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    • Sat, September 29, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Corte Madera Town Center, Room 201, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925
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    Marin CAMFT Saturday Workshop

    29 September 2018, 9 am - 1 pm


    What EVERY Therapist Should Know About Insurance,

    Progress Notes and Treatment Plans


    Barbara Griswold, LMFT


    This presentation is two workshops in one: 


    The first two hours will be an overview of how to work with insurance, including recent changes in the insurance world that could affect your practice, even if you never join an insurance plan. We will discuss the pros and cons of joining plans, what out of network providers should know (hint: did you know if a client submits your invoice to their plan, it opens the door for review of your treatment and records?), how to keep new clients even when you aren't on their plan, a strategy for getting in the door at "full" plans, 13 essential questions to ask when checking coverage, tips for avoiding costly denials, the secret to getting more treatment approved, and surviving treatment reviews.  


    The final two hours will look at what’s probably missing from your client progress notes and treatment plans While you may shiver at the idea of an insurance plan, ethics committee, or licensing board reviewing a client chart, this is happening more frequently, even if you don't work with insurance.  In these cases, well-written records can be your best defense, and can assist your clients in getting needed treatment or disability approval. You’ll get seven sample progress notes, and two sample formats.  And we’ll discuss how to write 5-minute treatment plans.


    9:00 – 11:00 am:  Insurance Overview

    • Insurance terms
    • How to find diagnosis codes
    • The biggest mistake providers make when working with insurance
    • Why you shouldn’t trust the client’s insurance card—or the client
    • “Checking Coverage: 13 Essential Questions” Handout
    • The difference between EAP, HMO, EPO, PPO, and POS plans – and why you should care
    • Your choices: The pros and cons of in network vs. out of network
    • How to keep clients if you aren’t on their network
    • How to join networks – even if they say they are full – and what they are looking for
    • Coverage for couples and family therapy
    • Understanding what plans look for when reviewing your care: Medical Necessity
    • CPT codes – avoiding frequent mistakes when using them


    11:00 – 11:15 Break


    11:15 am – 1:00 pm:  What Should be In Your Charts – But Probably Isn’t: Writing Great Progress Notes and Treatment Plans

    • Why don’t we keep better notes?
    • Why it is essential to keep better notes (how they can protect you and help your clients)
    • What insurance plans require in your intake and progress notes
    • Key Ingredients to a Great Progress note
    • 7 Sample Progress Notes
    • Two sample styles (SOAP and DAP)
    • How to write a 5-minute Treatment Plan
    • How to choose therapy goals (including for couples therapy)
    • Sample goals and interventions


    The workshop will be held at the Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201



     MEMBERS  NON-MEMBERS       RECIPROCAL CHAPTER
    CLINICAL/ASSOCIATE   $59  $79                     $69 WITH CODE
    PRELICENSED  $29  $39
    PSY/RN  $79  $89

       


    • 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.
    • CE Approvals: This workshop meets the qualifications for 4 CE credits 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.
    • CE 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.
    • Fri, October 12, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, #201, Corte Madera, CA 94925



    MARIN COUNTY CHAPTER OF CAMFT

    FRIDAY CONTINUING EDUCATION SERIES

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Mindfulness-Based Self Compassion

    Larry Berkelhammer and Will Meecham, MD


    This presentation will introduce attendees to a valuable local resource: a College of Marin course,Mindfulness-Based Self-Compassion and Self-Empowerment, taught by Drs. Berkelhammer and Meecham. Using a combination of brief biology presentations, guided body scans, plus sitting, standing and walking practices. The class encourages self-compassion and body-appreciation as antidotes for self-doubt and criticism. In a safe, supportive environment, students learn to cultivate affectionate, caring attention to inner experience, leading to improved wellbeing and self-empowerment. The presentation to Marin CAMFT will provide an experiential understanding of the class, its underlying methodology and its potential to improve lives.

    • Learn about an affordable local resource for mental health clients.
    • Learn simple ways of fostering mindfulness in daily life.
    • Learn new approaches to bodily challenges (e.g., aging, illness, or pain), through body appreciation and self-compassion.
    • Learn straightforward, body-based techniques for improving personal empowerment and efficacy, and how to present those techniques to others.
    • The unique body-centered form of mindfulness practice taught in this class can serve as an alternative to sitting meditation.
    • Learn a body-centered practice that helps clients gain emotional distance from their stress-inducing thoughts.

    Larry Berkelhammer, PHD: Mind-Body Medicine training with O. Carl Simonton MD, Jeanne Achterberg, PhD, Frank Lawless PhD, Lawrence LeShan PhD, James S Gordon MD, James FT Bugental. PhD, Erik Peper, PhD and Ron Kurtz (Hakomi founder). Mind-Body Medicine private practice working exclusively with people living with life-threatening or debilitating chronic medical conditions, 1992-2010 (trained clients in biofeedback, self-hypnosis, interactive guided imagery, cognitive restructuring and body-based mindfulness.


    Will Meecham, MD: History of medical training, volunteer work and extensive online writing in mental health and substance abuse recovery. Training in alternative health practices, including acupuncture and yoga therapy. Six years of teaching human biology at the Niroga Yoga Institute. Three years teaching a community education class on body appreciation, self-compassion and self-empowerment at College of Marin.


    REFERENCES:

    1. Arch J and Craske M. Mechanisms of mindfulness: Emotion regulation following a focused breathing induction. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 2006;44:1849-1858.
    2. Conrad, A., Muller, A., Doberenz, S., et. al. Psychophysiological effects of breathing instructions for stress management. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback; 2007; 32(2):89-98
    3. Keng, S., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: A review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(6), 1041-1056. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.006
    4. Macbeth, A., & Gumley, A. (2012). Exploring compassion: A meta-analysis of the association between self-compassion and psychopathology. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(6), 545-552. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.06.003
    5. Manikonda P, Stoerk S, Toegel S, Schardt F, Angermann C.  Influence of non-pharmacological treatment (contemplative meditation and breathing technique) on stress induced hypertension- a randomized controlled study. American Journal of Hypertension. 2005;18:89A-90A.




    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.


    CE: This workshop meets the qualifications for 2 CE credits 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.


    • Sat, October 13, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Dominican University, San Rafael
    Register

    Marin CAMFT presents:    


    4TH ANNUAL FALL SUMMIT FOR PRELICENSED

    MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS


    DETAILS TO FOLLOW SOON!


    Saturday, October 13, 10:00 to 1:00

     DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY



    SUMMIT SPONSORS ARE:







    For information please contact Marin CAMFT's 

    Director-at-Large for Marketing, Adam Cohen, LMFT


    • Sat, October 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • TBD
    Register

    Marin CAMFT presents:    


    PRIVATE PRACTICE SUMMIT 

    FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS


    Join Marin CAMFT as we host our first 2018 Private Practice Summit, which will be sponsored by Simple Practice. It will feature guest speakers who will discuss how to build and maintain a thriving private practice. Other topics include: marketing, honing in on what you do best, all things taxes, how State CAMFT can help and more. Also featured will be the team from SimplePractice, a popular practice management system, which is an Affiliate Partner of Marin CAMFT. Click HERE to see their current special offer for Marin CAMFT members.  They will be on hand to explain their system and demonstrate how it can aid and boost your practice. Bring your laptop!

    Saturday, October 27, 9:00 to 2:00



    SUMMIT SPONSOR:






    For information please contact Marin CAMFT's 

    Director-at-Large for Marketing, Adam Cohen, LMFT


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