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    • Sat, September 23, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925


    MARIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF CAMFT

    SATURDAY WORKSHOP

    September 23, 2017

    Male Sexuality:  A Sex-Positive Perspective

    Gary Gross, LMFT


    Working with boys and men in psychotherapy can be both frustrating and rewarding. Males are not socialized to verbally express a range of emotions, they typically have difficulty with feelings of intimacy, vulnerability and shame, and many times they believe they are in treatment to appease someone else. Instead of seeing therapy as a proactive and courageous step toward better mental health, entering treatment symbolically represents failure, weakness, or both.  This means therapists often begin their individual or couples work with a built-in handicap.


    Male sexuality is often perceived in popular culture as aggressive, selfish and out of control. Every day the media reports another salacious story of men behaving badly. And yet, adolescent males feel considerable pressure to “score,” men are anxious about their “performance” in bed, and most guys receive conflicting messages about how, when and where to express their sexual energy.  This creates insecurity, shame and unrealistic expectations—both for their partners and for themselves.


    This workshop will look at the life issues that create problems for men, and address through evolutionary psychology and recent brain research some of the important ways that males and females differ in regard to sexuality.  We will explore the possible effects of pornography on male sexuality, and look critically at the widespread belief that men can become “addicted” to sexual behavior. This belief creates a continuing narrative that male sexuality is dangerous and unmanageable. Treatment is enhanced if we know how to help men navigate these pervasive beliefs with compassion and we can create a working relationship that does not further contribute to their shame.


    Gary Gross, LMFT, has been involved professionally with the concerns of boys and men since the late 1970’s when he helped organize the first California Men’s Gathering and taught coursework on Men and Masculinity at City College of San Francisco.  He obtained an M.A. in Sociology in 1976, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 1984, and has been in private practice since 1987.  He has worked at several local non-profit agencies, matching boys with men at Big Brothers and Sisters, developing the first (and only) treatment program in Marin for male juvenile sex offenders at Family Service Agency, and running groups for abused boys through FSA’s Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program.  He specializes in working with boys, men and couples and provides consultation to groups and other professionals regarding best practices with this population.  




    This Marin CAMFT Workshop, Male Sexuality: A Sex-Positive Perspective, featuring Gary Gross, LMFT takes place on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Corte Madera Town Center, which is located at 770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, CA 94925. 


    FEE SCHEDULE


       MCAMFT MEMBERS  NON-MEMBERS
     CLINICAL/ASSOCIATE  $59  $69
     PRELICENSED  $29  $39
     PSY/RN  $69  $79



    WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

     9:00   Introductory Comments
     9:20 Life Issues that Create Problems for Men: Specific to Male Sexuality
    Compartmentalization
    Relationships with our Fathers
    Male Friendships
    Emotional Literacy/Intelligence
    Lifelong Emotional Immaturity and Behavioral Impulsivity
    Anger Management
    Warriors, Competition and Risk-taking
    Work, Money and Power
    Sexuality
    Intimacy, Vulnerability and Shame
     9:50  Myths About Male Sexuality 
     10:20  Comfort Break
     10:30 Brain Research
    Differences Between Male and Female Sexuality
    Evolutionary Psychology 
     11:00 The Myth of Sexual Addiction: How this Diagnosis Can Be Harmful to Men 
     11:30 Pornography: Pros and Cons 
     12:00   End of Program
    Turn in Evaluations
    Collect your CE Certificate 


    WORKSHOP LEARNING OBJECTIVES
    • Know the 10 life issues that create problems for men, especially as these relate to male sexuality
    • How myths about male sexuality promote shame and are damaging to both men and women
    • How recent brain research and findings from evolutionary psychology help us understand the differences between how men and women value sexual relationships
    • The ways in which the concept of "sexual addiction" can be damaging and create more shame for men
    • To better understand the positive and negative consequences of men viewing pornography and how this impacts their sexual relationships

    MARIN CAMFT CE 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. 
    • Information: For more information about Marin CAMFT's Workshops and about joining the Committee, please contact the Director-at-Large for CE.
    • Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees 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 Director-at-Large for CE  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 CE, 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.
    • 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 CE.
    • 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.
    • CEU Approvals: This workshop meets the qualifications for 6 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for license renewal. 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 Director-at-Large for CE for more information.
    • CEUs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. CE credits for nurses in California are available through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (BRN Provider CEP10318). The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and LMFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.   For questions about CE visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com.
    • Sat, October 07, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Bon Tempe Lake, Marin County

    Marin CAMFT Bon Tempe Lake Hike - Saturday, October 7, 10-1


    Marin CAMFT members invite you to join us for an awesome hike around Bon Tempe Lake.

