Long beach-south bay       chapter of camft

UPCOMING EVENTS & MEETING LOCATIONS

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

    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (PST)
    • Clear Recovery Center, 18123 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA
    Register


    Considerations in the Clinical Treatment of LGBTQ+ Clients


    By: Linda Reeves, LMFT and Alison Wood, Associate MFT




    ABOUT LINDA K. REEVES, LMFT

    Linda K. Reeves is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Manhattan Beach where she specializes in working with LGBTQ individuals, couples and families. She is active in the local community advocating for LGBTQ individuals, as a member of the Beach Cities Health District Adolescent Mental Health Task Force, and a co-founder of the new PFLAG Manhattan Beach / South Bay chapter. In response to the bullying her gay son experienced in school, Linda co-founded The Prism Institute in 2014 and provides education and training on affirmative LGBTQ practices to businesses, schools, and mental/medical health services providers nationwide. Linda’s current focus is on supporting parents of transgender and gender diverse children and is conducting a research study, operating retreats and writing a book entitled, Parents In Transition. Linda received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles with a specialization in LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy, and her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University.



    ABOUT ALISON WOOD

    Alison is a Board Certified & Registered Art Therapist and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working in a private practice setting supervised by Andrea Mendoza, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Alison has worked at LGBTQ non-profits in direct care and advocacy since 1998. Her psychotherapy career began as an art therapist in New York after receiving a Masters of Professional Studies in Creative Arts Therapy from Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 2007. Alison was employed in the LGBTQ non-profit sector as a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist up until the time she moved to Los Angeles in October 2013. After moving to California, Alison obtained another Master’s Degree from Alliant International University in Couples and Family Therapy and is currently working toward California State licensure. Her approach to therapy is described as empathic, gender affirming, culturally humble, LGBTQIA+ celebrating, radically accepting, and direct. Alison is a proud bisexual and participates in local LGBTQ advocacy and outreach through PFLAG Manhattan Beach / South Bay chapter.

    *Alison Wood, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist IMF #102839 is supervised by Andrea Mendoza, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC 38792


    Course Description

    This advanced workshop is designed to deepen your understand about the diversity of sexual and gender identities and the developmental and cultural factors that commonly underly addictive behaviors, PTSD, suicidality, depression, anxiety, hypervigilance, and insecure attachment in these populations. LGBTQ+ affirmative treatment interventions will be presented using actual case studies, including a focused look at the benefits of incorporating art therapy to support identity formation specific to sexual orientation and gender identity.


    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn an expanded vocabulary and understanding of over 30 affirmative terms to improve their competency when treating LGBTQ+ clients.

    2. Participants will acquire three perspectives on identity development of transgender and gender expansive clients, including: phenomenology of the child and adolescent, differences between gender non-conformity and gender dysphoria, and how gender is experienced by youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    3. When assessing LGBTQ+ clients, the therapist will be able to recognize three ways that institutional and familial heteronormativity, cisgender privilege, and internalized trans/bi/ homo phobia influences the client’s identity formation and contributes to maladaptive behaviors and mental health issues.

    4. When treating LGBTQ clients and their families, participants will be able to interpret client symptoms and apply four interventions using a LGBTQ affirmative theoretical perspective. Through the use of illustrated art therapy interventions, participants will deepen their understanding of LGBTQ+ specific issues, protective factors and ways to use creative expression and the therapeutic relationship in support of both sexual and gender identity formation.


    Meetings Are Now FREE For Members WhoPre-Register!

    Participants Will Receive 2 CEUs Via Email Within 2 Weeks

    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 & Informal Networking until 12 noon.

    12:00 P.M.     Meeting Ends/Board Meeting Begins

    Long Beach - South Bay CAMFT - APPROVAL NUMBER: 56159

    LBSB CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LEP’s & LPCC’s. LBSB CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    Course meets the qualifications for two (2) hours of continuing education credit for 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 associates, social workers, counselors and/or educations psychologist. Special Needs Accommodations: In the event that special needs accommodations are required, please contact Diane Bagatorian, Co-VP Programs diane@clearrecovercenter.com indicating your need at least 8 days 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 emailed to your with 14 days. . 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. 


    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Artemis Ctr. for Family Therapy & Healing Octaves 771 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732
    Register


    Luke Martin, JD, Staff Attorney

    Presented By: Luke Martin, Esq.

