Central Coast Therapists

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profession & better serve 
our Central Coast community.

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    • Tue, January 12, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Tue, March 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 16 sessions
    • your computer, iPad or phone
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Beginning in January 2021  the Central Coast Chapter of CAMFT is excited to be offering the 10-week workshop series Witnessing Whiteness based on the book of the same name by Shelley Tochluk and integrating some of the exercises included in Resmaa Menakem's My Grandmother's Hands

    Witnessing Whiteness (WW) groups are white people coming together to do work around racism in a supportive, non-threatening setting. It is about learning to speak about race and racism, exploring white privilege, and practicing allying with sisters and brothers of color. WW groups are designed for individuals who identify as white.

    The work of WW groups draws on the book Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk. The book has nine chapters and while group sessions draw on the book, the work is about participants’ own lives, not textual analysis. During group meetings, participants consider their own lives in light of what they are learning through individual reflection as well as exercises that occur in dyads, triads, and the entire group.

    The WW groups strive to:

    • Create spaces where individuals who identify and experience the world as white persons can gain additional information, practice, scholarship, and insight into creating a more just and equitable world;
    • Invite participants into a community of other white people committed to positive change in their lives, workplace, and region;
    • Provide a loving and healing atmosphere to learn about and grow in understanding and skills in one of the most difficult topics in our country: race;
    • Gain understanding of the intersections of race and systems;
    • Encourage advocacy, collaboration, and strategies for change while increasing knowledge;
    • “Build knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices” (Tochluk); and
    • Understand and practice interrupting racism, develop skills to act as agents of change.

    Structure and Logistics:

    Karen Rogers, LMFT will guide the group through ten one-hour sessions over approximately 10 weeks—one week for each chapter of the book plus one to reflect on the whole and look forward. It is understood that some participants will likely miss one or more sessions, but it is important to commitment to the group process and attend as often as possible.

    The group is scheduled to begin on January 12th, 2021 and meet on Tuesday evenings of every week from 6 to 7PM. The meetings will take place via Zoom. Login information will be sent prior to the beginning of the first session.  Login will begin 15 minutes early the first evening to take care of business and to familiarize participants with Zoom.

    To sign up, please contact Karen Rogers  There is a brief interview process and some preliminary forms to complete before the workshop series begins.

    If you would like to participate in a Witnessing Whiteness Group but cannot attend the upcoming Tuesday night series at 6PM, please contact Karen at and you will be put on a waitlist for future workshops.

    Participants are required to purchase the book ahead of the workshop.  HERE is a link to purchase the book.  You can also search online for used books.  While you may purchase the book in Kindle format, I do not recommend that you do so.  You will want to write in your books and be able to refer to it during class. 

    HERE is a clip from a WW class (although please recognize that this was an in-person class and the format has been shifted to accommodate online learning).

    We are offering a limited number of scholarships to pre-licensed folks.  If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please write a brief statement about why you are interested in participating and how you hope to apply the information they learn personally/professionally.

    Registration is limited to 24 people so if you are interested please register as soon as possible.

    Upon completion of the workshop series and the evaluation participants will be eligible for up to TEN CEUs on the subject of racial justice. 

    Proceeds from this workshop series will be donated to local non-profits addressing racial equality and anti-racism.

    • Fri, March 26, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • via Zoom on your computer / device

    Not What You Learned in Graduate School and Then Some: 
    Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    Felicia Carroll, LMFT (#8931) and RPT-S (Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor)

    March 26, 2021  9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

    Zoom invitation will be sent with reservation confirmation.

    This two hour presentation is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents:  The Oaklander Approach to the experienced and novice practitioner.

    This presentation will provide a brief overview of the development of Gestalt Therapy and the application of the theoretical principles to the clinical practice of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents as developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.  There will be a practice of the phenomenological approach used with projective, creative modalities in therapeutic work.

