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@ClearRecoveryCenter.com

    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

      • 10 Jul 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (PDT)
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email once registered.

      Zoom Chapter Meeting

      Therapist's Reconnecting & Sharing Insights

      On Improving Client Engagement

      Via Telehealth

      Photo1x1.jpgphotoRahni Davies

      This will be a 90-minute collaborative panel discussion via Zoom with presenters covering the following topics:

      1) The Importance of Internet Speed, Lighting, Background,
      WebCam Placement, Camera Eye Contact 
      & Informed Consent to Create A Professional Therapeutic Space For Client Engagement

      2) Engaging Clients In Somatic Therapy Online

      3) Engaging Children & Teens Online

      4) Working With Couples Online: Challenges & Opportunities

      Q & A via Zoom chat will be moderated throughout this 90-minute presentation to give attendees time to share their own insights. No CEU's will be offered for this event.

      9:00 am - 9:10 am Chapter Announcements - Diane Bagatourian - Moderator & Jackie Tam, President

      9:11 am - 9:25, 9:25 - 9:30 Q & A  - Technical Engagement - Artemis Tegan

      9:31 am - 9:45, 9:45 - 9:50 Q & A  - Dr. Marjorie Rand - Engaging Clients In Somatic Therapy Online

      9:51 am - 10:05 , 10:05 - 10:10 Q & A - Veronica (Rahni) Davies - Engaging Children & Teens Online

      10:11 am - 10:25, 10:25 - 10:30 Q & A -  Sara Schwarzbaum - Working With Couples Online:  Challenges & Opportunities

      10:31 am - Diane Bagatourian - Closing Remarks


      Artemis Tegan, LMFT is two time Past President for LBSB CAMFT.  Artemis has been working in the counseling field for 25 years. Her specialty is reducing symptoms associated with trauma, including depression, anxiety, marital problems, relationship problems and addiction issues.  Artemis works with children, adolescents, adults, individuals & families.  Artemis utilizes mind-body approaches, including EMDR, Hypnosis, Mindfulness, Somatic Psychotherapy, Pet-Assisted therapy & Sound Therapy.  Artemis also served as an embedded therapist for the CA National Guard in a Behavioral Health Pilot Program aimed at reducing suicide & domestic violence among vets.  Artemis is a guest speaker on Trauma and Mindfulness and provides one to one consultation designed to help new therapists to launch their private practice.  Visit www.artemiscenter.net

      Dr. Marjorie Rand, Ph.D:   Marjorie L Rand PhD has been a licensed LMFT since 1979. She has been a Master Trainer of therapists and physicians in the United States, Canada and Europe in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). She is the author or contributor to four books and many published professional articles. Dr Rand is one of the founding members of the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy. She is in Private practice in Newport Beach California. She can be reached at marjorie.rand@gmail.com

      Veronica (Rahni) Davies, LMFT,   Rahni is certified in Specialty Hypnosis for ADHD and Coaching.  Rahni specializes in working with children & teens dealing with issues ranging from anxiety, depression, self-esteem, peer pressure, and academic success, to teen relationships, family conflict, and behavioral problems.  Rahni has extensive experience working with school-aged children treating a variety of issues including ADHD, & adjustment to divorce, anxiety, phobias and many other child life issues. Additionally, she has expertise in addressing parenting issues and loves to help families increase their positive interactions and help them find their unique strengths.  Rahni has over 15 years of experience working with couples, families, individuals, adults, children & teens in private practice, in community based mental health & in a center for transition & loss.  Visit www.southbayhypnosis.com

      Dr.Sara Schwarzbaum,  L.M.F.T & L.C.P.C., Founder Couples Counseling Associates

      Dr. Schwarzbaum has been a Professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago as the Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Couple and Family Counseling, where she trained the next generation of couple and family counselors.  She retired from that position in August 2016.  She has authored numerous articles and two books.  Her writing has appeared in the Psychotherapy Networker, Counseling Today, and the Journal of Multicultural Counseling, among other publications.   She regularly contributes articles about love, relationships, & marriage.  She speaks at couples counseling workshops for social service agencies and professional organizations and has run supervision groups for therapists who work with couples. Media outlets frequently seek her input about couples distress and improvement strategies for couples.   www.couples-counseliing-now.com

