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  • Thursday, December 21, 2023 9:30 AM | Anonymous

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    Kusum, an alumna of the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Integral Counseling Psychotherapy program and an AMFT with Gestalt Therapy training, immigrated from India. In India, she spent four years honing her skills in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and gained practical experience working with clients under supervision. Presently, Kusum contributes her experience at both the Bay Area Gestalt Institute and The Couples Center in San Francisco. She has joined the board with a dual purpose: to serve her community of fellow therapists by bringing a lens of cultural humility to her work on the board and to establish a sense of home and belonging within this professional circle.
  • Thursday, December 21, 2023 9:12 AM | Anonymous

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    I am truly grateful for the opportunity to assume the role of treasurer for the board. It is an honor to be entrusted with this position of financial responsibility. Amanda Cortez, LMFT is not only a therapist but also the proud owner and founder of Yes To Therapy, a mental health service collective, specializing in individual, marriage, and family therapy. As a graduate from John F. Kennedy University, she holds a MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her passion lies in helping clients who have endured childhood trauma, as she has acquired expertise in utilizing therapeutic modalities such as Internal Family Systems and Brainspotting. Additionally, she finds great fulfillment in collaborating with other therapists who are eager to advance their careers. Amanda hopes to facilitate personal growth and professional development within the therapy field. When she is not immersed in her work, she enjoys indulging in activities that bring her joy and relaxation. One of her favorite pastimes is spending time with her huskies, she finds solace in running, hiking and traveling.

  • Thursday, December 07, 2023 3:09 PM | Anonymous
    Marté J. Matthews is pleased to join the board as Director of Programs because the programs offered by the chapter were the main reason for her joining in 2009. She has worked with children and families in a variety of settings, schools, nonprofits, community-based and private practice since 1999. She looks forward to working with the community of therapists on the peninsula, south bay and beyond to offer engaging events and workshops to the chapter in 2024-25.
  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Last Saturday, we had a great coffee talk at Crema Coffee Roasting on the Alameda. The theme was “community.”  It truly was a community of regular attendees and new ones too.  It was a community of therapists who were chatting, exchanging ideas, connecting, and supporting one another.  It was an amazing way to begin a Saturday morning.  We hope to see you in the future.

  • Thursday, March 02, 2023 3:47 PM | Anonymous

    Congratulation to Brandon Hoshiko, Director of Technology and Communications, for Winning Outstanding Chapter Leader Award at the CAMFT Leadership Conference.

    As the director of Technology and Communications, Brandon has gone above and beyond to facilitate hybrid programs that allowed our members and non-members to attend presentations in-person while livestreaming to others who preferred the online option. Brandon has spent many hours of his free time to educate himself in various recording technologies, invested in new equipment to make the process as smooth as possible, and enthusiastically engaged others in dialogue to create recordings that would be as good as the live option for others to watch. The board is grateful for Brandon’s engagement and active participation in making our chapter a successful educational organization.

  • Thursday, March 02, 2023 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    BEST CULTURAL AWARENESS PROGRAM - This category will demonstrate how successful the chapters were in developing cultural consciousness within their membership, educational programs, and Board. See all the awards

    Santa Clara Valley Chapter (251+ members)

    Position statement/DEI Action plan

    • Early in January, the chapter posted for the first time, and with the guidance of our Director of DEI, Moitreyee Chowdhury, our statement and position in terms of DEI.
    • The action plan for 2022 was to increase diversity oriented programs and start to think about how to refine such programs (as events and articles for our newsletter) for 2023.
    • Throughout 2021 and early 2022, the goal was to increase diversity within the board of directors, which resulted in bringing on members from various backgrounds, personally and professionally.

    Education Programs and Speakers

    Diverse topics were addressed throughout 2022 in our events programs:

    • The athlete population, its associated mental health issues, and ways to address them therapeutically, a luncheon offered by Megan Hankins-Maldonado, LMFT, an athlete herself
    • A luncheon program about how to heal the Latino population of intergenerational trauma through community involvement, a presentation given by Ana Morante, LMFT
    • Partnered with Sacramento Chapter to offer a luncheon online presentation by Shawan Worsley, LMFT, about strategies for effective discussions around race and racism
    • In an effort to address issues pertaining to the transgender community, we offered a hybrid program led by Maureen Johnston, LMFT, that covered how to understand and assist families of gender expansive children.
    • Linda Johnson, LMFT, LAADC, presented a very well received workshop on the mental health trends and needs in juvenile justice, emphasizing the need for unwavering governmental and community support for mental health programming in this population.
    • We have addressed an important issue within the Indian community by providing a luncheon on the topic of the immigrant child within a South Asian perspective. Kalpana Asok, an Indian LMFT and writer was our choice to address this topic.
    • We created a Social Justice column in our newsletter and reached out to individuals from the BIPOC community to speak about their involvement in various areas:
      • Ellie Vargas, LCSW, founder of BACIE (Bay Area Center for Immigration Evaluations) was interviewed by Liliana Ramos, LMFT, our Director-at-Large, to speak about the relevance of therapeutic skills in doing immigration evaluations, her own work doing these evaluations and her continued quest for therapists to get involved.
      • Dr. Sherry Wang, professor at Santa Clara University, was also interviewed by Liliana Ramos, about cultural humility and social justice in the therapeutic encounter.
      • One of our community focuses was Perry Clark, LMFT, interviewed by Dominique Yarritu, PhD, LMFT, our president and discussed his role and experiences as a self-identified neurodiverse, LGBTQ, black male therapist.

    Networking events

    • Coffee talks in the summer time that reached out to our diverse membership community and the prior registrants to our various programs who are non-members.
    • In an effort to connect various groups through the understanding of and exposure to diverse celebrations, Moitreyee Chowdhury, our Director of DEI, has been offering multiple email blasts on a monthly basis recognizing the contributions and celebrations of the various communities our chapter is made of. Some examples are: religious and spiritual holidays, Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Elders months, with supporting educational offerings such as linked articles and videos.

    Special interests groups/committees

    • We are proud to offer a Black Therapist support group, led by Erica Jenkins, LMFT; the participants are members and non-members, some finding support from far regions such as Washington, DC and Mexico (providing therapy in the Bay Area).
    • We continue to brainstorm to integrate other special interests groups and to look for volunteers interested in leading special interest committees.

    Membership and volunteer outreach

    • The outreach was done through our Facebook and Instagram presence as well as by using the CAMFT list, and posting in various therapy listings with the intent to bring on students, trainees, and associates as a priority.

    Donations/Scholarships/Grant programs

    • Our chapter is in the process of devising a scholarship program to encourage the new generation of therapists to join the chapter: it would aim at mental health students, trainees, associates in various universities/graduate schools around the bay area.

  • Saturday, June 11, 2022 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    Thank you board members Brandon, Vanessa, and Liliana, and volunteer Justin for getting our first hybrid event at Michael's off the ground!

    We enjoyed seeing our members again in person at Michael's for the presentation Supporting the Supporters: Understanding and Assisting the Families and Friends of Gender Expansive Kids, Teens, & Adults with Maureen Johnston on May 20, 2022.

    • Wednesday, February 09, 2022 7:17 PM | Anonymous

      The Board of the Santa Clara Valley chapter would like to nominate Junko Yamauchi for her ongoing service to the board as the director of support groups. Junko began volunteering for the SCV-CAMFT community by leading groups for pre-licensed therapists. Eventually, she joined the board to oversee the support groups for therapists and pre-licensed therapists. As a board member, she made time in her busy practice schedule dedicated to the Asian community and as a registered provider for clients under the California Victims of Crime Compensation Board, to learn the ropes of her position. She is dedicated, always in attendance, follows through with her commitments and continues to advocate for her support group leaders and the communities they serve in our wider SCV-CAMFT community. Junko has been very supportive of and active in our new board initiatives.

    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:04 PM | Anonymous

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      Kalpana Asok, MA, LMFT

      Kalpana Asok is a licensed psychotherapist currently in private practice in Saratoga. She is also a poet and the author of Who's baby is it, anyway? Inside the Indian Heart, which is a collection of essays on South Asian culture and aspects that impact the family's psychosocial space within and outside India. She moved to the United States from Bangalore, India over 30 years ago and has been practicing for over 23 years. You can learn more about Kalpana here. Below is a poem from her book Everyday Flowers.


      A flannel shirt
      still hot from the dryer

      Immersive heat
      in a baked car
      on a windy day

      A steaming bath

      A coarse sun-dried towel

      Snapping fire
      cinders flying

      Nothing matches
      no equal to
      A flung-body hug

      Arms locked
      around neck

      Faces mashed
      Grinding teeth

      I love you
      I love you
      Face Squeezed
      Fish lips

      Piercing eyes
      Noses smushed
      Locking eyes

      Are you listening?

      I love you.

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