    State CAMFT Attorney

        No CEU's offered for this event.

    o Master Checklist for MFT Licensure: Your Tactical Tools for Ultimate Success

    o Critical Reminders for Trainees, Associates & Supervisors

    o A Change In The Landscape of Gaining MFT Hours For Licensure

    o Use of BBS Forms When Submitting Exam Eligibility Application


    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Thelma McMillen 3333 Skypark Dr., Torrance, CA
    Register


    Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy

    Lisa Mink McGowan, LMFT, RPT-S, CAAPT

    Lisa is the owner of Therapooch Family Counseling Center in Camarillo California.  She started working with children 25 years ago as a preschool teacher and often incorporated animals into her classroom.  Lisa has nearly 20 years experience providing animal assisted therapy in a variety of therapeutic settings.  She wrote an award winning children's book "Koko the Service Dog".  In 2012, her playroom earned runner-up honors as the nation's Top Playroom by the Association of Play Therapy (APT).  Lisa is a registered play therapist supervisor(RPT-S) and certified in animal assisted play therapist, AAPT (tm).  Lisa works with her two chocolate labs, Mocha who is 9 and Kona who is 3.  Both are AAPT-Approved therapy dogs.

    Course Outline:

    In my presentation I will be discussing the use of therapy dogs in psychotherapy.  The extensive training needed to  provide canine-assisted psychotherapy will be discussed.   I will review many considerations on how to ethically incorporate dogs into clinical practice.  I will explain the importance of the therapist-dog relationship and how this effects the therapeutic process.  A variety of safety and ethical concerns will be reviewed.  I will discuss several interventions used in canine-assisted psychotherapy.  Finally, I will review two specific cases and the role of the therapy dog in the clinical treatment goals for each case.

    Learning Objectives:

    1)  Participants will be able to explain at least one reason why extensive knowledge of positive dog training techniques are needed when working with a therapy dog.

    2)  Participants will learn at least two examples of why the therapist-dog relationship is so important.

    3)  Participants will be able to identify at least three possible safety concerns in regards to canine-assisted  psychotherapy.

    4)  Participants will learn four interventions used in canine-assisted psychotherapy.


    References:

    Fine, A. H. (Ed).  (2006)  Handbook on animal-assisted therapy:  Theoretical foundations and guidelines for practice (2nd ed.).  San Diego:  Academic Press.

    Vanfleet,  R. (2008).  Playful pooches: Using canine interactions to enhance therapeutic outcomes for children and adolescents.  In C.F. Sori & L. Hecker (Eds.), The therapists notebook lll.  New York: Haworth Press.

    Vanfleet, R. & Faa-Thompson T.  (2017).  Animal Assisted Play Therapy.  Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.


    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 & Informal Networking until 12 noon.
    • 12:00 P.M.     Meeting Ends/Board Meeting Begins

          For questions regarding CEU's contact Diane Bagatourian,

          Co-VP Programs: Diane@clearrecoverycenter.com 

          Long Beach - South Bay CAMFT - APPROVAL NUMBER: 56159

          LBSB CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LEP’s & LPCC’s. LBSB CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

          Course meets the qualifications for two (2) hours of continuing education credit for 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 associates, social workers, counselors and/or educations psychologist. Special Needs Accommodations: In the event that special needs accommodations are required, please contact Diane Bagatorian, Co-VP Programs diane@clearrecovercenter.com indicating your need at least 8 days 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 emailed to your with 14 days. . 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. in a timely fall-up to the participant during the course of investigation and resolution. 


          • 11 Apr 2020
          • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
          • Hilton Double Tree 21333 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503
          Register

          Dr. Susanne Babbel, LMFT, PhD.

          Author: Heal the Body, Heal the Mind:

          A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma


          Course Title: Somatic Body-Mind Approaches to Healing Trauma

          Conference Summary:

          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


          Biography

          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 - 9:45 am Registration & Continental Breakfast 

          9:45 - 10:00 am Announcements & Introductions

          10:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation First Half

          1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch Off Site (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

        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.
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        3 Aug 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Couples Counseling Techniques"
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        1 Jun 2018 Therapists' Book Group: "Motivational Interviewing" by W. Miller and S. Rollnick
        25 May 2018 Job Fair
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        13 Apr 2018 Shame and Resilience with Lesli Maul, LCSW
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        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
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        10 Nov 2017 The Empowerment Space: Addressing Bullying with Families - Danielle Matthew, LMFT
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        9 Jun 2017 Family Systems: From Assessment to Transformation
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