Long beach-south bay       chapter of camft

    Upcoming events

      • Wed, October 05, 2022
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

      Zoom Chapter Meeting

      CAMFT State of the Profession with Joy Alafia, CAE


      Join CAMFT Executive Director, Joy Alafia, CAE for an understanding about events, legislation, and internal association processes that are currently impacting CAMFT members.  Designed for Mental Health Professionals, this presentation will discuss general CAMFT issues and the importance of a Professional Will. There will also be updates from BBS, as well as California and Federal legislative updates. Finally, discussion on why it is important to avail yourself of the Legal Consultation service CAMFT provides. There will be ample time for Q&A.

      Learning Objectives

      Participants will be able to:

      - Recall at least 3 recent/pending legislations and how marriage and family therapists may

      be impacted by the bills

      - Identify 1 resource for legal consultation for therapists

      - Identify important components of a Professional Will


      Joy Alafia, CAE brings more than 17 years of association leadership experience to her new position. She begins her new role at CAMFT after her tenure as the President and CEO of the Western Propane Gas Association (WPGA), where she has advocated for renewable propane and equitable access for alternative sources of clean energy. Joy has spoken around the world about the importance of sustainable energy and is credited with transforming the propane industry’s focus and shifting its priorities to the commercialization of net zero-carbon energy solutions. Prior to her work at WPGA, she served as the Director of Business Products for the California Association of Realtors®, where she created innovative partnerships and business solutions for industry practitioners.

      Participants Will Receive 1.5 CEU's from CAMFT Via Email

      12:00 P.M.      Presentation Begins

      1:30 P.M.      Presentation Ends

      For questions regarding CEU's contact Amber Tyner,

      Co-Director of Programs: programs2@lbsbcamft.org

      • Fri, October 21, 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

      Zoom Chapter Meeting

      “You Are Ordered to Appear in Person: When a Therapist is called to Testify” with Kristin Roscoe, Esq. CAMFT Staff Attorney  9:00am-Noon


      Attorneys use subpoenas to compel witnesses to appear to give testimony in litigation. Understandably, those few sheets of paper have the power to induce instant anxiety in the recipient. To combat that anxiety, in this three-hour presentation, CAMFT Staff Attorney Kristin Roscoe will go through the ins and outs of subpoenas and provide attendees with a greater understanding of what to look for and what to expect when called to provide testimony.


      Kristin W. Roscoe, Esq., CAMFT Staff Attorney, takes CAMFT member phone calls regarding law and ethics issues and contributes articles on those subjects to The Therapist. Before joining CAMFT’s legal team, Kristin represented healthcare systems and professionals in professional negligence litigation at La Follette, Johnson, DeHaas, Fesler & Ames. Since entering the legal profession, Kristin has worked in various capacities presenting to and advocating on behalf of her clients both in and outside of the courtroom. Kristin received her B.A. from The College of Wooster in 2006 and graduated from The American University Washington College of Law with her J.D. in 2012.

      “Recommended Practices for School-Based Psychotherapists” with : Sara Jasper, Esq. & Mike Griffin, Esq. CAMFT Staff Attorneys 1:00pm-4:00pm



      This three-hour workshop provides an overview of key considerations for therapists who provide services in school settings. The presenters will discuss the importance of planning services, defining your role, and distinguishing whether services are subject to California law/HIPAA, or California law/“FERPA” (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act). Topics to be addressed include confidentiality, record-keeping, consent to treatment, and collaborating with school staff. A significant portion of the workshop will be devoted to the discussion of circumstances that therapists commonly encounter when working in school settings. 


      A member of the State Bar of California since 2008, Sara Jasper, Esq. joined CAMFT as a Staff Attorney in 2011. Before coming to CAMFT, she worked as the Legal Liaison and Administrative Officer for the Sacramento Police Department and as an Associate at Middleton, Young & Minney, LLP where she practiced education and employment law. During law school, Sara clerked for the California Judicial Council, Center for Children, Families and the Courts and for the National Center for Youth Law. Since joining CAMFT, Sara has become a Certified Association Executive and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management.

