As soon as I finished typing "2016" I paused for a moment and thought to myself "Kiefer (I sometimes use my name), can it really be 2016!?" That used to be such a date in the future! But the future is here!
As we look forward in 2016, our Chapter is excited to continue to work hard on our mission of serving its members and we do this, in part, by focusing on several key areas. This year, we will continue our march to keep and make MFTs relevant in the mental health field! We do this through our many CEU education events. Furthermore, we will continue to focus on collaboration with other mental health partners and bring you exciting events and opportunities to exchange ideas and information.
The Board is excited to attend the annual CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference on 20 February in Foster City (near San Francisco). The event brings together leaders from all of the Chapters throughout the State so that we can share ideas and learn from each other.
If you recall, last year, the Chapter won the Outstanding Chapter Award! The award was used to help fund the newly formed Pre-License Scholarship program. This year we hope to perform equally well as we compete for the Chapter Excellence Award in Community Involvement and Outreach.
If you are a therapist or other helping professional, join us! We strive to be a community that informs, advocates, and assists our members in being respected and successful helping professionals. We still have an open Board position and invite you to help make us a stronger team! See our Board page for more info.
Wishing you wellness and health,
Kiefer Rich, LMFT
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Join the San Diego CAMFT Board! Or helps us with our events, let us know if you want to help out!The perks to volunteering with SD-CAMFT include networking, promoting the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, being well informed of all things that effect MFTs, and feeling good about your contribution to wellness in our community.
Community CE Opportunities
SD-CAMFT partners with various agencies in the community to offer you discounts to community events. Check out our News page for more info!
The purpose of the organization shall be to call together and support members of our profession in southern San Diego County and to support the objectives and purpose of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Just launched!
We are excited to now offer scholarship opportunities to our pre-licensed members!
There are two scholarship funds available to chapter pre-license members. Three awards will be made annually of $250 each. There is a small application form and essay requirement and recipients will provide chapter service as part of the award.
For further information, visit the scholarship page:
Members receive discounts, but you must be a member and check out the Members page:
- Discounts on Gerry Grossman and The Therapy Development Center for exam prep materials.
- Discounts to the upcoming "Healing Early Attachment Wounds" training on April 7th.
Working with Middle Eastern Refugee and Immigrant Families
Expert Panelists and Clinicians from Survivors of Torture, Chaldean-Middle Eastern Social Services, and San Diego Youth Services discussed ways to help Middle Eastern families acculturate, heal from their traumatic experiences, and find resources in the community to adapt to the new host culture. Clinicians became aware of the cultural stigma of therapy, the obstacles and struggles that Middle Eastern refugee and immigrant families deal with on a daily basis and the continued support needed to adapt more efficiently. It was a very powerful, motivating, and inspiring workshop!
Community Reinforcement & Family Training (C.R.A.F.T) with Dr. Rigo Brueck, Psy 25588, LMFT 48997
Addiction expert Dr. Brueck introduced C.R.A.F.T. to a group of MFT's last night discussing the importance of using a systemic approach with addictions. The quality of life for the concerned significant other (CSO) is the main focus of this protocol. Dr. Brueck discussed using techniques with the CSO such as non-judgmental interaction styles, building positive expectations, allowing for negative consequences, and placing responsibility where it belongs. To learn more about the C.R.A.F.T. approach visit https://www.robertjmeyersphd.com/craft.html
Pre-License Exam Prep Workshop
Experts from Gerry Grossman Seminars and Therapist Development Center provided tips and information to pre-licensed members regarding the new restructured exam. Students were able to ask questions and be informed of ways to study for the exam, as well as receive discounts on materials. Click Here to learn more.
Cupcakes and Conversations: Mental Health Mixer
2016 Annual Meeting and State of CAMFT
Therapist/Attorney LuncheonHon. Susan P. Finlay & Mark L. Schissel, MSW, LCSW discussed the advantages of mediation for domestic violence cases. Screening and assessing clients needs and safety are a must. Establishing safeguards and boundaries in mediation and in the therapy room are important similarities that attorneys and therapists reinforce. Click here to learn more.
A Gift of HOPE
2015 Annual San Diego Mental health Collaborative Social
Once again, the County's mental health providers came together for an evening of fun, food, drink and COLLABORATION! This annual event was another example of how your Chapter is working to keep MFT's at the forefront of mental health provision. Click here to learn more about the event.
Annual SAVE A LIFE Walk
Suicide is the second leading cause of non-natural deaths for all ages in San Diego County. CAMFT San Diego helps support suicide outreach and prevention programs and survivor support services for all San Diegans. Click here to learn more about!
Summer Board Retreat
Each year, the Board of Directors take two strategic planning retreats. Click here to learn more about this summer's retreat!
Serving Those Who Serve - USD Collaboration
Improving mental health care for Service Members and their families was the goal of this one day conference hosted by the University of San Diego. Click here to learn more about the event.
Supporting our pre-license members is a large part of the work our chapter does. Click here to learn more about the recent pre-license mixer at 57 Degrees.
City College MFT Panel
Future Mental Health workers get a session of Marriage and Family Therapy. Click here to learn more about a recent collaboration with City College.
DSM V Six Hour CEU Training
Keeping our chapter, and the community, up to date on the latest in mental health! Click here to learn about our amazing training on the DSM V.
NAMI Walk 2015
Your chapter supports mental health awareness in the community. Click here to learn about the 2015 NAMI walk.
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