MARIN CAMFT CONNECTIONS

October November December 2021

President's Message


by Adam Cohen, LMFT

2021 President



I hope the summer months found you experiencing some version of rest and some version of play. Both of which feel absolutely essential to gift to ourselves, particularly as we continue to navigate through various difficulties in the world big and small.

As always, there’s lots that could be said about lots of things, but pressing right now is the future of this organization.

In June, we announced the upcoming seats that will become available on Marin CAMFT’s Board of Directors, and I want to once again highlight this call to our membership base, as we continue to grow as an organization and seek new leadership to build on the momentum and connection we have.

Quite a few Board positions are coming available, and we really want to invite you to consider whether this might be the right time for you to get involved in this organization in a new way or perhaps a different way.

Here are the positions coming available for 2022:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Marketing Director-At-Large
  • Programming Director-At-Large
  • Community Services Director-At-Large

Along with our standard updates in this Connections newsletter, we are also including personal highlights from specific members of our team who will be stepping aside as their terms of service are coming to an end. You can hear about their experiences firsthand through their anecdotes and insights, offered to better understand the roles that they have held, to see if those opportunities for service might be where you could step in for 2022. I encourage you to reach out to them directly, or to me, if you'd like to begin the conversation of what that might look like.

I’m SO looking forward to continuing to grow and build this organization, and hope to do it with YOU!

See you on Zoom!

Adam



A few more words from Adam about the roles he's been in with Marin CAMFT:

"I have so loved the past few years serving on the Board, first as the Marketing Director-at-Large, and then this past year as President. It has brought unexpected personal and professional growth, as well as led me to feel so much a part of the greater community of therapists in Marin. I’m eager to work with any of you who feel called to do the same."

"A tradition at Marin CAMFT is for the current President to take on the supporting role of Past President at the conclusion of the one-year term, to serve in the transition to the new team and especially our next leader, so we would be working together closely, and I will still be involved in Marin CAMFT alongside you through 2022."

"If you are interested in either the President or the Marketing Director-at-Large role, or any of these other leadership positions, or if you have any questions about our service opportunities and the direction of our Chapter, please contact me at either acohenmft@gmail.com or 415-967-3620 and we can chat!"



Dr Kenneth Hardy speaking October 23 with Marin CAMFT

Recent Additions to the Programming Library

We've had so many great events lately!

Check out the Members-Only Library for
audio recordings of events such as:

Sex Addiction and Partner Betrayal
with Timothy Stein & Jeanne Vattuone

Neurodiversity 101
with Finn Gratton & Celina Cardenas

To be posted soon: Motivational Interviewing with Suzanne Alfandari!

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

Results of BBS Survey on Telehealth

The Board of Behavioral Sciences has released the results of their survey of supervisors, trainees and associates, and schools about telehealth and telesupervision.

The overwhelming response was in favor of the BBS implementing changes to the laws and regulations to permit telehealth and telesupervision for students, trainees and associates. Find the full report here, which includes results such as the below question asking about supervisors' opinions on the clinical skill development of supervisees who have been working only via telehealth:

BBS Survey Results: How has telehealth affected development of supervisees' clinical skills?
BBS Survey Results: How has telehealth affected development of supervisees' clinical skills?


From Our Membership Director


by Meri Hayos, LMFT
Director of Membership

Fall is here, and that means that Membership Renewal Season is coming soon!  Look for details in mid-November about the renewal program. Over the past year, we set up auto-renewal for new memberships, which you can disable if you prefer to pay manually or if you would like to let your membership lapse. You can log onto your Marin CAMFT account to see how your current membership is set up and make changes.

If you have questions, please email me at mhayos.mft@gmail.com, or for technical or website questions, contact marincamftnewsletter@gmail.com for  assistance.

One benefit of your Marin CAMFT membership is participation on the listserv, which is very active with referrals and useful information on a nearly daily basis. It's a great way to discover who is practicing in our community and what they specialize in, and learn about new trainings and opportunities for professional growth.   Find out more about  the listserv here and learn how to sign up if you're not already taking advantage of this members-only resource.

We are also looking for more ways to bring value to your membership in our Chapter, including enhancements to our Therapist Directory - stay tuned for more announcements to come!

