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Sacrificial Helping Syndrome — Why Do We Give More Than We Have?
July 8, 2018 Membership Meeting

Helpers are both made and born. Inherent qualities are shaped by life experiences and early relationships to create an individual who is called to help, who finds value and meaning in helping, and who often goes above and beyond for the people s/he helps. The reasons for becoming a helper interact with societal expectations and a professional culture that support sacrificing the helper's well-being for the clients and patients s/he serves. Katie Vernoy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the founder of Evolve to Thrive Coaching and Consulting Services. She has held many roles in the mental health field: clinician, program coordinator, director, clinical supervisor, hiring manager, consultant and recruiter. Katie founded Evolve to Thrive Coaching and Consulting to support leaders, visionaries, and helping professionals create meaningful and SUSTAINABLE careers.

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Nazila Amighi—President's Message
I can't believe it is July already! I am half way through my position as the President of SFV-CAMFT, and I feel like I just started! As I reflect on this, many thoughts come to mind. First, I remember feeling overwhelmed by taking on this new role and wanting to accomplish so many things. At this halfway point, as I look back, I don't feel so overwhelmed, but I still do want the Board to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves and for our Chapter. Secondly, I look at how much we have learned and grown ... Read Nazila’s full message

Ariel Cohen—CAMFT Facebook Page Legislative Updates
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finally released the long awaited MFT job standards. Although CAMFT applauds the VA for pushing the standards forward, we are disappointed in the lack of promotional ability the standards set forth. Historically, to work within the VA ... Read Ariel’s full article

Natalie Jambazian—Best Practices:
Am I Meeting Ethical Standards?

I have come across many questions from therapists regarding whether or not they are meeting the standard of care in our field. Below are some questions and answers I have compiled that can help you make sure you are meeting ethical guidelines with your clients ... Read Natalie’s full article

Kirstin Carl—June Membership Meeting Write-Up
This presentation is on a topic that we may often encounter but may fail to identify comprehensively. This presentation fills in the gaps and brings together aspects of narcissism so that we can develop a more effective treatment approach. Dr. Barrett started off with the idea that many therapists do not know how to properly identify victims of malignant narcissism. These therapists may suggest that these clients attend Codependency Anonymous (CODA) meetings and focus ... Read Kirstin’s full article

Michael Shiffman, Ph.D.—SFV-CAMFT Somatic Practices SIG
Great News! Our Somatic Practices SIG has launched. Our first group meeting was on April 29 with 25 attending. We had time to socialize, do personal introductions and begin to form our collective intention for the SIG. Our next meeting date is July 8, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the home of Michael Shiffman. Location and directions will be sent to those who register. The final meeting details ... Michael’s full article

Board Minutes—April 2018
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Board Minutes—May 2018
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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy:
The Greatest Showman

The Greatest Showman (2017) celebrates the birth of show business in the early 1800s, and the tumultuous life of the visionary, PT (for Phineas Taylor) Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the man who made it all happen. Born into poverty, Barnum went on to basically “invent” the circus and became a worldwide sensation. This film, billed as a musical, plays out more like ... Read Charlyne’s full review

Quentin Dunne, M.S., LMFT—
"What Do You Like Most About Yourself?"
Strength-Based Questions in the Therapeutic Process

A client sits in the waiting room before her first session with a therapist whose online profile she had liked. Several days earlier, the therapist and client had spoken by phone to schedule the session and she felt the rapport had been good. Though their talk had been fairly brief, the therapist was respectful and polite, even warm. Still ... Read Quentin’s full article

Raceal McWhorter, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Raceal McWhorter, LMFT is a gentle, compassionate person who is also very strong mentally and spiritually. After many years of interest in art therapy and in helping others, Raceal became licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist with a specialty in Art Therapy. She is passionate about helping people heal from psychological pain. Raceal treats trauma, PTSD ... Read Raceal’s full profile

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