September-October 2019            This Way In >>

“Family Grief:
How You Can Help Clients
Navigate Grief Tsunamis Together ”
September 8, 2019
8:30 am - 11:30 am

Debi Jenkins Frankle, LMFT, is a Grief Recovery Specialist and has been working with grievers for over 25 years. She and husband, Mark Frankle, are the co-founders of the Calabasas Counseling and Grief Recovery Center. Debi is the founder of the Los Angeles Consortium of Grief Professionals (AKA Private Practice Grief) Workshops and Trainings for Mental Health Professionals, as well as the FB group for therapists: Private Practice Grief. Debi's areas of expertise are grief, trauma, medical family therapy, and emotional effects of chronic illness. Debi has led trainings for grief counseling professionals throughout the United States and Canada, in addition to presenting for CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists), SFV-CAMFT and various organizations throughout Los Angeles.
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Nikki Gabriel—President's Message
As MFT's, the last days of summer often mean a return to school, and fuller schedules. There are projects to finish and perhaps goals to attain before we reach the end of this year. For our chapter, this means the return of consistent monthly meetings, interest groups, and workshops. In addition to our regular monthly meetings, ... Read Nikki’s full message

Ariel Cohen—CAMFT Facebook Page Legislative Updates
CAMFT released a public statement and a letter to the Department of Homeland Security today denouncing the current border policies that continue to cause long-term psychological harm to immigrant children and families. “Children who experience difficult life events such as being suddenly and unexpectedly separated from their parents show increased incidents of chronic disease, academic struggle, incarceration, homelessness and substance abuse throughout their lifetimes. These lingering trauma symptoms hamper the trajectory ... Read Ariel’s full update

Quentin Dunne—July Membership Meeting Write-Up
“So,” one psychotherapist inquires of another (and we do tend to be an inquiring bunch), “what do you like most about being a therapist?” There are many possible answers to this question, but it’s hard to imagine one of them being, “Obviously, because I love the documentation so much!” Be that as it may, during the July Membership Meeting, presenter Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, made a clear and compelling case ... Read Quentin’s full write-up

Board Minutes—June 2019
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Board Minutes—July 2019
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2020 Board Slate
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CAMFT's Inaugural Pre-License Conference and Job Fair
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Charlyne Gelt—Cinema Therapy: Late Night
"It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance." Amanda McBroom Psychologists search for what makes people change. Oftentimes, as in the film LATE NIGHT, ordinary human interaction does the trick. However, interaction with others as a prescription for healing is easier said than done, especially when one is unaware of one’s own “shadow,” meaning unconscious that a problem even exists! People block out and shut down aspects of themselves ... Read Charlyne’s full review

Susan Cristol, LMFT—Book Review: Anti-Depressants
As mental health professionals, we are all too familiar with the rising rates of depression and the damage it causes to individuals, families and our society at large. We also understand its sometimes catastrophic consequences. That is why it is so important that we continue to be open-minded to learning and understanding new ways of addressing such a fundamental mental health issue. For some of us, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may not be new. However ... Read Susan’s full article

Shawn LaRe Brinkley, M.S., LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Whenever we pay truly close and caring attention to anyone, we find that they carry a whole world within them. Every individual’s experiences, dreams, and desires make for a rich and expansive story. Shawn LaRe Brinkley, however, seems to carry not only a whole world with her, but a whole universe, perhaps even an entire galaxy. Even after having already known her several years (during which time we collaborated on this very newsletter), I found myself captivated by the depth and breadth of her story. To begin ... Read Shawn LaRe’s full profile

Ariel Cohen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Ariel Cohen, LMFT is an enthusiastic person who has a lot to offer his community and his clients. He has just launched his own private practice in Woodland Hills, specializing in teens and children. Previously, he was part of The Teen Therapy Center in Woodland Hills where he gained extensive experience helping special needs clients and their parents. Ariel has a talent for getting clients to express themselves and find ways to improve their lives. Whether it’s play therapy for children or talk therapy for teens, he knows how to help ... Read Ariel’s full profile

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Associate Job Listings

FSP Therapist
• Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA • BRIDGES, Inc.

Mental Health Therapist / Clinician
• Pacoima, Los Angeles, CA • Hillview Mental Health Center, Inc.

Substance Abuse Group Therapist or Counselor
• Encino, Los Angeles, CA • Renewal Health Group

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