MARIN CAMFT CONNECTIONS

April May June 2022

President's Message


by Adam Cohen, LMFT

2022 President




Hello all!

I hope the beginning of 2022 has found each of you as well as can be.And it can be a bit difficult to feel totally well right now. We have some important Marin CAMFT updates to share but first we must acknowledge what we all may be carrying.

Being a human is hard, particularly when so many hard things are happening to so many humans. Many of our clients continue to struggle. Many of us are feeling the weight of what’s happening to the people of Ukraine. Many of us are outraged for the dangerous legislation against our LGBTQ+ youth. Many of us continue to feel the weight of a country that oppresses and harms those who do not hold a particular kind of power. All of this on top of whatever may be marking up own personal lives. Bottom line - this is a lot.

May we all find space to feel and soothe and rest and heal and keep showing up the way we hope to.

Okay, shifting gears a bit now to provide some information to you about what’s happening in our chapter. We’ll hear throughout this newsletter important updates from each board member and I wanted to kick us off by sharing with some updates from our 2022 Annual Meeting and 2022 Member Survey.

At our 2022 Annual Meeting in January (which you all were invited to) we as a community brainstormed ideas for the chapter to implement this next year, and because we wanted to make sure as many voices were heard in this process, we decided to create a 2022 Member Survey to poll you all. You can view the complete survey results here, and here are some key insights we gained:

We learned that:

  • Most of you have been unaware of our Podcast Library of our past CE trainings.
  • The majority of you (92%) want to see us continue to offer virtual trainings, even as things with COVID stabilize, though the majority of this bunch (60%) want to see a combination of in-person and virtual trainings offered.
  • 91% of you are seeing clients virtually currently, with 62% of you planning to maintain a hybrid model of working (in-person and virtually) in the future, and 26% of you planning to only work virtually moving forward.
  • 64% of you are curious about Marin CAMFT sponsored Consultation Groups.
We as a Board have met to review the results of the survey and are already taking action steps in response to your feedback. Among these actions are:
  • Increasing our efforts of sharing with you when we have a new training added to the Podcast Library. These are now announced on the front page of our website, and we've created a public index of all programs that are available in the library which is posted on our Benefits of Membership page. (Of course, there is also an index within the Audio Library itself too!) We will continue to also highlight them here in our Connections too. We hope you'll check them out!
  • Continuing hosting all of our continuing education trainings this year virtually, in order to make them widely accessible (this also allows us to easily record them and make the recordings available)
  • Setting up Marin CAMFT sponsored Consultation Groups - see the update from Rachel Barr, our Director at Large for Marketing, below!

We SO appreciated the feedback from those of you able to complete the survey and are feeling really energized to make 2022 a great year for this chapter. If at any point you have a suggestion or request for how we can best serve you, please reach out either via our Suggestion Box or email us at marincountycamftchapter@gmail.com.  

And now, I’ll pass it off to the rest of the Board. Thank you for being a part of this organization, it continues to be a pleasure to serve you!


     Adam

If you are able to come join us (even if not for the entire two hours), please RSVP by registering here.





Recent Additions to the Programming Library

We've already had some great speakers in 2022!

Audio recordings are now available in the Members-Only Library for these newest trainings:

🎧Lust, Rage, Chaos, and Love: Erotic Transference in Psychotherapy
with
Felicia Matto-Shepard

🎧The Gifts of a Life Review of Your Lived and Unlived Life for Clients 50+
with Connie Zweig

We have recordings from over two years of our programming on topics including Documentation for Couples' Therapy; Internal Family Systems; Highly Sensitive People in the Pandemic; Professional Wills; and EFT Tapping, among many more. See the full list of available programs.

Access to audio recordings of select events is a benefit of membership in Marin CAMFT.
Not a member?
Learn more here!


A D V E R T I S E M E N T

Shira Marin: Soul Circles Summer Camp for the Soul


From Our Director of Programs

by Norman Hering, LMFT

Director of Programs


The CE Committee of Marin CAMFT has been busy gathering presenters for our membership, and it’s been a real team effort!

In April we have a free Friday Continuing Education Event: April 8th from noon to 2pm, Affirmative Therapy with Trans and/or Non-Binary Clients with Sand Chang, PhD (2 hours/2 CEs).

