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Membership Meeting

“Supporting Pregnant and
Postpartum Clients and Their Families ”
with Susan Lowe, LMFT

Sunday, March 12, 2023
9:00 am — 11:15 am

Hybrid Meeting:
Encino Golf Course Banquet Room
and Via Zoom Webinar

Susan Lowe, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Ms Lowe is a speaker, trainer, clinical supervisor, and psycho-therapist. She received her certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C) from the Postpartum Support International (PSI). Ms Lowe facilitates virtual and in-person training on intersecting topics within the perinatal mental health designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness and the understanding of postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is a mentor and community resource for doulas and other Birth-workers in the area of maternal mental health and understanding pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). She provides therapeutic support to women / birthing people during the reproductive years, including periods of pre-conception, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and postpartum period.

1.5 CE Credits

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Gina Balit—President's Message
A hopeful year is underway. I’m two months into my presidency and am definitely trying my best to fulfill those “big shoes” that have been passed down to me. I strive to be open and vulnerable, while also reminding myself to be strong for and supportive of my team (aka Board of Directors) and community. We’ve begun to see hope in action — welcoming back our annual “new beginnings” experiential in January and being able to connect in-person only. In February, the Board participated in CAMFT’s Chapter Leadership Conference. This is an annual conference . . . Read Gina’s full message

Board Minutes—January 2023
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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy: The Fabelmans
The Fabelmans (2022) is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age family drama, co-written and directed by Steven Spielberg. It details Spielberg’s 1950s childhood and the growing-up trials and tribulations that helped prepare him for his later career as a brilliant filmmaker. Seen from a family systems perspective (a theory of human behavior that defines the family unit as a complex social, interactive system), The Fablemans illustrates . . . Read Charlyne’s full review

Lynne Azpeitia—Getting Paid
Is it time for you to reevaluate whether you’re charging the right amount for your psychotherapy services? With all the talk about money and prices due to the increased costs of goods and services—and the recent rise in inflation—everyone is experiencing, many therapists are seriously thinking about, wondering, or seriously considering raising the prices for their services. It’s one of the main topics of conversation in professional circles these days. Since so many therapists are thinking of or increasing . . . Read Lynne’s full column

Lacey Morris, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Lacey Morris is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a specialization in expressive arts healing. Her passion for helping others began over a decade ago when her own mother was diagnosed with cancer. Following her mother's passing, Lacey began volunteering in hospitals, providing art therapy and running support groups for cancer patients and caregivers. She found a genuine love for helping people and decided to pursue a master's degree in expressive arts therapy at John F. Kennedy University in Northern California. The program provided her with a solid foundation in expressive art therapy while also offering . . . Read Lacey’s full profile

Anne Front, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Being diagnosed with, and living with a serious, life-limiting health condition is not only physically challenging, but an emotional journey. As a palliative care psychotherapist, my patients report psychological distress related to the shock and processing the illness. From the moment of diagnosis, patients realize their life is forever changed. They will go through painful or laborious medical treatments. They will need procedures or take medications that often have cumbersome . . . Read Anne’s full article

Christopher Cervantes, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Chris is a recent AMFT, writer and professional horse trainer, and equestrian coach at Far West Farms in Calabasas, CA. He has worked for multiple FEI and Olympic trainers in the jumper and dressage disciplines. Chris graduated with his Riding Masters IV and Level II Teaching Certification from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre. He holds a BA with an Equestrian Emphasis from West Virginia University Parkersburg and completed Ohio State University's Equine Reproduction program with his degree . . . Read Christopher’s full profile

Dennis Goldenson, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Dennis Goldenson is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who earned his M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy from California Lutheran University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dennis spent one year at the San Fernando Valley Counseling Center where he provided psychotherapy to culturally diverse individuals, couples and families, and a year with the Conejo Valley Unified School District working directly with Middle School students. Currently, Dennis is a Mental Health Therapist at Ventura College working . . . Read Dennis’ full profile

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