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“Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma:
The Role of Provider Mindfulness and Self-Care”
January 12, 2020
8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Elisabeth Crim is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified Relax and Renew Yoga Trainer, and the Founder/CEO of Moonstone Center. She earned a PhD and MA in Psychology; MA in Theology; and MA in Counseling. She is the Founding Editor of the monthly e-newsletter, The Healer's Life! She currently co-leads multiple on-going Restoring the Healer Consultation groups with Simone Marke't, Certified Yoga Therapist. Moonstone Center offers traditional and complimentary-alternative therapies for whole person mental health treatment and professional development in the context of self care. Dr. Crim is a genuine and engaging speaker and writer, offering psychotherapy, consultation, and training based in an Intersubjective Psychodynamic & Mind-Body-Spirit Integrated approach. She is active on Twitter, LinkedIn, and her professional Facebook page.
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Natalie Jambazian—President's Message
Not only has our chapter’s membership grown but our connections and relationships have, as well. This year I would like to expand our horizons and garner more opportunities to support our community. By doing so, some of my goals will be to diversify our member population, create a support network to help our community with additional, expert knowledge, and a consultation group benefitting the work we do . . . Read Natalie’s full message

Ariel Cohen—CAMFT Facebook Page Legislative Updates
A Win for License Portability! SB679 creates a pathway for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCS who have been actively licensed in another state for at least 2 years to become licensed in California. Check out the full legislation here http://bit.ly/31Zi1TK #MFT#LMFT #mentalhealthmatters . . . Read Ariel’s full update

Douglas Green—November Membership Meeting Write-Up
About midway through her excellent presentation, chapter member Dr. Jaelline Jaffe, PhD, LMFT posed a simple question to the SFV-CAMFT chapter audience: “Anybody here have a head that’s separated from your body?” Silly as that might sound, her question encapsulated “Therapists and Medical Issues: What You Need to Know, and Why!” beautifully. Her lecture concerned the number of ways medical and psychological issues . . . Read Douglas’s full write-up

Katie (Wren) Busse—Confidentiality and Treatment Teams
As mental health professionals, we’ve all had pretty extensive training starting in graduate school about confidentiality, privacy, and how to uphold these client privileges. We know that each adult and child client has these rights which are our responsibility to protect. We know the exceptions to confidentiality and what to do when one of these situations arises. We know when to comply with a subpoena, court order . . . Read Katie’s full write-up

Board Minutes—October 2019
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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy: Rocketman
The soul needs love. ROCKETMAN, the story of Elton John’s 1970s breakthrough as a musical genius, is about a soul’s drive for love. The lavishly produced biopic musical, starring Taron Egerton as Elton, directed by Dexter Fletcher, and written by Lee Hall, is structured around Elton’s most beloved songs and follows his transformation from a shy, fearful piano prodigy to an international superstar. Born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he chooses the name Elton Hercules John after another musician tells him, “You have to kill the person you were born to be . . . Read Charlyne’s full review

Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP—Feeling Desperate? That May be a Good Thing
You feel hopeless, frantic, doomed. You feel like you’re on the brink of failure, of giving up hope. Your situation seems impossible. Anyone who has ever experienced desperation knows that it feels horrible. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone . . . and yet. I do. Actually, I don’t want you to feel desperate when you’re not. But if you’re feeling desperate, I want you to feel it. Feel the desperation that you’re trying desperately to ignore. Feeling your desperation is far better than ignoring it. We only get desperate about things . . . Read Rena’s full article

Sue Cristol, LMFT—My Client, Myself
The longer I do this work, I am surprised over and over at the benefits it offers. I acknowledge that part of it is the growing number of years I have been on the planet coupled with a long list of “issues” that are alive and well, stubbornly floating to the surface from time to time. Like so many physical ailments, some of our psychological challenges are not cured but rather, managed. How well they are managed depends on a myriad of variables. When we listen carefully to our clients, we can hear all of them. We help them to understand . . . Read Sue’s full article

Nickie Godfrey, MA, LMFT
After 30+ years as a psychotherapist in LA, Naomi “Nickie” Godfrey shows no signs of slowing down. This year, Nickie moved into a new Woodland Hills office suite that she shares with other seasoned therapists including SFV-CAMFT’s own Robin Scott Walker, Ariel Cohen, and Bennett Goldberg. Admittedly, at this stage, she is making sure . . . Read Nickie’s full profile

Michelle Friedman, LMFT
Michelle Friedman, LMFT, has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2008. As an experienced therapist working in Santa Clarita, she specializes in 12-step support, co-dependency and grief counseling. Michelle is also trained to work with domestic violence issues. Her clients range in age from 14 to 65, and she works mostly with Rogerian and Cognitive therapy disciplines. In addition to her therapy work, Michelle also brings . . . Read Michelle’s full profile

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