      • 17 Jul 2020
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
      • El Torito Grill 100 Fishermans Wharf Ste G, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

      Fun Social/Networking Event

       LBSB CAMFT RB Strand Bicycle Ride & Happy Hour at El Torito on Redondo Beach Pier

      Come enjoy a fun afternoon of cycling along the strand followed by Happy Hour at El Torito Restaurant.  Don't want to ride; no worries come for happy hour & network with your fellow clinicians.  Want to ride but do not have a bicycle?  Contact Co-VP Programs Artemis Tegan, LMFT at 310-809-2011 for loaner bike & further details.
      • 14 Aug 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM (PDT)
      • Zoom- Online

      ZOOM Chapter Meeting

       Failure to Launch At Any Age

      Treatment, Interventions for Chronically Mentally Ill Clients & Their Families

      Presenter: Adam Shoulder Founder and Executive Director Lauchpad Living & Insight Enrichment Group, Mental Health Services

      Course Description:


      Meetings Are Now FREE For Members Who Pre-Register!

      Participants Will Receive 2 CEU's Via Email

      • 8:30   A.M.     Registration and Breakfast
      • 9:00   A.M.     Announcements from President & Members
      • 9:15   A.M.     Presentation Begins
      • 11:15 A.M.     Presentation Ends 

            For questions regarding CEU's contact Diane Bagatourian,

            Co-VP Programs: Diane@clearrecoverycenter.com 

            • 11 Sep 2020
            • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM (PDT)
            • Zoom- Online

             ZOOM Chapter Meeting

            Gambling Addiction:

            Intervention, Treatment & How to Become a Preferred Provider

            Presenter:  Alicia Brandt LMFT

            Course Description:


            Meetings Are Now FREE For Members Who Pre-Register!

            Participants Will Receive 2 CEU's Via Email

            • 8:30   A.M.     Registration and Breakfast
            • 9:00   A.M.     Announcements from President & Members
            • 9:15   A.M.     Presentation Begins
            • 11:15 A.M.     Presentation Ends

                  For questions regarding CEU's contact Diane Bagatourian,

                  Co-VP Programs: Diane@clearrecoverycenter.com 

                  • 9 Oct 2020
                  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM (PDT)
                  • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email once registered.

                  Zoom Chapter Meeting

                  Treating Out Of  Control Sexual Behaviors

                  Presenter: Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D.

                  Course Description:


                  Dr. Moali is a psychologist, a consultant, and a researcher.  She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist through the California State Board of Psychology (PSY 27951). Dr. Moali has received extensive training in treatment of eating disorders and addiction from some of the nation’s leading experts.  She is a a published researcher who regularly gives talks at major universities and international conferences, and has given therapy advice & information on local television shows on areas of my expertise. Dr. Moali  received my Bachelor’s degree from University of California, San Diego in biology and psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and her  Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University. The area of focus for my Clinical Internship was chemical dependency and addiction while the emphasis of my Post-Doctoral training was on eating disorders.