Meri





Coming Attractions in Continuing Education from Marin CAMFT

by Patricia Saunders, LMFT

Secretary and Director of Programs & Continuing Education


I hope your summer has been as enjoyable as possible. I know we are all struggling with the lack of predictability in our world. I hope that you are doing all you can to stay safe and positive.

We have an exciting Fall lineup which you can see highlighted below and featured on the front page of the website. I hope that you will take advantage of the wide range of topics and skilled presenters.

Our Board is going to need your help in 2022. This is my final year on the Board. I have had the privilege of overseeing booking/coordinating the CEU presentations for the past two years, and also serving as Secretary. While stepping down is sad in some ways, it paves the way for new people and fresh ideas.

Marin CAMFT has a reputation for quality CE programming, and we are a bigger chapter which means that we get requests from the therapeutic community of experts who want to present to our membership. Many members suggest ideas for speakers, and we get unsolicited proposals from quality presenters with important topics. Sometimes our calendar of programming gets fully booked almost a year in advance.

This is a highly visible job with great opportunity for expanding your network, building on your expertise and meeting new and interesting people. The Chapter needs skilled and enthusiastic members to carry on our tradition of excellence. I hope you will consider taking on this critical role.

Please call me with any questions or interest on 415 686-6063 or send an email to patriciasaunders.mft@gmail.com.

Stay safe and be well.

Patricia



Are you interested in taking on the role of Director of Programming? Here's what Pat said this job is about!

"The role of Director of Programs is an exciting, challenging and rewarding Board position. Our history of providing top notch workshops/lectures is one the most valued of all the offerings the Chapter provides."

"In a nutshell, the job is about identifying and scheduling thought-provoking topics that qualify for CEUs and interfacing with and supporting skilled speakers. There is a team that assists the Director with scheduling, advertising, and hosting the event, and providing evaluations and CEU certificates (all done electronically) for attendees. This position is central to some of the core value offerings that Marin CAMFT provides: Community, Training, Support."


Questions for Pat? Want to see if you might be a fit? Please contact her at patriciasaunders.mft@gmail.com.


Marin CAMFT Continuing Education for Fall 2021

The full Events Calendar can always be found on marincamft.org.


  OCTOBER 2 10:00AM
 


 

OCTOBER 8 12:00PM




OCTOBER 23 9:00AM

 


Marin CAMFT's Diversity Committee is continuing our regular meetings to talk about privilege, equity, and internalized bias.

In August, the Diversity Committee started a study group around the book Me and White Supremacy and we are continuing to meet regularly for discussion in a small, trusted environment on most Friday afternoons. We would love for you to join us!

Or perhaps you'd like to get involved in organizing Marin CAMFT initiatives to promote diversity and equity in our community of therapists? The Diversity Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every month at 2pm.

For more information on either of these opportunities, or to ask questions on what Marin CAMFT is doing to raise awareness around equity and equality, please email Diversity Committee Chair Marty Frankel at martyfrankel@icloud.com.


Our next Diversity Committee meeting will be by Zoom on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 2:00 pm PT.

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







Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted!

Attention all MFT students, trainees, and associates in Marin County! Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Kristina M. Carey Scholarships. Marin CAMFT will award one scholarship to a Trainee MFT and one to an Associate MFT in the amount of $1,000.00 each.

This is the 25th year that Marin CAMFT is offering these scholarships.

Eligibility for scholarships:

  1. Be a current member of the local Marin chapter of CAMFT (trainee/associate membership is free).
  2. Be a current member of state CAMFT.
  3. Be enrolled in a Marin County college and/or be a trainee or associate at a Marin county agency or program.

The application involves writing an essay and obtaining recommendation letters. Applications are due November 1, 2021, and interviews will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 (in person or via Zoom, to be determined). Scholarship awards are announced in December at the Marin CAMFT annual holiday party.

Applications for the scholarship and for Marin CAMFT membership may be found on the Kristina Carey Scholarship Page of our website at www.marincamft.org.

Applications for the State CAMFT pre-licensed membership may be found at www.camft.org.

Please direct questions and send completed applications to elainemcmahonmft@gmail.com

A special thank-you to all who have donated to our Scholarship Fund, to allow us to provide this important opportunity to our pre-licensed members!



Are you interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee? Here is how Elaine has described this project and what you can expect if you join!