      Michael Griffin, Esq., LCSW has been a member of the CAMFT legal team since 2007. A graduate of the USC School of Social Work and Chapman University School of Law, Mr. Griffin earned his LCSW in 1982 and his California license as an Attorney in 2002. He has a broad professional background in various mental health settings (including Western Youth Services in Orange County, California, and Rady Children’s Psychiatry Dep’t in San Diego) as a clinician, administrator, supervisor, clinical case manager, school program coordinator, and outpatient clinic director, and has served as an oral examiner for LCSW candidates. In addition to his work for CAMFT, Mr. Griffin is a practicing psychotherapist with adults, adolescents and children in Laguna Niguel, California.

      Early Bird Pricing is $75 for Licensed/Non-Licensed members and $125 for Non-Members (ends 9/1/22)

      Regular Pricing is $95 for Licensed/Non-Licensed members and $145 for Non-Members

      Participants Will Receive 6 CEU's via email for attending the entire presentation 

      9:00 A.M.      Presentation Begins

      12:00 P.M.-1:00 P.M. Lunch break

      4:00 P.M.      Presentation Ends

      For questions regarding CEU's contact Amber Tyner,

      Co-Director of Programs: programs2@lbsbcamft.org

      • Fri, November 11, 2022
      • 8:45 AM - 11:15 AM
      • Via Zoom - Attendees receive Zoom link via email the night before and morning of the event

      Zoom Chapter Meeting

        with Hillary Wilson, LMFT

      Many therapists experience working with adoptive families, but few have learned the complexity of these family dynamics. The goal of this two hour course is to develop a base of adoption competence.  Education on the seven core issues in adoptive families and knowledge of the life cycle challenges will help you prepare for your cases. Participants will be able to identify themes in foster-care youth, understand the layers of loss and trauma which impact trusting others, and the risk factors of their life. Statistics regarding the cultural considerations, common diagnosis in this population and vignettes will follow the evolution of a case.  Completing our task by sharing parent communication strategies, will help your clients build secure family attachments and develop positive self-esteem in a safe environment.

      Educational Learning Objectives

      -Identify 7 core issues of adoption

      -List issues in foster youth including ACEs, struggles after foster youth, and triggers 

      -Name the life cycle challenges of adoption 

      -List statistics on cultural implications of foster youth 

      -Teach parenting strategies to foster parents for their adoptive or foster child 


      Hillary Wilson, MA, LMFT, has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1999. She has worked in the field of adoptions for over 30 years. Her experience ranges from adoption agency work to leading adoption groups and offering parent education. Hillary established her private practice 21 years ago in the Torrance -Palos Verdes area. She enjoys working with whole families in a family systems approach with cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused techniques to guide their progress. She works with individuals, teens, adoptive and divorced families. Hillary is also the proud mother of two young men. In addition, Hillary is an adult adoptee and therefore, understands adoption personally and professionally.

      Virtual 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 Amber Tyner,

      Co-Director of Programs: programs2@lbsbcamft.org

    Past events

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    Fri, June 10, 2022 Financial Therapy Basics – What is it and why is it especially important now?
    Fri, May 13, 2022 Special Considerations in Working with Gender Diverse Youth
    Fri, April 08, 2022 COVID Stress and Mental Health Impacts of Long COVID with Dr. Juliet Morgan MD
    Sat, March 19, 2022 Coffee with the President
    Fri, March 11, 2022 Applying Cultural Humility to Therapy
    Fri, February 11, 2022 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, Interventions and Treatment
    Sun, February 06, 2022 Networking Brunch and Nature Walk
    Fri, January 14, 2022 The Gifts of a Life Review of Your Lived and Unlived Life with Clients 50+ with Connie Zweig, Ph.D.
    Fri, December 10, 2021 In Person Holiday Chapter Meeting with presentation by Dr. Reid Hanlon: Holiday Triggers- How To Avoid Physical and Emotional Relapse During the Holidays
    Fri, November 05, 2021 Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention – A Six Unit Course
    Fri, October 08, 2021 The Evolving Couple: Treatment and Interventions for Individuals and Couples
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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!
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    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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