                Past events

                8 May 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
                11 Apr 2020 Postponed til 4/2021 - 6 CEU's Mind-Body Approaches To Healing Trauma - Presenter Dr. Susanne Babbel
                13 Mar 2020 2 CEU's Canine Assisted Psychotherapy Presenter Lisa Mink, LMFT
                22 Feb 2020 3000 Club - The Road To Licensure
                14 Feb 2020 Considerations in the Clinical Treatment of LGBTQ+ Clients - Presented by Linda Reeves and Alison Wood
                10 Jan 2020 TeleHealth - Presented by Dr. Paul Puri
                13 Dec 2019 Long Beach South Bay CAMFT Annual Holiday Party
                13 Dec 2019 2 CEU's Systemic Affair Recovery Therapy (SART) Infidelity Counseling - Presented by Dr. Talal Alsaleem, PsyD. - Founder Infidelity Counseling Center
                6 Dec 2019 3000 Club - Managing Test Anxiety, Start Up Costs & Marketing Yourself
                8 Nov 2019 2 CEU's Treating Attachment Wounds in Children & Adults Through a Neurosequential Lens - Presenter Nathan Swaringen, LCSW
                11 Oct 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
                13 Sep 2019 Neurofeedback, Biofeedback & TMS: When to Refer - Clients Presented by: Dr. Vanessa Jung, PsyD.
                16 Aug 2019 6 CEUs Law & Ethics 2019: Tough Calls, Moral Dilemmas, Technology, and More! Presented by: Ben Caldwell, Psy.D. Hosted by: Clear Recovery Center
                13 Jul 2019 LBSB Chapter Picnic -Veterans Park, Redondo Beach Presenters: Food, Networking, Drum Circle with John Mews, Sound Bath Dona Lafaurie, VST
                14 Jun 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
                7 Jun 2019 Strategic Planning Retreat - Hilton Double Tree San Pedro - Portofino Room
                10 May 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
                12 Apr 2019 The Intersection of Therapy, Religion & Faith - Presented By Robyn Kim, LMFT & Minister Dave Kim, JD
                8 Mar 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
                1 Mar 2019 Therapists' Book Group: Trauma Treatment & Techniques
                8 Feb 2019 Creating Mindfulness In Relationships- Presented by Author Melissa Dumaz, LMFT
                1 Feb 2019 Therapists' Book Group: "The Body Keeps the Score"
                11 Jan 2019 These Sounds are Driving Me Crazy!” CBT/DBT Strategies for Managing Sound Sensitivity Disorders - Presented by Dr. Jaelline Jaffe
                4 Jan 2019 Therapists' Book Group: "The Body Keeps the Score"
                14 Dec 2018 Holiday Party - Quinn's Pub & Grill
                9 Nov 2018 The Collaborative Divorce Process - Presented by Jon Kramer, LCSW, Kimberly Davidson, JD, Dawn Strachan, CDFA, Warren Sacks, CPA
                2 Nov 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Far From The Tree" - Exceptional Differences Between Parent and Child
                12 Oct 2018 TECH ADDICTION - Complications for Young and Old Presented By: SEAN O’HARA PSY.D, NCAC I, SAP
                5 Oct 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Far From The Tree" - Exceptional Differences Between Parent and Child
                14 Sep 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.
                7 Sep 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Couples, Love and Relationships"
                3 Aug 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Couples Counseling Techniques"
                13 Jul 2018 Music as Therapy for Non-Music Therapists: Applications and Interventions for the Adult Client Presented by John Mews
                6 Jul 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Motivational Interviewing" by W. Miller and S. Rollnick
                8 Jun 2018 DIR/Floor Time: A Developmental/Relational Play Therapy for ASD and Sensory Processing Challenges Presented by Dr. Esther Hess, Ph.D.
                1 Jun 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Motivational Interviewing" by W. Miller and S. Rollnick
                25 May 2018 Job Fair
                11 May 2018 "The Psychotherapist as a Creator of Outcomes!" - All Day Law & Ethics Training with Dave Jensen, JD, MFT
                4 May 2018 Book Group: "Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors" by Janina Fisher
                13 Apr 2018 Shame and Resilience with Lesli Maul, LCSW
                9 Mar 2018 Can A Therapist Ever Retire? Financial Health & Wealth
                2 Mar 2018 Book Group: "Trauma and the Soul" by Donald Kalsched
                1 Mar 2018 CANCELED - 3000 Hour Club - Resume & Interview Skills Workshop with Katie Vernoy
                9 Feb 2018 Engaging Parents: Overcoming Parental Resistance in Child and Family Therapy with Mercedes Samudio, LCSW
                3 Feb 2018 3000 Hour Club - FREE MFT Job Panel
                12 Jan 2018 Sacrificial Helping Syndrome: Why do we give more than we have? - Katie Vernoy MFT
                6 Jan 2018 3000 Hour Club - A Vision Board Party: Dream It, Believe It, Claim It!
                5 Jan 2018 LB-SB CAMFT Book Group - "The Mindful Therapist" by Daniel J. Siegel
                8 Dec 2017 Holiday Party
                8 Dec 2017 Holiday Party 3000 Club
                10 Nov 2017 The Empowerment Space: Addressing Bullying with Families - Danielle Matthew, LMFT
                13 Oct 2017 Anger Therapy: Harnessing the Power of Strong Emotion
                8 Sep 2017 "What Therapists Need to Know about Divorce – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" – Barry Davis Mediation
                9 Jun 2017 Family Systems: From Assessment to Transformation
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