"For the past four years I have joined Marin CAMFT colleagues Marty Frankel, Suzanne Alfandari and Dori Rosenberg in interviewing candidates for these scholarships. In 2020 I assumed the role of committee chair, following Marty Frankel’s many years of leading this committee.

Things get busy for this project towards the end of summer, with information going out to school fieldwork supervisors and training sites. These scholarships are just one of the many ways that Marin CAMFT can support trainees and associates as they develop their clinical foundations."


Does this sound like your type of project?  Please contact Elaine at elainemcmahonmft@gmail.com.


Community Outreach: Fall Report from the Trauma Response Team

Greetings and wishing you all the best with your continued good health and safety.

The Marin CAMFT Trauma Response Team (TRT) has been on alert during these challenging times of COVID, California fires and school crisis events. Our TRT consists of two teams: Disaster Mental Health and School Crisis.

We recently responded through our partners at the County of Marin Office of Education to a school crisis. Our team connected with local school administrators, teachers and students to support them through the return to classes and a difficult time. We are proud of our team’s response in trying times as we continue to grow and develop our Disaster Mental Health and School Crisis Teams.

We are cultivating stronger working relationships in our Marin community, which includes our members joining the MMRC (Marin Medical Reserve Corps) at: https://www.marinhhs.org/mmrc, as well as pursuing further trainings in Critical Incident response and Suicide Prevention.

TRT members who want to deploy for a local school crisis and/or critical incidents will need to join the MMRC. Participating in the MMRC is easy and affords greater coordination with the Marin County Crisis Unit and Office of Emergency operations.

The Marin County Suicide Prevention Collaborative is led by Kara Connors. An important goal for the year is to increase our connection with this amazing team. Their meeting dates are listed at the County website: https://www.marinhhs.org/suicide-prevention.

Our partnership with the Red Cross remains strong and will aid in quick deployment to disasters and traumatic events in the community. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health training enables us to deploy to disasters within Marin County, the greater Bay area, and California.

Kathleen Ries, a lead for our Trauma Response Team, is the head of Disaster Mental Health for Marin Red Cross, which further strengthens our involvement and readiness for disasters. Our team is becoming a vital part of response to disasters, trauma and school crisis in Marin County. We welcome new members and encourage you to reach out to our team leaders. Our meetings are energetic and involve speakers in the field, member input and future plans for the team.

We meet on the third Friday of the month at 11:00am and our meetings are open to all Marin CAMFT members.

Our philosophy is that our team is only as strong as each individual member. We promote involvement, idea sharing and goal setting by all of our members. In this way, our team better serves all communities in Marin.

We hope to see you in soon!


Best regards to all,

MCAMFT Trauma and Disaster Response Team

Dee Treshnell, PPS, LMFT

Beth Leib, MA, LMFT

Kathleen Ries, MS, MPH, RD, LMFT


Our next Trauma Response Team meeting will be by Zoom on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 11:00 am PT.

Please contact one of the TRT Chairs above if you’re interested in joining us.


From Our Treasurer:
Financial Report of the Chapter

by Laurie Buntain, LMFT

Treasurer

Hello to our members,

Below are reports for financial status of our chapter.  Marin CAMFT is blessed with a very robust financial balance sheet of over $110,000 in assets. Our income has been aided this year by the offering of first class Continuing Education presentations as well as workshops!

We are grateful to all of our members who support our ability to put on this programming through your membership fees. Our chapter is in good financial condition right now based on your significant support.


Laurie



Maybe you're good with numbers? Here's what Laurie shared about this role!

"My role as MCAMFT Treasurer is fairly straightforward. I monitor the payment of receipts issued by our long term bookkeeper, Katharine Rittenburg. I also monitor the income received from Membership Dues, Workshop and Continuing Education revenue as well as advertising.  I prepare an annual financial report to the Board following the year end, as well as present an annual budget for the coming year."

"The time commitment is fairly consistent on a monthly basis and takes about 2 hours of my time monthly! Weekly checks for goods and services purchased by the Chapter adds about 2 additional hours per month!"


Questions for Laurie? Please contact her at laurieb@prodigy.net to learn more!


MARIN CAMFT THERAPY GROUPS LIST

OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2021

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



GROUPS FOR WOMEN


WOMEN'S GROUP - NOW ONLINE
Renée Owen, LMFT                                             415 453 8117
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.

