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🎧 Friday CE Series: Alcoholics Anonymous – A Resource for Therapists

  • Fri, November 12, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom


  • Members of SFCAMFT, RECAMFT, and East Bay CAMFT chapters are invited to participate in our session for free!

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This event has passed, but the audio recording is available for Marin CAMFT members in our Podcast Audio Library!
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The Marin County Public Information/Cooperation with the Professional   Community (PI/CPC) Service Committee of AA will review how AA operates in your community and how AA can be a resource in your work as a therapist to help anyone who has a desire to stop drinking. 

We will highlight the 86-year history of Alcoholics Anonymous, describe what we do and how we do it as well as clarify what we do not do.  The vital role of Anonymity will be discussed including how it can assist professionals in referring to AA.  Speakers will share their personal story of alcoholism, how AA has worked for them and what their life is like now.  

You will be introduced to AA literature and videos that can increase your understanding of AA and be a resource in your work as a therapist.  Any questions you have will be answered and you are invited to let us know of any challenges you have had in using AA as a resource.  Marin PI/CPC can be reached at: 

Marin PI/CPC welcomes requests to speak to non-AA Groups.

Goals for this training:

  1. Review the history of AA and why it continues to work after 86 years
  2. Discover the role of anonymity and how it protects AA and the newcomer
  3. Identify existing AA resources that can benefit you and your clients
  4. Use personal history to illustrate differences/sameness in recovery


Participants will be able to: 

  1. Identify the essential components of AA
  2. Describe how AA functions in Marin County and its efforts to support newcomers
  3. Discuss why and how AA identifies itself as a spiritual program and not a religious one
  4. Discuss some of the key results of the 2014 Membership Survey and efforts to address diversity and inclusion in AA


    Mike W. serves on the Marin PI/CPC service committee as the co-coordinator of the Cooperation with the Professional Community outreach effort.  His first AA meeting was in the Chicago area and he stopped drinking after moving to San Francisco in 1981.  Mike just celebrated his 40th year without alcohol or any other drug.  He attributes the single commitment demanded by AA, rigorous honesty, to be the foundation of all the positive outcomes in his life since he stopped drinking.

    Greg B. has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous since February of 2018. He serves on the Marin PI/CPC committee with the Cooperation with the Professional Community outreach effort.  The Marin County AA fellowship welcomed Greg with open arms when he was at the darkest point in his life. He credits AA for his transformation from a homeless alcoholic and drug addict to a sober, grateful, and productive member of society.  

    Kayley J. has been an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous since June 10, 2017, and recently celebrated 4 years of continuous sobriety.  She serves on the Marin PI/CPC Committee as the High School Outreach Coordinator and cherishes the opportunity to share the message of AA with young people across Marin County.  Kayley has found her home, her herd, and her purpose in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous, and for that she is forever grateful.

    The Zoom link and password are provided in the registration confirmation email after sign-up is completed.

    Attendance at the live event in full and completion of the evaluation at the end qualifies for 2 hours of Continuing Education (2 CEUs).

    PLEASE NOTE: This event will be audio recorded. By registering for this event you are consenting to a recording being made which may include your voice. This recording will be posted on the Marin CAMFT website's events library, and available to members for review and downloading.

      Date: Friday, November 12
      Time: 12 noon to 2 pm Pacific
      Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members and reciprocal members, $20 for non-members.
      Location:  Online via Zoom. Password and link sent upon registration.

      Additional Information

      For more information about the Friday Continuing Education Series or about joining the Committee, please contact CE Director Pat Saunders.

        • Continuing Education: This workshop meets the qualifications for continuing education units for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and/or LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The number of CEUs awarded is specified in the event description. These CEUs will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 56895), which is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. We regret that at this time we are not able to provide CE units for Licensed Psychologists. Participants must attend the full live session and complete the evaluation at the end to receive CE completion certificate. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Pat SaundersCE Director, for more information.

        • 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.

        • Refund Policy: Our refund policy requires a $20 processing fee, therefore refunds are not available for this program, as the maximum purchase price is $20. We also do not provide refunds in case of non-attendance by the registrant.  Please email the CE Director with any questions.

        • Request for Accommodations: If you need accommodations for this event, please contact the CE Director.

        • 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 or gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, creed, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, ability, 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 are available for live attendance only. You must complete the evaluation at the end in order to receive a completion certificate. 

        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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