Upcoming SCV-CAMFT Events

    • Friday, September 06, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA 94043

    Presented by Benjamin E. Caldwell, Psy.D.

    In this law & ethics update, we will review recent changes to state law, discuss the role of technology in modern practice, and engage in a deep discussion of the morals and values that underlie individual ethical decision-making processes. Difficult decisions without clear or easy answers will be the focus of the day. Through the use of case examples, this workshop will show how our individual morals and values influence therapy work even when we seek to appear neutral; how to identify your own morals and values relevant to your practice; and why owning those values matters.

    Educational Goals

    • Informing therapists about recent and not-widely-known changes in state law and regulation impacting mental health practice
    • Assisting therapists in understanding the role that their own morals and values play in clinical and ethical decision-making
    • Encouraging therapists to think critically about that role and its implications for therapy
    • Informing therapists about recent developments in court cases and ethical standards related to the personal values of the therapist
    • Encouraging therapists toward transparency with clients about the therapist’s values, in accordance with ethical standards and the therapist’s theoretical orientation.

    Learning Objectives

    • Articulate the impacts of three recent changes in California law impacting mental health practice.

    • Differentiate between a personal opinion, a clinical opinion, advice-giving, and imposing personal values

    • Construct a framework for clinical and ethical decision-making that integrates personal morals and values in a manner that is within professional ethical boundaries and appropriate to their clientele

    • Identify three common frameworks for making value-based decisions

    • Identify at least two implications from court cases involving mental health students’ moral decision- making.

    About The Presenter

    Benjamin Caldwell is the author of five books, including Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs, and Saving Psychotherapy. He serves as adjunct faculty for California State University Northridge. In his role as Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the California Division of AAMFT, he was directly involved in California’s first-in-the-nation ban on reparative therapy for minors, and drove the change in title from “intern” to “associate” for pre-licensed MFTs and PCCs. For his advocacy work, he was awarded the AAMFT Division Contribution Award in 2013. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, specializing in working with couples.

    Registration includes 6 CEUs for your law and ethics renewal, a hot breakfast buffet, lunch buffet, drinks, and snacks. Michael's at Shoreline is a beautiful venue with outdoor patios for breaks and eating.


    SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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    • Friday, September 27, 2019
    • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

    Presented by Theresa Chesnut, LCSW 

    1.5 CEUs available

    Dateline: 1983 - Karen Carpenter dies from anorexia nervosa. The nation is suddenly awakened to an eating disorder as a systemic problem. Two decades later, particular attention is paid to the notion that some individuals have genetic predispositions for anorexia. In 2014, the DSM included BED along side anorexia and bulimia as an eating disorder.

    The presentation covers hereditary risk factors, ranging from anxiety and depression and OCD to perfectionism and other structural assignations of the eating disorder. Additional focus on how the diet industry, as well as the media, perpetuate a culture where it is acceptable to shame people due to their body size.

    So what is BED? We'll define it, cover its elements, the demographic distribution, and the lines drawn between manageable conflicts to the need for clinical and therapeutic intervention. The clinical definition is a moving target at times but we'll cover its boundaries in detail. Its consequences are severe, ranging from heart disease to diabetes. Assessment tools, as well as therapeutic interventions will be discussed. Special attention will be given to clinician's own weight bias and the manner in which they can inadvertently harm their clients due to their bias.

    Presentation Goal

    The goal of this presentation is to be able to provide fair perception, understanding and treatment interventions relating to binge eating disorder (BED). Participants will come to understand the history of diagnosing BED as well as anorexia nervosa and bulimia. The presentation will dissect what BED is, the criterion for having it, and dispelling myths surrounding the disease. Weight stigma, fat shaming, and the media fascination with weight are all covered with special attention to weight bias toward clients.

    Presentation Outline

    • Introduction
    • Overview of the history of eating disorders
    • Description of the demographics of BED
    • Diagnosis and treatment intervention for BED
    • Clinical case vignettes
    • Questions and answers

    About the Presenter

    Theresa has worked with adolescents and adults for over 25 years, managing her clients' challenges with anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders. Previous to her private practice, she operated as a clinical director at The Healthy Teen Project (HTP). HTP's focus revolved around adolescent eating disorders with the primary treatment approach in family based therapy. Theresa worked for 13 years in a residential and partial hospital treatment center, holding various positions, including lead primary therapist, program director, and director of regional marketing.

    Her professional outreach has also addressed elite athletes, coaches, and trainers. She holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Kansas and was a staff member at The Menninger Clinic. She is trained and certified in internal family systems theory and is a level one trainer. She is also a certified practitioner of neurofeedback. She served on the Binge Eating Disorder Board (BEDA) for 9 years and held the position of secretary, vice-chair, and chair.

    SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


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    • Friday, October 25, 2019
    • 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Los Gatos Lodge, 50 Los Gatos/Saratoga Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95008

    Presented by Marty Klein, LMFT

    The subject may be infidelity or desire, or fantasies, medication, secrets, porn, “dysfunction,” performance anxiety, sex workers, fertility, shame, BDSM, or arousal. One way or another, most therapists deal with sexuality every week.

    And let’s be honest—our professional training in this area rarely enables us to provide high-quality care. That means we’re left to rely on (1) our own limited sexual experience and (2) cultural beliefs and assumptions about sex.

    Unfortunately, almost all of us grew up in a sex-negative culture, which affects our work as much as it affects our clients’ lives. And it means that when assumptions about sexuality, intimacy, and gender are driving clients’ sexual problems, those assumptions may be invisible to us—because we often share them.

    Workshop participants, therefore, will learn a compelling new model of sexuality that focuses on its positive aspects; challenges clients’ tendencies to self-identify as inadequate; sees society’s sex-negativity as a source of psycho-sexual pathology; and confronts ways in which psychotherapy and medicine problematize sexuality.

    As a result, participants will be able to empower clients to make better sexual choices, function more as they would like to, and better integrate eroticism into their relationships.

    Sex is about much more than what bodies do—it’s about how people feel. And so we’ll talk about how both professionals and patients think about sex, and how common concepts about sex can keep both of us stuck. After all, sex is more than an activity—it’s an idea.

    Program Goals

    • The goal of this program is for participants to feel more comfortable discussing sexuality-related topics
    • to acquire skill in discussing these topics
    • to enhance their judgement about when and how to raise sexuality-related topics
    • to enhance their ability to facilitate partners' discussions of sexuality, both in the therapy office and at home.  

    Learning Objectives

    • Name 3 reasons therapists should raise the issue of sexuality with patients
    • Name 3 sexuality-related topics to discuss with almost every patient

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Marty Klein has been an MFT and Certified Sex Therapist working with men, women, and couples for 39 years.

    Marty is the award-winning author of seven books on sexuality and relationships, including the ground-breaking Sexual Intelligence. Psychology Today simply says “To improve your sex life, buy this book.” Dan Savage says Marty's current book on pornography “makes me feel sane.”

    Marty appears frequently in the popular media, such as The New York Times and The New Yorker, National Public Radio and The Daily Show. He recently gave two congressional briefings on evidence-based sex education. Marty’s Sexual Intelligence blog and e-newsletter are frequently cited as sources of innovative thinking about sexuality, culture, politics, and the media.

    Each year Marty trains thousands of professionals across the US, Europe, and Asia. He has been an invited Master Presenter at nine state CAMFT conferences. Audiences consistently call his talks thought-provoking, practical, and entertaining.

    Walk-ins are welcome.

    This is a 1.5 CEU credit presentation.


    SCV-CAMFT is a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider (CEPA 052466). This course meets the qualifications of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs. SCV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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