Long beach-south bay       chapter of camft

Monthly meetings are typically held at the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment of Torrance Memorial Hospital, 3333 Skypark Drive, Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90505.  Registration and networking starts at 8:30AM.


If you have any problems registering for an event please contact LBSBchapter@gmail.com.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 PM (PDT)
    • 18123 Prairie Avenue, Torrance, CA 90504
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    Documentation: Understanding Medical Necessity

    Legal & Financial Consequences of Inadequate Documentation

    Presenter: Nick Merkin, JD, MBA, CHC, CHPC

    Sponsored by Clear Recovery Center

    In this presentation we will review the concept of “medical necessity,” including its definition.  We will review some related laws to medical necessity, as well as its application in various cases.  Additionally, we will cover the legal and financial consequences of inadequate documentation of medical necessity and how to avoid them.  We will then present best practices in connection with medical necessity and its documentation. 

    Goals:

    (1) Understand  the definition of medical necessity;

    (2) Assisting therapists to Identify risks involved with poor documentation of medical necessity;

    (3) Encouraging therapists to think critically about documentation required by insurance companies;

    (4) Informing therapists about recent legal developments affecting private practice;

    (5) Educating therapists about best practices in documenting medical necessity.

    Objectives:
    (1) Articulate the definition of medical necessity;

    (2) Apply the definition in various clinical contexts;

    (3) Construct a framework for decision-making around adequacy of documentation;

    (4) Identify the risks of poor clinical documentation;

    (5)  Understand best practices regarding documentation of medical necessity.

    Level of Learning:  Intermediate & Advanced

    Presenter Bio:


    Nick Merkin is the Chief Executive Officer of Compliagent, a national healthcare compliance consulting firm based in Los Angeles.  As part of his consulting practice he frequently serves as a fractional or interim Chief Compliance Officer for organizations experiencing rapid growth, enforcement challenges, or are in the process of merger and acquisition.

    Nick has a through knowledge of complex and rapidly changing state and federal laws and policies regarding organizational governance issues, board oversight and liability, compliance auditing, the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPPA Privacy, date security, and the False Claims Act.

    Nick has particular expertise in the areas of alternate payment methodologies, and innovative provider structures for networks within the healthcare industry.

    Nick earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.  Nick was also awarded an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University’s Recanati School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. A member of the California Bar, Nick is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and Healthcare Privacy Compliance(CHPC) by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)



     



    Meetings Are Now FREE For Members Who Pre-Register!

    Participants Will Receive 2 CEUs Via Email

    • 8:30   A.M.     Registration and Breakfast

    • 9:00   A.M.     Announcements from President & Members

    • 9:45   A.M.     Presentation Begins

    • 11:45 A.M.     Presentation Ends & Informal Networking until 12 noon.

    • 12:00 P.M.     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. 




    • 8 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Location in Torrance, CA to be announced.
    Register


     

    By: Nathan Swaringen, LCSW

    Bio:

    Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working at The Guidance Center in Long Beach as Developer and Program Coordinator of It’s About T.I.M.E. (Trauma-Informed Movement in Education)Certified in Child Trauma Academy's Neurosequential Model in education, Nathan provides trauma-informed training and consultation to schools in Long Beach Unified School District. Previously, Nathan worked as a school-based therapist at The Guidance Center, with over 12 years of experience as a clinician in children's mental health programs. He has extensive training and experience in the areas of Play Therapy, Attachment, and Trauma-Informed care. He has provided trainings on these topics for Del Amo Hospital, Los Angeles County DMH, residential treatment facilities, foster care agencies, California Association for Play Therapy, and many Southern California area schools.


    Course Description

    This is a 2 hour training designed to provide didactic and experiential learning to mental health workers who provide mental health services to high acuity individuals of various age ranges who present with behavioral, social-emotional, and psychological impairments that are rooted in acute or complex developmental trauma and attachment disruption. The goal is to teach participants, through a neurosequential lens, about the neurobiology of trauma and attachment, and how traumatic stress and attachment disruption impacts brain development and subsequent functional impairment; as well as how to clinically assess, case conceptualize, and implement best practice interventions.

    Learning Objectives

    1.    After the session, participants will be able to accurately identify at least three behavioral/social-emotional/psychological mental health impairments through a neurosequential attachment and trauma-informed lens.

    2.    After the session, participants will be equipped to integrate a neurosequential attachment and trauma-informed lens into completion of a biopsychosocial assessment and treatment/care plan for mental health services.

    3.   

    After the session, participants will be able to implement at least three attachment and trauma-informed treatment interventions based upon neurosequential principals.  

    Agenda

    9:15 to 9:30 am -Introduction of Neurosequential model & definitions of trauma

    9:30 to 10:00 am –Neurosequential brain development and neuroscience of trauma and attachment; interpersonal neurobiology

    10:00 to 10:30 am –Mental health impairments through a neurosequential attachment and trauma-informed lens.

    10:30 to 11:00 am –Neurosequential concepts for intervention in trauma-related attachment disruptions (state dependence, intimacy barrier, specificity neuroplasticity, regulate->relate->reason)

    11:00 to 11:15 am –Experiential activity: Relational Reward Profile, Q & A

    Meetings Are Now FREE For Members Who Pre-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. 


    • 13 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Location To Be Announced



    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Clear Recoovery Center, 201 Herondo Street, Redondo Beach, 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 or Louella Chapman, Co-VP Programs: Louella.chapman@gmail.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
          • To Be Announced in Los Angeles, CA
          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 

          9:45 - 10:00 am Announcements & Introductions

          10:00 - 1:00 pm Presentation First Half

          1:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch

          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.

          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. 


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