    The following objectives will be met: 

    1. Participants will identify two foundational principles of Gestalt Therapy.
    2. Participants will name the primary developer of the Gestalt Approach with Children and Adolescents.
    3. Participants will name and write a brief explanation for the fundamental elements of the Therapy Process as outlined by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.
    4. Participants will identify the five steps in the phenomenological process in working with creative, projective modalities in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

    Felicia Carroll, M.Ed. MA.: Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is in private practice in Solvang, California.  She is the Founder-Director of the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents, LLC  Felicia is a master’s graduate of the University of Oklahoma and University of California at Santa Barbara with credentials in educational psychology, child development, and counseling psychology.  She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and on the staff at Esalen Institute/Gazebo School prior to becoming a therapist.

    Felicia teaches at Gestalt institutes in Europe, Latin America, and throughout Asia in addition to offering training programs in the United States. Her international experience as a trainer has been in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Georgia, Poland, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She is often a guest lecturer at conferences on child psychotherapy and play therapy.   She has published several chapters and articles about Gestalt therapy with children and on topics related to Gestalt theory and practice including serving as the guest editor for a special edition of the International Journal of Gestalt Therapy on Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents, which was published in fall 2010.  Her most recent (2019) article on Gestalt Play Therapy was included in a special edition of the APT (Association for Play Therapy) Magazine.

    As Director of the West Coast Institute, LLC, Felicia established a certification program which encourages clinicians to deepen their knowledge and experience with Gestalt Therapy in general and with a specialization in therapy with children and adolescents.  At present there are over twenty clinicians from around the world participating in the certification program.  The Core Faculty at WCI are certified Gestalt Therapists through this program. 

    Her resume is available on the website 

    • Fri, April 02, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • via Zoom on your computer / device

    You are invited to a daylong workshop:                                                         

    TRAUMA AWARENESS AND EMBODIMENT   …becoming trauma-informed
    (6 CEUs available)

    Friday April 2nd, 2021, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Location:  via Zoom on your computer / device

    presented by        

    Leslie Bullock, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, #29236, RYT, TCTSY-F

    Course Description:  Through Power Point lecture combined with brief experiential embodiment practices, this workshop is designed to provide therapists and other mental health practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of both individual and societal / systemic trauma, with greater emphasis on individual trauma.  Participants will learn about the neurobiology of individual trauma, the critical role of the nervous system in trauma responses and trauma healing, the difference between Complex trauma and PTSD and the importance of embodiment in trauma recovery and integration.  Participants will also learn essential aspects of being a trauma- informed mental health practitioner.

    Registered participants must have access to Zoom and will receive a Zoom link at registration.  There will be two 15 minute breaks, an hour break for lunch, and opportunities for questions.  Embodiment practices can be done from a chair or standing, and require minimal movement.

    Learning objectives:

    1. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of individual and societal / systemic trauma and how embodiment can help support trauma healing.
    2. You will learn how trauma effects the brain, autonomic nervous system and memory processing.
    3. You will be able to identify six core elements of trauma healing and recovery.
    4. You will learn a range of embodiment practices to use with clients.
    5. You will learn essential aspects of trauma-informed mental health practice.

      Leslie Bullock is approved by the CCC-California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s. LCSW’s, LEP’s, LPCC’s, associates of the preceding categories and students. Leslie Bullock maintains responsibility for this course and its content.  This course meets the qualifications for 6 hours of Continuing Education units as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, for those listed above.

      Early bird registration with CEU’s (1/14/ 21 - 2/17/21): $72.00                           Registration with CEU’s (2/17/21 – 3/31/21): $82.00          Without CEU’s: $60.00         Register at 

      OR at the REGISTER HERE tab at 

      Questions welcome:

      Presenter Bio Leslie Bullock, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Luis Obispo. Leslie specializes in treating individuals with Complex Trauma, PTSD, and trauma-related stress. Her focus is the centrality of the mind / body connection, the wisdom of the body and embodiment-based treatment for trauma healing.   Leslie is a registered yoga teacher, a certified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive yoga (TCTSY) facilitator and a facilitator in training at the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI).  She leads yoga at CMC with the Prison Yoga Project (pre-COVID hold).

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