Then on Monday, April 11th, join CAMFT's staff attorneys on Zoom for up to 6 Law & Ethic CEs! In the morning, learn about No-Hassle Records Requests (3 CEs). The afternoon session is on Writing Professional Opinion Letters (3 CEs). Can't make it to the real-time presentations that day? You can sign up for the recorded version, which is the full 6 CEs, and will be available from April 12 to May 2.

On Saturday April 16th, we are offering Therapy for Planet Earth: Climate Psychology in Practice by Barbara Easterlin, PhD (4 CEs).

During the month of May, we have a free Friday Continuing Education on May 13th - Expressive Arts Therapy with Danielle Saporta, LMFT (2 CEs). That same day, we're also offering pre-licensed members to attend the CAMFT Road to Licensure event, which is also free. And finally, we have a Saturday Workshop on May 21st on Disaster Mental Health, Trauma Treatment and Critical Incident Stress Management by Katie Amatruda, PhD, LMFT (4 CEs). Registration for these events will be opening soon. Check out the Upcoming Events Calendar for the latest listings.

We hope to see you all there! 

Norman

Please join us for our next event!

Friday CE Series: Affirmative Therapy with Trans and/or Non-Binary Clients 

Presented by Sand Chang, PhD

Friday, April 8 12:00pm - 2:00pm PT

Free for Marin CAMFT members, $20 for non-members

2 hours of continuing education available

See more details and register on marincamft.org!


From Our Membership Director

by Meri Hayos, LMFT
2022 Director of Membership

Get the most from your membership!

Last month MCAMFT polled our membership to get some feedback about how well we are serving you, our members.  Thanks to all who replied -- We got a terrific response!  

In that feedback, we learned that the two most valuable benefits we provide to our members are the high quality continuing education, and the on-line membership directory.  Are you using these benefits to their fullest extent? 

Remember, members get free CE for programs presented nearly every month, usually on Fridays. Our members also get a discount for registration for additional, usually more lengthy, CE programs presented periodically during the year. 

Additionally, in the past, we have had arrangements with other Bay Area Chapters that allowed certain reciprocal privileges to our members. For example, members of Marin CAMFT would be offered discounts for CE hosted by the other Bay Area Chapters (and vice versa). We are currently investigating the other chapters’ willingness to offer these privileges to our members, and we will let you know as soon as we can confirm this extended benefit.

We've gotten some inquiries recently from members who are retiring, who want to stay involved with the chapter, and we wanted to let everyone know that Marin CAMFT has an Emeritus membership. This is a complimentary non-voting membership available to long-term members of Marin CAMFT over the age of 65 who are no longer practicing. It entitles you to all the benefits of membership including attendance at our CE events at the member registration level. Please contact me if you would like to take advantage of this.

As for the on-line Marin Therapist Directory, we have recently made some improvements that allow for you to add more information to your profile to make this resource even more helpful.  This includes whether you offer teletherapy and/or in-person sessions, and more refinements about your specialties. Plus, we invite all therapists to self-disclose how they identify (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion). You can do this on your profile, available when you log onto the website. These fields are searchable by members of the public who are looking for the right fit in their next therapist. Feel free to contact me if you need assistance editing your profile. 

Lastly, we have added a Suggestion Box to the website.  If you have other ideas or thoughts about how we can better serve you, please let us know.

Meri





A warning about spam

As therapists, one of the unfortunate hazards of having our business contact information published and available to the public is that everyone has access to it -- prospective clients, fellow therapists, and also scammers.

Many CAMFT chapters are being targeted by spam campaigns by both email and text message. This happens because we post our members' information in online directories. Unscrupulous programmers can then write scripts that "scrape" the directory for information, harvesting the emails and phone numbers of all therapists. They they use this to spam our members with unsolicited marketing messages, or for even more nefarious purposes, such as by spoofing the identity of a board member.

For example, the members of another CAMFT chapter recently received emails purporting to be from that chapter's president, asking members to buy gift cards and send them to the "president" (who was actually a scammer). Be very cautious if you receive any email asking you to take such steps.

Please note: Marin CAMFT will never solicit money or donations from you in this way. If you receive a suspicious email and are concerned, you may forward it to us at marincountycamftchapter@gmail.com and we'll let you know whether or not it is an authorized, official correspondence from us or not.





