Friday Continuing Education Series: An Update from the Front Lines: Disaster, Trauma and Mental Health in Marin, Dennis Scremin, Beth Leib, Dee Treshnell. The Parenting Marriage: A New Alternative to Divorce, Susan Pease Gadoua, LCSW

  • Fri, November 08, 2019
  • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 185 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903- Mount Tamalpais Conference Room


November 8, 2019


Dennis Scremin, LMFT, Beth Leib, LMFT and Dee Treshnell, LMFT

Dennis, Beth and Dee will bring members up to date about the current state of Disaster Mental Health relief work in the North Bay in a 20-minute presentation about the mental health effects of the recent Sonoma county fires.

Given climate change and increased population in California, we are likely to have more frequent natural disasters which can displace and traumatize large numbers of people. As mental health clinicians, we are uniquely qualified to aid people in need of psychological and emotional support during times of disaster-related trauma.

Marin CAMFT's Trauma and Disaster Response Team offers emergency mental health services for both disaster trauma and other trauma situations. Attendees this Friday will have an opportunity to learn more about our Trauma and Disaster Response Team's activities, as well as to sign up for training for disaster trauma mental health work.


Susan Pease Gadoua, LCSW

This is a model of parenting that allows parents to raise healthy children together in a stable environment without romantic expectations. Participants will learn the origins of this increasingly popular alternative for parents, as well as how to assist their clients in setting one up. Specifically, the presentation will cover the Five Keys to making a Parenting Marriage work, the situations that would not be appropriate for a Parenting Marriage and clinicians can troubleshoot problems that arise.

This program is designed for therapists and clinicians who work with clients in troubled marriages or those contemplating divorce (who have children). Given that a Parenting Marriage exemplifies the many changes occurring with marriage today, all clinicians are encouraged to learn about this alternative to divorce in order to help families remain intact in a healthy paradigm.

Workshop Goals

  • Gain familiarity with the concept of a Parenting Marriage
  • Understand who it will work for and who it won’t work for.
  • Be able to provide introductory information to clients about a Parenting Marriage.
  • Provide clients with support and resources to implement a Parenting Marriage.

    Learning Objectives

    • Identify the Five Keys of Making a Parenting Marriage Work
    • List 2-3 groups a Parenting Marriage will not work for
    • Explain a Parenting Marriage to clients and assist them in creating their own agreements

    As a child of divorced parents, Susan Pease Gadoua knows how disruptive unhappy marriages can be when the parents “stay together for the kids”. Her personal experience, combined with years of working with couples in distress led Susan to become passionate about offering support and creative solutions to people at one of the most crucial junctures in their lives. In 2000 Susan founded The Changing Marriage Institute. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and author (San Francisco Chronicle Best-sellers: Contemplating Divorce, Stronger Day-by-Day and The New "I Do".)

    • Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. The presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 p.m.
    • Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.
    • Location: 185 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 - in the Mount Tamalpais Conference Room. CLICK for directions.
    • Information: For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series and about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director, Laurie Buntain.
    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice. Course completion certificates will be awarded at the conclusion of the training and upon participant’s submission of his or her completed evaluation. 
    • Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by the CE Director on 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 CE Director, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.All instructors will read and adhere to Marin CAMFT’s stated policies.
    • 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 CE Director.
    • 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.
    • CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit 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, Continuing Education Director 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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