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Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series: Addressing the Money Taboo in Psychotherapy, Laurie Buntain, LMFT

  • Fri, May 13, 2016
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925



Friday, April 8, 2016

Addressing the Money Taboo in Psychotherapy

Laurie Buntain, LMFT

What is money and why is it so hard to talk about?  Beyond a medium of exchange and measure of value, it’s a powerful symbol representing many different things to many different people. It can symbolize the comfort of being taken care of and loved, as well as bring up issues of dependence and survival. It can symbolize power, control, envy or self-worth. Richard Trachtman offers this psychological definition:  Money, psychologically speaking, is our projection onto coins, bills, bank accounts and other financial instruments of our beliefs, hopes and fears about how those things will affect who we are, what will happen to us and how we will be treated by others or by ourselves based on six possible conditions. We think of these conditions as follows:  1) I do have enough money, 2) I don’t have enough money, 3) I have too much money, 4) s/he does have enough money, 5) s/he doesn’t have enough money and, 6) s/he has too much money.

There is a saying among therapists that “you are as sick as your secrets.” Since many scholars believe that money is the number one secret in American culture, then we must live in a sick society. A Money Magazine survey from 2004 stated that 43% keep secrets to prevent conflicts in their household and 22% respondents said: “I don’t discuss how much I make with anyone, even my spouse.” Money is also the largest source of stress as chronicled by the American Psychological Associations (APA) in their annual Stress in America surveys over the last decade.

Scholars believe that financial psychology is a neglected area in mental health field professionals’ education, training and practice.  The mental health field is reluctant to discuss finances with their clients beyond setting the fee for services. In this workshop, participants will explore the meaning of money, the money taboo, and explore ways to overcome the money taboo by addressing their own relationship with money first.

Laurie Buntain, MS, LMFT is a pioneer in the emerging field of financial therapy — and she brings to her practice 20 years of experience as an investment advisor, in a variety of capacities including financial analysis and research, risk arbitrage and domestic and international equity trading. Her expert knowledge of the financial world makes Laurie eminently qualified to help her clients understand the underpinnings of their own, often complicated relationships with money.

Laurie received a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., where she has taught the Psychology of Money, and she holds a Certificate in Life Coaching from JFK University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. In addition to individual and couples counseling, Laurie launched and leads $Money Matters$ group workshops. For more information please go to:

Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.

Location: Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 (map)

Information: For more information about the Friday Lunchtime Program Series and about joining the Committee, please contact the Chair, Gabriel Rabu.

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the Director at Large for Programs no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made to the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course. 

Grievance Procedure: Marin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination Policy: Marin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 1.5 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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