From Our Pre-Licensed Director


  by Katharine Spencer, AMFT

  Pre-Licensed Director


Hello to all student, trainee, and associate members of Marin CAMFT!

I am excited to be on the Board, representing the pre-licensed members of our chapter. We are gathering ideas for how we can do more to support the new generation of therapists in our community.

I will be hosting a 3000-Hour Club on April 23 to get to know you and start the conversation around what we can do together.

We're also offering a State CAMFT event on May 13 called Navigating the Road to Licensure, which is free and available to all students and associates.

Do you know any students or associates living, working or studying in Marin? Please spread the word to them about Marin CAMFT and invite them to join! Membership is free for Registered Associates and for Students. All that's required is a membership in State CAMFT. More information is available in the Membership section of the Marin CAMFT website.

I look forward to serving you as part of the chapter this year.

Katharine


Marin CAMFT Diversity Committee

Would you like to get involved in organizing Marin CAMFT initiatives to promote diversity and equity in our community of therapists?

Please contact Marty Frankel at martyfrankel@icloud.com if you’re interested in joining the Diversity Committee.


From Our Director of Marketing

  by Rachel Barr, LMFT
  Director of Marketing

Consultation Groups Being Organized!


For a job in which every hour is spent talking to people, being a therapist can be quite solitary work.  Many of us in private practice do not have coworkers in the true sense of the word, and therapists are mostly unavailable during the day because they are in session and cannot be interrupted. 

While many therapists have their own personal therapists to work on the personal issues in their lives, a lot of us have no easily accessible coworkers to go to with the issues that come up at work.  This is where peer consultation groups come in. 

The peer consult group embodies a safe home base of coworkers that is used to process issues of ethics, clinical technique, and blind spot defense.  It helps therapists protect themselves from being the thing that is holding a client back from growing and changing.  Awareness of our own fallibility and our blindspots is crucial for ethical practice.  Our professional organization cannot mandate peer consultation for a variety of reasons but in a lot of ways, it is as important as the continuing education which a great deal of effort goes into ensuring.

I have been a member of a weekly peer consultation group that has been an invaluable resource over the past 6 years.  It is a place to rejoice at success, receive sympathy for difficult cases, and continue to learn new techniques and knowledge.

We want to help facilitate introductions and opportunities for peer to peer consultation groups. Marin CAMFT is offering this as a service to our member community. Our role is in connecting members only. The groups will not be managed or run by Marin CAMFT. They will be autonomous, self-managed, and independent. Groups will make their own arrangement and meet in the way they choose. Our involvement will be in making connections based on criteria such as years of experience and availability.

In my experience there are some criteria that make the group most beneficial. They include:

  • A regular and consistent weekly or bi-weekly meeting time
  • 60-90 minutes
  • A group of three to four members
  • Similar years of experience
  • Same milieu  (private practice, community mental health, etc)

If you're interested, please submit your information here by April 15. We will create the groups and distribute contact information by May 1. The groups will then self-organize with those members.

Here are some links that have good info about the benefits of consultation:

Let us know if you have questions by emailing us at marincountycamftchapter@gmail.com! We are excited for this chance to serve the membership of Marin CAMFT by helping to facilitate peer-to-peer connections.

Rachel


Marin CAMFT's Trauma Response Team meets on the third Friday of the month at 11 am via Zoom. Have you ever wanted to help others during a community or school crisis, traumatic event, or disaster? Learn how to get involved, become part of our team, and be ready to assist others in times of need. Please contact TRT Co-Chair Beth Leib, MFT, at bethleibmft@gmail.com for the Zoom link to our meeting and any further questions.




MARIN CAMFT THERAPY GROUPS LIST

APRIL-MAY-JUNE 2022

The current Therapy Groups List is also available on the MCAMFT website.





GROUPS FOR WOMEN


WOMEN'S GROUP - NOW ONLINE
Renée Owen, LMFT                                             415 847 1353
Weekly group for Clinicians & Non-clinicians. Receive support, interpersonal process work, goal setting. Great adjunct to Individual Therapy.  25+ years experience reneeowen@sbcglobal.net

DIVORCE GROUPS FOR WOMEN ONLY
Susan Pease Gadoua, LCSW                             415 448 6242
Ongoing biweekly groups provide community, emotional support & information for all stages of divorce or separation. Topics: self-esteem, empowerment and recovery from difficult feelings and situations.

