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CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF

MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS 

CENTRAL COAST CHAPTER

Central Coast Therapists

To strengthen the Marriage & Family therapy
profession & better serve 
our Central Coast community.


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Upcoming events

    • Fri, February 23, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Online Via Zoom
    Register

    Central Coast–CAMFT

    presents:

    Ketamine Therapy as a Catalyst
    for Healing and Transformation

    Presented By:
    Ray Rivas, MD

    Friday, February 23, 2023
    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    1.5 CE Credits

    Online Via Zoom

    Our Presentation

    Discover the transformative potential of ketamine therapy. This 1.5-hour presentation will give you a foundational understanding of how ketamine therapy is helping change how we think about mental health. Designed specifically for licensed therapists, our presentation offers a nuanced exploration of ketamine's journey from an anesthetic to a therapeutic catalyst, providing practical knowledge on its mechanisms, applications, and integration into therapeutic practices. Join us to learn about ketamine’s healing properties to identify ideal candidates for treatment. We’ll focus on how therapists can use this powerful medicine to improve their patient’s outcomes. We’ll also address crucial aspects such as risks, safety measures, ethical considerations, and cost implications for both therapists and patients. By dispelling common misconceptions and setting realistic expectations, we aim to equip therapists with the knowledge and confidence to consider ketamine therapy as a valuable tool in their practice. Whether you're new to the concept or seeking to deepen your understanding, this presentation is a good opportunity to stay at the forefront of behavioral health.

    Educational Goals

    This presentation is designed to help curious and ambitious therapists start working with ketamine therapy to improve their patient outcomes.

    Objectives

    1. State one reason why researchers believe ketamine may make psychotherapy more effective.
    2. Name the two most popular routes of administration for off-label ketamine therapy.
    3. Describe the three phases of injectable ketamine therapy.
    4. Name four common misconceptions about ketamine or ketamine therapy.
    5. Identify three ways in which therapists can learn more about ketamine therapy.


    About Our Presenter

    Ray Rivas, MD, is a board-certified, acute care and trauma surgeon with over 12 years’ experience administering ketamine. Before founding Innerbloom in 2022, Dr Rivas worked on the frontlines of emergency and trauma medicine in Santa Maria, CA, and Austin, TX.

    Closing date for registration is February 21, 2024 at 10pm.

    Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

    The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

    Grievance

    While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there may be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

    When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

    1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
    2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
    3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
    • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
    • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

    Refund Policy
    Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee. The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency. If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

    Special Accommodations
    If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

    • Fri, March 15, 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Unitarian Universalist Church 2210 Lawton Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    Register

    Central Coast–CAMFT

    presents:

    Exploring
    Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

    Presented By:
    Alisa Piette, LMFT and Cindy Nelson, LMFT

    Friday, March 15, 2024
    9:30 am – 11:30 am

    2 CE Credits

    Unitarian Universalist Church
    2210 Lawton Ave. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Our Presentation

    Embark on a transformative journey where healthcare practitioners will dive into the cutting-edge realm of psychedelic therapy. This immersive experience aims to equip participants with a broad overview and understanding of the science, history, and practical applications of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Through engaging discussions, participants will explore the neurobiological underpinnings of psychedelics, the historical context of their use, and the contemporary resurgence in therapeutic practices. The workshop will also address critical ethical considerations and legal frameworks, ensuring practitioners are well-versed in the responsibilities associated with integrating these modalities into their clinical toolkit. Attention will be paid to JEDI implications (justice, equity, dignity, and inclusivity), including honoring those who have come before us as well communities who are marginalized and oppressed in our culture and others.

    Educational Goals

    Participants will develop practical skills for creating a supportive therapeutic environment, complemented by interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities. By the workshop's conclusion, participants will not only have expanded their knowledge base, but will also possess practical tools to responsibly and ethically explore the transformative potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy. In addition, participants will learn where to obtain further quality training, if desired.

    Objectives

    • Understand the difference between Psychedelic assisted-therapy (PAT) and psychedelic treatment.
    • Identify at least three ethical considerations related to psychedelic therapy integration.
    • Identify at least four factors important to consider when looking at eligibility and suitability for PAT.
    • Understand importance of preparation, set, setting, journey, and integration.


      About Our Presenter

      Alisa Piette Bio:
      Alisa has been a dedicated LMFT for over two decades in SLO county. With a focus on adolescents, adults, couples, and families, Alisa has been a steadfast guide for those grappling with the complexities of addiction, depression, trauma, and anxiety. Throughout her career she has employed a dynamic range of therapeutic approaches, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), somatic work, and psychodramatic methods. Approximately six years ago, Alisa embarked on a transformative journey into the realm of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Recognizing the profound potential of expanded states in facilitating therapeutic breakthroughs, Alisa undertook extensive training in this emerging field. Currently in the process of becoming a Psychedelic Assisted Guide, she envisions integrating psychedelic-assisted therapy into mainstream mental health care.