     

    Everyone is welcome!  This walk and talk meet up is a great opportunity to observe the seasonal transitions with views of a variety of landscapes.  Once I know who is coming I will arrange a place for those who want to car pool to meet ahead and follow me to the Lake. 


    To get there on your own - Take Highway 101 to the San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake exit and go west to the town of Fairfax. Turn left on Pastori, make immediate right onto Broadway and left onto Bolinas.  At 700 Bolinas Road there is a wooden sign on your left saying Lake Lagunitas.  Make that left turn onto Sky Oaks Road.  The road will wind up to the entrance to the watershed where you will pay $8 per vehicle. Once you pay for parking continue up the road to the first Lake Parking Lot up and right at the Dam between Bon Tempe and Alpine. This hike is mostly level but there is some uneven ground, roots and loose dirt.  Please wear appropriate shoes with tread and bring water and a light snack. We’ll wrap around the sunny side of the Lake first and end on the shaded side.  I LOVE THIS HIKE!!   


    Saturday, October 7, 10am to 1pm

    Distance is 4 miles. 

    Time is 2-3 hours - led by Lisa Lund, LMFT




    • Fri, October 13, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925

    MARIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF CAMFT

    FRIDAY CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES

    Friday, October 13, 2017


    What You Don’t Know Could Hurt Your Practice: 
    Implicit Bias

    Victoria Herzog, LMFT

    Everyone is biased, no matter how open-minded or educated and regardless of political beliefs; it’s an inevitable aspect of being human. Also known as unconscious bias, implicit bias can be positive or negative and can come in many forms, including innate tendencies as well as internalized beliefs, about a variety of cultural facets. Regardless of their form, if you’re not aware of them, the more trouble they might cause in your professional (as well as personal) relationships.

     

    In this training, Victoria explains the causes and types of implicit bias, then focuses on helping attendees better understand and begin addressing their own. The training will also help attendees understand how implicit bias may show up in the practice of psychotherapy, and offer suggestions on how to work with biases in clients.



    Victoria Herzog is a licensed marriage and family therapist, clinical supervisor, trainer, and consultant who specializes in working with teens, families, couples, and young adults in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. As an immigrant with a multicultural background, she provides Culturally Inclusive Therapy and is knowledgeable about a variety of cultural aspects including implicit bias, acculturation gaps, and socioeconomic, religious, and racial/ethnic differences, as well as sexual and gender minorities. Victoria worked for many years in community agencies, schools, and a reproductive clinic for teens and young adults before opening a full-time practice in Novato.


    Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 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 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.

    CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 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, Continuing Education Director for more information.

    • Fri, November 10, 2017
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201 - 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925

    MARIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF CAMFT

    FRIDAY CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES

    Friday, November 10, 2017


    Fatherhood, Families and Gender 

    In Our Therapeutic Work

    Lew Epstein, LCSW

     

    This talk will explore the changing roles of fathers along with some effective ways to engage men in treatment. It will also examine the family systems concept of coaching as an approach to working with both men and women and show how gender issues can often be the missing piece in our work with couples. Family genograms will be used to illustrate the work done with one man’s anger problem and excerpts from More Coaching for Fatherhood will be read to further supplement and illustrate the process.


    One of the goals of this talk is to review for clinicians the multi-generational family of origin approach to therapy. It is also to introduce the concept of coaching as an effective approach to working with men in general and fathers in particular.     It will offer specific uses of the family genogram as a tool in the process of change. Practitioners should also come away some of the things to look for in sessions that would indicate the presence of gender issues and the ways to best address them.


    Lewis Epstein is a psychotherapist and family therapist since 1979. He holds a Masters degree from Hunter College School of Social Work and has conducted classes in Human Development and the Family on both the graduate and undergraduate college levels.    He is the author of Coaching for Fatherhood (1996) and a second, expanded edition, More Coaching for Fatherhood, 2008.) He is a frequent speaker and workshop provider for parents groups and other organizations. He has also taught in the public schools of New York City on both the elementary and high school level and has worked for their Committee on Special Education.  He has been a counsellor for police officers in the NYPD and was involved in the treatment of first responders following the World Trade Center attacks in 2001.   He has a blog titled Inside the Hour @ www.lewisepstein.com.


    He is a father, and grandfather living in Tiburon and has a private practice in Mill Valley.


    Time: Networking is from 11:30 to 12:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 12:00 pm and ends at 2:00 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 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 PolicyRequests 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.

    CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 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, Continuing Education Director for more information.






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