RELATIONSHIP INSIGHT GROUP FOR WOMEN ONLY
Susan Pease Gadoua, LCSW                             415 448 6242
Ideal for any woman who is ready to change unhealthy relationship patterns. Bring to light outdated beliefs and perceptions that set women up for unfulfilling, sometimes abusive situations.

ONLINE SATURDAY GROUPS FOR WOMEN
Gilda Meyers, LMFT                                             415 453 1839
Ongoing online groups exploring issues of midlife and aging. Age 70+ meets 2nd & 4th Sat/month, 10:00-11:30am. Age 60+ meets 3rd Sat/month 10am-12:00pm. Call for flyer, info, free interview.

WOMEN’S INTERPERSONAL GROUP (2)
Lois Friedlander, LMFT, CGP                              415 383 3337
Ongoing process groups examines relationships in all aspects of life: family, personal, partner, social, work, school, faith and spirit. Members are thoughtful, insightful, supportive. Tues. 5:15; Wed. 5:45.

WEIGHT LOSS AND WEIGHT MAINTENANCE GROUP
Dr. Jean Hayes, LMFT                                         415 897 1348
Gain tools and develop strategies for successful weight loss/long-term maintenance. Food plans individualized for new habits with group therapy & support for emotional ups/downs 12-week am/pm sessions.

WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT GROUP

Deanna Bernard, LCSW                                       707 749 0022

10-wk online session evening group running April-June. Honor, empower and uplift the heroine in us all. Call or text 707-749-0022. Email TeletherapyLCSW@protonmail.com Web TeletherapyLCSW.weebly.com








GROUPS FOR MEN

ADVERTISE YOUR GROUP HERE NEXT TIME! 








CO-ED GROUPS

INTIMACY GROUPS - NOW ONLINE (3 GROUPS)
Renée Owen, LMFT                                             
415 847 1353

Weekly coed process/support groups (for single or partnered/married). Explore blocks & create more fulfillment & success in relationships & life. M/T/TH pm's. 25+ yrs experience. reneeowen@sbcglobal.net

SINGLES GROUPS - NOW ONLINE
Renée Owen, LMFT                                             415 847 1353

9-Week coed Psychoed group/class to create more successful relationships. Assists in overcoming blocks & obstacles. Excellent adjunct to Indiv Therapy. M/T/TH pm's. reneeowen@sbcglobal.net

BARIATRIC SURGERY/ EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP
Dr. Jean Hayes, LMFT                                           415 897 1348
For women and men contemplating weight loss surgery and for those post-surgery, to establish new eating habits for weight loss and successful maintenance. 12-week AM and PM sessions in Novato

SUBSTANCE ABUSE EDUCATION/SUPPORT GROUP
Dr. Jean Hayes, LMFT                                           415 897 1348
For women & men contemplating their behavior, use or abuse of various substances, i.e., alcohol, drugs, food, pills, sex, shopping, gambling-effects on aspects of their lives. 12-week. AM & PM in Novato.


INTERPERSONAL GROUP (Mixed Gender)
Lois Friedlander, LMFT, CGP                              415 383 3337
Ongoing process groups examines relationships in all aspects of life: family, personal, partner, social, work, school, faith and spirit. Members are thoughtful, insightful, supportive. Thurs. 5:15pm.








CHILDREN, TEENS AND PARENTING


MOTHERS' SUPPORT GROUP

Deanna Bernard, LCSW                                       707 749 0022

10-week online session evening group running April-June. Nurture the nurturers! Call or text 707-749-0022. Email TeletherapyLCSW@protonmail.com Web TeletherapyLCSW.weebly.com









SPECIALTY GROUPS


HORSE/ANIMAL SUPPORTED THERAPY GROUP
Dr. Jean Hayes, LMFT                                           415 897 1348
Therapeutic skills and problem solving for new possibilities, learned and practiced through interacting with unique and friendly horses and farm animals for adults, adolescents and youth.

ADULT ADHD ONLINE
Holly Seerley, LMFT                                              415 383 6656
12 weeks. Executive Functioning skills: organizing, planning, and managing time.

SKILLS FOR COUPLES
Holly Seerley, LMFT                                              415 383 6656
Online. Neuroscience! De-escalate, feel safer, stop reactive patterns.


