Marin CAMFT News and Upcoming Events for January, February and March


Marin CAMFT offers its continuing education series on the second Friday of most months from 12:00 to 2:00 in its new location: 185 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 in the Mount Tamalpais Conference Room. CLICK for directions. These meetings include a delicious lunch and a formal networking period from 11:30 to noon, during which all members who wish to do so can give a 30-45-second self-introduction and pitch about their practice. Marin CAMFT members attend free of charge, and may receive a 2 CE credit certificate at the end of the presentation. Please note that there is a $10 fee for attendees who are not Marin CAMFT members.


Our clients - and many therapists - may be entering this new year and new decade feeling stressed or exhausted from the holidays and anxious about the year ahead. Between the normal stress of starting a new year and the stressors built into 2020 with elections, climate change, and other uncertainties, our clients may be seeking guidance and techniques to decrease their anxiety, and increase their passion and a sense of purpose.

Through a combination of experiential, interactive and didactic techniques, this workshop is designed to aid clinicians in helping our clients slow down, more fully inhabit their bodies, reduce stress, and create a personal vision. This workshop will help therapists guide clients to connect with their true selves and deeper sense of purpose. In so doing, clients will be better able to set goals and create a plan to achieve those goals. By participating in this workshop, clinicians will also have the opportunity to create a professional and personal vision for themselves, an experience which will add to their clinical expertise in helping their clients to do the same.

Learning Objectives: After attending this presentation, participants will be able to

  • Apply meditative techniques and new perspectives to help differentiate between attitudes and thought patterns that increase stress vs. decrease stress, and generate new possibilities.
  • Use behavioral, cognitive, somatic and experiential approaches to help clients move beyond stuck-points, old identifications and barriers to achieving their goals.
  • Describe approaches that can help both clinicians and clients cultivate mindful awareness clarity and authenticity in setting intentions and goals, and manifesting them.

Beth Leib, LMFT (MFC #53494) is a therapist and group facilitator. Her 20 years of training and work experience is a synthesis of Western psychology, Eastern psychology and philosophy, somatic therapy, energy medicine and expressive arts. Her multi-dimensional approach is influenced by her 13 years of training with John Welwood, Ph.D. Her areas of specialization are women's issues, child therapy, life transitions, grief and loss, depression and spiritual issues. Her work with children, ages 3 to 12, involves a variety of modalities including sandplay, expressive arts and play therapy. Beth has worked in community agencies and schools in Santa Clara County, San Francisco and Marin County before opening her private practice in Kentfield. She is passionate about helping her clients experience and transform their emotional distress and difficult issues into opportunities for healing, reconnection and integration. Her clients learn to inhabit themselves and life in new, more meaningful and fulfilling ways. Beth is starting a women's support group, Conscious Hearts, in February in her Kentfield office on Tuesday evenings.


Too often, when it comes to the treatment of sex addiction, betrayed partners feel isolated, embarrassed, hurt, and deeply confused. They are often wonder who their relationship partner really is, what other secrets they have, and how they can possibly move past this immense pain.  In this training, Certified Sex Addition Therapist and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist Jeanne Vattuone will describe the unique experiences of sex addiction betrayed partners and the recommended assessment and treatment protocols for this population.  The unique experience of sexual trauma via the addictive relationship will also be discussed in detail. 

Learning Objectives: After attending this presentation participants will be able to

  • Explain the differences in the experience of partners of sex addicts vs partners of other substance or process addictions
  • Describe the sexual impacts that occur for some partners in sex addiction
  • Describe the normal and typical trauma presentation that occurs in partners

Licensed as a LCSW since 1998, Jeanne Vattuone has helped those affected by traumatic experiences for over twenty years.  She has worked in school systems, child protective services, private foster care, crisis response to natural disasters and private practice focusing on trauma and addiction.  Jeanne is certified as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Supervisor (CSAT-S), a Certified Clinical Partner Specialist Supervisor (CCPS-S) and is trained in EMDR and Brainspotting.   Jeanne is co-founder of Willow Tree Counseling, an intensive outpatient program for sex addicts and betrayed partners in Northern California. She embraces the trauma model for her work with partners as well as addicts and is a frequent presenter at national conferences about sex addiction and partner betrayal. 

She also volunteers with Green Cross, an organization that provides crisis trauma services to those impacted by national disasters, enjoys organic gardening and volunteering with local animal rescue agencies. 


Do your clients struggle with negative body image? Do you wish you could provide them with tools and in-session counseling techniques to help them foster a more positive body image? Or, at least a less painful relationship with their bodies? In this presentation, Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD, registered dietitian, nutrition therapist and certified intuitive eating counselor, will provide a whole-person approach to working with clients with body image concerns. She will unpack the layers of what body image really means, how you can help your clients assess their concerns and feelings about their bodies and what current research shows about fostering a positive body image. In this presentation Corinne will explore the importance of body image psychoeducation for your clients (and yourself) and demonstrate various exercises designed to help your clients gain more compassionate relationships with their bodies. She will also discuss why changing (shrinking) your body does not always lead to a better body image for the long-term and what does help. Case studies will be shared throughout the presentation to help the information come alive and provide a more comprehensive understanding of clinical application. 

Learning Objectives: After participating in this presentation, attendees will be able to

    • Describe the importance of educating thier clients about the importance of fostering a positive body image
    • Apply the most recent research findings about fostering a positive body image
    • Use various exercises designed to help clients gain more compassionate relationships with their bodies

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a registered dietitian, nutrition therapist, and certified intuitive eating counselor with nearly a decade of experience in Marin County, California. She specializes in helping clients break free from the mental, emotional, and physical toll of chronic dieting, various levels of disordered eating, and body image concerns – as well as nutrition and body image healing work in eating disorder recovery. Ultimately, she helps clients nurture a caring and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies through a non-weight focused, non-diet approach.

    • 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. A delicious lunch will be served.
    • Cost: Free for Marin CAMFT members, $10 for non-members.
    • Location: 185 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903 - 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.
    • 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 for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CAMFT Provider # 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.
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