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New Beginnings: Annual Experiential Event "Bearing Witness: Reciprocity, Narrative, and Healing"

  • January 14, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Woodland Hills Country Club 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills 91364


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"Bearing Witness:
Narrative and Healing"

  Ben Page, 
          Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Mentor, and Trainer              



  Join us in bringing in the new year with our Annual "New Beginnings"  Experiential Event!

Sunday, January 14, 2018   

In the great circle of all beings, wisdom and truth lay at the center. Only by decentralizing our own perception may we enter into a greater awareness of how our own stories interpenetrate all others, how we are all interconnected.

In this experiential presentation, participants will co-investigate the ways in which the act of bearing witness can lead to intimacy, reciprocity, and healing. Drawing from his experience in Forest Therapy and the Way of Council, Ben will lead the group through a series of exercises that blend mindfulness, eco-therapy, and deep listening.

This course is intended for beginning to advanced therapists.

A portion of the annual experiential event will take place outdoors.  Please be prepared by wearing sturdy flat sole shoes (no heels), and wearing a jacket or dressing in layers depending upon the weather.


Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the 4 intentions of Council.
  2. Define the difference between Council and psychotherapy.
  3. Identify 3 values of witnessing the healing process of Council.

         Ben "Crow" Page is a certified forest therapy guide and trainer, council carrier and alternative educator based in Los Angeles. He is the founder of Shinrin Yoku LA, an organization dedicated to transformative nature therapy and contemplative practice in the wild. Since his practice began, Ben has been featured in such publications as Women's Health, USA TODAY, Sierra Magazine, Washington Post, and WebMD. Ben is also a mentor and trainer of guides with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, as well as a part time administrator specializing in trainer development and recruitment. He holds a B.A. in religious studies from Carleton College and an M.A. in human development and social change from Pacific Oaks College.      

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

8:30am-9am Networking/Registration*
9am-10am Breakfast/Announcements/Chapter Awards*
10am-12pm CEU/Experiential Event
Course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.
* = non CEU portion of course

Woodland Hills Country Club
The Country Club does not allow denim. This location is ADA compliant.

Early Registration (thru Dec. 24th)
Chapter members $28 / non-members $33
Registration (Dec 25 thru Jan. 7th)
Chapter members $33 / non-members $38
No phone or email RSVP. This is a pre-paid event; no walk-ins.
Not included in annual meeting package.
~Effective 2/1/18, membership meeting rates will increase by $5 as follows: $15 chapter member, $25 non-member, $30 walk-in regardless of membership.~



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Refund Policy 

Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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