      Cindy Nelson Bio:
      Cindy, originally from Southern California, relocated to the Central Coast in 2004. Her educational journey includes a Bachelor's degree from Vanguard University and a Master's Degree from Chapman University, culminating in her becoming a LMFT in 2013. Cindy's client population has included children in the Foster Care System and Substance Abuse specifically Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. In 2013, Cindy transitioned to Private Practice, emphasizing a personalized approach to client care. Through her own experience with Ketamine Therapy Cindy became interested in non-ordinary states of consciousness practices – has participated in multiple trainings, attended the 2023 Psychedelic Conference in Denver as well as completing the MAPS aligned Numinus Certification Process for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy. Cindy now offers services as part of the Innerbloom Ketamine Assisted Therapy Package, focusing on these holistic therapeutic methods
      .

      Closing date for registration is March 14, 2024 at 10pm.

      Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

      The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

      Grievance

      While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there may be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

      When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

      1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
      2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
      3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
      • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
      • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

      Refund Policy
      Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee. The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency. If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

      Special Accommodations
      If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

      • Fri, April 26, 2024
      • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Online Via Zoom
      Register

      Central Coast–CAMFT

      presents:

      Understanding Gender
      Affirming Care:
      Across the Spectrum and Beyond

      Presented By:
      Gretchen Cooper, LMFT

      Friday, April 26, 2024
      9:30 am – 11:30 am

      2 CE Credits

      Online Via Zoom

      Our Presentation

      The workshop will be an introductory course on gender-affirming care. There will be an introduction and positionality statement followed by a ten minute activity about challenging one's own unconscious biases when serving the LGBTQ+ community. Clinicians will learn how providers can initiate this life-saving care with their own clients through specific examples of language usage and education. Participants will gain an understanding of the do’s and don’ts regarding transgender/non-binary etiquette and terminology. Therapists will learn at least twenty different pronouns and how to use them appropriately when talking with our clients. Clinicians will learn how to change their own binary language in order to be more inclusive Therapists can engage in at least two breakout rooms/groups for smaller discussions with question prompts. These groups will assist them in uncovering their own unconscious biases to be more effective as clinicians. Therapists will gain insight on how to talk with their clients about their bodies and what specifically are safe questions to ask.

      This workshop will teach best clinical practices with clients and cite specific interventions to provide quality care. Finally the training will review specific interventions that are most effective within this community. The training will end with legal and ethical considerations, such as tips on navigating the referral process for medical support
      .

      Educational Goals

      Participants will learn the basics of the gender binary and transgender etiquette do’s and don’ts in the treatment room. Clinicians will gain insight into their own implicit biases and learn how to communicate effectively with correct terminology and how to speak in a way that does not adhere to the typical binary school of thinking. Finally, participants will be able to utilize specific interventions that have been known to be effective when working within the LGBTQ+ community.

      Objectives

      1. Identify three legal and ethical considerations regarding referrals for gender affirming care.
      2. Understanding the concept of the gender-binary and evolution of the gender spectrum and be able to list at least three gender inclusive terms.
      3. Navigate transgender etiquette and understand pronoun usage with five specific examples.
      4. Apply at least three gender affirming interventions in their own practice.


        About Our Presenter

        Gretchen Anne Cooper graduated with her BA in Philosophy from the University of La Verne and received her MA in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles. She is currently in private practice in California and adjunct faculty at PGI. She worked in community mental health for several years before transitioning to her private practice in 2021, full time. During her time in the county, Gretchen acquired a passion for serving individuals from a multitude of backgrounds. It was there that she developed a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ youth. Gretchen specializes in working with adults, LGBTQ+, adolescents, the unhoused and children. Gretchen is published in CAMFT’S The Therapist magazine on Gender Affirming Care in their November/December 2022 issue. She also published an article about supporting LGBTQ+ adolescents in Family Therapy Magazine in July 2023. She is a published poet in SAGE magazine and published her thesis on Animal Assisted therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum. Gretchen enjoys surfing and spending time outdoors and performing hula with her halau. Her sister is transgender and Gretchen, herself, is also a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Gretchen is currently on track to becoming an AAMFT supervisor.

        Closing date for registration is April 24, 2024 at 10pm.

        Unless otherwise specified, our courses meet the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Completion of this course earns a discount on liability insurance.  You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the workshop.

        The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for MFTs, Associates and students, MSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. The Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

        Grievance

        While the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT makes every effort to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there may be occasional issues with regard to presentations/workshops which will require intervention and/or action on the part of the board. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

        When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

        1. The participant(s) will be asked to put concerns in writing (this can be in electronic form, such as an email).
        2. If the grievance concerns a presenter, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format. The Board will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.
        3. If the grievance concerns a presentation/workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the Board will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action, the Board will:
        • provide a credit for a subsequent presentation/workshop or
        • provide a partial or full refund of the presentation/workshop fee

        Refund Policy
        Refund policy for all events: Registrants who do not attend or fail to cancel registration seven days prior to scheduled event will be charged full fee. The only exception will be for registrants who are unable to attend due to an emergency. If you need to cancel, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

        Special Accommodations
        If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of our events, please contact Chapter President Kim Richards within 10 days of the upcoming event at 805.458.8063 or email Kim Richards at richardskimlmft@gmail.com.

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