ENNEAGRAM EXPLORATIONS & INQUIRY STUDY GROUP
Harriet Katz, LCSW                                              707 544 8879
33+ Yrs Diamond Approach. Deepen your integration of psyche-soul-body and spiritual dimension thru somatic inquiry. Clinicians welcome. Zoom. www.TotalBeingPsychotherapy.com









CONSULTATION GROUPS


CONSULTATION GROUP -- NOW ONLINE
Renée Owen, LMFT                                              415 847 1353
Connect & network with colleagues. General case consult, help in creating a thriving practice, or starting, facilitating or sustaining groups. Meets 1x/month online. 25+ years experience. reneeowen@sbcglobal.net

BIMONTHLY CONSULTATION GROUP
Geraldine Alpert, PhD.                                         415 497 9479
Formerly Director Post Doc Training at Kaiser; Assoc. Prof of Psychiatry at UCSF, Director of Group Therapy at McAuley Neuropsychiatric Institute. Input/Support. www.GeraldineAlpert.com


CONSULTATION FROM A SPIRITUAL & SOMATIC APPROACH
Harriet Katz, LCSW                                              707 544 8879
33+ Yrs Diamond Approach. Deepen your understanding with the guidance of the Enneagram and the unfolding nature of the soul and its impact on our own process. Zoom. www.TotalBeingPsychotherapy.com










GROUPS FOR THERAPISTS


CO-LED THERAPY GROUP FOR MATURE THERAPISTS
Geraldine Alpert PhD, Elaine Cooper PhD LCSW  415 479 9479
One opening in high functioning, long term, co-ed group with psychodynamic, interpersonal orientation. Wednesday AM in San Rafael. www.GeraldineAlpert.com










WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS

ADVERTISE YOUR GROUP HERE NEXT TIME!








THERAPY GROUP ADS: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

NEXT DEADLINE:       JUNE 1, 2022

NEWSLETTER DATE: JULY 1, 2022

** NOTE: WE HAVE A NEW ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING PAYMENTS VIA CREDIT CARD. CHECKS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR TGL ADS.  ALSO, RENEE HAS A NEW PHONE NUMBER: 415-847-1353 THANK YOU!**

Rates for Text Ads

  • Marin CAMFT members: $20 first listing, $10 for each additional listing in the same issue.
  • Non-members (including agencies): $25 first listing, $15 each additional listing in the same issue.

Text Ad Specs

Please follow the standard formatting used in our TGL listings, as you see above.

  • Maximum 5 lines
  • Line 1 - name of group: up to 44 characters
  • Line 2 - facilitator, phone number: up to 44 characters
  • Up to 3 more lines - description of group, web and/or email address, etc: up to 65 characters per line

The character limit includes punctuation and spaces. If too long or doesn’t follow the existing format, your ad will be edited to fit.


If no changes to an ad that is currently running:

  1. Submit payment here using a credit card.
  2. Forward the Payment Receipt email to Renee at reneeowen@sbcglobal.net to notify her of renewal


To place new text ads

  1. Submit payment here using a credit card.
  2. Forward the Payment Receipt email to Renee at reneeowen@sbcglobal.net
  3. Draft your ad per the specs on this page, then email your ad in the body of the email (no attachments), and in Plain (vs Rich) Text to  reneeowen@sbcglobal.net , with Subject Line of "MCAMFT Grp Tx Ads - Your Last Name." 
    • Specify the section in which you would like to see your ad.
    • Be sure the ad conforms with the specs listed above including maximum characters per line.

For answers to your questions on advertising in Marin CAMFT's Therapy Group List, call TGL Editor Renée Owen at (415) 847-1353 (NOTE NEW NUMBER) or email reneeowen@sbcglobal.net


We accept Display Ads for our newsletter and on the website, too! Please see our advertising information on the marincamft.org website for more.





 


MARIN CAMFT 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President Adam Cohen

President-Elect Peter Sadler

Secretary Bonnie Kaufman

Treasurer Laurie Buntain

Director-At-Large for Membership Meri Hayos

Director-At-Large for Programs Norman Hering

Director-At-Large for Marketing Rachel Barr

Director-At-Large for Community Service Jenna Marsala

Director-At-Large for Pre-Licensed Katharine Spencer





 

This is a reproduction of the main content from our newsletter that was emailed to all MCAMFT members on April 1, 2022. Here's how it went out to members via email.

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