, 2019 Therapists' Book Group: "The Body Keeps the Score"
          Fri, December 14, 2018 Holiday Party - Quinn's Pub & Grill
          Fri, November 09, 2018 The Collaborative Divorce Process - Presented by Jon Kramer, LCSW, Kimberly Davidson, JD, Dawn Strachan, CDFA, Warren Sacks, CPA
          Fri, November 02, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Far From The Tree" - Exceptional Differences Between Parent and Child
          Fri, October 12, 2018 TECH ADDICTION - Complications for Young and Old Presented By: SEAN O’HARA PSY.D, NCAC I, SAP
          Fri, October 05, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Far From The Tree" - Exceptional Differences Between Parent and Child
          Fri, September 14, 2018 EMDR: How does it work? Applications with children, adult attachment, and other presenting problems. Presented By: Ofra Obejas, LCSW, RPT and Dr. Nora Taylor, Psy.D.
          Fri, September 07, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Couples, Love and Relationships"
          Fri, August 03, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Couples Counseling Techniques"
          Fri, July 13, 2018 Music as Therapy for Non-Music Therapists: Applications and Interventions for the Adult Client Presented by John Mews
          Fri, July 06, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Motivational Interviewing" by W. Miller and S. Rollnick
          Fri, June 08, 2018 DIR/Floor Time: A Developmental/Relational Play Therapy for ASD and Sensory Processing Challenges Presented by Dr. Esther Hess, Ph.D.
          Fri, June 01, 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Motivational Interviewing" by W. Miller and S. Rollnick
          Fri, May 25, 2018 Job Fair
          Fri, May 11, 2018 "The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!" - All Day Law & Ethics Training with Dave Jensen, JD, MFT
          Fri, May 04, 2018 Book Group: "Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors" by Janina Fisher
          Fri, April 13, 2018 Shame and Resilience with Lesli Maul, LCSW
          Fri, March 09, 2018 Can A Therapist Ever Retire? Financial Health & Wealth
          Fri, March 02, 2018 Book Group: "Trauma and the Soul" by Donald Kalsched
          Thu, March 01, 2018 CANCELED - 3000 Hour Club - Resume & Interview Skills Workshop with Katie Vernoy
          Fri, February 09, 2018 Engaging Parents: Overcoming Parental Resistance in Child and Family Therapy with Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
          Sat, February 03, 2018 3000 Hour Club - FREE MFT Job Panel
          Fri, January 12, 2018 Sacrificial Helping Syndrome: Why do we give more than we have? - Katie Vernoy MFT
          Sat, January 06, 2018 3000 Hour Club - A Vision Board Party: Dream It, Believe It, Claim It!
          Fri, January 05, 2018 LB-SB CAMFT Book Group - "The Mindful Therapist" by Daniel J. Siegel
          Fri, December 08, 2017 Holiday Party
          Fri, December 08, 2017 Holiday Party 3000 Club
          Fri, November 10, 2017 The Empowerment Space: Addressing Bullying with Families - Danielle Matthew, LMFT
          Fri, October 13, 2017 Anger Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Strong Emotion
          Fri, September 08, 2017 "What Therapists Need to Know about Divorce – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" – Barry Davis Mediation
          Fri, June 09, 2017 Family Systems: From Assessment to Transformation
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