LIFT YOUR SPIRITS-WOMEN'S THERAPY GROUP
Ashley Coover, Katalin Szabo, Interns, CIP
Supervisor, Dylan Kersh, LMFT                         415 459 5999 x450
Strengthen self-awareness of yourself, your thoughts and emotions. San Rafael.

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GROUPS FOR MEN

MEN AND RELATIONSHIPS
David Kest, LMFT                                                 415 246 1739
Heartfelt Zoom meetings. Practice mindfulness, safe conversations, relationship skills to promote healing & growth. Ready for the next level through support & compassion? Wed, 7-9pm. San Rafael.



CO-ED GROUPS

INTIMACY GROUPS - NOW ONLINE (3 GROUPS)
Renée Owen, LMFT                                              415 453 8117

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                                              415 453 8117

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.

COUPLES COMMUNICATION WORKSHOP
Kathy Jarosz, LCSW                                             415 999 4414
Crash course to improve communication. Focus on skills to use right away based on Gottman research and techniques. Great relationship tune-up. One evening per month. Kathy@couplescounselingworks.com

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

ADVERTISE YOUR GROUP HERE NEXT TIME! FIND OUT HOW!







SPECIALTY GROUPS


$$$ MONEY MATTERS $$$
Laurie Buntain, LMFT                                            415 721 9555
Explore and understand your relationship with money. Identify influences & patterns to increase rational financial behavior & harmony. 7 sessions for individuals & couples. Meets biweekly in Kentfield.

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.

ARTS-BASED PROCESS GROUP FOR WOMEN & MEN
Dr. Shira Marin, LMFT, CGP                                        415 488 5557
Clinicians/non-clinicians. Liberate self-expressio. Cultivate deeper self-awareness & self-acceptance. Transform self-judgment & obstacles to fulfillment. 8-weeks. Online. www.shiramarinphd.com

UNDERSTANDING & COPING WITH ANXIETY & DEPRESSION
Ashley Coover & Katalin Szabo, Interns
Supervisor, Dylan Kersh, LMFT, CIP                   415 459 5999 x450
San Rafael, Wed., 6:15-7:45pm.

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.




CONSULTATION GROUPS

CONSULTATION GROUP -- NOW ONLINE
Renée Owen, LMFT                                              415 453 8117
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

CONSULTATION GROUP: EXPERIENCED CLINICIANS
Fran Goldie-Marcus, LCSW                                 415 892 4310
Consultation group with special emphasis on evaluating and treating personality disordered clients from a psychodynamic and object relations perspective. Call for more info, or frangoldiemarcus@gmail.com

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




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


CLINICIANS ONLY: ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & PROCESS GROUP
Dr. Shira Marin, LMFT, CGP                                     415 488 5557

Through creative expression & process conversation. Create, enhance & sustain your practice personally and professionally. FRIDAYS 10:30-12:45 PT– 5 month commitment beginning January 2022. CEs available. Limited to 8. Online. www.shiramarinphd.com





WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS

ADVERTISE YOUR GROUP HERE NEXT TIME! FIND OUT HOW BELOW!




THERAPY GROUP ADS: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

NEXT DEADLINE:       DECEMBER 1, 2021

NEWSLETTER DATE: JANUARY 1, 2022

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

  • 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.


To renew an existing ad with no changes: Please mail your check payable to Marin CAMFT to: Renee Owen, LMFT at 1703 Fifth Avenue #101, San Rafael, CA 94901 (no hard copy required).

To submit a new ad:

  1. Identify the section in which you would like to see your ad. See index of listings above for the categories we currently offer.
  2. Write your ad according to the Ad Specs above.
  3. Email your ad, including the section you want it in, to reneeowen@sbcglobal.net, with Subject Line of "MCAMFT Grp Tx Ads."
  4. Mail a hard copy of new ads with your check payable to Marin CAMFT to Renee Owen, LMFT, 1703 Fifth Avenue #101, San Rafael, CA 94901
For answers to your questions on advertising in Marin CAMFT's Therapy Group List, call TGL Editor Renée Owen at (415) 453-8117 or email reneeowen@sbcglobal.net





 


MARIN CAMFT 2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President Adam Cohen

Past President Lynne Clyde

Secretary and Director for Programs & Continuing Ed Pat Saunders

Treasurer Laurie Buntain

Director for Membership Meri Hayos

Director for Community Services Beth Leib





 

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