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

      • Fri, December 11, 2020
      • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM (PST)
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

      Zoom Chapter Meeting

      Music & Mental Health:

      A Guide For Non-Music Therapists

      To Help Engage Clients In Musical Interventions

      Presenter: John Mews, AMFT

      Course Description:  

      The purpose of this workshop is to highlight the history and education of the music therapy field.  This workshop will also educate non-music therapists on the importance and benefits of music therapy with clients struggling with mental health issues.  Attendees of this workshop will have a greater knowledge of music interventions and how to apply them in their session with their client whether individually or in a group.


      1- Participant will learn and identify 3 to 4 benefits of music therapy in the treatment of mental health clients.

      2- Participants will learn one to two contraindications of music in therapy with mental health clients

      3- Participants will learn and be able to conduct 3 to 4 music interventions with their clients


      People often say, ‘Music is my Therapy’.   I believe that we all are musical beings and most of us have naturally been drawn to use music to match and/or shift our moods through music. My intention and passion as a music therapist at is to help clients recognize their own abilities to use music to transform, become their best self, and to fully express and achieve ultimate health.”

      John Mews, NMT, MA, AMFT, is the Founder, Director and Neurologic Music Therapist at Mewsic Moves, a private practice that offers support to families of individuals with special needs. Mewsic Moves in addition, supports clients who struggle with eating disorders, addiction and mental health challenges in various treatment centers throughout the Los Angeles area.

      John received his bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Capilano University in Vancouver, BC in 2004. After six years in private practice, John completed his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from University of San Francisco in 2011.  Since then he has expanded his practice to provide support and education to the whole family. Recently, John has studied his advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy and is supporting clients through evidenced-based neurologic music therapy programs.

      John moved his practice to Southern California in 2013, and is grateful to have a skilled team that shares in his passion in working with children and adolescents and clients in mental health treatment programs.

      John has presented at numerous workshops and conferences throughout Canada and the United States. John’s passion is to educate and share the benefits of music therapy. He is also passionate to share music interventions with other non-music therapist to help clients connect and express themselves in a creative and in-depth modality.

      Meetings Are Now FREE

      For Members Who Pre-Register!

      Participants Will Receive 2 CEU's Via Email

      • 9:00   A.M.     Announcements from President & Members
      • 9:15   A.M.     Presentation Begins
      • 11:15 A.M.     Presentation Ends
      • 11:20 A.M.     Board Meeting Begins

            For questions regarding CEU's contact Diane Bagatourian,

            Co-VP Programs: Diane@clearrecoverycenter.com 

            • Fri, April 23, 2021
            • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
            • Hilton Double Tree 21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

            Via Zoom & In Person Torrance Double Tree with Social Distancing

            Somatic Body-Mind Approaches

            To Healing Trauma

            Dr. Susanne Babbel, LMFT, PhD.

            Author: Heal the Body, Heal the Mind:
            A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma


            This day-long conference teaches essential somatic therapy tools and interactive exercises (including an emotive/sensory process developed by Dr. Babbel) to treat the lingering effects of physical and emotional trauma. Therapists can use these tools and exercises to help their clients to:

            > Develop Greater Overall Body Awareness

            > Recognize, Manage & Lessen the Intensity of Trauma Triggers

            > Prevent Secondary Traumatization

            > Move From Survival Mode to
             Relaxed Mode                                                         

            This workshop integrates experiential and theoretical components.   Attendees will practice the tools and exercises through role-play with each other. Short videos will elaborate on the key ideas and their therapeutic applications .

            Many therapists have an out-of-date understanding of trauma, especially regarding the relationship between a traumatized person’s nervous system and associated survivor’s sensations, behavior, and emotions. My two-fold goal as an educator is to teach therapists the following:

            1. How a traumatized nervous system impacts an individual’s health, relationships, career, finances, and spirituality.

            2. How to address and alleviate the negative effects of trauma in each of these areas.

            Attendees will learn the following:

            > Five body language clues for discerning a client’s underlying emotions.
            > Ten somatic tools for regulating the nervous system.
            > Three essential guidelines for practicing my Emotive/Sensory process.
            > Six commonly experienced benefits of Somatic Therapy
            > Three somatic self-care techniques to prevent or alleviate Secondary Traumatization


            Susanne Babbel, PhD, MFT # 42446, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in trauma therapy in her private practice in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of Heal the Body, Heal the Mind. A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma.  Her Psychology Today Online Blog on trauma has been read by over 3 million people and she has been quoted in Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Verily, Refinery29, New York Times Motherlode Blog, and other notable journals.

            Dr. Babbel is also a speaker and workshop leader. She has appeared on radio shows. She co-taught the UC Davis Extension online course on trauma bonding, and she teaches her own personal development online courses and meditations in English and German.

            Conference Agenda

            9:00 - 9:30 am Registration 

            9:30 - 10:00 am Announcements & Introductions

            10:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation First Half

            1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch Break (lunch not included)

            2:00 - 5:00 pm Presentation Second Half

            6.0 Continuing Education Units will be provided, via email, to attendees who complete a course evaluation and sign out at days end; no exceptions.

            Long Beach - South Bay CAMFT - APPROVAL NUMBER: PCE 3803 Course meets the qualifications for two (2) hours of continuing educationfor LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Refund Policy: With a 24-hour written notice, a full refund will be provided. With less than 24 hours' notice, credit towards attendance at a future education program course will be provided. Target Audience: This educational program is planned for marriage and family therapists, marriage and family therapy interns, social workers, counselors and/or educations psychologist. Special Needs Accommodations: In the event that special needs accommodations are required, please contact Diane Bagatourian Email: Diane@ClearRecoveryCenter.com indicating your need at least one week prior to the educational program. Awarding Course Completion Certifications: LB-SB CAMFT monitors attendance with sign-in and sign-out sheets and final course evaluations. Once the participate have signed out and provided course evaluations, course completion certificates will be provided. Grievances: The Program Administrator (PA) and Board of Directors (BOD) will handle complaints or grievances and conduct investigations to determine the appropriate resolutions. The BOD and PA will respond within 48 hours of receiving the complaint and will provide timely fall-up to the participant during the course of investigation and resolution. 

          Past events

          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 Canceled - Gambling Addiction - Presenter: Alicia Brandt, LMFT
          Fri, September 11, 2020 Treating Attachment Wounds Through A Neurosequential Lens- Nathan Swaringen, LCSW
          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, August 14, 2020 Failure to Launch At Any Age: Treatment Interventions for Chronically Mentally Ill Clients & Their Families - Presenter: Adam Sholder
          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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